F3 Knoxville


THE SCENE: 49 – cool and crisp

Mosey around Parking Lot to Senior Center, Squats, LBAC, Tempo Merkins, Cherry pickers, Stretches OYO


Mosey Pool Wall – 5 Wallpees, Playground – 7 pull-ups, Mosey to Recruiting Center

Heavy Stations: Pax rotate through every station with one pax as the timer until everyone makes it back to their original station. 2 Rounds.

Round 1

  1. CMU Thrusters
  2. CMU Lunges
  3. CMU Tricep Extensions
  4. Tire Flips
  5. Heavy Ball Slam
  6. Chariot Race (pull CMU on rope around parking lot)
    TIMER – Bear Crawl to next Parking Lot island

Round 2:

  1. CMU Kettleswing
  2. CMU Squats
  3. CMU Curls
  4. Sledge Hammer on Tire
  5. Heavy Ball Toss Up
  6. Chariot Race (pull CMU on rope around parking lot)

TIMER – Bernie down to end of Parking Lot and Bernie back

Circle up for Merkin Pyramid – All pax hold plank while one pax does one merkin. Each pax in turn till all have done one merkin. Work up to 5 merkins, and then back down to one merkin.


Lucky 7: Kick, Erector, Mathlete, Biohack, Bobbit, Snaggletooth, and FNG – Skewer! Welcome!

CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM: Straight from QSource

Whetstone (Q1.8) – The Vertical Relationship Between Men

A man must be sharpened like a knife blade

Both a man and a knife are made to cut, but neither can be Effective until properly honed.

A knife is sharpened by a whetstone. While water is used to lubricate the whetstone prior to sharpening that is not where the “whet” part comes from. To whet actually means to sharpen, like with a man’s appetite and his curiosity. In other words, to whet both blade and man is to put on an edge, with a result that is sharp, dynamic and ready to cut. The unsharpened man is dull and lethargic, in-Effective as a Leader and ill-Prepared for the Obstacles he will face in his life.

Just as a man’s appetite for pure food must be whetted, so must his appetite for the heavy responsibility that comes with Leadership . The HIM acts as the Stone to the younger man’s Blade , providing the hard surface against which he becomes sharper and whetting his appetite for greater responsibility.

Hard looks and straight talk (tempered by love) get results

Because the desire of an older man to pass on what he has learned to a younger man is natural, the vertical relationship between Stone and Blade has existed since men first sought the Advantage of gathering together into Communities. But like all relationships, it takes skill and effort for the Whetstone to work. To obtain that skill, a HIM does not wait until he is retired to begin practicing it. He is about the business of Sharpening younger men even while he himself is being Sharpened.

Sharpening does not happen by accident. It must be done with Deliberatude within a vertical relationship between two men who set out to see it happen. It works best between men who are not at the same point of their journey. For a Blade to be Sharpened properly, the Stone must be the harder of the two, at least for a season.

Like the Shield Lock, the Whetstone is a relationship that is subject to the 3P: it must be Proximate, Purposeful and periodic to be Effective.

– Proximity requires the Stone to physically meet with his Blade. While it is fine (good even) for them to also talk on the telephone and email, that is not a replacement for the physical meeting where they can look each other in the eye. Hard looks and straight talk (tempered by love) get results. That cannot be done virtually.

– To be Purposeful, the meeting between the Stone and the Blade must be more than the kind of inconsequential pizza party a Club would have–it must have a particular Outcome in mind: the Acceleration of the Blade’s Preparedness. The Stone’s task within the Whetstone is to help the Blade get ready for the expected and be ready for the unexpected by both encouraging him to turn Pro and providing him with the Bricks he will need to build his own Guardrails. Just as a Workout should Accelerate the HIM’s Fitness, the Whetstone should Accelerate the Blade’s proper personal alignment.

– There is no set rule for the periodicity of the meeting between the Stone and the Blade. It must be frequent enough to be Effective but not so frequent that the Stone and Blade smother each other. This is something both men must determine through trial and error. However, because it is (by design) a Movement away from the Status Quo it will cause pain, and it is man’s general hardwiring to avoid pain. As a result, the Stone must be deliberate to ensure periodicity. Otherwise, his Blade will drift away to something easier.

The Whetstone is necessary for both the Blade and the Stone to Get Right

Through the Whetstone, the Blade receives something he lacked before, a honed edge to his life that he must possess to be Effective and have IMPACT on his Community. But the Stone gets something as well. In fulfilling his natural desire to pour into younger men he Accelerates his own pursuit of proper personal alignment.

Although we tend to think of hypocrisy in binary terms (as in you either are a hypocrite or you aren’t) the truth is that we all practice a bit of hypocrisy, at least subconsciously. None of our deeds match our words 100% of the time. Since we are all hypocrites, the question is one of degree–how big a gap is there between deed and word? The bigger it is, the less Right one will be. In other words, the Get Right requires the hypocrisy gap to be closing with Acceleration.

Nothing closes the hypocrisy gap for a man like having a Blade. Helping another man build his Guardrails through the formation of positive Habits strengthens the Stone’s Guardrails. This principle is reflected in the 12th Step of Alcoholics Anonymous: having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. The act of carrying the message goes hand-in-hand with practicing the principles.

Hypocrisy is dependent upon selfishness and self-delusion. The Whetstone results in an abandonment of self which deprives hypocrisy the fuel it needs to survive. By talking the talk to his Blade, the Stone finds himself more Prepared to walk his own walk.

Thanks for enjoying this HEAVY workout

    OTB workouts at #rampart – new AO in Kingston, April 9 & 23, Saturday 7AM, Ft Southwest Point
  2. Good Friday, April 15 AOQ change at Equalizer
  3. Saturday, Apr 16 – Family Workout, The Project (Bissell Park, Oak Ridge), 9AM
  4. Friday, May 6, The Project CSAUP, 9PM-MIDNIGHT, HAW RIDGE

Honor in the Asking


Lap around Parking Lot (Senior Center and back to Flag), Tempo Squats, Imperial Walkers, Tempo Merkins, 5 Burpees, Cherry Pickers, Stretches OYO, Mosey to Parallel Bars


3 Stations/3 Rounds (Parallel Bars to Pool Wall to Playground, Rinse/Repeat)

Arms/Chest: 10 dips + 10 hand release merkins – bear crawl to halfway tree then mosey to Pool Wall – 10 wallups + 10 diamond merkins – mosey to Playground – 10 werkins + pullups + 50 sec plank

Legs: 10 squats + Monkey Humpers (2-ct) +– broadjump to halfway tree then mosey to Pool wall – 10 squats + lunges each leg – mosey to Playground –10 Bonnie Blairs + squats each leg

Abs: 20 LBC + Freddy Mercury (2-ct) – crabwalk to halfway tree then mosey to Pool wall – 20 LBC + Starfish each side – mosey to Playground – 20 LBC + Heals-to-Heaven

Ring of Fire (plank circle, merkins 1-5-1)

Senior Parking Lot: Sprint to end of parking lot, easy bernie back, rinse-repeat

PAX Choice/PAX Lead

7STRONG: Kick, Mathlete, Rocket, Slappy, Bobbit, Guardrail, Snaggletooth


James 1:5

And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace. (TPT)

If you don’t know what you’re doing, pray to the Father. He loves to help. You’ll get his help, and won’t be condescended to when you ask for it. Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought. (MSG)

  1. Humble Admission/confession of our need: we don’t know everything/anything. Humility is good for all of us. We hate to admit when we don’t know something or need help. We hate to ask for help.
  2. Simple Belief in God’s goodness, wisdom, power. Isaiah 55: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my way higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
  3. Simple Transaction of Asking – There is honor in the asking. It establishes a relationship between God as our Father, and us as His sons. However, it is contingent upon faith/belief in Jesus as the Son of God who was sacrificed for our sins that separated us from intimacy with God. Jesus says, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” That’s how we become sons – through Jesus Christ.

For familiar passages like this, I like to read it from a contemporary translation like the Passion Translation or The Message for a fresh hearing of the Scriptures. Prayed for Guardrail’s Aunt Marilyn in open-heart surgery for healing and salvation for his cousin. Also prayed for several guys and their families recovering from COVID: Borg, Three-peat, Tuba, Kick.

Family Q – Saturday, Feb 5, 10:00AM, Kickflip on Q! Weather-permitting – we’ll call it on Thursday.

CSAUP @ Asylum end of the month – see Slack for deets.


THE SCENE: Nutcracker COLD.

1. Lap around Parking Lot
2. Projectivator x12
3. Squat (4-ct/IC) x12
4. Tempo Merk x12
5. Mtn Climber x12
6. LBAC F/B X12
7. Moroccan x12
8. Grady Corns x12
9. Chattanooga Cherry Pickers x12
10. 12 Burpees OYO
11. Stretch OYO
12. Mosey to Recruiting Ctr


 FLORA 1-2-3 (partner up, 1CMU/PAX)
1. Upper: P1 – 100 Diamond Merk (switch every 10)
P2 – Plank on CMU
P1+P2 Lap Parking Lot with CMU
2. CORE: P1 – 200 LBC (switch every 20)
P2 – Hold legs 6” w/ CMU above head
P1+P2 Lap parking lot with CMU
3. LOWER: P1 – 300 Squats w/ CMU (switch every 25)
P2 – Al Gore with CMU
P1+P2 Lap parking lot with CMU

1. Lunges – 20 Squats
2. Rifle Carry – 20 Curls
3. Bear Crawl – 20 Thrusters
4. Mosey – 20 Tri Extensions

(didn’t have time for the rest of this)
5. Lunges – 10 Blockees
6. Rifle Carry – 20 Am Hammers (2-ct)
7. Bear Crawl – 20 Kettle Swings
8. Mosey – 20 Good Mornings


7STRONG: Kickflip, Mathlete, Tuba, Rocket, Slappy, and “FNG Mailbox”

“Epiphany, also known as Theophany in the east, is a Christian feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ.
In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates principally (but not solely) the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and thus Jesus Christ’s physical manifestation to the Gentiles.” (Wikipedia)

Epiphany – (1): a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something. (2): an intuitive grasp of reality through something (such as an event) usually simple and striking. (3): an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosure.

Matt 2:1-12 (ESV)
2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

1. God still manifests Himself to us.
2. Wise men still seek Him – from all traditions
3. Wise men meditate on the Word.
4. Wise men worship Him – and don’t come empty handed.
5. Wise men listen when God speaks.

Prayed for Cecily giving birth today, Dave and family with covid and grandmother living with them, Chris travelling to visit Grandma Billie for safety and peace, Slappy’s family retreat

Family Q coming Feb 5 – deets in Slack