F3 Knoxville

Giving in Thanks

THE SCENE: Beautiful and sunny day, temps in low 60s

20 Plank Jacks, 10 Pinto Twists, 10 Windmills, Gobble Trot around the parking lot, 7 Baby Arm Circles forward and backward, 5 Wide Arm Circles forward and backward.
Mosey on trail toward Mt. Everest but stop halfway for 20 American Hammers.

Continue mosey to base of Mt. Everest.  We will do 10 Tempo Merkins and 10 Tempo Squats.  We will then run to top of Everest.  At top we will do 30 Baby Crunches, 20 Hello Dollies and 10 Shoulder Taps.

Mosey to Shaded Parking Lot across street from Northern Ball Park Entrance Parking Lot.  We will do 20 Flutter Kicks.

Mosey to Caribbean Parking Lot.  We will run a U shape around parking lot stopping at every 3 islands to do exercises.  Those getting to end of U first will sweep men back.  Here are the exercises:

  • 20 Smurf Jacks
  • 10 Hand Release Merkins
  • 20 Bicycle Kicks (4 ct)

Mosey go grassy area by first ballpark off of Northern Ball Fields entrance.  We will play a game of 10 second huddle football (no more than a ten second huddle between plays).  The game will be touch with one blitz allowed per four down and only mid field being a first down mark.

29 men/boys with one FNG, 5-year-old Jack, son of Lunch Money.  Jack now has the F3 name of Turkey Gobbler!

I had the opportunity to look at some quotes from Presidents that each made on Thanksgiving Day.  I was struck by how many, in giving gratitude for the way our nation has prospered, also gave attention to the need to give to others, particularly the less fortunate.  I will quote from two of those presidents:

Calvin Coolidge 1925:

 “As we have grown and prospered in material things, so also should we progress in moral and spiritual things. We are a God-fearing people who should set ourselves against evil and strive for righteousness in living, and observing the Golden Rule we should from our abundance help and serve those less fortunately placed. We should bow in gratitude to God for His many favors.”

Ronald Reagan 1981:

“In this spirit, Thanksgiving has become a day when Americans extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. Long before there was a government welfare program, this spirit of voluntary giving was ingrained in the American character. Americans have always understood that, truly, one must give in order to receive. This should be a day of giving as well as a day of thanks.”

To give to others is an American call and certainly a call for F3.  I am proud of F3 for the principal we attempt to follow of giving to the community and those in need.  I have been struck by the way are N’antans, currently Judge Judy and formerly Abscess and Cap’n Crunch have made that a mission of F3 Knoxville.  Let us keep the spirit of giving in our hearts as we give thanks for our blessings.

Prayers for Pinto, for Ribbed’s wife as she goes through surgery for removal of tumor by spine on Dec 14, for Curveball and his wife as they head to Florida on Saturday for surgery she will have there early next week, for the wonderful woman that F3 helped clean shelves in her garage last week, and for the lonely and isolated in our country on this Thanksgiving Day.

Incremental Growth

The Scene: perfect conditions – 55 degrees, clear

The Thang:

5:30 COP – 7 min

  • Baby arm circles X 10 (forward/backward)
  • Cherry Picker
  • Merkin
  • Goofball
  • Jog 2 parking lot laps

Line up in parking lot Burpee Dans

Beginning at the curb, perform 4 lunges then 4 burpees, rinse and repeat across parking lot, run back to curb. Then 4 lunges and 3 burpees. Rinse and repeat (then 2 burpees, then 1 burpee). Plank or BBS until group finishes.

Mosey to lower parking lot – find a battle buddy

One man runs the length of the parking lot, performs 5 Merkins, then runs back while partner does Merkins (100), then BBS (200), then jump squats (100). Trade each lap until the total number is completed.

Next exercise:

Group splits: Half begin Bearpees (10 bear crawls followed by 1 Burpee), while the other half start Bernie Sanders on the hill. Bernie Sanders group relieves Bearpee group. Endless until 6:15am.


Growth is hard to see. We measure growth. When an acorn is crushed by a 1,000 lb. tombstone, who wins? It’s a no brainer. The acorn always wins. God waters it, and slow growth appears. Let’s all work toward incremental growth in our spiritual life– the same way we are working toward growing in fitness and strength.

4 Corners

The Scene: Mid 50’s great morning

The Thang:

5:30 COT

  • Cherry Picker x 15
  • Merkins X 10

Mosey to Playground-

  • Leg on bench lunge x10
  • Derkins x10
  • American Hammers x 20
  • Repeat

Mosey to Baseball Field

4 corners

  • Squat Thrusters x15
  • Burpees x10
  • Pullups x10
  • Dips x20
  • Repeat over and over and over and somewhere in between Squats x66

Mosey back to Parking Lot

  • Squats x25
  • American Hammers x25
  • Flutter Kicks x25

Count-O-Rama: 40


BOM: Be joyful in your waiting and be present

Embrace the Suck

The scene : Pretty Dang nice out!

The Theme: Embrace the suck
Ratchet Effect x3
Hill Billys
Sumo squats x20
Narrow Squats x20
Mountain merkins x10
Surfees x10

MOSEY to the Playground for Leg ups/quad blasters 3 sets each leg x30

Mosey to the PAVALON for bench pull ups. while others are hanging leg/ab execersise in the dug out. Rinse and repeat 4 times x20 reps

Mosey back to the AO for Doracides.
100 merkins, 200 LBC, 300 squats P1 does reps while other does suicides with increaing burpees at each cone

Circle up for PAX choice. CONES OR MUSIC! Pax chose music. I get Knocked down. Do a burpee everytime the song says I get knoecked down, SSH between. TOtal of about 32 burps
As Shakespear once said “Let thee embrace me, sour adversity, for wise men say it is the wisest course” = Embrace the Suck. Get out there and challenge yourself and push your self so you can change yourself for the better.

Cardiac 50’s

The Scene: perfect conditions – 65 degrees, overcast

The Thang:

5:30 COP – 7 min

  • Baby arm circles X 10 (forward/backward)
  • Cherry Picker
  • Sumo squat

Mosey to Cardiac “50’s” (5 Burpees/10 Mercan’s/15 Jump Squats/20 Dips)

Beginning at the bottom, perform 5 burpees, then at each turn perform the next exercise. Rinse and repeat for a total of 5 times up the hill. On the 6th hill, backpedal to the first turn then sprint the remaining hill. Hold Al Gore’s until everyone finishes at the top.

Mosey to parking lot – rotate with battle buddy

One man backpedals the hill while the other performs Lunge, Lunge, Squat. Trade when the hill runner returns.

Next exercise: Sharks and Minnows

Next exercise: abs

  • Leg throws X 10
  • Hands of time X2
  • American Hammer on the 4 count
  • ATM’S

Romans 12: 1-6


So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.

So much of life can be just going through the motions. We need to be intentional in the things we do. Whether it’s a theme like forgiveness, which the Lord has put in my life lately, or the way you treat your wife, kids, co-workers, etc. Let’s be intentional in our deeds and actions this week.