F3 Knoxville

Psalm 27

THE SCENE: Clear to partly cloudy, 60 degrees F, 71% humidity – Perfect!

Cherry Pickers, Imperial Squat Walkers, Little Baby Arm Circles, Windmills

AO Run, Bernie, and Karaoke


Starting at South end of Bomb Shelter AO

Merkins x12

WWII Sit Ups x12

SSH x12 (4 Count)

Dry Docks x12

Pull Ups (Modify – Inverted Pull Ups) x12

Box Jumps (Modify – Step Ups/leg) x12

Dips x12

Bernie to CMUs and with CMU perform the following:

Lawn Mower Pulls x12/arm

Bent Rows x12

Squats x12

Curls x12

Triceps Extensions x12

Upright Rows x12

Russian Swings x12

Bear Crawl line to line (about 25 yards)

Run past Troll Bridge (to trail intersection)

Burpees x3

Run to AO

Bear Crawl line to line (about 25 yards)

AMRAP …… until time to recover.


Flutter Kicks, Box Cutters, and X’s and O’s

14 total, no FNGs


Proverb 27

17(a) As iron sharpens iron is one of the mantras of F3 but there is more wisdom from Solomon in Proverb 27.  Here are some of them:

1  Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.  (Be humble, don’t be overconfident.  Be on guard.)

2  Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.  (Be aware of and avoid self praise.  It means much more when it’s from an outside source.)

4  Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, but who is able to stand before jealousy?  (Jealousy has a power and destructive capability that goes beyond wrath and anger.  The latter are usually from being provoked while jealousy is more secret and buried within our mental darkness.)

7  A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb.  (When our life is satisfied from a material or physical aspect we find it easy to reject things that are usually pleasing to us.  Instead we need to fill our hearts and souls with God and His spiritual truths.)

18 Whoever keeps the fig tree will eat its fruit.  (The worker is worthy of the fruit of his labor and not just literally.)

20 Hell and Destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.  (Our longing for things we desire will never be satisfied.  The answer is to have the need channeled and satisfied in God and what He provides.)

15-16 A continual dripping on a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike; whoever restrains her restrains the wind, and grasps oil with his right hand.  (Instead of trying to change a contentious woman, a wise and godly husband loves her as Jesus loves his church and leaves the changing up to God.)

But getting back to Verse 17, the entire verse reads, “ As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”  Just as the striking and friction of iron against iron can sharpen one another, so it is with each of us.  We should not shy away from giving and receiving critical and constructive criticism.  Don’t let a brother walk alone, sharpen him with godly communications.  Walk together in mutual concern for each other’s burdens, worries, and temptations.

Credit David Guzik, Enduring Word                                                                                                          September  6, 2017

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Ever felt you were going backwards in life

THE SCENE: Warm for upper 60s. A bit windy too

Reverse arm circles, tempo squats, tempo merkins , SSH in reverse  start at 20 and go to negative 5. Pax fell apart at 0…..which is funny due to all the smart/engineers at the BS. Pinocchio was the only one I believe to keep counting from 0- negative 5.

Bernie the grinder , reverse sumo walk halfway back then Bernie back to start.

5 burpee penalty for the FNG that kicked the cone

  • RT 66 starting at 11 and working down to one. 11 burpees, Bernie to next light pole, 10 burps, always running backwards between light poles
  • Once we made it to mt Crumpit , 7s . At the base , do one monkey humper , Bernie up to Crumpit and do 6 WWII sit-ups with your head downhill , Bernie back down . Rinse n repeat until reps of said exercise are flipped
  • Bernie back to AO
  • Bearway to heaven or Way bear to heaven !  Instead of bear crawl, we crawl bear the whole time. Pretty brutal !
  • over a mile of running and crawl bear backwards today!

No time
12 pax incl one FNG- ESPY
Ever felt like your going backwards in life and just can’t succeed? Well, I have but I think that’s ok and part of life. I believe if you always succeed in all that you do, you are not trying hard enough or challenging your self enough. You don’t know your limits until to take yourself to the limit and fail. Don’t be afraid of failure , embrace it when it comes and become stronger from it.
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Abridged tonight . Go for fellowship and support for hardship hill and OEW!

Last Hello

THE SCENE: Partly cloudy, 66 degrees F, 91% humidity

SSH, Imperial Squat Walkers, Arm Circles, Cherry Pickers

Grinder Run, Grinder Bernie, Grinder Skip


Push Pull

Two Groups:  First group does 11 Inverted Pull ups or 5 Pull ups while second group does 11 Merkins.  Switch spots and exercises.  Perform 6 rounds for a total of 66 Merkins and 66 Inverted Pull ups.

Indian Run to the Educator

Educator Workout

Burpees x3 at the base of hill

Alternate ascents: Bear Crawl half/Bernie half on odd number, then run on even number.

At the top perform following exercises with CMUs: Swings x11, Thrusters x11, Curls x11, 4 count Flutter kicks x11, Derkins x11, Upright Rows x11

Loop down the Educator by way of the sidewalk.

Mosey back to the AO.

Box cutters, LBCs, Flutter kicks.
11 in attendance with a cameo appearance by Woodshack and a special appearance by Moses.  Good to see some back after a few weeks.
My reflection today is based on a memory error on my part.  I thought May 2 was the anniversary but it was actually October 2.  Just assume its October 2 today.

On that day in 2002, the Alcoa, Inc plant was getting ready for a visit by the CEO.  Finishing touches on cleanup, painting, mowing, etc was in full gear.  Just before noon, I was heading back to my office though a glass hallway when I see Rod using a push mower around the office area.  I stop and waited for about 30 to 45 seconds for Rod to see me.  Finally during one of his changes in direction he looks up and sees me.  I nod, give him a wave, and open my mouth as if to say “hi.”  Rod does the same and then we both go about our business.

Rod usually ended his work day at 3:00 pm but with much to be done, he accepted an overtime shift to work 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.  On that shift he and coworker, Danny Boone, were to get rid of an old glove vending machine that had been at the South Gate for ages.  No longer did workers have to spend 10 cents for a pair of cotton gloves.  Safety had progressed to a point dictating gloves as essential to job performance.  Plus many task required specialized gloves much more protective than thin cotton ones.

Danny and Rod loaded the vending machine onto a 10-ton flatbed truck and took it around to the dumpster box area on the North end of the plant.  At the top of the bunker they started to push the vending machine into the dumpster below when Danny got a page.  He told Rod that he needed to find a phone to return the call.  He asked that the machine not be moved until he returned.  About 5 minutes later, Danny returns and notices that the vending machine was no longer on the truck and he did not know where Rod was.  Looking over the top rail of the offloading area, Danny sees that the machine is in the dumpster.  Tragically, he also sees Rod has fallen between the dumpster box and the bunker wall.  The 8 to 9 foot fall proved to be fatal to 48 year old Rodney W. Martin.

One of the pillars of F3 is Fellowship.  I bring up my memory of Rod to remind us how important it is to make those small, short, and sincere connections.  We do that as we gather each workout with a simple fist bump and perhaps short chatter like “how are you doing” or “how did that work out for you at work.”  It’s that simple connection to let each other know that they matter and they add to our life.  Someday we will look back and smile about each other and the impact that F3 fellowship made.

I think back to October 02, 2002 frequently and I remember Rod mowing in his Christian slogan T-shirt.  More often than not, he had one on.  Perhaps that is what drew me to him.  Perhaps that is what encouraged me to have some chit-chat with him.  Perhaps I admired his impeccable work ethic.

Most often I think back to that day and know that I didn’t stop to say “hello” to Rod.  I had stopped to say “goodbye.”

Continue prayer for Butterfingers’ M concerning employment.  Lifted up Moses, Squiggly, and Snorkel in the 100 miler this weekend.
Hardship Hill – Be there or be square.  May 18th.

Dora No Bueno

THE SCENE: 55ish

  • Arm Circles x10 IC (each direction)
  • Merkins x10 IC (4 count)
  • Cherry Pickers x10 IC
  • Sprint down and back across the parking lot

The Triple Dora

  • Round 1 —– 100 Merkins, 200 BBS, 300 Squats – Partner farmer carries CMU’s
  • Round 2 —– 100 CMU Swings, 200 OH Press, 300 Curls – Partner does Bear Crawl down and back
  • Round 3 —– 100 V-ups, 200 Squat Jumps, 300 Shoulder Taps – Partner sprints down and back


  • 30 BBS OYO
  • 50 LBC’s OYO
  • 1 minute plank

13 HIMs
“When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survies.”

Life is really rough to get through by yourself. Learn to trust in the people around you and use each other to get through hard times. Don’t shut yourself in and take on the burden of the world on your own. F3 is an extremely great group of men that you can always call on for help. Use each other to get better, that’s what we’re here for.



Merkin Madness

THE SCENE: about 40 and light rain


SSH X 20

TN Rocking Chair x 15

Merkins x 10

Burpee x 5


Do next leg exercise by pavalon then do next chest exercise by scrapyard then run down the stairs and back up the path to the pavalon.


Merkin X 20

Derkin x 20

Ranger Merkin x 20

Side to side Merkin x 20

Wide fly Merkin x 20


Alt side Lunge x 20

Split squat x 20

Jump squat x 20

Calf raise squat x 20

Iron mikes x 20


BBS 20-1

Heels to heavens 20-1

15 men including FNG Peekaboo! Our boy MIB who got named at the Asylum convergence came back out too. Backup killing it with the EHs.

Talked about dark days to come, but there is a light at the end.
We did about 2 rounds of the thang and then started the 20-1. Got down 3-4 rounds and took a lap. Did a few more rounds after that.
MAARC fun ruck on April 20. 12pm at Target in Maryville. About a mile each way. Patches are $20.