F3 Knoxville

Muggy Friday

Low 70s & muggy

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer

Imperial Walkers IC x 10
Tempo Squat IC x 10
This/that/these/those stretches

Indian run toward the Asylum building

Cone course of 5 cones + steep hill.  3 laps around the course performing exercises at each cone.
Everything on a single count x 20 reps.
Rd1:  Hello Dolly , Diamond Merkins, Squats, Downhill bear crawl, Dive Bombers
Rd2:  Squat Jumps, American Hammers, Dry Docks, Burpees, Smurfjacks
Rd3:  Starjacks, Iron Mikes, Plankjacks, Box Cutters, Wide Merkins

Mosey back to hill beside AO

Battle buddy up & grab 1 CMU per pair.  Buddy A runs to top of hill and performs 10 Windmill Merkins while Buddy B does the following.
Rd1:  Curls
Rd2:  Overhead Press
Rd3:  Upright Rows

Pyramids.   10 reps of each exercise with a 10 pace bear crawl out & back between rounds.
Rd1:  Merkins
Rd2:  Merkins, Squats
Rd3:  Merkins, Squats, Big Boy Situps
Rd4:  Merkins, Squats, Big Boy Situps, Lunges

Final minute:  1 minute of Merkins

Number Off and Name-O-Rama

Does your marriage serve as a witness for Christ?  How do you treat your wife…do you treat her as a daughter of God, just like you want to be treated as a son of God?  When other people look at your relationship with your wife do they see a picture of the gospel?

I recently watched a video series that revolved around these questions and it really impacted me.  The take home point was that I do indeed need to be looking at my marriage in light of eternity.  Instead of focusing on the benefits or frustrations I personally receive from my marriage, I need to put the focus on Christ.  Once I do that I become stronger and more purposeful in everything I do.  I no longer focus on how my wife has frustrated me, or made me mad, or how she doesn’t live up to stereotypical expectations.  Rather, I begin to view her as my partner for sharing the gospel.  Marriage is a perfect union that is a picture of how Christ loved the church and we should be using our marriages to bring glory to Him.

Workout + Q101

55 and cloudy

Welcome, disclaimer and explanation of day (workout + Q101)

– SSH 4ct 30x (IC)
– Squats 4ct x20 (IC)
– Dive Bombers 15x (IC)
– Reverse Lunges x10 (IC)
– Arm Circles Forward 15x (IC)
– Arm Circles Backward 15x (IC)

Partner up with Battle Buddy and line up along the curb

1st Battle Buddy lunges to the first cone, then sprints to second cone, does 5 reps of the exercise while Battle Buddy 2 is jumping air rope.  Switch.

Each round increase by 5 reps until each man does a total of 20 reps.  Three rounds:
– Rd 1 = Ranger Merkins (hands at should width, elbows in)
– Rd 2 = BBS
– Rd 3 = Froggy Squats

Mosey to field opposite the soccer fields

Nickel and Dime Hill Runs
Battle Buddies alternate between…
– 1st Battle Buddy raccoon crawl to the base of the hill, run up the hill, back down the hill, then run backwards up the hill and do 10 fairy jumps, run around back to the start (2nd Battle Buddy alternates flutter kicks and superman swims x15 each)
– Switch

Rinse and Repeat 4x (each man 4 trips)

Pyramid of Pain
Circle up.  We are going to do the following exercises together adding an exercise each round (ending with doing all 5 together).

Exercises (x20 of each):

  1. Narrow Squats
  2. Diamond Merkins

Run up hill!

  1. BBS
  2. Reverse Lunges (each leg counts as 1)

Run up hill

  1. Dry Docks

Mosey to SP

Dealers Choice…
Woodshack – Jay Lo & Pickle Pounders in honor of Hooker’s wedding!
Zygote – Boat Canoe

Number off & Name-O-Rama (37 PAX, 3 FNGs)

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend (Proverb 27:17 NLV)

Notes from Q101
Most important thing: It’s Not About You!
– Your #1 job as Q is the safety of the PAX.
– Men have shown up early and are trusting you to challenge them and keep them reasonably safe.

Not just the exercise, but the explanations, transitions and your BOM
– Explanations and transitions can make or break a workout!

Think through the following when planning your exercises:
– Weather (not just the day of, but the days before)
– Amount of day light
– Size of the PAX (make thing scalable)
– Fitness levels in the PAX

Equipment needs
– Cones, light sticks, CMUs, etc.

– Push, pull, core and leg
– Goal: tax each of the four major muscle groups

– Sprints and distance
– Goal: elevate the heart rate and maintain it

Make sure YOU can do the exercises properly


Talk up the morning on GroupMe. Let the PAX know you are excited to lead them.
Show up early!
Be energetic (you don’t have to be Richard Simmons, but
Always wear a watch
This seems small…it isn’t. The cadence creates a very real synergy for the group.
Proper cadence is:
– “The Next Exercise is ______________________”
– Clear and concise command
– PAX repeat exercise name to demonstrate understanding
– “Starting Position … Move”
– “Starting Position” is the information
– “Move” is the command
– Pause between info and command, to assist with understanding
– “In Cadence … Exercise”
– “In cadence” is the information
– Not all exercises are in cadence
– PAX repeat back “in cadence” to demonstrate understanding
– “Exercise” is the command
– Signals PAX it is time to begin
– Pause between info and command, to assist with understanding
– “1, 2, 3” then PAX calls rep
– Your cadence MUST match the called exercise
– Not all exercises are performed at the same cadence
– Your count matches the body movement
– PAX call the rep number in place of “4”
– Change your voice inflexion on last rep
– Signals to the PAX that we are ending
– Important to keeping morale and order
– “Recover”
– At the end of the called exercise you call “Recover”
– Important command to let everyone know we are finished
– During the workout, engage the PAX
– Have PAX count off for rest times
– Use men’s F3 names
– Laugh, remember…this is supposed to be hard, but it’s also supposed to be fun.
– If you can’t do it, don’t Q it.
– This doesn’t mean you have to be the strongest and fastest, just that you can execute the exercise properly

– NEVER leave a man behind
– This is important when moving around the AO. If the PAX gets stretched out we loose cohesion.
– If you feel the group stretching out, circle back (i.e. wagon wheel) or stop and do a few reps of an exercise (i.e. merkins, squats, etc.)

Desert Storm

THE SCENE 71 degrees and DARK

F3 Welcome & Disclaimer

Side Saddle Hop        ICx20
Imperial Walkers        ICx10
Baby Arm Circle         ICx15
Reverse Arm Circle    ICx15
Squats                        ICx15
Calf Raises                 ICx15
Burpees                      OYOx10

PAX divided up into groups of three for a set of grinders at the AO.  One member started on a set of 250 merkins at one end of the parking lot, while another member started 250 squat presses with a CMU.  Third member of the team carried a sandbag from one end of the parking lot to the other.  Rinse and repeat until groups finished 250 of each exercise.

Mosey to Cardiac Hill

PAX did 30 merkins OYO at the bottom of Cardiac Hill, sprinted to the first turn and did a bearcrawl to the second turn- before sprinting to the top and finishing with another 30 merkins.

Mosey back down to start point (bottom of Cardiac Hill)

30 lunges at the bottom of Cardiac Hill, with a sprint to the firs turn.  Lunge to the second turn and sprint to the top.  20 squat jacks at the top.

Mosey back to the AO

PAX did 20 merkins in the parking lot, then divided into two teams.

Mosey to the playground parking lot

PAX formed two lines and took turns racing 100 yards to the end of the parking lot and returning to the starting line.  While a team member was running, the rest of the PAX were doing lunges, squats, LBC’s and merkins.

Mosey back to the AO

Hello Dolly      ICx25

Number off and Name O Rama

YHC read Proverbs 17:17 and discussed that we need to lean on our brothers when we face adversity.  We also need to have the awareness to see when our brothers need a lift.

YHC then prayed us out.

Lots of spirited mumblechatter and general male goofiness.  It’s a blessing to begin the day with this group.

Sons ‘o Fear and a Walk in the Park

84 degrees and humid

F3 Welcome & Disclaimer

Side Saddle Hop        ICx20
Baby Arm Circle        ICx15
Reverse Arm Circle   ICx15
Squats                        ICx15
Calf Raises                  ICx15

Quick mosey around the perimeter of World’s Fair Park and back to the grassy area near the fountains

Wrestle Mania 2016
PAX divided up into four groups and gathered at one of the four cones set up around the field.  Instructions were to bear crawl counterclockwise around the “ring,” stopping at each cone to perform the following:
10 burpees
20 merkins
30 squats

Rinse and repeat for 15 minutes

Mosey to stairs near Sunsphere

11’s on the Stairway to Heaven:
Increasing merkins (starting with one) at the base of the stairs; decreasing StarJacks at the top of the stairs (starting with ten).

Indian Run back to the AO

Tricep dips                 20 OYO
Incline merkins         20 OYO

Rinse and repeat for four minutes

Ab-O-Rama:  Dealer’s Choice
Hello Dolly
Lance Armstrongs
Flutter Kicks

Number off and Name-O-Rama

YHC read from John 8:12.  He talked about the iconic Sunsphere and how it represented “energy” in the 1982 World’s Fair.  This passage from John encourages us to be a “light” to the world…and we should be lights in our community, our workplace, our church and our home.

YHC then prayed us out.

Wow!  31 PAX participated in the inaugural beat-down at the World’s Fair Park.  Lots of spirited mumblechatter and laughter.  This location offers much for future workouts, including lots of fields, stairs, water and greenway routes.

This AO will help us reach potential PAX both downtown and in East Knoxville.  No sadclown or fartsacker is safe in Knoxville, men.  Let’s keep it going.

Hunger Games at The Asylum

78 and muggy

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer

SSH                      ICx20
Imperial Walker     ICx20
Squats                   ICx20
BAC                       ICx20
Reverse BAC        ICx20

The PAX divided into two groups for a little friendly competition.

The Games
Each group had to run the Lakeshore Park loop (2.1 miles) and complete the 14 work stations set up along the route.  While traversing the trail, each group had to carry a 50lb sandbag and a concrete block (concrete masonry unit- CMU).  The only rule…all PAX had to stay together and finish the exercises before running to the next work station on the trail (plank it out- all you quick youngsters).

Group one began the run on the south entrance of the greenway and Group two started on the north entrance.

Work stations consisted of:  bear crawls, sprints around baseball infield, merkins, burpees, starjacks and a climb up Mt. Everest for a squat sequence.  14 stations in all.  Lots of hill work.

The highlight of the competition was when both groups met in the middle of the greenway (1/2 way through) and Edit led the entire group in a round of IC Starjacks.

Group 2 won the HUNGER GAME battle this time around, but I’m guessing that there will be a rematch in the near future.

Once both groups returned to the start point we gathered up to cash out.

Cash Out
Mountain Climbers                                      ICx20
Offset Merkins (left)                                     ICx10
Squats                                                         ICx20
Offset Merkins (right)                                   ICx10

Abs (Dealer’s Choice)
Box cutters led by Edit                                ICx20
Hello Dolly led by Crawdad                         ICx30
Pac Man led by Land Line                          ICx20 (each leg)
American Hammer led by Slide Rule          ICx20
Pickle Pounders led by Pickle                    ICx15

Count-o-rama, Name-o-rama,


We will never be satisfied with things of this world (money, cars, health), but with Jesus- we will never want for anything.  John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whosever believes in me shall never thirst.”


I couldn’t believe my eyes.  Vehicle after vehicle rolled in to the AO and it was a legendary line-up.  Many of the original PAX from the Day 1 launch in 2015 were there for a hot and humid beat down.  Mumblechatter was in full swing 15 minutes before the workout began.

Incredible having so many “old timers” out this morning! It was an awesome day at the Asylum.  The best part of the day was when FNG- Snitch- informed the group that Woodshack once posed in his “underwear” for a cover photo for Newsweek magazine. Potential new F3 names for Woodshack are Zoolander and Playboy. Too bad Woodshack was unable to post today…he’ll pay for that information later.

Keep Gus in prayer as he prepares for the BAR exam this month.  Also prayers for Pablo and other memebers of the PAX who are traveling.

Great energy and hype today at the Asylum.