F3 Knoxville

The Tale of Two Balls

THE SCENE: Upper 50s, cloudy, some drizzle at times

Some stuff and some stretching were done until Crawdad pulled up, which was even later for him than usual.

Mosey to the restrooms at the base of the dragon’s tail.

Pickett’s charge up to the Collesseum

Battle buddy up for Ghostman Baseball

One team rolls the workout ball to determine the exercise and reps for 1st base and runs there, does the exercise, and runs back.

The other team rolls a different workout ball to determine the exercises and reps to do at home while the first team is running the bases.

The teams switch.

Repeat for 1st and 2nd (doing the exercises and reps from the roll on the way out and running back the same path back to home without doing the workout at the bases going back.

Repeat for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Repeat for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and home.

Mosey to the AO for a four-spoked wheel

First corner – 40 merkins

Run to the center of the parking lot for 3 burpees

Second corner – 40 curls with the rocks nearby

Run to the center for 3 burpees

Third corner – 40 squats

Run to the center for 3 burpees

Fourth corner – 40 LBCs

Run to the center for 3 burpees

No time for Mary.  We held a plank for about 15 seconds until time

11 PAX, including Lillydipper and Pele who walked to nurse injuries (Pele still sweated like he had ran a marathon though – the circle of integrity was intact). Q-Bert doesn’t have a tag apparently because he was there but is not in the system.

Life is hard.  Regrets happen.  Strive for consistency, not perfection.

Prayers for all those who have parents who have passed or who are battling health issues.  It gets easier, but it never gets better.

Brolympics coming in November

Speedway IPC Week 3

THE SCENE: Cool Fall Morning

Stretched before we started
IPC Week 3

Five rounds of the following plus an extra 400m run

  • 20 Overhead Press
  • 20 Burpees
  • 20 Curls
  • 20 V-Ups
  • 20 Goblet Squats
  • 13 Manmakers
  • 400m run



Proud of the men and the gains that have been made since starting F3 in Seymour

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Classic Bearmuda Triangle

THE SCENE: 58 and cool

10 SSH

4 Cherry pickers

10 overhead claps

10 tie fighters

10 tie backwards fighters

mosey to the bearmuda triangle

  • bear crawl to each corner and do the following
  • 15 v-ups 4count
  • 15 hand release merkins 4count
  • 15 pickle pounders 4count
  • Mosey to the rock pile
  • three sets of the following
  • 21 curls
  • 21 tricep extensions
  • 21 OHP
  • Mosey up to the splash pad
  • 11’s
  • merkins at the splash pad mosey to the out house
  • pull up

Fellow ship mosey at time


WW1 Merkin

Grateful for the shield lock I have with these men here at the equalizer.

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A little leg and sumpin’ else

THE SCENE: Warm and clear at 70 degrees.

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER. Welcome to Fitness Fellowship and Faith, Voluntary, Free, Peer led, not a pro, no knowledge of injuries or fitness considerations, it is each person’s responsibility to be safe and to modify as necessary. Most important, don’t get hurt.


Arm circles – small
Imperial walkers
Knox Cherry pickers
Upward Dog
Downward dog
Indian Run to the coupons – last man does 1 burpee then sprints to the front


Carry your coupon through the entire workout. Or use it on the ground to complete exercises like Merkins.

20 Thrusters 20
Lunges (uphill to cones, mosey back)
10 Bonnie Blairs (jumping lunge) (10 Each leg)
40 Curls
High knees
20V-ups or modify with 20 LBCs
20 Alternating Side Squats
20 Grave Diggers (20 each side) (4 count carefully, use your legs)
Butt kicks
10 American Hammers (10 each side)
30 Merkins
20 Flutter kicks with block held high (4 count)

Repeat from the top until the alarm goes off


15 minutes of PAX choice, everyone got to choose one, including both FNGs



What does “Know your limits” mean?
I told a story about playing soccer in a tournament of several games a few weeks ago and the next day mentioned to a Bible Study group that my feet and ankles were very sore from it. Another man in the group said, (somewhat scoldingly) “You gotta know your limits.” His response stuck with me, because he has no clue about me or my “limits”.

So I posed the question at this morning’s COT – What does “Know your limits” mean? The responses from several PAX helped clarify the situation for me. Here are a few insights from the group.
• As a part of living, we are always traversing what appear to be limits as we learn and adjust.
• In order to know your limits, you must explore them and keep them up to date by going and touching them from time to time, because of course they change.
• Consider the source, someone may be giving you advice based on their own limits which could be very bad advice for you.
• Consider the source, and listen, if it is someone who knows you well and they are giving you solid advice from a friend.

The depth of the responses was much greater than I can post here, and I am very grateful that I learn so much from other PAX.

The HIMs at The Project have been a driving force to help me push my limits, shoulder to shoulder. A few months ago, I asked for agreement in prayer to get rid of the nagging fear that I was pushing too much, so that I could enjoy the journey. My fear is gone and I am no longer training “to get slower, slower”, but I am gaining ground. Most encouraging is that I am watching the men around me grow as husbands and HIMs, as well as athletes because they are pushing and evaluating their limits as a natural part of who they are.

My conclusion is that there is no way to “know your limits”, because they are invisible and always changing, so put your confidence in God and your hope in His promises. Maybe it would be better to say, “Know His promises”!


Welcome “Breadbowl” and “Wipeout”, previously known as FNGs.

Speedway Doracides

THE SCENE: Clear early Fall morning.


F3 (Fitness. Fellowship. Faith) workouts: 

  • Are free of charge
  • Are open to all men
  • Are held outdoors, rain or shine, heat or cold
  • Are led by men who participate in the workout in a rotating fashion
  • End with a Circle of Trust
  • “The Mission of F3 is to plant, grow and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership”
  • F3 Credo: Leave no man behind, and leave no man where you find him. 
  • Don’t know your injuries – take care/modify as needed.


  • Side straddle hops – 20 IC
  • Tempo Squats – 10 IC
  • Cherry Pickers – 5 IC
  • LABCs – 10 IC (foward and backwards)



Partner up. 

1 person does exercises, the other runs suicides:

  • 1 burpee at first cone, back,
  • 2 burpees at second cone, back, 
  • 3 burpees at third cone, back. 

Switch. Pick up where partner left off

  1. 100 merkins
  2. 200 lbcs (little baby crunch)
  3. 300 squats

Rinse and repeat. 

Didn’t manage time well so we had no time for Mary.



“Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.”

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

1 Timothy 4:7-8 NIV


Excerpt from Disciplines of a Godly Man – R. Kent Hughes


The word “train” comes from the word gumnos, which means “naked” and is the word from which we derive our English word gymnasium. In traditional Greek athletic contests, the participants competed without clothing, so as not to be encumbered. Therefore, the word”train” originally carried the literal meaning, “to exercise naked.”  By New Testament times it referred to exercise and training in general. But even then it was, and is, a word with the smell of the gym in it – the sweat of a good workout. “Gymnasticize (exercise, work out, train) yourself for the purpose of godliness” conveys the feel of what Paul is saying.


In a word, he is calling for some spiritual sweat! Just as the athletes discarded everything and competed gumnos – free from everything that could possibly burden them – so we must get rid of every encumbrance, every association, habit, and tendency which impedes godliness. If we are to excel, we must strip ourselves to a lean, spiritual nakedness. The writer of Hebrews explains it like this: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1). Men, we will never get anywhere spiritually without a conscious divestment of the things that are holding us back. What things are weighing you down? The call to discipline demands that you throw it off. Are you man enough?

Parkinson’s Run coming soon.