F3 Knoxville

Roll Your Own Beatdown


Insanely warm for min-November.  About 50 with a decent breeze.  Weird overnight conditions – no dew at all.  Will have to rely solely on perspiration for evidence of commitment to the beatdown.
Standard welcome, 2 FNGs today!


  • Zero Burpees
  • SSH x30 IC
  • 2 Burpees OYO
  • TN rocking chairs x15 IC
  • 4 Burpees OYO
  • Forward Nose Wiper Merkins x10 IC
  • 6 Burpees OYO
  • Al Gore Tuck Jumps IC (I think we might have gotten 6
  • 8 Burpees OYO
  • Windmills x15 IC
  • 10 Burpees OYO
  • LBAC x15 each way IC

Blacksnake around the park, long way around to the playground, stopping halfway for 10 more burpees
At the playground: 1 and 1, 2 and 2, etc up to 5 and 5 of pull-ups and headstand pushups
Bernie up the hill and mosey to the soccer field. Partner up for a game of chance.

On a table are two dice, one white and one blue. White one specifies exercise, blue one specifies mode of transportation:

  • Squirkins x20 each
  • Pattycake BBS x35
  • Hi/Low 5 Burpees x15
  • Over/Unders x10 each
  • Partner Pistol Squat x15 each leg
  • Partner Leg Throwdowns x25 each


  • Wheelbarrow
  • Partner Drag
  • Partner Carry
  • AYG Sprint
  • Bear Crawl
  • Leap Frog

Roll both dice (doubles earns 5 burpees immediately – Only happened once), travel 30 yards as specified by Blue die, then do exercise specified by white. Return to the table, switching partner role for transport as necessary.  Plank etc. for the 6, R&R

Right before returning to the AO, we were at 45 burpees for the day (not counting the partner Hi/Low). Everyone crank out 5 more for the even 50, then mosey to the AO.


  • Boat/Canoe (no rowing today.  Too hoarse to sing due to a cold last week…)
  • Hello Dolly x20 IC
  • Peter Parkers with Tank
  • Side Crunch x15 IC each side
  • Abbreviated Merkin Ring of Fire (Round of 5, then 4, no time for 3-2-1)

15 PAX strong, including 2 FNGs: Welcome to Steve Glenn – Mr. Clean (Respect) and Robert Alexander – Bratwurst
Last week I had the privilege of chaperoning my daugher’s 7th grade class trip to Washington DC.  Friday morning before we left we were able to attend the changing of the guard and a wreath laying with taps at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  It’s one of the most moving things you can witness there in Washington, and if you can watch that without misty eyes and a lump in your throat you’re a harder man than I.  We shouldn’t isolate our thankfulness and gratitude to God and these honored dead to two days a year.  In some countries, the gathering we participated in today could have ended in jail or worse for us.  Let’s try daily not to take what we have been blessed with for granted, and pray for those that are in worse situations.
I hate that everyone wasn’t able to make the GrowRuck, but barring that I can’t think of a better way to spend the morning. I missed everyone this week while I was hacking up my lungs! Hope you men can avoid the crud going around. Big props to Peach Fuzz for rounding out the burpees with an extra effort! Great drive from everyone this morning.
2.0 Workout this afternoon.

The Deck is Stacked Against You

THE SCENE: 33 cold & clear



  • SSH IC x 20
  • Merkins IC x 10
  • Cherry Pickers IC x 5
  • This/that stretch
  • Line up & go light pole to light pole with the following
    1. High knees
    2. Butt kickers
    3. Karayoke run (both ways)
  • 5 burpees OYO


  1. Mosey to the ball field for relay race
    • Split into two teams.  Team 1 stay at home plate, team 2 go to 2nd base.
    • First man starts by bear crawling to the next base & then sprinting the rest of the bases.
    • Team holds plank until the man running gets back.
    • Perform 10 merkins as a group before next man takes off
  2. 11’s on the hill by ball field
    • Jump squats at top / Decline Merkins at bottom
    • must box jump concrete bleachers while going up the hill
    • alternate bernie sanders every other trip up
    • alternate forward bear crawl every other trip down
  3. Mosey to CMU pile & play some cards
    • Draw cards from the deck using the card value as the number of reps.  Face cards = 10;  Ace = 11;  Joker = 30 second stargazer
    • Hearts = burpees;  Diamonds = CMU goblet squat;  Clubs = CMU curls;  Spades = 4ct Iron Mike
    • Didn’t quite make it through the deck before time ran out.    Heavy on the burpees out of the gate!

No Mary today….out of time!


11 strong:  Dinghy, La-Z-Boy, Butters, Mayberry, Tank, Choir Boy, Doubtfire, Showcase, Sweet Tea (FNG), Shooter, Bartman

Today is Veterans Day.   It’s a day to remember those who were willing to answer the call and say “yes” to our nation’s military.   Thank you to all of our Veterans for the sacrifices they’ve made so that we can enjoy the many freedoms that we take for granted all to often.


Remember to keep our brothers climbing Mt. Leconte in your prayers today.


2.0 workout coming up on Dec 3rd.   More to come from Tank on this.

Mosey Around the Matterhorn

THE SCENE: 50 and clear

40 Merkins on while F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER

IC 20 4ct Imperial Walkers

IC 20 4ct Gas pumps

IC 20 4ct Tempo squats

Mosey to the Matterhorn

IC 20 4ct Bridge March

Broad jump to the light pole, sprint the rest

Mosey to the pav-a-lon

  • 10 pull ups
  • 10 Burpees
  • 10 squats
  • x3

Mosey down the backside of Matterhorn at the bottom

  • 50 Merkins
  • 50 Squats
  • 50 Deadbugs

Lunge halfway back up Matterhorn run to the top

BBS for cheetahs while they wait for the 6

Mosey back to the AO
Floor Wipers

Around the world Merkins


Love as you should.   Don’t just love other Christians, or other guys from F3, or those of the same color, political party, sexual orientation, or college football team.  Jesus came to this earth and spent time with ALL the sinners, not just the ones who had chosen to follow him.

He came and saved all of us, not just his favorites.  Love one another and don’t judge one another.  I live in glass house and I don’t want others throwing rocks at me so I am sure not going to throw rocks at others.

The next time you get angry with someone based on them cutting you off in traffic, posting something on the Book of Faces, their stance on certain issues, or use them as the punch line to one of your jokes.  Remember Jesus died for them just as much as he died for us.

TTTP October 28, all are welcome

2nd Anniversary of F3

CMU Classics

THE SCENE:    44 and clear



  • Side Straddle Hops x 10 IC
  • Merkins (4ct) x 10 IC
  • Burpees x 10 OYO
  • Run in place while those without a CMU ran to get a pee rock



Mosey to the hockey rink

  1. Battle buddy for DORA 3-2-1
    • 300 CMU Squats,  200 CMU Merkins (go deep between blocks),  100 CMU Big Boys
    • Battle buddy sprints to far side of rink & performs 10 BBS, stopping each time they cross center court to perform 2 Burpees (4 total per trip across & back).
  2. CMU elevators
    • Work your way up the elevator in the following order.  Then work your way down in reverse order.
    • Corner 1:  20 curls
    • Corner 2:  20 curls; 20 squats
    • Corner 3:  20 curls; 20 squats; 20 front deltoid raises
    • Corner 4:  20 curls; 20 squats; 20 front deltoid raises; 20 calf raises


  • Little Baby Crunches (4ct) x 51 IC
  • Channel Changers

19 total:  Peach Fuzz, Rainfly, Tweet-E, Dinghy, Showcase, Shooter, Flute Loop, Underhand, Beuller, Ribbed, Bowflex, La-Z-Boy, Sharpie, Mayberry, Frosty, Butters, Barnacle, Bartman, Treehugger (FNG)

In 2 Timothy, Paul writes a very familiar passage stating that he has fought the good fight and finished the race.  In relating that to modern day F3 – today was the first cold morning of the fall season.  Long sleeves were out in abundance.  My challenge to the PAX was to not let the upcoming cold season be a barrier to getting better each day.  Keep setting the alarm, keep pressing forward, keep showing up.  Champions are made when it’s cold.  When I am older I want to look back on my life and say I gave it all I had…..that means leaning into the hard situations and dealing with sometimes miserable circumstances.  If we keep leaning in and don’t give up, we will also be able to say that we have indeed fought the good fight and finished the race strong.  Don’t let the winter weather turn you into a Fartsacker!!


Truckin’ to the Pound:  Oct 28th

Pair up in groups of 3

THE SCENE: Clear, cool, the kind of weather that makes you not think about it.  Oh, and that full moon! Wow.

  • 2 burpees OYO
  • SSH IC x26
  • 4 burpees OYO
  • Outhouse run, Bernie back
  • Remove sweatshirt (solo exercise by La-Z-Boy)
  • 6 burpees OYO
  • Merk-jacks IC x15
  • 8 burpees OYO
  • White Boy Breakdance IC x10 (Plank, lift left arm and walk legs to Crab, right arm up back to Plank, reverse)
  • 10 burpees OYO
  • Tempo Squat IC x20
  • LBAC IC x20 Fwd x20 Bwd

I think we’re warmed up… Mosey to the hockey rink

THA-THANG (Part 1):
Pair up in groups of 2

  • 69 Merkins (I’m not allowed to explain this one) x10 each
  • Over the wall, to the grass, back over the wall
  • 1 man BBS x30, other Plank, high-5 each rep. Switch.
  • Over the wall, to the grass, back over the wall
  • Helping Hand (PAX sit facing one another, grab right hands, stand together) x10 each hand
  • Over the wall… Mosey to the Party Rock pile

THA-THANG (Part 2):
Pair up in groups of 3. Each group gets 2x hand-size rocks, 1x CMU size. 2 lines facing one another across parking lot. One line has CMU size, other line has hand size. Each line does exercise until relieved by third member of pair. 2 trips through this list:

CMU size line:

  • Squrl ( simultaneous Squat and Curl)
  • Forward raise
  • Hip Thrust
  • RowMo (CMU at chest, bow at waist, perform row, return to standing)

Hand size line:

  • Man-Makers
  • Lateral shoulder raise
  • Wax On/Wax Off
  • Raise the Roof

Only a couple minutes left for Mary: Row Row Row Your Boat. Sing the song while doing American Hammers in Boat position. Switch to Canoe, keep paddling, sing the song again.  R&R like 3 times or so.
18 PAX showed up for work today, welcome to FNG Quaker!
Sunday’s message has stuck in my mind this week.  The topic was faith and putting trust in God for both the big things like salvation and the little things that bring us anxiety or worry.  The phrase that hung in my mind was “practicing” trust.  If we are not intentional about where we place that trust on a day-to-day basis, our natural tendency is to trust ourselves or something that we can see.  We get together in the mornings to stress ourselves physically, training our bodies to respond to the demand.  Spiritually, it’s only through intentional practice of continually turning things over to God that we can train our stress response to do the same.  Search your heart for any areas where your trust is placed elsewhere, and surrender those to Him.
Good shoulder content today… The DP Pax may be a little too uptight for the breakdancing.  Or maybe they just need more practice!.
Lunch today at Hardin Valley Brown Bag (11:30).

Truckin’ to the Pound (first annual) 10/28.  Starts 6AM at the Truck Stop!

F3 Knoxville 2nd anniversary 11/4 at Anchor Park