F3 Knoxville

The Skunk Biscuit

THE SCENE: Man, one day it’s chilly.  The next day it’s muggy and humid.  This was one of those days.

So, I picked up this Q basically as I went to bed since nobody else had.  I’m off the cuff here boys.  Some side straddle hops, some cherry pickers, some imperial squat walkers.  That’s about it.  Let’s mosey.

Mosey to Circus Maximus for a Baby Sea Biscuit

  • 10 Burpees; 20 Merkins; 30 LBCs, 40 squats, run a lap;
  • Repeat above reps, run 2 laps;
  • Again, run 3 laps;
  • Ditto, run 4 laps.
  • At this point, a true Sea Biscuit requires us to move back down the ladder, but the friendly neighborhood skunk made an appearance and decided to hang out in the middle of the CM oval.  Maybe he reserved it before we did?  At any rate, we called an audible at that point and moseyed back to the foot of baby Everest.
  • With some time left, let’s sprint to the top, 5 man makers (or is it body builders?) and back down for 20 squats.  Do it again, but Bernie up the hill.  Repeat this series one more time.

Circle drills with Ring of Fire Merkins.  Each takes a turn doing 2 merkins, but alternating holding plank and 6 inches low with each turn.  Then Howling Monkeys, then Hands of Time.

From 2 Corinthians 12:8-10:  Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Don’t be afraid to show vulnerability.  The Lord is with you and makes you stronger because of it, and that brings glory to Him.

Convergence for 5 year anniversary. Nov. 7 – Asylum.

Back blast and use of worst metaphor in F3 History at BOM

THE SCENE: Low 50s, light rain, random dude sitting down with umbrella drinking coffee at top of AO…nice aroma every time we ran by.

I am worst than a nonprofessional , follow Covid guideline

SSH x 20, Arm Circles, Cherrypickers, Leg over leg stretch, Butterfly stretch ( Included Coach Dunn’s advice) Couple of yoga stretches

Ran to top of AO at Parks and Rec office area and did a circuit run between the end points of the Colosseum/overlook. Did a exercise at each stop point and then ran back to start point

Start point at Haslam monument

  • Squat x 20
  • Squat Jump x 20
  • Fire Hydrant x 20 ( 10 each side )

Mid-Point at center of overlook

  • Flutter Kick 4 count x 20
  • Hello Dolly 4 count x 20
  • LBS x 20

End-Point at stop sign at bottom of hill

  • Mountain Climber 4 count x 20
  • CDD x 20
  • Merkins x 20

Slow Mosey to base of Everest

2 sets of Break dance Merkins with run half way up Everest

Then…ran to Summit of Everest and then mosey to AO.


10 Burpies followed by 20 LBS

14 Pax got better today~ Pluto, Rainbow, Archie, Gibbler, Hands, Crab-legs, Code Brown, Cat Gut, Bunny, Kentucky, Fabio, Toll Bridge, Hot Tub, Matlock
Worst metaphor inF3 history…

Shared that as High Impact men we are often striving to be leaders in our families, church, work, and friend groups. You are working hard to both fit in AND to stand out. Working hard and stepping up to be a humble leader when called upon to do so… each of us is carrying a lot of strength as Hims, yet it may not be noticed as we live life as humble servants, yet when called to do so we step up and show our strength and stand out when called to do so.

Shared a story about how while driving home from our vacation yesterday my son had noticed and commented on seeing an El Camino driving in our neighborhood.

Shared that as HIMs sometimes we are like an El Camino… We may look simple, fit in, and appear to be a regular person or Sad Clown at first glance. Like looking at an El Camino from the front …Heck it looks like a car!

Yet each of us has strength and power that through our humility is not apparent at the first head on glance.  Our strength, power and influence as a HIM is seen after getting the full picture of each of us as a man. Much like an El Camino has the strength to haul almost 1,500 lbs in the back and in many models  a high performance engine making it a true muscle car! We each can look like an average man from the front, yet as we strive to be HIMS we have the extra strength in the back that you might not see at first.

So strive to be like an El Camino … humble, car like, and unassuming at first glance, yet strong, capable of carrying a heavy weight, and a high performance HIM who is a servant to others.

EDIT: Added this link after initial post of back blast – Today is the anniversary of the introduction of the El Camino… I had no idea this was the case when I planned the Q last night!


Closed with this verse from Thessalonians 5:14

” And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all”
Reminded everyone of the Convergence & 3rd F at Bomb Shelter tomorrow morning

Steamed & Smoked, Not Skunk’d

[ The Scene ]

– Couple of skunk sightings in the cool 60-degree air.

– Some diesel powered ‘Mercian trucks roll up

– It’s about to go down

[ Welcome/Disclaimer ]

  • Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith
  • My name is Steam and I’m honored to be in your company and be your Q this morning
  • FNGs?
  • Couple of things before we begin:
    • (1) Contrary to popular belief I am not a professional
    • (2) You’re here on your own volition
    • (3) If you need to modify anything we do this morning – feel free to do so as you need but push yourself and those around you. .

[ Warm o Rama ]

  • Imperial Walker: 11×4 IC
  • Rockette: 11×4 IC
  • Windmill: 11×4 IC
  • Merkin: 11×4 IC
  • SSH: 11×4 IC

[ The Thang ]

(Mosey to the Pav)

(1) Power of 3s

  • 3 points of contact:
    • Dugouts: 3 pull-ups
    • Pav: 6 incline Merkins
    • AO parking lot far corner: 9 Big Boy Sit-ups
  • Dugouts — Pav — AO parking lot far corner
  • R & R this 2x — adding 3 reps to each station each time
    • Round 2: 6, 9, 12

Done? — Wall-sits & Seal Claps (Yayyyyyyy)

(10 count)

(Mosey to parking lot outside of playground)

Tour de Parking Lots

(2) 9s

  • Rocky Balboas on the curb
  • Freddie Mercury’s at the opposite end of the parking lot
  • Everything on a 4 count
  • 8 & 1
  • 7 & 2 etc etc etc


(Mosey across the street to opposite parking lot)

(A very distinct skunk smell is in the air — and no, it wasn’t the newest scent of Axe body spray, this was clearly a  skunk. Cutting Parking Lot #2 short — PAX execute 25 u0/down squats and mosey to Parking Lot 3. Shame, Parking Lot #2 had a cool name – but in the wild wild gloom, in a 19 to 1 battle of PAX vs. skunk – the skunk wins.)

(3) There and Back Again — cut short by Skunkinitis

  • 3 points of contact
    • 1 end of the lot
    • Middle of the lot
    • End of the lot
  • 2 ways of getting to them
    • Bear crawl
    • Lunge
  • At each POC: 25 SSH (1 count)
  • When you get back here: Hold the squat
  • Complete the last 25 SSHs together to = 100

(Mosey to roundabout parking lot next to baseball field)

(3) Rounding Up (To 100)

  • We’ll do this together
  • 25×4 mountain climbers

(Run around to the right to the opposite side)

  • 25×4 Carolina Dry Docks

(Run around to the right back to the start)

  • 25×4 mountain climbers 

(Run around to the right to the opposite side)

  • 25×4 Carolina dry docks 

(Mosey pax the back way up past the dugouts and Pav to the AO parking lot)

  • 3 good pull-ups at the dugout
  • 6 good incline merkins at the Pav
  • 9 good big boy sit-ups at the AO parking lot

PAX circle up — still breathing and still time on the clock

[ Mary ]

  • ATMs (15×4 shoulder taps, 10 slow merkins, 10 quick merkins)


  • Dynamic Stretching with Steam (Last 5 minutes)
    • Back stretches
    • leg stretches
    • Calf stretches
    • Core stretches
    • GOOD STUFF (not a stretch – stretching is just good stuff)

[ COT ]

  • # off — 19
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs — 0 
  • BOM

“The Power to Change our Thoughts”

  • Jerry Flowers

I shared that it’s been a really hard year for us all and whether we realize it or not it’s probably affected how we think and our thought life (whether we give it credit or not).

So I heard this sermon by a pastor by Jerry Flowers about thought life and the power we have to change the way we think and he listed the exercise below to prove this.

Picture a lion in your head.

Got it?

Now picture a a tiger in your head.

Got it?

You just proved to yourself that you have the power to change your thoughts.


The way we think is important! How we think about ourselves, how we think about our life and family and communities, it’s important.

I say this as an encouragement so that if you’ve ever found yourself in a place like I’ve been in and out of this year – desperation and just being tired and exhausted – (1) Give the situation you’re in to the Lord and (2) Realize you have the power to change how you think.


Stay in the fight men!


Drop Dead Legs

THE SCENE: Though the thermometer said it was over 50, I could barely see the road from the heat coming off as I pulled into the AO and was met by 15 HIMs ready to get unchained and hit the ground running.

Ain’t talking ’bout love. I’m talking ’bout Fitness, Fellowship and Faith. I’m Charmin, you’re Q.  All my flavors are guaranteed to satisfy. Plus they’re free.  Cause of this Full Bug called COVID, don’t spit on each other and and if Push Comes To Shove, you’re not social distancing.

Might as well Jump with some SSH, IC (4ct) x 20; followed by some BBQ squats (low and slow), Imperial Squat Walkers x 10 and Tie Fighters, back and forth with the BAC, 10x each.

Move to the baseline for some Rocky Balboas, IC (4ct) x 20, then it’s Bottoms Up with a burpee broad jump across the AO, lunging back to the beginning.
Time to hit the Mean Streets.  The Q wanted to run but also get some quad work in, so why not the Best of Both Worlds with a Bernie up Baby Everest and a run down the Dragon to the Cloud.

At the Cloud,we did some Aiken Legs (Box Jumps/Step Ups, Mary Catherines, Reverse Lunges), 20 each for 2 rounds.  The Q forgot to throw in Squats to lead off, so the Aiken Legs wasn’t fully legit, and now I’m feeling like an Atomic Punk.

After that House of Pain, we had another round of Bernie up BE, down the Dragon to the AO.

Now it’s into the Pleasure Dome for a little 7 of Diamonds.  Repeat each exercise and reps at each corner for 4 total laps around the AO.

  • 1st lap: 7 burpees at each corner
  • 2nd lap; 14 Flutter kicks, 4 ct;
  • 3rd lap; 21 Merkins;
  • 4th lap; 28 Squats.

Circle up for Death by Squats:  Start with 10 jump squats, followed by 10 squats, then 9 jump squats, followed by 10 squats, etc., down to 1 last “Failure to Launch” jump squat and 10 squats.  At this point, Somebody Get Me a Doctor, because my legs are On Fire.  I don’t know if Jamie’s Cryin’, but I sure am.

Q has a Loss of Control and Kentucky takes over, calling out a favorite: Bicycles (Play Bicycle by Queen.  Do Freddy Mercurys plus a BBS every time he sings Bicycle or Bike).  Why? because Everybody Wants Some!
16 HIMs feel Black and Blue but are on Top of the World.
I know everybody has One Foot Out the Door and wants to be Dancing In the Streets, but you can’t miss the BOM and just Hear About It Later.  Stealing from Steam’s podcast with Cap’n Crunch, we need to remember what F3 is and is not. As Cap’n perfectly put it, “We are not a workout group.  We are not a men’s group.  We do those things, but that’s not what we are. The goal of F3 is to invigorate male community leadership.  We are a leadership factory . . .A leadership university.”  Leadership requires practice and experience.  What better place to get in practice than leading the men of F3 through a workout.  Remember that Iron Sharpens Iron.  Are we being sharpened by those around us?  Are we in turn sharpening those around us?
Eddie Van Halen’s music was part of the soundtrack of my life.  The music for today’s workout and this BB is dedicated to his memory. RIP.
3rd F on 10/17 at the Bomb Shelter.  Be there!

Starting Fresh!

THE SCENE: Couldn’t ask for better!

Full body circuit at HGTV overlook, exercise on right side of overlook, then run to the middle for next exercise, then run to the left side and exercise

●2 rounds of 5 Burpees, 10 Shoulder Tap Merkins, 5 Burpees, 10 Shoulder Tap Merkins, 5 Burpees

●Cobra Kai’s and Sky Thrusters

●1 round of 10 Carolina Dry Docks, 10 Grady Corns, 10 Carolina Dry Docks, 10 Grady Corns, 10 Carolina Dry Docks

●1 round 10 each leg of Rocky Balboas, 10 Squat Jumps, 10 each leg of Rocky Balboas, 10 Squat Jumps, 10 each leg of Rocky Balboas

●1 round 10 V-Ups, 10 side crunches each side, 10 V-Ups, 10 side crunches each side, 10 V-Ups

After the circuit, we moseyed until we stumbled upon the Mall Walkers where we greeted them with 5 burpees(several times).
Merkin ring of fire!

There is no enemy outside our soul…  The real enemies live inside us..  Anger, Pride, Greed & Hate..  Avoid all of them and enjoy a peaceful life..

Grateful for this PAX!  Prayers for Doublewide family and the family that lost their daughter over the weekend in Hardin Valley…
Bombshelter 3rd F!!!

Thanking all that participated in Hardship Hill and encouraged others to step up and help out next year!