F3 Knoxville


THE SCENE: Insert info about the weather, etc.

Motivators starting with 7, 10 Mountain Climbers, 7 Windmills, 7 Rockettes, 7 Twistees, 7 Little Baby Arm Circles Forward and Backward, Little of This and That.
Mosey to dirt path south of the Admin Bldg Road and then go to the Cul de Sac at the southeastern corner of the Admin Bldg.  We will do 20 American Hammers.

Mosey to the Coliseum. Then mosey downhill downhill to the main park roadway.  Stop at the top of each of the three hills on the way down to do 4 burpees.

Mosey to the Caribbean Parking Lot.  We will run East on the South side of the parking lot stopping at the 2nd and 4th island to to the first of the listed exercises below.  We will then Bernie back on the West side of the parking lot stopping at the 2nd and 4th island to do the second exercise listed below.  We will repeat the above pattern with the 3rd through 6th listed exercises.  Here are the exercises:

  • Bear Crawl 10 Lengths
  • Backwards Lunge 10 Lengths
  • Standing Broad Jump 5 times
  • 20 Baby Crunches
  • Lunge Forward 10 Lengths
  • Backward Standing Broad Jump 5 times

Mosey back toward the roadway.  Next, we will run the Pickett’s Charge up to the Coliseum.

Mosey to the small parking lot down the stairs and to the south of the Coliseum.  In the parking lot we will do the first of the listed exercises below. We will then run up the parking lot, up toward the cul-de-sac, then toward the stairs that go back to the parking lot.  Those getting to the stairs first will sweep everyone back to the starting point.  We will then do the 2nd exercise but go the opposite direction with the rabbits sweeping us back when they reach the upper part of the parking lot.  We will repeat the above pattern for the 3rd and 4th exercises.  Here are the exercises:

  • 15 Imperial Walkers
  • 15 4 ct. Flutter Kicks
  • 10 Hand Release Merkins
  • 10 Shoulder Taps (both shoulders = 1)

Mosey to the steps of the Admin Bldg.  We will do 20 4 ct Calve Raises.

Mosey to the AO

16 men, no FNGs.


If only you believe like I believe baby in miracles – we’d get by.  – Jefferson Starship.

Surely the lord is in this place and I did not know it.  Jacob speaking in Genesis 28:16

Many of you may have heard of Salmon Rushdie’s book, The Satanic Verses.  It is a famous book because after it was published, in 1989 the country of Iran’s late Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa against Rushdie, proclaiming that the novel was blasphemous to Islam and calling for his death.  Rushdie has received protection in both Great Britain and the United States since that fatwa.

I have read the book and it really is a great book.  I don’t think Rushdie meant it to be a blasphemy of Islam although he does make some criticisms of Islam writings.

I bring the book up because there is an amazing passage in it where humans fall from a hijacked Jumbo Airliner to the earth below.  By miracle, two of the passengers survive.  One of those is the main character in the novel.  He knows it is a miracle.  After all, how could a person survive such a fall?  Yet, over time, he forgets the miracle.

How often do we do the same in our own lives?  We have a miraculous experience, so thankful at the time for what we have experienced . . . and yet, over the years, we forget about it.

I personally need to hang on to those miracles, pin them to my chest.  I know that miracles have happened in my past that I have simply forgotten.  I do remember some.  One example:  I didn’t think it would be possible for me to get into a doctoral psychology program after I had spent years studying law and floundering in that profession.  It would take too much time and money and it would be crazy to make such a change in careers.  On a day when I was ready to quit the law practice my boss convinced me to take undergrad courses in psychology and, afterwards, apply to doctoral psychology programs.  I did so but didn’t get into the program in Dallas I was hoping for.  Instead, I was accepted by a program in Aggieland – Texas A&M.  Through loans, stipends, and very cheap housing, I was able to get my doctorate.  What I had only dreamed of actually happened.  And, another miracle:  I met this woman from Kentucky who just happened to apply there as well – that woman became my wife.

I never want to forget that miracle.  I still thank God for it.  There are others I remember but some that I unfortunately have forgotten.

What miracles have happened to you in your lives?  Are there places where God is working in your life but, like Jacob, you don’t know it?  Search for the miracles that God has presented to you.  Write them down and remember them.  Finally, wait for more miracles to occur.  They will happen. God remains with you and will continue to perform them for you.

Prayers for On Star regarding his citizenship status.  Prayers for those impacted by the fires and smoke from coming from Canada, including the wildlife impacted.
This Saturday we will gather at 9 am to help work on and beautify the Asylum. On Saturday, June 17 we will have a F3/Fia team for the KARM Dragon Boat Race. Through the following 1 1/2 weeks, F6 and the Tennessee Valley Players will be performing Beauty and the Best at the Auditorium of Catholic High School.  The website for tickets is posted on Slack.  Our own F6 will be in the performance.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

THE SCENE: 58 degrees and a calm and beautiful morning


Karate Jacks, Tempo Squats, Tempo Merkins, Grady Corns, Stretch on your own


Ruggers Run: modified Indian run with a rugby ball – pass it back, last man sprints it back to the front of the line.

The mission: Gather the required hash (tally) marks for each exercise group.  Most hash marks required multiple reps to count, and approved modifications to earn a tally were included.

  • Karate Jacks (4 count)
    1 hash = 20 KJ’s
    40 hash marks required
  • Rings Pull-ups
    2 Inverted Rows : 1 PU
    1 hash = 5 PU*10 IR
    40 hash marks required
  • Running Laps
    1 hash = 1 lap**
    30 hash marks required
  • Imperial Squawkers (4 count)
    1.5 squats : 1 IS
    1 hash = 20 IS30 squats
    40 hash marks required
  • Bird Dogs (4 count)
    1 Big Boy : 1 BD
    3 LBC : 1 BD
    1 hash = 20 BD, 20 BB, 60 LBC
    40 hash marks required
  • Derkins
    1 merkins : 1 Dk
    3 incline merkins : 1 Dk
    1 hash = 15 Dk, 30 Mk, 45 IM
    40 hash marks required

* A rather heavy towing chain was present.  Any that did pull-ups wearing the chain got to put a bonus hash mark in any category.

** A 45 lb weight vest was present.  Any that ran the lap wearing the vest got to put a bonus hash mark anywhere they wanted.

Mission was accomplished in record time!

Ruggers Run back, taking the long route behind the building and around to the front, all while carrying the gear!

Partial shoulder burn, followed by tribute Mary from all the current AOQ’s present and the Nan’tan

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2-3, NIV)

Humility is a dying virtue.  As one person put it, we live in the Culture of Narcissism.  We are infected with the IDI Syndrome (I-Deserve-It).  The IDI-ology places a premium on the needs of the self over the needs of others.  According to the IDI Syndrome, having a “meaningful relationship” means someone is “meeting my needs.”  We live in a consumer culture where luxuries have become necessities and we have moved from “need” to “want” to “deserve.”  I want it, therefore I need it, therefore I deserve it and I’ll kill to get it.  We are overdosing on everything: food, data, relationships, possessions, pleasure…  What we “need” is to become more “Christ-centered” and less self-centered.  We need to become “small-minded” if we want to get “big-hearted.”  Small acts of kindness and faithfulness are often great acts of courage.

A big thanks to Median for coming out to be our impromptu photographer!  He easily got in twice as many steps as any one of the rest of us.  Looking forward to seeing some of the shots!

Felt honored and privileged to have two former AOQ’s, three current AOQ’s and the Knoxville Nan’tan join me and the others today.  We had enough superheroes today to make a cartoon series and a movie trilogy!

Hardship Hill after action meeting tonight at 7pm & Crafter’s Brew; KARM Dragon Boat Festival on June 17th

Thievery is the sincerest form of flattery

THE SCENE: 60 Degrees with a thick layer of humidity

15 SSH; 10 Tennessee Rocking Chair, 10 Tempo Squat, 5 Side Plank Stretch, 10 Tempo Merkins; 10 LBAC Foreward, 10 seal claps, 10 Hallelujahs, 10 Bobbit Cherry Pickers, 10 LBAC Reverse


Memory Card Game. Q placed two sets of cards arranged in a 5×4 square. Each Card has a workout designed. PAX split into teams and played the memory card game. If they flip over two cards that match they preform the exercise then run to the end of the lot and remove those from the board. If they don’t match then they preform both exercises, run to the end of the lot. Flip them over and try again.
8 Lovely PAX
Reading a book called “Comfort in Crisis”. Talks about how the body and spirit improve by doing really hard challenging physical tasks. Made me wonder if the same benefit could come from doing the difficult things spiritually. Praying when you seem way to busy, bringing the lord up to someone who doesn’t want to hear it, showing grace to someone you really don’t necessarily like. 

Prayers for Travelers, injuries, & VBS/Bible Schools
Volunteer Workday @ Asylum this Sat.; Dragon Boat Races for KARM with FIA on June 17th; Convergence July 8th @ Shamrock; July 29th F3 in the NUDE!!; Taco Ruck @ Rampart this Saturday starting @ 5:30

Madoff’s Challenge

THE SCENE: Dry and upper 50s, not typical June weather

Lots of stretching
Madoff is traveling a lot and doing 100 merkins and 100 squats a day.  So, we walked to various points in the park and did 100 merkins and 100 squats at each stop.  It was a heavy day, so we carried a rock.  Since yesterday was the anniversary of D-Day, we rifle-carried the rock as we walked.  We stopped four times.  We walked from the AO to the flag pole, then to the circle basketball court, then to the bathhouse, then to the new splash pad (where it was thoroughly analyzed and critiqued – verdict: downgrade), before returning to the AO.

The workout was perfectly timed, so we didn’t have time for Mary.

5 HIMs

Talked about D-Day and the fact that for most of those soldiers: the first time they flew in a plane, they had to jump out of it; the first time they were in a boat, they exited hauling gear and faced bullet fire; and the first time they left home, they had to kill or be killed.  That generation was just made different and probably better.

Prayers for the summer, everyone traveling, and Snowbird’s grandfather.

Nothing mentioned, but we probably forgot something.

Forg3 2023 Tour: Big Ball AO

The Scene 

  • Big Ball AO
  • 5:30am – 6:30M
  • Humid

F3 Welcome + Disclaimer

  • Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith 
  • My name is Steam and I’ll be your Q this morning – alongside my Co-Q later this morning – Onstar!
  • A few things before we begin: 
    • I’m not a professional 
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • You know your injuries if you have any so if you need to modify anything we do today feel free to do so, but push yourselves and the men around you. They deserve it and so do you. 
  • FNGs?

(Breakdown: Steam: 5:30 – 5:50 / Onstar: 5:50 – 6:15)


  • SSH: 10×4
  • TN Rocking Chair: 10×4
  • Rockette: 10×4
  • Imperial Walker: 10×4
  • Man-Maker: 5×8

The Thang 

(What went down during the workout)

(Mosey to the Big Ball Base)

(1) Nickel – Dime – Quarter

  • 3 POC
    • Base: 5 Incline Merkins (1ct)
    • 1st plateau: 10 squats (1ct)
    • Top plateau: 25 LBCs
  • Rinse and repeat 2x – for a total completion of 3 rounds 
  • Round 1 — 1 count
  • Round 2 — 4 count 
  • Round 3 — All levels are 25 reps on a 1 count

(Hand off to Onstar to 5:50)

Mosey to the bridge (“long way”)
25 BBS at the bridge
Mosey to the amphitheater, bernie up behind it, mosey down and into it.

Battle buddy up:
1 runs up steps and does 10 rows
1 performs reps
200 squats
150 derkins
100 lunges (two-count)
100 dips
100 step ups

Mosey back to AO

COT (Circle of Trust)

Count Off

  • 10

Name o Rama

  • Onstar, Kickflip. Postman, Magic Mic, Vanilla, Steam, G-6, Ariel, Orkin


  • Donald Partin –> Dolly

Word — Forg3 Invitation 

  • Forge (v.) – to shape and mold into a new condition, by heating in a fire / to move forward gradually and steadily.
  • Forg3 is a weekend retreat created for F3 men, by F3 men. 
  • Forg3 (n.) – an invigorating 40-hour weekend retreat to challenge and encourage F3 men in their pursuit of high impact manhood. You can expect to engage with other men in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd F sessions, to better understand who you are, whose you are, and the High Impact Man God has called you to be. You’ll have opportunities throughout the weekend to seek adventure, to rest, and to sharpen iron with other F3 men physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually.


(Insert information about upcoming events, 2nd or 3rd F opportunities, and any other announcements)