F3 Knoxville

Eat This Bread, Drink This Cup

THE SCENE: Sunny, temp in low 80s

20 Side Straddle Hops, 10 Mountain Climbers, Plank Stretches, 7 Tennessee Rocking Chairs, 10 Iron Mikes, 7 Cherry Pickers, 7 Twisties, 10 Little Baby Arm Circles Forward and 10 Backward.
Mosey to Stop Sign at Northeastern Corner of Admin Bldg then mosey to shade of large conifer tree.  We will do 20 American Hammers.

Mosey to small parking lot on north side of park roadway, then go on trail that leads north toward Lyons Bend.  We will stop at rock pile.  Each man grabs a CMU weight boulder to do the following:

  • 25 Overhead Presses
  • 25 Curls
  • 25 Triceps
  • 25 Rows

After putting the boulders in the rock pile we will head north and then west on the trail doing “Run Ten Tens”.  We will run forward ten light posts, then do ten Merkins and ten Big Boy Situps.  We will do this until we get to the park roadway as it approaches the gate at Lyons Bend.

Next, we will Mosey further west on the trail until we come to another rock pile that is at the intersection of the trail we are on and the trail coming down close to Roadshow Run.  Each man grabs a CMU weight boulder to do the following:

  • 25 Overhead Presses
  • 25 Curls
  • 25 Triceps
  • 25 Rows

After placing the boulders back in the rock pile we will run west and then south on the Perimeter Trail until we get to the bottom of Mt. Everest.  We will serpentine from the trail to three different trees on Mt. Everest.  We will do two burpees in the shade of the first tree, run back to the trail, run to the second tree to do two burpees in the shade, then run back to the trail, and finally run to the shade of the third tree to do two burpees.

Mosey back to the perimeter trail and south until we get to the fence that blocks further movement on the trail.  We will then run up the mulch trail until we reach a cone on the trail.  We will do 25 Hello Dollies, 25 Flutter Kicks, and 25 Freddie Mercury’s then run about 40 yards up the mulch trail to another cone to do 5 Burpees.  We will then run back to the first cone and rinse and repeat the above two more times.

Mosey to the little grove of trees at the bottom of the summit of Everest.  We will do 20 Baby Crunches, then run up the summit to the flat grassy area to do 20 Carolina Dry Docks, then run to the Bat Cave to do 20 Sky Jumps.

Next, we will run north to the large tree near the administration bldg roadway.  We will run around the tree and back to the AO.

Next we will run down the stairs by the Bat Cave, run toward Mt. Everest, and go back up the summit. We will then head back to the AO.

We had 17 men and one FNG, Karter Moore, whom we named “Decal”.  Some of our men rucked today.

I have been watching the Tour de France the past few weeks. The bikers in the tour bike over 100 miles per day in frequently mountainous terrain.  They burn so many calories that they sometimes must eat food while riding their bikes.  That food can make the difference between winning and losing the race.  If they do not have enough food they will not have the strength to compete with the other riders.

I was thinking about that when taking communion at church this past Sunday.  When we take in the bread of communion, Christ proclaims to us, “This is my body given for you. When you eat it, do this in remembrance of me.”  And when we take the wine at communion, Christ proclaims to us, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.  Do this, when you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  What Christ is essentially saying is, like one of our communion songs says:

Eat this bread, drink this cup, come to me and never be hungry.
Eat this bread, drink this cup, trust in me and you will not thirst.

God wants us to know that there is something much more important than food that can sustain us. And so, week by week, I, with other brothers and sisters, who just like me are imperfect individuals who stumble, remember that I still have a God who loves me.  And I eat that bread and drink that wine, realizing that people all over the world are doing the same.  Are we more deserving than others?  No, we come because we are unworthy.  But it nourishes us.  It nourishes me.  It gives me the strength to carry on, hoping that it may shine a little light on my soul that I can then shine on others.  For that, I am thankful.

Prayers for Brick and his family, for Junk and his injury, for Glamper’s manager of work, and a prayer of praise for Lilydipper’s recovery from shoulder replacement and hip replacement surgery.
We will have a 2nd F gathering at the home of Abacus on July 29. The F3 “In the Nude” workout will be on the morning of July 29.  The F3 Dad’s camp will be on the weekend of August 11-13.  And the 3rd F camp at Doe River Gorge will be the weekend of September 22-24.

27 – Simpler Than You Think

The Scene 

  • Asylum PM 
  • 5:45pm – 6:30pm
    • ShieldLock ruck at 5:10pm
  • Hot + sunny

F3 Welcome + Disclaimer

  • Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith 
  • My name is Steam and I’ll be your Q this morning 
  • A few things before we begin: 
    • I’m not a professional 
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • You know your injuries if you have any so if you need to modify anything we do today feel free to do so, but push yourselves and the men around you. They deserve it and so do you. 
  • FNGs? — 1 (Pre-rucked his FNG workout!)


  • Apollo Slowno: 8
    • Apollo Ono, but slow
  • Baby Arm Circles: (F) 10×4 (B) 10×4 
  • Windmill: 10×4
  • Chattanooga Cherry Pickers (Shoulders): 10×4 
  • Squat: 10×4

The Thang  — Theme of 27

(Mosey to the the rock pile below the Coliseum)

(1) A Rocky Start 

  • Grab a rock 
  • Warm up round:
    • 1 count
    • 27 chest presses 
    • 27 curls 
    • 27 triceps 
    • 27 rows 
  • Mosey down the hill to the field 
  • Execute the Xs again at the bottom
  • Use your rock to get to the next plateau – incline murder bunnies
  • Repeat the Xs again
  • Mosey to the next incline
  • Use your rock to get to the next plateau – incline murder bunnies
  • Repeat the Xs again
  • Rinse and repeat until we get to the top of the stairs by the coliseum 

(Fellowship mosey to the parking lot below the stairs with the wall)

(2) Keep Rockin’

  • 2 POC: here and top of the curve 
  • 4 rounds 
  • Round 1
    • 27 American hammers w/rock 
    • Run to the top of the curve
    • Execute 2 man-makers 
    • Run back 
  • Round 2 
    • 27 flutter-kicks w/rock overhead 
    • Run to the top of the curve 
    • Execute 2 man makers 
    • Run back 
  • Round 3
    • 27 rock squats 
    • Run to the top of the curve 
    • Execute 2 man makers 
    • Run back 
  • Round 4 
    • 27 rock curls
    • Run to the top of the curve 
    • Execute 2 man makers 
    • Run back 

(Mosey to put rocks back)

(Mosey back to the AO)


(Insert information about any additional post-Thang work)



COT (Circle of Trust)

Count Off

  • 20

Name o Rama

  • Dung Beetle, Brick, Pusher, Petunia, Crisper, Tenderfoot, Lizzy, Onstar, Scrubs, Pele, F6, High-Heels, Glamper, Z-Bone, Drum Major, Lillydipper, Doubtfire, Cheetah Boy, Sparkler, Steam

Word — 27 Things From Proverbs 27

There are 27 verses in Proverbs 27 — one of which we use quite frequently. So on the 27th day of June, here are 27 encouraging reminders and wisdom from Proverbs 27:17 (MSG)

⬆️ this was the original plan for my Word tonight ⬆️ and obviously it went with the theme of 27 reps tonight – I like simple what can I say. 

But after my wife got home from work today, we were sitting on our back porch with these 2 things – and call it the Holy Spirit leading me in a different direction and putting this on my heart instead or just a simpler Word, but here is my actual Word. 

(I’ll post the original one too in case you were wondering). 

Some thoughts on fans

  • We all need a fan in our lives – we all need people cheering us on in our lives
  • Fans come in different sizes 
  • We can be a fan to anyone in our lives, no matter how big or small our influence or power is
  • The true value of a fan is not what it is, but it’s what it does
  • Fans help create energy for others 

So be a fan of someone to someone else this week. 

Here’s the original Word I thought of – Proverbs 27

A little backstory: Because these proverbs are a part of the whole of God’s Word, they are not simply for entertainment; they exhort, encourage, and offer hope. Solomon called readers, especially youth, to pursue wisdom rather than foolishness. He encouraged the inexperienced to become wise rather than mockers, to be teachable rather than incorrigible, to live rather than to die. He predicted that people who pursued wisdom would generally find success and happiness in this life, but he promised they would absolutely find joy and blessing in eternity. 

This rich book of short, pithy wisdom presented a consistent theme: fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.

(You Don’t Know Tomorrow: verses 1 – 16)

  1. Don’t brashly announce what you’re going to do tomorrow; you don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. 
  2. Don’t call attention to yourself; let others do it for you. 
  3. Carrying a log across your shoulders while you’re hefting a boulder with your arms is nothing compared to the burden of putting up with a fool. 
  4. We’re blasted by anger and swamped by rage, but who can survive jealousy?
  5. A spoken reprimand is better than approval that’s never expressed. 
  6. The wounds from a lover are worth it; kisses from an enemy do you in. 
  7. When you’ve stuffed yourself, you refuse dessert; when you’re starved, you could eat a horse. 
  8. People who won’t settle down, wandering hither and yon, are like restless birds, flitting to and fro. 
  9. Just as lotions and fragrance give sensual delight, a sweet friendship refreshes the soul. 
  10. Don’t leave your friends or your parents’ friends and run home to your family when things get rough; better a nearby friend than a distant family. 
  11. Become wise, dear child, and make me happy, then nothing the world throws my way will upset me. 
  12. A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks; a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered. 
  13. Hold tight to collateral on any loan to a stranger; be wary of accepting what a transient friend has pawned. 
  14. If you wake your friend in the early morning by shouting “Rise and shine!” It will sound to him more like a curse than a blessing.
  15. (And 16)A nagging spouse is like the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet; you can’t turn it off, and you can’t get away from it. 

(Your Face Mirrors Your Heart: verses 17 – 27)

  1. As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. 
  2. If you care for your orchard, you’ll enjoy its fruit; if you honor your boss, you’ll be honored. 
  3. Just as water mirrors your face, so your face mirrors your heart. 
  4. Hell has a voracious appetite, and lust never quits. 
  5. The purity of silver and gold is tested by putting them in a fire; the purity of human hearts is tested by giving them a little fame. 
  6. Pound on a fool all you like — you can’t pound out foolishness. 
  7. Know your sheep by name; carefully attend to your flocks. 
  8. Don’t take them for granted; possessions don’t last forever you know. 
  9. (And 26) And then, when the crops are in and the harvest is stored in the barns, you can knit sweaters of lambs’ wool, and sell your goats for a profit. 
  1. There will be plenty of milk and meat to last your family through the winter


(Insert information about upcoming events, 2nd or 3rd F opportunities, and any other announcements)

19 Strong at Asylum- Bearcrawling islands and pyramids

THE SCENE: Dark clouds, humid, 80’s with looming storms

standard disclaimer with no FNGS

Cherry Pickers (IC)

Twisties IC

Windmills (IC)

Motivators 5 IC

Grady Corns 25 IC


Mosey to parking lot west of playground

Bear crawl halfway – 5 excercises

Bernie to end – 10 exercises

Karaoke half back – 25 exercises

10 count rest

Rinse and repeat with different exercise (I forgot which 2 exercises we did)

20 count rest

Mosey back to Pavalon

2 sets of Ladders as follows:

Round Pull UP LBC
1 ct
Squat Plank Jack
10 Run
2 10 10 Run
3 10 10 10 Run
5 10 10 10 10 Run
6 Run 10 10
7 Run 10 10 10
8 Run 10 10 10 10
Round Step Up Imp Walker SSH (1 ct) Shoulder Taps (2ct)
2 10 10 Run
3 10 10 10 Run
5 10 10 10 10 Run
6 Run 10 10
7 Run 10 10 10
8 Run 10 10 10 10



You can make a difference

You can achieve a lot through either through volunteering or by starting something completely new, it just needs to begin with a spark and a little effort. There are likely others that support your cause in one way or another.  Dream big, especially when it comes to helping others. Once you get the momentum and more involved, it’s hard to stop to it. In our F3 circle we can see what can result from an idea or a desire to make a difference.

Hardship Hill – Tank’s idea has grown into a large event making a huge difference with OEW

Saturday volunteer day at Lakeshore

Don’t be afraid to step up and volunteer or to initiate an event (small or large) you would be surprised in what you can achieve!

convergence on July 8 at Shamrock


THE SCENE: Partly cloudy, temps in upper 50s.

20 Plank Jacks, 10 Burpees, 10 Cherry Pickers, 10 Rocking Chairs, 10 Gas Pumps, 7 Twistees, 7 Pterodactyls Forward, 7 Pterodactyls Backward, Little of This and That


Mosey to Pavilion.  We will do Elevens starting with 10 Picnic Table Pull-ups and 1 Step up.

Mosey to beginning of Cardiac via the batting cage area.  We will run uphill stopping at the following areas to do the following exercises:

  • First Corner:  20 American Hammers (4 ct)
  • Second Corner:  20 Hello Dollies (4 ct)
  • Third Corner:  20 Flutter Kicks (4 ct)
  • Benches:  20 Bench Dips.
  • Rinse and Repeat

Mosey to the top of the Dragon Tail.  We will run down the trail and past the restrooms until we get to the roadway.  We will stop every five lights to do 10 Merkins.

Mosey to the Caribbean.  There will be cones place at every other island.  There is a list of exercises below.  We will do a candy cane run around the parking lot, stopping at every cone to do the first exercise listed.  This will continue until the end of the candy cane.  However, the first man who completes the exercise at the top of the candy cane (where two cones are placed together) will sweep all men back to the start.  Then we will do the same but with the next exercise on the list.  Here are the exercises:

  • Bear Crawl for 10 paces
  • Broad jump forward 5 times
  • Lunge backwards 10 paces

Next we Gentleman’s Mosey to the street, then run up Pickett’s Charge.  Those getting there first circle back to the six encourage them up the hill.

From the Coliseum we will run counterclockwise around the loop.  We will stop at 3 o’clock, 12o’clock and 9 o’clock to do the the listed exercise. The first man to complete the listed exercise sweeps all men back to 6 o’clock.  Here is the exercise:  20 Carolina Dry Docks at 3, up and down stairs at 12, and 20 Carolina Dry Docks at 9.

Mosey toward Haslam Rock.  Stop to gaze at the best sunrise in America.  Then mosey to AO.

12 Men, no FNGs.  We had Eliza, who calls his home Shamrock, working out with us this morning.

James 1:19  :  My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this:  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

I think it is the tendency of us men to want to fix things. That can be good when it comes to repairing your home.  But it can be bad when it comes to hearing someone who needs to talk or helping those in mental pain.  Perhaps our desire to “fix it” is why men are often accused of not listening as well as women. Someone shares their sorrows with us and we want to fix it, to make it right.  It is difficult to listen to the cries and tribulations of others.  Knowing the other is hurting, we may be too quick to give advice that the sufferer has already heard before. We don’t like it that the other is in pain – it disturbs our own world and we want to make that world right, smooth and non-painful.  So we dole out the advice without fully listening.

Here’s some advice when someone needs to talk or comes to you in mental pain:  LISTEN.  Be there for that sufferer.  Frankly, sometimes there is no worldly solution.  Life can hurt and sometimes there is no answer other than “Live and Let God.”

Here’s a quote from the theologian, Henri Nouwen, that I think is quite apropos:

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.  The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.

True listening is a skill that all of us need to learn.  It can hurt to truly listen to someone who is hurting because we suffer too.  But, in so doing, aren’t we becoming more like Christ or God would want us to be, taking on the wounds of our fellow humans?

Prayers for our Veterans with praise for them serving our country; prayer of praise for the good news about Matlock’s nephew, John, who had successful brain surgery; prayers for those traveling, including high school students like Snitch’s daughter who will be traveling to Colorado to a Christian based camp there; prayers for Sparkler’s father-in-law who is critically ill.

There is a flag posting ceremony at the Veterans Cemetery across Lyon’s Bend starting at 8:30 this morning.  Men are invited to join the Boy Scouts who will be posting the flags for the veterans.  Some of us will also be going to Hardship Hill today to help set up obstacles.  The race is Monday.  On Saturday, June 10, we will have a workday here at the Asylum to help beautify this wonderful park.  Drum Major set up this service opportunity up for us.  On June 17, F3 and FIA will contribute to the KARM Dragon Boat Festival.  And, registration in now open for FORG3, a F3 brotherhood event that will occur in September.

Pickett’s Charges

THE SCENE: Beautiful day at the Asylum, temps in the mid-60s and sunny

15 Side Straddle Hops

5 Cherry Pickers

10 windmills

10 baby arm circles each way

Little bit of this and that


Mosey down towards west of park, turn on mulch path and go down to culdasack.

10 Rocky Balboas in cadence

15 curb dips own

Mosey to Dora landing.

On own do 10 star jumps, 10 plank jacks and then do wall sit until everyone completes and Q releases you.

Mosey down path set that winds over to the base of Pickett’s Charge.

1st go through do following at each tier, starting at the bottom

1 burpie

2 merkins

3 squats

4 LBCs

Then run full loop back to bottom of Pickett’s and repeat, except that the exercise amounts now double each time…so:

2, 4, 8,16, 32…. Burpies



8,16,32,64,128… LBCs

Some stretching after the hard work
12 men

My son has recently had 2 friends his age pass away. One due to a car wreck, one due to cancer. It just doesn’t seem fair, but at the same time it reiterates the point that we are all lucky to still be here and we are not promised one more breath in this life. We are all lucky to be able to stand here, beat ourselves up for 45 minutes and hang out afterwards.

This summer take advantage of what little time you may have left. Try something you have wanted to try. See something you have wanted to see, Go somewhere you have wanted to go. Just take advantage.

I have long regretted not traveling more when I was younger. I figure why not take advantage now. Next week I will set forth across the country and back for more than 3 weeks. It is exciting, yet I am anxious now as I prepare to leave. It will be great though, I will see things I have longed to see for a long time and will be giving my daughter something she can carry with her the rest of her life. Think what you may want to accomplish before it is too late and I encourage you to take advantage.

This was tough, the jump to the 32 burpie level may be too much, may try doing it pyramid style if done again and start counting back down after the 8 burpie go ’round.
Asylum Volunteer workday will be June 10th, more info coming soon. Hardship Hill May 29, Asylum PM obstacle work on Wed, May 10. Forg3 F3 Retreat coming up this fall.