Everything you need to know about F3
It starts at 5:30 a.m.
But you get used to doing hard things.
Ah, the biggest barrier to showing up. We know it sounds crazy-and it sounds weird saying this, but you will come to genuinely love waking up early and getting a jump start on your day.
You’ll also love the time you get to yourself without emails, kids, spouses, and daily life creeping in. F3 is a break from all of that.
*Saturdays start at 0700
It’s 45 minutes.
Most workouts are Bootcamp style.
F3 is a a peer-lead, non-professional boot camp-style workout.
Everyday is different (depending on who is leading) but the exercises are typically running, pushups, jumping jacks, burpees, stuff like that — and then occasionally doing something called “Murder Bunnies” with a cinder block, but I don’t want to freak you out.
It’s always outside.
Usually at a park or a school.
We literally meet in parking lots of parks and schools around New Bern. I got to tell you, those places where your kids play baseball look completely different at 5:30 a.m.
A core principle of F3 is that the workouts are always held outdoors. It’s dark, quiet, and wonderful. We call it “The Gloom.”
It has nothing to do with religion.
F3 stands for Fitness, Fellowship & Faith®.
The faith thing can be a turn off to some men – so let’s unpack it a little. F3 is not a Christian organization. A lot of men in the group are, but F3 itself has nothing to do with any religion.
We end many workouts with a positive thought for the day. It could be a reflection or perspective from whomever is leading the workout. Some may call that a prayer. Whatever you call it, it’s food for the soul.
Our version of faith isn’t to get you to join a church – we just want you to believe in something bigger than yourself. Even if it’s the man next to you.
But I can’t do a _______!
I haven’t worked out in years.
Wait, wait. Let me make sure I understand. You can’t do push ups? You’re not a runner? You’re about 50 lbs. overweight? You’ve never worked out in your life and you don’t know how? You’re maybe a little embarrassed by your physical condition?
Perfect. Start tomorrow. There will be other men there in the same boat as you. No one will judge you on your shape — and they won’t try to “motivate you” into shape.
They will just be by your side during the workout, and probably offer you coffee afterwards. You got this.
It’s totally free.
No strings attached.
So yeah, F3 is a free mens workout. There is nothing to buy. No up sell, or cult to join. There’s no points or rewards. No affiliate program or multi-level pyramid of recruitment incentives. It’s just simply free.
There is nothing to rent. No one to pay. Just a group of guys that come together at 5:30 a.m. in parking lots around New Bern to work out.
No one will yell at you.
It’s not a competition. It’s just you versus you.
So if you’re imagining a drill Sargent yelling at you to do pushups, you’ve got it all wrong. In fact, it’s pretty much the opposite of that.
The men of F3 New Bern are here to encourage you, whatever your ability, age, or fitness level.
We have the saying “Leave no man behind, but leave him better than you found him.”
So no yelling. Just the occasional fist bump.
It’s all ages.
There are men from 22 – 65+.
F3 is open to all men. We don’t care if you’re in your 20s or 70s, you have a place here. The nature of our workouts is you versus you. No matter your age, F3 will have you push yourself, without hurting yourself.
Besides, there are some 60 year olds in the group who put us all to shame. Respect, Respect.
“Okay, so how do I try F3?”
You just show up.
No forms. No RSVPs. No waivers.
Pick a location around the New Bern area, and just show up at 5:25 a.m.
For more info, visit the F3 Nation Website
F3 is a national network of free, peer-led workouts for men. We plant, grow and serve these groups to invigorate male community leadership.
Started in 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina, F3 has grown to more than 3,204 free, peer-led workouts for men in 243 regions athrough the volunteer efforts of men whose lives have been changed by their involvement with the group.
Thank you Alex Widmer Video from F3 Knoxville for creating the above video.