F3 Knoxville

Many Happy Returns

THE SCENE: Some sort of 20’s… But dry and calm so it’s not really cold.  Except them stones!

SSH IC x30
Cossack Squat Tempo IC x16 (8 each leg)
Hindurkins x15 IC
Al Gore Tuck Jump x7 (I thinK)
LBAC IC x20 Fwd, x20 Bwd
OK, time to open the present! Box Cutters IC x30

Mosey to the Pee Rock pile to pick out your gift – CMU-ish pee rock
Great… Now you have to pretend you love it. Hold it proudly above your head for a lap around the parking lot!
Drop this one in a parking spot, head over and grab 2 hand-size pee rocks. Drop in adjacent spot

Pick up the CMU-size pee rock, move about 20 yards away and form 2 single-file lines.
Now it’s time to wait in line to exchange your gift.
To pass the time waiting in line, do an exercise. Start with curls.
First man in each line runs to the service desk to exchange CMU-size for 2 hand-size and a new exercise.
He heads to the back of the line and the next PAX makes the exchange. When 2-rocks gets back to the front, run down and switch to 1-rock and a new exercise:

One Rock Two Rocks
Curl Man Makers
Fwd Shoulder Raise Side Raise
Rows Wax On/Off
Tricep Extension Raise the Roof
Goblet Squat Bent Over Side Raise

Standing in line always takes longer than you think… No time for Mary this morning!
14 PAX, no FNGs
We exchanged gifts with my in-laws on Christmas Eve night.  They headed home, and then the next morning we found the gift cards that we’d given them sitting on the side table where they had left them.  It made me think about the fact that just being offered a gift isn’t everything. You have to reach out and take it, a conscious act of receiving.  Some of God’s gifts we just get (and often take for granted), no acknowledgement or recognition required.  A sunrise, our next breath, a baby’s laugh… But His greatest gift requires an act of receiving or it just sits there like my in-laws’ gift cards. Theirs for the taking, yet unused.  Be sure you’re not leaving God’s greatest gift for you sitting on the table.
That circuit took much longer than I expected… I was thinking we’d run through it twice, then maybe I’d need to fill the time with some 7’s or something… Not so! Made it about 97% through once before we ran out of time.

Gonna be feeling a tingle in the fingertips all morning from the freezing pee rocks!

Great to be out this morning with my F3 brothers working off some of that goo!  Coffeeteria was a good unwind as well.
February 24th – Bomb Shelter CSAUP!

A Good Setback?

THE SCENE: 43 degrees, moist like a nice bunt cake?

SSH X20, rocketts x10, this and that, shoulder touch Merkins x10, cherry pickers x5


At top Mosey to the “boat” and Start at first lit tree.
At each tree do:
1 burpee
2 squats
3 Merkins
4 lunges (2 each leg)
Then run back to start and go to next line. Repeat
Total of 8 trees (trees are 20’ +- apart)

When finished go back and finish with six

On next set of 8 trees do:
2 burpees
4 squats
6 Merkins
8 lunges
Go back and Finish with six

Sprint to bottom of steps (60 yds)
10 burpees on your own

Run up steps and hill to restaurant x2

Mosey towards Matterhorn
Stopping for
iron mikes x20
10 diamond, 10 wide, 10 reg

Turn right before Matterhorn and at every other light pole do:
imperial walkers x10 3-count
Squats x20
Stop just past marina building.

At every tree add 1 merkin starting with 1 (total of 11 trees over 100 yds+-)
Then 10 squat jumps
Mosey back to AO

Ring of Fire, (get in tight)
count up to 3 burpees
Boat/canoe w/ paddling and AB hammering
140ish LBCs
Proton peter Parkers

Ring of Fire, (get in tight)
count up to 3 burpees
Boat/canoe w/ paddling and AB hammering
140ish LBCs
Proton peter Parkers

17 – Frenchie, proton, ratchet,  abacus, tank, frosty, Mayberry, junk, Bueller, too late, crossbar, Showcase, Rusty, wall ball, scooter, Bartman, flute loop

Christmas was God’s most successful setback. He has always delighted to show his power through apparent defeat. He makes tactical retreats in order to win strategic victories.

Joseph was promised glory and power in his dream (Genesis 37:5–11). But to achieve that victory he had to become a slave in Egypt. And as if that were not enough, when his conditions improved because of his integrity, he was made worse than a slave: a prisoner.

But it was all planned. For there in prison he met Pharaoh’s butler, who eventually brought him to Pharaoh, who put him over Egypt. What an unlikely route to glory!

But that is God’s way — even for his Son. He emptied himself and took the form of a slave. Worse than a slave — a prisoner — and was executed. But like Joseph, he kept his integrity. “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow” (Philippians 2:9–10).

And this is God’s way for us too. We are promised glory — if we will suffer with him (Romans 8:17). The way up is down. The way forward is backward. The way to success is through divinely appointed setbacks. They will always look and feel like failure.

But if Joseph and Jesus teach us anything this Christmas it is this: “God meant it for good!”

Aparently Showcase wants to be Shooter so much he is now referring to himself in the name-o-Rama as Shooter.
Prayers for Butters wife and baby as she will be delivering soon, travel for families


12 Days of Christmas

THE SCENE: The Asylum – Clear Skis – 22 Degrees Wind coming in from the west at 3 knots

SSH x20

Light run across the parking lot x4

12 Days of Christmas

  • Wheel Barrels with partner. 2x each 12 steps
  • 11 Merkins
  • 10 Carolina Dry Docks
  • 9 Mountain Climbers
  • Mosey to Cardiac
  • 8 American Hammers
  • 7 Big Boy sit ups
  • 6 Hello Dolly’s
  • 5 (Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive Boooooooooat Canoooooooooooes)
  • “The Run” up Cardiac. 25% to the turn 50% to the turn 100% to the top of the hill
  • 4 Jump Squats
  • 3 Iron Mikes
  • 2 Burpees
  • 1 Hug for your brother

Rinse and repeat x4

22 Men

We all sang the following:

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord

Insert information about upcoming events, 2nd or 3rd F opportunities, and any other announcements.

Wednesday Funday

34 and Foggy




SSH x25 IC
Tempo Merkins x15 IC
Tempo Squats x15 IC
Baby Arm Circles Forward x12 IC
Baby Arm Circles Backward x12 IC

Two laps around the parking lot and line up along the curb.


Run from one curb of the parking lot to the other.  At start point do 1 Jump Squat, at the far curb do 10 BBS.  Subtract 1 rep from squats and add 1 rep to BBS each time until you get to 10 Jump Squats and 1 BBS.  Once you finish, hold plank until everyone finishes.

Circle up.

Start with 1 exercise, adding another exercise until all 5 exercises are completed in succession. Then, work back down until only the last exercise is left. 20 seconds (20s) per exercise:

– Exercise 1 then 20s rest
– Exercises 1 and 2 then 20s rest
– Exercises 1, 2, 3 then 20s rest
– Exercises 1, 2, 3, 4 then 20s rest
– Exercises 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 then 20s rest
– Exercises 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 then 20s rest
– Exercises 5, 4, 3, 2 then 20s rest
– Exercises 5, 4, 3 then 20s rest
– Exercises 5, 4 then 20s rest
– Exercises 5


  1. Burpees
  2. Dry Docks
  3. Narrow Squats
  4. Diamond Merkins
  5. High Knees

Mosey to base of hill near the parking lot.

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, run to top
  • Top of hill 7 Merkins, run to bottom
  • Bottom of hill 6 Merkins, run to top
  • Top of hill 5 Merkins, run to bottom
  • Bottom of hill 4 Merkins, run to top
  • Top of hill 3 Merkins, run to bottom
  • Bottom of hill 2 Merkins, run to top

Top of hill 1 Merkins, run to bottom.  Once you finish, hold plank until everyone finishes.

Circle up again in the parking lot for Mary.


American Hammers x20 IC
Hello Dolly x20 IC
Superman Swims x15 IC
Side Crunches, Rt. x20 IC
Side Crunches, Lf. x20 IC
Flutter Kicks x20 IC


34 PAX


Our mission is simple, “Plant, grow and serve small men’s workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership.”  I believe all of us want to be better leaders, and that’s good…but not enough.  Desire with out action changes nothing.  If we want to be better leaders, we need to lead!  In big ways, small ways and every way in between.  That is one of the many things F3 gives us, the opportunity to lead.  The opportunity to grow.  Again, opportunity changes nothing unless it is seized.  The more we practice leading the more confident we are when the opportunity arises.  Today, seize every opportunity to lead presented to you.  That is how HIMs do it!


2nd F at SoKno Taco Cantina
Powell launch THIS SATURDAY!
3rd F event – Kid workout in Mechanicsville

Submitted by Cap’n Crunch

Pumpkin Carving

THE SCENE:  44 and Spooky

-SSH x30 IC/ Cherry Pickers x10 IC/SSH x20 IC/Imperial Walkers x12 IC/SSH x15 IC/Baby Arm Circles Forward/Reverse x10 each IC

  • Mosey to TN Amphitheater Stage as a PAX and do the following together…
    • 10 Hand Release Merkins, 15 Squats, 20 BBS (take lap around Big Ball)
    • Rinse and Repeat 3 times.  on 3rd trip up sidewalk going behind the Amphitheater steps PAX must bear crawl up to top before returning to stage.
  • Mosey to Big Ball Steps…
    • 7’s with Burpees and Hand Release Merkins (Burpees at the bottom, HRM’s at top of first level of steps.
  • Mosey to Big Ball infield…
    • Partner UP with a Battle Buddy and wheelbarrow across infield to starting point (alternating who is crawling when partner is at exhaustion)

Flutter Kicks IC x20, Hand release merkins IC x10, Hello Dolly’s x15 IC, Hand Release Merkins x7 IC, Pickle Pounders x14 IC
16 PAX & 1 FNG “Swanson”

Proverbs 27:12 “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.  The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” (NLT)  Too often times I find myself being the simpleton.  Reflect throughout your day at a particular time such as lunch and pray about your day and needs/concerns so that God keeps your heart receptive to His ways.  If you want prudent results you can’t act in a manner of the simpleton!!


As we were all walking to our cars Passport and myself encouraged others to sign up to Q/Co-Q!  Commit to stepping out of your comfort zones and lead by serving.