F3 Knoxville

Borrowed Ethos

The Project
Workout Date: 4 Aug 2022
QIC: Kick-Flip

THE SCENE:  73 and clear.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Administered faithfully, even though the PAX were eager to get started.

  • SSH
  • KCP
  • LBAC F&B
  • Mosey
  • Tempo Squat
  • Mountain Climbers


Mosey to the Rock Pile.  Toys are set out in a circuit.  Visit each station for 50 seconds, switching with the timer.  No rest in between.  Keep track of your total number of reps.

  1. Tire hit
  2. Goblet squat
  3. Ball Slams
  4. Jump rope
  5. Battle rope alternating waves
  6. Thrusters
  7. Stack squat
  8. CMU swings
  9. Heavy Lunges
  10. Curls
  11. Bench Press
  12. Single Arm Row (Left)
  13. Pull ups
  14. Hanging Leg Raises
  15. Mountain Climbers

Mosey recovery.

Round 2:  Flip the cards.  Can you beat your total number of reps from Round 1?  Exercises were;

  1. Tricep extensions
  2. Tire flip
  3. Jump rope (double under)
  4. Slam ball launch
  5. Blockees
  6. Battle rope slams
  7. OHP
  8. Plyo merkins
  9. Heavy Al Gore
  10. Good mornings
  11. Single Arm Row (Right)
  12. Farmer Step-ups
  13. Hanging Leg Raises
  14. Pull ups
  15. Flutter kicks


5 minutes of Mary – dealer’s choice


Me and 11 of the best men I know


The United States Coast Guard tracks its lineage back to August 4 of the year 1790, when acting on the recommendation of then-Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, Congress established the Revenue Marine and authorized the construction of a fleet of ten small ships, whose responsibility would be enforcement of our nation’s first tariff laws.  In the early 20th century, that organization would merge with the U.S. Lifesaving Service to form the U.S. Coast Guard, dedicated to saving life at sea and enforcing our nation’s maritime laws.  On this, the birthday of the Coast Guard, we drew our inspiration from that organization’s Ethos.  The United States Coast Guard’s Ethos is this:

  • I am a Coast Guardsman.
  • I serve the people of the United States.
  • I will protect them.
  • I will defend them.
  • I will save them.
  • I am their shield.
  • For them I am Semper Paratus (“always ready”)
  • I live the Coast Guard core values.
  • I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman.
  • We are the United States Coast Guard.

When your life’s purpose is outside of yourself (and bigger than yourself), living purposefully requires self-sacrifice.  To be a high-impact man, we are called to self-sacrifice and to live not for ourselves, but for others.  Within F3, we say “Live Third”, which is to “consistently and deliberately place oneself behind Creator and Community”.  God, then family, then me.

Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

I frequently struggle with this, but this morning shared a recent victory.  Tomorrow, we close on a new home.  We’ve been looking for almost 2 years and the reason it has taken so long is 100% me.  The reasons we started looking for a new home were, 1) to have more bedrooms so we could become a foster family, and 2) to be closer to the activities for my wife and kids.  I then layered on top of that short list ALL my interests; a pool, a workshop, the right “look”, a short commute…me…me…me.  I lost track of our original two objectives and became consumed with my own interests.

About a month ago, the reality of my selfishness hit me like a falling ton of bricks and I vowed to set my long set of “wants” aside.  So, when my wife brought me a listing that she wanted to see, I said, “go and see it, I’ll watch the kids”.  When she came home and said it would work for us and wanted to make an offer, I agreed without stipulation.  We offered…they accepted…we’re moving.  It’s not exactly the home I would have picked for us (which, BTW, probably does not exist) – but it is perfect for what the family needed.  After 2 years of thinking and acting selfishly, I was finally able to Live Third and put their interests ahead of my own.

In homage to the Coast Guard, we borrowed their ethos and re-purposed it for application in our lives.  We substituted “husband” and “father” into that Ethos – and it made a pretty good operating standard for Living Third. 

  • I am a father. I am a husband.
  • I serve my family.
  • I will protect them.
  • I will defend them.
  • I will save them.
  • I am their shield.
  • For them I am Semper Paratus
  • I hold myself accountable to high values.
  • I am proud to be a father. I am proud to be a husband.

BB Reader,
In what ways are you putting your interests ahead of your family’s interests?
How can you practice Living Third this week? 


  • Nice to have Chit Chat from downrange again!
  • Ocho is crushing it!  Keep it up!
  • What?!?  Nobody beat their score from Round 1???
  • Missing you, Snaggletooth!


  • Workday this Saturday
  • Family Workout this Saturday
  • Shield Lock Pool Party this Saturday
  • Prayers for Tuba and Boy George

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