F3 Knoxville

Paying the Price

THE SCENE: Humid as all get out, thunderstorms in the area, low 80s.

Nailed it.

A minute or two late getting started, as the Pavilion we were going to use for the workout was reserved, forcing us to switch locations at the last minute.

SSH, Cherry pickers, BAC forward and backward, Rockettes, Tempo Squats, all 10 or 20x, 4-ct, IC


DORA suicides.  Partner 1 does exercise with coupon, AMRAP, Partner 2 does the movement, then switch, as shown below [Exercise/Movement]

  1. Curls/Jacobs Ladder (4-ct Bear Crawl/4 2-Ct Mountain Climber/4 Merkins, R&R about 10 meters, return via Bear Crawl)
  2. Overhead Press/Jacobs Ladder
  3. Rows/Suicides (suicides to first three signs, then a fourth light pole, 5 Burps at light pole, return to start)
  4. Squats/Suicides

Moved into Pavilion for some AMRAP Tabata Pyramids.  30 seconds of exercise AMRAP, 10 seconds rest.

  1. Leg Burner.  Pyramid of Prisoner Get Ups, Iron Mike’s, Squats. Bobby Hurleys as 60 second bonus exercise.
  2. Ab Burner. Pyramid of BBS, Flutter Kicks, Am. Hammers.  Gas Pumps as 60 second bonus exercise
  3. Cardio Burner. Pyramid of SSH, Half Burps, Step ups.  High knees as 60 second bonus exercise

Yoga stretches by Steam.  A young man, 10 yrs old was watching us and invited in to join in the Mary and the bomb.  We named him KTM because he likes mountain biking.  He’s from out of town, however, so we may not see him again.  Maybe a seed was planted…?  Nice young man.
10 HIMs, Grid Iron not tagged
Talked about how easy it is to have convictions when it doesn’t cost you anything. Easy to stand up for others who are week, oppressed, or marginalized when it doesn’t cost you anything.  Easy to be a good Christian when it doesn’t cost you anything.  Easy to claim that you support our country’s democratic ideals when it doesn’t cost you anything.  Who will you be when it DOES cost you something?  As HIMs, we need to make the decision now, before we’re faced with it, that when the time comes, we will pay the price, not only for ourselves, but for others as well, if we can.
T-Claps to Doubtfire and High Heels, who were on their second work out of the day, and Guppy, who ran a few miles before the workout.  Lilydipper and Jinxy met us for the Board meeting.
CSAUP! Get signed up! Also need Wesley House Qs.

Thunderous Workout

THE SCENE: Low 80s, drizzling with little bit of thunderstorms.


Welcome to F3, Fitness, Fellowship and Faith. F3 is a free workout program designed to improve fitness, share some camaraderie, and foster male leadership in the community. I’m Jetlag and I will be your Q today.  I am not a professional, and I do not know your fitness level or injury history.  Please push yourself, but modify the workout as necessary to avoid making any existing injuries worse.  The goal is to get better together!


  1. Side straddle hops
  2. Raquet
  3. Windmill
  4. Leg stretches


Workout 1: 20s

  1. Side straddle hops
  2. Jump squats
  3. Butt kicks
  4. Frog hops
  5. High knees
  6. 4ct Mountain climbers

Workout 2: 20 Pull ups, 20 Squats, 20 kneeling to squats, run 1 lap around parking lot

Workout 3: 20 merkins, 20 derkins, 20 decline merkins, 20 shoulder press with squat using the CMU, run 1 lap around parking lot

Workout 4: 20 tricep ext, 20 biceps, 20 4ct planks, 20 mountain climbers, run 1 lap around parking lot

Workout 5: Suicides – run and bernie going back

Workout 6: Suicides – sprints


6 HIMs


Push yourself to the limit but always remember to listen to your body. It’s nice to push your boundaries, but also make sure that you don’t push yourself too hard that it defeats your progress. Train, eat, and recover. Recovery is as vital as training. This is where you absorb all what has been put in during the work.

Last Saturday after the Asylum AM workout, I was fortunate enough to meet the living legend, our F3 brother, Pinto and he delivered a great BOM. Going thru multiple surgeries and therapies the past few years, he may not be as strong as the man he was, but he’s definitely a better man than before – as he told about his journey to recovery and slowly getting back to working out with F3 again.

Prayers for Abacus’ mom as she prepares for surgery.

CSAUP at Dog Pound end of July.

DORAS Galore!

THE SCENE: Rare gem of a day! 80 degrees, sunny, low humidity.


Done and Done!

– 20 SSH (4-ct), in cadence

– 10 Windmills (4-ct), in cadence (We came close to starting over because PAX lost count, except for Jetlag, who bailed everyone out.  Then the smart-alecks started exaggerating the count, shouting it out excessively loudly, which was actually kind of hilarious)

– 10 Steve Earles, (4-ct), in cadence

– 20 Grady Corns (4-ct), in Cadence


MOSEY to rock pile below Coliseum. BATTLE BUDDY UP!  Each set of partners pick up a pair of equally sized rocks. Alternate carrying the rocks between the partners as we run around.  High Heels picks up a pebble so small that a toddler could easily lift it. 🙂

MOSEY to parking lot below Coliseum. DORAS! WINGS UP x 100

  • Partner 1, RUN up to end of roundabout, 10 ROCKY BALBOAS (2-ct), run back
  • Partner 2: Do exercise, until cumulative total = 100

MOSEY to stop sign at southern corner of circle drive. DORAS! WINGS DOWN x 100

  • Partner 1, BERNIE to tree about 50 yards away, 10 SSH, run back
  • Partner 2: Do exercise, until cumulative total = 100.

MOSEY to Amphitheater. DORAS! WINGS OUT x 100

  • Partner 1, Run up hill, 10 JUMP SQUATS, run back
  • Partner 2: Do exercise, until cumulative total = 100.


  • Partner 1, Run down stairs, 10 HAND RELEASE MERKINS, run back
  • Partner 2: Do exercise, until cumulative total = 100.

MOSEY to Stop sign at northern corner of circle drive. DORAS! CURLS x 100

  • Partner 1, BEAR CRAWL to edge of guard rail, 10 Diamond Merkins, run back
  • Partner 2: Do exercise, until cumulative total = 100.

MOSEY to grassy area on north side of Pickett’s Charge. DORAS! ROWS x 200 (since these are easy…)

  • Partner 1, EL CAPITAN to tree about 10 yards away up the hill, 10 IMPERIAL SQUAT WALKERS , run back
  • Partner 2: Do exercise, until cumulative total = 100.

MOSEY to Rock Pile. DORAS! PUNCHES x 100

  • Partner 1, REVERSE LUNGE up hill, 10 MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS, run back.  (These didn’t work too well.  Really tough to actually reverse lunge uphill, although Abscess gave it his absolute best.  This was actually hilarious, as he was trying to go backwards, but really not going anywhere.  TClaps for trying, though). Modified to forward lunges or Bernie up the hill instead.
  • Partner 2: Do exercise, until cumulative total = 100.


Leg Stretches
18 strong! No FNGs. Grid Iron not tagged.

The Screwtape Letters were written by CS Lewis to his good friend, JRR Tolkien. The character Screwtape is a senior demon in hell who counsels his nephew, Wormwood, how to corrupt a human (called “The Patient” in the letters).  Wormwood is rather incompetent, and wants to try all sorts of extravagant tricks on the Patient, but Wormwood counsels him to take a more nuanced approach, such as the one depicted in this letter.  As he says to Wormwood in another letter, “… the safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts“.  The take home message of the letter that Judge Judy posted in the 3rd F channel is that disagreements on things such as politics can distract us from our internal (i.e., religious) growth and development.  So next time you feel your blood pressure rising after watching cable news, or see you that one post on Facebook that you are just dying to respond to, maybe try to take a deep breath, disconnect, and focus on something you can do to serve your community, your family, your God

Prayers for several PAX going through difficult challenges, particularly with health issues to them or their families.
Wesley House work day this Saturday! Off the Chain CSAUP coming up.  Start thinking about Hardship Hill teams!

Asylum PM

THE SCENE: 84 degrees warm and sunny with cool breeze

Side straddle hop

Baby arm Circle then reverse

stretching bending forward

Cherry picker

Slow tempo Squat


and stretching one leg at a time in squat position with one leg out.

Mossy to the North of the Coliseum then Pyramid exercises x 10 reps single count start with following exercises

  • Merkins
  • Dry docks
  • Shoulder Tap
  • Squat
  • Lunge
  • Side straddle hop
  • Then
  • Mossy to the other side of the coliseum down to the steps and field.
    Pick up a rock and perform
  • Biceps Curls, shoulder press, rows and triceps. Every exercise, mossy to the base of the steps and back to do another exercise with the rock until you completed all the exercises.
  • then mossy to the Trees (Tres Amigos) Three Amigos then perform Abs Cocktails
  • 20 count Flutter Kicks, Hello Dolly, Box cutter and Bigboy sit ups.

Mossy again to the stop sign and Bernie sanders with 3 stops with Squats each stop and the last top with Side straddle hop. Mossy to the bat cave and abs exercise, mossy down to the steps and another flutter kicks and run to the steps. And Recover


14 HIM came at the Asylum PM

Find Comfort with your life and work hard to achieve your goals
Please say a Prayer to Abacus Mom for full healing and recovery.

Remembering 6.6.1944

THE SCENE: Mist, 60°F, Feels like 62°F, Humidity 100%, Wind 3mph from ENE

  • SSH x30 IC
  • LBAC x15 IC Forward & Backward
  • Little of this, Little of that
  • Tempo Squats x15
  • Some of these, some of those
  • Cherry pickers Slow x5



  • 6 laps around the parking lot
  • 6 8-count body builders
  • 9 Rounds, 9 exercises, 24x reps (=1944)
    • Burpees
    • BBS
    • Merkins
    • Lunges (2 count – left leg, right leg = 1)
    • American Hammers (2 count – left side, right side =1)
    • Squats
    • Flutter Kicks (2 count – left leg, right leg = 1)
    • SSH
    • Shoulder taps

— no time

On June 6, 1944, American troops started the assault on Omaha and Utah beaches. As A-Rod had stated on Thursday, many of the men were between the ages of 17-19. These were young men who were not conscripted, drafted, or forced to be there; they volunteered. Nothing about the situation was easy, but they chose to do the hard thing. Those that survived the landing were surrounded by their fallen brothers-in-arms. I can only imagine the thoughts going through their heads. Thoughts of not surviving the day or ever returning home. They could have given up right there and waited for the inevitable to come, but they chose to do the hard thing. They moved forward.

We have it pretty easy today. We don’t face life and death choices like these boys did. But we can still make the hard choices. Get up and go to a workout that will be brutal. Stand up for our families and our choices. Stand up for our communities. Strive to do what is right throughout the day.