F3 Knoxville

Murder Bunnies Meet Doracides

THE SCENE: Temp in the low 30’s but the wind took us to the 20’s!  (but it was dry)

4ct Predator Jacks x 10 (IC); 5 Hand Release Merkins (OYO); 4ct Tai Fighters x 10 (IC) forward and backwards; 5 Hand Release Merkins (OYO)


Mosey over to CMU pile and carried them to sidewalk near St. Patty’s Circle.  Picked a battle buddy for Dora-style routine.

Round 1: HIM1 does Doracides by running towards parking lot islands stopping for 10 reps of Hand Release Merkins at island 1 then 20 reps of Hello Dollies at island 2 then 30 reps of Predator Jacks at island 3 before returning to starting point to switch with HIM2; Meanwhile, HIM2 does Murder Bunnies in opposite direction (to cones) and Zombie Carry back to starting point where he does CMU Squat Thrusters waiting to switch with HIM1; Flapjack and continue cycle for 10 minutes.

Round 2: Similar pattern with new exercises; 10 reps of Carolina Dry Docks + 20 reps of Flutter Kicks + 30 reps of Squat Jumps on the Doracides; CMU Lunges + Rifle Carry + CMU Dead Lifts while waiting; Flapjack and continue cycle for 10 minutes.

Round 3: Similar pattern once more with new exercises; 10 reps of Wide Grip Merkins + 20 reps of Freddie Mercury’s + 30 reps of Lunges on the Doracides; Murder Bunnies + Rifle Carry + CMU Squats while waiting; Flapjack and continue cycle for 10 minutes.

Mosey to return CMU’s to pile and head back to AO.

No Time.

12 HIMs with no FNG’s today.

Talked about a book I am reading (The One Thing) that has challenged me to think through how my time is planned and used (or the lack there of) and the importance of focus.  Encouraged PAX to focus on the one thing that they should do in their faith, marriage, family, career, etc. to move forward and get better.  Further encouraged them to think about the one thing they needed to accomplish today.  “Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus” (quote from book).

Reading this book has resonated with several passages of scripture.  I mentioned to the PAX the story of Joshua leading the Israelites into the promised land after Moses died.  Specifically the passage where Joshua encourages the group to consider where their focus was… on false gods of Egypt, on false gods of the Amorites where they were standing, or in the one true God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  “Choose today whom you will serve… as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15)

Psalm 127:1 “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”

Matthew 6:33-34 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.  So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.  Today’s trouble is enough for today.”


Don’t Underestimate Today

The Scene

22 degrees and ice cold

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer

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  • Motivators
  • Bear Crawl (F/S/B/S)
  • Tempo Squat
  • Merkins
  • Imperial Walkers
  • Toe Tap Jumps


Mosey to CMU Pile and grab 2 coupons per person and head to the parking lot

Traveling to the four Corners we will use the following exercises:

  • Murder Bunny 
  • Rifle Carry with Blockee every 5 steps
  • Granny Drag
  • Bernie w/ CMU

At every corner abandon CMU and run back to corner one for work with your second CMU 

  • 10 CMU on Shoulder Split Squats (10 E/S)
  • 20 CMU to Knee Taps
  • 30 SSH w/ block
  • 40 Z press (Seated CMU Press)
  • 50 Opposite Foot Deadlifts
  • 60 Mt Climbers (2 Count)
  • 70 Side Jumps over CMU 
  • 80 Freddy Mercury’s 

Called recover and brought all CMU’s back to corner 1

2 minutes CMU holds (one CMU in each hand). We took turns telling bad dad/lawyer jokes to help the time pass. 

Recover, rack the CMU’s, Mosey back to AO sprinkling in some walking lunges and reverse walking lunges. 


No Time


13 High Impact Men


I have a confession, on Monday I did the bare minimum at work all day long. I was feeling tired and unmotivated so I did just enough to fly under the radar until it was time to go home. I didn’t feel great about it but it really punched me in the mouth when I woke up on Tuesday morning. School was canceled for my wife and daughters and they got a “snow” day. My wife suggested I take a PTO day and spend time with them. My heart broke. I told her I had way too much to do and some lunch deadlines I had to meet (spreadsheets and reports that I could have done on Monday but…). I was sick over the time with my family I could have had but the “fart sack” on Monday led to a missed opportunity to get closer to my M and Shorties on Tuesday. Later that day I ran into this quote by John Maxwell that hit home and came with perfect timing. 

“We overestimate what we can do tomorrow, we over-exaggerate what we did yesterday and we underestimate what we can do today.” -John Maxwell

If we stay consistent about how we structure our “today’s” the yesterdays and tomorrows will take care of themselves. 

Today is the only moment we have, all we have is now. What is on your daily agenda? What are you putting off until tomorrow? Don’t wait, perform the tasks at a hand and do the best you can today. We never know what tomorrow will hold. 


What is everyone’s go-to song/band right now? Comment under the backblast post in slack and share with the group. 


10 for 30 for 30 for Giving, Protecting, and Creating @ Shamrock

  • What: Today in 34 degrees of pre-dawn darkness, 10 Men came out to share some traveling exercises.
  • Where: Catholic High School of Knoxville – Area of Operation name Shamrock.
  • Welcome: Always totally free, we are not professionals. Be careful – it’s dark – we tired & sleepy.  We’re here to wake up!
  • Warmup:
    • 30 Side Straddle Hops, 30 Merkins, 30 Squat Jumps, 30 Mountain Climbers,
    • For 30 seconds think of your favorite spot on Campus
  • Workout: 30 for 30
    • Part 1:
      • We stay in a single file line the whole time. Running and doing exercises in a line.
      • The person at the head of the line decides where we will run to for 30 seconds.  We stop at 30 seconds regardless of if we get to where he wanted to get.  When we stop, we do 30 repetitions of the exercise of his choosing.  Then he goes the back of the line.  We repeat this process until 6:00 am.
    • Part 2:
      • At 6:00 am we mosey to the Cement Unit pile on campus and clean up the pile.
      • First we unload & dis-assemble the sloppy pile into a flat (1 level high) grid of blocks in the Parking lot – We do this for 5 minutes.
      • Next we take 5 minutes to assemble and VERY neatly stack the blocks we dis-assembled.  If the new neat block pile does not meet our cleanliness standards then we all do 100 burpees.  Luckily the pile was very neat.
    • Run back to Area of Operation home base – unfortunately they broke formation on the way back and received a 10 burpee penalty.
    • Jenner one the “Best location & exercise” vote and did not have to do the 30 burpees the rest of us had to do as a wrap-up.
  • Wrap-up
    • Today in 34 degrees of pre-dawn darkness, 10 Men came out to share some traveling exercises – and organize some blocks.
    • I encourage you today to go out there and Give, Protect, and Create.  If our evil enemy wants to Steel Kill and destroy, and I am sick and tired of the enemy, and I recognize the Good vs. Evil war we are already in, then I’d like to make some serious advances on the battle-front by doing direct things that are opposite of what the enemy does.  So go instead of Steeling – go out and Give today – Flex that giving muscle – it will get stronger.   Instead of Killing life – go out and protect a life (or create a life :), give money to a pro-life cause, go be a foster parent or big brother, protect our youth in some caring way – Nurture life in some way.  Instead of Destroying something – go out and use that creative brain and muscle that God has given you and create something – build something – design something.  Make advances for our Kingdom, God’s Kingdom!

Tree Biscuit – Shamrock 2021

  • Welcome: Below freezing and they knew what was coming – but 14 came out anyway.
  • Warmup:  1 SSH
  • Workout:  The Tree Biscuit
    • As a group, Run to an un-slapped tree, slap it, everyone call out the running burpee total,  do A single burpee, repeat.
    • Rules:
      • A tree only gets tagged once
      • Scaling/Modification: Skip a burpee if you need to but stay with the pack always.
      • Taggers: Be sure to take turns tagging/slapping a tree
      • In Cadence: The group also calls out the running total, not just the tagger. The tagger calls it out first though. the louder the better.
      • What’s a Tree: Don’t waste time & energy on shrubs – skip the shrubs – tag the trees
      • No Poison Ivy: Pass trees that are surrounded by shrubs, ivy, waist high grass.
      • Terrain:  Be careful when running not to twist and ankle – trees have lots of bumpy roots around them.  And don’t hit your face on a rock or root when doing a burpee in the dirt.
      • Milestones: At 50, 100, 150, 200 make sure the group catches up and circles around the tree, wait a few seconds. Do the burpee.  Celebrating these milestones adds to the encouragement factor.
    • We shattered the 216 record by doing 258 Burpees.
    • Previous Tree Biscuits:
  • Wrap – up:
    • Salvation – Justification – Sanctification – All heady words.  I’m hoping to encourage Harmony with the Holy Spirit, as my brother in Christ, Alistair Begg does here: https://www.truthforlife.org/resources/sermon/sanctification/ .  Scripture is clear that God designed you in the womb, he numbers your days.  He is the Alpha and the Omega. He knows all and is in all.  Know that although you may have bowed the knee to Christ and your destiny is secured – there is still a process going on.  God is not finished with you.  He wants a relationship with you. He will not force himself on you.  God waited 80 years to get started with Moses. He will patiently wait for you to come to Him with eagerness.  If you are not listening to God and want to – pray about it.  God runs back to any prodigal son with open loving arms.  No matter where you are at – you can still work with God.  He knows you inside and out – don’t try to hide anything from him.  Draw close, listen, walk with him. If you need a very slow still pace – He will understand. If you want to ramp things up – he will challenge you appropriately – he will not bury you with Mt Everest if you can only handle the foothills.  Trust him.

The Manhattan Project


Partly Cloudy Temperature Humidity Feels like Wind Speed Wind Direction
43 ℉ 83% 39 ℉ 5.7 mi/h NNE

I am not a professional.


25 SSHs .
10 Storm Troopers.
10 Windmills.
10 Tie Fighters
10 Merkin/Mtn Climber Combination

Mosey towards main parking lot near St. Patrick statue.  Divide into two teams. Thang consists of running around parking lot and back to statue area. Each PAX rolls two dice and perform two sets of exercises defined by the numbers that show up on each dice. After completing the exercises and lap, they record a tally for their team. Running and Rolling dice for ~15 minutes. Team with most tallies wins.

Exercises are:
Dice #1
1 – Burpee x 10
2 – Bear Crawl
3 – Derkins x 25
4 – Flutter Kicks 4 cnt x 20
5 – Box Jumps x 20
6 – Dips x 30
Dice #2
1 – Bernie Bear Crawl
2 – Wide Merkins x 25
3 – Hello Dollys 4 cnt x 20
4 – Iron Mikes x 20
5 – Diamond Merkins x 25
6 – Motivators from 5

Then mosey to picnic pavilion. Divide into 5 groups. There are 5 stations with different exercises at each. Rotate the stations doing the exercises until time to recover. Rinse and Repeat. Stations where:
1. Picnic Pavilion – Using picnic table benches, 15 straight leg lifts and 15 knees to chest. Ab work with legs hanging off end of bench.
2. Pull Up bars – AMRAP twice. Carolina Dry Docks for those not wanting to share equipment.
3. Stonehenge – 20 Derkins and 20 Irkins.
4. Fire Pit – 20 Box Jumps and 10 single leg squats (5 each leg).
5. Volleyball Benches. PAX pick two from the following: – 20 Derkins, 20 Dips, 20 Box Jumps or Step Ups, 20 Carolina Dry Docks, or 20 Bicep Push Ups

Then Mosey back to AO.

31 LBCs.
18 Brothers.  Welcome to FNG – Interpol and congrats to being of the watch list for 5(?) years.

Lots of very interesting things have happened at ORNL since its beginning in 1943.  One was that they hired me 20 years ago on Jan 29th 2001.  Here’s a link describing ORNL’s history.  https://www.ornl.gov/content/seventy-five-years-great-science.  Check out the timeline and interactive mural.


Prayers for the wives recovering from and going into surgery.  For the kids struggling with issues at school.  For our brothers battling illness.  For Pom Pom, who is 4 months from his wedding day.  And for what are the far too normal requests that continue to be issues for us all (Covid, Racism, ….).


Blood Drive on Friday

Asylum CSAUP on Saturday