F3 Knoxville

Brick by Brick

THE SCENE: Chilly and dark, 28 degrees

SSH, Tempo Squats, Tempo Merkins, Arm Circles, Little of This, Cherry Pickers
Split into two teams, each team was given a CMU that they had to share responsibility for

  • Big Ball: Each person owed ten laps up and down the stairs with 10 Merkins at the bottom and 10 BBS at the top, and each person had to do at least one lap with their team’s brick
  • Water Bridge: Each team lined up single file holding a squat while one at a time team members ran across the bridge to their team’s brick to do 10 Goblet Squats, 10 Upright Rows and 10 Chest Presses
  • Event Lawn: Each team split in half on either side of the lawn. Each person owed on trip across the field lunging and another across with Murder Bunnies. Alternated between Merkins, Squats, and BBS while waiting
  • Under the Clinch St Bridge: Each team wall sat in a line while passing the brick up and down the line, doing 5 shoulder presses each time they got the brick
  • Back at AO: Formed a circle with the bricks on opposite ends. Alternated between Flutterkicks and American Hammers while passing the bricks around the circle, doing 10 curls, 10 shoulder presses and 10 tricep extensions each time the brick came to you.


Shared again the story of GK Chesterton responding to the London Times’ article “What is wrong with the world today” by writing “Dear Sirs, I am.” Not only does this show a tremendous amount of humility and self awareness, but it also demonstrates what it looks like to live out Jesus’ command to worry more about the plank in our own eyes than the speck in our neighbors’. It’s also really important that whenever we approach any sort of situation or confrontation, even when we are confident we are in the right, we still have our own flaws and tend to bring our own sin to the table. Practicing this level of humility and self awareness will help us to continue to be High Impact Men.

The Big snow Ball

THE SCENE: Cold with snow flurries
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER- Welcome to F3 (Fitness, Fellowship and Faith.  Modify if needed.  Work hard but don’t hurt yourself.

SSH, Tempo Merkins, Tempo Squats, Rocketts, 5 Burpees OYO, more SSH and 5 more Burpees OYO.
Mosey 1 lap around yard area, end up back at the fountains for a few more SSH

Mosey to event area (other yard area)


  • 20 Merkins – 1 lap around yard
  • 20 American Hammers – 1 lap around yard
  • 20 Squats – 1 lap around yard
  • 20 BBS – 1 lap around yard

Mosey to parking lot C15 to pick some coupons.  Circle up for all to do reps while PAX run to other end of lot and back one at a time until all PAX’s have run.

  • Curls
  • Squats – with coupon
  • Flutter Kicks – with coupon
  • Horizontal press

Mosey back to event area for one more round of same exercises as above.

Mosey back to AO.

No time for Mary. (Sorry Mary)
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!
Matthew chapter one lists the genealogy of Jesus.  Many names are unfamiliar but God had them in that family at that time for a reason.  God has us where we are for a reason.  In our family, our work place, our church, our community, in F3 for a special plan and purpose.  Seek God and His specific plan and purpose for your life.

Prayer for Swanson’s mother recovering from surgery.  Also prayer for Trowel for his new adventure in the Air Force.

Saturday Ab Shredder

THE SCENE: Cold and Clear, 27*

SSH, Imperial Walkers, Hillbillies, Tempo Squats, Cherry Pickers, Baby Arm Circles, Hand Release Merkins

  • Rock Pile: Got rocks and went to the sidewalk alongside the convention center. Paired up for Doras: 50 American Hammers on a 4-count, 50 squats and 50 Big Boys all with the rock per pair while one partner ran to the convention center sign and back with the rock over head. Then we rinsed and repeated but without the rock carry on the run
  • Sunsphere: Put the rocks back and went to the sunsphere for 11’s: Hand Release-Release Merkins at the bottom and Flutterkicks on a 4-count at the top. Then enjoyed some stargazers in cadence
  • Bridge over Waterfall: Went to the big bridge. There we toe-tap bear crawled across, stopping at each light post for 10 Big Boys
  • Back to the AO: Circled up for Captain Therkins; 1:1 ratio of Big Boys to American Hammers (4-count) increasing reps by one each set but with 5 Hand Release Merkins between each set


Encouraged the guys to continue thinking along the lines of what Postman brought up on Thursday with the question “What have you learned or gained from 2020 that you want to bring with you?”. Obviously all that 2020 entails doesn’t disappear on January 1st, but once everything is over, what is something the Lord has done in your life or taught you that you hope to hold on to?
CSAUP Jan 30th

10 and 10 and then some

[ The Scene ]

  • 30s
  • Colder than a polar bear’s toe-nail

[ Welcome/Disclaimer ]

  • Welcome to F3: Fitness-Fellowship-Faith
  • Name is Steam and I’ll be your Q this warm morning
  • Couple things before we begin:
    • I’m not a professional
    • You’re here on your own volition – meaning you’re here on purpose
    • If you need to modify anything we do this morning feel free to do so but push yourselves and the men around you. You got this.
  • FNGs

[ Warm o Rama ]

  • SSH: 10×4 IC
  • Forward Lunge: 5×4 IC
  • Rockette: 10×4 IC
  • Baby-Arm Circles: 10×4 IC
  • Man-Maker: 5×4 IC

(Bench Warm-Up)

  • 20 box jumps
  • 20 incline merkins

[ The Thang ]

  • Battle Buddy up

(Mosey to the 1st walking bridge)

(1) 10s

  • 2 points of contact
    • Walking Bridge
    • Bridge over Cumberland
  • Walking Bridge: BBS (4 count)
  • Bridge over Cumberland: Man-Makers (8 count)
  • AS A TEAM – you will do this together – work your way up from 1-10
  • 1 BBS here — run to Bridge over Cumberland — 1 Man-Maker
    • Run back
  • 2 BBS here — run to Bridge over Cumberland — 2 Man-Makers
  • All the way up to 10
  • After 10 — knock out 25 SSH and then hold the plank

(Mosey to the Amphitheater)

(2) 10s

  • Stage: incline merkins
  • top of amphitheater: squats
    • 9 and 1, 8 and 2, etc etc

(mosey back to AO)

[ Mary ]

Half-Dollar > Half-Ass

  • LBCs: 10
  • Flutter-Kicks: 10 
  • American Hammers: 10 
  • Cockroaches: 10
  • Bus drivers: 10

[ COT ]

  • # off
    • 10 total
    • 1 FNG
  • Name o Rama
  • FNGs
    • Joel Palmer —> RadioCall
  • BOM

Invest + Invite

Was challenged to “invest and invite” in 2021 as a main objective, and then thought, why not start now – this month, this week, today.

  • Invest
    • Think about how you can invest in other with impact
    • This goes so far beyond financially.
      • Investing in others or organizations (church, school, causes, etc) is great and needed – but is not the end all be all
    • We as HIM have an INCREDIBLE opportunity to invest in others with our wisdom, our gifts, and our time. Because chances are, there was someone or a group of people that chose to invest in you (maybe in addition to financially investing) that helped refine you into the man you are today. I hope they still are. Don’t waste their investment. Multiply it.
    • Trust me, it’s worth the investment.
    • For example – when you got up to go to F3 Thursday morning this wasn’t probably something on your mind. But when you choose to post at F3 you’re choosing to invest not just in yourself but in the men around you too – whether you realize it or not. And as the recipient of your investment for the past 4 years or so – thank you. Your investment is something I will never be able to repay you, but it’s something that’s changed the game for me.


  • Invite
    • An invitation is not exclusive to a physical location
    • An invitation can be into a new way of thinking or a new way of living
      • There’s an invitation inside the mission of F3 – “To plant, grow, and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership”
        • Inviting men into something more
    • What we’re really doing, and I mean what we’re really really doing at F3 is extending an invitation to men from all walks of life, all ages, all backgrounds – into something more – something greater than themselves.
    • There’s a high chance that at some point in your life – someone invited you – into a space or new way of thinking.


In John 5:1-9 we see a perfect example of this.

“Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.

One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.”

We see investment and we see invitation. I once heard a story of this passage of Scripture being preached in a Southern baptist church and when the pastor got to verse 9 the congregation celebrated joyously until the pastor said 3 words that silenced the entire church – What. A. Shame.

I’m sorry…what? What a shame? The pastor went on to say: “What a shame that we don’t know. What a shame that we don’t know whether the invalid went back to the pool to help others. What a shame that we never find out if the invalid returned to the place he was once labeled invalid to help validate others.”

I am the invalid in the story. So are you. Whatever the place is in your life that you might have been labeled (or self-labeled) invalid – Jesus came in and invested and invited you to come out of that place. By His love and grace he validated what was once deemed invalid.

So if we are to claim the term High Impact Man, how can we not invest and invite as Jesus did, does, and will continue to do. We have an awesome opportunity to help validate the invalid as HIM. Because it was first done for us.