F3 Gastonia

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Day: June 8, 2018

Pre-Blast: F3 Gastonia WHETSTONE Launch

Tomorrow (Saturday 6/9) F3 Gastonia launches its Whetstone program. F3 Whetstone gives HIMs a chance to learn from each other beyond the beatdown, fellowship and faith events. It’s essentially a mentorship, giving one guy (a Blade) has the opportunity to learn from a (somewhat 😉 wiser guy (a Stone).

I can think of times when a good mentor would have saved me a lot of grief, and good times that would have been even better with a bit of added wisdom. I’m sure other guys (especially those who hear “respect” now on a regular basis) can do the same. As Dredd points out in the Q Source, older guys have a desire to pass on what they know. Younger guys have the need and desire to know. F3 creates the kind of relationships where that can happen. Let’s tap into that in Gastonia!

I’ve pasted below a Whetstone introduction sent to me by Stinger, Whetstone Q for F3 Nation, who will speak to us tomorrow morning (along with a few brief nuggets from our own Nantan Tool Time). Check it out!

See you tomorrow 0700 at Midoriyama!


F3 Gastonia Whetstone Q

Here is a link to the interest form: F3 Gastonia Whetstone Form
Whetstone Introduction
In F3, we stipulate that every man has been born with an innate, hard-wired quest for purpose and meaning in his life. In response, most men live their lives striving for significance (through family, career/success, power, reputation). This striving is admirable, albeit flailing and misdirected at times, and when there are small gains towards relevance, many men find themselves unconsciously distracted and contented as they enjoy the satisfaction of their success. They became fat and grow soft, admiring their own contributions. On the flipside, without success a man will inevitably grow weary, discouraged, and numb, their spirits quenched and their desire for meaning gradually dimmed. For each man, the journey toward fulfillment is often long and arduous, individualized with a mixed bag of failures and setbacks, successes and gains. But, for all men, there are commonalities along the journey, and the targeted destination is essentially the same. In the end, we want our lives to have mattered, to have been for some thing or some purpose greater than ourselves. And we want to know that we lived it in such a way that it did matter.
But deep within most men is a nagging thought – perhaps even a fear – that the trajectory of their life will fall short, that they are off target, that complacency and fatigue will stall the advance, that their own blind spots will be their undoing. Consequently, wiser men throughout history have sought direction and counsel from other men a little further down the path. This is traditional mentoring where the trusted and more experienced man provides guidance to the less experienced man in pursuit of meaning and purpose.
History offers many great examples of mentor/mentee relationships. Some of these relationships have been more formalized (e.g., apprenticeships, knighthood, coaching), while others are formed organically over months and years. Admittedly, many of today’s more institutionalized mentoring programs fall short due to insufficient direction, standards, and commitment. As a result, today’s cultural premise of mentoring often lacks substance and thus appeal, while the need is arguably as great as ever.
The Whetstone is F3’s response to this very significant, but often unmet, demand for traditional mentor/mentee relationships. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Just as a whetstone is used to sharpen the blade of a knife, F3’s Whetstone program enables a Stone (mentor) to more effectively sharpen his Blade (mentee) as they walk through life together. Intuitively, sharpening demands that the whetstone be harder (i.e., made of tougher stuff) than the blade, and the process can be painful to the object to be sharpened. It is not coffee talk. Whetstoning requires friction to be effective, the Stone grinding away accumulated rust and dross from the Blade’s life, leaving him focused with a renewed sense of direction and purpose.
This is not a ‘fix it’ program in that, after considerable time together, the Stone will have resolved those flaws and issues the Stone has identified in the Blade. Both Stone and Blade are flawed and imperfect men. However, given the blessing of more – or a deeper well of – life experiences (not necessarily age based), the Stone has an obligation and the privilege to engage with another man, a Blade, to help him identify and achieve his God-given purpose for being.
An effective Stone must be vulnerable and transparent, an effective listener, committed to the Blade’s journey, an encourager but also willing to speak the Hard Truth when necessary. It involves accountability, shared wisdom and counsel, and a deep sense of earned mutual trust. Through the Whetstone, the Blade is not gaining a new buddy, although a deep friendship may develop over time. The Blade should enter the Whetstone relationship with respect for and patience and trust in the process, honestly assessing his current position and life circumstances with an appreciation for his strengths and his current challenges and vulnerabilities. Assuming a posture of humility and ready to receive from the Stone, the Blade leans into the friction in order to be pruned, strengthened, and sharpened, gradually being transformed into a High Impact Man ready to serve his family and community, and ultimately as a Stone for another man down the line. This is F3’s Whetstone program.

Run/Ruck, your choice

Ok, before YHC forgets, which Folsom won’t allow it, here’s the back blast for Wednesday’s Prison Break. So I roll into the gloom debating wheher or not to run or ruck as usual. To my surprise, there were no PAX on site? Well, guess I’m going solo, wait, here comes some headlights. Ok, well now we have 3. It’s 5:30 so time to roll.

All are going to mosey this time. As we head out from start Sparky rolls in as usual 5 minutes late. Not sure how he can be that consistent? Anyway he will catch up. So, we continue on the normal route around the college and as we are returning by the prison Pastor Clever catches up with Sparky in tow. Today felt lazier than other runs for some reason, but any pace is better than no pace. All return to start with between 3-4 miles of work logged.

COT, Self Family, all requests lifted up

YHC took us out in prayer.

Thank you men for the opportunity to be a part of such a great group. Folsom has really taken off since I started back over 2 years ago. Keep at it and let’s not stop growing. EH every chance you get.

MW ooouuut!

One Year Stronger

June 6th was my 1yr. Anniversary of F3! I decided a couple months back that I wanted to Q at Midoriyama on or near my anniversary and chose 6/7. Here is how it went.

Quick word about my F3 anniversary and how thankful I am for everyone and everything it has brought into my life. Also, mentioned that I may break the rule of “dont Q it if you cant do it” because of a recent hamstring strain.


SSH x 10ic


Mosey to large soccer field.

The Thang:

We grouped up in the shade to get out of that infamous Midoriyama heat. I talked about my first post was a Q by Freight where he brought a ball named WILSON. The entire workout was exercises beginning with each letter in Wilson. I came up with my own WILSON exercises to pay tribute to my first post.

W – Werkins x 10ic

I – Imperial Walkers x 15ic

L – LBFC’s x 15ic

S- San Antonio Shuffle (Lunge, Lunge, Burpee, Plank Jack) across the field, LBC’s waiting on the 6 then jog back. REAL CROWD PLEASER!

O- Outlaws x 10ic ea. direction

N – Newton’s Cradle x 20ic

After this is was definitely time for some running drills!

Cant remember them all but I know these were included:

Butt Kicks, High Knees, Bounds, Form Run, Carioca, NUR, Bear Crawls

Of course we had to end the day with a Wojo Relay, and since I couldn’t sprint I changed it up a bit.

Split into 2 teams of 7, all start on same side of field, Run the field long ways then a San Antonio Shuffle at other end, Synchronized Burpee with next guy as the “tag”.

Everyone pushed hard on this.  It was pretty tough. With about 6-7- minutes left we decided to do it again because Slaw loved it so much. No San Antonio Shuffle this time though.

Mosey back to flag. LBC’s for the 6.


Mentioned again how thankful i am for F3 and all you guys.



Prayer requests

YHC lead us out in Prayer

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