F3 Knoxville

9/21 Arsenal

THE SCENE: Cool. Has fall arrived?

SSH, mosey a lap

Partner up, one partner runs clockwise, the other heads the opposite direction. One PAX is double farmer carrying CMUs. When partners meet, they do 15 CMU goblet squats and 10 CMU BBS. They switch who is running and who is carrying and continue. We did this for half a mile.

Dora 7s

still partnered up, Dora 7s on the stairs. Each partner counts up with thrusters at the track, while the other does thigh masters at base of stairs.



1/2 mile mosey, PAX roulette.
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It never gets easier. You get better
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One Generation Away

THE SCENE: Low 60’s and beautiful

25 SSH (4-count)

5 Cherry pickers

10 Tempo Merkins

10 Tempo Squats

10 Flutter Kicks (4-count)


Mosey to the coupon pile with a stop for 3 rounds of the Loading Dock up and overs 

Draw a card; do number in reps of:

  • Clubs – Curls
  • Spades – American Hammers
  • Diamonds – Overhead Press
  • Hearts – Raisers
  • After each round, up the stairs to touch the rec center

Mosey to the stadium

11’s – 10 Twinkle toes, 1 squat

Mosey towards the quad 

Burpee Freeze Tag

Mosey to the flag with stop for hello dollies (10 – 4 count) and a lap around the parking lot to help two HIMs finish their IPC.


We are considering the concept of Family Discipleship this week. Kickflip talked about the power of moments and discipling around milestones in your children’s lives. I was given the less sexy topic of consistent intentionality which goes something like

Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6

What is the opposite? If you don’t train your child, you do not know the path he will take. 

How many generations is any family, my family, your family from faithlessness? One

Judges 2:7-12 (abbreviated by Commission) The people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who survived Joshua, who had seen all the great work of the Lord which He had done for Israel. 8 Then Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died. 10 All that generation also were gathered to their fathers; and there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord, nor yet the work which He had done for Israel.

11 Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served other gods, 12 and they forsook the Lord, the God of their fathers.

This is near and dear to my heart. My parents are first generation Christians. I grew up in a moral household but not a spiritual household. My parents talked about right and wrong but never studied the Bible with me, never quoted the Bible to me. When I went to college, I had my conscience as a guide and it didn’t turn out well for me – Bad company corrupted good morals. They weren’t intentional with my faith so I wasn’t intentional with my faith. 

If you want your son to be a baseball player, you throw the ball with him. If you want your daughter to be a soccer player, you kick the ball with her. If you want your kid to get good grades, you do homework with them. Intentional actions with intentional outcomes. 

Take them to church, but know that that is not enough. Take them to youth group but don’t rely on the youth minister to make them a believer. If you want your child to be a Christian, you open the Bible with them. If you aren’t a strong teacher yet, share thoughts from a devotional. As you mature, begin to give specific lessons or work your way through a book of the Bible explaining to your kids who God is and what he expects from us. 

Intentional actions have intentional outcomes.

Discipline v Motivation

THE SCENE: Beautiful fall morning, clear sky for star gazing

  • Projectivators
  • LBACs
  • Grady Corn
  • Morocan Night Clubs
  • Chatty Pickers
  • Tempo squats
  • Cherry Pickers
  • Tempo Merkins
  • Mountain Climbers


  • Mosey to the stadium seats
  • Dora – One works while the other goes down the seats and back up
    • 200 Merkins
    • 200 LBCs
  • Mosey to the playground and rotate through pull ups while working on 150 squats OYO
  • Mosey to upper parking lot and line up on first spaces
  • Mosey to each line do squats, then merkins, then imperial walkers then bernie back. Start with 10 each, then 20, 30, 40.
  • Same idea, except broad jump between, do lunges, dry docks, and freddie mercuries. Start with 10 and add 5 each time.

RTF (with a JB)

No time

I heard this idea from Jocko Willink, who is a former Navy SEAL officer and author of a book called Extreme Ownership. He articulates the difference between motivation and discipline. Motivation is the opposite of discipline. Motivation is the spontaneous urge or desire to do something, and often leads us to start something new. But motivation is a feeling, transient and fleeting. It may support you for a while, when you are well rested, healthy, and relaxed. But like all feelings, it has a tendency to abandon us when we are tired, or sick, or stressed. Discipline is, by contrast, the learned behavior of perseverance in spite of obstacle. Discipline receives the conclusion of mental activity, in which we identify what we ought to do, and holds us to the doing. Motivation is like the impassioned “falling in love” which often propels us into a romance, but discipline is the agape/caritas/charity love that stands against the flux of time.

Motivation feels good, but discipline bears fruit. Discipline reminds you what you know to be true in spite of what you feel right now. I often desire motivation so that I need not exercise discipline, but my experience is that it usually cuts the other way: When I exert discipline and do what I know I should but don’t want to, I find that motivation often follows. The key is to enjoy it while you have it without becoming dependent on it, for as soon as you start seeking motivation, it will abandon you.

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis discusses this idea in his chapter about faith:

Now Faith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. For moods will change, whatever view your reason takes. I know that by experience. Now that I am a Christian, I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.

So when we see this common thread running through love and faith and discipline, I suppose it comes as no surprise that Jesus followers were first called Disciples, functionally “those under discipline.” So, I exhort you to abandon efforts to “get motivated” and instead “get discipline”.

Always a pleasure to visit the Men of the Fort. I’m even buyin’ the t-shirt…
2nd F on Saturday Oct. 1. 2.0 Q at The Project Oct. 8. Brolympics Nov. 5.

Birthday Burpees Bring Big Blessings

THE SCENE: Insert info about the weather, etc.
Ankle Roll x 5 ea OYO
Calf Raises x 10 + x 5 ea OYO
Cherry Picker x 5 IC
Drinking Bird (Flamingo) x 5 ea OYO
Tempo Squat x 10 IC
El Capitan x 8 (2 forward, turn around and 2 back out)
Werewolf x 5 OYO
Overhead Clap x 10 IC
Neck Roll x 5 ea OYO

Falling Indian Run – Burpees / Merkins / Squats to the football field parking lot or the hill

El Capitan up the hill if we have to go around
Squats at the top 10 each person / til the 6 gets up the hill.

Mosey carefully down to the Bleachers.

Snake up and down – every other row a PAX stops.
Incline Merkins going up
Squats going down
Overhead Clap at the bottom

Repeat for all of the bleachers

May modify this depending on the PAX’s mood:
Burpee Broad Jump on the track (5 each) back followed by El Captain or if it’s not too tiring / finishes quickly repeat in reverse. Mod = Core to let the PAX catch their breaths and Lunge and then core (also can do if we don’t have to run around)

Mosey back
Crawl bear down the hill
5 Burpees at the Bottom. Plank for the 6 if necessary.

Falling Indian Run – Burpees back to the #ShovelFlag

Burpees Squared –
PAX pair up. Each PAX runs the squar but at each corner the PAX does a Burpee starting with the corner where all PAX are. While the burpee running is happening other pax does one exercise:

LBC Pickle Pointer Fluter Kick Squat

Dealer’s Choice (almost ended with Pickle Pointer Ring of Fire (starting with 3)
Dealer’s choice but every exercise has to be a Burpee)

9 men got their weekly dose of burpees!


Today’s my birthday! I’m so happy to share it with you men at the start!

As many of you know, lately I’ve had my thoughts on a certain person. She’s gotten my attention and my thoughts go there often. But the best part about her? She fills my thoughts with the Word of God. We talk about it all of the time.

We discuss what we’re meditating on, what we’re reading through, what our devotionals that we read says (we even discovered we have the same daily devotional book)!

Many people probably know what the greatest two commandments are. Love God and love others. This fulfills the whole law! The Jews counted up 613 different laws from the Torah to be followed and yet if you did these two things you would fulfill the law.

Coupled with this is what Jesus said with your heart – what you meditate on, what you think about, will overflow. This is also stated in the same passage that Jesus quotes when asked about the Greatest Commandment in Deuteronomy 6:4-9:

4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Obedience to God’s law is threefold: immediately, completely, and joyfully. We can ask God to help us follow through, especially with our hearts, as we think about The Good News of Law as my church put it during a study we did this summer.

So today, dwell upon, meditate on, talk about, and think of God’s law. You will see the fruit of thinking about how good it is all the time with a heart that overflows with belief of the same.

Birthday Q’s seriously make your day go so well. 11/10 would recommend any opportunity you get to Q on your bday to do it!
IPC still happening. Brolympics 11/5/2022 at The Asylum. Watch Slack for sign-ups.

IPC week 3-the Project

THE SCENE: a little warmer than it has been lately (upper 60s)

15 SSH, 10 tempo squats, 15 Moroccan night club


  • 20 Coupon Presses
  • 20 Burpees
  • 20 Curls
  • 20 V-Ups
  • 20 Goblet Squats
  • 13 Man-Makers
  • 400M Run

One extra 400M run at the end
IPC…enough said
10 at the Project this morning
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” – Matthew 23:27‭-‬28 NASB1995

This is just one of many things that the Pharisees were doing that Jesus teaches against. How often do we do the same things? We are to always be true and never try to act righteous just when we are seen by men. God is always watching! It is He who we should be pleasing. We are to be the same person in all aspects of our lives. We can’t be a truly godly man and be ungodly every where but Church at the same time.

It was nice to share in the misery that is Iron PAX with my brothers!