When Dawsonville native Logan Eversole realized he was approaching his 50th birthday and unhappy with his weight, he made the decision to change his fitness level.
His friend encouraged him to attend a fitness group, called F3, in Cumming. In just nine months to a year, Eversole lost 70-80 pounds and found so much personality growth that he decided to start his own F3 group in Dawsonville.
“I started off as somebody that was very reserved and wouldn't really lead too much,” Eversole said. “I did some leading as a volunteer at church, but the level of setting up and creating a new location to work out, and to make sure that's set up, has come over time. And that's the key. At the end of the day, we want to build confidence alongside fitness.”
F3 stands for the group’s three pillars: faith-based, fitness and fellowship. After their workouts, Eversole said groups will stick around and catch each other up on what has been happening in their lives, creating an open space for vulnerability amongst the men.
"How are you doing?” Eversole said. “What are you struggling with? Is it physically, is it mentally, is it emotionally?" And we'll call each other out if we feel like somebody's not doing what they need to, in all aspects of our lives. We'll say a prayer, encourage one another, and then go into fellowship from there.”
Though the fellowship is where F3 wants to see the group go, Eversole said that fitness is just as important of a part and is not always the easiest.
“Expect to be pushed,” Eversole said. “If you're in great shape, you'll probably be fine. For first-time visitors, expect to be pushed, but also expect to be encouraged, and definitely don't expect to be left behind or overly overwhelmed. It can be overwhelming, but our goal is to encourage you to come back and encourage you to push yourself more.”
F3 also encourages the men who have attended the group for several sessions to begin leading workout classes, so that they can grow in their leadership skills as well.
“There’s value and need for men to be encouraged, men to become the leaders and push ourselves again, starting physically, and then going from there, mentally, emotionally, even spiritually on down the road,” Eversole said. “And there was a big need for that, because to be completely honest, and I've struggled with this too...men need to lead more.”
Overall, Eversole said he brought a group to Dawsonville to encourage his neighbors and friends to grow in their confidence while growing their fitness levels.
“The gist of it is to invigorate men in leadership,” Eversole said. “It's basically an accountability group/leadership group for men that has been around for about 10 years, but it's a great place for fellowship of men, encouragement. We'll push each other physically, mentally and emotionally.”
The group currently meets Wednesday mornings at 5:30 a.m. and Saturday mornings, both at Main Street Park, starting at 7 a.m. F3 in Dawsonville is currently only for men but F3 as a whole has a sister group called Females in Actions. Learn more at www.fianation.com