F3 Knoxville

Boosters Last Stand

THE SCENE: 70 or so in the gloom

  • Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Baby Arm Circles (forwards) & Michael Phelps (OYO)
  • Baby Arm Circles (backwards) & Michael Phelps (OYO)
  • 5 burpees (OYO)
  • 10 Tempo Squats (IC)
  • 10 Hand release merkins (OYO)
  • 20 Side Straddle Hops (IC)
  • 50 Curb Calf Raises (OYO)
  • Karaokes & Sprints
  • Mosey – Double Wide Indian Run


Don’t Act Like A Sophomore on the Hill 

  • Get into groups of 3
  • Partner 1 does AMRAP merkins while Partner 2 runs up Sophomore Hill while partner 3 at the top does AMRAP squats
  • Rotate throughout each position; rinse & repeat
  • Mosey to the junkyard

Be a Junkyard Dog

  • Stay with your same partners, same structure
  • Partner 1 does 10 CMU reps Overhead Press, Triceps extension, Curls & bentover rows as many rounds of the lifts as possible until partner 3 gets down the stairs
  • Partner 2 runs up & replaces Partner 3 who has been doing Big Boy Situps
  • Rinse & Repeat
  • Mosey to big parking lot

Light Pole to Pole

  • 5 burpees & sprint to the next pole, 5 more burpees
  • mosey to AO


Judge Judy led us in 75 (or 500) flutterkicks


26 HIMS and 1 FNG – Nutmeg


Jeremiah 29:11 “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

We know these words but do we always believe them or have doubts?  Sure we have doubts.  We’re human.  We have doubts, fears, etc.

I started at JUCO in October 2017.  I weighed about 270 and was out of shape physically and spiritually.  I’ve lost 40 pounds since that time and I’m much stronger physically and spiritually.  While I don’t and never will have all of the answers on this Earth, I know more about myself and how I should live my life because of each of you.  Your witness.  Your love for your families and each other is inspiring.  Your willingness to share, be open and vulnerable out here is awesome.

During my first time or two out here, Bartman had me out here in the pouring rain doing burpees and bear crawls down the stairs.  I thought “what the heck am I doing here.”  I don’t remember his closing BOM that day but I really liked it.  Me, him and Shooter circled up, put our hands on one another and prayed and I promise I felt closer to God in this parking lot than I had in a long time in a church pew.

As some of you know, today is my last day at my job as executive director of a cancer charity.  It’s been an honor to build that charity and help more than 7,000 families over the last 5 years.  But I felt it was a time for a change.  I prayed about it.  Shortly thereafter, a couple of consulting opportunities came up so I turned in a 3-month notice and it was the fastest 3 months of my life.  I’m sad, happy, relived and nervous.

I went to Oklahoma last weekend and had a hard time sleeping.  On Monday, I met Sarah McLean who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 25.  A couple of years later she felt like she should start a charity since she had learned so much and wanted to help others battling breast cancer.  She prayed and God told her no, not now so she continued to work at a church and had 2 kids. She then got breast cancer again.  After she healed, she prayed and God told her she was ready.  She shared her story, her faith journey and she wept as she told me about one of her board members dying in her arms.  I was ugly crying.  It wasn’t pretty.  We stood up and hugged.  At that moment, I knew God put me in the right place to help her charity in addition to the other one I will be leading in Oklahoma City.

While I don’t know exactly what will happen in my life, I know God has it under control and will lead me where I need to be.

Ecclesiastes 3

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot    a time to kill and a time to heal,     a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5   a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,   a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,    a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,     a time for war and a time for peace

There’s a time for everything and my time as executive director has come to an end.  When I started at JUCO, we were averaging 2-5 people.  We’ve grown so much but not because of me.  God brought you here for a reason.  I needed F3 and still do.  We all need F3 and there are men out there asleep that should be here right now.  There are men out there worried about their kids, their marriage, their job that could use us in his lives.

Today I’m stepping down as AO Q for JUCO.  I’m going to be travelling quite a bit.  So, I’m proud to say Judge Judy is taking over as AO Q.  He’s a great person, smart, funny, a leader, a lawyer, a husband and father, a great friend and has the coolest name out here.  Abscess is taking over next week as lead of all F3 Knoxville and he’s asked me to help him on some special projects so I’m not going anywhere.  I’ll actually be here all week next week so get ready to wagonwheel to get me at the back!


It’s been an honor to lead JUCO for the last 19 months!  We’re in better hands now with Judge Judy.  Whether you are an FNG or been around for years, we’re all brothers and I want you to know I would do anything for any of you!  Thank each of you for helping me try to become a better person!  God bless each of you and your families!


  • Dunkin
  • Sign up to Q
  • 3rd F Convergence next Saturday on August 10th at 7:00 a.m. at the Big Ball followed by breakfast/testimonials at Redeemer Church



Usual for me


Cherry Pickers IC

T Squat IC

T Merkin IC

OYO Stretching
Insert information about the workout.

  • Mosey over to (Sophomore hill?) along the way we got some good livin in via flutter kicks
  • DORA action (100 burpees, 200 merkins, 300 squats)
  • Some more flutter kick and IC work in the parking lot next to sophomore hill
  • Some suicide action a lil down the ways as well

Actually did Mary at the AO this time


The highlight was Cheatsheet leading us in some IC Merkins…. those got me good


A short quote from The Brothers Karamazov from Dmitri

“… I mean that’s where the trouble lies, for all the world is an enigma! And whenever I’ve occasion to wallow in the very deepest ignominy of lust (and that’s all I’ve occasion to do), I’ve always read that poem about Ceres and man. Has it set me on the right road again? Never! Because I’m a Karamazov! Because if I throw myself into the abyss I do it straight, head first and heels last, and am even glad that I’ve fallen in such a degrading posture and consider it flattering to myself.”


Interesting note, apparently there is a suggestion in the text that the name Karamazov is associated with another surname which translates to “black smear”

Dmitri is one of three brothers in the story who is a scoundrel that makes trouble constantly. This quote is a good summary of the conversation he has with his brother Alyosha. What struck me about this conversation and this quote particularly is the nature of Dmitri’s reaction to his realization that there are undesirable parts of him (perhaps necessarily so given it being suggested that he is born with them… I am sure there is plenty to be said of the symbolism here) More practically, I must ask myself what is my reaction to my confrontation with the pathological parts of my personality. I decided to share one with the group.


I have a complex relationship with both of my parents. Although there is little explicit conflict (arguing, overt petty actions taken, passive aggresiveness etc), if I am being honest with myself, there is some degree of resentment. The causes and the degree to which I bear it, I am not sure. What I do know is that I am responsible for this and cannot ignore it or accept it (like Dmitri). It is something to be recognized and wrestled with.


Side note: Chaco recommended Steinbeck’s East of Eden after the Q. I highly recommend it to everyone. It is a great read.


Thanksgiving CMU Feast

THE SCENE: 29 but not bad once you started moving…and we did!

  • Slosey around AO parking lot to warm up
  • Calf stretches on curb
  • Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Baby Arm Circles Forward/Backward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Side Straddle Hop (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Merkins – 10 4CT IC
  • Tempo Squats (IC) 4 CT X 10


Turkey & Dressing – 5 burpees & 10 CMU overhead presses – switch with partner

Pecan Pie & Sweet Tea – 10 CMU squats & 10 merkins – switch with partner

  • Mosey – partners take turns carrying CMU

Side of Alexander Building  

  • 15 Pullups on the walkway rails
  • Calf raises on steps w/ CMU until partner finishes pull-ups on steps
  • Rinse & repeat X 3 each
  • Mosey

Turkey & Dressing & Pecan Pie & Sweet Tea in courtyard

Bagwell Center –

  • 25 CMU curls while partner does step ups/box jumps – switch – X 3 rounds
  • 25 bench dips while partner does bentover rows w/ CMUs – switch – X 3
  • Mosey

Turkey & Dressing & Pecan Pie & Sweet Tea in courtyard

Performing Arts Center area 

  • 25 CMU tricep extension while partner does calf raises – switch
  • Mosey to AO

Turkey & Dressing & Pecan Pie & Sweet Tea

MARY:   Flutter kicks, Hello Dollies, Boat & Canoe, Side crunches


8 HIMs – Bagger, Neutron, Rocket, Snaggletooth, Spotter, Stye, Trolley, and Booster


Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 – For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.

Acts 1:7 – He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

We all have seasons of change in our lives. While we may not understand it, we trust in God to guide us. We know he loves us. My Dad has gone from being strong physically to very weak after his quadruple bypass. My wife is leaving her job today after 21 years. Things happen in our lives and we pray about them, ask God for advice and guidance, but know we may not be able to explain everything that happens. However, we should strive to stay focused on our faith and it will guide us along the way.


No one started dancing when I referenced Kevin Bacon sharing the Ecclesiastes quote while he was speaking to the City Council…I think it was because they were still warmed up from all of the Turkey & Dressing, Pecan Pie and Sweet Teas we had around JUCO.


  • Mend House F3 Workout on Monday, November 26 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Final Third F of the Year – Saturday, December 8 at 8:30 at The Outlook(located at 716 20th Street in Knoxville, behind Stephanos Pizza and near UT campus). Our topic will be “God-Centered Relationships.”

True HIMs don’t quit in the rain

THE SCENE: Temp in the low 50’s and oh the rain! Loved it!

No a professional, but the PAX looked like it this morning!

15 SSH, 15 mountain climbers, 15 Peter Parker’s, 10 Spiderman (Peter Parker’s down at 6″), 15 imperial walker, 10 windmill

Mosey a short distance a line up for the Bataan Death March.  This was slightly modified.  The PAX at the back did 3 burpees instead of 5 and then ran to the front of the line (Indian run style run).  Finish the march at the sophomore.

At the sophomore, it really started to pour down rain, so why not be on the ground for most of it (not an audible; it just worked out that way).  Start with 20 merkins in the first corner and then Bernie Sanders up the hill.  Lunge walk getting 10 lunges each leg.  At the next corner, do 20 flutter kicks on a four count.  At the final corner, do 10 burpees and then return to the beginning for one more round of the same.

Mosey toward the center of campus to the north parking lot of the area.  Using the parking lot aisles as markers, do a burpee suicide.  As Trolley pointed at, that is a very redundant title for a exercise!  Suicide style, run to the first aisle and do 5 burpees, return to start, run to the second aisle and do 10 burpees, return to start, run to the third aisle and do 15 burpees, and then finish the suicide doing burpees at each aisle as you decrease the count.

Mosey to the center of campus and find a wall to assist with ATMs.  Instead of traditional alternating shoulder taps, we did balls-to-the-walls shoulder taps.  Whole different ball game!

  • 10 balls-to-the-walls shoulder taps (in cadence)
  • 10 temp merkins in cadence
  • 10 fast merkins on your own

Continue the Bataan Death March back toward the AO launch point, but stop in the corner of the lot.  We still got time for more!  20 squats in cadence and then line up for the Indian bear crawl.  All PAX are holding plank while the one in the back is bear crawling to the front.  We went down to a 6″ plank a couple of times during this and we completed 2 full rounds before the fun was over.

I guess the Indian bear crawl was our Mary!
9 PAXs crushed it this morning!
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul”, Mark 8:36, “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is:  fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.” Ecc. 12:13

Focusing on or putting first the concerns and pleasures of this world will gain us nothing in the end.  We would have received our full reward at the end of this life with no hope in the next.  But this life is but a vapor (James 4:14 – not Paul, sorry!).  Eternity is forever.  So, keep our focus on God and keeping his commandments and we will have treasure in Heaven for eternity!


Mend house workout, Monday at 6:00 pm.  Cleveland launch next Saturday.

Halloween – Mad Max, Superman & More!

THE SCENE: 46 – dark but not scary!

  • Moroccan Night Club X 13 IC
  • Cherry Pickers (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Baby Arm Circles Forward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Baby Arm Circles Backward X 10 followed by Michael Phelps
  • Windmills (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Hand Release Merkins – OYO X 10
  • Tempo Squats (IC) 4 CT X 10
  • Calf Stretches
  • Karaoke out & back across parking lot
  • Sprints out & back across parking lot



  • Max Merkins – 2 minutes
  • Max Big Boy Sit-ups – 2 minutes


  • Burpee Broad Jump back and forth to each other while partner does squats; rinse and repeat 5 times each


  • CMU Bear Crawl – 2 teams; one person goes out 20 yards and back doing the CMU bear crawl while the rest of the team calls out & completes various exercises (exercises included squats, lunges, flutter kicks, etc.)


  • PAX did Supermans & held until Q called out each rep


  • PAX swam for 1 minute


  • Team sprints up & back; PAX do squats until the sprinter comes back
  • Calf raises on the curb for 1 minute

MARY:   * 20 – 4 count flutterkicks


12 HIMS today; 5K, Bagger, Chaco, Doubtfire, Erector, Judge Judy, Neutron, Rocket, Snagglethooth, Sweeper, Trolley & Booster


Summary of an article written by the late Reverend Billy Graham.

Suffering carries a message of mystery. The Bible says, “Great is the mystery of godliness” (1 Timothy 3:16). When asked to explain the tragedy of a 1980 fire at the MGM Grand Hotel, Billy Graham said, “There’s a mystery to tragedies like this. We don’t know the answer.” And we may never know until God explains all things to us. (I was relieved to read this because if Reverend Graham can’t explain some things, I feel better that I can’t explain why bad things happen!)

In suffering there is a message of compassion. Jesus said, “for I was hungry & you gave Me food; I was thirsty & you gave Me drink; I was a stranger & you took Me in; I was naked & you clothed Me; I was sick & you visited Me; I was in prison & you came to Me” (Matthew 25:35-36).

As fire swept through the MGM Grand Hotel, Reverend Graham saw emergency crews, the military, The Salvation Army, Red Cross, doctors, nurses and others coming to help, save lives, donate clothes, etc.  He said “I saw compassion in action.”

In suffering there is a message of unity. Jesus prayed “they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, & I in You” (John 17:21). And that’s the way we ought to be as Christians, one in Christ. If you have been born into the family of God, you are a child of God. You are brothers & sisters.

Suffering holds a message of comfort. In Second Corinthians we read:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Because tragedy happened to you, it gives you a greater sense of oneness with others who experience tragedy. You can feel for them in that suffering situation. Because we have been comforted through the Word of God, we in turn may be able to comfort others.

What should be our attitude toward suffering?

First, it should be one of worship. We ought to say, “O God, I believe You are the great and mighty God. I don’t understand all the things that are happening in my life, but, O God, I trust in You.” 

Second, we should ask God to teach us all He would have us learn about Him, about ourselves, about others and how we can minister to those who are suffering.

Third, our attitude in suffering should glorify God. As Christians, people are going to watch us. They will ask, “How is it that Christ is so in control of his or her life that he or she was able to help others?”

Jesus suffered and died for us on the cross, but God raised Him from the dead. Jesus Christ now sits at the right hand of God the Father, and He sees our suffering. He sees our life every day and knows exactly where we stand.

The Bible teaches that we are to be patient in suffering. That’s the hardest thing of all, to be patient. Ask God to help you have a trusting, patient attitude, and flee from bitterness.

In suffering there is also a message of warning. Are you prepared to meet God? What do you have to do to be ready? God took the initiative in giving His Son, Jesus Christ. God says, “I love you. I want to forgive you. I want you to go to heaven.” But you must respond to Him. Find hope, peace, and security today.

Thank you Judge Judy for sharing the article on suffering that I used today; Thank you Snaggletooth for finding a sermon online that I am going to listen to!


  • 3rd anniversary events this weekend! Try to attend one or all of the events.
  • Lots of open Qs for November; pick a date & start planning!