F3 Knoxville

Heat Wave

THE SCENE: Sunny, HOTt, humid… typical E TN summer day.


-Motivators (5 count, descending)

– 10 Plank  Jacks (4-ct, IC)

– 15 Moroccan Night Clubs (4-ct, IC)

– 15 Overhead Seal Claps (4-ct, IC)

– 10 Steve Earls (4-ct, IC)

– Little of this and that


MOSEY to the Bowl area by the Bermuda Triangle.

  • JINXY’S FOUR AND A QUARTER. Start at bottom of hill, run to top of slope and do 25 reps of an exercise, return to starting position.  R&R 4 times, totaling 100 of the exercise.
    • Round 1: Carolina Dry Docks
    • Round 2: LBCs (single count)
    • Round 3: Lunges (single count)

MOSEY to Grassy Area by Base of Everest.

Totem Pole.  Start at 10, do all the exercises, then run to the bench by the road (or to Summit, dealer’s choice), do 10 SSH, and return. Then start at 9, etc.

  • 10 Burpees
  • 9 Mountain Climbers (4-ct)
  • 8 Diamond Merkins
  • 7 Box Cutters
  • 6 American Hammers (4-ct)
  • 5 Imperial Squat Walkers (4-ct)
  • 4 Hand Release Merkins
  • 3 Prisoner Get Ups
  • 2 Squats
  • 1 Star Gazers (10 seconds).  Rabbits R&R

We got about 75% of the way through this.

Go up Summit twice, once must be Bernie.  Do 25 MERKINS, 25 BBS, 25 SQUATS, and 25 IMPERIAL WALKERS somewhere along the way.  Rabbits rinse and repeat the exercises until 6 catches up.


Ran out of time.  Did some light stretching.
22 Strong
Special WORD by Lilydipper, who has been out with an injury for a few months.  Thought it would be great to have him address the PAX as he recovers from hip surgery.  Here are his words:

Gents, I haven’t been able to work out with you guys since mid-March.  Here we are in August, 5 months later.  Your fellowship lifts me up.  Thank goodness I have been able to come to board meetings.  I get to share a beer with you, see my brothers, commune with you.  Man, I need that fellowship.  I know Jinxy has needed it as well and that is why he was hobbling on crutches to the board meetings before he healed enough to join you guys in workouts.  The well-wishes you shared with us and the prayers you prayed for us have meant more that I think either one of us can say.

But what I want to share with you today is the importance of the workout.  I have been thankful to have fellowship with you brothers at board meetings and Coffeeteria.  Yet, I can’t wait to get back to the workouts.  Of course the workout makes us more physically fit.  I must admit that I have gained about ten pounds since mid-March.  But it is not physical fitness that I want to talk about.  It’s the bond created by going through the gloom, the heat, the sweat, the grime, the gasps for breath, the spilling or merlot, the dizziness, the pain, the questioning of self, the suffering through hell with one’s brothers – that is what I want to talk about.

Jetlag and I were conversing about Coffeeteria the other day.  Both of us agreed that part of what makes it so special is the suffering that precedes it.  Somehow that coffee and bagel just tastes better when you have made it through the torture with your brothers. As Crawdad says, “It’s the reward, baby!”   And, believe me, an ice cold beer at the Board Meeting certainly tastes better after suffering through the heat of the Fake Gloom.

Still, what makes the workout even more special is being able to look at your brother and think, “man we have been through this together.”  Each man in F3 has a respect for the other because we know what the suffering is like.  Yeah, Swimmies may run around the Caribbean three times faster than me.  He respects that pain and he knows I am feeling it too.  We each know that we are pushing to get better.  He respects this old man because I am willing to go through the same ring of pain that he is.  I love that about F3.  I also love how we encourage each other.  Doubtfire is one of the best at doing this. “Hang in there, Lily, you got this.  I’ll run with you, c’mon, let’s get over that hill.”  We cheer for each other, pull each other through.  “Leave No Man Behind.”

Bros, I appreciate you allowing me to join you for fellowship after the workouts.  I see you guys drenched and grass-stained after a difficult beat-down and I almost feel guilty for showing up in my dry clothes.  Just know that when I am fully healed (which the surgeon says should be about mid-October) I will be glad to hook shields with you and battle beside you once more.

Prayers for Guppy’s sister, who is expecting.  UPDATE, shortly after the workout, she delivered a healthy baby daughter!  Prayers for those affected by the flooding in Tennessee.  Also, we presented Lilydipper with a ruck sack/plate/patch gift to help him with his recovery.
Iron Pax coming up, food drive continuing for a few weeks, Hardship Hill obstacle construction help needed (contact Sparkler).

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.

Sham-Rocks (CMUs) and Sham-logs

THE SCENE: The Shamrock, perfect weather. Good humidity to get the sweat going

warmup stuff

Divide up into teams of 3.

One team member  carries a big  log, smaller log, heavy CMU or a regular CMU to cone. Switching carriers at each cone. Teammates not carrying the item run ahead to the next cone and do the exercise associated with each item.

  • Big log- burpees
  • Smaller log- squat jumps
  • Heavy CMU- Merkins
  • Regular CMU- lunges

once you reach the end, go back the way you came.

depending on time I’m probably going to make stuff up after this. But it won’t be easy.(update: no time for anything but a cone clean up run)

You know the drill. Stuff that makes your beer belly hurt.

12 including one FNG “Utah” (FBI agent)

What does Endure mean? What does Enduring mean? What is Hardship Hill and Operation Enduring Warrior? We answered those questions and more this morning.

Apparently the workout is sneaky. It starts off a little slow but gets you in the boo boo by the end……unless you started with the big log and burpees.

Did you know that Boo Boo is also Yogi Bear’s side kick? He is a forever-loyal buddy, always willing to join in Yogi Bear’s exploits and schemes to pilfer the next basket of treats from unsuspecting Jellystone Park visitors. Most importantly, Boo Boo serves as Yogi Bear’s conscience, constantly reminding him of the danger or consequences of their actions.

Yogi Bear is a loyal older brother figure to Boo Boo and accepts him unconditionally, regardless of how much Boo Boo complains or worries. “The Ranger isn’t going to like this, Yogi” is one of his trademark expressions. Boo Boo’s loyalty and concern for authority – and being the cute “straight man” to Yogi Bear the comedian – is what makes him so endearing.

boo boo is also what some parents call an injury to their children. “Did you get a Boo Boo on your knee Billy? No mom, my leg was torn off at the knee by that mountain lion over there. I don’t think that qualifies as a boo boo…but thanks for noticing mom.

boo boo. It’s also what a stuttering ghost says.
Well enough about boo boo, let’s talk about you. How have you been?

hello?….so you’re not going to say anything? Fine then. Don’t say I didn’t try.
I’ll give you another chance. Would you like to join the “I read Tank’s BB club? It’s very exclusive. Today, all you need to do is put a gorilla emoji, no comment just an emoji on the slack post. And just like that you are in.

HHOCR and Wesley House workouts

15 Beating the heat at Asylum

THE SCENE: Hot with a few clouds, but mostly hot

SSH IC – 25
Arm Circles IC  10 x 2
Pinto Twist 10
Michael Phelps a/r
Grady Corn 32
Cherry Pickers 15
BBS 15


Mosey down stairs to everest
15 merkins – run half way up and then back
16 merkins – run half way up and then back
17 merkins – run half way up and then back
Peoples Chair against Fence with left punch, right punch
Mosey to Triangle
Station 1 pickle pounder , 2-Crab Jack (2 ct), 3 -Rocky Balboa (2 ct) – 5, 10 ,15
Station 1 -Amer Hammer 2 ct, 2 -Shoulder taps- 2 ct, 3 – Iron Mike (2 ct) – 5, 10.15
Mosey to stop sign
Ring of Fire – 3 rounds increasing number of Merkins up to 3
Mosey to Rock Pile
30 Press
30 curls
30 lift
Mosey to AO





Knox county drug overdose deaths were 259 in 2019, 383 in 2020 and year to date as of Aug 1 were 257 !, which at the current rate equates to 440 deaths in 2021, that’s a 70% increase from 2019.  In the US, there were 93,391 deaths due to drug overdose in 2020, compare that to about 37,000 in 2010. In 2020, records were set for the most death due to opioids, the most deaths from stimulants like methamphetamines and the most deaths from the deadly class of synthetic opioids known as fentanyls.


Compare the US Overdose numbers (93k) to the number of deaths due to Covid 19 in 2021- 336,802. This epidemic is all around us, be aware and take action where you can. These people dying are not strangers, they are brothers, sons, daughters, sisters, fathers, mothers, aunts and uncles. We have to turn this around!

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Hardship Hill on Oct 2

Birthday Q

THE SCENE: Dry and hot 89F weather.


Welcome to F3, Fitness, Fellowship and Faith. F3 is a free workout program designed to improve fitness, share some camaraderie, and foster male leadership in the community. I’m Jetlag and I will be your Q today.  I am not a professional, and I do not know your fitness level or injury history.  Please push yourself, but modify the workout as necessary to avoid making any existing injuries worse.  The goal is to get better together!


Raise the roof
Grady corns
Tempo Squats

Imperial walkers

Tempo Merkins

Plank Jacks


Mosey to bottom of Everest

11 no touch merkins

11 dry docks

11 high knees 4ct

Workout 1:

11 forward lunges

11 burpees

11 bear crawls 2ct

11 side straddle hops at the top

Mosey to bowl:

Workout 2:

Squat jump shots on top 11x

Mountain climbers on the bottom 11x 4ct

Burpee Indian Run up to AO: 2 burpees everytime a person reach in front of you.

Ultimate Basketball: ultimate frisbee rules using basketball. 2 burpees every turnover


19 HIMs.

Age will always just be a number. Don’t let your age define what you can or cannot do. And don’t let it be a base measure of success. All of us are unique and take different paths. Success is relative and should not be compared.

“The greatness of a man is not how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” – Bob Marley

Prayers for Drum Major’s daughter as she prepares for an acl surgery; Corona weight’s brother has been sober for 3 months now and have been away from trouble.

Steam and Guppy in partnership with heart and soul church will be serving Girls Inc. by painting, cleaning, landscaping, donating and more on August 12 in Oak Ridge.