F3 Knoxville

Riding the escalator

THE SCENE: 65* perfect weather to get a sweat on

Baby arm circles forward 12x IC
Baby arm circles reverse 13x IC
Imperial walkers 10x IC
SSH 20x IC

Form two lines behind Gretzky and Swanson, headed toward amphitheater.  PAX mosey in and hop up on stage for directions.  Routine is escalator – start with first exercise, then take a lap around the pond.  Get back, do the first two exercises, take a lap.  Continue adding next exercise down until you’re completing 5 exercises at the end.  Exercises as follows:

  • Plank jacks 10x on a four count (PAX instructed to do half high and half six inches off the deck)
  • Jump squats 10x
  • Pull ups 10x (pull ups performed midway at the Big Ball before returning to stage)
  • Mountain climbers 10x on a four count
  • Lunges 10 each leg

Jack rabbits perform ab exercises on stage waiting for the 6 to complete the routine.  Ab exercises led by Singlet: flutter kicks, penguins, hello Dolly’s, WWII sit ups.  Once 6 is all in, PAX recover and 10 count.

PAX begin short mosey across first bridge and up first set of stairs near the Big Ball.  Next routine is the 4 cone escalator.  Focused on lower body for first routine, second focuses on upper body.  Routine:

  • Crawl bear between cones, at each cone you have a set of merkins.  First cone 5 merkins, second cone 10, third cone 15, fourth cone 20 merkins.  Jog back to start line.
  • Inch worm between cones (start in plank, walk feet to hands, then walk hands back out to plank.  Can’t move feet and hands at the same time), at each cone you have a set of burpees.  First cone 3 burpees, second cone 6, third cone 9, fourth cone 12 burpees.

Recover and 10 count.

Slow mosey back to start point for Mary.  No jailbreak across the park so I don’t lose my pride and my stomach.  MARY:
Flutter kicks 10x IC – quick transition to
Wide flutter kicks 10x IC
27 out in force, including 4 FNGs!! Preacher, Gretzky, Sheldon, Hillary, Guppy, Steam, Stage Hand, Soot, Popeye, Putt Putt, Pfeiffer, Cheatsheet, Prom King, Quarantine, Passport, Bessie, G6, Sprinkler (FNG), Swanson, Petey, Amazon, Singlet, Cheeks (FNG), Garfield (FNG), Petro (FNG), Careless, Abort.
Just spoke about the terms Dolphin and Daffodil, and encouraged anyone who hasn’t read Freed To Lead to blaze through it.  Make sure to know your direction, and have a hold on what you do the best and who you care about the most, intersecting that Dolphin and Daffodil for your highest impact.  Challenge to myself as much as to anyone else.

Big thanks to Swanson for getting the prayer today, I couldn’t get my thoughts in order to properly do it.  And he executed much better than I can anyhow.
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Mucho Chesto with Dora and Paula

THE SCENE: low 50’s…absolutely perfect



  • SSH x20 IC
  • Tempo Squats x10 IC
  • Tempo Merkins x10 IC
  • Burpees x10 oyo


  1. Mosey to the amphitheater
    • Battle buddy up
    • DORA reps of the following while partner runs to end of stage and completes 10 box jumps
      • 100 Thrust Merkins
      • 100 Incline Merkins
      • 100 Decline Merkins
  2. Mosey to the Methodist Church parking lot
    • Keep same battle buddy & grab 1 rock per team
    • DORA reps of the following while partner runs to top of parking lot and completes 5 burpees
      • 100 Overhead Press
      • 100 Goblet Squats
      • 100 Squat Press
  3. Stay in same parking lot
    • Paula Abdul the parking spaces (2 forward, 1 back)
    • 10 merkins each trip forward
    • 10 squats each trip backward
  4. Mosey back to splash pad


  • Flutter kicks x20 IC
  • Boat/canoe
  • Peter Parkers

35 strong including 2 FNG and 1 out of towner.

Cowbell, Uni, Popeye, Crawdad, Cramps, Plunger, Bermuda (FNG), Abort, Passport, Preacher, Plunder, Uncle Rico, Prom King, G-6, Swanson, Faceplant, Petey, Frank, Quarantine, Primo (Charlotte), Gretzky, Hillary, Bessie, Putt-Putt, Cardigan, Rascal, Guppy, Gerber (FNG), Stagehand, Steam, Soot, Cougar, Red Writer, Careless, Bartman

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter”.  This quote is attributed to Francis Chan as well as DL Moody – regardless of who said it first it is absolutely true and has been a challenge for me this week.  Where do I invest my time?  Is it on worldly possessions?  Comforts?  Fitness?  My career?  All of these things, while nice, are ultimately not what our focus should be.  Jesus is in the relationship business and we should be too.  Our efforts should be toward brotherhood, accountability, being bold in our faith, helping our brother when he falls.  These are what is important in light of eternity.



  • G-6 mentioned he is in need of a person to help at one of his camps.  It’s a paid position…contact him for more information.
  • Alcoa CSAUP is coming up this Saturday 2/24 @ 6am.

Potato salad

THE SCENE: 33* or so and spitting snow every now and then

SSH x25 IC
Imperial Walkers x10 IC
Merkins on 4 ct, x13 IC
THA-THANG: Form two lines, begin mosey toward amphitheater.  Just past it at the first pedestrian bridge, stop and Al Gore waiting on the 6.  Once all in, PAX perform 5 burpees OYO.  Form back up into two lines, each line does Indian Run on mosey toward C15 parking lot behind Neyland Stadium.  C15 parking lot has eight cones prepared in an octagon, each with an exercise at the cone. Exercises as follows:

  • Hello Dolly
  • Burpees
  • Decline merkins
  • Lunges (count for each leg)
  • WWII Sit ups
  • Lion kings (with rocks)
  • Jump squats
  • Catalina wine mixers

PAX partner up and pick a cone to start at. Perform 8 reps of exercise, bear crawl to next cone. Make your way around the Octagon and back to the cone you started at. Meet in the middle of the Octagon (PAX finished about the same time). Once in the middle, Q leads 10 wide merkins, immediately followed by 10 regular merkins, immediately followed by 10 diamond merkins. Recover.

PAX go back to their original starting cone, repeating the routine this time performing 16 of each exercise. No bear crawls, once exercise is completed, PAX run on the outside of the Octagon making a loop and going to the next cone. Continue again until original cone is reached.  PAX again meet in the middle for Mary.  Q leads flutter kicks 20x IC.  Savannah then leads PAX in hello Dolly’s x20 IC.

Recover and 10 count.  PAX again form two lines and begin Indian Run back towards AO.  Stop again at pedestrian bridge where we did burpees heading out.  Q leads PAX in 8 ct body builders, 10x IC.  Form two lines again and Indian Run back to AO for Mary.

Captain Thor (reach 16:4) IC
Box Cutters x20 IC
Iron Cross Flutter Kicks (led by Pfeiffer) x20 IC (we were all dead except him)
18 PAX: Quarantine, Butterfly, El Presidente, Plunger, Pfeiffer, Frank, Rousey, Ponder, Savannah, Amazon, Swanson, Gretzky, G6, Sugar Daddy, Petey, Bessie, Rascal, Abort
Q brought potato salad ingredients as props.  The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg.  Life isn’t about your circumstances, it’s about what you’re made of.  Challenge us all to view our obstacles and hardships as opportunities to better ourselves.
Pray for Petey as he begins interview process, that interviews go well and that he is able to stay in Knoxville.

Part of your balanced breakfast

THE SCENE: Like 26 or something.  Dry and comfy… good grief, I don’t think I even feel the daggum air anymore.

SSH x15 IC, then x15 more I-Faster-C
Burpees x5 OYO
Plank Twist and Reach Through x10 IC each side
LBAC x15 each way IC
Hindurkins x10 IC
Burpees x5
Al Gore Tuck x10 IC
Bear Crawl around the outside of the circle!
Dang, that feels farther than it looks.

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Mosey over to the amphitheater… Balance set up at the top.
14 PAX, so load one side with 2 handfuls of gems (about 60)
PAX gather at the bottom of the stairs
Everyone does sets of 15 merkins OYO, taking a gem up the stairs to the balance and moseying back around the path.
Once the balance tips, dump one side and everyone switches to sets of 15 BBS.
One more tip, switch to sets of 10 Box Jumps on the stage.

After about 3 sets of Box Jumps we’re running out of time. Gather at the top and Indian Run back to the AO

Circle up on your six:
Flutter Kicks x15 IC
Slutter Kicks x15 IC
Side Crunch x15 IC each side
Superman Swims x15 IC
AMRAP Merkins until time called!

14 today – 2x the number of completeness. Perfectly balanced!  Sorry Petey, couldn’t find you on the site to tag you…
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

We are all out here this morning exercising physical discipline in training our bodies. I probably wouldn’t exactly call F3 strict training, but it does take a good amount of self-discipline to pull your socks on at 5am and get out in the cold. And, as anyone who’s been away from the gloom for a while can tell you, the “crown” we gain out here of a modicum of physical fitness certainly doesn’t last.

So I want to encourage you throughout the day to exercise in your spiritual life that same level and more of self-discipline and the intentionality of action, looking forward to the prize that your Lord has for you.

It was great sharing the gloom with you HIMs this morning! Sorry to Peach Fuzz for getting the “same Q second verse” treatment, having experienced the balance at JUCO on Monday…
Pray for Popeye and a group from Celebrate Recovery heading down to St Kitts to minister to people whose lives are gripped by destructive addictions!

Stairs and Pain

THE SCENE: Crisp and comfortable

-SSH X25 IC, -Tempo Squat x10 IC, -BAC x10 (Forward/Reverse) IC, Tempo Squat x10 IC, SSH x25 IC

PAX form two lines and mosey around area to identify each station…

AMRAP (12 minutes)

As many rounds as possible for 12 minutes the PAX completed 10 reps at three stations of the following…

  • Pull-ups at the Big Ball Beams
  • Box Jumps at the TN Amphitheater Stage
  • Burpees at the Bridge

Abort gave us a 10 count…

Mountain of Pain

PAX sprinted to the top of the Big Ball Steps and did the following:

  • Hand-release Merkins 10-1 (10 at top of steps, 9 at bottom, 8 at top, rinse repeat to 1 rep at the bottom)
  • When finished PAX did Flutter Kicks x20 IC, American Hammers x20 IC until the six was up.

Preacher gave the PAX a 10 count…

PAX sprinted to the flat area (for time purposes) instead of to the very top of BB Steps and did the following:

  • Same 10-1 repetition as the Hand-Release Merkins but this time WW2 Big Boy Sit-Ups were completed.

PAX re-formed their two lines again and moseyed to AO starting point.

CASH OUT with ATM’s (15 4 count shoulder taps IC, 10 tempo merkins on a single count IC, 10 speed merkins x10 IC)
19 PAX (1 FNG!)
Spoke about intentional leadership on my NYE Q.  The same is true now.  If we are not moving forward, we are being stagnant.  If we are being stagnant then we are being left behind.  The downtown AO has unlimited potential and if we want to see it grow we must cultivate it and that happens from stepping outside our comfort zones and intentionally leading here.  Challenge this AO to two VQ’s next week at the Big Ball AO.  If guys have questions, get with any of us who have Q experience as a resource or even as a Co-Q.
Prayer request were made.
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