3rd F – Sharpening our Leadership through an Abiding Relationship

  • QIC: Chickens Hawk and Orange Crush
  • When: 02/20/2018
  • Posted In: 3rdF, Convergence

Open to all Pax in The Fort, Rock Hill, Metro, Area 51, Gastonia and beyond!!!

@ Forest Hill Fort Mill (2099 Carolina Place Drive, Fort Mill SC 29708)

@6:15 AM – 7:00 AM

Join a 3rd F panel :   Rocky Fleming, Bryan Craig  and Glenn Gordon (moderated by myself)


“How does learning to have an abiding relationship in Christ impact our ability to be an effective leader?”

Join in the discussion with a group of men that have been intentional in their walks to figure out what it means to have an abiding relationship with Christ and what that looks like in everyday life.  These men will share what their path has looked like as they have learned how to down this and most importantly how this has helped them be a more effective leader in their homes, workplaces and community.

Don’t miss this opportunity to #ISI and take another step toward being a #HIM

NOTE:  Rocky Fleming and Bryan Craig are founder and Executive director at influencers (www.influencers.org) and we are privileged to have them with us to share their story to help sharpen us.



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#218in18 Kick-off Convergence BackBlast

76 PAX (including 4 FNGs) met in the gloom at Harris Teeter this morning to kick the year off the right way.

Group 1 – Jedi

Start with 60 seconds of plank tutorial, then a fairly lame attempt to explain the exercise “routine” for the upper body station. The routine, to be done in increasing AMRAP style:
· Incline Merkins
· Low Country Crab Boil (One leg, one hand dips)
· 90° Turn clockwise
· Staggered/Uneven Break Dancer Merkins (Left hand on curb)
· Staggered/Uneven Carolina Dry Docks (Left hand on curb)
· 90° Turn clockwise
· Pseudo Planche Merkins
· Donkey Kicks
· 90° Turn clockwise
· Staggered/Uneven Break Dancer Merkins (Right hand on curb)
· Staggered/Uneven Carolina Dry Docks (Right hand on curb)
· 90° Turn to starting position

Start with 10 reps for each exercise, then add 2 reps each round after that (10, 12, 14, 16, …). Only the elite few made it past the round of 12.

Group 2 – Peabody

An absolute honor to lead a convergence and had so much fun working with all the guys. Here’s the fun of the cardio Q.

SPRINT Relays!!!  

3 team

60 Yard sprint

Team members are doing Seal Jacks, side straddle hops, or flutters while teammate runs.

Winning team selects penalty exercise for 2 losing teams. (Unknown is losing team has to do the penalty exercise too but only half the reps).

Rinse and repeat the sprint relay races once teams are mixed up.

Mary to follow:

  • 50 LBCs
  • 25 Flutters
  • 10 Freddie Mercury’s

Lists of fun to hear the encouragement of other Pax and see the competition bring out the most in guys.  Saw lots of guys really push hard to win for their team.

Group 3 – Jekyll

Motley Crue and 80’s hairband soundtrack

  • COP: SSH, IW, Squat
  • 5 Burpee OYO, 4 OYO, 3 OYO
  • Lt Dan: squat and jumping , 1:4 ration
    • 1 squat: 4 jumping lunge, 2 squat: 8 Jumping lunge…10 squat: 40 jumping lunge
  • 5 burpee OYO
  • Calf Raises 25 each: Straight, Toes Out, Toes In
  • Donkey Kicks


Welcome FNGs Iron City, Humps, Hillary, and Juliet

Prayers by CakeBoss for leadership.

– Ginsu

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PRE-BLAST: SPEEDFORNEED at Laces In on Thursday Dec. 28

If you haven’t seen the videos that Tolkein has been putting out there for SpeedForNeed, then you are likely living under a rock or something.
(Here’s a video from the Charlotte Marathon on Veteran’s Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egFnEwhckIM)

On Jan. 6, we will be running with SpeedForNeed chairs in the Joe Davis Run for Recovery. Several Pax with disabled children of their own will be pushing their 2.0s in the race. Many of us will be assisting in the pushing, and so this Thursday (12/28) at Laces In, the chairs will be present for some practice and some exposure. Whether you are pushing or not, come and see what it’s like. There will be tons of opportunity to push in races all over the place this coming year, so you should probably see what it’s like so you can help later on…

SO, to recap… This Thursday, Laces In (Fort Mill High School – by the Football Stadium), SpeedForNeed chairs will be there, come get a strong beatdown from Crab Cakes serving up the main course, with a side order of YHC and Tolkein on the chairs… You know you want to…

The Hype Train has left the station…


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2017 Clave Boss 5k/10k & Christmas Convergence

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more——Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas!!

The largest turn out by far for the Clave Boss 5k/10k was a success. We started on time and as far as I know nobody died. Thank you to all the PAX that ran and had a fun time and fellowship.

For the 5k, here were are winners of Bundt Cakes

  1. MacGyver
  2. Harry Carry

For the 10k, here were are winners of Bundt Cakes

  1. Sir Topham Hat
  2. mix of PAX coming from all directions—no idea

For the Ruck, here were are winners of Bundt Cakes

  1. Dark Helmet for 11min pace 5k ruck…..nice work!

Honorable Mention for Anchorman completing the 5k and Barry Manilow being his wingman!

The Convergence kicked off on time and we had Gecko open us up in prayer. We split the groups up and away we went with COT at 0750. Click on links to see the pain that was delivered…..Merry Christmas!

Black Diamond – Longshanks Q – https://t.co/odVJHWCBPS

Bootcamp – Cha Ching Q – http://f3thefort.com/2017/12/23/christmas-convergence-boot-camp-mixed-w-some-bd/

Noderate – Barry Manilow Q – http://f3thefort.com/2017/12/23/your-moderate-option-at-the-convergence/

COT came together and we had 83 men attend this year.

Welcome FNG – Lake Effect, who is 41 not the 50 that he just shouted out. Classic!

Many announcements:

  • Thank you Site Qs for all your work, dedication and leadership!
  • Serve Saturdays ….reach out to Deacon, Bolt, NASA for info…..HIMs!!
  • Joe Davis Run Jan 6
  • Friday Convergence with 3rdF post beat down Jan 12
  • Rooster CSAUP Jan 20
  • Yeti – February
  • P200 – March

More than a workout!!


  • Dark Helmet shared his sister is in need of prayer. Please remember DH and his family each day in prayer
  • Family visiting is fun and sometimes no so fun. BE HIMs!!
  • Prayers for all the PAX traveling and for peace this week!


I spoke to the PAX about how 2000 years ago Sky Q sent his son into the world in the form of a baby. When looking for a place to come in from the cold there WAS NO ROOM AT THE INN. I believe we all fall into this trap and put so much busy into our lives that we don’t have ROOM AT THE INN for Sky Q in our lives. We fill our hearts and minds with so much and when it come to his word and being in relationship, we DON”T HAVE ROOM AT THE INN (in our hearts).

I challenge myself and the PAX to make room for SKY Q and see how it changes your life in 2018 and beyond.

Honored to lead this PAX. I am blessed and grateful for each of you!

Cake Boss


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Your Moderate Option at the Convergence

  • QIC: Barry Manilow
  • When: 12/23/2017
  • Posted In: Convergence

Following a perfectly paced 5k ( yet somehow no Bundt cake?) …..

Mosey to baseball field, circle up
Imperial Walker x 10, MNClub x 20, Weed Puller x 15, mini plank o rama, Hillbilly Walker x 10, OH Claps x 20 IC, Windmill x 10, Squat x 15, HR Merkins x 15, Monkey Humpers x 15, Donkey Kick Merkins x 5 (ya, that didn’t work)

line up at edge of field, run 20 yds, 10 merkins, L karaoke back … run 20 yards, 10x 2 lunge, R karaoke back … run 20 yds, 50 OH claps, bear crawl back … run 20 yds, CDD x 20, run back

mosey  to basketball court area to use the surrounding walls.
wall kick 5x both legs, step back 10 x squats, step back 1 burpee, R & R, then 2 burpees, same for 3, 4 and 5 burpees
wall kick 5x both legs, 20 clave raises, step back 1 burpee, R & R, then 2 burpees, same for 3, 4 and 5 burpees
wall sit, while the 2 ends do 2 burpees, on to the next person, 2 each until we meet in the middle

mosey back to the baseball field
(By popular demand) Makhtar N’Diayes x 15, seal team sit-ups x 10, Kneetar N’Diayes x 15, Jack Webb to 10-40

Wind down/cool off
Imperial Walker x 10, MNClub x 50, Hillbilly Walker x 10, OH Claps x  50 IC (hmmmm is that 100 really? Too much ?)


Looks like we made it,

Barry Manilow

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Christmas Convergence – “Boot Camp” mixed w/ some BD

Mosey around the school to the back right lot and circled up for some extended warm-up.  Got right into it:

-merkins x20 in cadence
-stay in position – mountain climbers x20 in cadence
-stay in position – shoulder taps x20 in cadence
-now that shoulders were warm – side straddle hop x30 (fast / slow every 5)
-squats x20
-freddies x20 (fast / slow every 5)
-burpees OYO x5
-windmill x10
-moraccan night club x20

First up – Tabata 40 seconds on / 20 seconds off.  Had the 40 or so pax count off by 8 as we had 8 parking spots w/ an exercise.  Name of the game is each group of 5 stays together and moves through all parking spots (exercises) after they complete 40 seconds max rep / 20 sec rest.  Did all 8 exercises (8 minutes) x 2.  Exercises were as follows:

-crunchy frogs
-jump lunges
-diamond merkins
-band curls (thanks Witch Hunt for loaning the bands)
-jump squats
-hand release merkins
-toe touches

Next up – three exercises all the same rep count followed by a big lap around the lot.

-10 reps each – wide arm merkin / squats / rocky’s (then lap)
-20 reps each – seal jack / jump knee tuck / american hammers (then lap)
-30 reps each – merkins / lunges each leg / LBC’s (then lap)

Fish Sticks was the pace car the entire time on those laps.  CoPay gave him a run for his money on the last lap, but I’m pretty sure Fish Sticks can back pedal faster than most of us.

Gave the Pax a choice – we can go back down the ladder and do the x20 and x10 exercises above, or they could participate in something I call a “BBC”.  Repeat quickly understood at least one of those “B’s” meant burpee, but for some reason the Pax still went w/ option 2.

BBC =  Burpee Broad Chase:  partner up, size doesn’t matter.  We had about 100 yards from where we were to the main loop in front of the school.  How to get there?  Partner 1 starts doing burpee broad jumps (that’s how you get there!) while partner 2 runs the 100 yards, and then back to the start and then back to wherever their partner has gotten at that point doing their burpee broad jumps.  When they catch them, they switch, and partner 2 does the burpee broad jump and partner 1 starts running to the end, back to the start, and then all the way back to their partner.  You keep switching until the burpee broad jump partner has made it all the way.  We planked until the last group finished and moseyed on over to COT.

Thanks for the chance to lead guys.  A lot of complaining and mumble chatter which I interpret as an effective workout.  Now you guys can eat whatever you want over the next 3-4 days.  Merry Christmas!

Cha Ching


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Christmas EVE Eve Convergence Black Diamond aka 12 Days in the Pit of Misery

Christmas Eve Eve Convergence at Tega Cay Elementary. about 9-10 of us dumb enough to take on the Black Diamond. Other options were to ruck, take on ChaChings Black Diamond Regular workout or Barry Manilows Regular Moderate workout. I knew either choice the PAX took today they were going to get a solid workout in.

The Black Diamond Thang

Mosey with Butt Kicks and High Knees

Circle up for Warmup
76 x SSH (IC)

Off to the Main Event 12 Days of Pit of Misery Christmas
How the 12 Days works
Run to the First Cone do the First exercise run back to the start. Run to the second cone do second exercise bear crawl/lung walk back to the first cone do that exercise run back to the start. Continue with the run to the next exercise and work way back until all 12 cones are done lung walking or bear crawling between each cone

1 – Kracken Burpee – 12 total
2 – Prison Merkins – 22 total
3 – Flying Squirrels – 30 total
4 – Box Cutters – 36 Total
5 – Diamond Merkins – 40 total
6 – Burpee Broad Jumps – 42 total
7 – Sumo Squats – 42 total
8 – Jack Webbs – 40 total
9 – Lt Dans – 36 total
10 – BombJacks – 30 total
11 – Plyo Merkins – 22 total
12 – Dying Cockroach – 12 total

Finished with 100 Burpees a mosey to the flags to take them to the Field for COT and BOM

1. Wish I had about 5-6 more minutes to get that 100 burpees in
2. Thanks Cake Boss for the opportunity to lead at the Convergence
3. Take time to reach out to someone that doesn’t have family around or someone that may just be alone.
4. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!!

Shanks out (mic drop)

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In just under a month, we will have an opportunity to run one of the best races of the year which has become our Signature Fort Race, The Joe Davis Run for Recovery.

This year is going to be particularly special in that we will also be adding the opportunity to push race chariots for SPEED FOR NEED.

Here’s how you get involved, if you know of someone who has a child with a disability, someone who has a child whose home has been affected by addiction, or a child in some other kind of need, then DM Dark Helmet on Twitter and let him know. If you would like to help push, let him know.

We have a chance to have as many as 6 chairs there (several are already spoken for, but some are empty). That’s the most of any race yet…

So man up! Register, find a “Track Commander” to push, and let’s get after it!

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Its Christmas time and the word of the month is giving so I am asking if you would take moments pray about giving to help a fellow pax. Last year Stang got the Fort and the Rock pax to donate gift cards, cash and presents for me and my family.  This was huge for me and my family, with that  being said I feel the need to help a fellow pax and give back. I have been in touch with our pax of the Fort looking for someone to help out. This morning in COT it was mentioned by Destiny that a fellow pax’s son has just been diagnosed with leukemia and his wife is pregnant with twins. Then again Ginsu and Rock thrill had a tweet about it and come to find out it is an Area51  pax named Bout time his sons name is Jennings. This hits close to home and just knew this is who we need to help this year. a few

If I have never had the pleasure of posting with you in the Gloom I would like to take a second and share my story, Dec 2015 on Christmas eve my 2.5 year old daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia ALL Type B, on Christmas day she had surgery to have a port installed and her first 3 rounds of chemo. We spent Christmas in the hospital and I broke down never cried so hard in my life. I reached out to God prayed that everything will be okay and about 10 min later after the took my daughter back for surgery he answered my pray because a peace just came over me and heard the words its going to be okay.  The last 2 years have been a hard 2 years with ups and downs but also have enlightened me, allowed me to get closer to God.  It also allowed me to become apart of F3 with out the men of this group not sure where I would be mentally and physically today. I like to thank you for the push the words of encouragement.


I am asking pax to give what your heart tells you. Prayers gift cards, cash etc. I have seen what awesome pax you can be when challenged to give you all always go above and beyond.

See your site Q’s for collections and or Dark helmet , Stang, Witch hunt, Royale and Cornerstone, we want to wrap it up by 12/22/17


2 Corinthians 9:7

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Proverbs 18:16

A gift opens the way
and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.


Thanks Again HIMS


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F3 The Fort Thanksgiving Convergence 2017

70 Men came today to burn calories so they can eat whatever they want the rest of the day. Ok, maybe that was my reasoning, but most came because the know in order to get better, even in being Gratful, it is best when being challenged by your brothers. We all came to get better and realize this great thing we have called F3 and give thanks!
Santini Opening with warm up both physically and mentally with some leadership principles
Split off into the various groups!
4 went for for a Run
  • Drile (F3-Wapner)
    Mozy to the front of SFES, high knees, toy soldiers, Butt kickers, and Knees to chest.
    Mozy to front of SFMS, circled up…Side straddle hop, Merkins, Cherry Pickers, and Moroccan Nightclub
    Mozy to SFMS bus loop …high knees, toy soldiers, Butt kickers, and Knees to chest.
    Circled up.. Flutter Kicks and Low Slow Squats, America Hammer and Low Slow Squats, Merkins and Windmills, mountain climbers and windmills
    Mozy to back of SFES, circled up…Peter Parker’s and Side Straddle Hop, Plank and windmill, shoulder taps and Low Slow Squats, LBCs and Moroccan Nightclub
    Then rinse and repeated the above sequence…before joining the other groups at COT
    Lil E—Bootcamp Q
    Mosey to the parking lot in the rear of school and circle up. SSHs, Imperial Walkers, Windmills, Squats
  • The thang
    • 10 cones set up in a line spaced about 10 paces apart. Each cone had an exercise and rep count on them. Do exercises on the first cone and run a lap of the parking lot. Once you complete the lap do the first cone and the second cone and then run a lap. Repeat this adding the next cone until all 10 are complete. Here were the exercises in order from first to last:
    • Burpees x 10
    • Bombjacks x 10
    • LBCs x 25
    • Merkins x 20
    • Jump Squats x 10
    • Flutter kicks x 40
    • CDDs x 20
    • Lunges x 20
    • Mtn Climbers x 20
    • Monkey Humpers x 20

Majority of the pax finished in the Lunges lap with a few speedsters out in front on the mtn climbers. Mosey back to the front of the school for some Freddy Mercury’s and Rosalitas.

After that met up with the Moderate and Black diamond groups for COT.

Everyone put out great effort today and really pushed themselves.


Witch Hunt—Black Diamond Q

Not even a trip to the hospital the night before with a pregnant wife could keep me away from this Thanksgiving workout. Shout out to Royale and Cha Ching for stepping up to help me out. Luckily I made it and we put in work.
We stared by counting off by 4 creating 4 teams.
Each team will compete to complete as many burpees as possible in 2-minutes with a catch. You can only do 10 at a time before you most complete 20 reps of ab exercise. 2 rounds:
1.) Burpees with LBCs (Somehow Bounce House was able to do 50 burpees. That dude is not human.)
2.) Burpees with Knee Tuck with crunchy frogs
Winners plank while losers perform 10 Kraken Burpees.
Blood was flowing so we moseyed to the hill by the middle school for some broken down burpees. Catch was that we had 20 minutes for everyone to complete. If everyone doesnt finish within the time then group does 25 Burpees.
Here was the setup:
Run Hill 10 times. (1 Hill Run = Up & Down)

5 Squat Jumps
5  Plank w\ Shoulder Taps
5 Merkins
5 Froggers
5 Squat Jumps

Run Hill 8 times.

10 Squat Jumps
10 Plank w\ Shoulder Taps
10 Merkins
10 Froggers
10 Squat jumps

Run Hill 6 times.

15 Squat Jumps
15 Plank w\ Shoulder Taps
15 Merkins
15 Froggers
15 Squat jumps

Run Hill 4 time.

20 Squat Jumps
20 Plank w\ Shoulder Taps
20 Merkins
20 Froggers
20 Squat jumps

Run Hill 2 time

25 Squat Jumps
25 Plank w\ Shoulder Taps
25 Merkins
25 Froggers
25 Squat jumps

With some great teamwork by the Pax everyone completed within the 20 minutes so no penalty was given.

I attempted to have Backdraft give us a 10-count however  he responded “There are no 10 counts during the Black Diamond.” So no 10 count and a quick mosey back to the parking lot for the 10 Minute 100 Burpee Challenge:

Complete 10 1-minute rounds of burpees in the following set scheme. Any time left over in the round is yours for rest. (typically PAX finish the set between 25 and 40 seconds)

Rd1- 8

Rd2- 9

Rd3- 10

Rd4- 11





Rd9- 9

Rd10- 8

Total – 100

Amazing work by all the Pax. I didn’t pull any punches with this setup for the Black Diamond and the Pax took it on without hesitation. We all survived and are better for it.

Thanks to Ginsu and Cake Boss for the opportunity to lead.

Pusher with closing remarks and finding #Victory 

Prayers & Praises

Thank you F3 The Fort

Cake Boss

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