F3 Knoxville

Return to Walnut Hill

THE SCENE: Rather chilly, low 30’s

SSH, Arm Circles, Shoulder Taps, Tempo Squats, Tempo Merkins

  • Sunsphere: Went around the sunsphere doing 5 pull ups on each beam and 5 jump squats in between each beam
  • Bridge over Cumberland: Did 50 BBS OYO, using the rails to hold our feet in place
  • Moseyed over to the Walnut Hill
  • Walnut Hill: Laid out 4 cones towards the top of the hill, maybe 10-15 yards apart from one another. At the bottom of the hill we would do 5 Sit Up Ups then run to the first cone and do 10 merkins facing the top, then ran down. We did this 4 times, adding a cone each time, changing the direction of the merkins at each cone. So cone 1 was facing the top, 2 was facing the right, 3 was facing the left and 4 was facing the bottom. Each lap we still hit previous cones, so by the end we had done 40 top merkins, 30 right merkins, 20 left merkins, and 10 bottom merkins, as well as 20 Sit Up Ups
  • Moseyed back to the AO, dodging traffic as we went
  • AO: Did some bear crawl duck duck goose to finish the clock out

Welcome Dismount!
Shared about a conversation I had with a student about evangelism. He shared what his past experience with it was, which is probably very relatable: knowing that its worth doing, but not wanting to offend, or hamper a relationship, or not feeling competent enough, or not having the time, etc. We then spent some time looking at what Scripture has to say about it, specifically Romans 1:16 and 1 Peter 3:15. In Romans Paul says he is unashamed of the Gospel because he knows it is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe, and Peter calls us to be ready to give an answer to any who ask us for the reason for the hope we have. So though there are a hundred, very relatable, excuses as to why we may not want to share Jesus with those around us, we are all called to be ready and unashamed to do so. Matthew 4:19 is an invitation to follow Jesus with the byproduct of becoming “fishers of men”, so lets allow Jesus to make us into fishers of men as we seek to follow Him.


Bricks, Buddies and Big Ball

THE SCENE: Perfect, mid 50’s, partly cloudy

SSH, Arm Circles, Rockettes, This and That, Michael Phelps, Cherry Pickers
Moseyed over to the brick pile by L&N where everyone grabbed a new buddy (brick). Everywhere we went during the workout we carried our buddies overhead

  • Sidewalk near AO: Doras: 50x Goblet Squats, 100x Tricep Extensions, 150x Curls, while one partner ran down the street and back
  • Big Ball: Doras again with a new partner: 50x Brick Merkins (one hand on brick, merkin, slide brick to other hand, merkin, etc), 100x Flutterkicks with brick overhead (4ct), 150x Calf Raises while holding brick
  • Bridge near Cumberland: walking lunge across with brick
  • Amphitheater: 3 rounds of exercises OYO
    • Round 1: 5x bodybuilders, 10x shoulder raises, 15x American Hammers (4ct), 20x Big Boy Sit ups, 25x Rows at top of stairs
    • Round 2: 10x bodybuilders, 15x shoulder raises, 25x Big Boy Sit ups, 30x Rows at top of stairs
    • Round 3: 20x shoulder raises, 30x Big Boy Sit ups, 35x Rows at top of stairs


Talked about a conversation I had with a student that reminded me of a word Abort gave involving a friend saying “It must be nice” in regards to someone elses situation, not acknowledging their own privileges and blessings. While talking with my student we pointed out that people have a tendency to find pride and validity in our sufferings, so much so that we often overexaggerate them. We tend to place more value on ourselves or less on others depending on the difference in the weight we carry on our shoulders. I have noticed that even in family gatherings its rare that we don’t end up somewhat comparing who has to work the longest hours, or get up the earliest or stay at work the latest. We try to impress each other with things we actually shouldn’t be proud of. Galatians 6:14 actually says that should we boast in anything it should be in the Cross of Jesus Christ. So my encouragement for us was that we seek to keep a true and proper perspective on our situation, rather than finding ways to use our suffering as opportunities to impress.

There and Back Again – and then Again too.

[ The Scene ]

  • 60s
  • Slight chill to the air

[ Welcome/Disclaimer ]

  • Welcome to F3: Fitness-Fellowship-Faith
  • Name is Steam and I’ll be your Q this morning
  • Couple of things before we begin
    • I’m not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • And I don’t know any injuries you may or may not have so if you do need to modify anything this morning feel free to do so but push yourself and the men around you
  • FNGs? – None

[ Warm o Rama ]

  • Cherry- Pickers: 10 x 4 IC
    • Run to the rock pile and back
  • Rockette: 10 x 4 IC
    • Run to the rock pile and back
  • Imperial Walker: 10 x 4 IC
    • Run to the rock pile and back
  • Baby Arm Circles: 10 x 4 IC
    • Run to the rock pile and back
  • Baby Arm Circles: 10 x 4 IC
    • Run to the rock pile and back
  • Squat: 10 x 4 IC
    • Run to the rock pile and back

[ The Thang ]

(Mosey to big field)

(1) 4 Corner Scramble (200 total reps)

  • 25 reps each corner (1 count)

(Counter clockwise)

  • C1: Squats
  • C2: Merkins
  • C3: V-Ups
  • C4: Lunges
  • R & R once for a total of 2 laps
  • Done? — Flutter kicks right back here

(Mosey to WFP track)

(2) Battle Buddy 50

  • Battle-Buddy Up
  • HQ (bottom of the track)
    • 10 merkins – 1 count
      • Hold plank when done
    • 10 squats – 1 count
      • Hold al gore when done
    • 10 flutter kicks – 1 count
      • Hold legs 6inches when done
    • 10 Carolina dry docks – 1 count
      • Hold starting position when done
    • 10 American hammers – 1 count
      • Hold Iron cross when done
  • Each BB will complete all 5 exercises
  • When 1 BB is completing 1 X, the other will take a lap – and vice verse until all each BB has completed all 

(Mosey back to the AO American Indian Style)

[ Mary ]

—Core 4 (5 in reality)

  • 25 American Hammers (4 count)
  • 25 LBCs (4 count)
  • 25 Hello dolly’s (4 count)
  • 25 Freddie mercury’s (4 count)
  • 10 Bus Drivers (4 count)

[ COT ]

  • # off
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs
  • BOM

When you hear your own name // The Importance of hearing your own name 

I want to dive into hearing our true name this morning. I was reading in Isaiah 43 yesterday and it reminded me of this, and how much we all need to remember who gives us our true name.

Isaiah 43: 1-2 — “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

Right off the bat, when you first come into the world, you’re given a name. You’re known and called by that name (or some abbreviation of that name sometimes) for all the days you walk this Earth. Likewise in F3, you’re given a name after you complete your first workout as an FNG. From then on out – that’s your F3 name and what you’re known and called by inside F3 and sometimes outside of F3 in public too (I do that for sure).

Now somewhere along the way through life, you’ve also probably been given a name or names that you don’t like or don’t want to be associated with. There could be deep wounds associated with this name, deep cuts and memories that you remember. These can be names that are spoken audibly, or names that the enemy plants in our minds. Here are some of mine I’ve wrestled with and fought with: Dumbass, retarded, not enough, failure, unworthy, regret, and not worth it. I’m sure you have your own as well. They can be hard to shake and it can be hard to live life authentically with these names rolling around in the back of your mind.

Until you start to hear whispers of your true name. Your new name. Your real name. In the book “Wild at Heart” John Eldridge covers this beautifully — “Who can give a man his name? George MacDonald asks. God alone. For no one but God sees what the man is. He reflects  upon the white stone that Revelation includes among the rewards God will give to those who overcome. On that white stone there is a new name. It is “new” only in the sense that it is not the same name the world gave to us, certainly not the one delivered with the wound. No man will find on that stone “mama’s boy” or “fatty” or “seagull.” But the new name is really not new at all when you understand that it is your true name, the one that belongs to you, that being whom he had in his thought when he began to make the child, and whom he kept in his thought throughout the long process of creation and redemption. Psalm 139 makes it clear that we are personally, uniquely planned and created, knit together in our mother’s womb by God himself. He had someone in mind and that someone has a name. That someone has also undergone a terrible assault. Yet God remains committed to the realization of that same someone.

We need to hear our true name! We need to remember that we are sons of the most high God and that he has called us by our name. We also need to do that for each other as well. Maybe it’s not an actual name the way we would think of it such as “Hey Jeremy!” But maybe it’s more of affirming and calling out the champion in our brothers and sisters around us, so that we can help remind them of their true name in Christ as well.


Hill Yeah

[ The Scene ]

  • Muggy
  • Hot
  • THICK air

[ Welcome/Disclaimer ]

  • Welcome to F3: Fitness-Fellowship-Faith
  • My name is Steam and I’m honored to be your Q this morning
  • Any FNGs?
  • Couple of things before we begin:
    • (1) I’m not a professional
    • (2) You’re here on your own volition
    • (3) You know your body better than anyone so if you need to modify anything we do in the next 45 minutes feel free to do so, but push yourself and the men around you.
  • I’ll have water, my phone, and med gear in my ruck so feel free to toss anything like your keys/wallet/phone in there before we step off

[ Warm-o-Rama ]

  • SSH: 25 x 4
  • Baby Arm Circles: 20 x 4 (forward & Backwards)
  • Man-Maker: 15 x 8
  • Tempo Squat: 10 x 4

[ The Thang ]

(1) Cash-In w/Ring of Fire with All Benches

    • Pick a bench
    • Long sides: 5 incline merkins
    • Short sides: 5 dips
    • Mosey clockwise to the next bench
    • Rinse & Repeat until you get around to your OG bench
  • We Warmed Up?

(Mosey to the bottom of colorful stairs)

(2) 25s by 5s

    • Here: burpees
    • Up the hill at the top before Maplehurst apartments: Lower LBCs
    • Only 5 reps at each station
    • 25 total – end here
      • Done? Pickup the 6 with someone else —> Abort went full BEAST MODE and swept the crew

(20 count)

(Mosey down to the light and across the street – American Indian style – headed back to WFP)

(Turn R into WFP at the entrance)

(4) 25s

    • Every lightpost from here to the security building on the left under the bridge: 
      • 5 squats
      • 5 merkins
      • 5 SSHs
      • 5 Shoulder Taps (4 count)
      • 5 SSHs

(Mosey back BTTW to the AO)

[ Mary ]

(1) Quarter Pounder – 25

    • Flutter Kicks: 25 x 4
    • LBCs: 25 x 4
    • American Hammers: 25 x 4
    • Hello Dolly’s: 25 x 4

(Light stretching to finish out the 60 seconds)

[ COT ]

  • # off
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs
  • BOM

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive”

John Eldridge, “Wild at Heart” 

Rain Plans

THE SCENE: Lower 70’s, started with a drizzle ended with a downpour

SSH, Arm Circles, Shoulder Taps, Tempo Squats, Rockettes
Went to the coupon pile by L&N and got ourselves a brick. Moseyed with our bricks over to the 11th street garage. Here we had 4 cones spaced out on the opposite end of the garage. We did suicides, running to the 1st cone and back, then to the 2nd cone and 1st cone and back, and so on til we hit all 4. Each cone had an exercise assigned to it.

  • Round 1 (with our rocks): Cone 1= 15 curls, 2= 15 tricep extensions, 3= 15 shoulder presses, 4= 15 goblet squats
  • Round 2 (without our rocks): Cone 1= 15 LBCs, 2= 15 Merkins, 3= 15 American Hammers (4ct.), 4= 15 Hand Release Merkins
  • Intermission: Took a break from suicides with 1 minute wall sits, 5 reps of slow merkins, then another minute of wall sits and 5 more reps of slow merkins
  • Rinse and Repeat: We did all the above one more time through

Ran back to under the bridge, did some flutterkicks and grasshoppers, ended with the word there and then took our rocks back

Mr. Wedgie talked about being a bit of an overplanner at the Quacken yesterday. I had been reading Proverbs earlier and one of my favorite verses that Wedgie reminded me of is “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Prov. 16:9) I think this can often sound like “My plans are useless because at the end of the day God decides what happens”, but the accurate way to hear this is “my plans succeed because the Lord allows them to”. My campus ministry has made all sorts of plans to accommodate for the restrictions on campus in order for us to continue to minister to UT students, but at any point in the future we could be told to limit our numbers even more, to no longer meet on or near campus, or that we aren’t even allowed to come to campus at all. So right now we’ve been spending a lot of time praying about and reminding ourselves that our plans are worth pursuing, but that should our plans change we should be content and remember that the Lord is still sovereign. So I encouraged all of us to continue to put effort and thought into our plans, but to hold onto them open handed and be willing to see them change