What are the Three Fs?
Here’s a word or two about the three Fs that make up F³. If you want even more of our philosophy, see the full “About Us.”
- Fitness – This is the most basic, core element of F³. At their heart, F³ groups are peer-led workouts that are strikingly effective. When guys work out together in a small group, they feed off each other, enjoy themselves more and get better results than when they pay someone else to work them out or do a solo weight circuit or treadmill at the local gym. If you get nothing more out of it than the workout, F³ is an inexpensive, effective way to get in shape.
- Fellowship — As a second-order effect, many guys find that the friendships formed within an F³ group are unique in being removed from influences like whether you work together, whether your wives or kids get along or whether you are members of the same country club or political party. Many guys say that participating in an F³ group creates bonds that recall those they had with their high school and college buddies.
- Faith — As a third-order effect, many F³ participants — having lost weight, gotten in shape and found fellowship in the process — find renewed purpose in thinking about Big Picture issues like Why am I here? and What is my purpose in this community and on this earth? Although we encourage F³ groups to close their workouts with a shout-out to a generic higher, that is as far as the formal “Faith” component of our groups goes. We want the groups to be open to people of all faiths — and those of no faith. But we also want to make exploration of a higher purpose available to all F³ participants who want to make that part of their lives.
There’s one more F that’s worth addressing, and that’s the Free component of F³. We did not invent this workout model, nor do we own it. Our purpose in giving it a name, defining a mission around it, planting new F³ groups and creating this website is singular: To make it as widely available as possible and to as many men as possible, because we believe it has the power to do great things in the lives of men.