We Actually Workout?

I learned of the concept of F3 from Slicnut, aka Escobar, during my time as he was discipling me. We both wanted to workout and have some accountability. He learned of the workout from Proton in East TN. We started doing bootleg workouts that were not technically F3.  Then Gusbus came into the picture. I knew him from church youth group and was happy to reconnect (until he started talking sass).  From that point on, the inevitable “official” launch was coming. 

Through the last 2 years, I have gotten stronger. Heck the first F is FITNESS. These men push me, encourage me, but most importantly give great banter to get through these dumb things we do. It is fun to watch the transformation of the guys who started out in really bad shape to become hard workers who keep pushing. These men are encouraging and want to see you transform.  Fitness is great, but that’s not why I wake up early to do stupid stuff with this group of men.

The second F is Fellowship.  We are in a time that men don’t have many friends. Sure they may talk to coworkers or their significant other’s friends, but we don’t have our core. As we get older, our closest friends move all over the country. We are still close, but we still need a group of guys that we can connect with locally.  The camaraderie is great and gives a chance for us all to connect. Whether it is exercise, sports, life’s struggles, etc., they want to push you personally. They will be the first one’s to LISTEN, which is way more important than trying to solve problems. It is comforting to know that there is at least one guy who has been in a similar situation. They can lend an ear, talk about their experiences, or even partner you up with someone who can really relate to you. We come from all kinds of backgrounds. These men have been great encouragers and supporters of Emily and I through quitting my job to go back to school, go through the adoption process, and now have a job again. They have touched us by showing up to fundraisers, reaching out and giving an encouraging word.  They don’t realize they say what you need to hear, when you need the encouragement. The group has helped me let go of some pride issues to know it’s okay for others to help or be there for you. 

The 3rd F is Faith. While it is not a solely Christian organization, these men have pushed me in my walk with the Lord. Even if they are not Christians, they can help pose questions to make you think. Faith in this sense means that something out there is bigger than you. We must know that while we are High Impact Men, we have to focus on what gives us purpose. The projects these groups have done and allowed me to be involved in are great. We are willing to help strangers and our own group. We don’t care about race, status, or political affiliation. 

So as the 2 year anniversary is here this coming Saturday. I plead for the men of Memphis to come and see what it is all about. Sure, workout and get better. But really come for the friendships with these strangers that turn to brothers. This group of guys are willing to sacrifice to help you get better in all facets. 

No man left behind, no man left where they started. 

 

Blake Mashour

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