F3 Knoxville

DORA Bricklayer

THE SCENE: 35 and foggy

SSH x25, Imperial Walker x10, Cherry Picker x5, Tempo Merkins x10, BAC x10 (both ways), little bit of this and little bit of that.
Mosey to location where Blair Witch Project was filmed to retrieve bricks.

DORA in upper parking lot.  Goal was to hold onto your bricks the whole time.

  • 100 — Merkin rows
  • 200 — V-ups
  • 300 – Squat press
  • Partner runs with bricks around island while other is doing exercises.

Mosey to playground for Pull-ups and Flutter-kicks (alternating between partners)

Hello Dolly x25


Encourage the PAX to make memories with their families. Put ideas on the calendar in pen, not pencil.  Make it stick. Make memories. Invest in your kids and your relationship with them. It’s the most productive thing you can do with your time.

If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.

It Isn’t Wasted Time

THE SCENE: Partly cloudy, temps in high 50’s.

20 Plank Jacks, 10 Cherry Pickers, 10 Squat Jumps, 10 Rockettes, 10 Little Baby Arm Circles Forward and 10 Backward, Michael Phelps
Mosey to Northeast Corner of Admin Bldg.  Do 20 American Hammers.

We will next go along the road that semicircles around the admin bldg.  There will be cones along the way that will tell us what exercise to do and also tell us how to get to the next cone:

  • Cone 1:  Do 20 Iron Mikes (both feet equal 1).  Bernie Sanders to Cone 2.
  • Cone 2:  Do 20 Big Boy Sit-ups.  Bear Crawl to Cone 3.
  • Cone 3:  Do 20 Dive Bombers.  Sprint to Cone 4.
  • Cone 4:  Do 20 Star Jumps.  Then go down the stairs just past the bat cave.
  • Cone 5.  Do 20 Merkins.  Then run to pine cove area just below the top of Summit.
  • Cone 6.  Do 10 Burpees.  Run to roadway at top of Summit.
  • Cone 7.  Do 40 Baby Crunches.  Run to Cone 8.
  • Cone 8.  Do 20 Squats.  Hop to Cone 9.
  • Cone 9.  Do 20 Flutter Kicks (4 count).  Sprint to Cone 10 near the stop sign.
  • Cone 10. Do 20 Hello Dollies (4 ct).  20 Carolina Dry Docks.  20 Smurf Jacks.  10 Hand Release Merkins.  20 Bicycle Kicks (4 ct).  20 Squat Jumps.  20 Box Cutters.  20 Diamond Merkins.

Mosey to grassy decline on left side of road as one goes from stop sign to main park road.  We will do sevens starting with 1 Jump Squat at bottom of hill and 6 Burpees on top of hill.

Mosey to grassy area close to outdoor chapel.  We will do 20 tempo merkins.

Mosey to playground.  We will do elevens at benches starting with one bench dip and ten bench jumps.

Mosey to CMU pile.  Each man grabs a CMU.  We will do the following in cadence:  20 Overhead Presses, 20 Curls, 20 Rows.

Mosey to bottom of mini-cardiac.  We will Bernie to park sign then sprint the rest of the way to the AO.

30 Merkins
17 Men, no FNGs.

F3 Message

Hebrews 11:8:  By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

Matthew 3:12:  His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

So you can get on with your search baby
And I can get on with mine
And maybe someday we will find
That it wasn’t really wasted time

            — The Eagles

When I was in college I, just like undergraduate and graduate students today, was required to do research projects for quite a few of my classes.  We didn’t have the internet back then.  By my years in graduate school we at least had made it past card catalogues and could search for books and journal articles that might be relevant for a topic by typing in a keyword on the computers provided at the library.  In so doing, the computer would list articles or books that might have that keyword in it.  We would then have to go find the book or journal article somewhere in the library to see if what was written in it did really apply to the topic we were researching.  Often times the information found did not apply.  This was particularly true when first starting the research on the project.  It was quite frustrating to spend hours of work on a project finding information that was not applicable.  By graduate school, I had come to accept the fact that for any research project I was going to have to spend hours of “wasted timed”, time I would spend roaming the floors and aisles of the library to come up with information that was not useful.  But, to quote the Eagles song, “it wasn’t really wasted time.”  It was necessary time.  To find what I needed, I had to separate the wheat from the chaff as alluded to in Matthew 3:12.  I had to find what was good for me (the information that applied) and put aside what was not (irrelevant information).

When one thinks about it, much of life is like this.  To receive our inheritance we must journey forward in faith, like Abraham, not quite knowing where we are going, heading down wrong turns and circling back to get on the right course. Some of you younger single guys may have the desire to find the “right” mate.  I certainly had that desire in my 20’s.  I dated a large variety of women, sometimes growing tired of the “dating scene”, breaking hearts and having my own heart broken in the process.  I wasn’t exactly separating the wheat from the chaff but I did have to find the right person for me.  And, in my 30’s, I finally found that person, one who has meant so much to me and made me a better man in the process.

My vocational career has not exactly been a road straight up a ladder.  It has been full of mishaps and struggle, and finally a decision to change my vocational course all-together, going to graduate school in psychology after I had already attained a law degree and practiced in that field for a period of time.  That period of time was not easy – it was full of anxiety and angst and I often felt like a failure.

Whether it is finding the right mate, job, friendships, place to live, or way to spend our time, we run into challenges and sometimes hit dead ends.  As a man in my sixties, I can see that the so-called floundering wasn’t wasted time.  It may have been had I given up and chose to ignore and not learn from my mistakes.  I can see that the dead ends were necessary and even helped me to grow.  How sweet it is to think that God has been there with me through it all.  Some of those moments when I was at my most depressed were times that I was speaking to God the loudest, yearning for him, reaching out to him for help.

In your journey, keep pushing forward, learn from your mistakes, and realize that God is there even when you don’t know where you are going.  If the road is confusing and seems impossible, it may just be that you are a complex man whose needs are not met easily.  My prayer for you is that some day you will look back on your younger years . . . although perhaps not without scars from your falls and lines on your face giving evidence to a history of some difficulties . . . and, be able to say that it wasn’t really wasted time.

Prayers for Hooker’s sister, Molly, who is getting married to day, for Mr. Jinxy’s wife, Susan, whose surgery went well and who is recovering, for Helga and his wife as she has brain surgery this week, for Convoy and his family after the death of his father, for Doubtfire and his family after the death of his mother, for peace and love in the face of racism, and for those other brothers like Thunderstuck who have family members with cancer or who are ill.

Hardship Hill on October 3.

Let’s Make a (Bad) Deal

THE SCENE: Still way too warm for late September, daggummit!

SSH x26 IC
TN Rocking Chair x15 IC
Asphalt Kissers x10 IC
Imperial Squat Walkers x15 IC
LBAC fwd and back x15 IC
OHC x20 IC

Wouldn’t be CMUesday without CMUs! Head over and grab one.

Each corner of the parking lot has 3 cards. One has a number of reps on each side. One has an exercise on each side. One has a traveling exercise on each side.
Only one side of the card is visible… Content of the other side is unknown.
PAX take turns choosing for each card to take what’s face up, or make a deal and switch to the unknown side…

Station 1:
Tricep Extensions/(Squat Thrust), 30/(45), Crawl Bear/(Inchworm Merkins)
Choices: Kept the Tri’s, Snitch switched the reps to 45 (groans all around), traded Crawl Bear for Inchworm Merkins (pushing CMU ahead)!

Station 2:
CMU Big Boys/(CMU Merkins), 30/(60), Twist Lunge/(CMU-icide)
Choices: Kept the reps and the exercise, but flipped over Twist Lunge to reveal the CMU-icide (suicide with CMU carry)

Station 3:
On the Shelf/(One-hand OHP), 30/(20), Pregnant Crab/(Blockee Broad Jump)
Choices: Kept On the Shelf, missed a reprieve by keeping the 30 reps. Nobody liked the Pregnant Crab idea… Until we found out what was on the other side.

Station 4:
Burpee Hop-Over/(8-Count Blocky Builder), 25/(10), CMU-icide/(Bunny Hop)
This one was the spirit-breaker. After the Blockee Broad Jumps, nobody wanted to touch the Burpees. But we ended up with the 8-Count Blocky Builders instead! 25 showing… Nobody brave enough to make the deal that would have cut the reps to 10. Let’s knock ’em out! Everyone happy to run the CMU-icide, so Bunny Hops remained hidden.

One lap completed! Time for another lap, this time with the excercise/rep combos that were NOT chosen last time:

Station 1:
Squat Thrust revealed. Only 30 since we did 45 last round… Snitch gets apologies from the PAX. Interminable Crawl Bear dragging the CMU.

Station 2:
Merkins on the CMU – 60 of ’em! That’s a lot… If you need a breather, take a mosey down the parking lot and back.

Had to call time halfway through Station 2… Back to the pile with the CMUs

Flutter kicks x30 IC.
Cash out with LBCs OYO until time.
11 strong this morning. Welcome to Frat Boy from F3 Fort Mill!
Isaiah 1:18
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:

though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red like crimson,

they shall become like wool.”

Most of the deals I offered today kinda sucked. Some just worse than others. And you didn’t know what you were going to get. God lays it all out there. Here’s His deal: Trade your sins for His righteousness through Christ!

Pray for Helga’s family as he heads off to “play army” for a month!
Brolympics coming in November!

The No Q Q There will be burpees

THE SCENE: Not so humid, almost cool
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: First, some discussion.  Nobody signed up to Q. Charmin takes the Q 

SSH (4ct) x 50; 5 burpees OYO; Cherry Pickers x 6; one lap around the AO parking lot; little of this here and that there.

  • Mosey to the bottom of the dragon
  • Route 66 up the dragon – burpees
  • back down to the bottom and 25s (merkins and LBCs x4) till the 6 arrives
  • Route 66 up the dragon again – jump squats
  • back down to the bottom and 25s of Carolina Dry Docks and Flutters (4ct)
  • Mosey to Circus Maximus
  • 5 burpees into a sprint to the other end.  Then 10 squats and slow mosey back.  Repeat
  • Mosey to Baby Cardiac.  Bernie up with 3 burpees at the top, back down with 10 Merkins at the bottom
  • Back to the AO

One round of Howling Monkeys, one round of Merkin Ring of Fire, with everybody holding at 6 inches every other set of 5 Merkins, one round of Jump Squat Ring of Fire

Because I had not planned to Q, I didn’t really have anything inspiring lined up.  The word is:  We need more guys to step up and Q.  Who can commit to once a month?  We’ll provide plenty of help and will co-Q with you.  It’s not that hard.
Carney says go see “The Game Changer” movie.

Escape the Asylum

THE SCENE: A bit muggy and 70 degrees at circle up.

Get it going with 25 SSH on 4ct, 8 4ct Windmills, Cherry Picker x9, 20 Overhead Claps 4ct, Baby Arm circle front x11 Back x10

Mosey to stop sign at bottom of Asylum, 20 4ct flutters Mosey to Asylum building:

Bear Crawl up ramp, 25 dips at tables, 25 calf raises at steps, Lunge every other step up fire escape and run back down to stop sign at bottom of hill 20 4ct flutters…Rinse and repeat 5x’s.

Mosey back.

Just enough time to knock out 15 SSH on 4ct.

9 PAX Total

Gods desire is for us to grow in him and be confident in the wisdom he provides as we draw closer.  He equips us with the wisdom to go out and take action.   Don’t live in fear afraid to make decisions.  He’s blazed our trail.