F3 Knoxville

Fat Amy strikes again



Plank, tempo merkins , plank, tempo merkins

squats IC, imperial walkers IC, Imperial squat walkers IC, body builders x5, lion kings x 5
Fat Amy WOD

50 Bench squats

10 body builders

40 big boys

10 body builders

Lunge to cone(60 yards), run small loop

10 body builders

20 lion kings

10 body builders

Bear crawl to cone(60yds), run loop

10 body builders

20 lion kings

10 body builders

Lunge to cone(60yds), run Loop back

10 body builders

40 big boys

10 body builders

50 squats.

Captain Thor , we went to 10:40

cash out with ATMs!
22 pax including FNG upstate and 2.0s nightmare abs coconut
HIM, what is a HIM. We all know it’s a High Impact Man but a few things it takes to be such. HIM also means that we should be H.umble in how we act around others. We should be I.ntentional in everything we do and lastly we need to be M.entally tough. Put those together and we can be HIgh Impact men in our community . This is something that Detention talked about a couple years ago and it’s stuck with me ever since and want to keep sharing it with the pax.
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THE SCENE: Steamy and a little wet

Alt Lunge w/ Psoas Stretch

We moseyed around 2.5 miles in the area around duck pond, up the Educator and back stopping 7 times for PT.

10 Squats 4-ct IC

10 Sprinter Sit-ups 4-ct IC

10 Merkins 4-ct IC

Did a few Burpee Sprints and alternated a few rounds of 10 Flutters and 10 Peter Parker’s with different people calling cadence because my voice was giving out after calling it the rest of the time.
15 HIMs
One of my favorite quotes:

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

140 reps of everything plus miles. Was a creepy suck.


THE SCENE: 70 degrees F., 89% humidity, cloudy skies

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Mosey to the fountain area just past Mt. Crumpit.  Split into two groups of six.  One does Route #1 while other does Route #2.  Groups switch after completion of their route.

Modified Route 66 #1

1 WWII, Run to 1st Light Pole, 11 Merkins, Run to Start

2 WWII, Run to 2nd Light Pole, 10 Merkins, Run to Start

3 WWII, Run to 3rd Light Pole, 9 Merkins, Run to Start

4 WWII, Run to 4th Light Pole, 8 Merkins, Run to Start

5 WWII, Run to 5th Light Pole, 7 Merkins, Run to Start

6 WWII, Run to 6th Light Pole, 6 Merkins, Run to Start

7 WWII, Run to 5th Light Pole, 5 Merkins, Run to Start

8 WWII, Run to 4th Light Pole, 4 Merkins, Run to Start

9 WWII, Run to 3rd Light Pole, 3 Merkins, Run to Start

10 WWII, Run to 2nd Light Pole, 2 Merkins, Run to Start

11 WWII, Run to 1st Light Pole, 1 Merkin, Run to Start

Alternate 5 WWII and 5 Merkins until Recover is Announced.


Modified Route 66 #2

1 Burpee, Run to 1st Light Pole, 11 SSH, Run to Start

2 Burpees, Run to 2nd Light Pole, 10 SSH, Run to Start

3 Burpees, Run to 3rd Light Pole, 9 SSH, Run to Start

4 Burpees, Run to 4th Light Pole, 8 SSH, Run to Start

5 Burpees, Run to 5th Light Pole, 7 SSH, Run to Start

6 Burpees, Run to 6th Light Pole, 6 SSH, Run to Start

7 Burpees, Run to 5th Light Pole, 5 SSH, Run to Start

8 Burpees, Run to 4th Light Pole, 4 SSH, Run to Start

9 Burpees, Run to 3rd Light Pole, 3 SSH, Run to Start

10 Burpees, Run to 2nd Light Pole, 2 SSH, Run to Start

11 Burpees, Run to 1st Light Pole, 1 SSH, Run to Start

Alternate 5 Burpees and 5 SSH until Recover is Announced.


Mt. Crumpit 7’s

1 Dry Dock / 6 Box Cutters

Order of ascent to top of Mt. Crumpit.

Run – Bernie – Run – Bear Crawl – Run – Bernie


Note: A few completed both Route 66 versions and about half of the Mt. Crumpit 7’s.  None felt cheated.

Box Cutters, Flutter Kicks, LBCs
12 HIMs including FNG Veep – Welcome!
In 1989 I quit buying Exxon gasoline and motor oil although it was my product of choice before then.  I didn’t like the way Exxon handled the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez tanker spill along the Alaskan coast.  11 million gallons of crude oil along 1300 miles of pristine coastline with untold numbers of fowl and animals affected.  I didn’t think Exxon owned the problem.  Fast forward to 2010 and the BP Deepwater Horizon spill.  20 times the oil spill of the Exxon Valdez.  Although, not as readily available in this are, I continued to buy BP gasoline.  I liked the response I saw and I believed they were truly sorry for the accident. You see, we all make mistakes and, since companies are made up of people like us, companies make mistakes too.

Owning up to them and trying to mitigate the consequences is important to me.  I make purchasing decisions based on a lot of factors.  Most of them are private decisions and I don’t go public with them.  My boycott decisions can be long term, short term, forever, or a few days.  All can be reversed because I only have to convince myself and since most are private or limited broadcast, I don’t have to justify my change of heart.

Forgiveness is the key and I see far too little of that in our country and our world.  Sure, the offender needs to own up to the transgression and there needs to be remorse but the one offended needs to take the next step.

I’m certainly thankful that God shows us the way in these matters.  While we were hopelessly lost in our sin and transgression, He reached out to us by sending Jesus to suffer the consequences of our worldly actions.  He took the first step and made the next one, our step, so much easier and so much more healing in our relationship with Him.  For God so loved the world, and me, and you, that He took the first step toward forgiveness and everlasting joy for us.

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Bombshelter Q101/GrowSchool

THE SCENE: Clear – sunny – the quiet before the storm

  • Ruckers step off around 6am
  • Abscess & Steam put the finishing planning touches on their Q101


  • *Steam kicks off at 7am on the dot*
  • (1) Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith
  • (2) My name is Steam and I am honored to be one of your 2 Qs this morning. Alongside with Abscess we have a great morning coming your way
  • (3) A couple things before we begin:
    • I’m not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • I don’t know any injuries you may or may not have, so if you need to modify anything we do this morning – feel free to do so – but push yourself and the men around you. They deserve it and so do you.

^^^Let’s break this down some more^^^

  • F3 starts on time – every time
    • The men you’re leading deserve to have their time respected – so do you as the Q
    • So whether it’s 0530 or 0700 – start on time
    • Give a timeframe warning 5 minutes out, 2 minutes out, 1 minute out, etc – so the men can get ready to roll
  • What is this? Why are we here? –> “Welcome to F3: Fitness/Fellowship/Faith
    • Whether you’re a seasoned F3 guy or a FNG it’s important for the Q to introduce what this is and why you are here.
    • Welcome the men – it’s early (weekdays more than Saturdays) – so welcome the men to F3 – lay out those 3 Fs as well. This is an important way to remind the men that they’re about to take part in F3.
    • This is important for FNGs as well – they don’t know what they don’t know.
    • Great segway – check to see if you have any FNGs in your midst. Why?
      • Because it’s crucial for you as the Q to know who your new guys are so you can have situational awareness as you lead AND for the F3 guys to know who the FNGs are in their midst so they can support them (think of your first time at F3)
  • Disclaimer
    • We MUST have vocalized the disclaimer – thus releasing you (the Q) from being legally responsible for the next 45 minutes or 60 minutes. Why?
      • Because unless you just really intimately know every single one of the men that showed up to F3 – you probably don’t know any injuries they may or may not have.
    • (1) I’m not a professional (even if you are a “professional” – there ain’t no F3 professionals (up for debate….)
      • You as the Q are not being paid to be there and the men are not paying to be there
      • This speaks to the volunteer leadership F3 pushes – no certifications are necessary to lead F3.
    • (2) You’re here on your own volition
      • No one is forcing you to be here or stay here. What this is really saying is that you made a conscious choice to be here this morning. THIS MEANS SOMETHING. If they made a conscious choice to wake up early and come to F3 this morning – they deserve to be led – and expect to be led.
    • (3) Modify as you need
      • There are no DS’s or DI’s at F3. There’s no clipboards and someone breathing down your back watching every single rep.
      • When the Q says this, he is reminding the men that are under his command for the next 45 minutes or 60 minutes that they are free to go as hard as they want – but will receive no judgement for the work that they do. If you can do 10 merkins – awesome – do 10 merkins. If you can do 100 merkins – awesome – do 100 merkins.
      • When I Q (Steam) – my verbiage is “I don’t know any injuries you may or may not have – so if you need to modify anything we do this morning feel free to do so – but push yourself and the men around you – they deserve it and so do you. ”
        • I’m setting the tone with this message as the Q
        • No one will judge you if you can’t do every rep BUT there is an expectation to push yourself and the HIM around you.
      • Reminder: No man left behind – No man left the same
  • Intro
    • If you want to have an introductory/motivational word to share with the men briefly before you step off – this is a great way to set the tone for the morning.
      • “The name of the game is one foot in front of the other”
      • “You’re here for a reason and so are they – make it count”
      • “Carry the fight and keep it there for 60 minutes. That’s what we’re gonna do this morning.”


[ KISS = Keep It Simple Sir ]

[ How to Count: https://f3nation.com/2012/02/22/f3-tv-how-to-count/ ]

  • Side-Straddle Hop (SSH): 10 reps, on a 4 count, in cadence –> 10×4 IC
    • See “How to Count” above
  • Rockette: 10×4 IC
  • Merkin: 10×4 IC
  • Squat: 10×4 IC

*Before you step off on a mosey – post-Warm-O-Rama*

  • Make sure there is at least 1 phone within the PAX
  • Depending on the AO – the Q will carry a ruck or backpack for keys/wallets/phones/etc


(Mosey over to pull-up bars)

Steam introduced the first evolution/workout below. After done explaining – asked “Questions, comments, concerns?” Why? –> As the Q – it’s important that when you’re leading the workout you planned and are responsible for leading and executing – the men understand what they’re supposed to do and what they’re doing.

(1) 20s

  • 5 Burpees

(Mosey to Pavilion)

  • 5 box jumps

(Mosey to playground)

  • 5 incline merkins

(Mosey straight across the grass to the path – line from tree)

  • 5 Imperial squat walkers (4 count)

(Mosey back to pull-up bars) 

  • Rinse & Repeat — add is 5 reps each evolution until you finish with 20 reps
  • Done? Circle back and finish with someone else

— Transition to 2nd Q (Abscess) —

Start at Pavilion

  • First station: Jump Squat Blow Out- 10 JS hold squat for 10 sec, 9 JS hold 10 sec, 8 JS hold 10, 7,6….
  • Second Station: Bear crawl 360
  • Third: Circle Burp w CMU/Babies
  • Fourth: Bo Knows- Battle Buddy exercise- wall sits while BB does high knees
  • Fifth: Pommel horse
  • Sixth: Bear Blocks


  • Angle Grinders(touch knee then merkin)
  • Around the Clock
  • AL ass kickers
  • City Scissors, alphabet (1-4 45° 5-8 parallel)


  • # off
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs?


Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

  • Don’t get bogged down in everything going on


  • Moses brought coffee and protein bars/Steam brought water and powerades
  • Gather under the Bombshelter Pavilion
  • (1) Q101 Breakdown – Abscess
    • https://f3nation.com/a-guide-to-your-first-q/
    • Went over the Q101 structure and the “Why” of what we do when we Q
    • Check out the link above for Q tips and tricks
  • (2) GrowSchool – Steam
    • Being a Q and HIM inside and outside F3
      • (1) You have been called and equipped to lead
      • As high impact men, we are called to lead.
      • Why? Because men will always be called upon first.
        • Example: God called Adam into a leadership role from the moment he existed – tending to the garden and naming the animals. Likewise, as a leader, Adam was also responsible for who he was charged with leading – Eve. After Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, who did God call? Adam and Eve? No, just Adam. He called Adam first. God will always call “Adam” first.
      • (2) The Huddle
        • I want to challenge us to start looking at F3 as The Leadership Huddle
        • Think about a huddle before every game or even in the middle of a game
          • The huddle is designed to pump the players up and remind them of why they’re here and remind them of why they’re in the game.
          • When you Q/lead at F3 – you are leading the men in the huddle for 45 minutes or 60 minutes – reminding them why they’re here and why they’re in the game. This happens with all 3 Fs.
        • The game? That’s what happens when we leave F3 and the COT. The real game is when we step into our roles as husbands, fathers, sons, co-workers, managers, High Impact Men – outside of F3.


THE SCENE: 74 degrees F, 82% humidity, partly cloudy skies.

SSH, Overhead/Out Front Claps, Imperial Squat Walkers, Plank Walk Outs


Meander mosey to Waxjob Hill

AMRAP:  8 Minutes Each Round/1 Minute rest

Round 1:  10 reps 3,4,5,6 Body Builder – Run Up Hill – 10 reps 1,2,7,8 Body Builder

Round 2:  10 reps 4 count Shoulder Taps – Bear Crawl Hill – 10 reps WWII Sit Ups

Round 3:  10 reps Carolina Dry Docks – Bernie Up Hill – 10 reps 4 Count Flutter Kicks

Mosey back to the Grinder

Round 4:  10 reps/leg Step Ups – Skip 40 yards – 10 reps Merkins

Box Cutters, Windshield Wipers, LBCs

Total of 21 including two young sons (Coconut and Nightmare) of 3 Rivers and FNG Palmetto (Darren Macy)
There was a lot of turbulence in the 1960’s.  They were marked by assassinations, a nuclear war threat, the Vietnam War, war protests, racial tensions, and a growing drug culture. I entered high school in 1966 into a newly expanded, air conditioned building in a small town 45 miles southeast of Houston, TX.  Lamar Consolidated High School was being integrated with the closing of A. W. Jackson, an African-American only high school.  With a student population of almost 2,000, things went very smoothly from my teenage perspective.

We are presently in a period that has some resemblances to the 1960’s when it comes to racial tensions.  In the 50 years since my graduation from high school, there have been far too many incidences that remind me of the deep rooted inequality and prejudices that still exist in our country.  Each time these incidences occur and at various other times I pull out a small clip from my wallet.  It is from March of 1970 and it has been in all of the wallets I have owned over the past 50 years.  It is a short letter to the editor of Newsweek magazine. It is titled, Absurdity and Insanity:

Well, I suppose that all of those white rioters in Lamar, S.C. (NATIONAL AFFAIRS, March 16), will go home, wipe the dust off their cars, shine up their “America, Love It or Leave It” signs, watch the evening news and be disgusted with the young revolutionaries, go to church on Sunday and, when election time rolls around again, vote for George Wallace who will protect them against all of these damn dissenters.         BOB MAYHAM

Given the events around the death of George Floyd, I decided to do a little research about the Lamar SC Riots and came upon an article about some of the black students riding the buses the day two of the buses were overturned by white rioters.  The article concerned a 50th anniversary gathering of several students.  Mary Timmons was 16 years old at the time and was in one of four buses stopped.  Hers was not overturned but I can only imagine the fear she must have felt.  A quick search on Facebook and I sent her a photo of the Newsweek clip and a personal note on Facebook Messenger.  I wrote on May 28th:

Dr Timmons.   I was reading about the terrible tragedy in Minneapolis with the merciless death of George Floyd. Similar travesties happens far, far too often. Each time I pull out this little short letter to the Newsweek editor from March 1970. I have carried it in my billfold since my senior year in high school, 50 years ago.  I was sharing this clip with a Facebook friend and giving her some background about it. Today in a Google search about the Lamar Riot I came across an article with your name in it. I thought I would share it with you. Much has happened in the past 50 years. Progress has been made but the rate of change has not been fast enough. You obviously endured great pain 50 years ago. May God’s grace continue to engulf you and help you be a light to others.

It wasn’t until June 8th that I receive the following:

Thank you so much Bob.

We never know whose lives we touch as we going through. God always has a purpose beyond our imagination. What we go through is not about us, but to help strengthen others during their time. I am so happy to be a witness in this hour we are in. I never thought fifty years later we would be facing the world of change. What is so beautiful is we have the world standing with us.

I was touched by her words.  Perhaps this time around we will get it right as a society, as a country, as incredibly blessed creatures of a loving God.

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