F3 Knoxville

Big Ball Kraken

THE SCENE: 37 degrees, partly cloudy.  Cool and crisp

Baby arm circles (4 ct) x 12 forward/back

Cherry Pickers x 10

SSH x 20 (4 ct)

Tempo Merkins x 10

5 Burpees on your own

  • Mosey to Church Street United Methodist Church
  • Kraken on the rocks.  8 stations in circle:  1.  Squats with rock x25.  2.  Merkins on your rock x 25.  3.  Rock Curls x 50.  4.  Mr Spectacular x 25 with rock.  5.  Rock lunge 25 out, 25 in.  6.  Rock burpees x 25.  7.  Rock overhead press x 25.  8.  Lizard merkin crawl to center circle and back.  Complete station.  Run with your rock around circle and start next exercise until all exercises completed.
  • Mosey back to AO
  • La La Leggy:  Squats x 20, Forward Lunge x 20 (10 each leg), Reverse lunge x20 (10 each leg), Squat jumps x20, 20 calf raises.

American Hammers x 15 (4 ct)

Hello Dollys x 15 (4 ct)


14 strong.  No FNGs

A Psalm of Life

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

Continue to pray for Sam, G-6’s friend battling cancer in Arizona

Circuit City

THE SCENE: 40s, the sky was dry but the ground was wet. But YOGWW

I integrated and demonstrated the less familiar exercises in our warm up for any guys who were unfamiliar / newer to F3. So that when they read the paper at each station they knew what to do…

  • Mountain Climbers x10 (4 ct.)
  • Squat Jumps x10
  • Merkins x10
  • Superman Swims x10
  • Burpees x5 (OYO)


Get a battle buddy. Set up 5 circuits with cones around the perimeter of the north half of WFP field. Each station had 2 exercises. You and battle buddy did 20 reps of each exercise together. Rinsed and repeat until time is called at 6:00 AM. We all did about 2.5 times through the 5 cicuit.

  • Circuit 1: Mountain Climbers (4 ct.) and Squat Jumps
  • Circuit 2: Dry Docks and Flutter Kicks (4 ct.)
  • Circuit 3: Merkins and Lunges
  • Circuit 4: Supermans and Hello Dollies (4 ct.)
  • Circuit 5: (benches by fountains): Dips and Derkins

Next excercise…

Line up at northern end of WFP field. Battle buddies lined up along the edge of grass. Then they perform the following sequence.


  1. Battle Buddy 1 performs 10 BBS while Battle Buddy 2 holds their feet in a plank position.
  2. Battle Buddy 2 switches to alternating between 10 Merkins and 10 Squats while Battle Buddy 1 sprints to the first cone and performs 2 Burpees, sprints back, sprints to second cone and does 4 Burpees, then sprints to where they started.
  3. Switch, Battle Buddy 2 then performs the progression.

Do as many repetitions as you can in 15 minutes.

Box Cutters x25


“Where is God at work in your life?” a mentor asked me one day. I didn’t know what to say. Oftentimes God is standing in the middle of ourfear, inviting us to run towards it.

Part of being a High Impact Man is rejecting passivity. Oftentimes as men we avoid conflict, shrink back when we are challenged or feel intimidated, or we just check out when we get stressed or feel discouraged. We must choose to reject that natural tendency of passivity and step towards that fear knowing that God will meet us in the middle of it!

Challenge: Where is God inviting you into your fear today?

An excerpt from the book, “Thoughts That Make Your Heart Sing”.

“What Is sin? Sin is trying to get away from God who loves us- it’s wanting to go our own way without him. But the Bible says it’s not like simply wandering off the path and getting lost by mistake. It’s like a horse charging at full speed away from him. We want to get away from God that badly! We are like horses galloping headlong after the things we want.

But God  can stop runaway horses. And lead them gently back.

Fun Facts & Strong Backs

THE SCENE: A Character-Building 32 degrees; Cold hands, warm hearts, can’t lose.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – & Faith. My name is Steam and for the next 45 minutes I will be in charge and serve as your Q. I am not a professional – you are here on your own volition and I don’y know any injuries you may or may not have so if you need to modify any of the exercises we do this morning feel free to do so for your own safety but always give 100%. This morning we will sound off loud and we will not accept anything less than 100% from ourselves and our PAX. Aye? This is the standard this morning – we will meet and exceed it for all 45 minutes.

*** “G-6: What is your favorite Thanksgiving food?” –> Ask 1 member of PAX what G-6’s favorite Thanksgiving food is.

I. Side-Straddle Hop (SSH): 20 x 4 in cadence

Repeat *** with different PAX member(s)

II. Cherry Picker: 20 x 4 in cadence

Repeat *** with different PAX member(s)

III. Baby Arm Circles: 12 x 4 forward in cadence & 12 x 4 backward in cadence

The Merkin: 15 x 10 in cadence

Mosey to WFP (World’s Fair Park) amphitheater with Flag out front (FNG Caleb carried flag)

  • PT –> take a lap around amphitheater with a battle buddy –> PT –> take a lap with a NEW battle buddy
  • Each lap –> each battle buddy shares an interesting fact about themselves
  • 4 laps & 100 reps
    • (1) The Incline Merkin: 25 x 4
      • Take a lap w/Battle Buddy around the amphitheater
      • Back to amphitheater –> ask 1 member of PAX to share the interesting fact they learned on the lap
    • (2) The Squat: 25 x 4
      • Take a lap w/new battle buddy
      • Back to amphitheater –> ask another member of PAX to share the interesting fact they learned on the lap
    • (3) The Ground Pounder: 25 x 4 (Forearm plank –> up to push up plank 1 hand @ a time –> back to elbow plank 1 hand @ a time)
      • Take a lap w/new battle buddy
      • Back to amphitheater –> ask new member of PAX to share interesting fact they learned on the lap
    • (4) The Little Baby Crunch: 25 x 4
      • Take a lap (all PAX together) –> hold @ top of amphitheater
    • BOM (Pt. 1)
      • Q asked PAX: “Why have I been asking questions all morning?
      • 3 things: Ask – Listen – Remember
        • If you know and remember who’s on your team – you’ll find that coming out here and doing this crazy thing called F3 becomes a lot more meaningful but a ton more fun. Aye? Know your PAX, the man to your left and right, they’re out here, locked and loaded at 5:30 just like you.
    • Run up by Big Ball (flag out front – Caleb) to Bridge across WFP
      • 2 columns facing across the bridge
      • Mosey across bridge –> every rectangular concrete plant holder = 10 x 4 squats
        • have different member of PAX call it in cadence each time
      • Form up in 1 line @ end of bridge (flag out front -Caleb)
    • Motivational Cadence Call Mosey Back to AO
      • (1) F3! –> PAX repeats –> Good For You! –> PAX repeats –> Good For Me! –> PAX repeats
      • (2) All Day! –> PAX repeats –> Everyday! –> PAX repeats
      • (3) 1, 2, 3! –> PAX repeats –> I Love F3! –> PAX repeats –> 4, 5, 6! –> PAX repeats –> Pickin Up Sticks! –> PAX repeats –> 7 and 8! –> PAX repeats –> F3 is Great! –> PAX repeats –> 9 and 10! –> PAX repeats –> Let’s Do It All Again! –> PAX repeats
      • Repeat # 1 – 3 at Q’s discretion
    • Arrive @ Field Across from AO –> Take The Field!
      • 150% –> your 100% is not good enough because you are better than your 100%, aye? You can do better than 100%, you have what it takes! TAKE. THIS. FIELD.
      • All out 150% sprint across the field to AO

Caleb was the only FNG Big Ball had this morning. Putting the new guy in charge of something so sacred – the American Flag that always stays out front when we mosey and goes with us wherever we go – (I believe) helped him become more comfortable and integrated @ his first time @ F3.
PAX Count: 14 + 1 FNG
Proverbs 11:14 –> “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisors.”

This is a call to action. When you look around at our world today – our nation is falling and it’s sad. Because there is a clear lack of guidance. we, men in F3, are called to be HIM = High Impact Men. Your nation needs you, your family needs you, your community needs you, F3 needs you. Take charge and be a leader. You are all leaders in some capacity whether you realize it or not. We found out earlier that when you know who’s on your team it’s a lot easier to embrace the suck knowing who’s beside you going through the same thing. Along with that – we are all cops. A cop is someone who upholds the law and holds others accountable to the law. Who’s the cop in your life? Who holds you accountable and helps you uphold who you were created to be? Are you a cop in anyone else’s life? I need that, we all need that. Men, great work this morning, I cannot begin to tell you what an honor it is to be out here and have the opportunity to lead and serve as your Q. You are free to lead. Take charge and make it happen.

Pray it out.
Big Ball Saturday Qs will be officially (re)starting in 2 weeks –>  3 December 2017

Gotta get up to get down

THE SCENE: 62* and rainy, great day for a garage sale (Moved warm up to under bridge because of occasional lightning)

Side straddle hops x 20 IC
Imperial squat walkers x10 IC
Tempo merkins x10 IC

Run to parking garage on the hop for shelter from lightning.  Partner up, run DORA on the bottom level of garage.  One partner runs to other end of the garage and back while partner two performs exercises.  Between each set of partners, 100 merkins, 200 squats, 200 LBCs.  Recover and 10 count.

On your own, run up parking garage doing exercises listed at each floor.  Upper body going up, lower body coming down.  Exercises as follows:

  • Hand release burpees x10 (AKA HURPEEEEEEEESSS)
  • Carolina dry docks x20
  • Ranger merkins x20
  • Staggered hand merkins x20 (merkin with one hand on curb, one hand on ground, alternating high and low hands)
  • Wall worms across short wall section (walk across wall with hands on ground and feet up on wall)

Start back down the garage, doing lower body exercises on the way down.

  • Burps x20 (burpee with no merkin and no jump, basically hip thrusters)
  • Squat jumps x20
  • Plank jacks x20
  • Pistol squats x20 (using hand on wall for balance)
  • Burpees x10

Plank and wait for 6 to finish.  Pfeiffer takes us shopping for some clearance Halloween candy and the usual geriatric lingerie.  Recover and 10 count.

Circle up on garage deck for boat/canoe ring of fire.  Each PAX on 6 and in boat position.  Going around the circle, each PAX calls canoe (with any variation they want) and back to boat.  Goes all the way around the circle.  Variations on canoe include iron cross flutter kicks, arms up and down canoes, Koombayah canoes, and dolly canoes.  No recover, roll over to plank position and perform 20 four count mountain climbers.  Back to 6, perform 15 box cutters.  Back to plank, 20 merkins.  Back to 6, 20 four count flutter kicks.

Recover and 10 count.  Mosey back to start point for count and name-o-rama

11 PAX – Quarantine, Uncle Rico, Swanson, A Rod, Goat Tongue, Guppy, Iceman, G6, Frank, Pfeiffer, Abort
Quick word and prayer, didn’t push our luck out in the open.

Scruffy Little Mosey on the river


  • Side Straddle Hops IC to 25
  • Slow Tempo Squats IC to 20
  • Merkins IC to 10 (4 – count)
  • Mountain Climbers 20 each leg OYO
  • Burpees 10 OYO

The Thang

  • 11’s – Dips/Box Jumps
  • Mosey to Henley St and Cumberland Ave: 10 Merkins OYO
  • Mosey to Pedestrian Bridge over Neyland Drive: Lunges across bridge
  • 7’s – Inclined/Declined Merkin
  • Mary:
    • Flutter Kicks IC to 20
    • Hello Dolly’s IC to 20
    • Big Boy Sit-Ups 20 OYO
    • American Hammers IC to 20
    • Leg Lifts IC to 20
  • 20 Carolina Dry Docks OYO
  • Mosey to AO – Stop twice on way for 10 merkins
  • Count-Off
  • Name-O-Rama


  • “The most secure prisons are those we construct for ourselves.”
  • Rarely do we think about the constraints we place on our own lives. Everything we are afraid to try is a limitation to what we can become. Fear and anxiety keep us from trying new things. Looking back throughout our lives we can see many broken promises to ourselves. Often, we use excuses (not smart enough/not strong enough/ not enough time/etc.) to justify these broken promises. We pay too much attention to words – others and our own – and not enough to the action that defines us.