Monthly Fitness Challenges

This is the home of the F3 Chicago Region Monthly Fitness Challenges. Record your progress and see how you stack up against other PAX in the region.

2024 Whole Year Challenge

Post Challenge

Welcome to 2024! Each new year comes with people making lofty goals and falling flat within a month. Let’s change that. This challenge is meant to span the year and to hold you accountable to yourself as well as your brothers. The challenge is simple: post at a F3 beatdown/run/ruck. The reward: I (Sumo) will be handing out patches for the following milestones: 100, 200, 300 and 500 posts.
The Rules
  1. For local beatdowns, you must be listed as either Q or a Pax in attendence in a beatdown.
  2. For local beatdowns, the backblast must be posted using PAXMiner.
  3. OTB beatdowns/runs/rucks are permitted. Rule 2 still applies. And a regular run/ruck you do on your own doesn’t count. OTB events should still follow the standard pre-blast, get HC’s, and do the event.
  4. If you’re posting DR, these will count toward your goal and will be the only exception to Rule 2. Just let Sumo know directly.
  5. This challenge applies to men that call any of the following regions home: Evanston, Parks & Wreck or Chicago.
  6. YHC reserves the right to alter/add rules as he sees fit in case abuse begins to happen. But Rule 2 will not be changing.

If you need help with using PAXMiner to post backblasts, let me know. I’m happy to help out. Good luck and best wishes for a strong 2024.

100,000 Merkin Challenge

Complete details are on the F3 Chicago #100k-merkin-challenge Slack Channel. Reach out to any member of the team to get added to our Slack and join the fun.

Record your daily merkin count either using the form or the spreadsheet.

Previous Monthly Challenges


December 2023

Merkin Mega Challenge

Welcome to the last month of the year. We got a bit off pace but hopefully this puts us back where we need to be. This month’s challenge is simple but will be extremely challenging. In 2024, many F3 Chicago PAX will be participating in the 100,000 merkin challenge. Check out the Slack channel for more details and to sign up. This month, we’re getting ready for that challenge. Here’s how it works: This is a simple you-versus-you adventure. Take the day number, multiply by 10 and that’s the minimum number of merkins to do that day. It obviously starts out simple but will become unpleasant quickly. By the end of the month, you’ll be around the total number of daily merkins needed to meet the challenge. Please reach out to Sumo on Slack with any questions/comments/concerns. Submit points

November 2023

The Queen of Kings

Yes, YHC has let the monthly challenge slide these past few months. So sorry for that. But it’s back and with purpose this month. We’re now one full month into Quarter 4 which is, objectively, the most challenging time for keeping our Queen in good health. We face some significant challenges, starting with Halloween and going all the way through to the New Year. This month’s challenge will be a buddy challenge and will involve not only a 1st F challenge but will also involve helping each other stay strong through the first of the major holidays: Thanksgiving. Here’s how it works:
  1. Find another Pax that will be your buddy. Ideally this will be someone you can lean on. Someone you can trust and actually want to partner through some tough stuff. This might even be a great opportunity to bring in that FNG you’ve been EH’ing for ages.
  2. Come up with a team name.
  3. Exercise. This can be anything, whether it’s at an official beatdown, an OTB, a ruck, a bike ride, whatever. It does not need to be done in pairs but that would be ideal. Misery loves company.
  4. Keep each other honest and on the path. Reach out to your buddy once a day, be it on the phone, text, Slack, in-person, whatever. Again, no specifics here. The idea is you share your challenges with one another and help each other ward off temptation to grab that next donut or to stay on the fart sack. Motivate each other, pick up each other’s six. Help the other man reach his 1% for the day.
Points will work as follows:
  • Each team receives 1 point for every 15 minutes of exercise completed together and 0.5 points for each 15 minutes done individually.
    Example: I do a 45 minute beatdown today but my buddy isn’t there. My buddy does no exercise today. That’s a day’s total of 1.5 points.
    Example: I do a 45 minute beatdown today and my buddy also does it. No other exercise is done that day. That’s 3 points.
    Example: I do a 45 minute beatdown today and my buddy also does it. My buddy also runs a 2 hour marathon because I guess that’s what people do these days. I do 30 more minutes of cardio on my own. That’s a team total of 3 (beatdown) + 4 (0.5 * 8 15-minute blocks for the marathon) + 1 (0.5 * 2 15-minute blocks for separate cardio) = 8 total points.
    Yes, this involves some math. Suck it up.
  • 1 point per day for helping to keep the Queen in check for each other. Be honest with one another. This is an opportunity for some relationship refinement. Take advantage of it.
  • Pick the person that’s going to record points for the day. Only one submission per team please.
Please reach out to Sumo on Slack with any questions/comments/concerns. Submit points

August 2023

You Trippin’

This will be a bit of a stretch but with school starting in a few weeks, let’s enjoy those last summer days as much as we can. This months challenge: Post at an AO you don’t normally visit. It can be in the same region or a different one. But get out there and meet some of your brothers. A sheet will be available soon to record your field trips.

July 2023

Go Ruck Yourself

Let’s get those ruck miles in. Going out of town? Pack your ruck (add sand, rock, dirt in later when you get there). Cutting the grass? Throw on your ruck. Evening family walk? Ruck it. Wanted to meet up with Evanston or Parks & Wreck at one of their weekly ruck events? Do it. Record your miles.

June 2023

No Challenge This Month

School is letting out for the summer and lots of PAX are adjusting to updated life schedules. We’ll postpone the monthly challenge this month and resume in July.

May 2023

May Challenge from F3 Cleveland

This month we’re getting back to it and this one is brought to us by our brother at F3 Cleveland. Visit the website for more details and to sign up your team. Let’s represent Chicagoland and show the Nation what we’re made of.

April 2023

A Month of Clear Minds and Stretching

This month we’re going to switch things up a bit. We’ve all been told that stretching is an important part of our fitness, health and wellbeing but let’s face it: very few of us actually spend the time to stretch.

The goal for this month’s challenge is simple: find time every day to stretch for a minimum of 15 minutes. If you have your own app or class you attend, awesome. If not, I’ve signed up for some spam in order to provide everyone with a calendar to follow. Each day has a link to a YouTube video for some stretching activity.

Once you’re done, record your progress. One point for each day complete.

The second part of this is a focus on our minds. We’re highly distracted these days with screens. Turn that shit off. Aside from the stretching activities, you should have no screens on while your M and/or 2.0’s are around. Once they go to bed, get back to it.

Spend quality time with your family. One point for each evening that is screen free.

Record your progress.

March 2023

Cutter’s Chisel Challenge

The points are simple:
  • 1 point for each day completed,
  • 3 bonus points for every 7 straight days (Wednesday through Tuesday)
  • 10 bonus points for completing all 31 days
M = Merkin
B = Big boi
emom = every minute on the minute

Record your day. *No need to record Friday. You’ll automatically get that.

February 2023 Challenge

Show up, test yourself, discipline yourself: These three components are essential to F3 and the royalty race. Post for you and your brothers, track your progress, and discipline your food intake. Does the fartsack own you? Are you scared to measure your progress or face your decline? Are you in control of your caloric intake or does food consumption own you? Let’s find out.
  1. Post: AMPAP – As Many Posts as Possible, post often and record it.
  2. Workout*: F3 Fitness Test – Complete one or more of the regions quarterly fitness tests.
  3. Queen: The Discipline of what goes into your body – Fast from 7 pm to post workout (approx. 12hrs) (adds a 2x multiplier to your posting score for the day). Fast from 7pm to lunch (approx. 17hrs) (adds a 3x multiplier to your posting score for the day).
  • Gold: 40
  • Silver: 30
  • Bronze: 20
*You must participate in at least one Fitness Test to have your scores count for the month. Record your progress.
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