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What the Hard Times Reveal

THE SCENE: Perfectness


  • Pyramid Dora 42 each
    • Merkins
    • Carolina Dry Docks
    • Grady Corns
    • Kettle Bell Swings
    • Lunges (1 ct)
    • Calf Raises
    • Ankle Taps
    • LBCs
    • Hello Dollys (1ct)
    • Crab Kick Outs
  • Pyramid Dora 42 each
    •  Good mornings
    • OH press
    • Bench Press
    • Rows
    • Curls
    • Squats
    • Big Boys
  • Pyramid Dora 42 each
    • Frog Squats
    • Twisting Gas Pumps
    • Rocky Balboas
    • Flutter Kicks (1 ct)
    • SSH



I recently went through an experience with an old friend.  We grew up together, were room mates in college for years, and then live drifted us apart nearly 20 years ago.  So much so that I ran into his “wife” in the grocery store, asked how he was, and found out they got divorced.  A few months ago, his mother had a major medical issue.  He called me needing help, and like we’d never grown apart, I reacted, stepped in, helped get some stuff local handled so could get on the road to be with his mom.

The situation reminded me of a song called “Daylight” by Shinedown.  There’s a line in that song that says, “It’s amazing what the hard times can reveal.  Like who shows up, who walks away, and who’s for real.”  It’s easy to show up when times are good.  So, I challenge everyone to think about their life and to think about the people and situations where you will show up, and when you’re going to walk away.


The Perfect Gift: Time

THE SCENE: Clear and a crisp 28 degrees

SSH-cadence x 20
Arm circles-cadence each direction x 16
Cherry pickers x 10
30 sec on own


Mosey to open square with short wall

  • Dips x 20
  • step ups x 20
  • Heels to heaven x 20

Mosey to back hill/circle drive, 3 corners Pyramid over and back

1st and 3rd corner

  • 5 burpees
  • 10 Merkins
  • 15 BBS
  • 20 squats

Top of Pyramid

  • 20 squats
  • 15 BBS
  • 10 Merkins
  • 5 burpees

Mosey to Coupon pile

  • Overhead press with CMU/coupon x 20
  • Stairs up, core exercise of choice, stairs down
  • Swings with CMU/coupon x 20
  • Stairs up, core exercise of choice, stairs down
  • Heavy Squats x 20

Mosey to parking lot

  • 10 calf raises on curb
  • Run to first line, 5 burpees, back to curb, 10 calf raises
  • Run to 2nd line, 10 merkins, back to curb, 10 calf raises
  • Run to 3rd line, 15 BBS, back to curb, 10 calf raises
  • Run to 4th line, 20 squats, back to curb, 10 calf raises

Mosey to flag

  • Flutter kicks x 20
  • Hello dolly x 20
  • Pickle poppers until time


Went through story of book by CFA

The reason I tell that story is to help illustrate how our time can be the perfect gift. There are only 24 hours in a day so how we spend our time is important. It doesn’t matter how much we make or how much stuff we have, our time is limited.

So I have 3 challenges to put out there:

  • Be more intentional/present in current situations. Easiest and doesn’t require sacrificing time
  • Find someone (friend/family) to spend more time with
  • More time in the word-study the Bible, not just read

James 4: 13-14

Come now, you who says, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring – what your life will be! For you are like a vapor that appears for a little while, then vanishes

Leave you with this quote from C.T. Studd, England’s most famous Cricketer. Most famous cricket player at the time and quit to become a missionary

“Only one life, ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last” –

My first VQ. Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed the gloom with me.

Get in the Wheelbarrow

THE SCENE: Cool and breezy, around 40 degrees moderate cloud coverage

Check, if you could hear it over the mumblechatter, which picked up significantly when Brick and Steam decided to go bare chested.  Glass cutters club!

-10 SSH (20x, (4-ct), in cadence) RUN 2 CIRCLE LAPS (TO THE LEFT) R&R 10 SSH RUN 2 CIRCLE LAPS TO THE RIGHT

– 10 STEVE EARLES (4-ct), in cadence

– 10 Rockettes, (4-ct), in cadence

-LBCS Forward/backward  (4-ct), in cadence

– 10 Cherry Pickers (4-ct), in cadence


  • Mosey to Serpentine Sidewalk north of the AO.
    • “2-4-6-8 WHO DO WE APPRECIATE” Run down sidewalk, suicide style, stopping at EVEN # lights to do the following exercises:
      • 2 lights: 4 MERKINS/ 4 lights: 8 merkins/ 6 lights 12 merkins/ 8 lights, 16 merkins. ON LAST REP SWEEP FOWARD
      • Rinse and repeat with SQUATS
      • Rinse and repeat with BBS (2-ct)
    • Mosey east on path to intersection, stop to do 20 Imperial Walkers
    • Mosey to base of Cardiac
      • 5s from base to first curve, starting with 1 OFFSET RIGHT MERKIN, run up and do 4 OFFSET LEFT MERKINS 1 JUMP SQUAT
      • Fellowship Mosey to second curve
      • 5s from Second curve to Benches, Starting with 1 FROGGY JUMP, run up and do 4 SMURF JACKS.
    • Mosey to AO


I wanted to give Mary her due, since we’ve been ignoring this fair lady for awhile, so we had a good 5-6 minutes of Mary…

    • Plank position, knee to opposite elbow x 10
    • Reverse, x10
    • Hold Elbow Plank x10 seconds
    • R&R until time called
  • Captain Thors
    • 1 BBS/1 4-ct American Hammer
    • 2/8
    • 3/12
    • 4/16

Stretching with Pele
14 Hims and 1 2.0, Cheetah Boy


There’s a story I read recently about a tight rope walker in Europe who was very talented, could do all sorts of tricks.  One of these tricks was to walk on tightrope while pushing a wheel barrow.  A Big Time Promoter over here in the States heard about him, and invited him over to North America to walk over Niagara falls for a lot of money. A LOT of money.  But the Promoter wanted to make sure the guy really was all that and a bag of chips, so he asked him to come over for a demonstration.  The tightrope walker was a bit insulted that his talent was being questioned, but he flew over, they went to Niagara Falls, he walked back and forth over the falls, without the wheelbarrow, and then he did it with the wheelbarrow.

When he was finished, he returned to the Promoter and said, “There!  Now do you believe I can do it”?

The Promoter said, “Yes, I’m sorry I doubted you, I believe you can do it.”

“No No” said the tightrope walker, “I want to REALLY make sure you believe in my abilities! After all, I don’t want you to have any doubts”.

“Of Course I believe you! I just saw you do it!  Yes, yes, I believe you!”

The Tightrope walker said with an evil grin…  “If you really believe I can do it… Then get in the wheelbarrow.”

Living in Faith requires us to get in that wheelbarrow and have trust and faith. Must give control up to God.  It can be a little bit scary.  When I was about 10 I went on the American Eagle roller coaster at Great America in Gurnee, Illinois for the first time.  Wooden roller coaster that held several records when it was built in the 80s, including longest drop and fastest speed.  Here are some stats on that sucker:

  • built with approximately 1,360,000 feet (410,000 m) of lumber,
  • 129,720 bolts,
  • 30,600 pounds (13,900 kg) of nails (How many of those have come loose over the years?)
  • 55 degree max invert angle (Think of that!)

Rickety, wheels squealing on the rails, lots of motion.  I was petrified.  But you have to believe that the safety measures are in place and that you’ll be ok.  But you don’t really KNOW it until you take that ride.  There are ups and downs, twists and turns on your faith journey.  But in the end, you’ll be exhilarated, like that 10 year kid on a rollercoaster.


Get your dogtag order in!  Looking for new F3 Knoxville F1 and F3 leaders.  Hot Toddy Q this Saturday!

It’s raining and cold

THE SCENE:  38 rain AKA gross

8 man makers

cherry pickers

2 Burpees
mosey over around stone henge and over to the bath house.

2 burpees and mosey back to the pavilion.

  • Tabata timer 10 sec rest and 50 seconds on
  • Bulgarin split squats
  • rest
  • merkins
  • rest
  • shoulder taps
  • rest
  • V-Up
  • rest
  • BBS
  • rest
  • jump squats
  • rest
  • Flutter Kicks
  • rest
  • Around the clock merkins
  • rest
  • step ups
  • rest

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Oh, the Places We Will Go

THE SCENE: Beautiful 27 degree darkness


Abe Vagoda


This and That

7s – merkins and pull-ups

11s – big boys and SSHs (4 count)

21s, 20 overhead press, 20 rows

EMOM – 10 box jumps, 10 ground dips, 10 crunches

EMOM – 10 squats, 10 CDDs, 10 freddie mercs

No time for Mary
11 HIMs
Proverbs 1:8-19