Today we’re talking my latest project.
Something that combines two things near to my heart- Jesus and workouts.
Jesus is my life and passion, and fitness is a giant earthly love I enjoy so very much.
It may seem weird to combine the two, but it’s not as big of a stretch as you’d think.
When you stop and think about God giving us this life and wanting us to honor Him with our temples, it’s easy to see how we can worship Him by taking care of our bodies.
It’s also not a stretch to see God leading me on this direction. Theee things are sort of my jam. They’re where I’m in my element.
I’ve been creating meal plans and workouts for friends for years, and continually get asked for advice workout tips.
Over a year ago, I did Jennie Allen’s Restless study. In a nutshell, the book talks about using your passions and the things He’s wired you for to serve Christ.
I felt a stir in my heart, but struggled to believe He’d ever truly open that door for me.
Small faith, big fears.
Fast forward to today, and I’m preparing finishing touches on launching my boot camp and a Bible study! A short Bible study and prayer time followed by a quick high powered workout.
He is so good to me, I cant even take it sometimes!
Today I wanted to share a few practical tips for anyone interested in putting their fitness passion into practice in a similar forum.
And by that, I mean a (somewhat) organized fitness event.
There’s a few things to consider, so let’s get moving!
Waive hello to all your friends
Sorry, stupid joke.
But seriously- you need to get a waiver form together and have any attendee sign it. This protects you from lots of things, like lawsuits.
There are tons of helpful jargon waiver tips on legal sites online, and some are even free.
Protect yourself. Do a waiver form.
Location, location, location
Find a good spot to meet, and stick with it.
Make sure you’re easy to find! If people can’t find you, chances are they’re not going to come looking.
A lot of people aren’t in love with fitness like some of us. If you’re not visible, they’re getting back in their car and driving home!
Timing is everything
Pick a time and be consistent.
You probably know the people attending and will have a good idea whether they’ll be there bright eyed and on time or not.
Not everyone wants to workout at 4am.
I’m kind of in unknown territory right now because I don’t have a core group. I picked a time I think is attainable, but am going to be willing to flex 30 minutes after the first couple of times when I can get a better idea of attendance.
Also- make sure you call your local community government office to see if you need to have a permit.
A lot of places now require you to have a permit for organized events. It basically tells people, “Hey! I’m allowed to be here!”
Make sure you find out if you need one, and take the steps to get one if you do.
While we’re talking governance...
Make sure you investigate community laws when it comes to public nuisance and loud music.
It only takes one call to mess up your perfect boot camp location.
Do your homework and know your rights.
Use sound judgement and be a good neighbor.
Obviously you don’t need to read bylaws to know it’s rude to host a boot camp in your back yard at 5:00 in the morning with music blaring for all the world to hear.
Since we’re talking music...
It’s kind of a huge deal.
Invest in some decent outdoor speakers (if you’ll be outdoors). They’re surprisingly cheap and should last a long time.
Keep things fresh with a few different playlists and always be on the lookout for songs to add.
I’ve talked about music till I’m blue in the face on this blog. I’ve got a mile long list of fantastic Christian remixes to keep things moving the entire workout. I can’t wait!
Don’t forget to modify!
My dream is to have women from all walks of life join me in this journey.
It’s about glorifying God with healthy bodies, foremost. Not how many burpees we can do.
Be willing to modify exercises for people with different fitness needs and levels. Some knees are older than others!
So yeah. That’s what’s going on these days. I am really excited to see what God does with my surrendered heart to this calling.
I sure wish you ladies could come work out with me! We would have such a good time.
That’s it for today. Check in tomorrow!