Group promotes fitness, friendship through early morning workouts


By Jasmine Hsu

Fitness, fellowship and faith are the core elements of F3, a national men’s workout organization that promotes physical health and personal well-being. The Indianapolis chapter meets regularly in the parking lot of Carmel’s Northview Church.

A typical early morning session begins at 5:30 a.m. and consists of a rigorous military-style workout. Being peer-led, the men rely on themselves to motivate each other to push past the pain.

“We are not created to be alone, yet many men try to do things on their own,” said Matt Sherrill, a group member. “F3 provides a place for men to do things together, get in shape, build strong friendships and become better men for their families, communities and world.”

Group member John McConda agrees.

“We develop a kinship when we work out together and build a strong camaraderie,” he said. “It’s not just simply working out, it’s creating a community and getting to know each other.”

The diverse group of men range in age from early 20s to early 60s and provides participants with different perspectives on what it means to be a man, father and husband. 

“Like many men, I didn’t know how much I needed this, but after over five years of being a part of F3 and seeing the huge impact it has made on my life, I can’t imagine not having it,” Sherrill said. “F3 is open to all men of all backgrounds, faith or no faith, race, ethnicity, etc. It is not about pushing any beliefs on anyone, but just like in the mission statement, we are here to ‘plant, grow, and serve small workout groups for men for the invigoration of male community leadership.’”

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