F3 Knoxville

Teamwork Revisited

THE SCENE: Thick and Humid, 75ish, clear

SSH x 20, Arm Circles x 15, This and That, Imperial Walkers x 10, Tempo Squats x 10, Cherry Pickers x 6
Walked over to the parking lot

  • In pairs, one pair would do an exercise in cadence with each other while the other pair bear crawled together at the same pace across the parking lot. We did 4 rounds with 4 different exercises: Squats, Big Boys, Box Cutters and American Hammers
  • As a large group, we did these 4 exercises again back to back in cadence, then bear crawled across the parking lot all together. We did 10 reps each of Squats, Big Boys, Box Cutters and American Hammers, then bear crawled. We did 3 rounds of this.
  • On our own, we did 5 x Burpees, 10 x Squats and 15 x LBCs followed by a sprint across the parking lot. We did 3 rounds of this.

Circle of Fire with merkins, from 1 to 5 reps, and American Hammers, from 1 to 5 reps.

Talked about the importance of teamwork. Recently read a book called the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team which opened with the author saying something along the lines of, “It is not technology. It is not finances. It is not talent. It is teamwork that time and again proves to be the ultimate competitive edge, both because of how powerful it is and how rare it is”. We often quote Proverbs when talking about this by saying “Iron sharpens iron”, but Ecclesiastes is even more straight forward in saying that 2 are more valuable than 1 because they yield better returns, that a man who falls down alone can’t get up as easily as a man who travels with a friend, and that the cord of 3 strands is not easily broken. So I encouraged us to consider where in our lives we find ourselves on “teams” (out here, marriages and families, co-workers, etc.) to think through how we can be encouraging each other and rowing in the same direction or striving for a common goal.
CSAUP tomorrow, link to meal train for Filter in Slack

Back to Reality

THE SCENE:  Just about perfect weather at the Quacken. Felt great outside.

Imperial Walker 10 IC
Arm Circles – 10 each direction IC
Cherry Pickers – 15 IC

Minute Drills + Running Drills

Squats 30sec
Side Straddle Hops 30sec
Repeat 3x for a total of 3 minutes
Run 2 laps around park

Burpees 30sec
Mountain Climbers 30sec
Repeat 3x for a total of 3 minutes
Run 2 hill sprints, to top and back

Murkans 30sec
Bonnie Blairs 30sec
Repeat 3x for a total of 3 minutes
Run 2 laps around park



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“This isn’t the time to divide. (Nor is it necessarily the time to conquer)” – F3 Weekly Email

Weird number circuit in the snow

THE SCENE: Cold as snot around 32-37. Snowing somewhat. Wet ground.

SSH x25

BAC x10 ea

This / That

Cherry Pickers x10
Indian Run around park with 40#, 30#, and 20#. Front three guys have the babies. Last guy does 5 merkins and runs to catch up. 1 lap.

Mosey to church lot.

  • Lunge halfway across lot. Bearcrawl back.

Circuit time! I used a 6-station circuit around the lot that was arranged in a weird pattern to keep people on their toes. 20 reps at each station. Do 2ct if it requires. The three babies were also involved. If you get to a station that has one, do 10 reps of anything you want with that particular baby. If someone else is using it, feel free to move on or wait til they’re done.

  • station 1 – LBC
  • station 2 – kobra kais (bear crawl to 3)
  • station 3 – mountain climbers
  • station 4 – jump squats (bear crawl to 5)
  • station 5 – imperial walkers
  • station 6 – HR merkins

Flutters x20 for time.
Wilson, Swanson, Herbie, Abort, Filter
Be good to one another. Take care of one another. Mental illness sucks. You never know what someone is going through. Have compassion and take folks out to do things – you can make a positive impact.


THE SCENE: a little chill in the air, but just right once moving.

Ssh – 25
Merks – 10 4 count
Squats – 20


Mosey to Jane Allen  all PAX take turn carrying sandbag PAX not carrying sandbag will do 5 merkins and then run to catch the PAX carrying the sandbag, PAX switch when the group catches the Sandbag.

Bottom of Jane Allen – Sandbag will be carried to the top by each PAX. In the mean time, the other pax will be rotating between the following exercises.

As many as you:
Hurpee (burpee with 5 pickle pounders at the bottom)
8 count BB
Wolverines (burpee with a merkin and then a peter parker (both sides))
Merkins 4 count
Simpson’s (start with legs 6inches of ground (Homer). left legs straight up (marge). twist side to side (Mr. Burns)

R & R but only half way up Jane Allen

Return mosey the same way we came carrying the sandbag, group doing 5 merkins, run to catch up.

no time left

look for those to be in community with
first time out using my new sandbag. I think I will call here Jane!

pavilion hot potato

THE SCENE: Low 40s and light (to moderate) rain

Angle grinders
Moroccan night clubs
Grady Corns
Imperial walkers
Prisoner squats
Mosey out of the start pavilion and around the sidewalk to the next pavilion.  The ground had been turned into a mudhole between the sidewalk, so we moseyed past to the next pavilion (not the only audible this morning).  I told the PAX that we have four pavilion stations, each with three exercises of the same structure (initially 20 reps first exercise, 15 reps of the second exercise, 10 reps of the third exercise).  They got to pick how many rounds of each we did, without knowing the exercises.  The fun part is they could choose 3,4,5 or 6 rounds but once you use a number, you can no longer use it.  So they are choosing blindly on how many rounds we do.

Pavilion 1 (PAX chose 6 rounds):

  • Dips x20
  • Decline merkins x15
  • Four count (HR) merkins x10

This proved to be a huge mistake on my part, so after three rounds of that, Q called an audible.  10 reps of each exercise to finish the final three rounds.  Finish and mosey around the sidewalk to the pavilion beside the Lion’s Club building.

Pavilion 2 (PAX chose four rounds):

  • Calf raises x10
  • Lunges x10 (each leg)
  • Bulgarian split squats x10 (each leg)

Mosey out of the pavilion onto the sidewalk and back (tables were set up differently at each pavilion and this one was better).

Pavilion 3 (PAX chose 5 rounds):

  • Carolina dry docks x10
  • Table rows x10
  • Single arm pulls on the poles x10 (each arm)

No time to mosey, just stayed put for round four.

Pavilion 4 (PAX were left with 3 rounds):

  • Smurf jacks x10
  • Plank jacks x10
  • Burpees x5

That was enough to use up the time, no Mary today.

5 ducks on the pond: Herbie, Toucan, Wilson, Swanson, Abort
Reused my word from yesterday, a C.S. Lewis quote:
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.”

Again, just shows how much people tend to worry about the truths in their lives.  Just stress to live by your word, be true to each other and maybe even more importantly be true to yourself.