F3 Knoxville

11th Hour Repeat

THE SCENE: Plenty warm to work up a good sweat. Mostly clear.

I picked up this Q approximately 11 hours before it started, so… repeating last week’s Wednesday Q from JUCO. No HIMs overlapping…

SSH x20 IC
8ct Body Builders x10 IC
Tempo Merkins x10 IC
Tempo Squats x10 IC
Crabettes x15 IC

Mosey to the base of [fill in official name of hill upon decision].

Split into 2 teams. Each team has an identical pile of exercise cards.
One extra-large size die with numbers 1,2,3.
One team rolls the die. That’s the number of laps up the hill and around the rock.
While that team runs the laps, other team works through the pile until laps completed.
When entire team returns from laps, other team rolls.
When pile is complete, set up a cone as a counter and start again.
See how many times each team can work through the pile.
Pile exercises:
15 Merkins
15 4-ct Monkey Humpers
10 Iron Mikes (each leg)
10 Squat Jumps
10 Burpees
20 Flutter Kicks
15 Carolina Dry Docks
20 BBS
20 4-ct Mtn Climbers

Mosey back to the AO, not stopping halfway for 15 4-ct Monkey Humpers. No public road…

Hey! We have some time for Mary this time!
20x 4ct LBCs
15x Side Crunch IC (each side)

16 HIMs – Twice the number as last time for this workout.
“Don’t try to carry that dang thing by yourself!”. We’re trying to get the house ready to pack up. Lots of heavy things to lift and move. Sometimes I listen to that admonition from my M, sometimes I don’t (usually to my later regret). Whatever it is you’re trying to carry on your own, quit trying to carry that dang thing by yourself. Jesus said “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.” He didn’t say “saddle” or “harness”. Those are for a single animal. The yoke is a shared burden. Two oxen work together. He’s not saying you should pick up his load instead of yours. He will pull alongside you, and teach you how to pull properly. He’s strong enough to pull any load.
OK, we’re working on a name for the hill up to the rock… Stay tuned! Also, hybrid Coffeeteria and OTB weight workout at 10818 Sallings Rd this Saturday…
Hardship Hill coming soon – If you’re not registered, you should be! Abridged OEW benefit night Thursday 5/9.

Mental Toughness

TTHE SCENE: Mid 60’s. Humid.

SSH x 25 IC
OH Claps 4-ct x 25 IC
Squat x 25 IC
Dips x 25 IC
Alt Deadlift Squat x 25 IC
Calf raise x 25 out/fwd/in IC
Little this/that
Michael Phelps
Each man grab a station. AMRAP 1 minute at each station. Hit each station 4 times.
1. Shrug the twins/buckets of rocks
2. Weighted squat ruck or sandbag front load
3. Weighted dips ruck or sandbag
4. Sandbag deadlift
5. Lawnmowers with plates alt each 10
6. Weighted calf raise alt each 20 in/straight/out
30 seconds of LBCs
16 brothers
6 exercises to improve mental toughness:
1. Get rid of extrinsic motivators – no music, no training partner. Suffer in silence alone
2. Develop good habits – Mentally tough people are more consistent than you. They create habits and relentlessly stick to them
3. Learn to ignore things you cannot control – Stoicism is the ability to endure pain and hardship without display of fellings and without complaint
4. Ruck – put a heavy pack on and go walk for hours.
5. Farmer carry – pick up some heavy shit and go for a mile walk.
6. Hang – grab and pullup bar, a tree branch or some playground equipment and start a timer. Work up to 60 seconds.
No cardio but still worked up a great sweat and burned a lot of calories.
OEW night at Abridged May 9 at 6pm.

The Dora Circuit

THE SCENE: Dog Pound 10/2/18, perfect weather

Warm UP:
Funky yoga stretches
10 Merkins
Partner up
The Dora Circuit
Partner 1 does exercise while partner 2 runs to cones. (50+- yards apart)
Dora #1
100 Merkins
200 squats
Move to next cone
Dora #2
50 inch worms
100 imperial walkers 3count
Dora #3
250 LBCs
100 Shoulder tap merkins
100 Squat jumps
100 curb dips
100 calf raises
100 merkins
Mosey back to AO
Mary: box cutters, hello Dolly’s and Peter Parkers


Sticking your neck out for what’s right.

I used an example of my wife stepping up and taking on several people that were not doing what was right. She was willing to put her neck out there and take on a lot of work, lose relationships and even have people talk bad about her even though she did nothing wrong.

Its tough to stand up sometimes when you know if you do it could cause heartache. But, we need to stand up for what’s right and not let bad things happen as we turn the other way. I was very proud of my wife and I learned that she is not afraid to put herself on the line for what’s right.
Great to see all the still sore GoRuckers out there loosening up those muscles. Awesome job fellas!
F3 olympics coming up soon

8 Men and a Matterhorn

THE SCENE: upper 60’s…felt like October – great weather



  • SSH x 20
  • Tempo Merkins x 10
  • Tempo Squats x 10
  • Cherry Pickers x 5
  • This/that stretch


  • Indian run to the base of the Matterhorn
  • 4 Cones spread along the upper half of the hill.  1=closest, 4=farthest.  Exercises written at each cone.
    • 4-Burpees;  3-Diamond Merkins;  2-Plankjacks;  1-Squats
    • PAX run to the 4th (farthest) cone and do 25 reps of the exercise written.  Then mosey back down the hill stopping to do 25 reps of the exercise written at each cone.   Rinse & repeat eliminating the furthest cone each round until you end with only going to the 1st cone.
  • DORA work
    • 50 Thrust Merkins;  50 Squat Jacks;  50 Leg Pass Throughs
    • Partner 1 does reps at the speed bump, while partner 2 runs up the lower portion of the Matterhorn to where the rock ditch starts.


  • Hello Dolly x 20
  • Box Cutter x 20
  • Spread Eagle Merkins x 10
  • Superman/Banana

8 PAX:  Ratchet, Pepper, Scooter, Woodshack, Shooter, Barn Door, Moped, Bartman

Words matter.  Say what you mean and don’t generalize.  Shared from John 21 an example of this when Jesus asked Peter “do you love me?” 3 times.  The first 2 times Jesus asked if Peter loved him he used the word Agape which is a deep, unconditional love…Peter in return said that yes he loved Jesus, however he used the word Phileo, which is a brotherly love.  Finally, the 3rd time Jesus asked Peter, he said “Do you Phileo me?”, in other words Jesus said “is that all Peter, do you only love me with a brotherly love and not a deep unconditional love?”.  Jesus was making the point that we should love him unconditionally.  It’s a good example of how our English language doesn’t quite capture the gravity of scripture.  Our word “love” is used for everything:  I love my wife, I love coffee, I love exercising.  The word doesn’t allow you to differentiate between its different meanings in different contexts.  Therefore we should take the time to be specific when we can be….to use the word that will relay our message the clearest.


Truckin to the Pound this weekend – 6am at the Truck Stop;  F3 anniversary celebration in November

Circle of work

THE SCENE: 70 and muggy

Skipped it

The number represents the reps, of each exercise

  1. World’s Greatest Merkin
  2. CMU lunge (each)
  3. Side crunch (each)
  4. Turkish getup (each)
  5. Mer-block-ins (each)
  6. CMU Flamingo (each)
  7. CMU V-up
  8. Block-ees
  9. Decline Merkins
  10. CMU overhead squat
  11. Reverse cow girl
  12. Donkey kicks
  13. Merkin-around-the-circle
  14. CMU Lunge twist
  15. CMU BBS
  16. CMU curls
  17. CMU tri
  18. CMU overhead press
  19. Lizard Hops
  20. Bear Crawl around the circle
  21. Bent over Row
  22. Church claps
  23. CMU Hop overs
  24. Dive bombers
  25. Bananas
  26. Squats
  27. Step throughs (total)
  28. Blockee Hurleys
  29. Incline Merkins
  30. Pickle Pounders

19 with 1 FNG and a visiting PAX from Hickory NC, Flexseal

Two kinds of wisdom…

“If you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.  Such “wisdom” does not come from heaven but us earthly, unspiritual, demonic.  For where you have envy and selfish ambition you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is pure; peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  Peace makers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” -James 3: 14-18

With starting school we try to teach my son to use wisdom when picking/making friends.  But in my life I have struggled with wisdom of selfishness.  So I encourage each of you to be 3rd.  God 1st, Everyone else 2nd, I am 3rd.

The PAX worked extremely hard, especially considering this was a Q with no moseying and no breaks.
August 25 – Truckin To The Pound

Nov. 3/4- F3 3rd Anniversary, Olympics, Ruck, Seabiscuit, and Family Picnic