F3 Knoxville

The Importance of Fatherhood

The Scene: 68 and gloomy!

F3 Welcome & Disclaimer

– Side Straddle Hop x 25
– Imperial Squat Walkers X 20
– Arm Circles x 16 each way
– Merkins x 10

Mosey Lower Parking Lot – Partner up in 3’s

Blockee Burp and Merk up to 10 – 1 Burpee with CMU increasing the push-ups every time up to 10. In cadence

Parking Lot Sprints – 5 Sets each
– Partner 1 – Rows
– Partner 2 – Curls
– Partner 3 – Running

Blockee Burp and Merk up to 10 – Burpee with CMU increasing the push-ups every time up to 10. In cadence

4 Corner Escalator – 10 burpees, 20 Squat Jumps, 30 merkins, 40 squats
– 10 reps, run to next corner, 10 reps+20 reps next exercise, run, 10, 20, 30 reps, run, 10, 20, 30, 40 reps, run to start. Back down escalator: 40, 30, 20, 10, run, 30, 20, 10, run, 20, 10, run, 10.

Aiken Legs – CMU on side for box jumps
– Done in succession with no rest — 20 Squats, 20 Box Jumps, 20 Mary Catherine Lunges (10 each leg), 20 Reverse Lunges (10 each leg forward).

– Flutter kicks x 25
– Sun dial x 20

With Father’s day this past week what comes to mind when you think of the word father?

Whether the answers are positive or not, one thing was clear: fathers have a tremendous impact on their children.

It has been said that children grow up with the desire to either be like, or be nothing like, their father.

With so much at stake, how can we ensure that we become good fathers?

The Bible has a lot to say on the matter. God calls himself father. Some of our best lessons on how to be a good father come from observing God interact with His children throughout Scripture.

The Genesis account of creation begins with God speaking the universe into existence. It then goes on to chronicle His conversations with mankind, starting with Adam and continuing on through angels, dreams, and prophets. In later Scriptures we learn that God also spoke through his Son, Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit.

If we are to father like the Father, then we must learn to communicate—frequently.

This can be difficult for us as men. The pressures of work and our various responsibilities often leave us drained. By the time we get home we often don’t want to talk. We may say little to our wives and even less to our children. We just want to find a quiet place to unwind.

While this is understandable, we dare not stay silent too long. Our children need our input. A father’s words are powerful and can often define the course of a child’s entire life. A lack of words can leave our children lost and without direction. We must take care not to give our best words to our employers and leave our wives and children with our leftovers.

What was the last thing that you said to your children? Was it a command, an expression of disapproval, or a proclamation of your love and admiration? What if those words were the last that they ever heard you speak?

Pray that God gives you the wisdom to know which words your child needs to hear from you, and the courage to speak them.

First Base

The Scene: 69 and perfect

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer


SSH x20

Burpees x10

Merkins x20

Some more stuff…


Dora Baseball,

  • Easy Chair- While partner BC to 1st base does 10 burpees- BC back
    • -Switch
    • BC to 2nd Base 20 Big Boy Sit ups- BC back
    • Switch
    • BC to 3rd Base 30 Squats BC back
    • -Switch

Plank until ‘six is up

  • BC to 1st base 30 Merkins BC back- Switch
  • BC to 2nd Base 30 Lunges BC back- Switch
  • BC to 3rd Base 20 Carolina Dry Docks BC back- Switch

Plank until ‘six is up

Mosey to Pee Rocks

  • While curling, partner sprints back to fence for 5 burpees
  • Switch
  • Tricep overhead- spring back to fence for 20 merkins
  • Switch
  • Shoulder press- sprint back to fence for 20 Big boy sit ups
  • Switch
  • Rock Pec Press- spring back to fence for 20 Carolina Dry Docks
  • Switch
  • Skull Crushers- Sprint back to fence for 20 Squats
  • Switch

Mosey to AO


Bring Sally up push-ups,

Every time song says bring sally up, push up- bring sally down, lower yourself to down position keeping body of the ground.


I’ve failed, over and over again in my life, and that’s why I succeed- Michael Jordan (G.O.A.T)

For the Gate is Narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few- Matthew 7:14

Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us- Hebrews 12:1

Tour of the new AO

F3 Welcome and disclaimer

Warm o rama

IC 4 ct cherry pickers
IC 4 ct windmills
IC 4 ct SSH
IC 4 cr Domo squats
IC 4 ct Merkins


Mosey to the hill
– sprints up the hill
– Jog down the hill
– 10 BBS
– X5

Mosey to the top of the hill
– 10 regular Merkins
– 10 wide Merkins
– 10 Bobby Hurleys
– X 3

Mosey down the to the playground
– 10 Turkish getups
– 10 Domo squats
– 10 v-ups
– X3

Backpedal up the hill

Mosey across the bridge
– 10 Floor wipers
– 10 CDDs
– Frog jumps
– X3

Mosey towards the AO stop near bathroom
– Lunge the last section

Sprint to the finish

– Macarena
– American Hammers
– Dead bug
– Home Alone


I am 3rd. God first, others second, myself 3rd. And this weekend let’s make the mothers we know the focus of our 2nd. Our moms and wives who are moms. Let’s let them know how important they are to us.

Shout out to Ratchet, who made an appearance at the AO to drop off a new shovel flag.  Thank you

Merkin Madness

Scene:  59, clear and beautiful

Welcome and Disclaimer


10 IC 4ct BAC

10 IC 4ct Michael Phelps

10 IC Confused Penguin

Little bit o’this, and a little bit o’ that


5 rounds of Merkin Madness

10 diamond, 10 normal, 10 wide and Dead Bugs for rest (that’s one round)

Mosey to the boats and battle buddy up with someone you have not partnered with before. If one partner finishes before the other he matches reps until the second buddy finishes

5 light poles of 10 SSH, and 10 Merkins

5 light poles of 10 Turkish Getups, and 10 Spider-Man Merkins

5 light poles of 10 4ct Freddie Mercury, and 10 Lizard Walks

5 light poles of 10 squats, and 10 CDDs

5 light poles 10 Merkins of you choice


Mayberry Macerena

Floor Wipers

Reverse Crunch




Take a knee.  When we get knocked down, when we go through struggles and when we hit a wall what do we do, we take a knee.  We take a knee not because we are weak but because at that time we take it to Jesus.  And then we get up, no matter what we get up and we keep moving forward.

But when we can’t get up on our own?  We as men are usually told asking for help is a sign of weakness.  I don’t believe that, I think not asking for help when you need it is the sign of weakness.  A true HIM knows he can’t do everything on his own and there is a time when he needs is Father in Heaven, and his friends.  Jesus said in John 15:12-14 “My command is this, love each other.  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for their friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command”

There is no doubt that Jesus paid the ultimate debt and gave his life for us, and I don’t think he meant for us to just give up our lives for our friends.  But it does mean we need to make sacrifices and give up our time, talent, treasures, etc, in order to be with a friend in need and left them up.  I think we can all think of a friend who might need a hand.  I encourage each of you to send them a message, give them a call, take them to lunch, and help them stand up and keep moving forward.

Prayer request for Manhattan and his family as the deal with the loss of his father-in-law.

And prayers for Bartman’s daugher, his family, and him as they prepare for his daughter’s surgery on Thursday.


The Scene: 35 and clear

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer

Tempo Squats 15 IC
LBAC IC – 10 forward, 10 reverse
Little “Some of this/that”
Calf raises 20/stretch/20/stretch

Mosey to the boats and back to the coupon pile
Count off by 3’s
Alternate groups running to the boats and back, the rest cycled reps over, and over, and over

Merkins 10
Dips 10
SSH 10
Curls 10
Overhead 10
Crunches 20

Rinse and repeat for 37 glorious minutes

We hear this phrase used frequently, particularly in Christian circles and almost always in relation to men. As I ponder this concept, several things occur to me. The first is about how iron sharpens iron. While it sounds cool to visualize, iron does not sharpen iron by smashing against it. Two swords clashed against each other over and over again will not sharpen each other. Much the opposite, they both will become dull, and in fact quite jagged.

Iron sharpens iron in much the same way that anything else sharpens. That is, through precise, purposeful and repetitive motion in close proximity to one another. I don’t know that there could be a better description of the concept of F3. Purposeful repetitive interaction in close proximity. Today we all ran at our doable pace and not one of us took the identical footsteps to someone else. However at the top and back of each loop we regrouped and worked together. That way none of us felt as if we were truly running alone, even slow guys like me were still running near a brother. Add to that the hundreds of repetitions of exercise that we did together, all in cadence, so that no one fell off the beat, was tempted to quit or needed to show off by doing more faster. We worked hard together and we got better together. This is a great model of how we need to handle ourselves spiritually and emotionally together as well. We need to place ourselves in close proximity to each other at regular intervals, and not just when we are working out, but also in down times. That’s why we have 2nd F. We also need to sharpen each other as we draw closer to the Lord. 3rd F. I encourage you men to practice this during your time together and your work time – see it as sharpening. Recall that no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on however it produces a rich harvest. Let’s keep working toward that rich harvest of sharp iron.

It was cold today and the men worked very hard. We had a great time working in tandem and the reps were brutal for the arms while the running was solid for the legs. We benefited from excellent team leadership as we handed off the responsibility for calling the cadence every few minutes.