F3 Knoxville

Juco IronPax 2021 Week 1

THE SCENE: Surprisingly pleasant


Iron Pax Challenge #1

Revenge of the Bunnies – IPC 2021 Week 1



For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

— Eph 6:12

This life is full of conflict, war, disease, this workout, and many many terrible things. Let’s not get confused about who the enemy is. Not humans or even this broken world but against spiritual forces of evil who seek to do eternal damage.

Jesus reminds us that in this world we will have trouble. But take heart; he has overcome the world. (John 16:33) Look to Jesus for our peace and heaven for our rest.

Killer B’s

THE SCENE: Not too hot or wet but a whole lot of goose poop

SSH, tempo merkins and squats, cherry pickers, and Imperial walkers.
Thought it was for sure rain so I wasted a “rain inspired” playlist

  • Jog to each parking line, 5 burpees, 10 big boys, 15 Squats, Bernie back a line and then jog 2 forward, rinse and repeat.  Once we reach the other end we Bernie, Broad Jump, & Bear Crawl home
  • Jog to the new building for some fresh Dips and incline merkins with a shuttle run down the steps. AMRAP

LBC and American hammers

Would you recommend you for________? This could be for a dad, husband, boss, friend, co-worker, etc.  If not, why not? And how can you change that?
Pray for all with COVID and for all of us to have patience and compassion.
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Heavy Circuit

F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER:  Administered

  • Seal jacks
  • Hairy rockettes
  • Moroccan nightclub
  • tempo squats
  • Tempo merkin
  • Mountain climber
  • Sprints x 4.

Bear infection.  All PAX gather in a small parking lot.  I’m a bear and the rest of you are crabs.  I’ll bear crawl and you all crabwalk.  If I touch you, you also become a bear with me and then try to get the other crabs.  Continue until we are all bears.  (Hat Tip to Moses – I got this from one of his Qs)


Grab a block…

16 stations.  Perform exercise at the station and move to the next clockwise.  Every 3 minutes a timer will sound – when it sounds, run a lap around the house.  Remember your location and rep and count!  When you return from your lap, pick up where you left off.

Stations were;

  1. 20 Heavy lunges (10 each side)
  2. 40 Shoulder Presses
  3. 30 Heavy LBC
  4. 20 Bobby Hurley
  5. 40 Triceps
  6. 20 BBS with press
  7. 20 Thrusters
  8. 40 Curls
  9. 20 Good mornings
  10. 10 Heels to Heaven (4-ct)
  11. 10 Burpee jumpovers
  12. 25 CMU Swings
  13. 20 Heavy Freddy (4-ct)
  14. 10 Plyo Merkins (10 each side)
  15. 25 Goblet squats
  16. Colt 45


Jelly legs.  Hold squat for 30 seconds.  30 squats then sprint.  Repeat with 20 seconds/20 reps.  Repeat with 10 seconds/10 reps.

Jelly arms.  Hold low plank for 30 seconds.  30 merkins then sprint.  Repeat with 20 seconds/20 reps.  Repeat with 10 seconds/10 reps.

Mary exercises until 6:15


Me and 17 of the best men that I know


Ninety-eight years ago, the island of Japan was ravaged by the most devastating earthquake in recorded history up until that time. The tragic Canto earthquake began at noon and continued for more than three and a half hours, creating a casualty list that would stagger the imagination; 143,000 killed.

The compassionate heart of America was touched. In a matter of hours, a convoy of mercy ships was on the high seas headed for the stricken island. Those ships were equipped with the latest in medical supplies, food, and clothing and staffed with a corp of volunteer workers, doctors, and nurses to minister to the needs of the impacted millions. As the broken nation set about to rebuild her empire, in appreciation for such help from abroad, a famous five-word cablegram was received at the White House.  Signed by the Emperor himself, it read simply, “America, we will not forget.”

Less than a generation later, it was America that would suffer a disaster – this time, one that was unnatural.  December 7, 1941…the first light of dawn was just breaking over the peaceful Hawaiian Islands where, at anchor, lay the vast American fleet. Out of the blue, hurtling at lightning speed on wings of death, came kamikaze hellbent on inflicting destruction.  Relentlessly they pursued.  Battleship after battleship turned belly up. Sailors were strafed as they attempted to swim to safety. 2,300 men were killed in the savage sneak attack. Just eighteen short years after our mercy ships steamed into Tokyo Bay with American good-will…Japan had forgotten that compassion and mercy.

I have a hard time being too critical of that treachery…because I see it as a metaphor for what can happen in my own heart.  How easy it is to forget the incredible mercies that have been shown to us…

After the CSAUP workout two Saturdays ago, Mailbox, Butterknife, and I jumped into Fort Loudon Lake to cool off.  As we were standing in the lake and talking, I realized that we were almost directly across the lake from my friend’s house.  Although I rarely see him anymore, that friend is dear to me – because I hold him responsible for changing the trajectory of my life.  When I was a sad clown, when my ship was capsizing – God used that friend to get me turned in the right direction.  As I stood in the water, recalling where I once was and the path that I was headed down, a wave of deep gratitude swept over me – gratitude for the mercy and compassion that pivoted my life.  How easy it is to forget that mercy.  How easy it is to forget how my life would have been different.  How easy it can be to forget how far God has brought us and what he has delivered us from…  

Psalm 143:4
Remember what God has done for you. Let His grace and mercy comfort you, and remind you of His unfailing love.”

Psalm 103:2
Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.



Prayers for Pool Boy’s pastor and Booster’s friend, Anthony, and his family

Sweating with the Oldies

THE SCENE: Low 70’s with some humidity

Side straddle hop x 20 (4 Count)

Cherry pickers x 5 

Tempo merkins x 10

Failure to launch (modified to a 3 count) x 10

Scorpions (from plank, raise legs individually as high as you can) x 10

Supermans x 10 (4 Count)

Swimmers x 10 (4 Count)

Mosey to the courtyard

  • Dora with one lap around the short path
    • 100 Imperial Walkers (4 Count)
    • 100 Swimmers (4 Count)
    • 100 Mountain Climbers (4 Count)
    • 100 Superman (4 Count)
  • 11’s on the bricks – Dips and Scorpions
  • 30 sec of Bobby Hurleys followed by 30 sec of Wall Sits (2 rounds)
  • Mosey to the AO
    • 10 merkins (4 Count)
    • 10 lunges (4 Count)
    • 10 Failure to launch (modified to a 3 count) x 10
  • Jailbreak to the flag


ONCE THERE WERE two brothers who inherited their father’s land. The two brothers divided the land in half and each one farmed his own section. Over time, the older brother married and had six children, while the younger brother never married.

One night, the younger brother lay awake. “It’s not fair that each of us has half the land to farm,” he thought. “My brother has six children to feed and I have none. He should have more grain than I do.”

So that night the younger brother went to his silo, gathered a large bundle of wheat, and climbed the hill that separated the two farms and over to his brother’s farm. Leaving the wheat in his brother’s silo, the younger brother returned home, feeling pleased with himself.

Earlier that very same night, the older brother was also lying awake. “It’s not fair that each of us has half the land to farm,” he thought. “In my old age my wife and I will have our grown children to take care of us, not to mention grandchildren, while my brother will probably have none. He should at least sell more grain from the fields now so he can provide for himself with dignity in his old age.”

So that night, too, he secretly gathered a large bundle of wheat, climbed the hill, left it in his brother’s silo, and returned home, feeling pleased with himself.

The next morning, the younger brother was surprised to see the amount of grain in his barn unchanged. “I must not have taken as much wheat as I thought,” he said, bemused. “Tonight I’ll be sure to take more.”

That very same moment, his older brother was also standing in his barn, musing much the same thoughts.

After night fell, each brother gathered a greater amount of wheat from his barn and in the dark, secretly delivered it to his brother’s barn. The next morning, the brothers were again puzzled and perplexed.

“How can I be mistaken?” each one scratched his head. “There’s the same amount of grain here as there was before I cleared the pile for my brother. This is impossible! Tonight I’ll make no mistake – I’ll take the pile down to the very floor. That way I’ll be sure the grain gets delivered to my brother.”

The third night, more determined than ever, each brother gathered a large pile of wheat from his barn, loaded it onto a cart, and slowly pulled his haul through the fields and up the hill to his brother’s barn. At the top of the hill, under the shadow of a moon, each brother noticed a figure in the distance.  Who could it be?

When the two brothers recognized the form of the other brother and the load he was pulling behind, they realized what had happened. Without a word, they dropped the ropes to their carts and embraced.

Romans 12:9-13

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Monday Mashup

THE SCENE: Typical Aug; none of that chapped skin, nice and moist air.

Cherry Pickers, Overhead Claps, Peter Parker Merkins, Mountain Climbers and Snowboarders

Animal movement across the big parking lot: Bear crawl, Crab walk, Frog jump, duck walk, inch worms.   Mosey the rest of the way to the coupon pile. Split up in groups to do 2 rounds of

5 Pull ups, 10 Leg lifts, 15 Big Boys, Wall sits till the group was done and came down together.

while the other half

5 Ausie Mtn climbers, 10 Snowboarders, CPR (Curl, Press, Tricep) till the other group got there.

Grab 2 coupons, Hot lava across the street, CMU carry up the hill for 10 Diamond merkins, 20 Squats and then crawl bear down the hill and bear crawl back up. Repeat Squats and Merkins.

Some work outs on the way back (Heel touches, tricep dips, box jumps/step ups, Planks)  No time for Mary

Welcome @ FNG’s:  Island hopper & Base Salary  (Yes, that’s Commission’s brother, who also happened to crash a fork lift into the base of the building during a safety audit)
Not an easy word today

“bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13″
Makes me think of the Lord’s prayer part that goes: and forgive our sins, as we forgive those who have sinned against us. Matthew 6:12
Quote: “Jesus never focuses on the failure. He focuses on the restoration.” Louie Giglio
Jesus was way harsher on the Pharisees than he was on those ‘living in sin’, caught in adultery or socially outcast b/c life wasn’t together
We need to take this as a reminder to search our hearts for these and others:

  • Pride, Arrogance ​
  • Selfishness​
  • Un-thankfulness​
  • Laziness​, gluttony, gossip, slander, not complimenting our wives and kids
  • Neglecting scripture/ worship/prayer/community ​
  • Putting out hope in: $, job, person, vacation​
  • Harshness & Impatience​, Complaining, Critical Spirit​These things are forgiven and confessing them allows for restoration! Know you are forgiven and in turn forgive others