F3 Gastonia

Fitness, Fellowship, Faith

Author: Time Frame (page 1 of 2)

After last Wednesday’s post at Martha’s House Gastone announced that he was looking for a Q for the following week.  I thought it would be a great opportunity to expose my 2.0, Google, to being Q and all of the things this brings.  He with some reluctance accepted the opportunity and began to think of what he might do.

11 #HIM’s showed for the Wed edition of Snowballs and to sharpen each other.

5:30 and here we go.

Google started with the pledge.

SSH x 15

Mosey to the picnic shelter in the park.

Google calls 30 step ups each leg.

30 Dips

Timeframe takes over for the thang:

11’s in the parking lot.  Derkins this side and jump squats on that side.

Thank you HIPAA for the plank work waiting for the 6.

After all this fun we had its time to have more.

Start at lower end of Martha Rivers parking lot and mosey to top stopping at every Island (Clavin actually stopped at Island the HIM) for 5 burpees.  All total I think there were 8 Islands to total 40 burpees…Clavin gets 45 and still finished 1st.  What a beast.

Time for the ring of fire.  This was a mixture of mostly LBC’s with some flutter kicks and box cutters.  The object was that one at a time each HIM ran around the circle x2 until finished.  This guys were lots of fun with the chatter.

We then took a lap around the baseball fields and back to the parking lot for Mary.

Each PAX called out an exercise.

As I remember went something like:

American Hammers x 20

Michael Phelps x 47

Dying Cockroaches

Flutter Kicks

Merkins with a pause at bottom and around town.  Crowd pleaser for sure.

Big Boy situps

Crunchy Frogs

5 burpees oyo


Psudo merkins.  This is merkins with hands turned out.

Mosey back to snowballs….

and time.


HIPAA has started a pain lab on Tuesday mornings at Bess elementary to give us a pain lab option throughout the week.  Please get by and support this.  This is excellent work by HIPAA and I think is a much needed move.  Nice work brother.

Thank you to the HIM’s for pushing me as always and especially pushing Google.  I’m sure he gets tired of my voice and seems to respond a bit better to the other HIM’s.

You guys are awesome.  I truly feel that F3 is a direct answer to some of my prayers.


Google and Timeframe



Pre Halloween Party

It was a crisp fall morning at the storm as I arrived.  The stars were out and the moon was shining in all its glory.  I could feel it.  Yep! This is going to be a good morning once again with my 15 F3 brothers at the Storm.

5:30…lets get busy.



Appalachian Americans x 10

SSH x 20

mosey to traffic circle on campus beside field for Jack Webbs up to 10.

mosey to parking lot in front of school for main event.

Main Event

Instruction is to do exercise written in parking space and run to light pole approximately 150 feet away and on to the next work station.

  1.  Mountain Climbers x 30
  2. Merkins x 30
  3. Plank 30 count
  4. American Hammers x 20
  5. Curls x 10
  6. Derkins x 20
  7. V ups x 20
  8. CDD’s x 20
  9. Squats x 20
  10. Burpees x 10

I think everyone made it through roughly 2.5 times before time to go.

According to my watch we did just over 2 miles.

There was some great fellowship and decent music.

All pushed hard and got stronger.  Very nice work gentlemen!

I like to send a shout out to my man Hydrant.  Nice work brother.  Way to push that darn rock!


November 10- Convergence at the Yank.  Rosco and Shortsale co-Q beatown

November 29- Christmastown 5K

Dec 15- Christmas Party at Quiche’s-

It is always my honor to join you guys and start my day in such a positive way.  I thank God for you.





22 for the Vets

Being the day after the 17th anniversary of 9/11 I knew I wanted to recognize the vets and first responders  the mean so very much to us as Americans.  F3 has a taken hold of the “22 for the Vets” pushup challenge recognizing that 22 Vets a day commit suicide.  This number has become attached to honoring our servicemen.

As I show exactly at 5:30 to the Snowballs parking lot and approach the Pax I am greeted by Gastone and 8 more of the fellas waving hello to me via Monkey Humpers.   At that time of the morning, this is quite a stinky way to start that day butt we press on with our ass-perations of moving our rears.

I take over for the Warm Up:

SSH x 22

Moroccan Night Clubs x 22

Da Thang:

Mosey to the park for some 11’s (we were going to do 2 sets of 11’s making 22 but I messed up my knee at work and barely made it through the workout so the 2nd set was Omaha’d);

Squats this side and Merkins over there.

LBC’s x50

Mosey to the shelter for 2 rounds x 22;


LBC’s x50



Meander to parking lot for some Mary:

22 counts on the following;

Leg raises

Flutter kicks

American hammers

Freddy Mercury’s

Begin mosying back stopping at the light poles for;







Zombie walk to next pole

LBC’s x 100

Mosey to directly in front of waiting cars;

Monkey Humpers x 22

Mosey back to Snowballs. I need to recognize Gastone, D-Fib, Boudin, Island, and Turtleman for always greeting the Pax as we come in.  This is really inspirational to me.  I will be up front with you guys one day greeting too.  Thanks guys.

Still 3 minutes so more Mary;

At this point what looked to be a Forestview student having him morning workout joined us and with no surprise the Pax was super inviting and welcoming.  He said he would be back.  I hope that’s true.

Leg raises x 22

American hammers x22

Flutter kicks x22


Big shout out to Toto for serving with honor in our military.  Thank you brother for all you and all Vets do and have done.  Thank you also to the first responders and health care pros that do such an important job daily.  This ones for you guys.

Thank you guys for all the encouragement.  The honor is completely mine.  You are the best.



Saturday of the BRR–Gashouse

I know it’s a bit late but here goes.

Lately I’ve been wanting to incorporate stretching into the F3 workouts.  I think it is an important part of overall fitness and could do us all some good in the attempt to try and avoid pesky injuries.  With this being said I planned the workout accordingly.

We did the Warm Up:

SSH x20

Goofballs x20

Merkins x20

Squats x20

Mayor and the Painlab HIMs at this point went to do their thang and we went to the rear of the library to do ours.

The Thang:

Complete set of said exercise and mosey up both sets of steps and touch library and return;

3 sets x 20;


Yoga stretch…Downward Dog.

3 sets x20


Yoga stretch..Warrior 1 and 2

3 sets x20


Yoga stretch..Standing swan down to downward dog then up to cobra.

At this point there were multiple sets of 20 of each of the following;


Leg raises




Toe risers x 5 up each of both sets of steps.

2 laps around parking lot

Return to Gashouse for Mary with the pain lab HIMs.

There were some

Nolan Ryans

American hammers

Leg raises


It was a small group but the quality of HIMs was outstanding as always.

I promise that the honor is all mine.



Fellowship and Some Excercise

I’m sorry for the late BB.

16 High Impact Men showed to better themselves, their families, there communities, and the souls they will have a chance to impact this day.

The focus of this particular workout was fellowship.  It stemmed from an earlier workout Q’d by Whoopee.  I thought it was a very challenging and productive morning but when I read his BB he made a very good point. What he labeled as a Q fail was that there was very little opportunity for fellowship during the workout.  Lets face it, the fellowship is a HUGE motivation for overcoming the fart sack and posting.  With that said, the idea behind this was to keep the group grouped, moving at his own pace, giving and getting a push and some encouragement from a peer when needed, and some conversation….all the while getting in a good workout.

This was what that looked like.


SSH x 20

High Knees x 20

Mosey to short wall in front for bank for Dips x 20

The Thang:

Mosey to the Old Coconut Horse parking lot for this idea taken directly from the Dolph playbook.  Thanks Dolph.

10 parking placed were set up as stations marked in chalk.  The Pax was to complete said exercise and mosey, run, walk, limp. crawl, or whatever they can do two light poles down (approx 150′) and back then continue to the next station.

The stations were as follows;

  1. Burpees x 10
  2. American Hammers x 20
  3. Merkins x 20
  4. LBC’s x 50
  5. CDD’s x 20
  6. Curls with either 17lb or 30lb dumbells x 20
  7. Squats x 20
  8. Toe Risers x 20
  9. Bobby Hurleys x 10
  10. Leg Raises x 20

We did this until 6:14am then mosey back to start.  My fitness watch said we did roughly 2.5 miles all the while listening to some music, talking, and hanging out.  The time seemed to fly by.

It was really great to see Bandit.

Great fellowship and work by all.  You are all such and inspiration.

Please read HIPAA’s post for the announcements.  There are quite a few and all great stuff.  It’s so nice to be part of a group doing great thing for the community.




Scout Camp Post

As some of you know Dr Feelgood is the scoutmaster at the prestigious Troop 11 Boy Scout troop and Timeframe is ASM same troop.  The troop is always signed up for camp on the week of the 4th of July and this year is no exception.

So there we were at camp at 5:20am Thursday morning when Feelgood shakes my tent and in a firm whisper says “Timeframe! You want to post?”.  I am up and ready by 5:30 to turn beautiful Camp Bud Schiele into an AO.

No warm up, disclaimer, or pleage.  In our defense we say the pledge alot at camp.

The thang:

Mosey from the campsite the long road way to the lower parking lot where the cars are so Feelgood can grab a phone charger.

Mosey back to the shelter beside the Health Lodge for some sweating.

100 each-



SSH’s single count



Mosey back to camp and time for reveille.

Thank you Feelgood for your awesome attitude, service to the boys of troop 11, and waking me up for some F3 fun.  You are an inspiration.



June 28…Goat Island

It was a fine Thursday morning at the Goat as YHC arrived.  9 HIM’s + me showed in the soupy June air for the regular morning beatdown.  Here’s what this edition featured.

5:30 and lets go!



SSH x 20

Goofballs x 15

Mosey to bottom of stairs behind post office for Burpees x 10

Climb stairs toe risers x 5 each stair

Plank at top for 6

Mosey to gazebo for mary:

A little foggy as to what exactly we did here but it involved Captain Thors (picked this one up off of Billy Madison), LBC’s, Leg Raises, and Heel Touches.

Mosey across bridge to park..Omaha!  Park was full of ladies pushing the rock.  Didn’t want to interfere so back across bridge to field for some 11’s.

11’s were Merkins bottom sidewalk and Squats top sidewalk.  This hurt quite a bit (at least for me).  These awesome HIM’s made it look easy.

Back across bridge to empty park and to picnic tables.

3 sets of:

Step ups x 20, 15, 10

Derkins x 15, 10, 5

Dips x 20, 15, 10

Back to gazebo for more Mary:

Yet again a little foggy but this included:

More LBC’s, Captain Thors, LBC’S, Heels Touches, Box Cutters with reach up (picked this one up off of Short Sale who is always good for a new ab exercise), and Merkins.

My watch said we put in 3.28 miles.  Not bad!

And time!

Great group as always this am.  It is truly my honor to be whatever small part of such a great organization with such a valid mission.  The guys were inspirational and uplifting as always and I am humbled by all of you.

Prayers for a Dr. procedure for Tesla.

I just want to give a shout out to Billy Madison.  Thank you for being such a great HIM and an inspirational figure to me since my joining F3.  Our loss is truly Jacksonville’s gain.  Brother, we hope to see you when you are back around these parts in the gloom.  If and when we make it to Jacksonville we will give you a shout.  Peace, blessings, good health, and our love and prayers be with you and your family in your new endeavors.   Keep pushing the rock brother.

Until next time, humbled and honored,




Good Morn’ Gentlemen 5-21-18 05:30

It was a fine morning to conquer the fartsack and push on that rock.  Was thrilled to see 7 PAX show with the same thing in mind.  With warmer temps and 200% humidity we were ready to go at 05:30.



SSHx 20

Mosey to the lower end of the park for the Thang.

The Thang:

Partner up for 8 exercises.  P1 stays for AMRAP, P2 runs across parking lot and back (approx 100′)…. switch. x3 per station.

Excercises were;




Monkey Humprs



Toe Risers

Heels to Heaven

We made it through roughly 1.5 times.

Mosey back and 06:15.


Prayers for family in Bessemer City restaurant killing.

For us, our families, and the people we affect today.


Murph 07:00 Snowballs Memorial Day morning.


Great to see Clavin back out this am.  Welcome back brother. Way to push.

All PAX worked hard, pushed, were inspirational, and just as awesome as always.  I will never take that for granted.  It’s what keeps me coming back.

Thank you all for being exactly what I need to start the day in such a great way.  You are all such a blessing.





Snowballs. Wed, Apr 18. 5:30am.

12 + me of Gastonia’s strongest and finest #HIMs conquered the fartsack for some rock pushing on a beautiful Wednesday morning.  The stars were out in all their heavenly glory and it seemed to be a perfect morning to better ourselves and encourage the men around us.  Glad to see Clavin made it out this am.  He says that he missed the comradery of the HIMs.  I understand that for sure.  BIG shout out to HIPAA for the impromptu pain lab Q.  That is a him acting like a #HIM.  Great work gentlemen.

5:30 on the clock and time to do this.

SSHx20 (ic)

Imperial Walkersx20 (ic)

mosey the long way around to the lit area in the center of the ballfields

The Thang:

Partner up….P1 does as many reps as possible while P2 runs out to the parking lot, up the sidewalk, and back making a loop and switch…x3 for each called exercise.

Heels to Heaven


This was a good workout.




Mosey to the shelter

Arm squatsx15

Bad joke from Spiderman

Arm squatsx10

Another bad joke from Spiderman and other Pax

Arm squatsx5

Meander to parking lot for some Mary

Flutter kicksx25

Box cuttersx20 (changing direction every 5)

Mosey to snowballs


Almost went into OT but PAX had stuff to do so we dismissed.



Awesome work, encouragement, attitudes, and all around great start to the day.  You guys are WAAY better than coffee.  HIPAA and Clavin kind of hit on something that I thought was a good idea.  Maybe a Pain Lab through the week.  I personally know of several other PAX that would be interested and show more regular if this was an option.  Clavin, great to see you out.  HIPAA, nice work with the impromptu Q.  All the PAX was an inspiration.  True gentlemen in every aspect.  I have been blessed more than you know by all of you.




The number 7 is a very prominent figure in Bible.  This number, or multiples of it, show up in the scriptures somewhere in the range of 700 times and it always means the same thing, completeness.  The first Example of this is in Genesis 1 with the creation taking 7 days to complete giving us the 7 day week which is used world wide.  Another example of this can be found in Exodus with the command for Leprous Naaman to bathe in the Jordan River 7 times to complete cleansing. And still another in Revelation with the 7 churches that represent the completeness of the Body of Christ.  Again Joshua was instructed to march around the walls of Jericho 7 times to complete his mission and overcome their walls.  There and many more where those came from.

The Biblical number associated with man is 6 symbolizing our falling short of the completeness and holiness of God. Interestingly enough, man was created on the 6th day.   It is also appointed to man to work for 6 days a week and rest 1, Gods rest that Tool Time was talking about.  It is the number of imperfection that is man without God.  No matter how we try, we just can’t keep up all by ourselves.  Man is not God, just as 6 is not 7.

The gathering of 14 HIM’s in the gloom at The Storm this morning was an impressive showing.  Filled with real men who are making investments in themselves for the betterment of their families and communities.  Men of impact.  These are men that know that we are all 6’s without the One.  We all know that here in F3, we are forever trying to not be the 6.  Aye!

5:30….let’s invest!


Warm up:

High knees x 20 ==>

SSH x 20

Goofballs x 20==>

SSH x 20

Mosey around back side of parking lot to covered and lit area in turn 4 of the soccer field.

The thang= The Walls of Jericho;

Turn 1 = merkins x 15

Turn 2 = Squats x 15

Turn 3 = CCD’s x 15

Turn 4 = LBC’s x 50

All of the above x 7

Some went an 8th time due to unclear Q instruction.  Q fail.  I will put you down for EC.

Flutter kick x25 until 6 that was really not the 6 arrived.

Somewhere around the 4th lap was a train= 5 burpees.


LBC’s x 50

Oblique crunches x 20 each side

LBC’ x 50

Get your butt of the grounds with a twist. I’m not going to explain.  Show to know or feel free to ask. x 20

LBC’s x 50

Mosey one last lap around the soccer field.

Mosey back to start and time.

Big thank you to Mayor and the HIMs at the Storm for the opportunity to push the rock this am.  It’s a big honor to be part of, no matter how small, such an outstanding group of real men.  You have all in your own individual way helped me be a better husband, father, employee, and friend.  The honor is all mine.

See y’all in the gloom.



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