F3 Knoxville

“If I want to be healthy …. “

THE SCENE: Pretty nice, dry and 45ish






Some back stretching stuff



4.5 laps around the park = 1.66 mile

5 min max burpees

1 min max Big Boy Situps

1 min max Merkins

Max pullups

Ran out of time (again)

Lizzy, Z-Pack, FixerUpper

I was listening to a Hunt for Wellness podcast (always a good listen) and the host, F3 Bones, was discussing alcohol. I included a link to the pod below. Please listen to it.

Bones said, essentially, “If you want to be healthy, here are some approaches you can try.” He went on to say that, fundamentally, alcohol is poisonous to us. Not great news.

Putting these two thoughts together, I get “If I want to be healthy, why would I drink poison?” I haven’t been able to think of a good reason yet.

Note : this is not intended to sway anyone one direction or another on alcohol. That is up to you. Some information states that drinking in moderation has some health benefits, but no one appears to recommend that non-drinkers start drinking.

However, I would like you to consider the question “If I want to be healthy, then ________ “

Often, I don’t even ask the question.

  • I eat the doughnut because it is there.
  • I watch the show because it is on.
  • I drink the beer because its in my fridge.
  • I fartsack because I didn’t prepare beforehand.
  • I miss connecting with my family because I am looking at my phone.

If I want to be healthy, then I need to ask myself some questions. Join me in this hard work, brothers.

Prayer for Z-Pack and his family.

Lizzy – GORUCK Tough on 2/24


F3 Open House – North Hills Edition. April 3 – 8. Weeknight workouts designed to reach men where they are and give F3 away to all takers. Service project included.

1st F Challenge – 8000 steps a day. See 1st F channel

Escape from Haw Ridge CSAUP – April 14 9pm – midnight





Better Late Than Never

THE SCENE: Balmy for a February morning. YHCs type of weather.

SSH – Tempo Squats – Calf raises – Hamstring stretch – SSH

We began a mosey heading towards the FC Skatepark. About halfway there we stopped for a quick peak at what was coming – one round of mucho lego (10 reps). Then we continued the mosey!

Once we reached the skatepark we began the beatdown in earnest. This consisted of 2 rounds of the following:

Mucho Lego (x10):

  • Narrow squat
  • Standard squat
  • Wide squat
  • Bonnie Blair

Ab Break 1

  • Freddie Mercury (x25)
  • Crunchy Frog (x25)

Leg Circuit 2:

  • Single Leg Pogo (x10 each leg)
  • Box jump (x10)
  • Super skaters (x10 each leg)
  • Jump squat (x10)

Ab Break 2:

  • Flutter Kick (x25)
  • American Hammer (x25)

Quick mosey down the block and back before repeating!

No time for a Mary today. Made it back to the flag just in time!
Frizzles (QIC), Fixer Upper, Lizzy
Take some time to think about how F3 has impacted your life. Who can you give it away to?

2/8/23 Quackblast

THE SCENE: Pretty nice, dry and 50ish


PAX took note that YHC mentioned “modifying” twice, presuming that the beatdown would be extra horrible. It was no such thing.



Michael Phelps



Some back stretching stuff

A couple trips across the FUMCFC parking lot

Travel halfway across, jog back, travel all the way across, jog back.

Methods of travel

  • Duck Walk
  • Crab Walk
  • Bear Crawl

EMOM for 10 mins

Q called out the exercise and the number of reps to be completed in 1 min. If PAX finished before 1 min, they could rest.

Exercises included :

  • 10 burpees
  • 20 OHP
  • 25 side bends with CMU
  • 25 plank jacks (single count)
  • 25 curls
  • 25 merkins
  • And some others

Because he saw it on TikTok, Lizzy took the opportunity to lead in some Joker merkins, which was a plank, crawl, pushup sorta deal.

Because he saw it on Slack, YHC took the opportunity to lead in some “Bunny Humpers.” This consists of our old friend the Murder Bunny, with a Monkey Humper added after every block movement.

Because the You v. You workout is coming up on 2/22, the PAX practiced max pullups and a .66 mile run for time.

Ran out of time (literally running as fast as possible during this time)
FixerUpper, Lizzy, Wilson
I was reminded at Q101 on Saturday that the workout is the means, not the end.

“The Mission of F3 is to plant, grow and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership.”

The goal of the workout is that our leadership is invigorated. How?

By practicing leadership both in the gloom and during the day.

By not fartsacking physically, spiritually, emotionally, or professionally.

By having authentic relationships with our families and each other.

Prayer for Z-Pack and his family.


You v. You Challenge on 2/22

VQ week, next week

Rain and the Cardinal 100

THE SCENE: Not the best. 40ish and rainy



All IC,
SSH 20 count
Hamstring Stretch

Lil bit o this

Lil bit o that

Somma these

Somma those

1 lap around the park (approx. 1/3 of a mile for those of you counting)


Set up shop in the pavilion for some Doras. 1 guy runs a lap and 1 guy does the exercise. Continue until exercises are complete. 1 team of 3.

100 Merkins

150 LBCs

200 Squats

Approx 1-1/2 rounds complete until time called

YHC spoke a short reminder about Cardinal and his efforts to complete Make America Burpee Again, or 100 burpees a day for each day in January.  Reminder to pray for his family and to make our days count.

The Cardinal 100 is 100 Burpees divided by the number of PAX in attendance. Each PAX did 20 burpees for a group total of 100.

YHC originally miscalculated the number to be 25 each but was quickly corrected.

5 PAX : Frizzles, CntAltDel, Lizzy, Z-Pack, FixerUpper

Do you love people or do you love what they can do for you? YHC shared an experience where he chose the latter of those two but found “grace upon grace” with his M.


Z-Pack’s father

Lizzy prep for GORUCK Tough in February

Presented Lizzy with a gift of reflective bands for his ever-present ruck

February 13 – 18 VQ week! Step to the center and lead. We will always support you in this. Start thinking about it now, and I am glad to co-Q with you. If we have more than 1 VQ pending, we can do a workout on Friday 2/17 rather than a ruck.

Q-Signup App – available in Slack

Link to how to Q https://f3knoxville.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Q101.pdf

February Accelerate workout – pending – do a workout, set the baseline, do it again 6 months later, have some data to evaluate your fitness.

F3 Open House – One workout in the evening, every evening for a week. Purpose – to lower the bar for entry into / experience with / enthusiasm for F3. In the planning phases. Penciled in for North Hills in early March.

EMOM’s my favorite!

THE SCENE: 22 and crispy
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER Coulda done better, in retrospect

  • 20 SSH
  • Hamstring stretch
  • Quad Stretch
  • Michael Phelps
  • Lil Bit O’ This
  • Lil Bit O’ That

Parking lot work

Mosey from side of parking lot to middle, back, then to far side (let’s not call it a suicide)

Same thing with duckwalk, b/c it is the Quacken

Took a coupon to Friday Morning Lights, a parking lot favorite of mine

  •  20 rounds of EMOM, varying exercises and rep counts. Exercises included :
    • 25 curls
    • 20 OH press
    • 30 SSH IC
    • Bear crawl up parking lot
    • Burpee Broad jump up parking lot
    • 50 air presses
    • 20 seal claps IC
    • 15 butt-release squats
    • 5 burpees
    • 20 merkins
    • Q delegated a few rounds to PAX to call out

Circle of Pain, 5 rounds ea.

  • Merkins
  • Monkey Humpers aka Howlin’ Monkeys

Pretzels, penguins, v-ups, and stargazers

4 PAX including FNG Z-Pak! PBR joined us downrange from F3 Spring Hill

Herbie, PBR, Z-Pak, FixerUpper

Isaiah 9:6

…And he will be called Wonderful Counselor…

Jesus has the best advice and deepest understanding of any situation. He is able to counsel wisely and wonderfully. I’ve been trying to take situations to Him the past week to seek His counsel.

Also, an old hymn reminds me of this gift :

1 What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer!

2 Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer!
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer!

3 Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer!
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.


Prayers for Herbie’s M and 2.0, PBR’s difficult situation, F3 Spring Hill to continue to Accelerate

Also, we enjoyed an on-site coffeeteria and some bonus 2nd F

QSignup app on Slack