F3 Knoxville

It’s freaking cold! And my arms don’t work

THE SCENE: Flipping cold (29 deg) for East TN

Welcome back Ratchet!!!0

SSH IC x20, Cherry Pickers IC x5, Some ‘o dis/dat.

To the coupon pile. Scoop an appropriate coupon for reps, partner up and carry overhead to the thunder dome.
  • curl
  • OHP
  • Tri
  • Throw-in
  • Chest press
  • Lunge
  • Squat Press
  • Sumo Squats
  • Calf Raise
  • V-ups
  • LBCs
Everyone in the circle, pick an exercise to do.
AMRAP while partner runs a lap, picks another circle, does the exercise there and returns.
Circle exercises:
25 Merkins
25 CDD
100 SSH
15 Burpees

Ab cycle courtesy of I-beam.


“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 https://bible.com/bible/59/jas.4.1-3.ESV
I have what I would call a great marriage. My wife and I love each other, our children know that and know that we love them. We work hard together, we are generous with our time and resources, serve in our local church and schools and try to love those around us as best we can. We recently had an extended argument, which is unusual for us. This lasted for several days and brought with it several uneasy night sleeps, multiple disjointed exchanges, and a few hurtful words. It doesn’t take much, even in a great marriage for any of us to start feeling like things are “off,” and, if you’re anything like me, for us to start feeling as if we’re not getting what we “deserve.”
That is James’ whole point in this passage. We want things, and often feel as if we deserve, or even are owed things. Blessings, success, accolades, promotions, respect, love, intimacy, even just fun. When we don’t get what we think we “deserve”  it’s easy to get frustrated, even bitter. Quarrels, strife, anger follow quickly.
Sometimes we even ask for these things, or negotiate for them, or explain why we must have them. How often when we do this are we altruistic? How often when we do this are we looking for someone else’s benefit? How often, on the other hand, are we just being selfish. I want what I want and I want it now. In all reality, what I deserve is Hell and death. Anything better than that is a blessing, a gift.
I don’t deserve my wife, I don’t deserve my great marriage, I don’t deserve my great kids, and I don’t deserve you men. I certainly don’t deserve Jesus sacrifice on the cross to pay for my selfish, boneheaded stupidity. That’s the beauty of gifts that are freely given out of love and sacrifice, we don’t deserve them and so we, at least should, appreciate them that much more.
Look at what you have been striving for lately that you think you “deserve“ and reevaluate whether that’s true or if it’s just some stuff that you want. On the other hand, look at the gifts in your life that you don’t deserve and choose to appreciate them more.

T-claps to the men that showed. This is the time of year we start thinning out. Everyone needs to be pushing hard to keep the PAX together and lock shields..

Suiting Up @ Truck Stop – 2/5/22

THE SCENE: Cold and clear.  ~24 degrees with a slight breeze and ice on the mosey trail

Feet together – touch toes 20-count; feet apart – right, middle, left 20-count each; Grady Corns IC x 5; LBAC IC x 5 (each way); Cuckoo Clock (forward neck extension) x 10; Neck Rolls x 5 (each way); Tempo Merkin IC x 5; Down Dog 20-count; Tempo Squat IC x 5

Warm-Up Tabata – (20 seconds work / 10 seconds rest) x 3 sets for each exercise; 20 seconds rest between exercises

(1) Side Saddle Hop (2) High Knees in place (3) Front Jacks (4) Jump Squat


EV1 – Toughness Tour: move from one parking lot to the next, completing the prescribed exercises and movements at each.  50 yard sprint before each exercise; 50 yard Bernie after each exercise.

Parking Lot order – Lower Watt –> Harrison –> Upper Watt

Exercises –

(1) Bobby Hurley x 10

(2) Merkins x 20

(3) Leg Levers x 20

(4) High Plank Alt Leg Raises x 30

EV2 – Bath House burpees and inverted rows – 20 of each OYO

EV3 – Bleacher Circuit – Complete all exercises without rest, then move over for the next group.  All PAX performed 5+ circuits

(1) Box Jump to top of bleachers

(2) Alt Reverse Step Down to bottom

(3) Straight-legged Dips x 6

(4) Iron Mikes x 6 (single count)

EV4 – Mosey to Upper Field for burpee 5’s, moving from one sideline to the other between sets

ex – 1 burpee here –> 4 there; 2 here –> 3 there; 3 here –> 2 there; 4 here –> 1 there

Fellowship Mosey then breaking into a Slowsey back to the AO to arrive on time
19, including FN2.0 (Nitro).

Submarine, Tailpipe, Gibbler, Van Wilder, Doubtfire, Brick, Gridiron, Dewey, Frosty, Earmuffs, Waxjob, Cosmo, Biscuits, Butters, Mayberry, Ratchet, Trunk

Not tagged in this post – Van Wilder, Dewey (2.0); Master Builder (2.0)
A prayer to make the passage about the armor of God applicable in our lives:

Lord, I put on the belt of truth.  I choose a lifestyle of honesty and integrity.  Show me the truths I so desperately need today.  Expose the lies I’m not even aware that I’m believing.  And yes, Lord, I wear your righteousness today against all condemnation and corruption.  Fit me with your holiness and purity – defend me from all assaults against my heart.  I do choose to live for the gospel at an moment.  Show me where the larger story is unfolding and keep me from being so lax that I think the most important thing today is the soap operas of this world.  Jesus, I lift against every lie and every assault the confidence that you are good, and that you have good in store for me.  Nothing is coming today that can overcome me because you are with me.  Thank you, Lord, for my salvation.  I receive it in a new and fresh way from you and I declare that nothing can separate me now from the love of Christ and the place I shall ever have in your kingdom.  Holy Spirit, show me specifically today the truths of the Word of God that I will need to counter the assaults and snares of the enemy.  Bring them to mind throughout the day.  Finally, Holy Spirit, I agree to walk in step with you in everything – in all prayer as my spirit communes with you throughout the day.
Ephesians 6: 13-18
CSAUP coming up at Asylum on 2/26, 6:30a – 8:30a with food to follow.  Several service opportunities posted on Slack.  Check the service channel.

Shake ‘n Bake

THE SCENE: 40s, Rain

Cherry Pickers, Windmills, TN Rock’n Chair, Tempo Merkins, Tempo Squats, SSH
Mosey to Soccer Field 1: Jelly Chest/Arms, Jelly Leg

Mosey to Soccer Field 2: 5 Burpees at every corner

Mosey to Soccer Field Bathroom Rail Bars, Split into two groups: Group 1: 25 pull-ups, Mosey to bottom of adjacent hill; Group 2: Bernie up hill to bars, 25 pull-ups – Rinse and Repeat, decreasing 5 every set of pull-ups.

Mosey to Playground: 25 Merkins, 25 Dips – 20 Merkins, 20 Dips, 15 Merkins, 15 Dips, 10 Merkins, 10 Dips

Mosey to Soccer Field 3: Bear Crawl across the field.

Route 66 at Poles back to AO Flag: Diamond Merkins and Jump Squats

Battle-Buddy up.  One P does ab exercise, while other P runs a lap around parking lot.  Switch and Repeat until time.  We did Flutters, Box Cutters, Hello Dolly, LBCs, Calve Raises
9 Strong, WELCOME Shake ‘n Bake!
Luke 9: 12-17: Use your gifts with excellence and trust God to handle the results.


THE SCENE: Hot. Humid. Perfect for taking on the walking dead!

20 SSH – 4 ct, IC
Little baby arm circles – 4 ct, IC
10 forward
10 reverse
10 tempo merkins
6 x 4 ct, 4 x 8 ct
5 Cherry Pickers
10 tempo squats
6 x 4 ct, 4 x 8 ct
10 Imperial Walkers – 4 ct, IC

All workouts were 3 rounds of AMRAP with 1 minute of work and 15 seconds recovery.

Indian run to bleachers
Box jumps
Boat Canoe

Indian run to upper lot
Iron mikes
Easy ups
Wall squats
Freddy Mercurys

Indian run to upper field
Hi/low plank
American hammers
Jump squats
Hello Dollys

Mosey back to AO

Insert information about any additional post-THANG work (if applicable).

After this and most workouts, I do feel like the living dead.  And there are always times that my muscles are on fire.  And these made me think of the first few chapters of Revelations that my Bible study group is going through right now.  Jesus gives some very stern warnings to the churches of the time which, in all honesty, scare me.  Revelation 3:1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.  I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.”  He tells the church in Laodicea, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Rev 3:15-16

How many of our churches today have a reputation of being alive, but are actually spiritually dead?  How many Christians?  Dare I say, how many of us?  How many are lukewarm and are about to be spit from the mouth of our Creator and Savior?  And let me clarify, the Greek word used here for “spit” is literally vomit.  How many are so detestable to our Maker that we will literally make Him vomit us from His presence?  This is more than a warning.  This is a wakeup call!  The time is now!  If you’re not working for the Kingdom and His glory, you’re dead inside.  Even if others look at you and think you’re alive, if you aren’t bearing fruit, you’re dead.  And you need to wake up.  If you are lukewarm or even cold, get hot!  Set yourself ablaze with the Spirit!  Find someone to help you.  And then, start more fires!  Go out and set other souls on fire for Christ!  This is the only way that we can save our souls and this is the only salvation for our world!

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Collecting gently used clothing for Mend House
F3 Work Day at Mooreland Heights Elementary, Aug 8, 0845

Taking the ‘Next Step’


Nice and warm

– Cherry pickers (4ct IC) x5
– SSH (4ct IC) x20
– some of these/some of those
– bent over back stretch


5 T-merkins
5 Navy seal burpees



-field suicides (end line, 18 yard, 50 yard, opposite 18 yard, full field)
-> navy seal burpees (5)
-> bear crawl
-> T merkins (10)
-> run back
-> Navy seal burpees (5)
-> bearcrawl
-> air squats (50)
-> run back
-> Navy seal burpees (5)
-> lunge
-> T merkins (10)
-> run back
-> Navy seal burpees (5)
-> run full field
-> Navy seal burpees (5)
->Run back
-> abs until six gets back


60 seconds on 20 seconds off


->Tire flips

->Rope tire pulls

->Weighted jumping jacks with battle rope

->Plate ground to overhead

->Single arm KB clean

->Overhead DB lunges


->American hammers


3 sets of 30 sec handstand holds

Variations: Handstands, Elevated pike position, CDD


Today I wanted to get everyone doing something different than what we normally do. One of the key points of F3 is to grow ourselves and help others grow.

We focused on that ‘Next Step’ today, being better than we were yesterday. I bet if I asked you yesterday if you could do the workout you just did that you would say that you couldn’t do it. This was meant to be the “progress, not perfection mentality”.

To often do we find ourselves becoming comfortable with where we are and not taking that next step. Just because we feel like we aren’t getting closer to that next plateau. We are farther than we were.

So an example I saw that really had a profound effect is the distance we have to get to God. So every time we take that step toward God, so does God. So even though we are still some distance away from God, we are much farther away from Sin than we were. And every day we can take this next step and be somewhere that we thought was impossible.

Clothing donation for Mend’s house. Ask Tank or Doubtfire.
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