F3 Gastonia

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Author: Pizza Man (page 1 of 5)

F3 Gastonia Convergence @ Midoriyama

42 PAX posted for our F3 Gastonia Convergence at the one and only “Midoriyama.”  There was a lot of talk about hosting a Q School with all the growth within F3 Gastonia and just for a refresher for everyone.  YHC showed up early to get in some EC and was not surprised to see other HIMs there already pushing the ROCK.  I can’t say enough how proud I am to see the way the PAX push themselves day in and day out.  With that being said 7am hit and it was time to get this show rolling.  Below is YHC’s wienke(Feel free to use) LOL

It went like this:

F3 Gastonia Convergence/QSchool

Welcome everyone to Midoriyama

Mission of F3: to plant, grow, and serve small workout groups for the invigoration

of male community leadership.

3 F’s: Fitness (Magnet) Fellowship (Glue) Faith (Dynamite)

FNG’s: Friendly New Guy newest sad clown to join the PAX and should be welcomed

and given extra attention


  • I’m not a professional
  • Participate at your own risk
  • You are responsible for your own well-being
  • Voluntarily here
  • Know your limits and do the best you can
  • Modify as needed
  • By being here, you accept the risk associated the workout today
  • Does anyone have any objections?



  • Next Exercise ___ (Pause)
  • Starting Position, move (Pause)
  • Exercise
  • Change voice when finishing
  • Recover when complete

Mosey to soccer field


The 6: Leave NO man behind/we start together and finish together

DORA 1-2-3: Merkins, LBC’s, Squats

Mosey to Hill

5 Core Principles:

  • Free of Charge
  • Open to ALL men
  • Held outdoors (rain or shine, heat or cold)
  • Peer lead in rotating fashion, with no certification needed
  • End with COT

Triple Nickle: CDD’s, NUR up, WWI’s, RUN down

Mosey to parking lot on RS before playground

Backblast: Q is responsible for doing the BB, BB’s are helpful, Aim for 48 hrs.

11’s: Tiger get-ups & Mike Tyson’s

Moseying back to the flag we practiced some counting at each light pole


Namearoma: All FNG’s receive a name after 1st workout

Order: Birth name, Age, F3 name



First of all I would like to thank each of the PAX that posted today.  It means so much to not only me but your brother beside you that you posted.  This was the first time that I have Q’ed a crowd this sized and I LOVED IT!!!  I’m ready for the next one.  I always enjoy getting to see faces that I normally don’t get to see and workout in the gloom with.  I hope everyone enjoyed what Midoriyama had to offer and hope that we see you out for a summertime afternoon workout.  Once again, thanks for the opportunity to lead a great group and look forward to seeing each one of you in the near future.



F3 Gastonia Whetstone – Special thanks to Stinger for posting and launching this during our convergence.   Sign up  http://f3gastonia.com/2018/06/08/pre-blast-f3-gastonia-whetstone-launch/

2.0 friendly workout at Folsom – Saturday June 16th

2nd F event – Kayaking from Floyd & Blackie’s Camerton June 16th @10am PAX ONLY (Reach out to Sargento for information)

3rd F event – First Presbyterian on Garrison June 22nd @ 7pm (Short Sale and Pockets will be speaking)

Prayer Request:

A lot of prayers were lifted



Once again, always a pleasure and until next time Pizza Man is OOOOOUUUUUUTTTTTTTTT!!!


It’s the first of the month

This is the second week of F3 Gastonia’s newest AO, “Crossroads”.  It is really incredible to see the way the PAX continues to push the rock and run/ruck each week.  With that said, 7 HIMS posted this am. (4 rucked and 3 ran)  This AO has all kinds of options from 5 miles or you can modify the route to whatever your body allows you to do.  Great work was done by all!!!


F3 Gastonia Whetstone

Folsom 2.0 friendly workout- June 16th

3rd F event- June 22nd

Prayer Request:

Self family

Def Leppard’s son

Mayor’s co-workers

Montross’s sister

Once again, thanks for the opportunity to lead a great group of me!! Until next time Pizza Man is ouuuuuttt!!!



F3 Gastonia Expansion

7 HIMs posted at the Dallas Courthouse to do some recon work for a future Sunday morning running/rucking AO.  Thanks to all that posted and it shows why you do recon work before you launch an AO.  All PAX ran today, anywhere from 4-5 miles were logged.  The route definitely needed a little work which YHC was quick to give two options to the PAX to choose from.  Official launch date expected first Sunday in June (June 3rd).  Start time is yet to be set.  Once again thanks to all the HIMs that posted.


SFN Run for Holland 5/10k in Spruce Pine

SFN Patriot 5k

Memorial Day Mulph at Martha’s – Whoopee w/ Q


Those that were mentioned and not mentioned.




Twenty twen twen

20 HIMs posted this morning to better themselves.  It is really impressive the numbers that we are having at this AO every week.  16 men ran and 4 rucked 5 miles or more.  Great work from everyone!!!  Welcome FNG Diva…dude is a runner!!!

One challenge I mentioned this morning is to push to beat your time each week or push yourself for a longer distance.  Remember it is YOU vs. YOU!!!

Colossians 3:23

F3 Gastonia SpeedForNeed Community Foundation 5k


Hell, where do I begin?  Let me take it back to when this SpeedForNeed thing first kicked off.  I was hooked from the start!!  Being at the first event on July 4th until now when I watch everyone’s videos, I still get the same feeling.   This year ToolTime informed me that I had a new role, SFN regional Q for F3 Gastonia.  I can’t explain how excited this made me!!!  Many of you know me and know that when I take on a role or anything that I do, I give 110% in every aspect.  The first 2018 SFN event in Gastonia was on the schedule for April 14th.  It really seemed like the event was so far away and would never get here, then the closer it got the more excitement there was.  Now it’s race day, the stage is set.  ToolTime, my M, and I arrive at the Rotary Pavilion in Ole’ Blue pulling a pine needle trailer(as Tolkien described it) with two badass racing chairs.  Thanks to all my F3 brothers and the supporters that helped set up the tent and get everything in check.  The Track Commanders James and Luka arrived, now it’s show time.   Coming into this I wanted to do one thing throughout the event, get a lot of footage of everyone on the course.  I felt like Tolkien Jr. during the event with all the interval running I was doing.  Hopefully with all the footage we got throughout the event it will create memories for a lifetime.  That is was what this is about!!!  I want to personally thank Jim Dunn and the Cardona family for giving F3 Gastonia the opportunity.  I also want to thank everyone that helped this event be a success!!  Sorry for the long BB but it’s really hard to put into words what this means to me!!  Please take time to read ToolTime and Stroganoff’s take away from the weekend.


As many of you know SpeedForNeed has  been a passion of mine since last year when I first saw a tweet about it. I remember sending J.R.R Tolkien a private message that said ” I have to be a part of this. I have to push”. Shortly after I found myself as the Regional Q for Gastonia! However I still hadn’t pushed a Track Commander. As a matter of fact I pushed a Korean War Vet for a very short distance in the Charlotte marathon relay last year. So this year when the opportunity was given to me by Vuvuzela to push Luka his 2.0 I was extremely excited. Running that race with Luka ahead of me the whole time was something that you can only truly understand once you’re able to do it. Luka pushed me men ….it was all about him….nothing else mattered just Luka getting across that finish line . I had a conversation just before we lined up to start with Vuvuzela and how Luka would communicate. he said to me ” If Luka his kicking his legs he is happy and having fun.” I took the information in and went  over to the starting line…the countdown happened and we were off…..however it was on a hill on 6th street that Luka  did it….I saw the hill and said to him  ” Luka were going to crush this”….going down was easy….however as we started to go back up it quickly became apparent that this was going to hurt….then it happened…..Luka kicked both of his legs up in the air and moved them around ….it was all I needed ,Luka had given me the strength to crush that hill. To be honest after that I was on cloud nine! This  young boy had strengthened me, made me stronger, because it was about him. I will cherish that moment until the day I die. Thank you Vuvuzela for allowing me the honor of racing with your son. He truly is a special boy.



After running and carrying a flag at the Christmastown 5k in late November with Speed for Need & F3, I was psyched and a little nervous about being a driver for Speed for Need at the Community Foundation Run. My small amount of anxiety was relieved when I met James and his grandfather Jim on Saturday morning and looked around at all of my F3 brothers getting ready to run.  I confirmed a few of the PAX to run with me in case I needed some relief and to carry the Gashouse flag.  James was unbelievable with his infectious smile and generally calm demeanor.  After some good tutoring from Tooltime and Pizza Man, I was ready to get after it.

After arriving at the start line with James, Luka and the group, I took a few steps forward to get a picture back toward the group. It was an impressive sight to see so many of our PAX there to help carry us through.

The excitement for me personally grew as the countdown started thanks to Hunchback and we were off. As we started moving, James threw both of his arms out as if he was flying, it was terrific.  A Gazette photographer caught this moment and if you have not seen this picture, please look out for it.  I think it captures the entire day for me.

We were off. I went out too fast….really Stroganoff, I’ve done this before.  The excitement of the moment with James and all our F3 PAX, I just took off, not as fast as Tooltime however.  We kept a good pace up as runners passed us but I had F3 guys all around me.  Whoopee was there to help push along the way, Slaw carrying the Flag, Roscoe to my right, it was terrific.  Pizza Man, Hipaa and Spider Monkey with the video.  I’m pretty sure Pizza Man got in some serious interval training while going back and forth between the chariots.  After we crested the first big hill (after about 1.7 miles) I was personally spent and handed off to Whoopee and somewhere toward the finish line Roscoe took over the flag.  We continued at a good pace as we made the last turn to head up South St.  I could hear the crowd cheering James on.  I’m pretty sure he lifted us up to the finish.  There is a great shot of us running through the finish line, Whoopee on the chariot’s main handles, myself pushing on the left side handle, Roscoe carrying the flag and Tyson to my left (Tyson had come back to help push us up that last hill).  This moment was also captured by a Gazette videographer, look for it on their website.

That was quite a moment for me personally and it took quite a while to get the smile off of my face. Smiles all around, pats on the back, James smiling, his Grandfather thanking us and telling stories, friends from the community patting us on the back, well earned sweat, gratitude…..I could go on and on.  This was just another terrific moment for me since getting involved with F3.  However, this was different.  It was about James and Luka.  After we awarded the medals to James and Luka, I had the great pleasure of picking him up out of his chariot and getting him back into his own chair.  He relaxed just enough to make it easy for me to get him comfortably situated.  He looked up at me and smiled.  This is what Speed for Need is about.  I did not really know until that moment.  It was an extremely impactful 2 – 3 hours for me, I hope it was also for James and his Grandfather.  I will not soon forget this day and am grateful for F3, F3 Gastonia, Pizza Man for the opportunity, Speed for Need and all the Gastonia PAX.  When can we do this again?  Until the next one.  Aye!!



Once again, I want to thank everyone that helped this event be a success!!  This would not have been possible without each and every one of you!!!

Until next time Pizza Man is OOOUUUUTTTTT!!!!!

PREBLAST: F3 Gastonia SPEEDFORNEED Community Foundation Run


Time has come!!  F3 Gastonia, many of you have seen my Tweets, Retweets, and more Tweets about SPEEDFORNEED!!  Now it’s your opportunity to be a part of this great organization.  Join your brothers from F3 Gastonia and F3 Nation for our 1st SPEEDFORNEED event of 2018 in our region.  Please come out and support Track Commanders James and Luka!!

  • RACE EVENT: Community Foundation Run
  • DATE: April 14, 2018 @ 9am
  • WHO’S INVITED: F3 Nation PAX, their M’s and 2.0s (spectate & support or register to run)
  • REGISTRATION WEBSITE: Community Foundation Run
  • OTHER DETAILS: When registering please select organization *SpeedForNeed F3 Gastonia*
  • MEETING POINT: 8:15am @ F3 Nation SPEEDFORNEED tent in the Rotary Pavilion (look for the racing chairs!)
  • HOST F3 REGION: F3 Gastonia
  • DRIVERS: Stroganoff and ToolTime
  • TRACK COMMANDER (TC): James Dunn (11yrs old) and Luka Cardona (7yrs old)

JV @ Folsom

My man Sparky reached out to give me an opportunity to Q at Folsom and of course I can’t pass up an opportunity to lead the HIMs of Folsom.  I also wanted to get one last weekend Q before busy A$$ April hits.  As YHC ran into Folsom I noticed Sister Act getting in some EC.  While on my EC run I was thinking of ways to turn my Q’s from JV to Varsity…then I thought about it and decided that I like my JV Q’s and I believe everyone else does too.  With that being said, 6:30 hit and it was time to go….


SSH X I don’t remember cause DL was taking his precious time

Don Q’s X 10 IC

Let’s mosey to the tennis courts…it went like this:

Burpee suicides starting at 1 and increasing at every court.  The PAX liked these so much we ran it back but started from the furthest court back.  Now with the heart rate going let’s do some 11’s.  The exercises were Mike Tyson’s and Big Boy sit-ups.  Great work men!!!

Now we are finished with the tennis courts, let’s mosey to an area I noticed on a recon run.  Gaston County’s finest built a new dock on this pond so YHC wanted to do some work on it…each PAX performed max reps of an exercise or stopped when they couldn’t count any higher then ran a lap around the lake.  The exercises were:




Let’s mosey on…since my Duke team lost to Kansas in the Elite 8 we had to throw in some Bobby Hurley’s at the Route 66 parking lot(but today it turned into Route 78) My bad!!  Now with all the PAX legs a little tired let’s mosey to the shed for some exercises and mubblechatter.  Each HIM busted out these exercises:

Dips X 20 IC

Box jumps X 20

Derkins X 20 IC

Box jumps X 20

With time running out we heading back to the flag for 22 for the VETS.  TIME!!


“Going the Extra Mile” CSAUP – April 7th @ 4am

3rd F Event – April 13th @ 7pm

SPEEDFOR NEED is coming!!! – April 14th    SIGN UP HERE——-> http://www.cfgaston.org/Learn/CommunityFoundationRun.aspx

Prayer Request:

Allen Tate’s mom, Medicine Woman(Leg and something about cold hands), and others I may have forgot


Once again, I would like to thank Sparky for the opportunity to lead the HIMs at Folsom.  Do everything you can to follow the path that the Lord tells or shows you to follow.  Sometimes you may get thrown off the path but do everything that you can to get back and stay on the path he has for made for you!!

Colossians 3:23

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”


Until next time Pizza Man is OOOOOUUUUUUTTTTTT!!



F3 Gastonia…We all know that we are ALWAYS willing to GO THE EXTRA MILE in whatever we do, but now are you ready to push your body through those EXTRA MILES??  If so sign up by March 17th for the first CSAUP event in 2018 for F3 Gastonia. This CSAUP is not only going to give you the chance to see every AO in our region but also be a part of a relay team.  This relay will consist of a four-man relay team (we will create teams after you sign up) that will venture 50 miles through the beautiful land of Gaston County.  Even though this is a four-man relay team, there is a reason this is a CSAUP!!!  Each of you can do this….push yourself to GO THE EXTRA MILE!!!

  • EVENT: F3 Gastonia CSAUP “Going the Extra Miles”
  • DATE: April 7, 2018 @ 4am
  • MEETING POINT: Park around Dallas Courthouse 131 N. Gaston St. Dallas, NC 28034
  • OTHER DETAILS: Post CSAUP 2nd F @ Growler’s

Sign up below

Surprise Q…what?

I was given the opportunity to Q at Midoriyama and wanted to try something a little different.  So early in the day I reached out to a good friend of mine who you all may know, JRR Tolkien aka Fightin’ Mongol, for an opportunity to give the PAX at Midoriyama a beat down.  He definitely didn’t let down.  17:30 rolls around and it went like this……..



10 Burpees OYO

Let’s mosey to the soccer field but not before 5 burpees at the speed bump.

The Thang:

The PAX circled up for 6 inch LBC’s X 50…there was a lot of moaning and groaning with this.

The next crowd pleaser was Merkin set.  This is where the PAX perform different type of merkins in up/down cadence.  They were….

  • 5 Regular
  • 5 Wide
  • 5 Diamonds
  • 5 Right arm in front
  • 5 Left arm in front
  • 5 Right leg raised
  • 5 Left leg raised

Now with mubblechatter at the peak let’s head to the BIG hill at the dog park.  Each PAX was to NUR up the hill do 5 reverse burpees at the top and run down the hill and perform 5 burpees at the bottom.  Rinse and repeat three times.  This really got the quads burning.

Great work from everyone…let’s go…on to our normal soccer field for some rugby sprints.  Exercises were…

  • LBC’s
  • Flutters were called but some HIM complained about being injured so Sandy V’s were done for him instead
  • CDD’s for our brother Def Leppard (may or may not have just said go on one instance…lol)

Now let’s hit up the smaller hill for 11’s…merkins at the bottom and WW1’s at the top.

With 18:15 approaching we moseyed back to the flag.  On the mosey back we had a surprise visit from one of my favorite F3 Gastonia brothers…BROWN STREAK!!!  It is always good to see you!! We had just the right time for one last set of 6 inch LBC’s and Merkin sets. TIME!!!


April 7th – F3 Gastonia CSAUP event – Pre-Blast coming soon!!!

April 14th – F3 Gastonia SpeedForNeed Event – Sign up here—–>http://www.cfgaston.org/Learn/CommunityFoundationRun.aspx

April 21st – Christina Latini Memorial 8K—–>https://latinimemorial8k.racesonline.com/


Great push by ALL PAX!!!  Welcome FNG Top Flight!!!  As always a pleasure to lead a great group of HIMs.  I know that it’s easy to stay where you are comfortable but it is also great to get out meet new faces in F3 and see how different F3 Regions workout.  With that being said try experience the F3 Gastonia NOMADS when the next opportunity comes.  This traveling group not only allows you to meet new faces in F3 but see how it’s done in other regions.  Once again special thanks to Tolkien for the beat down!!!

Until the next time….Pizza Man is OOOOOOUUUUUUTTTTTTT!!!



Better yourselves…

16 HIMs posted at Midoriyama to better themselves.  Great work by all!!!  If you never have posted at Midoriyama…come on out cause the weather is getting good.  17:30 is here…it went like this…SHOW TO KNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thanks for the opportunity to lead!!! Hopefully you got your money’s worth….until next time  Pizza Man is OOOOUUUUTTTTT!!!


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