F3 Knoxville

Weighty Words & A Kraken

SCENE: Great weather for standing around. Mid 60s. Breezy. Some PAX actually missed the cold weather.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

WARM-O-RAMA:

  • Windmills IC | Grady Corns IC
  • SSH IC | Cherry Pickers IC

THA-THANG:

Mosey to the top of the Equalizer. Kraken. Pick station, complete 25 reps of the prescribed exercise, then run a full lap around the course to the next station. Rinse and repeat. On each subsequent round, drop 5 reps from each exercise. Push yourself & push each other. Try to catch the guy in front of you. Stations included:

  • Lunges
  • BBS
  • Dips
  • Box jumps
  • Diamond Merks
  • Flutter Kicks
  • Burpees
  • Squats

MARY & STRETCHES:

  • Fellowship Mosey ™️
  • 40secs of OYO Stretching

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

Been thinking about words lately. I’ve got relatively young kids, so the past six years have been a lesson in how my words can affect another human being. As a dad & as a husband, I am a leader in my household; as a leader, my words have weight. Usually I see this when I let out a sarcastic comment at breakfast that manages to set an awful tone for the whole day, but every once in a while it works the other way too.

In my work, I’ve been with the same organization for years, but after joining the leadership team last year, I have learned that as a leader, my words have more weight.

F3 is a peer-led workout. Out here, we’re all leaders. Whether your the AO Q, the Q in charge that day, or just a guy posting to a workout—you are a leader; because even if you’ve only been around for a couple weeks, once the next FNG shows up you are a leader setting an example. And your words have weight.

One thing I really appreciate about Doubtfire is his positivity and his ability to make everyone feel welcome, even while pushing us to be better.

That tone that Doubtfire has set here at The Equalizer ⚖️ is the reason I can count on my hands the number of times I’ve missed; it’s the reason that I keep coming back and it’s what I want The Equalizer ⚖️ to continue to be known for. And I’ve come to realize that means I’m going to need to work on that; I need to be more positive, I need to be more encouraging, push more of the guys around me to be better—and I need y’all to not just join me in that pursuit, but hold me accountable to it.

 

MOLESKIN: Great PAX this morning

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Check out the upcoming kickball tourney & grab a Q

A Very Legible Ladder

THE SCENE: 50°. The warm glow of a flickering street light.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

WARM-O-RAMA:

  • Cherry-picker IC | Tempo Squats | Windmills IC
  • Baby Arm Circles IC | SSH IC

THA-THANG:

Mosey to Splash Pad. Descending Ladder.  Do eleven exercises, take a lap, and drop the top one. Do 10 exercises, take a lap, and drop the top one.  Etc…

  • 11 — 4-Count Shoulder Taps
  • 10 — 4-Count Hello Dolly
  • 9 — Lunges (each leg)
  • 8 — Diamond merkins
  • 7 — Squats
  • 6 — CDD
  • 5 — WWI Sit-Up
  • 4 — Step-Ups (each leg)
  • 3 — Single-leg Bridge (each leg)
  • 2 — Single-leg deadlift (each leg)
  • 1 — Burpee

MARY/STRETCHES:

  • Cobra Kai | Butterfly

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

““When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why: I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.’

“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:31-40

Monkeys & Bears, Oh My

THE SCENE: 40°. Clear. Great moonrise.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

WARM-O-RAMA:

  • Cherry Pickers IC | SSH IC

THA-THANG:

Pain stations at the tennis court. 40sec at each station. 20sec to move to next station. Take a lap & flip stations after each round. Stations included:

  • BBS/LBC
  • Diamond Merkins/Boat
  • American Hammer/Flutter
  • Shoulder Taps/Bear Crawl
  • Power Skips/Burpees
  • Inch Worm/Hand Release Merks
  • Imperial Walkers/Calf Raises
  • Monkey Humpers/CDD
  • Burpees/Shoulder Taps
  • Mtn Climbers/SSH

MARY: 

  • LBCs IC X44 in honor of Tweet-E’s birthday

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

We’re out here to get better: as men & as leaders—in all areas of our lives. Certainly that starts with fitness, but I think it’s inevitable that that mindset, the goal of relentless forward progress will bleed over into each area of our lives. If we’re going to get better at anything, we’re going to need to be teachable.

I found a list of five ways to know if you’re teachable. 

  1. People give you input—if you’ve proven yourself to not be teachable, people probably gave up on giving you input long ago
  2. You experience growth—if other people’s input leads to results, you must be teachable
  3. you don’t have to defend yourself against criticism—you don’t put walls up, you take criticism, knowing that if there’s any truth to it, it’s an opportunity to get better
  4. Not only do you take criticism, you do it without firing back; without returning the favor
  5. you’re hearing different input than you used to—progress is having new areas to work on than you did a few years ago

Run back through them. Think about an area you’re trying to improve in and If one of these hits home with you; take the time to work on it, to cultivate it this week. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Fill that Q Calendar.

Also, in April, we’ll be collecting individually wrapped snacks & drinks, as well as paper towels for Safe Haven. It’s a ministry in the Austin-East area giving teens a safe spot to land to get off the street and avoid gang violence. I’ll post a full list in slack; if you’ll tack a couple of those things on to your family’s shopping list, it’s an easy way to make an impact on a part of our community that has experienced a lot of pain the last few months.

Round & Round the Ladder

THE SCENE: A comfortable 40s morning, illuminated by the soft, flickering glow of the Equalizer parking lot light that just won’t die.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

WARM-O-RAMA:

  • Tempo Squats | SSH IC
  • Seal Claps IC

THA-THANG:

Mosey to Splash Pad. Take a trip down the ladder, then back up.  Do 7 exercises, take a lap, and drop the top one. Do 6 exercises, take a lap, and drop the top one.  Etc…

  • 7 — 4Ct Mtn Climbers
  • 6 — CDD
  • 5 — 4Ct Flutter Kicks
  • 4 — Diamond Merks
  • 3 — BBS
  • 2 — 4Ct Shoulder Taps
  • 1 — Burpee

Threw in some bonus pull-ups, bear crawls, crab walks, and lunges.

MARY:

  • Hello Dolly IC | Peter Parkers

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:

John 15 – I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. 

We’ve all seen our lives pruned to an extent this past year; for all the negative, there were a number of things, people, activities that were sucking the life out of us that got cancelled or put off. Just because life is getting back to normal doesn’t mean we have to let those branches of our life grow back.

Equalizer Merry Go Round

THE SCENE: Mid 50s. 

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

WARM-O-RAMA:

  • Cherry Pickers IC | Windmills IC
  • Baby Arm Circles IC | SSH IC

THA-THANG:

Four Corners on the Track

Round 1

  • Dips x20 at Flag
  • Pull-ups x10 at playground
  • Welsh Dragons to 5 at tennis court
  • Dry Docks x20 at stinky corner

Round 2

  • Step ups x20 
  • Calf raises x20 
  • Walking Lunges x20
  • Single leg bridge x20

Round 3

  • Crab toe touches x20
  • Vups x20
  • Australian foxhole x20 (WWI sit-up, roll into Australian snow angel)
  • Single leg deadlifts x20

Begin each lap at flag circle. Stop at prescribed areas along the way to complete exercises. Do as many laps as possible.

MARY:

  • Flutter Kicks IC | LBCs IC

COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM: Prov12:15 – A fool’s way is right in his own eyes, but whoever listens to counsel is wise.