F3 Knoxville

Memorial Day Tributes at The Equalizer

Workout Date: 31 May 2021
QIC: Blindside

THE SCENE: 51 degrees, a little chilly. Clear. 



SSH x14 LBAC x10 each Cherry Pickers x5 Tempo Squats x14

Total of 53 reps. Memorial Day was officially established in 1968, 53 years ago.


Memorial Day Workouts: 

Mosey to Splash Pad

The Bob:

13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 reps of each exercise

  • Hand-Release Merkins
  • Squats
  • Big Boys
  • 1 Lap around Stonehenge

Mosey to the Flag Pole

21 Guns: (Was supposed to be a 21-minute AMRAP. We did not have the time, but we got 1 round in at the Flag Pole. 

  • 21 Merkins
  • 21 box jumps
  • 14 dips
  • 7 burpees 


5 HIMs. 0 FNGs.


Bob: This memorial workout is dedicated to Robert “Bob” William Nowling from Council Bluffs Iowa.

Bob served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After his military service, he attended Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, and Iliff School of Theology in Denver.

The workout was designed by Coach Ryan Garcia of Bob was an athlete at Wild Horizons for 2 years. They trained 3 times a week for 1 hour each day. Bob had been showing signs of dementia, and his wife began implementing lifestyle changes in order to try and help him. The most prominent changes she made for him were relative to his nutrition and fitness. Coach Ryan said:

“I grew very fond of my sessions with Bob, and the bond we formed over the 2 years extended beyond the gym. I learned a lot from Bob, and working with him was a fun professional challenge that helped me evolve as a coach.

The nature of this workout is intended to be simple. In order to work with Bob, I reminded myself to keep things simple with him. We didn’t need anything fancy to be effective, and that’s what I wanted to express with this workout.”

The rep scheme signifies:

– 91 reps of each movement for Bob’s age when he passed

– 3 movements to represent the number of days they trained every week. Monday they worked upper body, Wednesday they worked lower body, and Friday was his functional day where they did a handful of skills and movements that mimicked tasks he would do in his day-to-day activities.

21 Guns: A functional fitness tribute workout held twice a year on Veterans and Memorial Day in the US – “to honor our Nation’s Warriors, past, present, and future.”

The 21-minute workout and 21 repetitions signify a 21-gun salute, with an exercise for each of the five Branches of the Military. A 21 Gun Salute is the US’ highest display of honor, appropriately reserved for Fallen troops on Memorial Day. 


Praying for Ribbed’s wife, Lillydipper, and Jinxy’s recoveries. Cavalier and his family. Blindside and his wife’s job hunts. 


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