F3 Knoxville

Tabata Refresh

I copied this Q and BOM from a previous BB in June of 2021. I fully intend to only recycle Q’s and BOMs this year! Yes, I am going to take other people’s.

THE SCENE: Rainy – Meet at the Pav-A-Lon

I forgot my Weinke in the car so Tweet-E & Ribbed helped out. Then finished with some Tempo Merkins & of course – Cherry Pickers.
Welcome to TabaTa! Tabata = 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest. Each Tabata is 4 minutes or 8 total rounds. We did two exercises per Tabata. Each Tabata had a 1 minute Interlude in between.

  • Tabata 1
    • Imperial Walkers & Shoulder Taps
  • Tabata 2
    • Single Leg Burpee (no merkin) & Dips
  • Tabata 3
    • Pull-ups (assisted or hangs) & HRR Merkins
  • Tabata 4
    • Squat Hops & Crabbettes (I want to call it the Crab & Grab)
  • Tabata 5
    • Plank Reach Throughs & Side Raises (surprisingly difficult)
  • Tabata 6
    • American Hammers & Mountain Climbers
  • I’m out of Tabatas so let’s run up to the gate and back. Also gives us street cred for working out in the rain.
  • Tabata 7 (from the hip)
    • DOMO Squats & BBS
  • Tabata 8 (from the hip this time, not last)
    • Hangs and Merkins

Broga – Stretch those hips & glutes out (we’ve not made any improvement on this)
Four Horsemen – Lucky 11 today
From As a Man Thinketh – “A change of Diet will not help a person who will not change his thoughts. When a person makes his thoughts pure, he no longer desires impure food.” – James Allen

Stress eating, grazing, overeating, overindulging – call it what you will. This is something that I have struggled with for my entire life. Judge’s comments in the weekly newsletter motivated me to talk about it in the COT. A devotional or article that I came across in the last couple of months told me that when we surrender to Christ that we are FREE from all SIN in our life. Whatever we are holding onto is something that we haven’t yet surrendered. This is my stress eating habit. I was praying into it and felt like I was given permission to eat “all that is Holy”. What is all that is Holy? I ask God in a jokingly manner – “everything you pray over” is what came to mind next.

Man, what a realization!!?! I never pray over the handfuls of candy, or scoop(s) of peanut butter that I find myself eating. I never pray over my 3rd or 4th cup of coffee and never I have asked God to bless a 2nd helping of Ice Cream.

What if instead of just impulsively eating whatever carbohydrate or sugar laced item I can find… I said a prayer and asked God to bless it? Can it really be this simple? I tell you, like most rewarding things in my life. It is that simple, at least it seems to be, but it’s not easy. I wish I could tell you that I have absolutely mastered it and have given this sin away to be free once & for all from it’s grasps. Instead I tell you, that I’m in the middle of the fight. I’m in the battle. I’m still getting beat up. But… I’m glad to be in the fight!

According to James Allen, it starts with making my thoughts pure.

Tabata is great way to push yourself. It’s only 20 seconds of work… how hard could that be? Apparently there are some good Tabata Timers out there and I don’t have to use the prerecorded, covers that these dudes were jazzed about.
Wesley House workday coming up, Off the Chain – keep your brothers in your Prayers! <- This is not relevant lol

Enemies – So Far As It Is Up To You

THE SCENE: Post rain but a not too cold 43 degrees.

Side straddle hop x 25

Cherry pickers x 5 

Tempo merkins x 10 

Tempo squats x 10

Mountain Climbers (4 count) x 15 


Mosey to the coupon pile

  • 1 block for every 2 HIMS
  • Circle up, shoulder to shoulder, facing outward and on your 6, pass the block to clockwise for approximately 1 minute. 
  • At the break, those with the blocks do bench presses. Those without do squats for approximately 30-45 seconds
  • Circle up, pass the block to counterclockwise for approximately 1 minute.
  • At the break, if you did bench press last time, do squats and vice versa. (1 round complete)
  • 2 rounds completed

Mosey to the large parking lot between the coupon pile and the flag

Parking lot suicides 

At each line:

  • 5 head, shoulders knees and toes with merkin (modified to 3 after 2 rounds)
  • 10 monkey humpers
  • 5 get ups 

Mosey to the flag


Sometimes when we are facing an enemy, our effort to do right feels like we are just passing a coupon around in a circle, not building anything. Sometimes it feels like heads, shoulders knees and toes…lots of motion but no movement.

I became a Christian when I was 26. For 16 years, I enjoyed life without enemies…not a single one. That peace was broken recently and it has been the single biggest challenge of my faith to date. Maybe it was Satan attacking me or maybe it was providential that I should prepare for it but I taught a class at church about ‘Dealing With Enemies.’

The key to dealing with any challenge, including an enemy is Romans 12:18 – If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. This takes away the excuse of what they have done to you or how they react or ignore your efforts to reconcile. I simplified that to myself as ‘I can’t say anything or do anything that would keep me from asking them to have a Bible study in the next breath.’ This is ultimately handling the situation in a way that is beyond reproach.  

In context, vs 18 is surrounded by additional guidance: Romans 12:​​14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Be beyond reproach.

What are you gambling on in your life


This was a brief warmup, only a couple of minutes and we got moving to avoid the cold/wind.
The entire workout was performed under the cover near the school entrance close to the baseball field.
We used workout dice, two with exercises and one with reps or time limits.
WE would roll all three, and do the two exercises by the number of reps or time rolled.  At one point we rolled 90 second intervals 4 times in a row, and the workout was way more challenging than anticipated



What are we gambling with in our lives?  The entire workout was left to chance with the dice.  We are taking some of those same chances with health, jobs, relationships, etc.  Don’t be passive, take ownership of these, and make it happen, don’t wait.
I made a Dr’s appt that I have been putting off for a very long time.
Cardinal’s memorial workout this Saturday

A bitter cold day

THE SCENE: Really Freaking cold

We started moving ASAP, big muscle groups with merkins & squats as well as motivators.
We ran loops around the campus keeping the body temps warm.
At the church columns, we did lunges, and then timed wall squats.
At the statue of Jesus near the gym, we did 7’s with merkins and dips.
At the school entrance near the baseball field we focused on core.
And at the CMU’s we briefly did a few reps with the blocks.
We hit every station twice, except the blocks which we handled only once.

We ran out of time.




Heavy at the Equalizer

THE SCENE: Just north of shorts weather.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER Done and Done semi-ok!


Typical Blindside Warmup-y things: 

SSH IC x15 | LBAC IC x10 each way | Cherry Pickers IC x5 | Little bit of this, a little bit of that


Equalizer’s First Heavy Workout:

Mosey to Smokehouse for CMUs, take to Pickleball Courts. PAX each choose a cardboard piece. Do AMRAP of the exercise while the PAX with the “Blockees” piece does 20. Once done, rotate clockwise to the next exercise. 

  1. Blockees
  2. Goblet Squats
  3. OH Press
  4. Bench Press
  5. Curls
  6. BBS with CMU Press
  7. Lunges with CMU Twist 
  8. Rows 
  9. Jump Rope
  10. Calf Raises
  11. CMU Merkins
  12. Squat Thrusters with CMU

Return CMUs to Smokehouse, return to AO


Flutter Kicks IC x20 | Box Cutters IC x15 


13 HIMs; 0 FNGs; 4 PreRuckers  


Quote from St. Augustine: 

Now, may our God be our hope. He Who made all things is better than all things. He Who made all beautiful things is more beautiful than all of them. He Who made all mighty things is more mighty than all of them. He Who made all great things is greater than all of them. Learn to love the Creator in His creature, and the maker in what He has made.


The Equalizer will start doing “Heavy” workouts on Wednesdays. While today was obviously Monday, this will start to be the norm on Wednesdays moving forward with the official start on April 5th. Get some diversity in our workouts and promise some of those guys who want to have a little less running in their lives an opportunity to get some work in.