F3 Knoxville

Son of a Preacher Man

THE SCENE: Y’all knew it was going to be cold and wet, and you dragged yourselves out there anyway. Q’s got to up his game on a day like that.  

I don’t know anything at all about working out except what I learned from the pax, so SSH (thanks every single Q ever), Cherry Pickers (no thanks to whoever mis-named them), Rockettes, The Junk Science (my humble contribution; you’re welcome), and in honor of the high desert’s very own Preacher, we did The Preacher. Bumped from 10 to 15 after a fittingly profane text from Tucson.
A little Route 66 inspired by Lily. The Cloud gave us some Box Baby Boxes, and because there is apparently some unresolved conflict in my life, we visited with my old buddy Jack Webb.

Light rain and a light mosey towards Cardiac but not quite to Cardiac. Picked up some babies by the side of the road and shared them with our buddies. Shout out to Honeydew for carrying the two of us through the Doras.

There comes a time in a man’s life when whatever’s inside has to come out, and Cardiac is built for just such a purpose.

What happens during the Crawdad Comeback is both private and communal; a man experiences his limitations and his freedom; there is running forward and in reverse. It is a time of paradox and, potentially, vomit.

The great Mickey won the final sprint to the AO, and by an embarrassingly wide margin. *Author’s note, he donated the winner’s proceeds to Jumbo, who had wisely saved his energies for his forthcoming 100m breaststroke domination in Kingsport today.

It being the weekend, we cashed out like men, and then we limped away.

“Man has places in his heart which do not yet exist, and into them enters suffering in order that they may have existence.” Leon Bloy, with thanks to John Stone.
AE soccer game at Regal stadium Thursday. There was a Jinx sighting at Thursday’s board meeting! Word on the street is that High Heels prefers his lake house to sweating with us on Saturdays from now until like October.

Be a Knife

  • THE SCENE: Mid to high 50s nice
  • 10 baby arm circles in cadence
  • 10 reverse baby arm circles in cadence
  • 10 imperial walkers in cadence
  • 10 mountain climbers in cadence
  • 10 more mountain climbers in cadence
  • 25 SSH in cadence
  • mosey to top lot at start of greenway
    Lap around the asylum stopping every 400m to perform 3 exercises then 6 calls exercise to do while the rest finishes
  • 5 hand release merkins
  • 10 Big Boys
  • 15 squats
  • Pax Choice

Cat Gut led us in some Boat/canoe and then Waffle House hit us with some ATMs
20 Pax at the Asylum
The world is pushing cancel culture and throwing terms like toxic masculinity out there both of which are toxic and detrimental to our way of life. The world wants us Men to be like spoons, non-threatening and easy to administer the easy stuff. F3s mission is to reinvigorate male community leadership by planting small peer-led workout groups. We are called to be knives, sharp precise and protective. We are called to cut away detrimental aspects of our lives and those around us. We are called to protect our loved ones. We are called to be sharp in every aspect of our lives. Be a Knife!

Back in the Saddle

28 and Clear

Run to lower front parking lot
SSH x35 IC
Merkins (4ct) x10 IC
Imperial Squat Walkers x10 IC
Baby Arm Circles Fwd x12 IC
Baby Arm Circles Bkwd x12 IC
Run to HGTV Area

Tree Trunks
– Squats x10
– Fwd & Bkwd lunges (same leg then switch) x10 each leg
– Side Lunges x10 each leg
– Jump Squats x10

Rinse and repeat

Run to parking area under the HGTV Area

Partner up. One person performs the routine while the other jump ropes.

One man runs to far cone perform x20 reps, run back to first cone perform x15 reps, run to the second farthest cone and perform x10 reps, run back to first cone perform x5 reps. Partners does jump rope while waiting.

1. Diamond Merkins
2. Dry Docks
3. BBS
4. Squats
5. Wide Merkins

Mosey to playground (The Cloud)
* Stop on the way at the parking lot, do 5 Wolverines

Bench 11’s
11’s on benches: Bench Squats and Dips

Run to end of parking lot, do 5 Wolverines, run back to the playground and do LBCs while waiting in the six.

Run to lower parking lot at far entrance to the trail. Take the trail to the SP, do Route 66 along the way.

Route 66
Run the trail stopping at each light pole to do merkins. Start with one rep and add step at each light pole until you get to the end.

At the SP, circle up for MARY

American Hammers (4ct) – x20 IC
Superman Swims (4ct) – x12 IC
Box Cutters (4ct) – x15IC
Superman Swims (4ct) – x12 IC
Flutter Kicks (4ct) – x15 IC

23 PAX


“For this is the will of God,
that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
Live as people who are free,
not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil,
but living as servants of God.”

1 Peter‬ ‭2:15-16 ESV

Honor – Adherence to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct

“Honorable men refuse to wallow in the small and the bitter.
Honorable men refuse to hate life because something once went wrong.
Honorable men don’t build monuments to their disappointments, nor do they let others brand them and curse them to their destruction.
Honorable men seek out the highest definition of their lives, the nobler meaning granted by heritage, by their ancestors’ dreams and their parents’ hopes.
Honorable men cry out to God until curses are broken and a grander purpose is achieved.
Honorable men don’t settle for lives of regret.”

Stephen Mansfield, Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men

As we push ourselves physically each week it is important to remember that we must also be pushing ourselves mentally, emotionally and spiritually…to grow as HIMs. Physical fitness is important, but character, virtue, integrity and leadership are paramount. Our world is starving for men with these characteristics. Men of honor who live beyond themselves. Men who are life-givers, not life-takers. I believe there is a direct correlation between strenuous physical exercise and the strenuous pursuit to live a life of honor, integrity and impact. Both take effort and focus. Both take intentionality, consistency and daily commitment. Both are met with resistance from the status quo and our own passivity. Both can’t be pursued alone and require me to surround myself with like-minded men who inspire, encourage and challenge me along the

Each morning in the gloom we have an opportunity to experience AND be these things for the men on our left and right. Iron sharpen iron. This is what it means to wear the “F3”.


Negative, Positive, Generosity


F3 Welcome & Disclaimer

5:30 COT

– Side Straddle Hop X 25

– Imperial Squat Walkers X 20

– Baby Arm Circles x 15 each way

– Shoulder Tap Merkins x 15

– Indian Run Catch Me if you can with 5 Burpees

Negatives – 2 Stations 4 sets.

1- 15 x Rows under the table holding the negative, 15 Slow Merkins

2- 20 Squats, 20 Box Jumps, 20 Lunges

3- Pull-up Squat Combo 10 and 20. X 2

Positives – Bearpees 1 Burpee followed up by 4 count bear crawl forward. Once

PAX get to other side, rinse and repeat adding another Burpee, keeping the 1:4 ratio

but only increasing the number of Burpees. Stopped after 2 rounds

– 10 Burpees OYO

Generous act – Diego 123 – The More you do the less your brother has to do.

Run-up the hill in revise every other time

– 100 Big Boys

– 200 Merkins

– 300 Squats


– Flutter Kicks x 31

God calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves and often I am not so great

at that.

It turns out that relationships thrive when you take ownership and are kind to


3 factors to kindness.

1-Withholding negative

2-Positive affirmation

3-Do one small act of generosity for them

89% of relationships improved even though it was one sided.

Intentional kindness – Identify the one person that you need to improve your

relationship with

1- Say nothing negative about that person – either to them or about

them to anyone else.

2- Each day find one positive thing you can praise or affirm about that

person and tell them and tell someone else. Pray for them.

3- Each day, do one small act of kindness or generosity for them.

Asylum Poker

THE SCENE 38 degrees and dark!

F3 Welcome & Disclaimer

SSH ICx29      (in honor of Dimples)
Merkins ICx15
Squats ICx15

Asylum Poker
P-nut announced that the workout would be determined by use of a deck of cards.  Hearts = burpees; Diamonds= merkins; Clubs= 4 count flutter kicks; Spades= squats.  Reps would be determined by the number on the card.

The PAX moseyed to 5 spots around the Asylum, stopping to do a series of 4 exercises at each station.  Merkins, burpees, squats and flutter kicks.

The PAX stopped at the soccer field to do one round of DORA, with one battle buddy sprinting the field while the other started squats (to 250).  Plank until all were done.

Mosey to the lower baseball field parking lot.  One more round of cards, followed by a 50 yard lunge and a 50 yard bearcrawl.

Mosey back to the AO through the construction zone.  The PAX climbed fences, ran over dirt piles and dodged pot-holes en route back to the AO.

Hello Dolly (led by Edit) ICx25

Number Off and Name-O-Rama

P-nut discussed how the cards were an analogy for life.  We are often dealt circumstances and situations that are out of our control, but that we have a constant source of support in Jesus.  Quoted Psalm 119:105 and encouraged the PAX to get into God’s word and let that guide our lives.

P-nut then prayed us out- including a prayer request for Simone, who will be leaving on Tuesday for military service.  The PAX laid hands on Simone and prayed for his safety and bravery.

2.1 miles, approximately 200 merkins, a multitude of squats and a TON of spirited mumblechatter (thanks Cap’n, Bandwagon, Crawdad).  Great start to the work week!