F3 Knoxville


THE SCENE: 50s and damp


Ssh x20 ic

BAC forward and reverse x 10 each

tempo squats x 20

merkins x10

hill billies x 10

hill billy squat walkers x 20

mosey around the track to explain each exercise and each cone
THE Krakalaken!! Not the Kraken but the Kraken on steroids , KRAKALAKEN! Over 3 miles total running

  • 8 cones somewhat evenly spaced around the track
  • Track is about .37 mile long
  • stsrt at come one, do the exercise, run one complete lap around advancing to the next cone, do the next exercise . Completed 8 laps and the exercises were
  • Merkins x20, Star jacks x 20, monkey humpers x 20 on the 4ct, flutters x 20 on the 4 ct, Derkins x20, froggie squats x 20, WWII sit ups x 20, and 20 burpees
  • after that we moseyed to the b-ball court and played 2 rounds of gotcha

Lbc x 20

rosalita x20

lazy boy for a minute
6 pax
Be anti fragile. You can be resilient but you are only surviving. If you are anti fragile , you will thrive and not just survive . Look up “black swan” in the lexicon or better yet, listen to the f3 podcast , 43 feet . Dred explains it wonderfully ! He breaks down , fragile , resilient, and being anti fragile

if interested in the specific podcast, let me know and I will send it

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

Gunning it

THE SCENE: Sunny, 70’s

20 Side-straddle Hops, 10 Burpees, 10 Plank Reaches, Squats with increasing times of 10, 20, 30 and 60 seconds, 10 Cherry Pickers, 10 Baby Arm to Wide Arm Circles (front and back)

Mosey to Playground.  We will do the following at different stations:

20 Bench Jumps at Benches.  20 seconds of pull-ups at Dugouts.  20 Picnic Table Pull-ups at Pavilion.  20 Diamond Merkins at Flag.  Rinse and Repeat.

Mosey to parking lot that is just of the northern baseball fields.  We will be running to various cones where exercises will be posted.  The following are the exercises:

  • Cone 1:  20 Merkins
  • Cone 2:  Bear Crawl to Cone 3
  • Cone 3:  20 Big Boy Situps
  • Cone 4:  20 Dive Bombers
  • Cone 5:  Bernie Sanders to Cone 6
  • Cone 6:  20 Shoulder Taps (two count)

Rinse and repeat two more times.

Mosey to beginning of Serpentine Sidewalk.  We will lunge to first light, run through next four lights, lunge to sixth light, run through next four, etc. until we reach perimeter trail by river.

At perimeter trail we will do 20 Hello Dollies as a group in cadence.

Mosey halfway to cardiac hill.  Stop to do 20 Box Cutters in cadence.

Mosey to cardiac hill.  We will run up hill doing the following exercises:

  • At first turn:  40 Baby Crunches
  • At second turn:  20 American Hammers
  • At third turn:  20 Decline Merkins
  • At benches:  20 Bench Lifts

Rinse and repeat.

Mosey to AO. 

Table Saws, Boat Canoe.  ATM’s.
17 Men.  No FNG’s. Coxin was visiting us from South Carolina.

I recently led a group at a Day Treatment Program.  The program is for people with mental health problems.  Some have experienced depression, some extreme anxiety, some Bipolar Disorder, and some even have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia.  These people have faced hard times.  Most can no longer work because of their disorders.  Most were on disability and living what we may call “marginal lives.”

I have led the group many times and we have a topic for each group meeting (e.g., coping with depression, the importance of exercise. budgeting, substance disorders).  The topics are wide and varied.

Because music and lyrics to songs are important to so many of us, I thought it would be fun to have a group where each group member shared lyrics to one of their favorite songs.  I asked the members to have their songs ready in advance.  When the members shared their songs, I was surprised to find that almost every one of them shared a religious song.  When the members talked, they talked about why God is important to them.  I knew that some members might share religious songs but I did not think that such an overwhelming majority would.  Some of these group members attend church but certainly not all of those who shared the religious songs attend very regularly.  Yet, here they were, sharing why these songs were so meaningful and helped them in their lives.  In my work as a therapist I have had quite a few people tell me that, despite coping with incredible depression, they believe in and need God.  They have told me that God is what gives them hope.

The fact is that God is for ALL of US.  He is not just for the happy, the people who “have it together”, or the folks who attend church regularly.  Who did Jesus tend to associate with?  Everyone, not just the elite, the religious, but the poor, the hookers, the bums.  This is a messy world full of people who don’t have everything together.  But we need God.  And it is good to know that God is for us.

May 19 is Hardship Hill!!

Fear the Lord


68 and clear


Quick mosie around the outhouse

SSH x20 IC
Cherry Pickers x10 IC
Some o’ this, Some o’ that

Tre UP! Get a CMU and a pair of rocks

FEAR THE LORD (Dora Exercise)

Partner 1: rock/CMU exercise

Partner 2: run to the hill

Partner 3: Hill exercise

Rock exercises: 200 total each

Flys (2 rocks)
External rotation curls (2 rocks)
ABCs (Alphabet x6)
Rows (big rock)

Tricep extensions
Hello Dolly
Elf on the shelf (lift, reach across overhead)

Lazy Boy Curls (palm up grip)
Overhead Press
Reverse crunches
Dry docks

Hill exercises: 20 each
Wide Merkins
Imperial Walkers
OPP (one armed pickle pounder)
Mountie Squats (toes out)

Didn’t we do enough during the beatdown?
Tank,  shooter, Tweety, Bowflex, Butters, Frosty, Bartman, Farva, Fluteloop, I-beam, Respect, Snitch, Wagon Wheel, Booger, Laettner,  Abacus, Detention, Woodshack, Deadhead, Ribbed, Podium, LA-Z-Boy, Waxjob, Smoker

I have a colleague w/ wisdom and maturity issues. Started praying about him, and then for him to develop more maturity and wisdom. God chuckled at me. “It takes one to know one, my boy! Don’t you remember when this was you?”

Immediately I had the words of Proverbs 9 in my head. The fear of the Lord is the BEGINNING of wisdom.

I do remember, because it wasn’t too long ago and I consistently fail in these same things. The fear of the Lord is the BEGINNING of wisdom.

I don’t know where the end is, but the beginning of wisdom is fearing the Lord. This isn’t about being terrified or feeling guilt and shame for our wrong doing. This is about recognizing the natural order of things and in whose world we are living. Recognizing whose children we interact with every day and just how much He loves us…AND them! We are loved as sons, but we bear the responsibility to carry that name!

We all think we’re football experts. We’ll talk for hours about what needs to change. We’ll tweet endlessly, and even call into radio shows to second guess decisions. But none of us would walk into Jeremy Pruitt’s office and presume to tell him what he needs to do or how he could do it better. Why? ‘cuz that’s his world and we KNOW we don’t belong in charge of it.

Apply the same to God. You are not in control of half of what you think you are, and you mismanage most of what you are in control when you do it under your own steam. Recognize whose you are and in whose land you live…change that perspective and you’ll see some new wisdom come your way.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭9:10-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬
http://bible.com/59/pro.9.10-12.esv MOLESKIN:
This was a tough workout, but a pretty fun one. Lots of mumble chatter and sore muscles. I was proud of the men.

Hardship Hill registration is full!

Tabata Together

THE SCENE: Low 40s, drizzle


10 reps each exercise, cadence count

    • Horizontal Gators
    • 4 Corners jump around CMU
    • Hip Hop shoulders
    • Squat Jacks


Tabata (20 seconds on, 10 sec rest, repeat) 2 minute duration for each exercise

  • Toe taps on CMU
  • Plank Hand Walk over CMU
  • Jump Squat High Knees
  • Crab Hip Thrusts
  • Lizard Hops
  • Plank walk feet over CMU
  • Mosey (jog quarter mile)
  • Crab Kicks
  • Inch worm
  • Plank, elbow to hands
  • Down Dog, alternating hand to foot
  • Sit, shoulder press CMU
  • Mosey (jog quarter mile)
  • Frog Burpees
  • Plank Jacks
  • Supermans
  • V-sits left, middle, right, knee to chest
  • Run in Place, alternating hands to knees and toes
  • CMU Clean & Jerk
  • Could have done 2 to 3 more exercises


    • Face down, extend legs and arms hold core off ground
    • Supermans
    • Crab Hip Thrusts
    • Side plank Hip Thrusts
    • On back, ball up to extension
    • Hollow Rocks
    • Hello Dollys

    COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA: 12 PAX and Laettner, Doug Carswell, forgive me for not starting off correctly. Dont hold it against me and good to meet you.


The Falling Man, Esquire article:
The Falling Man, Documentary: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0810746/

The Falling Man is one of the several people who purposefully jumped from the WTC towers on 9/11.

The story of the jumpers vanished from the 9/11 coverage and narrative. There was an aggressive resistance to acknowledging people jumped. When a family was approached about identifying the falling man, a family member’s response was “That piece of shit is not my father.”

The thought that a person was in such despair, suffering, beyond hope that he would, in a sense, give up was buried, dismissed, and denied. Instead the 9/11 coverage and narrative focused on bravery, courage, generosity and bringing enemies to justice.

Understandably, the preferred flavors of Christianity tend to be that of courage, hope, bravery and will power. We gravitate to these flavors so much that we deny, bury, dismiss the reality of despair and hopelessness. When we do this, we unintentionally alienate those who are deeply hurting.

When Jesus was on the cross, he didn’t hear “the Lord has a plan for you” or “this is God’s will.” As a matter of fact, he cried, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?” Ultimate despair, alienation, hopelessness, just like The Falling Man and all the others who jumped from the towers. Jesus didn’t bury or deny despair, he endured it.

During our times of real despair, hopelessness and alienation, the cross is God crying “I know how bad it hurts and you are not alone, together we will endure this, I AM with you.” We too are the falling man and at the same time living reminders to each other “you are never alone. We will endure the suffering together. I am here with you.”


The cross is the place where we find the freedom to accept ourselves without being proud and challenge ourselves without being crushed. Tim Keller


CMUs, Sprints and Hills…

THE SCENE 74 and humid

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer

Forward arm circles x10 IC
Reverse arm circles x10 IC
Michael Phelps x10 OYO
Leg swings x10 each leg OYO
Plank Complex IC
Merkins x 10 4ct IC

CMUs on baseline. Get a BattleBuddy

//BattleBuddy. 3 minutes per round.
1. Farmer carry down and back + Box jump on curb
2. Weighted lunge down and back + split lunge
3. Sprint down and back+ CMU SSH

x10 Carolina Dry Docks IC

Grab CMU and mosey to base of New Hill (Along the way: 20 LB sit ups OYO. 20 American Hammers OYO)

Base of the New Hill…it’s a torturous hill and deserving of a terrible name.

//BattleBuddy: 3 minutes per round
1. Run up hill + Merkins
2. Run up hill + BBSU

Mosey with CMU to base of Everest

 //Everest+Deconstructed Burpees:
10 squats
10 merkins
10 leg thrusts
10 Merkins
10 squats…Then sprint up Everest
Rinse/repeat. AMRAP: 3 minutes

Plank combos while you wait for those on Everst

Mosey with CMU to the flag (LBSU, flutter kicks, etc while you wait for everyone to mosey back)

Number Off and Name O Rama

We were running a little behind so Elvis just prayed us out.