Northeast Tennessee

Tour de Log Comes To An End

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Iron Horse (Founders Park)

22 Of the Iron Horse faithful post for a 70° day with 98% humidity and a 350 pound log.


  • Motivators from 7
  • Through The Tunnel 10 IC
  • Mosey to the field


Circuit. Break into groups of 4-6 by height. Whichever team is on the Log Station is the “clock.” When they finish a lap, everyone rotates. Note: If fewer than four teams, rotate in seven minute intervals.

  • Station 1: Log Carry 1 lap with 10 Overhead Presses at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock.
  • Station 2: 10 Dips, 10 Wall Jumps (modify to squat jumps if needed), and a 30 count plank. All IC. Take turns counting. Rinse, repeat.
  • Station 3: Split into two-man teams for a 100 yard DORA w/ 100 merkins, 200 squats, and 300 crunches.
  • Station 4: 100 Yard Suicides. 10 and back, 20 and back, 30 and back… to 100 yards and back.


No time.


Ruminations on this month’s tour of F3NETN:

  1. This is a great group of men.

    I’m grateful for Pythagoras’ challenge to Clown Car to other AOs this quarter. It’s been too long since I’ve seen most of you and although Slack is a great communication tool, it was great to see you men in person, put in work with you, and lay my hands on your necks.

    You men demonstrate a grace and humility that invites others to feel welcome and be themselves. I feel just as at home at Arrowhead, Iron Valley, or Wilderness Road as I do at Iron Horse because the change in environment doesn’t change the kind of men you are. I love the culture you are creating and I love being a part of this community.

  2. I love the way you men carry one another’s burdens, and carry your own cross.

    The workouts are great, but the area where you guys really shine is in the way you lean into one another’s burdens with humility and kindness.

    We’re all busy, and we’re all carrying burdens of our own, but one of my favorite things about F3NETN is how you men rally to encourage and help one another, and how you model the transparency and authenticity to lay down your own masks, and allow others to lay theirs down as well. To feel loved, you have to be known. I feel known and loved by F3NETN.

  3. “Carrying burdens” reminds me of when Moses was complaining to God about the burden of the people in Numbers 11.

    The Israelites were complaining about the dew and manna that God was providing and their whining was wearing Moses out. At one point, he asked God to just kill him if this was the life he had in store.

    On a men’s retreat several years ago, I was participating in a prayer room and I prayed that God would help me “deal with” my wife, kids, and employees. Immediately, I was convicted about my word choice and laughed at myself for feeling like my blessings were something I needed to “deal with” instead of be grateful for. That day, I changed my prayer language (and thinking) from “deal with” to “serve and love” which has been a good change.

    The truth is, though, that those responsibilities and expectations are still heavy. Even when we’re submitting our emotions to the truth of His Word, it’s still hard. And God knows that. He knows our hearts and our limitations, and He knows what we need. There’s not a single thing that He misses. If He’s allowing us to go through something, we can trust that He is using it for good. That may be an eternal good that we won’t see in our lifetime (sigh) but it’s still working out for good. = )

    Regardless, His Word tells us to pick up our crosses daily and to follow Him. It also tells us to carry one another’s burdens. I love the way that you men do both — not passive or complaining, but humble and strong, serving one another (and your families) in love. Keep it up!

  4. In Numbers 11, God responds to Moses’ doubts by asking the question, “Is MY arm too short?”

    His arm is not too short. His back is not too weak. His provision is not too small. Whatever burden you are carrying, whatever struggle seems impossible to overcome or need too great to meet — it is not a problem for God. Just walk and wait. Rest and run. Trust and obey. Stand. He is a good God who keeps His promises and you are His created, beloved sons. Don’t hesitate to lean into your Father’s arms, and to lean on the help of your brothers as well — especially when you’re carrying a 350 pound log.

I love you men. Spending time with you makes me a better man and makes my heart happy. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Prayer Requests:

  • Whoopi’s brother in law.


  • Wilderness Road’s 1 year anniversary convergence on Saturday, August 11th at 7:00 AM (Note: The actual anniversary date is August 12th).
  • 2nd F pool party event on August 4th. 3-7pm. Gates at Highland pool and pavilion. Bring your Ms and 2.0s. Will likely have a 2.0 work out built in to this, which is a ton of fun. More info to follow. Get it on your calendars.
  • Pythagoras’ Clown Car Challenge for July-September. Check your email for details.
  • Time to get registered for Goliath at the Gorge on Saturday, October 20th. Click here to visit the site.

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