Tim Center welcomes 2022 with freezing dip in the Atlantic Ocean

Tim Center described it as the first win of the day.

The resident of Tallahassee hosted 2022 with an early morning workout that included a dip in the frigid 61 degree Atlantic Ocean.

“It’s a bunch of guys laughing and pushing each other a bit with really good intentions,” Center said of the session.


Center, 55, is involved with F3, a nationwide network that offers free peer-led workouts for men.

In St. Simons Island, Georgia, visiting his wife’s family, the Center really enjoyed their Saturday session which started at 7 am.

It included a run in the park, weight-bearing exercises such as lunges, push-ups and sit-ups on the beach near the waterline, a polar dive and, most importantly, camaraderie with new friends.

“I’ve been doing this (F3) for three years,” said Center, managing director of the Capital Area Community Action Agency. “It’s probably the best thing I’ve done in my life.”

The three F’s in the national organization stand for Fitness, Fellowship and Faith.

F3 Tallahassee meets every morning, six days a week, in several locations.

Workouts take place outdoors (rain or sun, heat or cold) and typically last 45 minutes to an hour. Participants lead the practice sessions that end with a prayer (non-denominational) and an oath of allegiance.

F3 Tallahassee runs training sessions six days a week throughout the city.

Mixed training for all ages is also organized once a month.

Nicknames are also part of the fun of F3

Participants are also given nicknames.

Center, a dual graduate from the State of Florida, is “Mr. Emcee” because of his experience in public speaking. (The nicknames of other participants include “Houdini” for someone who sporadically attends “Britannica” for someone familiar with history).

The center remains occupied.

He is also the Senior Partner of Centerfield Strategy and Executive Director of Sustainable Florida. Center still tracks his Seminoles and holds a season pass to the Tampa Bay Bucs (he grew up in Tampa and attended Plant High).

Center tries to work with a local F3 organization while traveling. Saturday’s group consisted of 16 participants aged 10 to 70.

For Center, diving in the Atlantic Ocean was the perfect way to end one year and start another.

“A refreshing polar bear dive took 2021 out of our systems and set us up for a better 2022,” Center said.

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