F3 Knoxville

Take the stairs

THE SCENE: Perfectly cool and dry 

4ct SSH x 25 (IC); Merkins x 10 (OYO); Tai Fighters x 10 F/B (IC); Merkins x 10 (OYO); 4ct Flutter Kicks x 15 (IC); Merkins x 10 (OYO); Mosey to track… stop for Rocky Balboas along the way
Dora Goat Trails:  pick battle buddies; HIM1 runs in bleachers for 1 stack of stairs while HIM2 works toward 100 Merkins then swap; next do 2 stacks of stairs while the other works toward 200 LBCs then swap; lastly do 3 stacks of stairs while the other works toward 300 Side Squats then swap; mosey to patio by stadium gate

11’s by the rock:  spread out along short wall; perform 10 wall jumps (or step ups) then run to and around shamrock rock back to wall and do 1 incline or decline merkin; run back to and around the rock to the wall and continue by reducing wall jump by 1 and adding 1 to merkins

Speed round: battle buddies again… 1 wall sits while other sprints to fix location and back; swap and repeat until Q is satisfied; repeat with lunges replacing sprint; mosey back to AO

Howling monkeys around the circle; box cutters led by Mermaid
“Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭34:8-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Went to Vegas on a business trip this week and everyone I mentioned it to laughed and said stuff like “sin city”, “what happens there stays there”, and “try not to lose your shirt” in an approving and joking manner.  Having battled sexual sin and the temptation of pornography in media most of my life… I see sin as no laughing matter.  As a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, I choose to battle my sin on my knees looking to a good and loving Savior who willfully died a brutal death on the cross to free me from the power of sin.  Encouraged the PAX to pray for and help those fighting various sin and temptations in their lives.
Bring donations!

Taking Out the Trash

THE SCENE: Low 50’s, clear, and otherwise wonderful

Motivators from 5
Tempo Merkins 10
Tempo Squats 10
Baby Arm Circles Forward 10
Baby Arm Circles Backward 10
Moroccan Night Club 10

Run to different areas of campus.  Pick up a piece of trash and put it in the box.  Rinse and repeat until the area is tidy.
After the area is clean do one of the following: Merkins (25), Squats (25), LBC’s (25).  Run to a new area.

In total we did 13 areas, so we started on our 4th round of exercises.
Merkin total 125
Squat total 100
LBC total 100

The PAX called an AB exercise, we did that followed by 10 merkins each time.  We made it through 8 PAX, here are the exercises.
25 Snow Angels
15 Heels to Heaven
25 Pickle Poundes
50 single count Flutter Kicks
20 Freddie Mercuries
20 Box Cutters
25 Pickle Pointers (Hip Thrusters)
20 Captain Thor’s (BBC with 4 count American hammer at the top)

Total 80 merkins

12 in attendance
Take out the trash.
We listened to Christian rap today during the workout.  As we physically removed trash form the Catholic campus, we spiritually removed trash from our lives.  Garbage in = Garbage out.  I challenged each of us to find the trash in our lives that impedes us, and to remove it.

John 2:13-22

Jesus overturned tables in the temple.  He took out the trash.  When confronted with things in our lives, look at how Jesus handled situations, and model your response after his.  If something is not right, we should follow his lead.
Pray for East Knoxville.
We are collecting for Safe Haven.  There is not a more appropriate   time to consider helping the East Knox Community.  Here is one way we can assist.

Hey Fellas. For the month of April, we are going to be collecting items at the AOs for Safe Haven, a program of the World United Ministries (www.worldunitedministries.org) led by Laurence Williams in East Knoxville. The ministry is in the trenches trying to steer the really at risk kids in the Austin-East community into good choices and away from gang life.  Safe Haven, a donated house on Magnolia Avenue, is meant to be a place where kids can go and hang out, and also escape violence when needed – it has bunk beds available.  F3 Knoxville will be providing them with the following items:
* individually wrapped snacks
* individual bottles or cans of soda, Gatorade or water
* paper towels, Clorox wipes, trash bags
* toilet paper
* Visa gift cards in small denominations ($10-20) 
* Bath towels and twin bed linens.

Moving Impediments


Clear Temperature Humidity Feels like Wind Speed Wind Direction
49 ℉ 67% 47 ℉ 5.3 mi/h SW

I am not a professional.


20 – SSH
10 – Tie Fighters 10 forward 10 backward.
3 – Cherry Pickers

Mosey to CMU pile and have everyone grab two. Using parking lot, place a CMU on each side of the parking lot. Starting at one CMU#1, do an exercise, mosey to CMU#2 do exercise, mosey back to CMU#1 do exercise, mosey to CMU#2 do exercise, and then mosey back to start CMU#1. While waiting for six, do second exercise. Finally, when six has finished doing first exercise four times, do third exercise in cadence. So, first exercise 4 times with CMUs, second exercise while waiting, and third exercise as group.
1, 15 CMU Merkin walk-overs, Squats, Jump Squats
2, 15 Overhead CMU Press, Big boys, Flutters
3, 20 CMU Curls, Calf Raises, Twinkle Toes
4, 25 CMU Bench Press, Hello Dollys, LBCs
5, 15 CMU Triceps, Lunge, Jump Squats
6, 15 CMU Rows OR CMU Kettle Bells, LBCs, Box Cutters. Due to time, PAX was given a choice. And Recover was called cutting this short.

Circle up PAX, grab two workout dice. Die one has 6 different merkin variations. Die two has rep counts. Roll the dice and perform the rep count of the merkin type. Mosey a bit towards AO. Circle up and roll dice again. Mosey to AO, roll again. And for fun, roll again.

10 – 4 count Flutter Kicks.

14 men.

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”

Marcus Aurelius


For the sick and elderly.  For our brothers battling illness and their wives.  For those starting Ramadan and all striving to better themselves.


Measuring Progress & Celebrating Birthdays

THE SCENE: 60 degrees and wet from the overnight rain, but otherwise favorable.

10 SSH
Thai Fighters x10 each leg
Tempo Squats 10
Cherry Pickers x 5
Arm Stretches

Start 30 minute timer
run 1 mile for time
then repeat as many times as possible the following:
5 burpees
10 merkins
15 sit ups
20 squats
record progress and mile time to repeat workout later and measure progress

I may add everyone’s mile time and progression through the exercises at a later date.
No time for Mary
11 this morning

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

I am weak in my prayer life, and this verse is a reminder that if we humbly ask God, through prayer and thanksgiving, that he will guard our hearts and minds.  We are told to rejoice and don’t be anxious.  He can help with our anxiety about the problems in our life, all we have to do is follow the lead of these verses.

Pray for Pool Boy’s bosses who have Covid, and that through this experience they will seek Jesus.
Pray for Dumpster Dive’s client, Mr. Thompson, who needs to wrap up his claim and after the arduous fight he is battling depression.
Continue to Pray for Jenner and his MCAT/Med school hurdles.

Irish Buddy System

THE SCENE: Cloudy & cool, low 50’s

SSH, Mike Tyson’s, Alt Rockette’s, Squat jumps w/ ground touch, Alt Superman’s w/ holds, IT band static stretch, Child pose into Cobra, Cherry Pickers, Baby Arm Circles/Adult Arm Circles, Rotator Cuffs, Neck Rolls
Continuous Irish squats in circle, while one PAX performs 5 four-count mountain climber burpees.  Each PAX performs a set of MC burpees and passes the buck to the next PAX, in clockwise fashion.

Irish trivia (no fact checking) thrown out at random by the Q, as follows (correct answer = rest, incorrect answer = purgatory) :

  • <10% people in Ireland have natural red hair  Yay
  • The Jacks is slang for the bathroom  Yay
  • The Irish are the 3rd biggest tea drinkers in the world  Nay
  • Ireland has only 2 known species of snakes  Nay
  • May is generally the driest month in Ireland  Yay
  • Fluthered is slang for being stumped  Nay
  • Ireland sells the most Guinness in the world  Nay
  • Halloween was invented in Ireland  Yay
  • Craic is an Irish dessert  Nay
  • The boot is slang for a trunk of a car  Yay
  • A village is named Hospital after its historic medical facility  Nay
  • A mineral is slang for a soda  Yay
  • The press is slang for an iron  Nay
  • Donkey’s years is a reference to time  Yay
  • A jumper is slang for an anxious person  Nay
  • Shuck is slang for corn  Nay
  • Originally, St. Patrick’s colors were light blue  Yay
  • A nagging & a shoulder are measurements  Yay
  • The Irish Flu is a bona fide medical disease  Nay
  • May your coffee be strong & Monday be short is an Irish proverb  Yay

Grab partner and mosey to Station 1.

Station 1: Merkin Midsection Melee

P1 (Player 1) starts with 15 diamond merkins, then bear crawls up the wheel chair ramp, and finishes w/ 15 diamond merkins.  When complete, swap with P2.

P2 (Player 2) performs continuous 4-leaf clover crunches until P1 relieves them of duty.

This back and forth circuit (same reps) continues through the following list until both P1 & P2 complete all exercises, as follows:


  • Fist merkins & crab crawl
  • Narrow merkins & bear “
  • Regular merkins & crab “
  • Wide merkins & bear “


  • Alternating flutter kicks & scissors
  • American Hammers
  • Heels to Heaven (Gas Pumps)
  • Elevated Planks

Walking lunges performed until all tandems finish.  Mosey to Station 2.

Station 2: Over the Hill and Far Away

P1 – 15 SSH, mosey down hill, 5 sec fast feet into “hit the deck” (chest to ground) x 5, sprint up hill

P2 – 20 yd sprints w/ alternating return of side shuffle, backpedal, & karaoke until P1 relieves them of duty

Ran out of time at this point…however Station 4 was performed by several PAX in our OT session.

Station 3: CMU Lucky 7’s

1 CMU per Pax. Form 2 lines with P1 & P2 facing each other.

P1 performs 7 regular curls, while P2 performs isometric hold mid-curl.  Then, P2 performs 7 regular curls while P1 performs isometric hold mid-curl.  This duel continues as reps decline 6,5,4…etc.

Circuit repeats with following exercises:

  • 7’s CMU overhead press & isometric rifle carry hold
  • 7’s CMU close grip bicep curls & isometric mid-curl hold
  • 7’s CMU front raises & isometric front hold (feel the burn)

Finisher (aka The Mint)  —–> P1 7 reps of blockee’s, while P2 7 reps of CMU bench presses into feet raised iso ab hold with CMU outstretched iso hold until P1 relieves them of duty

Return CMU’s and mosey to Station 4.

Station 4: Leaping Leprechauns 

P1 – broad jumps to the Pot O’ Gold (approx 20 yds) then Spiderman crawls back, performing 5 dive bomber merkins every 5 yds (total of 20 db merkins).  Swap with P2.

P2 – Brick pillar wall squat w/ good form until P1 relieves them of duty.

Complete (endure) 3 sets.  Mosey back to flag.

Ran out of time after Station 2.  No complaints, however.
14 PAX’s (many nicely repping F3 Shamrock tees)
When times get tough, Romans 8:18 ESV comes to mind.  “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

  • This life is a temporary existence, with greater things to come above 😃
  • Lean on our brothers in Christ through trials and tribulations
  • The Lord does not want us to do this all alone
  • Don’t let pride be a stumbling block
  • Reach out (phone calls, video chats, lunch, bible studies, weekend projects/workouts etc.)

There are so many in this pandemic who are in need of the love the Lord speaks of in his greatest command!  We can provide this, if we search for opportunities to be a blessing to others!

Prayers for Curry’s family, Pringle’s father, Dr. A & family (Commission), & Boulder Colorado victims/families.
Thank you all!  Or in Irish, go raibh maith agat!