Northeast Tennessee

The Pole And A Prayer Request

Northeast Tennessee Erwin Iron Valley (Love Chapel)

12 PAX. 1 FNG. 55 degrees.


  • Shoulder Rolls 10 OYO
  • Neck Rolls 10 OYO
  • Overhead Arm, Back Stretches
  • Arm Circles 10 IC
  • Arm Circles Reverse 10 IC
  • Through The Tunnel 10 IC

Mosey to the field. Bring your blocks.


Split into teams of 4, 5, or 6 (bigger guys, fewer). Biggest guys mosey to complete Station 1 first. Smallest guys start with Station 3.

Station 1: The Log Carry (This acts as the timer for the drill. Groups change stations when this is complete.)

As a team, squat and lift the log to your shoulders. Carry it 1/4 of the way around the field, stopping to do 5 overhead presses, with the log coming to rest on the opposite shoulder. Rinse and repeat for the other 3/4 of the field lap with 5 overhead presses every 1/4 lap. When you complete the lap and the final 5 presses, set the log down. Together, count 3-2-1 and yell “switch!” Mosey a 1/2 lap to Station 2 (The Double Block Carry).

Station 2: The Double Block Carry

Grab two blocks (one in either hand), and walk to the other side of the field, stopping every 20 steps to lift the blocks to your arm pits 3 times, then return them to the side carry position before moving on. Rinse and repeat, walking back and forth until log group yells, “switch!” Drop your blocks where you stand and mosey to Station 3 (The 6×5 Cardio Crusher).

Station 3: The 6×5 Cardio Crusher

  1. Five WWII Sit-Ups
  2. Five Merkins
  3. Five Squats
  4. Five Boat Canoes
  5. Five Side Straddle Hops
  6. Five Burpees
  7. Rinse and repeat until log team yells, “switch!”
  8. Mosey 1/2 lap to complete Station 1 (The Log Carry).

Once each group has completed all three stations, mosey back to the amphitheater.


Motivators from 7.


Welcome FNG “Weak Side” (he plays linebacker for Tennessee Tech).


As always, it was good seeing you guys in the gloom. Thanks for showing up and putting in the work.

If you’re reading this, lift up a prayer for Grinder’s daughter. She’s about a year into a cancer diagnosis, and things are not going well. Pray for his peace, for their family’s peace, for insightful doctors and for miraculous healing. Pray for provision re: finances and for the strength for each day. Pray for protection from the temptation that trials can bring. Pray that this will be a grace-revealing and faith-building moment for her, and for those around her. And pray that Grinder, in particular, would have the strength he needs to lead and serve his family and church through this challenging time, and that he himself would be encouraged enough to meet the burdens that each day brings.

In my own hard times, I’ve often been encouraged by an abbreviated version of Lamentations 3:22-23 that I say out loud to remind me that I’ll survive the grief of today and that I’ll have new strength for tomorrow because:

“His mercies are new every morning.”

The full version of those verses read:

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness.”

I’ve also read a paraphrased version of the passage that reads:

God’s loyal love doesn’t run out.
His merciful love doesn’t dry up.
They are created new every morning.
How great is God’s faithfulness!
I’m sticking with Him. I’ll say it over and over again (every day).
Where else can I go?

Grinder, I’m sorry for this hard season. I’m encouraged by how you are struggling to grieve and serve and love well, and how you continue to trust God’s eternal and ongoing goodness, even when this moment is very heavy and very hard. Where else can we go?

You’re a good man. Keep fighting the good fight. My family and I will be lifting up your family today, and as we are reminded by the Holy Spirit, who binds us all together in Christ.

Father, we trust that you are working out good for Grinder’s daughter and healing for her mortal body either eternally or today, but if you will honor our request, we’d ask that it would be today. You are a Good Father who loves His children, and we’d ask that you would give Grinder more time with his daughter, too. In Jesus’ name. Amen!


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