F3 Knoxville

A Year In The Making

THE SCENE: A comfortable mid-50’s fall morning

4ct SSH (IC) x 25; 4ct Tai Fighters (IC) x 10 – forwards and reverse; 4ct Starfish Crunches (IC) x 10; 4ct Plank Jacks (IC) x 10; Mosey to the CMU pile in the alley

A killer few rounds of fun to be had:

Before beginning the first round of pain, murder bunnies for 25 yards and then rifle carry CMU back to starting line.  Repeat murder bunnies and rifle carry between each round and to finish off the killer workout.

Round 1: Alternate between exercise 1 (CMU dead lifts) and exercise 2 (SSH’s) running 25 yards between each set of reps.  Perform 5 reps of exercise 1, run 25 yards and perform 20 reps of exercise 2, then run back to starting line.  Now perform 10 reps of exercise 1, run 25 yards and perform 15 reps of exercise 2, then run back to starting line.  Perform 15 reps of exercise 1, run 25 yards and perform 10 reps of exercise 2, then run back to starting line.  Last set perform 20 reps of exercise 1, run 25 yards and perform 5 reps of exercise 2, then run back to starting line.

Round 2: Similar 4 sets of 25 total reps.  Exercise 1 is CMU bentover rows and exercise 2 is merkins.

Round 3: Similar 4 sets of 25 total reps.  Exercise 1 is CMU squat thrusters and exercise 2 is mother earth burpees.

Return the CMU’s to the pile.

Indian run formation to head back toward AO but start with planks instead of running.  6-man sprints to the front and resumes plank then next HIM in the rear sprints to the front – rinse a repeat as the formation inches toward the AO.  After much growing and clamoring, switch to Al Gores.  After a little more ground is gained, switch to Rocky Balboas.  Once the AO is close enough to smell it, switch to SSH’s.  Finally a jailbreak leads the PAX back to the AO just in time for a speed round of 10 SSH’s then 10 merkins back and forth in AMRAP/OYO fashion until the Q draws to an end.

Psalm 20:7 “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”  Election next week has many divided and pitted against each other and causing undue stress and worry.  Trust in the Sovereign Almighty and know that He is in control – no matter the results of the election.  Do your civic duty and vote, but trust God for the result.  Join me in prayer on Tuesday while others watch the polls.  2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”


Be Worth Imitating

THE SCENE: Nearly perfect with a nice gloomy fog rolling in at the end

Somewhere between 5 – 12 of the following….Cherry Pickers / Baby Arm Circles (Fwd/Bwd) / Harry Rockettes / Hillbilly Walkers Tempo Squats


Mosey to the back parking lot slowing down at the speed bumps as desgined with 5 Burpees at each bump.

Spread out across parking lot

Bear Crawl 1 space then did 1 merkin, Bear crawl 2 spaces then 2 merkins, working up to 5 spaces and 5 merkins then back down to 1 – BBS waiting for the six

Lunge 1 space / 1 Bobby Hurley / Lunge 2 space / 2 Bobby Hurley – work up to 5 then back down to 1 – scissor kicks waiting for the six

Lazy Dora – Battle Buddy Up

100s – Partner 1 does Shoulder taps while Partner 2 holds plank – alternate at 25 reps; run a lap around parking lot (approx .25 miles) at 100 reps

200s – Partner 1 does LBCs while Partner 2 does a 6in leg hold – alternate at 25 reps – lap at 100 and 200 reps

300s – Partner 1 does Squats while Partner 2 holds Al Gore – alternate at 25 – lap at 100 and 200 and 300 reps

Mosey over to Circle with St Patrick

10 dips / 10 inclines / 10 declines / 10 box jumps – run to end of parking lot and repeat, PAX got around 3 cycles before Recover was called and Mosey back to the flag.

Finished up with some Hello Dollys

12 HIMs


It was a year ago this week that I attended my first F3 workout at JUCO on Guardrail’s VQ.   I came to show support to a friend fully knowing that 5:30a workouts and me weren’t going to happen.  In fact, I am pretty sure I showed up 5 minutes late and missed the only part of the workout I could do.   Well fast forward a year and now I can’t sleep past 4:45a on a Saturday.   So annoying, but such a blessing.    Nonetheless, as had been said many times the workout is what gets a guy here but it’s the fellowship and faith component that keeps them coming.   That is true for me and hopefully many of you two.   Reading Phillipians 3 – full of great wisdom but it was versus 17 that really reminded me of how important F3 is to me.   Paul speaking…”Brothers, join in imitating me and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.”   Through this time, my appreciation for community and being surrounded by other godly men has grown deeper and deeper.   I need it just like I need water and sunshine.   Just like we need each other to push and motivate us through a workout, even more I need that daily inspiration and Christ-like examples in my life that each of you represent.   I love seeing all the 2.0s in the pictures from Shamrock as the example you all set for these young men is making a difference.   There are so many men out there that need a community like F3.   Men living in isolation and despair, with hope so far in the distance.   It has been great to see Shamrock grow so quickly.   I encourage each of you to keep reaching out to those in need and being someone worth imitating.

Mark Klement

THE SCENE:  Gloomis Maximus – Men in the gloom but not of the gloom.  Men in the gloom but not gloomy.  Men in the dark but filled with inner light.
  • SSH, Cherry Pickers, Wear-wolves, Dancing crabs, Mtn Climbers, Plank Rollers.
  • Mosey to CMU Pile – cary CMU to main lot.

WOD = The Mark Klement:


For Time: 74, 44, 11 reps of Burpees, Merkins, Big-boys, Squats

Parking lot stall progression will be our rep station markers. Thus over the course of the workout we’ll progress over twelve spots. Take your CMU to each stall as your placeholder & marker of which reps you are doing.  The Stalls are:

  1. 74 Burpees
  2. 74 Merkins
  3. 74 Bigboys
  4. 74 Squats
  5. 44 Burpees
  6. 44 Merkins
  7. 44 Bigboys
  8. 44 Squats
  9. 11 Burpees
  10. 11 Merkins
  11. 11 Bigboys
  12. 11 Squats.

Be sure to hit your name on the iPad timer (Ultimate Stopwatch app) to record your time.

Little side note: Haste makes waste.  In my pre-coffee brain I wrote 77 instead of 74 on the pavement, so we did 77 reps on the first 4 rounds…. ha oops. Sorry.  That’s what you get for getting me up this early.


Background: This Hero WOD is dedicated to KHK Mark Klement of the Frankfurt (Germany) Police, who was killed in the line of duty on the night of July 7, 2019.

At the time of his death, KHK Klement and his team were attempting to locate and arrest a number of wanted suspects. During a short foot chase on nearby railroad tracks, KHK Klement was struck by a freight train and killed.

The “Mark Klement” Hero WOD was first posted by CrossFit Muehlheim-Main @crossfitmuehlheimmain (Mühlheim am Main, Germany).

Jens Hoppe designed the workout. The rep scheme signifies the year when Mark was born (74), his age when he died (44), and the age of his daughter (11).

Hebrews: 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Cherish the day – cherish each breath. Run the race! Press on!


More burpees than planned

The Scene

51 degrees and glorious

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith, Free, Modify, Not Professional, Own Volition, Social Distance, Phone



Seal Claps



Imperial Walkers

Lateral Mountain Climbers


Mosey to CMU pile 

Roughly 4 rounds

5 T-Push ups

10 CMU Halo’s

15 SMU Squat to high pulls

20 CMU Swings

Suitcase carry across lot before starting next round

Rosie broke a CMU into 5 pieces so we took a short break for 25 burpees

Mosey to the front parking 


10 Sissy Squats run to the other end of the parking lot

1 Leg Kick Through (1 each side)  run back to start

9 Sissy Squats run to the other end of the parking lot

2 Leg Kick Through’s (1 each Side) run back to start

1 Sissy Squats run to the other end of the parking lot

10 Leg Kick Through’s (1 each Side) run back to start

Hill Work

10 Lateral Mountain Climbers

Run up hill touch fence 

10 4-count SSH

Run up hill touch fence (2x)

5 burpees 

Run up hill touch fence (3x)


No time


17 HIM’s and 1 FNG (Welcome Tripper)


”If you always respond to what is urgent, you’ll inevitably sacrifice what is important.” -Craig Groeschel

”I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are never important and the important are never urgent.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

1 Thessalonians 5:21 ”Test everything, hold fast to what is good.”



Thinking about signing up to Q? You should!!! If you haven’t Q’ed get with anyone who has and we will be more than willing to walk alongside you and help you prepare, even Co-Q with you to get your feet wet. My first Q would have taken a long time to happen without a push from Judge Judy at JUCO and the support of a few others and it was a great experience. It is a low-risk way to develop/sharpen your leadership skills with a ton of support from your F3 brothers. 

“The things that count” – Shamrock

THE SCENE: Perfect fall weather

Baby Arm Circles forward then backwards (IC) 4 CT x 10 each

Side Straddle hop (IC) 4 CT x 25

On your back Side Straddle hop 25 

Twinkle Toes  (IC) 4 CT x 10


Mosey around the school for .5 mile

Stopped for 25 merkins, 100 flutter kicks, 25 squats & 10 burpees 

Back to AO

Line up at one end of parking lot. 

Round 1: Bear Crawl to the 1st line and do 1 merkin, BC to next line 2 merkins, BC to next line 3 merkins all the way to 10

Round 2: Lunge to the 1st line do 10 single count twinkle toes, repeat at each line to line 10. 

Round 3: Crab walk to the 1st line and do 10 American Hammers single count, repeat at each line all the way to line 10

Mosey to the CMU pile. 

50 Bench press

50 Curls

50 Slow Block Twists 

50 Bench press

25 CMU rows

50 Rocky Balboas

Mosey back to the AO

Stopped for 25 merkins, 100 flutter kicks, 25 squats, 10 pickle pounders & 10 monkey humpers

25 – 4 count Freddie Mercury

30 seconds of merkins

Anchorman, Trolley, Mermaid, Dumpster Dive, Curveball, Betty, Hurl, McRib, Bekky, Nadia, Pringle, Cheatsheet,

I was texting with some buddies this week about current events and the state of our nation. Like everyone we are frustrated and anxious. We all came to the same conclusion. We need Jesus. I think it’s healthy to discuss our honest frustrations and anxieties, but we need to always come back to Jesus. One of my friends then said that this old hymn came to mind.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in His wonderful face

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace

Oh soul are you weary and troubled?

No light in the darkness you see?

There’s light for a look at the Savior

And life more abundant and free

His word shall not fail you, He promised

Believe Him and all will be well

Then go to a world that is dying

His perfect salvation to tell

Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in His wonderful face

and the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace

This hymn was written by Helen Howarth born in 1863

At the pinnacle of her career, tragedy struck. Helen went blind and her husband abandoned her, leaving her financially destitute.

She wrote this hymn because of a tract that a missionary gave her. 

Those who knew Mary in her later years tell of her joy and enthusiasm. Though living on government welfare in a sparse bedroom, whenever asked how she was doing, she would reply, ‘I’m doing well in the things that count.’ Mary was always composing hymns but she had no way of writing them down so she would call friends at all hours and get them to record her lyrics before she forgot them.

Talk about not giving up, that’s impressive! 

Helen had a small plastic keyboard by her bed. There she would play, sing and cry. “One day God is going to bless me with a great heavenly keyboard,”  “I can hardly wait!”


Prayer requests: Racism, Cheat Sheet’s family, Trolley’s job, Hardship Hill