F3 Gastonia

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Author: Dr. Seuss

Choose Your Partner



Mountain Climbers-10 IC;

Imperial Squats-10 IC;

Goofballs-10 IC;

Moroccan Nightclubs-10 IC


Mosey to bridge

Dan Taylor across the bridge ( 1 Squat/4 Lunge, 2 Squats/8 Lunges, etc)

Forties: Choose a partner

30 Dips/10 Pattycake Merkins; Take a lap

25 Dips/15 Pattycake Merkins; Lap

20 Dips/20 Patttycake Merkins: Lap

15 Dips/25 Pattycake Merkins: Lap

Pax lined up for Plank Jacks and Dominoes: Left hand high, first pax gets into plank and does 5 merkins until each pax has completed a set; Right hand high, rinse and repeat with 4 merkins.

Mosey to street for Captain Thors: 1 Big Boy sit up/4 American Hammers, etc.

Choose a partner for Dwight Howards:

Round 1: Pax 1 Jumps, both hands to wall, as high as possible; Pax 2 runs around the building, and switch

Round 2: Pax 1 Wall Sit/Air Presses; Pax 2 runs around the building, and switch

Round 1: Pax 1 Donkey Kicks; Pax 2 runs around the building, and switch

Choose a different partner

Round 1: Pax 1 LBC’s/Pax 2 Nur up hill, 5 burpees, runs back, and switch

Round 2: Pax 1 Flutter Kicks/Pax 2 Nur, 5 Jump squats, and switch

Round 3: PAx 1 Dying cockroaches/Pax 2 Nur, 5 SSH, and switch

Mosey to flag.

Prayer Requests:

Slim Shady-grandma

Anchorman-colleague’s son facing brain surgery


Mt Hollywood-next Monday, August 6, 5:30 at Mount Holly Middle School

Forge-Grits and Greens, Wednesday’s at 6:30

Word: 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you. Throw them all on Him; He does care for you


YHC took us out in prayer.

I almost titled this Backblast “Q Can’t Count” as I lost track a few times; but my goals were to give a full body workout and to encouragement fellowship in partners. This was my first Q as Site Q at The Goat, and I am thankful to God daily for f3 and all of you guys. You’re in my prayers constantly! Thankful that the weather held out and for the men that came out today! I’m honored, as always, to lead. Thanks, Dolph, for all your support and for taking the lead as site Q this past year!!

Over and out,




Jesus’ Brother

The Thang:


Study of James; Jesus earthly brother.

In our continuing study of men of the Bible, we looked at James. He went from an unbelieving sibling  to a model pastor to the church in Jerusalem and the author of the book of James.

Food and more fellowship.

If you’ve not been to the Forge, I would encourage you to come out.

Grits and Greens in Lowell; Wednesday’s at 6:30.

Dr. Seuss


4 men at Grits and Greens last night for The Forge. We’ve been focusing on “Men of the Bible”.

Last night, we studied about Barnabas. He was nicknamed “Son of Encouragement”. Although he was a leader, Barnabas was more known for the support he gave to the church, to other believers, and to the sharing of the gospel.

This study made me think of Whetstone, a mentor/mentee program which was presented at the convergence on Saturday. If you have not heard of Whetstone, look into it on the June 8 Preblast: F3 Gastonia Whetstone Launch. Please sign up if you haven’t.

Good fellowship and some great American history stories from Freight ended the evening.

If you’ve not attended Forge, come join us at Grits and Greens in Lowell on Wednesday’s at 6:30.


Sound the A.L.A.R.M.s

As Summer vacation gets semi underway, it was a privilege to Q at the Goat.



Warm Up: First round of ALARMs (Arms, Legs, Abs, R exercise, M exercise)

A- Burpees  5 oyo

L-Lunges 10 oyo

A-Peter Parkers 15 oyo

R-Rocky Balboas 20 oyo

M-Merkins 25 oyo



Second round of ALARMs: with a partner, Pax 1 performs the exercise, Pax 2 runs a lap; flapjack

A-Dips   100

L-Squats   150

A-LBC’s   200

R-Russian Twists   250 (You really feel it round about number 100)

M-Mt Climbers   300

Third Round of ALARMs: alongside partner-accumulated

A-Alternating Shoulder Taps   25

L-Jump Squats   50

A-Flutter Kicks   75

R-Reverse Crunch 100

M-Moroccan Nightclubs 150 (just for you, Tophat;)


Friendship Mosey to street for:

Nerd up the hill/Zombie Walk

Nerd up/Nerd down

Nerd up/Duck walk down


Round of Mary back in parking lot. 

Announcements: Convergence on Saturday at 7:00 am at Midoriyama

Prayer Requests


Remember, in our words, actions..who we are in Christ if we know Him. We are now new creations, and that by His grace alone, we don’t have to-and can’t-work for our salvation. If we have a relationship with Him, God sees us as righteous-not my righteousness, He sees the righteousness of Christ.

Is. 41:13 For I, The Lord your God, hold your right hand. It is I who say to you, Fear not, I am the One who helps you.

Always a blessing and honor to lead!

YHC took us out in prayer



New Pax at the Goat

9 Pax posted at the Goat this morning for a couple rounds of Red Barchetta and a little bit of prep for the Memorial Day Murph.


Warm up:

Squats IC x 10

Goofballs IC x 10

American Hammers IC x 10

Plank Jacks IC x 10

The Thang:

Mosey across the bridge and through the crowd to far parking lot for Red Barchetta:

Sprint 100 yards..or so 100 SSH oyo ; mosey back to start

Sprint 75 yards..or so 75 Mountain Climbers oyo ; mosey back to start

Sprint 50 yards..or so 50 LBC’s oyo ; mosey back to start

Sprint 25 yards..or so Merkins oyo ; mosey back to start

Sprint 10 yards..or so 100 Burpees oyo ; mosey back to start

Red Barchetta in reverse:

Sprint 10 yards..or so 100 Burpees oyo ; mosey back to start

Sprint 25 yards..or so Merkins oyo ; mosey back to start

Sprint 50 yards..or so 50 LBC’s oyo ; mosey back to start

Sprint 75 yards..or so 75 Mountain Climbers oyo ; mosey back to start

Sprint 100 yards..or so 100 SSH oyo ; mosey back to start

Mosey to picnic tables for:

10 Dips oyo

10 Step-ups each leg oyo

10 Imperial Squat Walkers oyo

Rinse and repeat with 20 of each

Mosey to gazebo for Six Pack:

1 Pull up/5 Hand Release Merkins





Mosey around the town and back for another round of Six Pack followed by some Mary.

A few words:

We all have f3 names. But God who calls us to Himself, who will never leave us nor forsake us, who is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. He calls those who are His a people for His Name ie..for Himself, for His glory.


Memorial Day Murph, Speed for Need, Reminder or the Forge on Wednesday nights at Grits and Greens in Lowell at 6:30 pm.

Prayer Requests:

Breaker Breaker: Lynn Hamm; his aunt going to Italy on a mission trip; his son with exams

Anchorman: A friend diagnosed with lymphoma



Thankful for f3 and this group of men. It was great to see are regular PAX as well as our recent new PAX: Anchorman, Dirt, Wanderer. I really encourage those who have not posted for a while to get back to it. Truly a blessing and honor to have lead this group today!






Search Party

10 men for a mild-weather morning and my first Q at The Storm.



SSH x 10 IC

Don Q’s x 10 IC

SSH x 10 IC

Moroccan Nightclubs (just for Tophat) x10 IC

The Thang:

Mosey to side of school for Catch Me if You Can:

Pax 1 performs routine while Pax 2 runs backwards. After routine, Pax 1 sprints to Pax 2 who performs routine:

5 Burpees

10 Plank Jacks

15 LBC’s

Rinse and Repeat 3-4 rounds.

Mosey to circle for start of 1 Minute Total Body Workouts

1 minute of each for arms: CDD’s, Dips, Wide Arm Merkins

Mosey to ramp behind school for:

1 minute of each for core: Flutterkicks, Dying cockroaches, Holding Superman

Mosey to front of school for:

1 Minute of each for legs: High Knees, Mountain Climbers, Imperial Squat Walkers

Leg Wrecker– 3 Laps:Pax break up into two teams

Pax 1-Lt. Dan’s (Squat, 2 Lunges) until they reach Pax 2 who are holding Al Gores

Quick Mosey around school, which was omaha’d for time, so Pax turned back. Where’s Tophat? Pax began a search as per military code: “Leave no man behind”  Not to worry, he and Weezie emerge from around the school.


Forge on Wednesday at Grits and Greens, Lowell 6:30

3rd F Event at the Porch at Parkwood Friday 7 pm

Speed for Need 5K this Saturday at 9 am


Prayer Requests


Word:  Line from the song “He will Hold Me Fast”: When I feel my faith will fail, Christ will hold me fast; when the tempter would prevail, He will hold me fast..”

Rely on Christ today:  His Word;  His promises;  In His strength, not our own.



Slim Shady took us out in prayer.

As always, a blessing and honor to serve!

Seuss- over and out.



Bernie Lost in Omaha

Nice morning for a workout at The Goat. While it wasn’t in the 60’s, It wasn’t snowing either.  Terrific to have Moses and Tatorhole with us today; always great to workout alongside Abba and Dolph!

Warm up:

Moroccan Nightclubs 15 IC

Plank Jacks 15 IC

Imperial Walkers 15 IC

LBC’s 15 OYO



Ring Around the Mosey (Mosey around the buildings)


Pax partnered up; one Pax  ran Bernie Sanders across the yard and up the hill (which we omaha’d due to holes), and mosey back while other partner performed :

50 Burpees

100 Overhead Squats

150 Merkins

200 Big Boys

250 SSH

Ring around the Mosey

Grab a wall for 20 Dips; 20 Step-ups OYO

To Gazebo for a little “Six Pack” workout (1 pull-up/5 Merkins; 2 pull-ups/4 Merkins…)

Fellowship Mosey to Bridge for “Walk Like an Egyptian”  (lunges while last Pax jailbreaks to front) over and back.

Rinse and Repeat at wall: 30 Dips; 30 Step-ups


No Announcements

Prayer Requests: Keep each other in prayer

The night before at The Forge, Freight spoke on friendships from “The Book of Manly Men”.  He talked about the importance of true friendships. YHC gave a quick reminder of the ultimate friend we have in our Lord Jesus who took away all of our sins, took upon Himself the wrath of God in our place, and gave us His very righteousness.

YHC took us out.

Truly very thankful daily for all of you. It was an honor to serve as Q!



“Sorry Train, We’re Done”


Warm up:


Don Quixote ×15


Mountain Climbers

The Thang:

Mosey over the bridge to far parking lot.

BLIMPS:  oyo four corners

5 Burpees, sprint between four corners

10 Lunges, mosey between four cornets

15 Imperial walkers, run backwards between four corners

20 Merkins,  sprint between four corners

25 Plank Jacks, mosey between four corners

30 Squats, run backwards between four corners

Mosey back across bridge..be careful of those stray boards, men.

Took a wall for 20 Dips, 10 Step ups each leg.

Mosey to upper lot for ATM’s..(loud train behind us) so I’ll repeat..ATM’s:

15 Alternating Shoulder Taps IC

10 Tempo Merkins IC

10 Fast Merkins IC

Rinse and repeat

Mosey back to starting point for some Mary.


One more train tried to interfere with us, but we were done doing our “thang”.

Prayer Requests: those experiencing physical illness (we missed you, Dolph) and mental illness issues.

Mayor’s request for wife’s colleagues.

Announcements: None, just a reminder to join us at Grits and Greens on Wednesday’s 6:30 pm for physical and spiritual nourishment. This week’s discussion was lead by Sparky on forgiveness.

Just a word also that Christ forgives us for our sins past, present, and future. Also, He takes our sin, we get His righteousness. Remember who we are in Christ as we go forward in this day.

I am truly thankful every day that God has put me together with this group of men. Thanks for your support; it was a pleasure Queing today. You are in my prayers constantly.



What’s My Shape? at Goat Island

Dr. Seuss’ VQ co-Q with Slim Shady

Warm Up:

Toy Soldiers

Side Straddle Hops


Moroccan Nightclubs


Workout Q:

Triangle-15 of each; 2 rounds

Imperial Walkers

Russian Dips


Square-10 of each; 2 rounds

Mountain Climbers

Dying Cockroaches


Flutter Kicks

Pentagon- Triple Nickle

Big Boy Sit-ups

Run over bridge

Jump Squats

Message by Slim Shady: God has given us each: Spiritual gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, Experiences to fulfill our unique purpose

Thanks very much for all those who came out for my VQ! If you’ve not been to f3 for awhile, please come back. We miss you.

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