F3 Knoxville

Half ‘a Dog Biscuit

The Scene: Chilly with a hint of “Fever” and a last-minute Q change!

F3 Disclaimer and Welcome

15x SSH
15x Mountain Climbers
Mosey to 1/3 mile loop

The Thang:
Seabiscuit workout!  (normally a 1hr + workout)
1 Lap – 10x Burpees, 20x BBS, 30x Squats
2 Laps – 10x Burpees, 20x BBS, 30x Squats
3 Laps – 10x Burpees, 20x BBS, 30x Squats
4 Laps – 10x Burpees, 20x BBS, 30x Squats (I think this is where the “audible” was called and the PAX re-collected to return to the AO)
3 Laps – 10x Burpees, 20x BBS, 30x Squats
2 Laps – 10x Burpees, 20x BBS, 30x Squats
1 Lap – 10x Burpees, 20x BBS, 30x Squats
Mosey back to AO

20x Hello Dolly
20x Flutter Kick

Well, today (Valentine’s Day!) was supposed to be Swirlie’s VQ. He had some big plans for sleds, tires and all kinds of pain for the PAX. The man upstairs stepped in with a little Fever and Sore throat to keep the PAX alive (we prayed for Swirlie’s health to improve). Seriously, Swirlie – the next time you might want to plan something “the average man” can do – none of this 24yr old “I’m a monster athlete” stuff…

Anyway, there was little mumblechatter (I mean almost NONE) this morning during the introduction of most of the PAX to the P-Nut classic “Sutherland Seabiscuit” workout at #TheDogPound. Some of these HIMs had done it before and knew what to expect, but WOW did it smoke the PAX. Maybe we shouldn’t do it on a 1/3 mile loop…but as-intended next time on a 400 yard track.


It’ll be back for sure!

A little of everything

The scene: 50 and heavy fog

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer

4 count Merkin IC x 10
4 count side squats IC x 10
Big Bertha hugs

Mosey to big hill
• 7’s: 4 count in & outs at top, Carolina dry docks at bottom

Mosey to parking lot at top of hill
• Ring of fire Merkins: 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, synchronized clap-merkin finale (Tweet-E = beast mode)

Mosey to rock pile
• Battle buddy up & grab 1 rock per pair
• Partner A bear crawls to end of parking lot & jogs back, while partner B does curls with rock
• Flapjack when Partner A returns
• Rinse & repeat doing curls, overhead presses, tricep extensions, squats

Mosey to tennis court
• Go-Cubs-Go burpee extravaganza

Roll-up, v-up IC x 15
American Hammers IC x 20
Pac Man IC x 10
Peter Parker 2 mins

Count off and name-o-rama

Related Romans 8:10-11 to real life as much as possible. The bible tells us that if we are in Christ, then the same power that is in Him is in us also. Lean on this throughout your day to stand for your faith and reject passivity.

Groundhog Day at The Dog Pound

The Scene:  50 and cloudy
F3 Welcome and Disclaimer
COP – 
Introduce the Merdipkin
(Also known as Mr Dipkin, or Dipkin for short)
Partner A in plank, Partner B places his feet on A’s back of his hands behind himself on the ground in dip position perpendicular to A. A does a Merkin, then B does a dip. Repeat, alternating in a seesaw pattern until the reps are complete.
Mosey to the trail of tears
Partner up
SSH x20 IC
Cherry Pickers x5
Dipkins 20 each way
Run a lap
Repeat the exercises, run a lap, repeat, repeat, repeat
Circle up
50x LBC IC
30x Tempo squats IC
50x LBC IC
20x reverse crunches
30x Tempo squats IC
50x LBC IC
10x more Dipkins each
Mosey back y’all
Circle of abs – 5 min
We joked around some today and had fun with the idea of the movie “Groundhog Day – the day that keeps repeating it self. In real life, we often can fall into the same type of issue. We will do the same things with the same people and it becomes monotonous. It can leave us with the sensation of wanting more. It’s not wrong to want more, it’s not wrong to want to be successful and it’s not wrong to want new experiences. However, we can be left frustrated and that frustration from creep interactions with her coworkers, spouses and families. As I consider this I was reminded of a scripture I recently read through with my children.
“What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.”
‭‭James‬ ‭4:1-3‬ ‭ESV‬‬
When we don’t get what we want we get frustrated. It doesn’t take a lot of introspection to be able to see that in our own lives. When we strive for things we want because we think it will make us happy, or fulfilled we miss the target and the frustration does not lift. Instead we should focus on those around us. We ought to ask the question, “Lord, is this something I should desire? Is it something you intend for me to have?”
When we ask for things, not to spend on our own quest for personal enjoyment, but rather to pour into others, the frustration is replaced by joy and contentment when the gift is bestowed. I encourage you to ask the question (above) before you ask for the gift.
I hate running. Running sucks. But, I got talked into this #CSAUP Tennessee Ragnar Relay and have to train…so today we ran more than my usual workouts. The men fussed a little. My legs tried to quit on me. But we pushed through the repetitive workout together. Good job men.

Rock The Pav-a-Lon

The scene: 40 and clear

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer

Arm Circles forward IC x 10
Arm Circles backward IC x 10
Cherry Pickers IC x 10
OYO Stretches (30 seconds)

Tha Thang:
Mosey to Matterhorn

  • Sprint up Matterhorn to 2nd light pole
  • Mosey back down to first light pole, sprint all the way to the top
  • Al Gore waiting on 6

Mosey to Pav-a-lon
Split into 3 groups, music starts
Groups alternate running to gate at top of hill
PAX not running do the following exercise for the duration of the song

  1. Pull Ups
  2. Decline Merkin
  3. Tempo Squat
  4. Dips
  5. Heel Ups
  6. Diamond Merkins
  7. Reverse Grip Pull Ups
  8. Step Ups

Mosey back to AO

No Mary today…ran out of time.

Flinstone 30s, Pyramids & Grinders

30 and Breezy

F3 Welcome & Disclaimer

– Running Squats x10 (8ct IC)
– Windmill Merkins x10 (IC)
– Reverse Lunges x12 each leg (IC)
– Arm Circles Forward x12 (IC)
– Arm Circles Backward x12 (IC)

Mosey to back side of the Asylum
– Stop at front parking lot, ATMs & Flutter Kicks x25 (4ct)

Flintstone’s 30s
Every man select a rock (or two)
Individual 30’s on the back hill with rock (going up and down by 5s from x5 to x25 at the top and bottom)
– Double-hand Arm Overhead Press at top x5
– Dead Lifts or Sumo Squats at the bottom x25 (w/ rock)

Mosey to field on Northshore side of the Asylum at the base of Grinch Hill.  Once there, partner up.

Battle Buddy Pyramid
Battle Buddy 1 runs to second cone and does 2 exercises while Battle Buddy 2 does shuttle runs to first cone.  Rinse and repeat.

Each person will do two sets of the exercises in the following order: x5, x10, x15, x10, x5.  We had 2 Rounds:
Rd 1
– Burpees
– Dry Docks

Rd 2
– Narrow Squats
– Wide Merkins

Mosey to SP

Battle Buddy bear crawls to the cone and does 2 reps while Battel Buddy 2 is doing squats then runs back.  Switch.

Each round increase by 2 reps until each man does a total of 10 reps.
– Rd 1 = Diamond Merkins
– Rd 2 = Side Lunges (both legs = 1 rep)

Number off and Name-O-Rama (31 PAX, 2 FNGs)

Character vs. Reputation

“Character is the distinctive qualities that make a man who he truly is deep down inside. Your character is made up of all the qualities that have been deeply ingrained in your mind and spirit. It is your character that determines how you respond to life’s challenges and irritations, to both your victories and defeats. Your reputation is what others think of you; your character is what you truly are. Reputations can be manipulated; character can only be developed. While you have some control over how others see you, you have total control over your true character. The specific character traits that you develop, and live by, determine what kind of man you are.”
– Bohdi Sanders, Men of the Code: Living as a Superior Man

Wearing the F3 means something.  It means you are CHOOSING to be a man who pursues more than the status quo.  That you ACCEPT responsibility to REJECT passivity and LEAD.  You live by a code, I am Third…God, Others, Me.  Character is built through adversity.  Each morning we get out and work hard pushing ourselves and each other to get better physically, mentally and spiritually.  With each workout our character is shaped a little more.

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
Romans 8:3-5

It was chilly, breezy morning, but we kept moving.  We carried rocks, ran hills, bear crawled, did burpees…all giving 100% with a smile.  It was an honor and blessing to lead this morning.  And just think…we get to do it all again next week!