F3 Knoxville

Less Than Ultimate Frisbee

THE SCENE: 65 or so and clear

SSH, Michael Phelps, Hamstring Stretch, Quad Stretch, Butterfly Stretch (since he was in attendance)

PAX divided into two teams. There was Team 1 and I forgot the other team’s name. Two rucks were available, and each team was assigned a ruck to carry during the workout.

A bonus concept that emerged was “Don’t forget about the guy with the ruck.” While you are doing your thing, it is easy to forget that there are those who would appreciate your help. Bonus concept there.

Part 1

Timed AMRAP exercises. Since this wasn’t a race, the focus was on form. Straight back for Merkins, Straight back for squats, touch knee to ground for lunges (or as deep as possible), 1 min each exercise

  • Hand release Merkins
  • BBS
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Burpees

Part 1.1

CMU bear crawl across lawn. Some PAX did it with the ruck. Not sure why.

PAX not crawling were performing SSH or gasping for air.

Part 2

Less than Ultimate Frisbee

If the Frisbee hits ground – 1 burpee for everyone

If one team scores – 2 burpees for other team

When one team scores, an item is added to the team:

1st score – add ruck to carry (we set it down for a short while, it soon came back)

2nd score – add 1) 5 lb dumbbell to carry

3rd score – add 2) work gloves (from Harbor Freight)

4th score – carry CMU short distance across field 1x

5th score – add the Burpee Ball. This was a foam rubber offensive weapon which a PAX could use on the other team. Hit an opponent, they have to do a burpee. After this, the possession goes to the other team.

This proved to be a lot of of chaos and fun, and YHC would have continued the game longer if not for time. Teams were evenly matched and despite a direct hit to the face, the Burpee Ball was a crowd favorite.

Ran outta time

10 PAX including FNG Henna
YHC recently turned 40, I and took 40 days to concentrate on my habits. I added some things and took away some things.

Took away:

  • Sugary snacks, donuts, candy, ice cream, etc.
  • YouTube for entertainment purposes (fixing lawn mower – ok)
  • No phone in the bathroom (this is embarrassing)
  • Coffee limited to one cup a week on Saturdays


  • Exercise 45 mins, 3x a week
  • Cook meal 1x a week for family (didn’t want this to be all about me)


I did well, and was glad that I did it. I’d like to take another 40 day period to build on this one.

  • The desire to quit is strong, but the desire to cheat is even stronger
  • Quitting usually comes after cheating
  • I found myself not wanting to go back to the old habits, now that 40 days is up. That is, it would not feel like a relief to watch YouTube for hours, eating ice cream.
  • Positive habit change is possible.
  • Don’t try to “get it all back at once.” If there are areas that you know need change, take measured, reasonable steps, but it usually happens in smaller increments that we would like.
  • Cooking took more time and effort than I anticipated. I appreciate my M even more now.
  • If you try something like this, it can have positive influence on those around you. My M decided to focus on her eating habits and has lost 8 lbs in the past month. It was her idea to do this, and it has been beneficial to her.


    See above
    Wedding Singer’s mom has surgery this week, reminder to sign up for Convergence next week

Quacken Dice

THE SCENE: A perfect morning in the gloom



SSH x20; Copperhead Squat x10

PAX roll a 12 sided die to determine what exercises they will do. Keep rolling until Q calls recover.

  • 1 – Bear Crawl to cone, Crawl Bear back
  • 2 – Burpees x10
  • 3 – Big Boys x20
  • 4 – Bobby Hurley x15
  • 5 – Crab Walk to cone and back
  • 6 – Carolina Dry Docks x20
  • 7 – Crab Cakes (4-ct) x20
  • 8 – Copperhead Squat x15
  • 9 – Lunge to cone and back
  • 10 – Alternating Shoulder Taps (4-ct) x20
  • 11 – Australian Snow Angels (4-ct) x20
  • 12 – Apolo Ohno (4-ct) x20

Afterburner (Overhead Claps 4-ct x50; Seal Claps 4-ct x25; Grady Corn 4-ct x25)

Hello Dolly x20; LBCs for time

5 HIM in the gloom


“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:9-12‬

F3 is meant to provide us men that will help us when we fall. We are meant to be in community with others. We all need those guardrails that we can’t provide for ourselves. Be willing to let others speak into your blind spots.

Pray for Switchgrass and Rep Sleepy as they travel next week


Convergence at JUCO on 7/2

Looking for the next one

THE SCENE: Dry and about 55 deg

SSH x 25 IC

OH Claps x 40 IC

Seal Claps x 25 IC

LBAC F x 20 IC

LBAC R x 20 IC

Hamstring and quad stretching

Mosey to the coupon pile by L&N. A flying EH was attempted by YHC to a local man in the gloom, but it was not received. Mosey back to the lawn.

Thang 1 Coupon Exercises

50 OH Press

50 tricep extensions

50 goblet squats

50 partner merkins

Thang 2 Coupon Relay

4 cones were set up in a rectangle measuring approximately 25 x 20 yds.  PAX were to take turns sprinting with a coupon to the next cone and return to the original starting point. PAX remaining at cone performed an exercise, dealer’s choice style. One the coupons were all delivered to the next cone, the group likewise moved on. Exercises included:

  • Merkins
  • Squats
  • SSH
  • Flutter kicks
  • Burpees
  • And other crowd favorites

Thang 3 Silly Lawn Stuff

Recreated the Battle of Ice Planet Hoth. PAX partner up, face each other across the field. First PAX begins doing Imperial Lunges across field. Second PAX sprints toward other and does 2 bear crawls around first, then sprints back to beginning point. Repeato until first PAX crosses field. Switcheroo.

Hot feet. What you see at high school football practices where someone yells out up, down, roll right, roll left, jump, hot feet, for what seems like forever. It was like that, except YHC did not have coaches’ shorts on, sadly.

Ball tag. Within the aforementioned cone rectangle, one PAX has a Wal-Mart kickball and attempts to hit another PAX. The rectangle got progressively smaller. After a PAX was hit, he did 5 burpees. The one who hit him with the ball did 2.

Having too much fun playing ball tag to do

10 PAX including Fridge DR from Louisville
YHC leads games for children ages 4 – 11 at church on Wednesdays, and I got a lot of pushback from some kids last night. The basic idea was that I was not fair in my assessment whether they were out or not in a game. In short, I told the kids that I am trying to be as fair as possible, but I have to make a call. There was some pouting.

Upon further reflection, I realized that we as men can be the same way. If things don’t go exactly like we think they should have, we have 2 options. #1 Pout, or #2 Look for the next opportunity. We will get another chance, and we might miss it if we are pouting.

Prayer for Swanson. Made a plug for the F3 Nation Slack Channel, where I got the Battle of the Ice Planet Hoth
CSAUP 5/6. Convergence 7/2

Speedway DORA-cide

THE SCENE: Unseasonably cold for the middle of April but we didn’t stay cold long



Cherry Pickers x5; Abe Vigoda x5; SSH x20; Tempo Squat x10


Mosey to one of the small soccer fields and did some partner work. One partner did ran a 5 cone suicide doing burpees at the cones, increasing by one at each cone while the other partner worked through the exercises. Everyone was working through the exercises a second time when recover was called.

  • 100 Merkins
  • 200 Big Boys
  • 300 Squats

Rep Sleepy afterburner (Overhead Claps x40, Seal Claps x20, Grady Corn x10); Flutter Kicks x20; Boxcutters x10; LBCs for time

12 HIM that included 7 FNGs

Leave no man behind and no man where you found him

Insert any personal comments, notes, devotion content, etc.
Insert information about upcoming events, 2nd or 3rd F opportunities, and any other announcements.

Well, now what, Coach?

THE SCENE: A cool 50 but drier than expected



Focus on whole body warmup

SSH (4C) IC x 30

Squats x 25

Merkins x 15

Michael Phelps OYO

Lil’ Bit O This, That

Quad and Hammy Stretches

Mosey to rock pile by L&N Station, grab a coupon, mosey to TN Amphitheater.

PAX partnered up, one group of three

Exercises were at two stations, one at stage, one up the stairs.

20 reps at each station, 2 trips to each station for 1 round. There were 4 rounds total.

Round One, run between stations

Merkins >>> Big Boys >>> Squats >>> Flutter Kicks (4C)

Round Two, bear crawl up stairs, jog back down

Smurf Jacks >>> X ups >>> CDDs >>> Get ups

Round Three rifle carry coupon

Squirrels >>> OH Press >>> Blockees >>> Kettlebell Swing

Round Four sprint up stairs, jog down

Mt. Climbers (4C) >>> SSH (4C) >>> Monkey Humpers >>> Pickle Pounders

PAX gathered coupons and laundry and returned to lawn. Next task was to move the 7 coupons down the field to the fountains. One PAX sprinted with a coupon to the end of the field and the others remained in place performing an exercise until his return. The next PAX would then take a turn until coupons had been taken across field. SSH, Squats, Plank, Shoulder Taps, Flutter Kicks were called out.

PAX returned borrowed coupons to L&N, as previously instructed by Knox County Schools.

PAX performed Up and Under Plank Relay across approximately 1/2 of the field before time was called.

Included in the last push there.



John Wooden Quote “The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.” Great quote, but if you are like YHC, sometimes you find on the wrong end of this quote, lacking in character. What then?

3 A’s


Sometimes we just need an honest assessment of who we are, including our struggles.


God already knows us better than we know ourselves. “O LORD, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up. You discern my thoughts from afar.” PS 139:1 & 2


God wants transformation for us, and that is a message of hope for YHC. “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.” PS 139:23 & 24

Prayer for Air Gretzky as he travels to Romania

A word of thanks for YHC’s 2.1. She asked her teacher how she could become a Christian on Monday.

Need to fill up the Q Calendar