F3 Knoxville

Monday Throat Punch

THE SCENE: 60 degrees and perfect weather to train

30 SSH

Warmup/Orientation loop

Run across parking lot. Do 2 Burpees every line (roughly 10 lines)

50 squats

Lunge back

50 squats

run up baby hill and around the loop

repeat 2-3 times.

Plank 30 seconds

Elbow Plank 30 seconds

Left plank 30 seconds

Right plank 30 seconds

Back extensions 10 IC

Leg lifts 10 IC

Mountain climbers 10

Repeat 3-4 times

20 Merkins OYO

50 Squats OYO

???? Can’t remember the last exercise until time
35 Strong men
It’s hard to believe God is there in the middle of the valley. It’s easier to believe it when I am on the mountain top. But the truth is that God is with us on the mountain top and in the valley. Even though I don’t feel or see or experience God walking with me – it doesn’t mean He isn’t there. I have to hold fast to that anchor when I get overwhelmed. That’s my challenge to myself and to you: Believe He is there even if it seems that He isn’t.


I’m preparing a swim lesson plan for those who are interested in learning to swim. It will be free of charge to the men of F3. Contact me on GroupMe if you are interested.

Monday Funday

67 and Muggy


Welcome & Disclaimer



  • SSH x30 (IC)
  • 4ct Diagonal Lunges x15 IC
  • 4ct Windmill Merkins x10 IC
  • 4ct Tempo Squats x12 IC
  • Arm Circles Forward x12 IC
  • Arm Circles Backward x12 IC
  • Run two loops around the parking lot

Mosey to curb and line up.


Jelly Legs
Start at one side of the parking lot.  Perform the following:

  • R1: Hold squat position for 10 count, perform 10 squats, run to the other curb, do 2 Burpees, run back
  • R2: Hold squat position for 20 count, perform 20 squats, run to the other curb, do 2 Burpees, run back
  • R3: Hold squat position for 30 count, perform 30 squats, run to the other curb, do 2 Burpees, run back
  • R4: Hold squat position for 40 count, perform 40 squats, run to the other curb, do 2 Burpees, run back
  • R5: Hold squat position for 50 count, perform 50 squats, run to the other curb, do 2 Burpees, run back

Line up in four separate lines.  Each group mosey to the far parking lots and to one of four cones set up in the corner.


Four Corners
Spread out to 4 cones.  Alternate exercises at the cones for set time. When time is done, counter-clockwise to the next cone. Rinse and repeat.

  • Cone 1: Dry Docks x15 or x25 & Narrow Squats x15 or x25
  • Cone 2: 4ct Flutter Kicks x15 or x25 & Star Jumps x15 or x25
  • Cone 3: 4ct Shoulder Taps x10 or x15 & Reverse Lunges (each leg counts as 1) x10 or x15
  • Cone 4: 4ct Hello Dolly x15 or x25 & Smurf Jacks x15 or x25

Round 1: 60 seconds at each station
Round 2: 45 seconds at each station

Mosey to the hill near the SP.


Cash Out
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

Circle up for Mary.


4ct American Hammers x20 IC
Rt Side Crunches x20 IC
Lft Side Crunches x20 IC


Number off / Name-0-Rama (40 PAX, 3 FNGs – Petro, Chaco and Fullstack)


“Honorable men refuse to wallow in the small and the bitter.
Honorable men refuse to hate life because something once went wrong.
Honorable men don’t build monuments to their disappointments, nor do they let others brand them and curse them to their destruction.
Honorable men seek out the highest definition of their lives, the nobler meaning granted by heritage, by their ancestors’ dreams and their parents’ hopes.
Honorable men cry out to God until curses are broken and a grander purpose is achieved.
Honorable men don’t settle for lives of regret.”

Stephen Mansfield, “Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men”

As we push ourselves physically each week it is important to remember that we must also be pushing ourselves mentally, emotionally and spiritually…to grow as HIMs.  Physical fitness is important, but character, virtue, integrity and leadership are paramount.  Our world is starving for men with these characteristics.  Men of honor who live beyond themselves.  Men who are life-givers, not life-takers.

I believe there is a direct correlation between strenuous physical exercise and the strenuous pursuit to live a life of honor, integrity and impact.  Both take effort and focus. Both take intentionality, consistency and daily commitment.  Both are met with resistance from the status quo and my own passivity.  Both can’t be pursued alone and require me to surround myself with like-minded men who inspire, encourage and challenge me along the journey.

Each morning in the gloom we have an opportunity to experience these AND be these things for the men on our left and right.  Iron sharpen iron. This is what it means to wear the “F3”.

Keeping It Close To Home

THE SCENE: 70 and Clear


BOCs front and back

Cherry Pickers

Tempo Merkins

Few Burpees


Station 1 — Pavillion

**Battle Buddy**

HIM 1 does single leg step-ups (10 each leg) with concrete paver while HIM 2 performs wall sit.

Switch and repeat

Reps of 10/8/6/4/2

Station 2 — Dugout

Each HIM alternates 10 pull-ups, 10 Tempo merkins; 9 pull-ups , 9 Tempo merkins etc. Work way down to 1.

Station 3 — Playground

HIM 1 does 10 Bulgarians per leg while HIM 2 does LBCs then switch.

Reps of 10/8/6/4/2

Station 4 — Flagpole

Him 1 does dips at flagpole while HIM 2 bear crawls up hill and back(wards) x 3 sets each

Station 5 — AO

**Groups of 3 so as to have enough pavers**

HIM 1 grips a paver in each hand and speed walks to other side of parking lot and back while HIMs 2 & 3 perform 20 squat jumps and 20 BBs. Switch and continue giving each man a turn with the pavers.

PacMan, Bluebird, Rainbow, Archie, Snitch, Rusty, Kentucky, Proton, Uncle Jesse, Slim Shady, Full House, Music City, Redo (FNG-Jason Cruze), Clooney (FNG-Isaiah McGill)
Shared a little about sacrificial hospitality and bringing people into out lives; people different from us etc. Jesus dined with sinners but did not sin with sinners. Jesus lived in the world, but did not live like the world.
Pretty challenging workout. Next time make all reps 10/8/6/4/2
Hardship Hill announcement.

Roll On

THE SCENE: 60ish and cloudy

BOCs front and back, Cherry Pickers, Single arm plank extensions, tempo merkins, tempo squats, lap around AO with some shuffling and skipping.

Split into 2 groups of 3. Start from baseline / sidewalk.

HIM #1 rolls a wheel (old wheel/tire from a popup camper) in a squatting position to the other side of parking, does 10 Wheel Merkins then drags wheel back in a reverse bear crawl. During this time, HIMs 2 & 3 are doing the following………

  • 20 Dry Docks
  • 20 Squats Jumps
  • 20 Shoulder Taps
  • 20 Sumo Squats with weight
  • 20 4ct LBCs
  • 20 Tempo Derkins
  • 20 4ct Flutter Kicks                     ******REPS DECREASE WITH EACH ROUND: 20, 18, 16 , 14 ETC….********


When HIM 1 returns from dragging the wheel, all 3 HIMS run the hill. Upon returning, HIM 2 takes “THE WHEEL” and HIM 1 & 3 perform above exercises.


After all 3 men complete the wheel drag, begin round 2. Same as above. However, substitute with “Wheelies (burpees with wheel) and Lunge across the lot holding the wheel. Run lower loop instead of hill.

******Alternate between rounds 1 and 2.
Archie, Uncle Jesse, The Force (visitor from F3 Lake Norman), Gibbler, Fabio, Music City
I saw a post on FB that said something like “If you get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly, eat healthy and limit alcohol, you die anyway.” Although a funny post, it made me think.  I shared James 4 where it talk about life being like a vapor that appears for a little while then vanishes.” We’re not guaranteed tomorrow. Our time is limited. Make the most of it and invest your life in things that matter.

Die to Self


Cool and comfortable.  Perfect.

SSH, Cherry Pickers, Rockettes, baby arm circles, tempo squats and tempo merkins
karaoke and high knees and butt kickers

run up the hill and do 2 burpees after each of the below exercies

  • 25 squats
  • 25 Merkins
  • 25 flutter kicks
  • 25 lunges
  • 25 CDD
  • 25 Iron Mikes
  • 25 SSH
  • 25 American Hammers
  • 25 Mountain Climbers
  • 25 squats

mosey to playground

  • 5 Captain Thors
  • 15 box jumps

mosey to pavilion

  • 20 table rows
  • wall sits
  • x3

AO – lunge across parking lot


12 PAX today
Die to Self.  It’s Holy Week.  Jesus had to die to himself for us to live.  As HIMs we need to die to ourselves to love our wives, kids, family, workers, community, etc.
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