F3 Knoxville

The Power of 3…On Monday.

THE SCENE: 40s, cold, dark, character-building.


  • Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith
  • My name is Steam & I’m honored to be your QIC this morning
  • Couple things:
    • I’ll have my phone, water, and a med kit in my ruck throughout the workout just so everyone is aware. If you need to put keys, wallet, or whatever in there, feel free to do it.
    • I’m not a professional (depends who you ask)
    • You’re here on your own volition – thank you for making the choice to be out here.
    • If you need to modify anything we do this morning – do it. BUT push yourself and the men around you. Some people didn’t wake up with breath in their lungs this morning but you did. You did. Make it count.
  • Name of the game this morning = The Power of 3

WARM-O-RAMA: (IC = In Cadence)

  • SSH (Side-Straddle Hop): 10 x 4 IC
  • Baby Arm Circles (Forward): 11 x 4 IC
  • Imperial Squat Walker: 12 x 4 IC
  • Merkin (Down/Up): 10
  • In Cadence Burpee: 5


(mosey to the flagpole down from the AO)

  1. Connect the Dots
  • 3 points of contact: Pavilion – FlagPole – Far Corner of AO
    • Pavilion = Bench pull-ups
    • FlagPole = Man-Makers
    • Far Corner of AO = Jump Squats
  • 3 rounds of this: starting with 3 reps at each point of contact – and increasing 3 reps at each point of contact for the next 2 rounds (3rd and final round = 9 reps at each point of contact)
  • Recover at the flag pole when you’re done –> Flutter Kicks

(Mosey to playground)

(Battle buddy it up)

  • BB1: Incline merkins on bench (3)
  • BB2: Decline merkins on curb outside playground (3)
  • Rinse & Repeat 3x –> adding 3 reps each time

(mosey to parking lot outside of playground)

  • Power of a Curb // Power of 3
    • 10 x 4 Rocky Balboas on the curb IC
    • 10 x 4 incline merkins IC
    • (sprint to a parking space about 20m away)
    • 10 (down/up) merkins
  • Rinse & Repeat 3x
    • HIM are expected to step up and lead. Why? Because you have what it takes. Even when you’re tired. Even when you’re sore. Even when you’re like “Why the hell did I choose to do this this morning?!”
    • Q chooses different members of PAX to lead the next 2 iterations of the Power of a Curb //Power of 3 –> be lead –> lead.

(Mosey to hill outside of AO parking lot)

  • 3 Tree Hill
    • 3 points of contact: Base of hill – middle of hill – top of hill
      • Base of hill = 10 iron mikes (5 each leg // 10 total)
      • Middle of hill = 10 star jacks (1-count)
      • Top of hill = 10 dry docks (1-count)
    • PAX executes 1st round of this – recovers at the base of the hill
    • Q challenges PAX – this IS NOT a dictatorship of the Q. The PAX , the men, honestly the individual decide what exercises to do, how hard to do it, or not to do it at all.
    • Q asks PAX if they want to continue, or do something else (Q did not have anything else planned but could have come up with something hard (Q hoped the men would stay in the fight for just 5 reps more) – adding 5 reps to each point of contact on the hill.
    • PAX voices they want to push/fight on for round 2. Let’s do this.
    • Recover at the Base of the hill.
    • PAX are GASSED. This is not an easy workout.
    • Q challenges the PAX again – makes the ask to kill round 3 together – adding 10 reps to each point of contact.
    • PAX are gassed but still in the fight. Respond to do round 3 on the hill.
    • Q identifies 3 PAX to lead at each point of contact.
    • PAX moves forward up this hill, not leaving anyone behind.
    • Recover at AO.


  • 3 Corners:
    • C1 = 25 x 4 Flutter Kicks
      • Karaoke to C2
    • C2 = 25 x 4 American Hammers (Q called them Boat rowers…made sense in my head lol, didn’t even think of American Hammers)
      • Reverse karaoke to C2
    • C3 = 25 x 4 LBCs
    • Converge in the middle of the parking lot
  • Q identifies 3 HIM to lead at 1 of the 3 corners – PAX choose which corner to go to
  • When each corner is done –> sprint back to the middle and hold the merkin plank –> All PAX execute 5 down/up merkins
  • Rinse & Repeat 3x (Q identifies 3 more PAX each time to lead a corner)


18 PAX – No FNGs


“Then David said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous and do it. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God, even my God, is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.”” – 1 Chronicles 28:20 (ESV)


Knights of the 21st Century Men’s Ministry

This comes from a daily email I get from The Knights of the 21st Century (check it out ^^). Daily motivation and spiritual guidance for men wanting be men of impact, for their families, their work, and themselves. As a young man, I tend to forget to be strong and brave and have courage – both when and not when the odds are stacked up. I’ve included the email below, take a look and be encouraged men of impact!


The Bo… (Derek that is)


  • 46f and cloudy…. perfect morning to burn off the weekend goo


  • No FNGs / Quick disclaimer and safety briefing


  • 25 Side straddle Hops
  • 20 Baby Arm Circles (10 forward / 10 back)
  • 5 Cherry Pickers

Grab a CMU and head to the Pavilion for “The Bo (Perfect 10) Derek”

10 exercises x 10 reps each x 10 sets

10 CMU Overhead Press
10 Step Ups
10 Flutter Kicks
10 Pull Ups (Under table)
10 CMU Squats
10 Hello Dolly
10 CMU Curls
10 Bobby Hurley
10 Big Boy Sit Ups
10 Side Straddle Hops 


  • N/A


  • 24 HIMS!!


Perspective” – One word that can really provide you with peace of mind.
It is easy to get caught up in the day to day stress of home and work. Let’s say you just lost a contract you were really close to landing or maybe you lost a case you thought you had in the bag. Bunny is likely up a lot with a newborn or someone in this group might have a 3 year old who just decided to randomly turn over their cup of milk in the car…. The list can go on and on…. But the bottom line is, on the grand scale, in a global sense or even a biblical sense, these things are minor. The fact is every one of us here has got it pretty darn good. Keeping things in perspective helps us to remember that and focus on the positive. We’ve got food on our tables, roofs over our heads, wonderful families and friends. We’ve got this group of brothers who come together and support each other physically, socially and spiritually. We vacation, we go out to dinner, we go to the movies, we are free, etc. etc. Put into that context, the spilt milk is trivial.

A few (somewhat humorous) examples:

  • The sinking of the Titanic was by all human accounts a great tragedy… the lobsters sitting in their holding tanks in the galley likely view it very differently
  • The great modern day poet Jimmy Buffett frequently offers discourse on the value of “changes in latitude, changes in attitude”
  • The man stranded on a deserted island was excited to see the boat on the horizon.  Likewise the man lost at sea in the boat was excited to see land ahead.
  • The toothbrush was quoted as having complained that it had “the worst job ever” to which the toilet paper quickly objected!

When you think you are having a bad day, think globally. Think about the millions around the world (and those right here in East Tennessee) who don’t have what you have. Reflect on that a bit and put your troubles into perspective. It will make things a little brighter for you.


1. Scarred but Smarter – Drivin’ N’ Cryin’
2. Hellraiser – Drunken Prayer
3. Unchained – Van Halen
4. Blue Orchid – The White Stripes
5. The Distance – Cake
6. Superman – REM
7. Shake Your Rump – Beastie Boys
8. Cannonball – The Breeders
9. How You Like Me Know? – The Heavy
10. Mach 5 – Presidents of the United States of America
11. Seether – Veruca Salt
12. Good Times Roll – The Cars
13. Hoodoo Gurus – What’s My Scene?
14. What’s Golden – Jurassic 5
15. D is for Dangerous – Artic Monkeys


  • Prayers of safety for PacMan who is on a mission trip to Central America


  • Charmin thanked the group for stepping up to fill the Q calendar and encouraged others to join in

Stay In The Fight

THE SCENE: Insert info about the weather, etc.


  • Welcome to F3: Fitness – Fellowship – Faith
  • Name is Steam & I’ll be your Q this morning so thank you for having me

[ No FNGs ]

  • Couple things before we begin
    • I’m not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition
    • Modify as you need to this morning but push yourself and the men around around here – they made a choice to be here and so did you – make it count.
  • ALSO – As your Q this morning:
    • I will have my ruck (no weight) with me the entire time this morning.
    • Feel free to throw your keys in there
    • There is CPR equipment and a med kit in there as well – in case of an emergency – it’s important everyone knows that.
    • I’ll also have my phone – we’re trying to get men on Q in the habit of having their phone on them, or at least having 1 phone in the PAX for emergency purposes. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.




  • SSH (Side-Straddle Hops): 25 x 4 in-cadence
  • Baby Arm Circles: 11 x 4 in-cadence (Front & Back)
  • Imperial Walker: 11 x 4 in-cadence
  • Merkins: 11 x 4 in-cadence
  • Mountain Climber: 11 x 4 in-cadence


Toe the Line:

  • Karaoke down
    • 2 burpees
  • Karaoke back
  • High knees down
    • 4 burpees
  • High knees back
  • Rockette down
    • 6 burpees
  • Rockette back
  • Sprint down
    • 8 burpees
  • Sprint back

(10 count)

(American Indian Mosey to lighted path by Northshore)

3s Company

  • every 3rd light: 8 up/down merkins in cadence
  • R&R until we hit the street

(10 count)

(mosey to in front of Everest)

Battle Buddy Crushers

  • Battle Buddy It Up
  • As a BB team:
    • in front of Everest: 11 BB situps each (WWII situps)
    • Mosey to the top of that little hill
    • Top of little hill: 11 half-burpees
    • Mosey back to in front of everest and hold Al Gore
  • New Battle Buddy it up
  • As a BB team:
    • In front of Everest: 11 BB high-five merkins
    • Mosey to the top of little hill
    • Top of little hill: 11 squat jumpers
    • Mosey back to in front of Everest and hold the plank
    • 20 SSHs all-together

(10 count)

(New Battle Buddy)

(American Indian Run back to AO)

TPQs (Thought-Provoking Questions) to On the Mosey Back to AO

    • 1) Why do you come to F3?
    • 2) What do you need to leave behind in 2019?

(Arrive back at AO)


  • Core-ter Pounder
    • 25 flutter kicks
    • 25 knee-sit ups
    • 25 LBCs
    • 25 Toe touches
  • Circle it Up –> Cash out with ATMs


17 PAX – No FNGs


I recently went and saw the new Star Wars movie, once on a date and once by myself – loved it both times, would highly recommend. There were a couple quotes that I pulled out of the movie that really got me:

  • “I know what I have to do but I don’t know if I have the strength to do it”
    • I hope you and I find ourselves in this position this year. Maybe we already have. I hope this position can remind us of our necessity of a savior and remind us that he’s far bigger than “fill in the blank.”
  • “The First Order wins by making us think we’re alone.”
    • Don’t be sad clowns. Isolation is a dangerous place for men. The First Order in the movie is representing the bad guys essentially. Creating perversions of the mind to trick the good guys into thinking they’re alone, hopelessness. There is a very real enemy and he thrives of making us think we’re alone. I hope I’m not the first to tell you that you’re not, but you’re not. I encourage you to fight against that theory this year. What we do here is only the launching point for out there. This is the huddle – the game is out there. You’re not alone and you have high impact men that will toe the line and lock shields with you here and out there.
  • “Good people will fight if we lead them.”
    • F3 is in the year-round $free.99 business of iron sharpening. High impact men want to be lead and need to lead. Everytime you come out here, you give another HIM the fighting chance to get a little bit better with you. Your battle buddy, your coworker, your spouse, your kids, your fill in the blank – keep them in the fight. Keep yourself in the fight. Now that fight may look different for you than it did last year, but stay in the fight. Whether that’s the 45 minute fight here in the gloom or a different kind of fight when you leave here, be the kind of HIM that lead people to Keep the Faith & Fight the Good Fight. Be the kind of HIM that keeps yourself keeping the faith and fighting the good fight.


F3 New Year’s Party THIS Friday @ Tank’s House: “F3 Knoxville is having a New Years party…kind of. Bring the wife, girlfriend/significant other or even a FNG. It’s going to be a fun night of fellowship to celebrate the new year! What to bring: a few bucks for the game tournaments, a small dessert or appetizer and BYOB. Tea and coffee will be provided. Make the HC now and let your wife/sig other meet the other idiots that you workout with at 5:30am!” @ 7pm at

Keep the Faith & Fight the Good Fight!

The Never Ending VQ

THE SCENE: Clear and Sub-zero (for those who understand Celsius)


Knocked off the chill with 20 SSH on 4ct (IC); 30 Grady Corns (IC); 5 Burpees (OYO); 10 Hello Dolly’s on 4ct (IC)


Mosey down to the Pavilion for some 11’s (Table Rows with a jog over to the cloud for Box Jumps/Step Ups); LBC’s while we waited for 6 to roll up.  Great mumble chatter turned to cold huffing and puffing quickly.

Mosey back up the hill to the CMU station to distribute the goods.  Spread out on baseline near ball field with battle buddies to embark on a Brick Relay (in the absence of @Bunny… “it was a race!”).  HIM1 carried 2 CMU’s as fast as possible across lot to other baseline while HIM2 planked with anticipation.  HIM1 sprinted back to relieve HIM2.  HIM2 sprinted to other side to retrieve both CMU’s and return them to original baseline.  Rinse and repeat 3 more times (round 2 SSH for waiting HIM; round 3 squats; round 4 plank). LBC’s while we waited for 6 to roll up.

After brief recovery… Brick Brigade along baseline starting in CMU station corner.  5 CMU’s were passed down the line with an overhead press during each handoff to the next HIM.  Indian run to the front of the line where each HIM added 10 Merkins before joining the rest of the waiting PAX in squats.  Made it all the way across the lot to claim Victory for a brief recovery.  Repeated back across the lot for a second round.  Changed out squats for SSH’s for waiting PAX.

After stowing the CMU’s in their natural habitat… mosey over to far corner for some flutter kicks on 4ct (IC); Detecting @Coolio spying his watch, steered PAX on mosey past AO (leading him to think COT must be close) and headed up Baby Cardiac Hill for a Burpee at the top; mosey back to AO for fake wrap up with some Mary time.  Pushed through 30 American Hammers (IC) led by @Coolio followed by 15 Hello Dolly’s on 4ct (IC).

Convinced it was over… PAX mosey to far corner for Monkey Humpers (IC) led by @Code Brown.  Mosey to CMU corner for some Pickle Pounders (IC) led by @Gibbler.  Mosey to far corner to “cheerfully” complete some SSH on 4ct (IC) led by @Pom Pom.  Mosey back to AO for some Cherry Pickers to finish up.

Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

In the middle of their mundane, the shepherds had a divine interruption of good news.  The announcement of Jesus birth was not only a miraculous moment but the culmination of something planned for hundreds of years (see Isaiah 53).  Jesus came not just to be a carpenter or an inspirational leader, but He came to die in our place.  He came to be our Savior.  Philippians 2 speaks of His step out of divinity into humanity with humility.

Finished with a reminder of a very familiar verse and it’s lesser known neighbor… John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.”  But keep on reading… John 3:17 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

This was my VQ!

Important reminder to always keep a cell phone with the PAX during workouts in case of medical emergency.  (followed by wise-cracks from @Coolio toward HIMs deserving of RESPECT)

Another 12 Days (and a Yule Log)

THE SCENE: Unseasonably warm!
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER: Maybe?  Code Brown was in charge of that and perhaps skipped over some of it.  No FNGs so we’d heard it all.

SSH IC; practice some Manmakers and a Fireman Carry.  Wish Hot Tub and Gibbler well as they took off like scalded dogs to do a little marathon training tour of the Asylum.  Let’s move.
4 volunteers strap in the harness to pull the Yule Log to Circus Maximus.  We use a rotation of volunteers to pull the Yule Log a half lap around at a time, at each stop, we celebrate the Days of Christmas cumulatively as follows:

  • Day 1:  Manmaker;
  • Day 2: Iron Mikes, 4 count
  • Day 3: Jump Squats;
  • Day 4: Smurf Jacks;
  • Fiiiivvveee Buuurrrrpppeeeeeees!
  • Day 6:  Hello Dollys (4 ct, IC)- led by Carney;
  • Day 7:  Merkins (4 ct, IC)- Led by Code Brown;
  • Day 8: Mountain Climbers (4 ct, IC)- led by Double Wide;
  • Day 9: American Hammers (4 ct, IC)- led by Rainbow;
  • Day 10: Big Boy Sit-ups (IC)- led by Honeydew;
  • Day 11: Carolina Dry Docks (4 ct, IC) – led by Pom Pom;
  • Day 12: Partner up and Fireman Carry twelve steps each.
  • Mosey back to AO (with Yule Log in tow)

Bunny takes over and whips us like mules up Baby Everest.  Our distance runners rejoined the PAX and took a turn pulling the Yule Log up.  Manmakers at the top:  Rinse and repeat.

Somebody put Cat Gut in charge for a brutal 5 minutes of Boat/Canoe.

Christmas isn’t about bright presents in flashy wrapping.  God’s ultimate gift of love and grace through his Son came in very humble wrapping.  With that in mind, we should be able to celebrate Christmas in any situation.  Also, this day in history:  The counter-offensive known as the Battle of the Bulge began in the Ardennes Forest.  Those involved certainly spent Christmas without anything fancy or shiny.
Prayers for Pinto and his family and Junk, Junk’s wife, and their family.
Second F gathering at Tank’s house on Jan 3.  M’s are invited.