F3 Knoxville

Down on the Docks

THE SCENE: Nice cool morning.  About 55 degrees with no humidity.

Started with 25 SSH on 4ct then mosey’d to pavilion flag pole for 10 tempo merkins, 10 windmills, and 10 mountain climbers all on the 4 count.  Mosey’d to Circus Maximus for some butt kickers down and jog back and skips down jog backs
Mosey’d to dock on the back side near cardiac for 4 rounds of 4 exercises followed by running the short loop there.  Exercises were

  • 20 Dry Docks
  • 20 Calf Raises
  • 20 LBC’s
  • 10 Burpees
  • Then run loop

Competed 4 rounds then mosey’d to cardiac for10 squat jumps at bottom light pole, first bend, second bend, and top.  We bernie’d all the way up.

Mosey’d to tail of dragon for a trip down route 66 with Merkins

After completion…back to the AO

Had time for some Freddie Mercury’s, Heel touches, and LBC’s all 20 on 4ct

Discussed how character always rises to the top.  Used a story about Grant Williams as an example in light of his NBA record night a few days ago.  What do you do when you think people aren’t watching?

Plant Trees

The Scene


F3 Welcome and Disclaimer

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith, Free, Modify, Not Professional, Own Volition, Social Distance, Phone


Motivators (Dumpster Dive picked to start from 5)

Cherry Pickers

Runners Lunge w/ reach

Tempo Squats



Challenged everyone to go for at least one more rep above what they think they could do during this workout. We are capable of more than we think. 



Mosey to the CMU Pile and grab one that we will work with throughout the beatdown


We set up around the parking lot for 3 rounds of each exercise with a run around the median in between. Exercises as follows:

3×20 walking lunges (After 20 walking lunges, leave cmu, run around the median back to where you left off.)

3×10 thrusters (Between each thruster take 2 steps) median run between each round

3×10 Big Boy Situps (Knuckles to ground behind your head, heel tap at the top) median run between each round

Some 10 counts were sprinkled in by various HIM’s


New dock work up next

While group 1 went through a plank variation the second group laid down on the ground next to the dock then got up and immediately got onto the dock. 3 rounds then tap a HIM doing a plank to let them know it is their turn. The below planks were completed in the three rounds: 

Standard Plank

Crab Plank

Freestyle plank


Grabbed our CMU’s and headed back toward the CMU pile


We circled up and complete 4 rounds of the following:

40 Rocky Balboas

10 CMU swings


We then moseyed back to the AO.



We had enough time for 1 minute of flutter kicks


14 HIM’s


“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”-Greek Proverb

I changed the quote a little since none of us are old. “A society grows great when wise men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”-Greek Proverb

Challenged everyone to break out of any self-centered loops we find ourselves in a begin to lay the groundwork for the next in line, even if we won’t reap the benefits of our labor. 



Go 4th and Be Godly – There Is No “Try”

THE SCENE: 60’s. A little damp ground.
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER – Administered

May the 4th be with you. In honor of Star Wars day, today we will be doing themed exercises. Some you know, some you might know, & some you might even be surprised Pool Boy is leading…

Cantina Night Club (Moroccan Night Club)
Cloud City Rocking Chair (Tennessee Rocking Chair)
Little Princess Leia’s (Little Mermaids)
Chewbacca Humpers (Monkey Humpers)
Hans Solo Release Merkins (Hand-release merkins)
Rebel Squadron Run (Falling Indian Run) past the track to the Cheatsheet merkin parking lot past the track. Do Chewbacca Humpers while we pass then fall in when 6 passes you.


Imperial Squat Walkers
Lunge between 2 parking spaces
Hans Solo Release Merkins
Lunge between 2 parking spaces (Bear Crawl optional)
Mosey to Coruscant Manufacturing Unit (CMU) pile

Death Star – A routine done with a deck of playing cards where each suit is an exercise and each card dictates the number of reps you do of that exercise all the way up to an Ace being 14 reps. Exercise complete when all 52 cards have been flipped:

Spades – Parking Space Light Speed Suicides
Hearts – Run down to the curb and back each
Clubs – Heavy Core (PAX drawing the two cards picks
Diamond- Hans Solo Relase Merkins
Additional stuff we didn’t have time for: R2D2 & C-3PO  (aka Dora)-
Partner exercises except each round your partner start with 1 Cloud City Rocking Chair
100 Chewbacca Humpers
200 Tie Fighters (100 each way)
300 Imperial Walkers
Mosey to the Rebel Base (Shovel Flag):

Light Saber Game for Dealer’s Choice.
Except Yoda Jacks

11 Jedi Knights

Do or do not, there is no try. Yoda says this and in some ways this is true & others not. But what I think Yoda means is what I’ll sum up in a different way:

God doesn’t expect more of us than we can do. Pause & think about that. He only expects what we’re capable of. But as we all know- & the past few weeks of study & rest I’ve done (legit or not, it’s a decision I made), I chose to do that.  You chose to get out here today & workout. Others chose to be on a business trip out of town, preparing for new life changes, or simply to stay at home. But you did it- you came here.

So now consider this:
“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”
Have you heard the phrase ‘should implies can’? It’s simple yet profound. It’s similar to ‘do or do not, there is no try.’ If you should do something, it means you can. But even that is only what God has given us the ability to do. Today we got some bodily training on Star Wars day. But each new day, whether it’s Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, or another day 20 years from now or after this life, if we are disciplining ourselves for the purpose of godliness, it will have value now & forevermore.

Mandolin is back! Prayed for Mandolin, Long Noodle’s wife and him, Dumpster Dive traveling and Waxjob’s adoption & financial court stuff. Good to be back after studying for and taking the PE Exam. Hilarious commentary from Dumpster Dive (especially during prayer requests) today – great mumblechatter and had a lot of fun.
CSAUP Escape from Haw Ridge this Friday 9pm-midnight! See Slack for details. Shamrock Flag handoff May 15.

thespeedway crazy ladder

THE SCENE: Crisp, mid 50s and it was nice!
SSH x11, Cherry Pickers x5, Tempo Big Boys x10, Mosey around made up circle :).

Note: Cones are approximately 10 yards apart.

  • Inchworm to 1st cone
  • Body Builders x10
  • Inchworm back to starting cone
  • Murder bunny to 2nd cone
  • Skull crushers x20
  • Murder bunny back to starting cone (leave CMU)
  • Bear crawl to 3rd cone
  • Big Boys x30
  • Bear crawl back to starting cone
  • Pick up CMU and walk with CMU above head to 4th cone
  • CMU curls x40
  • Run the circle that was ran during warm-o-rama (leave CMU at 4th cone)
  • Get your CMU on the way back
  • Repeat

Australian Snow Angels x10, Tempo Squats with CMU x10, LBCs for time
Doppelganger, Cow Patty, Doctor, Pennies, Streaker, Blackwire (FNG), Waxjob, Halfday (FNG), Grouch

Exodus 33:19 – “… And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.”

As disciples of Yeshua, we are called to love all.  Lovingly correct sinful behavior of fellow disciples and love those who do not hold themselves to the teachings of Christ and law of YHWH as a means to show them Christ.

As I struggle with wanting to shake people out of their sinful nature (mainly those who are not disciples of Christ), I am constantly reminded that it is not my job.  It is my job to love those individuals and let the light of YHWH show through the love I am showing those individuals and let YHWH take care of the rest.  He is in control of everything and his thoughts are higher than mine and his ways are higher than mine.  Loving people is not the same as condoning a person’s choices.

CSAUP at Haw Ridge on May 6 from 9 PM to midnight.  Teams can still register.

Merkin Madness

THE SCENE: Cool and clear, perfect sunrise beatdown weather

SSH x 25 (4ct)
10 Burpees
Windmills x 10 (4ct)
10 Burpees
Little Baby Arm Circles x 10 forward/10 back (4ct)
10 Burpees
Tempo Squats x 10 (4ct), x 5 (8ct)
5 Burpees
Tempo Merkins x 10 (4ct), x 5 (8ct)
5 Burpees
A little of this and that
Cherry Pickers x 5 (4ct)
Bring Sally Up

Mosey to upper field.  Doing half field laps with 8 exercise stations.  2 rounds with whole field lap after each round.

  • Clerkins x 1
  • CDD x 10
  • Swerkins x 5 (per side)
  • Sphinx Merks x 5
  • Reverse Grip Merks x5
  • Derkins x5
  • Dive bombers x 5
  • Spiderman Merks x 5 (per side)

Line up on baseline by goal.  Movement exercise to penalty box line.  Same movement, but reverse direction back to base line.  2 rounds with whole field lap after each round.

  • Bernie (to midfield)/Sprint (back to penalty box)/Mosey (to baseline) – only set to go to midfield
  • Broad jump/Reverse (more of a bunny hop backward)
  • Bear Crawl/Crawl Bear
  • Lunge/Reverse Lunge
  • Bunny hop/Reverse
  • Inchworm/Reverse

10 Burpees
Dead bugs x 20 (4ct)
Side Crunches x 20 per side (4ct)
LBCs x 20 (4ct)
American Hammer x 20 (4ct)
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!
We spent a great deal of our time thinking about the What we are doing/going to do and also about the How we are going to do it.  We spend very little time thinking about the Why.  Why is what we are doing important?  Why does is matter and what purpose does it serve?  Simon Sinek posed this idea as a business tool and sales model, but it’s directly applicable to our lives.  For instance, why are you part of F3?  What are you hoping to get from it?  What are you planning to give back or give to it?  Why do you parent the way you do?  Why do you treat your wife the way you do?  For those of us of Faith, why do you believe the way you do?  Why do you follow Christ?  It’s ok if you don’t have an answer today to these questions.  I’m still exploring some of them myself.  But simply saying, “Because I’m supposed to,” or, “Because that’s how I was raised,” isn’t going to cut it.  Explore that Why.  Understand that and you may find that it’s easier to adjust your What and your How.
Prayers for Cosmo’s mom dealing with cancer, Praise for Tailpipe’s wife’s successful surgery and praying for recovery, prayers for fellow PAX (particularly at JUCO) dealing with injuries and illnesses
CSAUP @ Haw Ridge 5/6
Convergence @ JUCO 7/2