If the 1st F is what brings a guy to F3, it is the 2nd F that is the “glue” that causes them to stay and stick with it. It’s easy to get someone out for a free workout. But for most of the F3 guys, the reason they keep coming back — setting their alarm for 5:00 AM three, four or five days a week — is the friendships that are built.
It’s not just about getting better. It’s about getting better together.
There’s something special about pushing through a brutal workout with another guy. “Embracing the suck” (as we call it) of a physically exhausting workout bonds men together in a way few other things can.
We encourage those bonds by closing every workout with what we call the Circle of Trust (COT). Every guy shares his birth name, his age and his F3 nickname. Even if you’re brand-new (what we call a Friendly New Guy or “FNG”), you will leave with a new F3 nickname and a new brotherhood to belong to.
We reinforce the Second F through organized participation in physical challenges like obstacle races, mud runs, distance relay races, GORUCK events and other adventures (what we enthusiastically call CSAUP–Completely Stupid And Utterly Pointless–events). We also have weekly lunches and meet-ups, and even some kid/dad events.
At the heart of F3 is a passion to see men grow physically, mentally, relationally and spiritually.
Growth = Challenge + Consistency + Camaraderie
To experience long-term growth, we need to push ourselves intentionally and routinely with the encouragement and support of others on the same journey.