F3 Knoxville

Black Friday Special

THE SCENE: 40s and foggy; classic Christmas music playing


Pigeon stretches

Groin stretches

Willy Mays Hays

Tempo squats

Little baby arm circles forward

Little baby arm circles backward

Michael Phelps

A little bit of this, a little bit of that – twice

Tempo merkins

Mosey to the splash pad – our home

We just ate a big Thanksgiving meal and are ready for a nap, but the family has other plans.  First, we have to pull out the decorations and put them up:

Bobby Hurleys x 12

Table rows x 12

Bobby Hurleys x 12

The decorations are up, so it’s time for a nap . . . not so fast, we have to hit the Black Friday sales to get Tickle Me Elmo for the kids:

Native American run to the dark circle passed the rocks and docks, loop around the circle, and jail break to the rocks because you have to get in lines and are constantly trying to get to the front of the line before the store opens and then you make a mad dash to the toys to get Tickle Me Elmo.

Pick up a rock . . . a Tickle Me Elmo . . . and run back home as quickly as you can before someone mugs you for the last Tickle Me Elmo.

Back home, we first celebrate our victorious Black Friday efforts:

Shoulder press with a squat x 12

Time to wrap the rock . . . the Tickle Me Elmo:

Rows with the rock x 12

Alternating-arm merkins using the rock (left hand on rock, right hand on ground, do a merkin to the right of the rock and then switch hands and go to the other side and do a merkin for 1) x 12

The gift is wrapped and now we can nap . . . not so fast, it’s time to go caroling:

The 12 Days of Christmas

Just like the song, start with the first day and do 1 of the exercise, then go to each subsequent day doing the same number of reps that match the day (2nd day = 2, 5th day = 5, etc.).  However, just like the song, go down from the day you are on and do the reps and exercises for the preceding days (on the 4th day, you do 4 of those exercises, 3 of the 3rd day’s exercise, 2 of the 2nd day’s exercise, and 1 of the 1st day’s exercise and so on to where you finish on the 12th day where you will do all 12 exercises).  Here are the exercises:

1st day – 1 Pull-up

2nd day – 2 Triceps Dips

3rd day – 3 Hokey Pokeys

4th day – 4 LBCs (4 ct)

5th day – 5 Burpees

6th day – 6 Monkeyhumpers (4 ct)

7th day – 7 Dive Bombers

8th day – 8 Merkins

9th day – 9 Rockettes (4 ct)

10th day – 10 Frog Jumps / Froggie Squats

11th day – 11 Pickle Pounders (4 ct)

12th day – 12 Curls with the rock

We were running out of time, so we had to drop the 4 counts and just did single counts for the last 3 or 4 days and then we had to combine the 11th and 12th days, but most everyone finished.

Bads news, we bought the Tickle Me Elmo and that was popular like 20 years ago.  The kids wanted a PS5.  So, we had to take our rock back to the store.

Mosey to the AO

No time.  Sorry, Mary.  But, “Mary” Christmas (bad pun)


7 PAX challenged the fog and took on Black Friday.  Everyone else was fartsacking or standing in line for a PS5 (and probably didn’t get one anyway).  In addition to the people tagged, Tortoise was there, but I couldn’t find his tag.


We need to maintain perspective.  A lot of people have been praying for people struggling, suffering, and in the hospital because of COVID.  We should be praying for those folks.  But, we also need to remember that people have been struggling, suffering, and in the hospital from things other than COVID that may actually be worse than COVID.  People have been suffering and dying from things long before COVID, and they will suffer and die from things other than COVID long after we overcome COVID.  We do not need to forget those folks once the crisis du jour has fallen off the news tickers.  We need to always be praying and working as HIMs for everyone in need.

Prayers for Ribbed’s wife, Curveball’s wife, everyone traveling, and everyone struggling, suffering, and dying in the world regardless of the cause or reason.

Congrats to all for a successful coat drive

Coming Down the Ladder

THE SCENE: Not raining…nothing else mattered.

SSH x20; Cherry-picker x5; Tempo merkins x10; cobra kai x5; butt-kickers, high knees.


Mosey to Splash Pad

Descending Ladder.  Do all ten exercises, take a lap around the parking lot and drop the top one.  Do all 9 exercises, take a lap, and drop the top one.  Etc… etc… etc…

  • 10 — Burpees
  • 9 — Jump squats
  • 8 — Diamond merkins
  • 7 — Lunges (each leg)
  • 6 — CDD
  • 5 — BBS
  • 4 — Iron Mikes (each leg)
  • 3 — Ultimate merkins (4-ct)
  • 2 — Man-makers
  • 1 — Pull-up

About halfway thru the ladder, we did a lap around the track and back for a “break”.

Mosey back to AO.

LBC x21 (4-ct); Side crunches x 10 (4-ct) both sides.

Dirty dozen.

God doesn’t need our good works, but our neighbors do.

From Matt Perman’s book — “What’s Best Next”.

“That’s the biblical ethic.  We are not to be scant and scarce in our good works, or even nominal and mediocre, but abundant and liberal in doing good.  We are not simply to do good for some people here and there; we are to do good for all people as often as we can and as much as we can.  While we cannot do all the good that is conceivable, the Scriptures do expect us to do a lot of good — that is, to abound in it.”

Proverbs 3:27 — “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”

Galatians 6:10 — So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone.”

52 Card pick up with Miles

THE SCENE: cool morning

cherry pickers 5X

right over left foot, touch your toes 10 sec

Left over right foot, touch your toes 10 sec

Mosey to the flag poll.
Played 52 card pickup where each suite is a different workout with two jokers. every 10 cars we run a lap.

  • Diamonds – dips
  • Hearts – merkins
  • clubs- v ups
  • spades- Plank Jacks
  • Jokers- 15 burpees


Go around the large circle and get some legs and core work done. Some of the exercises included but not limited too:

  • captain thors
  • american hammers
  • hello dollies
  • SSH
  • freddy mercury
  • box cutters
  • merkins


Use the TAGS on right-side to record PAX (BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOURSELF) in attendance. Be sure to select the AO in CATEGORY above TAGS and then delete these notes!
Thankfulness, be thankful for those in your life. Especially Family. They are going be always be there and you need to be peach makers with them. Friends come and go but family never leaves us. let’s remember to be peace keepers in our lives.

Dog Pound Iron Pax week 3

  • THE SCENE: The dog pound Pavilon. Cooler than it has been recently.

    Mayberry warmed up the crew
    The Iron pax week 3  consisted of as many rounds as possible of the following exercises in a time period of 43 minutes.
  • 10 pull ups
  • 15 Burpee’s with jumping over CMU
  • 20 CMU curls
  • 25  squat thrusters with CMU
  • 30 gas pumpers (reverse crunches)

Insert information about any additional post-THANG work (if applicable).
Use the TAGS on right-side to record PAX (BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOURSELF) in attendance. Be sure to select the AO in CATEGORY above TAGS and then delete these notes!
Sadly we did not have a BOM. People took off pretty quick to work.
Today was third Thursday coffeteria.

Heavy B-Ball

THE SCENE: Still hot, still humid

Cherry Pickersx7, Hairy Rockettes x15, LBAC fwd/bck x15, SSH x20, Tempo Squat x10, Tempo Merkin x10
Reverse Indian Run: Ran to the dock reverse Indian run style. Front man drops for five merkins then pops up to join the back of the line. Next HIM counts to five and does the same.

Suicide Ladder: In the parking lot adjacent to the dock, performed a suicide ladder of Mtn Climbers and American Hammers (both 4-count). Perform 5 mtn climbers in the top lot, run down the hill, perform 5 Am. Hammers, Crawl-Bear up the hill, rinse and repeat adding 5 reps each round until you complete the round of 25’s.

Mosey to the basketball court for a little game of Heavy B-Ball.

Heavy B-Ball: Performed some circuit training on the court with the following exercises.

  1. 20lbs Slam Ball – Ten shots at the basketball goal. All PAX move to the next exercise once ten shots were attempted. Each miss = 1 burpee during transition for the whole PAX. Each shot made = 1 merkin
  2. BBS
  3. 30lbs DB – Kettlebell Swings
  4. 60lbs Sandbag – Over the shoulder toss
  5. CMU – Overhead Press
  6. 30lbs Sandbag – Sandbag Slams
  7. 30lbs Ruck Plate – Curls
  8. Gas Pumpers
  9. Iron Mikes

We completed one full circuit of the above workout. Shooting the ball was harder than most PAX expected and we got plenty of burpees in.

Mosey back towards the Shovel Flag with the weights.

Completed one lap around the soccer field to cool-down.

Doubtfire led some Imperial Walkers
9 HIMs with 1 FNG. Welcome Training Wheels! This guy already has the HIM part of F3 down to a science, glad to have him on board.

At our church’s family retreat this weekend one of the speakers discussed the differences in the needs of men and women, specifically as they relate to marriage. The top 5 emotional needs for men and women are very different and when we don’t take that into consideration in our marriages it is easy to neglect the needs of our spouses. Below are the top needs identified by the author of His Needs, Her Needs:

Become aware of each other’s needs and learn to meet them.

  • Men’s 5 most basic needs from his wife:
    • Sexual fulfillment
    • Recreational companionship
    • An attractive spouse
    • Domestic support
    • Admiration
  • Women’s 5 most basic needs from her husband:
    • Affection
    • Conversation
    • Openness and honesty
    • Financial security
    • Family commitment

Thanks ToeBox and Doubtfire for joining me on the pre-run. It was great to hear Doubtfire talk about F3 Dad’s camp. I’m really looking forward to taking my little one here in a couple years.