F3 Knoxville

Did not count

THE SCENE: 65 and prefect

Explained that YHC can’t do 3 things at once.  Exercise & Count & Pray for ya’ll and the day.  So today we just worked out based on time it took others to do stuff.  No counting required.

High Knees -while: Explained the above
Side Straddle Hop-while: Each HIM did 1 Burpee in sequence
Plank (High, Right, Left, 6 inches)-while: Each HIM ran the outside of the circle 1 at a time
Moroccan night club, Overhead clap, Arm circles -while: Each HIM ran the outside of the circle 1 at a time
Flutter Kicks -while: YHC Bear Crawled the inside of the circle

Mosey to the close guardrail where one HIM did prison-cell-merkin-burpee’s while everyone else did guardrail dips. Then Clap Merkins on the guardrail while each him did one burpee.

Mosey, with a little Bernie, to the coupon pile (which was nicely cleaned up) where we played “Simon Hey Ho He”  Each guy added one CMU exercise to a sequence and if we got it wrong we had to do a burpee (which in the end seemed far easier than the sequence, and made counting seem super simple.)


Mountain Climbers While partner:
Pull Ups AMRAP
Advanced CPR Leg Lifts
BBS Wall Touch
Merkins Tree Touch
Wall Hang on brick wall with holes Sprint for Sign

Let others try out the inner circle bear crawl while they called out a Mary Exercise.  Hello Dolly, Flutter kicks, Freddie Mercury, Low plank


22 quality HIMs: 7 were rushers

Today we didn’t count exercises but I want to talk about making today count.

My good friend from college, Julien, does an awesome job of making every day count.  He is perhaps the smartest guy I know and when he isn’t turning a company around or becoming the CEO of a bio tech company he is rehabbing a 300 year old barn by hand.  The guy works amazingly hard.

A few years back he was down in Mexico at a conference and took some clients out deep sea fishing.  They didn’t catch anything.  When they returned to the harbor they see a local fisherman and his son in a tiny dinghy with 3 huge fish.  Julien, impressed at the catch asked him: “Sir, How did you do that?  How long did it take you?”

“Señor, it’s what I’ve done for years.  My son and I caught these in a little less than an hour.”

Julien responded, “That’s amazing!  Are you going out to catch more?”

“No Señor.  This is more than enough for my family and I’ll sell one at market.  Tomorrow is soon enough.”

Julien, a bit confused but intrigued by this mindset asked, “Can I ask, what do you do with your time?”

The Mexican fisherman replied, “I get up early and spend some time with God, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip a glass of wine and play guitar with my amigos: I have a full and busy life, señor.”

Julien offered to help the fisherman make a business of this man’s fishing talent.  “My name is Julien and went to the best business school in the US.  I’m a CEO and love making business succeed.  I want to invest in you.  Can I help you build a business of this?  You could take clients fishing, get a bigger boat, heck a fleet of boats, then make a business of it.  We’d sell the extra catch direct to the distributer, cutting out the middle man, you could make millions!”

“What would this take señor?  How long would it take?”

“You’d move to Mexico city and run the business, in 15, no maybe only 10 years, you bring the company public, huge IPO!  You’d have enough money to do whatever you want.  What would you do with that kind of freedom?”

The Mexican fisherman looked off to sea and smiled as he thought of the possibilities.  Then locked eyes with Julien. “Julien, I know just what I’d do.  I’d move to a small coastal village, much like this one.  I get up early and spend some time with God, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, stroll into the village each evening where I sip a glass of wine and play guitar with my amigos.”

And from that day on, Julien lived his life differently.

Okay, I’ll admit, most of that isn’t a true story.   Julien is a real friend, talented hard working CEO. I don’t know if Julien has ever been to Mexico. The parable, you may have heard before, I heard years ago.  But it speaks to the scripture I want to share for today:

Psalm 90:12 “So, Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

The “so” points back to the first 11 verses that give us God’s perspective on time.  He was before the mountains were formed and our lives are but a breath.  But then it goes on to ask for God’s favor, wisdom – for Him to satisfy us and make us glad and see Him for who He is.

God’s perspective on time is very important to ponder. Take some time today to realize God’s eternal nature and his perspective.  What are you striving after? Your past doesn’t matter; you plans don’t matter.  What matters: Where is your heart with Jesus right now and are you willing to do more with Him?
Maybe that means to spend extra time with your wife or kids. Maybe it’s difficult, but life altering conversations.  Maybe it’s just helping a neighbor in need.

Read Psalm 90 and consider these things.

Get those Save Haven donations in before the month is up and check out Spotter’s May challenge- I encourage you to join.

Repeatedly Building A Pyramid

THE SCENE: Mid-40’s & dry (for only like the 2nd time this year for a Pool Boy Q)
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Administered

Moroccan Night Club x 15 IC
Tennessee Rocking Chair x 10 IC
Forward Lunge x 5 each leg OYO
Side Lunge x 5 each leg OYO
Tempo Merkin x 10 IC
Pickle Pointer x 10 IC
Rainbow Drop x 10 OYO (5 each side)

Stop at the Rocks Behind Sherwin Williams (going the long way around to avoid the sprinklers) – grab a rock in each hand. Do the following followed by a lap around the Sherwin Williams Paint Store:
1. 10 OHP
2. 10 Dips
3. 10 BBS
4. 10 Incline Merkins

Mosey to JUCOmanjaro
Today we’re building a Pyramid! That means that we’re going to be doing the following:
Run to Cone 1. Do Exercise at Cone 1. Run to Start.
Run to Cone 1. Do Exercise at Cone 1. Run to Cone 2. Do exercise at Cone 2. Run to Cone 1. Do exercise at Cone 1. Run back to start.
Go up and go then go back down.

Summary of full Pyramid:
1, 121, 12321, 1234321, 12321, 121, 1

Bottom Cone # Exercise
10 Lunges Start
1 10 Tempo Squats
2 10 Pickle Pointers
3 10 BBS
10 Tempo Incline Merkins

Mosey back to the Rocks – grab a rock in each hand. Do the following followed by a lap around the Sherwin Williams Paint Store:

1. 10 OHP
2. 10 Dips
3. 10 BBS
4. 10 Incline Merkins

Fast mosey the long way back around to the Shovel Flag for a Warm Down.

Warm Down:
Rainbow Drop x 10 OYO (5 each side)
Pickle Pointer x 10 IC
Tempo Merkin x 10 IC
Side Lunge x 5 each leg OYO
Forward Lunge x 5 each leg OYO
Tennessee Rocking Chair x 10 IC
Moroccan Night Club x 15 IC

Bonus / extra 3 minutes at the end – dealer’s choice (we avoided me having to modify since one PAX said we should do Voldemorts (the exercise that shall not be named!).

14 PAX. No FNGs (keep inviting Sad Clowns out!)


Some days it feels like we do the same thing twice. Today we did!
Pyramid schemes. Bernie Madoff. The news cycle. The grind. Daily trials. Family issues.

We have to do things over and over. But the repetition can be good. Per usual, we have 3 things to consider about repetition:
1. When you do something repetitive, know it’s God who has put you in the spot for your good

James 4:13-15 – 13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

2. When you something repetitive, see God’s goodness in giving good works to do.
Ephesians 2:10 – 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

3. When you do something repetitive, your goal should be one step better with the end goal being mastery
Proverbs 22:29 – Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

Today we repeat. Let’s see God’s goodness to us in that.

Prayed for Dart Gun’s coworker who up and out of the blue left his family (and prayed his coworker’s family).

Also enjoyed this one and seeing many PAX modify as needed. This means we’re growing together and still showing up through our injuries and even communicating when one of us fartsacks.
Let’s finish strong with our Safe Haven donations this month.

Burpeelicious 2.0

THE SCENE: mid 30s and clear

15 SSH, 15 Mountain climbers, 10 tempo Merkins, 15 Moroccan night club, 10 tempo squats, 10 harry Rockettes, 5 cherry pickers
Mosey towards the Sophomore stopping halfway for 5 8-count body builders.  Continue mosey. 15 flutter kicks in cadence. At the Sophomore, perform the following exercises (one at each corner). Burpees and breaking down the burpee.

  • Bernie Sanders up the hill
  • 20 squats and run to next corner
  • 20 merkins and run down to the next corner
  • 20 leg thrusts and run back to start for 10 burpees
  • repeat 2 more times

Mosey to coupon pile and complete 15 squat, curl, press, and tricep extensions in one motion. Complete 5 Prison Cell Merkin burpees and run up the stairs for 5 pull-ups.  AMRAP.

Mosey towards the flag. Stop part way for some Freddie Mercury and continue mosey. Line up for a bear crawl inch worm. Jailbreak to the flag.

No time
11 at JUCO this morning.
Passivity can be both a good and a bad quality. It can be a peace-keeping quality between spouses or other family members. It is a submissive quality when it comes to submitting to the will of God or submitting to a fellow Christian’s preference on a matter of opinion.

“and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;”

1 Peter 2:23 NASB

Passivity is a bad quality if it prevents you from the action that may be necessary. Action is needed when standing up for the truth or when disciplining children. Also, when supporting your M and being the husband God calls us to be. This is something that YHC struggles with. I tend to be passive a lot of the time. I prefer to stay away from confrontation. I have come to realize that this may have stifled my growth as a follower of Christ. So, I challenge all of us to be men of action. Whether that be taking action to stand up for what is right or making an active choice to submit, be men of action.

Reach out to those you haven’t seen in a while.
Don’t forget about the donation opportunity this month.

We didn’t melt…

THE SCENE: A wet 55 degrees.
Good morning!
You gentlemen are here for F3. That stands for fitness, fellowship, & Faith. This is a free workout. You are here on your own volition. I do not know your injuries. Modify if necessary. Modification does not always mean backing down if something is too easy, I encourage you to add on. Covid guidelines make sure you maintaining 6 feet of space and we will not be sharing equipment. Let’s get started!

Side straddle hop in cadence 20
10 Windmills in cadence
10 tempo merkins
Arm rotations thumbs up in cadence
Reverse thumbs down in cadence
Cherry Pickers
Side straddle hop in cadence 20

  • Mosey to the large parking lot w/ the person up front falling off for 2 burpees after a 5 count
  • Soccer drill on the curb
  • Walking lunges to the next line 1 burpee
    Bernie back

    Sprint two lines 2 burpees
    Bernie back

    Bear crawl back to the 2nd line
    Flutter Kicks x20
    Repeat from new starting point

  • Mosey with the person in the back weaving to the front to the coupon pile
  • 10 Blockees run up the stairs and do 5 pull ups
  • 20 Thrusters run up the stairs and do 5 pull ups
  • 30 Curls run up the stairs and do 5 pull ups
  • Flutter kicks in cadence
  • Mosey to the flag stopping for flutter kicks and Freddy Mercury

Mucho Chesto

Use the TAGS on right-side to record PAX (BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOURSELF) in attendance. Be sure to select the AO in CATEGORY above TAGS and then delete these notes!
So what’s the #1 commandment? Put God first.
What did Jesus say was the 2nd most important commandment?
Love thy neighbor as much as you love thyself.
Why is this so difficult?! That’s a question. Why?!
Our neighbor doesn’t necessarily mean our next door neighbor. It could be anyone we encounter.
The truth is, we don’t know what someone is going through and a simple act of kindness or a smile can be a game changer.
I challenge you to be kind to everyone you encounter this week. Volunteer your time to help someone , give blood, a simple smile can go a long way. Do it even if you don’t get a “Thank you” or a smile back. That’s not why you’re doing this!
Matthew 22:34-40
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Pelli Pond Circuit

THE SCENE: A bit cool for this time of year, but all good


Mt Climbers
Catalina Wine Mixer
Tempo Squat
Captain Thor


Indian Run/Last Man Up
– Circuit Training at the Pond
— Station 1 = 10 Burpos
— Station 2 =10 Catalina Wine Mixer
— Station 3 = 10:40 Captain Thor
— Station 4 = 20 Merkins
4 laps

MARY: No Time



Prov 6:16-19
16There are six things that the Lord hates,
seven that are an abomination to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that make haste to run to evil,
19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
and one who sows discord among brothers.

Anger should be controlled except in the area of sin; we should hate sin as much as God does.  Direct your anger towards sin (not the sinner) and realize how important that is in part of the sanctification process – abhor sin in the way our Father does and we’ll be less likely to repeat it.