F3 Knoxville

re-building bridges

THE SCENE: 45* and the rain held off

Shoulder taps IC
Six count squats IC
Peter Parkers IC
Bench step ups OYO
Mosey out of start point toward Big Ball, pass it up and stop just short of crossing Cumberland Avenue. Everyone on their 6 for big boy sit up ring of fire.  Everyone holds iron cross position, going around the circle one man does 5 BBSUs and resumes iron cross, moving to next person in circle.  Recover, and cross over Cumberland Avenue and mosey over to church parking lot beside Henley Street Bridge.

PAX instructed to grab a big rock and pair up, and after doing so have to choose someone else (pair up with someone you don’t usually pick).  Partner A duck walks with rock to cone, sets rock down and sprints to the end of the parking lot and back to their rock, and duck walks back to their partner.  Partner B performs as many reps as possible of the following exercises (does AMRAP and switches to next exercise after taking turn running):

  • Curls
  • Toes to knees (deadlift)
  • Overhead over and back
  • Bent over row

Recover and 10 count.  Short mosey to the incline parking lot just below church lot.  Spread out for round the clock exercises.  Starting at the 12 o’clock position (head uphill with feet downhill), perform 10 hand release merkins and 15 squats, then plank waiting for everyone else to finish the hour.  Turn and do 10/15 at the 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 positions.  Then start at midnight and turn back time, going backwards and doing another round.

Recover and 10 count. Another short mosey to the nice steep hill for Super 11’s.  Start at bottom of hill, run to the top and do 11 flutter kicks on 4 count, return to the bottom for 11 American hammers on 4 count.  Run to the top for 10 flutters, back down for 10 hammers.  Continue through routine until we’re all exhausted.

Recover and mosey back to start point.

Box cutters IC
Edward scissor legs IC
8 strong: Pfeiffer, Scope, Quarantine, Midas, Careless, Magic Mike, Reverb, Abort
Took the Q on this day because it was one of my best friend’s birthdays, who unfortunately I haven’t spoken to since last year on his birthday.  I have no idea why, but we don’t speak any more.  I could blame pride and stubbornness for this, but whatever the reason may be, it is not a trait of a HIM.  I encouraged the PAX to think of a relationship that has either been damaged, or even just fallen to the wayside and reach out to that person and see if you can reconnect.

The Stairs to Mordor

THE SCENE: Mid-30s. Cloudy. No sign of Orcs.

SSH x25

Baby Arm Circles (up and down) x15 ea


Merkins x15 OYO
Frodo Run (modified Indian run) with the One Ring (a hula hoop) being held overhead by the PAX in front. Handoff as 6 makes his way up. Run from AO to top of the Stairs to Mordor (back side of the Hill along Estabrook Road up to Middle Drive).

Fly You Fools! – PAX were instructed that anytime they saw a car or anytime they felt like it to shout “Fly you fools!” and everyone would stop to do 10 overhead claps. This happened a few times to and from the AO.

Top of the Stairs to Mordor

  • Partner up for some Dora ladder – 1 partner works out at the top while 1 partner runs down the stairs and back up.
    • 150 LBC
    • 150 Merkins
    • 150 Mountain Climbers
    • 150 Squat Jumps
    • 75 Mountain Climbers
    • 75 Merkins
    • 75 LBCs (cut for time)

Frodo Run back to the AO with some Fly You Fools interspersed en route.

~15 burpees for ~1 minute to close it out.
Reverb, Dinger, Quarantine, The Voice, Cowbell, Passport, Sunshine, Scope, Filter
Quote from Gandalf in the Return of the King – “It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule”.

Be good. Do good. Leave it better than you found it.


Bomb Shelter can have Amy back

THE SCENE: High 30’s and clear – warmed up real quick!
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER Yup still not a professional!
25 side straddle hop – 4 count/IC

15 Baby arm circles – forward/backward – 4 count/IC

20 Tempo Squats – 4 count/IC

10 Merkins – OYO

Mosey to Big ball

Lunge/Burpee – 4/4, 4/3, 4/2, 4/1, 4/2, 4/3, 4/4

and then Amy showed up!

50 Squats

  • 10 burpees

lap around convention center loop

40 BBS

  • 10 burpees

lap around convention center loop

30 lunges (Alternating)

  • 10 Burpees

Lap around Convention center loop

20 Merkins

  • 10 burpees

lap around convention center loop

10 bear crawls between enter and outer bollard post of convention enter loop

  • 10 burpees

lap around convention center loop

once complete, we went back up the ladder starting with bear crawls. we do half the reps on the exercises and kept the burpees and lap the same.

boat/canoe for about 45 seconds & that’s all she wrote


Persistence – Nelson Mandela was arrested before he could finish his law degree. He spent 36 of the 37 year he was in prison trying to complete his degree.  Despite many obstacle, he persisted an completed his degree month before he was released from prison after the fall of apartheid government.

This isn’t just another, “keep your resolution post”, this is a persistence post. there are opportunities everyday to give up; Don’t give up! we all want to at time, yet in those moments of weakness we need to press in to the goal or task. We also need to have men around us that can keep us accountable of those goals.
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Battle Buddy the Elf

THE SCENE: 51 degrees and a clear beautiful morning to start the week off.

Lap around the lawn. 25 overhead claps. 25 front claps. 10 cherry pickers. 10 SSH

Mosey to the bridge and battle buddy up. 300 American Hammers, 200 Flutter Kicks, 100 Oprah Winfrey’s. While one buddy works out the other runs a lap. Mosey over to next parking for a Mucho Chesto. 4 laps to complete. Turn 1: 10 Merkins, Turn 2: 10 Cobras, Turn 3: 10 Wide Merkins, Turn 4: 10 ATMS. Off for another mosey to the Big Ball. Run stairs to first landing for 25 Flutter Kicks, then run to top of the stairs for 25 Log Jumps, back down the stairs for 10 pull ups on the girders. Rinse and repeat. Mosey back to AO via East Tennessee Veterans Memorial.

11 PAX showed up greet the week and own it.
“Don’t feel sorry for yourself. Only assholes do that.” Haruki Murakami

“Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices” Robert Braathe

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Be thankful in all things. Change your perspective. Show and give thanks and don’t expect any in return, you don’t need it.


2nd F on December 8th.

Sunrise at the Sunsphere

THE SCENE: Calm, cool morning


Kiss My Grits throughout the entire beatdown (5 8-count Merkins every time a PAX calls out another PAX with “Kiss My Grits”)

Lunges to the Big Ball


  • Big Ball Pull-ups
  • Burpees at the top of the stairs

Lunges back to AO

Partner Shoulder Presses and Lat Raises

Cobras and Overhead Arms Claps

‘Round the Fountains

  • Lunges, Bear Crawls, Crab Walks, Side Lunges

16 PAX
Thanks for letting me come back and lead a beatdown! Explore F3 outside of Knoxville if you get the chance. Learn something from other cities and try to leave some Knoxville flavor as well.