F3 Knoxville

Shamrock – Valley of Despair…returns

THE SCENE: Low 60s crisp cool amazing

5 Merkins

On your back Side Straddle hop x25 

10 Merkins

Twinkle Toes  (IC) 4 CT x 10

15 Merkins

Cherry Pickers: 5

20 Merkins

Tie Fighters


Line up at one end of parking lot. 

Round 1: Bear Crawl to the 1st line and do 1 merkin, BC to next line 2 merkins, BC to next line 3 merkins all the way to 10

Mosey to the valley of despair. 

Battle buddy up

Partner A: Dealer’s choice – merkins or big boys ( switch between the 2 when you burn out ) 

Partner B runs to the bottom, 10 squat jumps, run up the other side, 10 monkey humpers, back down for 10 more jump squats, run back up to partner. Switch. 

2 rounds of this for 10 minutes. 

Mosey to pull up bars

1 rule: If you are not doing pull ups….you are doing smurf jacks. Go for about 10 minutes. 

Run to CMU pile. 

25 Curls

50 Bench press

50 windshield wipers

25 each side – hold lunge while doing block press

50 windshield wipers

Sprints in parking lot at various speeds. 

Mosey back to AO flag 

flutter kicks, Merkins, squats

Honeydew, Trolley, Interpol, Pool Boy, Chicken Hawk, Mermaid, Music City, Osteen, Jenner, Dumpster Dive, Finger Food, Tailhook, Rose-A (Like the wine), Slappy, Jitters, Anchorman,

Matthew 6:2-4

…2So when you give to the needy, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their full reward. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.…

Why is this so hard?  It’s so tempting to humblebrag. Why is it not enough that my Creator sees me and my heart when I do a good deed? I have had several moments this year where I helped someone out, didn’t tell anyone, and it was so hard to not share about it.

I’m faced with asking myself, who am I doing this for? Is it really an act of love if I’m doing it for myself, for my own glory? My challenge for me and you is to ask God to put someone in your path that needs help. Ask God to give you strength and true love for Him and the person you are helping. Afterwards, go back to God and give Him the glory. 



Don’t Over Indulge

THE SCENE: Crisp but Coolish June Morning

Tie Fighters
Cherry Pickers
Arm & Shoulder Stretching


1st & 10
Start at goal line, do 11’s.
end zone 1 pickle pounders (4ct)
end zone 2 LBC’s (4ct)
do 10, sprint to endzone and do 1, slowsey back to 10
do 9 at 10 YL, sprint to endzone, do 2, slowsey back to 20
do 8 at 20 YL, Sprint to endzone, do 3 and slowsey back to 30
do 7 at 30 YL, Sprint to endzone, do 4 and slowsey back to 40
do 6 at 40 YL, Sprint to endzone, do 5 and slowsey back to 50
do 5 at 50 YL, Sprint to endzone, do 6 and slowsey back to 40
do 4 at 40 YL, Sprint to endzone, do 7 and slowsey back to 30
do 3 at 30 YL, Sprint to endzone, do 8 and slowsey back to 20
do 2 at 20 YL, Sprint to endzone, do 8 and slowsey back to 10
do 1 at 10 YL, Sprint to endzone, do 10 and slowsey back to the last guy and finish with him
Aiken Legs
Repeat this combo with no rest
20 squats, 20 box jumps, 20 lunges (10 ea leg), 20 twinkle toes

We did Aiken legs 2x then did 75 merkins.  25 wide, 25 regular, and 25 diamond
We circled up and a Pax would call out an ab exercise and lead us, then we would flip over and perform 10 merkins.  We did this for the last 10 minutes of the workout.  We were 5 people short of making it all the way around the circle.

Referenced Judges newsletter topic of Gluttony and explained how that struck a chord with me.  Don’t be a Glutton, and don’t do things in excess.  Eating, drinking, working, etc in excess can become a sin.  We did a lot of Ab work today so that we may have sore abs and remember to make better choices about what goes into our bodies.

We need Q’s and coffeeteria.

Shamrock – Just 10 more merkins


Tie Fighters x10 both directions

Side Straddle hop (IC) 4 CT x 20

Cherry Pickers 5

10 Merkins

Richard Simmons butt blasters 

10 Merkins


Mosey to parking lot

Battle buddy

1 man runs to pull up bars to complete up to 10 then run back to partner who is doing BBS (If rain wall squats / 10 BBS)

Go until each person completes 3 rounds 

To the CMU pile

1 man does flutter kicks while the other does 25 bench press – switch / 4 rounds for a total of 100 reps per person 


1 man does calf raises while the other does 25 curls – switch / 4 rounds for a total of 100 reps per person

After this we ran all around campus stopping for 10 merkins about 8-10 times. 


Merkins, Monkey Humpers and Snow Angels 

13 including 1 FNG Chicken Hawk

Finger Food, Nature Boy, Osteen, Dumpster Dive, Tailhook, Jitters, Mermaid, Curveball, Waxjob, Chicken Hawk, Betty, Pickle Lock, Anchorman

Continuing what CheatSheet talked about last week…

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Live like today is the 1st day and the last day of your life.  – Chase the Lion

Why is it so tempting to control our own lives? We are told to worry about money, our status, success, our retirement. I think about when I’m on my death bed, will I be pleased with how comfortable I made myself and my family in life. Or will I regret not taking more chances? Will I regret not giving up more of my time and resources for others. Jesus demonstrated pouring out his life for us. I think he is the ultimate example of chasing the lion. 



CMU Yoga

The Scene

Beautifully Humid

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith, Free, Modify, Not Professional, Own Volition, Social Distance, Phone



Cherry Pickers

Redneck Rockettes

Mountain Climbers




Mosey to CMU pile and grab 1

Swings and Yoga-ish

1st station

10 Swings

Down Dog on block (45 seconds, 15 seconds)

5 Swings

Standard plank on block (45 seconds, 15 seconds)

2nd station

10 Swings

Lizard Pose Left (45 seconds, 15 seconds)

Lizard Pose Right (45 seconds, 15 seconds)

5 Swings

Upward Facing Dog (45 seconds, 15 seconds)

3rd Station

10 swings

Hollow body hold (45 seconds, 15 seconds)

5 Swings

Clinched Pickle Pointers (45 seconds, 15 seconds)

4th Station

10 Swings

Split Squat Hold Left (45 seconds, 15 seconds)

Split Squat Hold Right (45 seconds, 15 seconds)

5 Swings

Straight arm CMU hold (45 seconds, 15 seconds)


5th Station

10 Swings

Calf Raise Hold (45 seconds, 15 seconds)

5 Swings

T Plank Hold Left (45 seconds, 15 seconds)

T Plank Hold Right (45 seconds, 15 seconds)

6th station

10 Swing

CMU Squeeze hold (45 seconds, 15 seconds)

5 Swings

Superman hold (45 seconds, 15 seconds)





13 HIM’s



Isaiah 40:28-31

28Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The LORD is the everlasting God,

the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He does not faint or grow weary;

his understanding is unsearchable.

29He gives power to the faint,

and to him who has no might he increases strength.

30Even youths shall faint and be weary,

and young men shall fall exhausted;

31but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;

they shall mount up with wings like eagles;

they shall run and not be weary;

they shall walk and not faint.





Taking Out the Trash

THE SCENE: Low 50’s, clear, and otherwise wonderful

Motivators from 5
Tempo Merkins 10
Tempo Squats 10
Baby Arm Circles Forward 10
Baby Arm Circles Backward 10
Moroccan Night Club 10

Run to different areas of campus.  Pick up a piece of trash and put it in the box.  Rinse and repeat until the area is tidy.
After the area is clean do one of the following: Merkins (25), Squats (25), LBC’s (25).  Run to a new area.

In total we did 13 areas, so we started on our 4th round of exercises.
Merkin total 125
Squat total 100
LBC total 100

The PAX called an AB exercise, we did that followed by 10 merkins each time.  We made it through 8 PAX, here are the exercises.
25 Snow Angels
15 Heels to Heaven
25 Pickle Poundes
50 single count Flutter Kicks
20 Freddie Mercuries
20 Box Cutters
25 Pickle Pointers (Hip Thrusters)
20 Captain Thor’s (BBC with 4 count American hammer at the top)

Total 80 merkins

12 in attendance
Take out the trash.
We listened to Christian rap today during the workout.  As we physically removed trash form the Catholic campus, we spiritually removed trash from our lives.  Garbage in = Garbage out.  I challenged each of us to find the trash in our lives that impedes us, and to remove it.

John 2:13-22

Jesus overturned tables in the temple.  He took out the trash.  When confronted with things in our lives, look at how Jesus handled situations, and model your response after his.  If something is not right, we should follow his lead.
Pray for East Knoxville.
We are collecting for Safe Haven.  There is not a more appropriate   time to consider helping the East Knox Community.  Here is one way we can assist.

Hey Fellas. For the month of April, we are going to be collecting items at the AOs for Safe Haven, a program of the World United Ministries (www.worldunitedministries.org) led by Laurence Williams in East Knoxville. The ministry is in the trenches trying to steer the really at risk kids in the Austin-East community into good choices and away from gang life.  Safe Haven, a donated house on Magnolia Avenue, is meant to be a place where kids can go and hang out, and also escape violence when needed – it has bunk beds available.  F3 Knoxville will be providing them with the following items:
* individually wrapped snacks
* individual bottles or cans of soda, Gatorade or water
* paper towels, Clorox wipes, trash bags
* toilet paper
* Visa gift cards in small denominations ($10-20) 
* Bath towels and twin bed linens.