F3 Knoxville

Puddles Galore

THE SCENE: Raining, temp in 60s

Mosey to Pavilion because it is raining by golly.  20 Side-Straddle-Hops, 15 Plank Jacks, 10 Cherry Pickers, 10 Rockettes, 10 Little Baby Arm Circles Forward and 10 Backward.

Next, do 20 Picnic Table Pullups and then run around around the Pavilion.  Next do 20 Bench Dips and then run around the Pavilion.  Rinse and Repeat.

Why heck, it’s still raining, let’s get wet.  Mosey down ball field sidewalk to Caribbean parking lot and to the southwestern side of the parking lot.  We will run in a candy cane motion stopping at each island to do the listed exercise.  Those getting to the end of the candy cane sweep all men back to the start.  Then do the same with the next exercise.  These are the exercises:

  • 10 Merkins
  • 10 Big Boy Sit-ups
  • 20 Little Baby Crunches

Next, we mosey on park roadway to the old southern ball field parking lot.  We will start on the southern curb and do suicide, returning back to curb from each parking lot light and northern curb.  The run to the first curb is always a Bernie Sanders while all the other running is a sprint.

Next we mosey to the park perimeter trail just off the pavilion by the old south ball fields.  We will do nickel dime quarter doing the following exercises:

  • Dive Bomber
  • Squat Jump

Next we do double quarters (run 5 lights then do 25 of exercise, then rinse and repeat) with the following exercises:

  • Toe touches
  • Bobby Hurleys

We stop where perimeter trail meets serpentine sidewalk.  We next run on serpentine sidewalk for four lights and lunge for one light until we reach the Caribean Parking Lot.  From there, mosey to Pavilion by northern ball fields.  From there, sprint to the AO Flag with winner (who happened to be Lulu) getting a free breakfast from your Q.

Who’s she?  Cross-Eyed Mary happens to be an incredible song by Jethro Tull.  Just sayin.
Ten men, no FNGs.
William Shatner, the actor who played good ol Captain Kirk, flew into space this past week.  At age 90 he is the oldest person to ever travel in space.  He was overcome with emotion when he returned.  He talked about the beautiful blue skies of earth and how, once the space vessel passed through the Earth’s atmosphere, the beautiful blue of earth went suddenly black in space.  It made him think of the preciousness and fragility of Earth, how it can vanish into nothing, and about the fragility of our own lives, about how our bodies will one day just die.  Thankfully, our lives are more than what is spent on Earth.  There is the infinity of God, the Alpha and Omega, who created everything, and the opportunity to live with HIM, forever.
We live on a beautiful planet.
Christmas party at Judge Judy’s home on December 11.  Wives or partners are invited.

Peanut’s Here

THE SCENE: Slightly cloudy, temps in sixties.

20 Plank Jacks, 10 Pinto Twists, 10 Windmills, 10 Rockettes, 10 Tempo Squats, Michael Phelps
Mosey to large parking lot that is south of northern ball fields and north of serpentine sidewalk.  Each man picks up a two bricks.  We will run, with bricks, counter-clockwise around the parking lot, stopping at each cone to do the listed exercise.

  • Cone 1:  10 Mini-man-makers
  • Cone 2:  20 Overhead Presses
  • Cone 3:  20 Wings Up
  • Cone 4:  20 Curls
  • Cone 5:  20 Wings Down
  • Cone 6:  20 Tricepts
  • Cone 7:  20 Wings Out
  • Cone 8:  20 Rows

Run one more time around parking lot with bricks, doing Bernie Sanders during first half and sprinting for the second half (not stopping at cones).  Lunge at semi circles ends of the parking lot.  Then dump bricks back in pile.

Mosey to start of serpentine sidewalk.  We will do 14’s on the sidewalk all the way to the perimeter trail.  We will bear crawl to first light, run for four lights, lunge to next light, run four more, then repeat sequence to perimeter trail.  We will do 20 Imperial Walkers as a group at the perimeter trail.

Mosey on perimeter trail until we reach cardiac hill.  We will run up cardiac hill, performing the following exercises at each of the following areas:

  • Start of cardiac hill:  20 Hello Dollies (four count).
  • Turn 1:  20 American Hammers (four count)
  • Turn 2:  20 Flutter Kicks (four count)
  • Turn 3:  20 Decline Merkins
  • Benches:  20 Bench Dips

Mosey to parking lot by entrance to the northern ball fields.  Go to CMU Pile.  We will do 20 Overhead Presses, 20 Curls, 20 Rows, and 20 Squats with CMUs.

Mosey to northern-most ball field.  We will do the great football throw.  In this, one man runs to first base and then rounds towards second.  The next man must lead him with a pass of the football as he heads to second.  If the ball hits the ground then all men must do five burpees. The ball is passed back and the man who passed the ball is now the receiver going to first and second base with the next man in line being the passer.  The group must do five burpees for any ball that hits the ground on a pass.

Mosey to playground.  We will do elevens at the benches with decline merkins as one exercise and bench hops as the other.

Mosey back to CMU pile.  We will repeat the 20 Overhead Presses, 20 Curls, 20 Rows, and 20 Squats with CMUs.

Mosey to bottom of Mini-Cardiac.  We will Bernie Sanders to No Parking Sign then sprint to the gate at the top of the hill.

Mosey to AO.

20 Box Cutters.
Eight men, including P-nut visiting us from UT Martin and Abscess’ dog, Tank.

How Do We Color Our World?

I recently viewed a quick video by Christian rapper Andy Mineo.  He talked about how he reads scripture to help relieve him from doubt about Christ.  He also talked about how scripture helps to color his world with what is good, with what is right.  And by coloring his world in that way, he then can do more in regards to what is good and right for others, because he is viewing those around him in a way that God wants him to view them.

How do we color our worlds?  Sometimes when I wake up on a work day I do not color my world with much beauty.  I may start off with a stroke that goes like this:  “Crap, another day of work.”

I can chose to color it in a different way.  I can chose to paint my morning this way:  “God, help me to greet others with strength and love today.  Help me to know you are there with me in each and every activity I perform.  Let me hear your voice whispering to me and help me to feel your hand upon me.”

Further, I can read from the bible at the start and/or end of my day.  I can get together with people who will get me in the correct frame of mind and help me to color my world in the right kind of way.  For example, I can go to F3, bust my butt with my brothers, and hear the message within the Circle of Trust that will thrust me forward with a strong spirit to meet the day.

Some of you may remember a song by the group Chicago called “Color My World.”  The last line of the song, directed toward a lover, says “Color my world with hope of loving you.”  What if we were to change the line, thinking of our Father in Heaven, and say, each day, to God “Color my world with the love you have for me.”  Saying that to ourselves may color our day with hope, with strength, with conviction, and with joy.

Prayers for the pregnancy of Small’s wife who is due in mid to late July.  Prayers for Crawdad’s wife, Kaitlin, who is having surgery.

Bear Square

The scene:  73 & muggy

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SSH IC x 20

LBAC IC:  10 fwd / 10 bkwd

Burpees OYO  x 10

Tempo Squat IC x 10

Dive Bombers IC x 10

Tha Thang:

  • Bear square crawls
    • 4 cones in a square.  Bear crawl the square while always facing one direction.  Stop at each corner  & perform exercises (25 reps each):
      • Lap 1:  ball burpees, ball merkins, squat jumps, big boy situps
      • Lap 2:  merkin side lunge, ball in/outs, iron mikes, superman swim
      • Lap 3:  flutter kicks, squats w/ ball overhead, carolina dry docks, speed skaters
  • Suicides:  pick exercise from bucket lottery style to perform at each cone
    • Merkins x 10
    • Burpees x 3
    • Bear Crawls
    • Crab Walks



Count off and name-o-rama


Adversity –  We all face it.  The journey through adversity is inevitable if we’re striving for improvement.  It’s not the adversity itself, rather it’s your reaction to the adversity that is important.  As we go through life as husbands, fathers, employees and employers it is important to understand that don’t get to choose our circumstances at all times.  Adversity finds us whether we want it to or not.  We would all do well to remember that the world’s eyes are on us to see how we handle ourselves when we face difficulties – and more importantly, God’s eyes are on us in that same moment.

James 1:2-3   Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because the testing of your faith produces perserverence.


Tons of fun at the Big Ball today.  Thanks for pushing hard today & hope to see you HIMs out west at the Dog Pound soon.

Sled Full-of-Bricks

The Scene: 62 and Windy

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer


25 x IC SSH

9 x IC BigA Cir Fwd 10 Back

10xIC BabyA Cir Fwd/Back

Arms Out

15 x IC Toy Soldiers

15 x IC Tempo Squat

10 x IC Tempo Merkin

15 x IC Imperial Walkers


Hustle to the CMU Wagon and unload the bricks for fun

Mosey to the Hockey Rink

Stations –

  1. 5 Caterpillar Tap outs
  2. 10 Static Lunge & Curl (CMU)
  3. 15 Bobby Brick Hurley’s (CMU)
  4. 20 Brick Row’s (CMU)
  5. 25 American Hammer – Single Count

Mosey to the Gate

  1. 30 Squats

Rinse and Repeat til the Bell


Dealer’s Choice ABS

Toto- Hello Dolly’s

Mayberry – Pickle Pounders

Ratchet – Side bend sit-ups “Denise Austin” style

Rocky Tops/Heartbreakers (Name TBD) to finish out the final minutes


Shared my Testimony with the PAX. “No one after lighting a lamp covers it up with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. Luke 8:16

Walking in faith can be scary at times, but it is through faith where we will grow and become the HIM’s we were meant to be through the Sky-Q.

Moleskin: We’re still missing the shovel flag, Frosty? We woke up to a beautiful Florida this morning, oddly warm and windy. We finished up right before the downpour. P-Nut was lobbying for a 25 minute show, but we ran over and used every minute. The Bobby Brick Hurley’s were a real crowd please’r and we found the bricks a new home. Nobody walked out with any injuries that they didn’t walk in with, so that’s good. Great day to be a part of this PAX.

Route66 – The Dog Pound Style

The scene: 34 degrees, dark and cool!

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer


ISO arm stretches, swimmers stretch
Squats ICx15

Tha Thang:
PAX moseyed from the parking lot to the loop by the water.

Route 66

The PAX ran the parking lot loop performing the following exercises:

  • Burpees
  • Squats
  • Merkins
  • Star Jacks
  • LBC’s

Repetitions increased at cones placed along the route (1st cone, 1 burpee; 2nd cone, 2 burpees…etc.) to a total of 10 reps.

Mosey back to AO

Flutter Kick ICx20
Penguins ICx20
Mountain Climbers ICx20
American Hammers ICx15
V-ups ICx10

Count-Off and Name-O-Rama:

P-nut related how our run down Route 66 was an analogy to traveling life’s path. We have distractions along the way, but we need to remember the words of Jesus in Luke 9…and how we must be willing to sacrifice everything in order to truly follow Him.

P-nut then prayed us out- including a prayer request for Pfieffer’s grandfather and relief from holiday stress…especially that stress placed on our wives.


A group of brave souls with questionable judgment participated in a RUCK/run prior to the beat-down. All PAX were treated to 3 miles and a buffet of burpees, squats and merkins. Spirits were high and the mumblechatter was strong. Great morning at the Pound.

Respectfully submitted,