F3 Knoxville

Bombshelter Q101/GrowSchool

THE SCENE: Clear – sunny – the quiet before the storm

  • Ruckers step off around 6am
  • Abscess & Steam put the finishing planning touches on their Q101


  • *Steam kicks off at 7am on the dot*
  • (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.”


[ KISS = Keep It Simple Sir ]

[ How to Count: https://f3nation.com/2012/02/22/f3-tv-how-to-count/ ]

  • Side-Straddle Hop (SSH): 10 reps, on a 4 count, in cadence –> 10×4 IC
    • See “How to Count” above
  • Rockette: 10×4 IC
  • Merkin: 10×4 IC
  • Squat: 10×4 IC

*Before you step off on a mosey – post-Warm-O-Rama*

  • Make sure there is at least 1 phone within the PAX
  • Depending on the AO – the Q will carry a ruck or backpack for keys/wallets/phones/etc


(Mosey over to pull-up bars)

Steam introduced the first evolution/workout below. After done explaining – asked “Questions, comments, concerns?” Why? –> As the Q – it’s important that when you’re leading the workout you planned and are responsible for leading and executing – the men understand what they’re supposed to do and what they’re doing.

(1) 20s

  • 5 Burpees

(Mosey to Pavilion)

  • 5 box jumps

(Mosey to playground)

  • 5 incline merkins

(Mosey straight across the grass to the path – line from tree)

  • 5 Imperial squat walkers (4 count)

(Mosey back to pull-up bars) 

  • Rinse & Repeat — add is 5 reps each evolution until you finish with 20 reps
  • Done? Circle back and finish with someone else

— Transition to 2nd Q (Abscess) —

Start at Pavilion

  • First station: Jump Squat Blow Out- 10 JS hold squat for 10 sec, 9 JS hold 10 sec, 8 JS hold 10, 7,6….
  • Second Station: Bear crawl 360
  • Third: Circle Burp w CMU/Babies
  • Fourth: Bo Knows- Battle Buddy exercise- wall sits while BB does high knees
  • Fifth: Pommel horse
  • Sixth: Bear Blocks


  • Angle Grinders(touch knee then merkin)
  • Around the Clock
  • AL ass kickers
  • City Scissors, alphabet (1-4 45° 5-8 parallel)


  • # off
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs?


Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

  • Don’t get bogged down in everything going on


  • Moses brought coffee and protein bars/Steam brought water and powerades
  • Gather under the Bombshelter Pavilion
  • (1) Q101 Breakdown – Abscess
    • https://f3nation.com/a-guide-to-your-first-q/
    • Went over the Q101 structure and the “Why” of what we do when we Q
    • Check out the link above for Q tips and tricks
  • (2) GrowSchool – Steam
    • Being a Q and HIM inside and outside F3
      • (1) You have been called and equipped to lead
      • As high impact men, we are called to lead.
      • Why? Because men will always be called upon first.
        • Example: God called Adam into a leadership role from the moment he existed – tending to the garden and naming the animals. Likewise, as a leader, Adam was also responsible for who he was charged with leading – Eve. After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, who did God call? Adam and Eve? No, just Adam. He called Adam first. God will always call “Adam” first.
      • (2) The Huddle
        • I want to challenge us to start looking at F3 as The Leadership Huddle
        • Think about a huddle before every game or even in the middle of a game
          • The huddle is designed to pump the players up and remind them of why they’re here and remind them of why they’re in the game.
          • When you Q/lead at F3 – you are leading the men in the huddle for 45 minutes or 60 minutes – reminding them why they’re here and why they’re in the game. This happens with all 3 Fs.
        • The game? That’s what happens when we leave F3 and the COT. The real game is when we step into our roles as husbands, fathers, sons, co-workers, managers, High Impact Men – outside of F3.


THE SCENE: Temps in the upper 40’s perfect for a morning workout.

Side straddle hops, cherry pickers, imperial squat walkers, and a few warm up runs across the AO.

10’s with a ladies choice. A circuit with 7 stations each with an exercise and most with a variation on the exercise.

Station 1) Mericans (10) ladies choice: standard, diamond, wide, or narrow hand placement.

Station 2) Squats (10) ladies choice: standard, or thrusters using a CMU.

Station 3) Leg-lifts (10) ladies choice: Box cutters, flutter licks, hello dollies.

Station 4) plank jacks (10) no ladies choice

Station 5) Box jumps (10) ladies choice: step up’s 10 with each leg

Station 6) Big boy sit-ups (10) ladies choice: LBC’s

Station 7) table rows (10) no ladies choice


Old man stretches before the name-o-rama
16 PAX ready, willing, and able.
Insert any personal comments, notes, devotion content, etc.
Insert information about upcoming events, 2nd or 3rd F opportunities, and any other announcements.

Around We Go

THE SCENE: Clear and cold, around 34 degrees at circle up

Hit the baseline 10 SSH on 4CT mosey to other end of lot repeat SSH and mosey back

baseline 8 windmill on 4ct mosey to other end of lot repeat windmill and mosey back

baseline 10 tempo merkin mosey to other end of lot repeat merkins, michael phelps and mosey to station 1


5 Station Loop

Station 1-CMU Corner (20 Curls and 20 Overhead Press)

Mosey to bottom of little hill, Bernie up, left on Dragon Tail half way down Station 2 (10 burpees)

Mosey to Station 3 at crosswalk (20 Squats/15 4ct Mtn Climbers)

Mosey to Playground for Station 4  (10 Step ups and 20 BB’s)

Mosey to Station 5 (20 rows/20 Dips)

Rinse and repeat. Goal was getting in 3 loops



Insert information about any additional post-THANG work (if applicable).
3 HIM’S in the gloom this morning Hands(Respect), Dinger, and Rainbow
Patience and waiting on God to work.  We as a society have lost the capacity to wait for anything.  Challenge of allowing God to work in our lives and work his plan.  Letting his will for us be our desire and having the faith to let that work out on his time, not ours.


Deck of Chaos

43 and clear but wet

F3 Welcome & Disclaimer

SSH 4ct x30 IC
Tempo Squats 4ct x15 IC
Tempo Merkins 4ct x15 IC
Imperial Squat Walkers 4xt x15 IC

Line up on curb for the following…
Rocky Balbos x20 IC
BAC Fwd x10 IC
BAC Bkwd x10 IC
Rocky Balbos x20 IC

Line up on the curb.

Deck of Chaos
The deck of cards determines our destiny!
For all suits with a card value of 2-6 = Suicides based on the value of the card.

  • Example: draw a number 4 card (4wo Cone touches): Run to Cone 1, back to Start, run to Cone 2 and back to start. run to Cone 3, back to Start, run to Cone 4, back to start. Done.

For the rest of the deck, perform the number of reps based on the value of the card according to the list below:

  • Face Cards = 15 reps
  • Ace = 21 reps
  • Jokers = run to the top of the hill and back to the curb.

The exercises are as follows:

  • Hearts: Burpees
  • Spades: 4c Squats
  • Clubs: 4ct Flutter Kicks
  • Diamonds: 4ct Merkins

We were just 6 cards shy of finishing the deck, that’s my bad.  Next time will probably stick with single count rather than 4ct on the exercises (except for Flutter Kicks).  That should put the PAX right where we need to be to finish the whole deck

Number off and Name-O-Rama – 30 PAX including 1 FNG – Zillow

Grit – Grind – Grace

For me, they sum up the mindset a HIM needs to wake with each morning to make sure he takes his DRP and gets better.

  • GRIT – Defined as “courage and resolve; strength of character”, this is the mindset a HIM has to have if he is going to have the impact on the world that he longs for.  Everything starts in the mind.  There will always be 10 reasons to not do what is good and right…GRIT finds that one reason to press forward and makes it happen.
  • GRIND – This is where we do the work to get better.  Where we put GRIT to work.  It’s not enough to think about, we need to get dirty.  It’s not easy, it’s not supposed to be.  The challenge is what fuels growth.  Whether it is physical, mental, relational or spiritual if we are going to get better we MUST put in the work.  The GRIND is where a HIM applies his GRIT to get better and makes his world better for others.
  • GRACE – This final point reminds us that none of us are perfect, that we all need outside help.  No man reaches his full potential alone, no one.  The very life we live is a grace.  No greater display of grace in all of history than Christ on the cross.  The key for a HIMs is to see the GRACE that surrounds him and draw strength from it and then be an agent of grace in the lives of those around him.  GRACE fuels humility, teachability and flexibility, three key attributes of very good leader.  Today we got through by ensuring that the man on our left and right got through.  The Fellowship of Suffering is a extreme grace in our lives that hones us to be the best we can be.  As we both receive and extend grace in every area of life we mature into men of impact.

Every day this week we have an opportunity to exercise GRIT, GRIND and GRACE.  The thing is, no one can force it upon you.  You have to choose it, commit to it and then see it done.  So let’s do this.

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Cap’n Crunch

Ringing the B.E.L.L.S.

THE SCENE: Nice and crisp – feelin’ like a spring day!

  • 15 Baby Arm Circles – Reverse it
  • 25 SSH
  • 10 cherry pickers
  • 15 tempo squats
  • 10 tempo Merkins
  • 10 MTN climbers

Mosey on offer to the hill near the ‘ol Chocolate Factory, grab a partner and tackle the Burp Back Mountain.  100 total burpees.  While one partner does burpees the other sprints to the top of the hill, turns, and runs back.

Mosey over to the stairs beneath the glorious wig housing Big Ball and get ready for Elevens!  Start at the bottom of the stairs with 10 squats, run to the top, and perform 1 8-count bodybuilder.  Run back down the stairs for 9 squats, run up, 2 8-count bodybuilders… Keep going until 1 squat and 10 8-count bodybuilders.

Mosey over to the bridge beyond the big pond. Make your way across with Lt. Dans. Lt Dans = Lunge with right leg, lunge with left, squat… Repeat until halfway down.  Turn and mosey back towards the AO.  Stop just underneath the Big Ball and SPRINT back to the AO.

  • Burpback
  • Elevens
  • Lunge
  • Lunge
  • Sprint

= B.E.L.L.S.

Use the TAGS on right-side to record PAX (BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOURSELF) in attendance. Be sure to select the AO in CATEGORY above TAGS and then delete these notes!

Joan Cronan was the Athletic Director for the Lady Vols and worked with Pat Summit to help oversee much of the women’s athletics program’s success.  I once saw her give a talk about ensuring that every day you ring your B.E.L.L.S.  The B.E.L.L.S. are

  • Bible
  • Exercise
  • Learn
  • Letter of gratitude
  • Special project

These are daily habits that help ensure a well rounded and focused mind. Spend time in the Word, take care of your body daily, learn something new (as simple as a new word), let someone know you are grateful for them (read Ephesians 1:16 – pray for them by name), and take 5 minutes to straighten a junk drawer or toss old food out. That few minutes of chipping away at a bigger thing helps you eat the elephant one bite at a time.

CSAUP with the Bombshelter on Saturday! On a personal plug: fundraising pint night at Elkmont Exchange on Wed for Cystic Fibrosis 5-9pm