Did you know F3 Nation is international? Italian Job recently sat down with Mrs. Doubtfire – Nant’an of F3 Dortmund, Germany to learn how F3 Nation ended up in Deutschland.
IJ: When and how did it start? Who brought it to Germany?
MD: My family and I lived in Naperville, IL for a while. My M had a work assignment, and I was house-daddying our two 2.0s. One day my neighbor (Halfprice) told me about this workout group he had joined recently. Running back and forth with a cinder block. Crazy. A few days later I fartsacked my first F3 appearance. 5:15 was something I had to get used to. A day later the outstanding HIMs of F3 Naperville whipped me through a run club. Six Minutes of Mary seemed like sixty. That was in August 2018. When we returned back to Germany in December 2019, I had 234 posts including around 80 Qs in the books. But more important, I was part of something bigger than me, met wonderful people, made friends, and learned some lessons for life. Back home I dragged two friends – Murphy’s Law and Soundless – out ITG, and we experienced the 3 Fs together.
IJ: How many PAX do you have?
MD: We have a dozen regulars. A few days after we started F3 Dortmund Covid-19 came to Germany. A pandemic and growing numbers are not going well together. #lockdown
IJ: Where do you workout?
MD: F3 Dortmund has two AOs. One is a huge parking lot in Holzwickede (next little town). The other AO is the subdivision Soundless and I live in. There are bike tracks, benches, a little soccer field, stairs, rocks, and woods. Here we work all over the place.
IJ: What German names do you have for some exercises?
MD: We talk F3. A Merkin is a Merkin. A Burpee is a Burpee. Side Straddle Hops are Side Straddle Hops. For us, this is a way to connect to F3. Sharing the same language is a powerful bond.
IJ: It appears most of your PAX have English nicknames. Why is that?
MD: We like the connection to F3 Nation on one hand. On the other, we have lots of English names in Germany anyway – Christian names, nicknames, movie and song titles, technology, and IT. A lot of our nicknames are the same in both languages: Mrs. Doubtfire, Daniel Son, Santana, Gameboy, Olaf, R2D2, Santa Maria, Highlander. And most of it: English just sounds way better than German (Soundless/Lautlos, Cable Guy/Kabel Typ).
IJ: What challenges have you had to overcome since you started?
MD: I’d say the usual. EHing is hard work. I often talk to men and they “say sounds good, one day I’ll make it, I have to get fit first, that’s not my time.” We’re also still dealing with the Covid-19 restrictions. When this pandemic is gone, nothing will keep us back!
IJ: How can your American brothers assist your growth and development?
MD: It sounds odd, but connect with us on Twitter and Instagram. Give us a thumb up, leave a comment. This is encouraging. Sometimes I feel F3 Dortmund is like Asterix the Gaul. Please F3 Nation, be our magic potion.