F3 Knoxville

Spring Practice

THE SCENE: 49 degrees, cloudy, great day for some practice.

Baby arm circles (4-count) x 12 forward, x 12 back

Cherry pickers x 12

SSH (4-count) x 20

5 burpees


  • Mosey to Emerald Youth Soccer Complex
  • Kick Coverage:  PAX splint into 2 equal groups.  Line up on goal line.  1 HIM kicks or punts the ball as far as possible, the rest of the group sprints to the ball, the HIM who recovers the ball has 5 reps of appointed exercise, everyone else 10 reps.  Second group goes while 1 group completes reps on opposite side of field.  Repeat until all PAX have kicked.  Exercises: Round 1 burpees, Round 2 Wide Merkins, Round 3 Ranger Merkins, Round 4 Diamond merkins, Round 5 Catalina wine press, repeat as necessary.
  • Tennessee Drill:  Circle up in middle of field.  Groups of 4 in center battle with appointed exercise to exhaustion while 1 HIM calls out cadence, last one standing is the winner.  While central group is battling, PAX in circle perform appointed exercise.  Round 1:  Center WWII sit-ups , circle squats.  Round 2:  Center Merkins, circle forward lunge.  Round 3:  Center Hello Dollys, circle Reverse lunge.  Round 4:  Center CDD, circle Bobby Hurleys.
  • Two Minute Drill:  Cross the field with appointed exercise as a group until goal line is crossed.  1:  Broad jum burpees x 5.  2: Bear crawls 4-count x5.  3:  Crab walks 4-count x 5.  4:  Merkins x 5 (we did not make forward progress, but it was well executed.  5:  Forward lunge x 5.  6:  Cross the goal line with high steps, finishing with your best Heisman pose.
  • Mosey back to AO


  • Out of time

19 strong with 1 FNG.  Cougar and Bullseye  were also in attendance (could not find their tags).  Welcome FNG Jarrett Delozier ( Zacchaeus)

  • How do you handle or respond to constructive criticism?
  • “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary.  It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body.  It call attention to an unhealthy state of things.”  Winston Churchill
  • “The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.”  Norman Vincent Peale
  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.  Fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  Proverbs 1:7

Pray for Sam, friend of G-6, who is fighting cancer.

Hiding in the Bushes

THE SCENE: High 40s, drippy and drizzly but not pouring

SSH x25 or something like that.  Q screwed up the cadence so reps uncertain
LBAC x20 each way IC
TN Rocking Chairs x15 IC
Al Gore Tuck Jumps x8
Hindurkins x15 IC

Mosey to the steps by the ball. Hop up first flight of stairs on right foot,
head south and down the steps, circle back around to hop up stairs on left foot.

Keep heading south and down the steps that some idiot decided should be painted with high-gloss paint. Successfully navigated without injury.
Pair up in groups of 3, each group picks up one large and two small coupons from the bank of the stream.

Cross the street to the safe, unpainted set of stairs.
One PAX at top, one PAX at bottom, one PAX in motion for each group
Small coupon exercises on the streetcorner at the bottom of the stairs until relieved:
-Side Raise
-Wax On/Wax Off
-Raise the Roof

Large coupon exercises at the top (hidden by the bushes to avoid indecency citation during Hip Thrust)
-Fwd Raise
-Hip Thrust

2 rounds through the circuit and it’s time to head back.

Squeaked in some Protractors and 3 rounds of Row your Boat
15 strong, no FNGs braved the drizzle. Good to see Acapella visiting the gloom from South GA
Jeremiah 2:13 – “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.”

Last week I had to replace my water heater. It was old, and had a good run, but it sprang a small leak. Fortunately I managed to get it out before a catastrophic failure. Pulling the old, leaking tank, partly full of sediment, out of the house made me think of Jeremiah 2:13. Be careful where you are looking for your water, your fulfillment. Anything but the source of Living Water is just a cracked and useless cistern.



Riding the escalator

THE SCENE: 65* perfect weather to get a sweat on

Baby arm circles forward 12x IC
Baby arm circles reverse 13x IC
Imperial walkers 10x IC
SSH 20x IC

Form two lines behind Gretzky and Swanson, headed toward amphitheater.  PAX mosey in and hop up on stage for directions.  Routine is escalator – start with first exercise, then take a lap around the pond.  Get back, do the first two exercises, take a lap.  Continue adding next exercise down until you’re completing 5 exercises at the end.  Exercises as follows:

  • Plank jacks 10x on a four count (PAX instructed to do half high and half six inches off the deck)
  • Jump squats 10x
  • Pull ups 10x (pull ups performed midway at the Big Ball before returning to stage)
  • Mountain climbers 10x on a four count
  • Lunges 10 each leg

Jack rabbits perform ab exercises on stage waiting for the 6 to complete the routine.  Ab exercises led by Singlet: flutter kicks, penguins, hello Dolly’s, WWII sit ups.  Once 6 is all in, PAX recover and 10 count.

PAX begin short mosey across first bridge and up first set of stairs near the Big Ball.  Next routine is the 4 cone escalator.  Focused on lower body for first routine, second focuses on upper body.  Routine:

  • Crawl bear between cones, at each cone you have a set of merkins.  First cone 5 merkins, second cone 10, third cone 15, fourth cone 20 merkins.  Jog back to start line.
  • Inch worm between cones (start in plank, walk feet to hands, then walk hands back out to plank.  Can’t move feet and hands at the same time), at each cone you have a set of burpees.  First cone 3 burpees, second cone 6, third cone 9, fourth cone 12 burpees.

Recover and 10 count.

Slow mosey back to start point for Mary.  No jailbreak across the park so I don’t lose my pride and my stomach.  MARY:
Flutter kicks 10x IC – quick transition to
Wide flutter kicks 10x IC
27 out in force, including 4 FNGs!! Preacher, Gretzky, Sheldon, Hillary, Guppy, Steam, Stage Hand, Soot, Popeye, Putt Putt, Pfeiffer, Cheatsheet, Prom King, Quarantine, Passport, Bessie, G6, Sprinkler (FNG), Swanson, Petey, Amazon, Singlet, Cheeks (FNG), Garfield (FNG), Petro (FNG), Careless, Abort.
Just spoke about the terms Dolphin and Daffodil, and encouraged anyone who hasn’t read Freed To Lead to blaze through it.  Make sure to know your direction, and have a hold on what you do the best and who you care about the most, intersecting that Dolphin and Daffodil for your highest impact.  Challenge to myself as much as to anyone else.

Big thanks to Swanson for getting the prayer today, I couldn’t get my thoughts in order to properly do it.  And he executed much better than I can anyhow.
Insert information about upcoming events, 2nd or 3rd F opportunities, and any other announcements.

Circuit Stations

72 and foggy with rain at the end

Welcome & Disclaimer

SSH x30 (IC)
Diagonal Lunges x10 each leg (IC)
Dive Bombers x15 (IC)
Imperial Walkers x15 (IC)
Arm Circles Forward x15 (IC)
Arm Circles Backward x15 (IC)

Circuit Stations
Each PAX grab a Battle Buddy. Battle Buddies will then head to one of the stations outlined by the Q. When Q yells “go” all teams will complete the station. At each Station, while waiting for team member other members will alternate between plank and Al Gores. Upon completion of the Station the team will run together to the next station. Continue rotating until Q says stop and recover at launch point.

Station 1
Run to hill next to parking lot.
Each member runs up hill with CMU. At the top, place CMU down and do 5 burpees. Run back down.
Repeat x3

Station 2
Run to parking lot.
Run suicide sprint. Then each member completes x15 CMU Swings, x15 CMU Presses, x15 CMU Squats.
Repeat x3

Station 3
Run to far dugout.
Each member of team completes 10 pull-ups, 20 Carolina Dry Docks and then runs two laps of stairs.
Repeat x3

Station 4
Run to covered area.
Each member completes x10 Box Jumps, x15 Derkins and x10 Let Me Ups and 1 Suicide Sprint
Repeat x3

Station 5
Run to parking lot near playground.
Run to each cone and do x10 of stated exercise and run to next cone (in a zig zag pattern). At the last cone run on the outside of the parking lot to start line.
Cone 1 – 4ct Flutter Kicks
Cone 2 – Narrow Squats
Cone 3 – Merkins
Cone 4 – Hello Dolly
Cone 5 – Jump Squats
Cone 6 – Shoulder Taps
Cone 7 – Diamond Merkins
Cone 8 – Burpees

Repeat x2

BBS x30 IC
American Hammers x15 IC
Bicycles x10 IC

Number off and Name-O-Rama

Micah 6:8 – “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

The PAX came out and worked hard this morning.  We were greeted by a nice fog and departed in a steady downpour.  It was a good morning!

Rings of Fire

68 and Clear

Welcome and Disclaimer

Line up at the base line for warm up drills
High kicks for 25 yards
Quad Pulls for 25 yards
Calf Bows for 25 yards
Run down and back in the parking lot 3 times.

The PAX formed one line for a Hallelujah Indian Run. This is an Indian Run completed with hands raised above the head.

Once in far field the PAX circled up for a Merican Ring of Fire.

Merkin Ring of Fire
The exercise begin with a clockwise bear crawl until the Q stopped the PAX. Typically this was halfway around the circle.

At halt, the PAX would complete a standard merican Ring of Fire. One PAX would knock out 10 Mericans while the remain PAX would count for him while holding a plank. This would continue around the cirlce until the entire PAX had completed 10 mericans

The PAX completed 2 more rounds of bear crawls with Werkins (wide grip mericans) and Diamond mericans in between.

The PAX completed 5 Dive Bomers

The PAX formed two lines for another Hallelujah Indian Run back to the AO. They retrieved two coupons on the way back.  Back at the AO, the PAX again circled up to prepare for a Squat Ring of Fire

Squat Ring of Fire
The PAX started by lunging counter clockwise.

At the Q’s leading the PAX stopped for a round of Jump Squats. Each PAX did 10 Jump Squats while the remaining PAX cheered him while holding an Al Gore.

Another round of lunging was completed followed by a Star Jump Ring of Fire.

PAX laid on his back on the ground. His arms were extended over his head to grab the 2 coupons. With straight arms the coupons were extended over the body to the waist at a slow pace focusing on stabilizing with the core.

20 American Hammers with a Coupon in hand.

Number off and Name-O-Rama

Quickbooks brought to light inconsistency in his life. The effects of his own striving in every corner of his life.

Quickbooks encouraged us to seek the Lord while he can be found and to fully surrender to the Lord. Fight for Steadfast faithfulness and lean on each other.

“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”Romans 12:2