F3 Knoxville

D-Day Memorial Beatdown

THE SCENE: Cool but not cold

“Welcome to F3! Fitness – Fellowship – Faith. My name is Steam and I will be your Q this morning”

“I am not a professional & you are here on your own volition – which means I don’t know any injuries you may or may not have.
– As every morning – safety is always number one – if you need to modify any of the exercises we do this morning – do it, you will not be looked down on and I cannot make that more clear.
– You will leave a better man than when you woke up this morning – if you’ve ever been to F3 you know this – no man left behind – no man left the same
– HOWEVER What you do in the next 45 minutes is up to you. That is the only thing you have control over. You’re here.
– Just like June 6th, 1944, you’re not here for you, you’re here for them (all pax)
– Dwight D. Eisenhower called the D-Day a crusade in which, “we will accept nothing less than full victory.”
– That’s our thesis this morning. “

1) Lock in & Be loud (when we do a cadence – sound off like it’s the last breath you got)
2) DFQ: Don’t Freaking Quit. Don’t Quit on yourself – don’t quit on the men around you.


SSH: 20 x 4 (in cadence)

Cherry-Picker: 10 x 4 ( in cadence)

Half-Burpee: 10 x 4 (in cadence)
– 1) drop down to plank
– 2) bring legs in
– 3) push legs out
– 4) back up to stand

Merkin: 20 x 4 (in cadence)

Flutter Kick: 20 x 4 (in cadence)

Baby Arm Circles: 12 x 4 forward & 12 x 4 backward

SSH: 10 x 4 in cadence


  • Mosey to Cardiac Hill
    • Take the baby hill as a team
  • Cardiac Hill (3+ charges)
    • Mosey down Cardiac
      • Identify key points of contact
    • Gather at bottom fo cardiac
    • Q identifies ways to get up cardiac (path or rough it)
    • CHARGE 1
      • Sprint to clearing
      • Battle buddy drag halfway up the hill – switch
      • Spring to top
      • hold plank
      • 10 – 1 count merkins (UP-DOWN)
    • mosey back down Cardiac
    • 15 SSHs in Cadence led by PAX members
    • CHARGE 2
      • Sprint to clearing
      • Army low crawl up to point of contact (tree)
      • Sprint to the top
      • hold squat until 6 recovers
      • 10 – 1 count merkins (UP-DOWN)
    • Mosey back down Cardiac
    • 15 SSHs led by PAX members
    • CHARGE 3
      • Sprint to clearing
      • Army low crawl or bear crawl to point of contact (tree)
      • sprint to top
      • hold plank until 6 recovers
      • 10 – 1 count merkins (UP-DOWN)
    • Mosey back down Cardiac
    • 15 x 4 SSHs led by PAX members
    • CHARGE 4
      • Sprint to the top full-ass, not half-ass
      • hold plank until 6 recovers
      • 10 x 4 SSHs led by PAX members
      • 10 – 1 merkins (UP-DOWN)
    • Mosey back down Cardiac
    • 15 x 4 SSHs led by PAX members
    • CHARGE 5
      • Form 2 lines
      • American Indian Run to the top
      • Mosey back in 2 lines to AO
  • ABS
    • American Hammers (duh)
    • Flutter Kick
    • Hello Dolly .


DogBite – Cozmo – Worm – Pringle – Snitch – Walkabout – Cheatsheet – CatGut – Mr. Jinxy – Redo – Cap’n Crunch – Pfeiffer- Ratchet – Proton – Carney – Ribbed – Fabio – AAA – Gibbler – Compost – Bunny – Savannah – Wallace – Hottub – Possum – SlimShady – Shocko – Dreamer – Woodshack – LightsOut – Butterfly – CodeBrown – Umbro – Steam


Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower encouraged Allied soldiers taking part in the D-day invasion of June 6, 1944, reminding them, “The eyes of the world are upon you,” before they embarked on ” a great crusade.”

– it is so hard for us to remember how much has been sacrificed for us to be able to do this today. Think back to when you were 18 & idk what you were doing but I bet it wasn’t jumping out of a boat with bullets flying by your head and into your buddies.

– I think Eisenhower’s reminder of the eyes of the world are upon you still ring true for us today though. As Christian men – Men of Impact – the eyes of the world absolutely are on us and we are without a doubt on a crusade. Keep fighting the good fight and keep the faith. Like I said before you are better men than when you showed up this morning – and none of us would be here without the other.

Monday Throat Punch

THE SCENE: 60 degrees and perfect weather to train

30 SSH

Warmup/Orientation loop

Run across parking lot. Do 2 Burpees every line (roughly 10 lines)

50 squats

Lunge back

50 squats

run up baby hill and around the loop

repeat 2-3 times.

Plank 30 seconds

Elbow Plank 30 seconds

Left plank 30 seconds

Right plank 30 seconds

Back extensions 10 IC

Leg lifts 10 IC

Mountain climbers 10

Repeat 3-4 times

20 Merkins OYO

50 Squats OYO

???? Can’t remember the last exercise until time
35 Strong men
It’s hard to believe God is there in the middle of the valley. It’s easier to believe it when I am on the mountain top. But the truth is that God is with us on the mountain top and in the valley. Even though I don’t feel or see or experience God walking with me – it doesn’t mean He isn’t there. I have to hold fast to that anchor when I get overwhelmed. That’s my challenge to myself and to you: Believe He is there even if it seems that He isn’t.


I’m preparing a swim lesson plan for those who are interested in learning to swim. It will be free of charge to the men of F3. Contact me on GroupMe if you are interested.

Humble Pie

THE SCENE: Overcast, cooler and humid.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – forgot this

Traditional ruck the loop with 6 60lb sandbags. Stop and do 50 squats with sandbags at bench, T, and bridge.

100m sprint with 60lb sandbags.

20 8-counts

20 Lion Kings

Bear Crawl 50m

2 PAX Grab the COW and wooden “Stretcher” and begin moving up lovers lane. The rest of the PAX carry 60lb sandbags. Loop around lovers lane back to the AO alternating carrying the COW and sandbags. Drop the COW and sandbags.

Ruck around the neighborhood loop about a 1.5 milesStop every 500m and do 50 Squats. End at the AO.

Ruck to the top of lovers lane and back to AO. Ruck back to lovers lane and do 1 exercise at the bottom ruck to the top and do 1 exercise at the top.

30 Merkins /30 Squats

30 4-count flutter kicks /30 4-count mountain climbers

30 Lunges each leg/ 30 starbursts without the ruck

30 back extensions. Ruck back to the AO

30 Hello Dollies IC

27 Burpees until time.


8 PAX. Switchgrass, Wallace, Captain Crunch, Umbro, Savanna, Woodshack, Proton, Compost.
God is showing me that I need to submit to Him. Even during the workout I had my plan of how I wanted things to go, but God had other plans. My challenge to myself is to submit to Him more.

Big Ball Kraken

THE SCENE: 37 degrees, partly cloudy.  Cool and crisp

Baby arm circles (4 ct) x 12 forward/back

Cherry Pickers x 10

SSH x 20 (4 ct)

Tempo Merkins x 10

5 Burpees on your own

  • Mosey to Church Street United Methodist Church
  • Kraken on the rocks.  8 stations in circle:  1.  Squats with rock x25.  2.  Merkins on your rock x 25.  3.  Rock Curls x 50.  4.  Mr Spectacular x 25 with rock.  5.  Rock lunge 25 out, 25 in.  6.  Rock burpees x 25.  7.  Rock overhead press x 25.  8.  Lizard merkin crawl to center circle and back.  Complete station.  Run with your rock around circle and start next exercise until all exercises completed.
  • Mosey back to AO
  • La La Leggy:  Squats x 20, Forward Lunge x 20 (10 each leg), Reverse lunge x20 (10 each leg), Squat jumps x20, 20 calf raises.

American Hammers x 15 (4 ct)

Hello Dollys x 15 (4 ct)


14 strong.  No FNGs

A Psalm of Life

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

Continue to pray for Sam, G-6’s friend battling cancer in Arizona

Potato salad

THE SCENE: 33* or so and spitting snow every now and then

SSH x25 IC
Imperial Walkers x10 IC
Merkins on 4 ct, x13 IC
THA-THANG: Form two lines, begin mosey toward amphitheater.  Just past it at the first pedestrian bridge, stop and Al Gore waiting on the 6.  Once all in, PAX perform 5 burpees OYO.  Form back up into two lines, each line does Indian Run on mosey toward C15 parking lot behind Neyland Stadium.  C15 parking lot has eight cones prepared in an octagon, each with an exercise at the cone. Exercises as follows:

  • Hello Dolly
  • Burpees
  • Decline merkins
  • Lunges (count for each leg)
  • WWII Sit ups
  • Lion kings (with rocks)
  • Jump squats
  • Catalina wine mixers

PAX partner up and pick a cone to start at. Perform 8 reps of exercise, bear crawl to next cone. Make your way around the Octagon and back to the cone you started at. Meet in the middle of the Octagon (PAX finished about the same time). Once in the middle, Q leads 10 wide merkins, immediately followed by 10 regular merkins, immediately followed by 10 diamond merkins. Recover.

PAX go back to their original starting cone, repeating the routine this time performing 16 of each exercise. No bear crawls, once exercise is completed, PAX run on the outside of the Octagon making a loop and going to the next cone. Continue again until original cone is reached.  PAX again meet in the middle for Mary.  Q leads flutter kicks 20x IC.  Savannah then leads PAX in hello Dolly’s x20 IC.

Recover and 10 count.  PAX again form two lines and begin Indian Run back towards AO.  Stop again at pedestrian bridge where we did burpees heading out.  Q leads PAX in 8 ct body builders, 10x IC.  Form two lines again and Indian Run back to AO for Mary.

Captain Thor (reach 16:4) IC
Box Cutters x20 IC
Iron Cross Flutter Kicks (led by Pfeiffer) x20 IC (we were all dead except him)
18 PAX: Quarantine, Butterfly, El Presidente, Plunger, Pfeiffer, Frank, Rousey, Ponder, Savannah, Amazon, Swanson, Gretzky, G6, Sugar Daddy, Petey, Bessie, Rascal, Abort
Q brought potato salad ingredients as props.  The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg.  Life isn’t about your circumstances, it’s about what you’re made of.  Challenge us all to view our obstacles and hardships as opportunities to better ourselves.
Pray for Petey as he begins interview process, that interviews go well and that he is able to stay in Knoxville.