F3 Knoxville

Shamrock Q101/GrowSchool

Workout Date: 26 Jun 2020
QIC: Tank

THE SCENE: Cool Friday morning in the gloom – men arrive and pre-mumblechatter begins


Tank speaks about how to start F3 and lead well from the very beginning.

  • (1) Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith
  • (2) My name is Steam and I am honored to be one of your 2 Qs this morning. Alongside with Abscess we have a great morning coming your way
  • (3) A couple things before we begin:
    • I’m not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • I don’t know any injuries you may or may not have, so if you need to modify anything we do this morning – feel free to do so – but push yourself and the men around you. They deserve it and so do you.

^^^Let’s break this down some more^^^

  • F3 starts on time – every time
    • The men you’re leading deserve to have their time respected – so do you as the Q
    • So whether it’s 0530 or 0700 – start on time
    • Give a timeframe warning 5 minutes out, 2 minutes out, 1 minute out, etc – so the men can get ready to roll
  • What is this? Why are we here? –> “Welcome to F3: Fitness/Fellowship/Faith
    • Whether you’re a seasoned F3 guy or a FNG it’s important for the Q to introduce what this is and why you are here.
    • Welcome the men – it’s early (weekdays more than Saturdays) – so welcome the men to F3 – lay out those 3 Fs as well. This is an important way to remind the men that they’re about to take part in F3.
    • This is important for FNGs as well – they don’t know what they don’t know.
    • Great segway – check to see if you have any FNGs in your midst. Why?
      • Because it’s crucial for you as the Q to know who your new guys are so you can have situational awareness as you lead AND for the F3 guys to know who the FNGs are in their midst so they can support them (think of your first time at F3)
  • Disclaimer
    • We MUST have vocalized the disclaimer – thus releasing you (the Q) from being legally responsible for the next 45 minutes or 60 minutes. Why?
      • Because unless you just really intimately know every single one of the men that showed up to F3 – you probably don’t know any injuries they may or may not have.
    • (1) I’m not a professional (even if you are a “professional” – there ain’t no F3 professionals (up for debate….)
      • You as the Q are not being paid to be there and the men are not paying to be there
      • This speaks to the volunteer leadership F3 pushes – no certifications are necessary to lead F3.
    • (2) You’re here on your own volition
      • No one is forcing you to be here or stay here. What this is really saying is that you made a conscious choice to be here this morning. THIS MEANS SOMETHING. If they made a conscious choice to wake up early and come to F3 this morning – they deserve to be led – and expect to be led.
    • (3) Modify as you need
      • There are no DS’s or DI’s at F3. There’s no clipboards and someone breathing down your back watching every single rep.
      • When the Q says this, he is reminding the men that are under his command for the next 45 minutes or 60 minutes that they are free to go as hard as they want – but will receive no judgement for the work that they do. If you can do 10 merkins – awesome – do 10 merkins. If you can do 100 merkins – awesome – do 100 merkins.
      • When I Q (Steam) – my verbiage is “I don’t know any injuries you may or may not have – so if you need to modify anything we do this morning feel free to do so – but push yourself and the men around you – they deserve it and so do you. ”
        • I’m setting the tone with this message as the Q
        • No one will judge you if you can’t do every rep BUT there is an expectation to push yourself and the HIM around you.
      • Reminder: No man left behind – No man left the same
  • Intro
    • If you want to have an introductory/motivational word to share with the men briefly before you step off – this is a great way to set the tone for the morning.
      • “The name of the game is one foot in front of the other”
      • “You’re here for a reason and so are they – make it count”
      • “Carry the fight and keep it there for 60 minutes. That’s what we’re gonna do this morning.”


  • SSH
  • Rockette
  • Imperial Walker
  • Merkin
  • Shoulder stretches
  • 2 laps around the parking lot

THA-THANG: (Steam)

Steam takes over – appoints a 6 sweeper (Tank)

(Mosey to the front of CHS)

Steam reminds PAX to KISS = Keep It Simple Sir // Don’t Q something you can’t do. This isn’t a chest-beating contest to lead the hardest workout. It’s not about YOU. It’s about the men that are under your command – making sure they’re taken care of and understand what’s going on and what they’re supposed to be doing.

(Battle Buddy Teams Assemble)

  1. Dora
    1. as a team – you have 300 squats, 200 merkins, and 100 flutter kicks to execute
    2. Battle Buddy 1 (BB1) will run to the gates of the track – execute 1 burpee, and run back to recover Battle Buddy 2 (BB2), picking up on the # of reps BB1 completed.

[ Time Out ]

Steam gives the “RECOVER” after teams finish merkins and gives the reminder of a Q’s situational awareness – it’s the Q’s responsibility to have situational awareness for the men that are under his command. So if I can tell that the men are getting insanely smoked – it’s responsible of the Q to call an audible instead of continuing on with a”beatdown for beatdown’s sake,”

[ Time In ]

Steam calls the “RECOVER” and says the above message ^^^ and proceeds to lead the PAX in the 100 flutter kicks all together – separated in groupings of 25.

(Mosey around the school to the straightaway)

  • Tank is picking up the 6
  • PAX wagon-wheels around the 6
    • No man left behind – leave no man where you found him.

[ 15s ]

  • Merkins & Bobby Hurleys
    • 14 & 1
    • 14 & 2
    • Etc, etc, etc

Timecrunch (7 minutes left in the Q) – if we get through all 15 – great. If we don’t – great.

Steam gives the 2 minute warning to push hard through the rest of 15s

(PAX mosey’s back to the AO – with Cheatsheet carrying the flag out front)


Went out the same we came in – SSHs – 26 on a 1 count to end it.


14 PAX – 2 FNGs –> Welcome Phelps & Karate Kid


I want you to ask yourself this question right now: “Am I using the gifts God gave me to further His kingdom and to love and care for others outside of my family?” Give 20 seconds of silence to ponder.

We are all different, we have different skills and backgrounds. Different personalities, different life experiences. God could heave easily made us all the same. But he didn’t. He gave us these gifts for us to use not to covet.

So now ask yourself this question: “How am I going to use my God-given gift to serve others?” Give 20 seconds to ponder.

Now go do it. If you can’t think of a way, ask me, a fellow HIM, or your church.



  • https://f3nation.com/a-guide-to-your-first-q/
  • Q101 structure and the “Why” of what we do when we Q
  • Check out the link above for Q tips and tricks