Are you a man looking for an economical and social way to workout? The Plano chapter of F3 offers FREE boot camp-style workouts for men at Liberty Park!
F3 stands for Fitness, Fellowship and Faith. The organization traces it’s roots to a 2006 participant-led boot camp workout in Charlotte, NC. Their mission is to plant, grow and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership.
Workouts are open to men of all fitness levels and are organized to keep the entire group together while ensuring a thorough beat down for all participants. Leadership of the workout varies from day to day and week to week, so workout leaders — “Qs,” in F3 lingo — are constantly introducing new exercises and ways of doing them. The classic F3 workout requires no equipment other than workout clothes, gravity and the great outdoors.
For more than 90% of F3 guys, the reason they keep coming back is the friendships that are built in what they call “the Gloom.”
“There’s something special about pushing through a brutal smokefest with another guy. We encourage those bonds by closing every workout with what we call the “CoT” (Circle of Trust). Every guy gives his birth name, his F3 nickname and his age. Even if you’re brand-new (what we call an FNG, or Friendly New Guy), we’ll slap you with an F3 nickname — the stupider and more insulting, the better — so we can remember who you are the next time you post.”
They reinforce the Second F through organized F3 participation in physical challenges like obstacle races, mud runs, distance relay races, GORUCK events and other adventures.
“We’ve found that, in general, the more Completely Stupid And Utterly Pointless — or “CSAUP” — an event is, the more enthusiastic F3 guys are about it.”
Each workout ends with a Circle of Trust – CoT – brief “shout-out” led by one of the participants. Men are free to pray or to speak from a secular perspective — F3 is open to men of all faiths and no faith, and the closing shout-out is generally the only faith-specific component of a workout. They are thankful for the opportunity to come together and build themselves into better men.
They have found that many F3 participants, after getting in shape and meeting their social needs for the first time as adults, start taking a more serious approach to questions of meaning and purpose. Many F3 workouts have spawned Bible studies, attendance at speaker series and other Third F initiatives. They encourage those efforts as supplements to the workouts and an important way for F3 participants to exercise leadership in their families and communities.
F3 workouts are
- Open to all men
- Held outdoors in rain or shine, heat or cold
- Led by men who participate in the workout in a rotating fashion, with no training or certification necessary
- Ended with a Circle of Trust
Liberty Park (yes, there is an M41-A3 Walker Bulldog tank there)
2601 Glencliff Dr, Plano