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The mission of F3 is to plant, grow and serve small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership.
Winter 2020
"Leave no man behind,
but leave no man
where you find him"
 Plant  -  Grow -  Serve

Great Leaders develop new Leaders

While leadership is critical to all Groups, Leaders are always in short supply in most Groups because only a few Groups employ a systematic Leadership Development Process. What separates those few Groups from the rest is simple: they are led by great Leaders.

Great Leaders are intent on leaving a legacy that will resound to their Groups’ Advantage long after they have gone. Knowing their leadership tenure is limited by human mortality, they get prepared for the expected event of their departure by developing new Leaders. Because they cannot predict the precise time of their departure, they stay ready for the unexpected by ensuring that the Leaders they develop are ready right now instead of sometime tomorrow. Great Leaders are constantly working themselves out of a job.

Great Leaders develop new Leaders systematically, through an LDP that is tailored to the needs of the Groups they lead. They see this as a primary part of their responsibility as a Leader, not something they also do if they can find the time.

For great Leaders, developing new leaders is leadership, of the highest caliber.

The LDP has four steps: schooling, apprenticeship, opportunity and failure

Healthy Communities, Effective Organizations and dynamic Teams each employ some form of an LDP that is periodically adjusted to suit their unique need for Leaders and the manner by which they develop them. While every LDP reflects the purpose and character of the particular Group in which it is housed, every useful process has a form of the same four components:

• First there is some kind of Schooling , the didactic instruction that the potential Leader receives on the timeless fundamentals of leadership.

• The second component is Apprenticeship , where the new Leader is given the chance to develop the skills he learned from his Schooling under the watchful eye of a more experienced Leader.

• Third comes Opportunity , the chance for the growing Leader to put what he has learned into practice under conditions where he is directly responsible for the outcome. While Schooling + Apprenticeship creates a Leader with the potential to be Effective, Opportunity is the required element for the man’s skill to become kinetic and have actual impact on his Group.

• The fourth component is Failure . A Lizard uses its LDP to intentionally court minor disaster in order to fully develop its Leaders, because it is from Failure that Leaders learn the most. Success teaches far less because it does not isolate what works from what does not the way Failure does.

The LDP depends upon decentralized execution to a central purpose

F3 is an Organization whose purpose is to invigorate male Community leadership. Not surprisingly, since our Mission is leadership development itself, F3 needs a very deliberate Leadership Development Process to be Effective.

However, because the Organization is comprised of thousands of small Teams which are not in Proximity, that deliberate process cannot restrict the individual initiative and genius of its Leaders. We are absolutely dependent upon our great Leaders to be about the business of developing our new Leaders. The execution of the LDP is in their hands because it is their hands that are physically upon the new Leaders.

As a result, we do not dictate the precise manner in which our Leaders are to execute F3’s LDP but rather encourage and focus them upon our central purpose. They must know the why of the LDP before they can perform its what. Also, they must be affirmed in their efforts to be incentivized to continue them.

This model, decentralized execution toward central purpose, is not something unique to F3 or a theory that we invented. It is the LDP-methodology employed by the great Leaders of healthy Communities, Effective Organizations and dynamic Teams and always has been.


January 31 | Pre-service activities begin at 5pm, with service starting at 7pm.

Guys – this one’s for you!  Amazing fellowship with our brothers, a great way to share what F3 is all about, and a great night of men messaging. Test your axe throwing abilities, bass fishing knowledge, and enjoy a good time. We will be joined by guest speaker Pastor Chris Hodges from Church of the Highlands.

Food will be available for $10.

*** Suggested to wear F3 Shirts      *** All denominations welcome!



Friday, February 7th

Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 14 and older. On one night, February 7th, 2020, churches from around the world will host Night to Shine for thousands of honored guests and we want you to be a part of it!

 6-9pm | Bayside Community Church, 15800 SR 64 E, Bradenton, FL 34212 

Bridge of Life - Superhero 5k   
  February 15, 2020

Pax- for those of you not aware, this is a very important event for us in the Suncoast. Our very own Gridlock started this organization and pours his heart into it. I ask you to consider signing up to support Bridge a Life and get fit at the same time. Rates go up very soon. Bring the family along and sign everyone up under the F3 TeamThe Super Hero 5K and Kids' 1 Mile Fun Run is a Foster Care Awareness event that exists to show support for children in our community who come from hard places. We believe these kids, and the loving adults who advocate for them, are our community's heroes. Join us as a walker, runner, sponsor, or volunteer

Register for the F3 Team to support our F3 Brother "Gridlock" !


F3 Suncoast GoRuck  :   April 3 - 5, 2020   


Q's Wanted - VQ's Wanted!
One of the core principles of F3 is that workouts are led by men who participate in the workout, in a rotating fashion, with no training or certification necessary.  Have you led a workout? We have had a number of VQs in February, let's keep it going!! Now is the time to commit to a day or two! If you have any questions about the role of the Q, or do you want to lead a portion of a workout, but not the whole thing, reach out to a fellow Pax member who has already Q'd and we will share with you!   

Click on this link to fill up the Q schedule :



April 3, 2020

F3 Florida Rucking 

RUCK•ING [VERB] // Walking with a weighted rucksack (aka backpack). It implies action, energy, and purpose. Rucking requires strength, endurance, and character -- and builds it, too


Rucking is Simple 

Rucking is the foundation of special Forces Training

Rucking is Cardio

Cardio for people who think running sucks. Rucking for fitness will get you off the treadmill and into the world. If you want to burn up to 3X as many calories as walking, ruck instead. Your heart pumps faster during a rucking workout to get oxygen rich blood throughout your body, increasing circulation. And you can talk to your friend, who’s rucking right next to you

You wear a backpack (or better yet a rucksack), walk, it's a fitness thing. And you're already doing it. Hiking is rucking in the mountains and urban hiking is simply called rucking. Rucking exercises can be done at any weight

The weight adds resistance training to your back and shoulders, your glutes and legs with every step - resulting in strength gains without the bulk. Want more? Up the weight, increase the distance, or go faster

Still Fresh
F3 covering the Suncoast  


Various ones have commented that I love my pictures and that I'm always taking pics, and it's true. Reason... all my life, I see things in unique and different perspectives, as well in visual terms. One of my degrees is actually in photography, back when one had to actually set apertures, ISOs, and etc. I even mixed chemicals and developed the images in dark rooms. It's all in the concept, framing, setting and the image and what it conveys, that makes a photo. So, capturing the moment is important. I really stand behind "a picture is worth a 1000 words". As we are out doing our thing, I will see the intensity, passion, and energy in what we are doing, as well as the settings and emotions exhumed at the moment. To me capturing these unique moments, will convey how we are feeling and what we do as a F3. Many of the other Nationwide AOs post photos of their workouts and etc. Just posting what we do is fine, however, by adding pics of us actually working out and etc, will send a message out that we are passionate with what we stand for.  "Smile you're on Candid Camera"       - Lancelot

*** I welcome photos from you all, beatdowns, fellowships, and outside events. Please send any that you wish to share, because you do not want to see more Lancelot photos moving forward.

MISSING : American Shovel Flag

Contact Lancelot,  If Found
Welcome FNGs!!
  • Flash
  • Segal
  • Burt
  • The Situation
  • Next Time
  • Tig
  • Swiffer
  • Icy Hot
Let's get to EH'ing and fill this list week after week!
VQs this week:

1st F
List of Workouts

Q Schedule
 - Lots of Q dates available in February & March 2020!

1st F Ideas: Contact Mr. Clean
2nd F
Wawa- Lorraine/70 - Saturday after Beatdown
Paneras UTC - After Friday Beatdown, NBP

Rusty Bucket  - Date/Time TBD - Last Wednesday of the Month

Interested in taking over 2nd F Q? Contact Recall or Backdraft
3rd F
The Love Dare - Saturday/Greenbrook Park 6:15a

The Christian Atheist - Wednesday/Peaches on 70 7:00am

3rd F Ideas: Contact Ripken

F3 Workouts are:
  • Free of Charge
  • Open to all men
  • Are held outdoors, rain or shine, heat or cold
  • Are led by men who participate in the workout in a rotating fashion, with no training or certification necessary
  • End with a Circle or Trust
These are the 5 core principles that every F3 Pax should know!
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