F3 Knoxville

Conquer the Kraken!

44 and Clear

Welcome & Disclaimer

SSH x25 (IC)

Form two lines and mosey to Everest.  Stop at front parking lot
– Windmill Merkins x10 (IC)
– Squats x20 each leg (IC)
– Arm Circles Forward x15 (IC)
– Arm Circles Backward x15 (IC)
– 10 Burpees

Warm-up at Everest
Start at the base of Everest.  Perform the following:
– Rd 1: 10 Count, 10 Merkins, run up Everest, 2 Froggie Squats
– Rd 2: 20 Count, 20 Merkins, run up Everest, 4 Froggie Squats
– Rd 3: 30 Count, 30 Merkins, run up Everest, 6 Froggie Squats
– Rd 4: 40 Count, 40 Merkins, run up Everest, 8 Froggie Squats

Mosey to field on Northshore side of the Asylum.  Once there, form two groups.

The Kraken
Group 1
Spread out to 8 cones.  Complete exercise at that cone and run around the cones counter-clockwise to the next cone (make the whole loop + one cone). Rinse and repeat until you complete the whole loop or until tie is up.
– Cone 1 – Dry Docks x30
– Cone 2 – Narrow Squats x30
– Cone 3 – 4ct Flutter Kicks x20
– Cone 4 – Star Jumps x30
– Cone 5 – 4ct Shoulder Taps x20
– Cone 6 – Reverse Lunges (each leg counts as 1) x30
– Cone 7 – 4ct Hello Dollys x20
– Cone 8 – Smurf Jacks x30

Group 2
Start at cones.  Complete 30 reps of the exercise then shuttle run.  Repeat, each round subtract 5 reps and add one shuttle run each time.
– Rd 1 = Superman Swims
– Rd 2 = BBS

Switch after 8 minutes.

Mosey to SP.  Stop at half-way, circle up and do the following:
– 10 Burpees, 10 BBS
– 8 Burpees, 8 BBS
– 6 Burpees, 6 BBS
– 4 Burpees, 4 BBS
– 2 Burpees, 2 BBS

4ct Flutter Kicks x25 (IC)


Number off and Name-O-Rama (43 PAX, 4 FNGs – Baby Face, Curves, Putt-putt, Sk8town)

One of the reoccurring themes of Western civilization is the pursuit of comfort and convenience. Down time isn’t bad, everyone needs time to recharge, recalibrate and refocus, and there is no sense in making something harder than it needs to be.  But when we seek to eliminate all discomfort and struggle we loose something…the growth that comes from overcoming adversity.  There is a reason that most champions have notoriously difficult training regimes, without challenge there is no growth.

Fredrick Douglass (1818-1895) was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York.  Rather than allowing those evil circumstances to define him, he allowed them to strengthen him and gave himself to a higher cause. Read the strength in his words, “If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle.”

Challenges change us.  As former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens says in his book Resilience, “The magnitude of the challenge × the intensity of your attack = your rate of growth.”  This is true not only physically, but mentally and spiritually.  HIMs are men that push against the status quo, both externally and internally.  They wake each day looking for ways to get better and make their world a better place.  They recognize it requires sacrifice, but count the cost and move forward.  HIMs are able to see past the immediate challenge to the greater purpose that guides them.

This PAX was pumped and ready this morning!  Mummblechatter was high and everyone gave 100% the whole time.  For YHC, this was a special one.  The men of F3 Knoxville have been inspiring me for a little over a year now, and show absolutely no sign of letting up.  Everyone once in a while you get to be a part of something special…F3 Knoxville is one of those times.

Manic Monday

THE SCENE 70 and clear

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer

Side Straddle Hop x 20
The Gator
Michael Phelps
Carolina Dry-dock x 15 (4 count)
Ground touch squats x 15

Mosey to stairs

Bunny Hill
Bunny hop up stairs x 5
Calf raises—-left foot x 30, right foot x 30, both feet x 30.

Mosey to dugout

Bat Cave
Pull-ups x 10
Ground touch squats x 10.

Mosey to pavilion break into 2 groups

Super Sets
Group 1 pull-ups under picnic table while group 2 does wall seat for 30 seconds, then groups switch.

Mosey to hill next to cardiac behind baseball outfield

10 merkins on top and 1 ground touch squat at bottom

Mossey to cardiac

13 Light Posts
5 burpees at each post; run forward to first post, then backwards to next and continue alternating—-total 65 burpees. At top of cardiac abs until all are on top of hill. Then derkins on benches to failure x2.

Mossey to top of hill above AO, crisscross under and through chained posts to bottom of hill.

Hello Dolly’s x 50 (4 count)

Number off and Name-O-Rama

I am reading a book called “14 Habits of Highly Effective Disciples”. The first habit is Bible study. We will not become strong and mature Christians by accident. We must have a disciplined study of the Bible to know God’s will and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. We must do our part and meet God halfway——just like our fitness, we will not become fit without showing up to the workouts. The second habit is Confession. When we sin, we must ask for forgiveness to restore fellowship with God. It is important to understand the difference between relationship and fellowship. Once we become a Christian and slave of Jesus Christ, we are sons of God. Jesus died for our past, present and future sins. Our relationship is secure—-that will never change. Fellowship on the other hand, is broken when we sin. We must ask for forgiveness to restore the lost fellowship with God. 1 John 1:9” If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”—–this is one of the great promises of the Bible. There are sins of Commission and sins of Omission. Several years ago I was given a tool which presents scripture and questions to reveal sin in your life. I challenged to PAX to take 30 minutes sometime this week to go through these scriptures and questions and allow the Holy Spirit to convict them of sin so that they may confess sins and restore complete fellowship with God. It humbles me every time I use this tool to confess my many sins to our great God, who loves us with great passion and wants complete fellowship with us.

Burpee Hills – Your Own Worst Enemy

73 and Clear

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer

SSH x30
Cross body arm swings
Duck Walk (4 up/4back)
Lunge Complex
Plank Complex
Merkins x10 regular
Merkins x10 wide
LBSU x20

Grab CMU and mosey to base of New Hill (which needs a name…maybe The Wall?)

Plank while we wait + x10 merkins OYO

Burpee Hills
Get a BattleBuddy
One person runs up hill while other does burpees
5 minutes. AMRAP

Mosey with CMU to base of Everest

Everest+Deconstructed Burpees
Sprint up Everest
When back at start do the following (Deconstructed Burpees)
– 10 squats
– 10 leg thrusts
– 10 Merkins
– 10 leg thrusts…then up.
Rinse/repeat. AMRAP: 5 minutes

Plank+merkins while we wait for everyone to descend after time was up then x20 LBS IC

Mosey with CMU to the flag.  Burpees while we wait for everyone to return

Sprints + Burpee Jumps
Get with BattleBuddy:
One person sprints the length of parking lot while other does jumps over CMU, doing a burpee on each side
3 minutes AMRAP

Core: reverse bridge x 20

Count off and Name-o-Rama

We all carry a burden that keeps us from performing at our full potential.  Identify it, acknowledge it, and then release it to your father so that you may run the race set before you with passion and purpose!

The stars were glimmering in all their majesty this morning as I drove through the gates of splendor at the Asylum. The warm fuzzies quickly dissipated with the collision of my face to the famous East Tennessee Humidity. Even at 5am, it’ll knock your teeth out.

An Evening on Route 66

95 degrees and humid

F3 Welcome and Disclaimer

Side Saddle Hop         ICx15
Imperial Walkers         ICx15
Squat                          ICx15
Calf raises                   ICx15

Mosey to Saturday’s AO spot

Route 66
Burpees (66)
Merkins (66)
Squats (66)
StarJacks (66)

Mosey to baseball fields

Batman Burpees:

3 burpees, followed by pullups until failure, followed by 15 LBC’s
(rinse and repeat 3x)

Mosey to AO

Hello Dolly      led by Proton

Number off and Name-O-Rama

1 John 3:16  “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”

P-nut prayed us out.

The temps were hot but the spirits were high.  Great day of work by the PAX

It’s Monday!

75 and muggy

F3 Welcome & Disclaimer

10 Burpees (OYO)
SSH x 30 (IC)
Dive Bombers x15 (IC)
Imperial Walkers x15 (IC)
Arm Circles Forward x17 (IC)
Arm Circles Backward x17 (IC)
Diamond Merkins x20 (IC)


Jelly Legs
Assemble along the line and do the following:
R1: 10 sec hold squat, 10 squats, run to cone do 5 Merkins or Dry Docks, run back
R2: 20 sec hold squat, 20 squats, run to cone do 10 Merkins or Dry Docks, run back
R3: 30 sec hold squat, 30 squats, run to cone do 15 Merkins or Dry Docks, run back
R4: 40 sec hold squat, 40 squats, run to cone do 20 Merkins or Dry Docks, run back
R5: 50 sec hold squat, 50 squats, run to cone do 25 Merkins or Dry Docks, run back
R6: 60 sec hold squat, 60 squats, run to cone do 30 Merkins or Dry Docks, run back

Mosey to front area near parking lot at the bottom of the hill

Merkin Hill
Run up and down hill doing the following:
Start at bottom of hill with 10 Merkins, run to top
Top of hill 9 Merkins, run to bottom
Bottom of hill 8 Merkins, runt to top
Top of hill 7 Merkins, run to bottom
Bottom of hill 6 Merkins, runt to top
Top of hill 5 Merkins, run to bottom
Bottom of hill 4 Merkins, runt to top
Top of hill 3 Merkins, run to bottom
Bottom of hill 2 Merkins, runt to top
Top of hill 1 Merkins, run to bottom

Plank until everyone finishes.

Mosey back to COP area

Prisoner Cell Merkin Burpees (PCMBs)
Drop to Plank, do 1 Merkin then bring your right knee in and back, do 1 Merkin then bring your left knee in and back, do 1 Merkin then bring both feet in and jump up = 1 PCMB complete.

x10 OYO

Flutter Kicks x30 (IC on 4ct)
Captain Thors x6 (IC)

Dealers choice:
Box Cutters x15 (IC) – Toto
Boat Canoe on Quickbooks
Pickle Pounders x10 (IC on 4ct) – Thriller
Big O’s x10 (IC) – Plunger from Winston Salem

Number off and Name-O-Rama

There has been a lot going on in our nation over the past couple of weeks.  Yesterday another tragedy occurred in Baton Rouge.  All this leaves me unsettled.  I was talking with my M last night about how it seems there is so much anger and hostility in the world, so much chaos and fear.  As a husband and father it feels overwhelming.  I want to protect my wife and kids from what I see, promise them that things will be okay…but I can’t make that promise.  Truth is, there are times when I’m scared, confused, frustrated and unsure.  It is in these moments that my faith becomes a lifeboat providing security in the midst of stormy seas.  Things may seem chaotic, but there is a greater story being written.

The interesting thing was I had a passage echoing in my head and heart all evening, but it wasn’t what I expected.  It was John 15:12-13, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”  Two things struck me:

1) The “love” I am commanded to express is not merely emotion, but rather a steady, others-focused way of relating.  It is not a feeling, it is an act of the will…it is willfully chosen.  We hear a lot about love these days, I feel most of it falls incredibly short of what Jesus is speaking of here (1 Cor 13).

2) The greatest expression of this “love” is found in the laying down one’s life for his “friends.”  I’ve missed that in the past.  Not a spouse, children or other family member, but friends.

It is that second point that brought to mind F3.  Each morning we gather to work hard and push ourselves and each other to get better, to be the men we long to be.  Each morning is an opportunity to “love” our “friends.”  That’s powerful because practice make permanent.  F3 is like a training ground for the rest of our day.  We each come to give all way have only to find we leave with more than what we came with!  We can then take this and give it away to our family, neighbors, co-workers and anyone else we cross paths with that day.

So here is the charge for all of us today…LOVE WELL!  Everyone you meet for the rest of this day is an opportunity to take what you experienced here today (encouragement, challenge, support, etc.) and give it away.  In doing this we make our worlds better…we have IMPACT.  We can’t control the chaos around us, but we CAN speak life into it.  And as we do we can know that we have a whole PAX of HIMs supporting us and covering our 6!

This morning was exactly what YHC needed.  Watching the men of of this PAX give their all for each other was restorative.  Plus we had our first ever visiting PAX dropped off by UBER!  That is what making and keeping an HC is all about.  Great morning, great men…