F3 is a men’s leadership organization with a mission “to plant, grow, and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership.” The national network includes more than 2,800 free, peer-led workouts for men in 189 regions. Local chapter F3 West Cobb holds weekly workouts at several locations, including Logan Farm Park near Cornerstone.
“It started for me as a casual conversation with Shane (Commando) Williams at my son’s Cornerstone flag football game,” said Cornerstone parent Jay Daniel. “ Shane mentioned his workout group and invited me to join them. Normally, it would have been a “hard pass” from me. Sweating with a bunch of men at 5:15 a.m at Lost Mountain Park on Friday is not my idea of fun. However, my dad had passed away a couple of months earlier and I was blown away by how many people showed up at the visitation to let his family know how much he had meant to them. I work from home and tend to be fairly introverted and I knew I needed more quality male friendships.”
“I’ve always loved playing sports, but I never actually enjoyed working out,” added Jay. “I found out that working out is much more fun when you do it with a group that supports each other.”
The outdoor workouts are held year-round – rain or shine, in the freezing cold or blazing heat – and are free. The sessions are led by members of the group on a rotating basis and no two classes are ever the same.
Fitness is a given as many of the workouts are in a boot-camp format. From running to lifting cinder blocks, it’s challenging but beginner-friendly. You can modify as needed. If you can’t do 10 pushups, you do as many as you can.
Cornerstone student Ronan Gootee (9) adds “F3 has gotten me through many rough times. It helps to start your morning with something physical and difficult that sets the bar for the day.”
F3 participants vary greatly in ability and fitness. That’s where the fellowship comes in. The F3 philosophy is “leave no man behind, but leave no man where you found him.”
Jay shares, “We’re not competing against each other, we’re there to support each other. Fair warning, you are given a nickname after your first workout that you may or may not like!”
Check out these Cornerstone Father and Son F3 participants and their nicknames;
Jay “Mayhem” and Hayden “Croaker” Daniel(7)
Ragan “Gucci”and Ronan “Monkey Samurai” Gootee(9)
Justin "Eggplant" and Braden "Nightshade" Hipps (9)
Joshua “Squeaks” and Luke Josef(6)
Matt ”Slalom” and Bennett “Rocky” Walker (1)
Shane “Commando” and Duncan “Rook” Williams (6)
Cornerstone Dad, Ragan Gootee, adds “I’ve never regretted showing up. Even when I’m tired I still never fail to walk away better. Sometimes it’s not the workout but the fellowship with other guys.”
“Leave no man behind, but leave no man where you find him.”
The workouts conclude with a circle of trust. It’s an opportunity to pray and share. It's also a time when the guys can talk about anything they want without judgment. Faith is an important component of the program, but F3 does not have a religious affiliation.
To find out how you can be a part of this life-changing group and for a list of all locations click here.