Nov. 14, 2012
-- It’s November and before you know it, you are sitting at the Thanksgiving table passing the potatoes and stuffing, saying as soon as the holidays are over you are going to start an exercise plan and get in shape. The laughter from around the table does not deter your enthusiasm, but the reality of doing it can be off putting, especially once you have to put your money where your mouth is – or at least money to pay a personal trainer to help keep your mouth from overeating. Getting a body fit before the start of the holiday season is as important, if not more so, than putting it on the obligatory resolution list we all create at the beginning of a new year. One might ask why start a fitness regimen at the beginning of the holiday season? The answer is simple; you will have the discipline required to continue long after the holiday season has passed. First Baptist Church of Sterling, where everybody is somebody, has the perfect plan and invites the community to join them for their “Fit for Life” program. Master Certified Personal Trainer Kevin “KJ” Johnson puts participants through an intense and healthy workout that will get even the most un-athletic person in good physical condition. Every Saturday morning from 7:30am to 8:30am, as participants gather in the FBCS gymnasium it slowly occurs to a newbie that this definitely is not going to be a fluff workout. Bending, stretching, pushing and pulling the body to its limits, and although there are a few bumps while getting acquainted with the paces the trainer puts the class through, the end result is clear – it’s really a fun time while getting fit. “I can’t believe I get up to even be here, but once I arrive, it’s actually something I look forward to and I’ve only been coming a few weeks,” said one member who requested anonymity. Bishop Patterson, himself a retired Marine who looks as fit as any active duty officer notes “at FBCS we wanted to offer free fitness classes with a master personal trainer as a way to give back to the community and to help our neighbors get and stay physically fit.” The class, which is open to the public, is structured so a family can workout together on a Saturday morning without the expensive fees of a gym and have access to an experienced certified professional trainer.
A Master Certified Personal Trainer, Johnson has over 20 years of experience, which includes a stint as a Director of Fitness for a national fitness chain and has trained a who’s who of professional and collegiate athletes including San Francisco 49ers Ahmad Brooks, Kansas University LB Tunde Bakare, as well as local WJLA-7 news anchor Jummy Olabanji. Presently, he has over 50 DI/D2 scholarship athletes on various rosters from California to West Virginia in Football, Baseball, Basketball and Wrestling. Johnson who himself once weighed 256pounds at the age of 34, walked the walk and seven years later, weighs in and maintains 7% body fat at 185 pounds. A strong belief in spiritual awareness, mental focus and physical commitment, his tri-fold approach to produce results includes motivation, accountability and education on how to bring about your desired results. Johnson hopes his training programs will enhance Diabetes awareness, youth obesity, cancer prevention and PTSD Management for our Veterans. Bishop Patterson was thrilled to have him come and hold training classes in the FBCS gymnasium. Said Patterson, “His partnership with FBCS is the right fit in allowing us to offer this weekly class free of charge to the surrounding community and to the FBCS membership.”
As with any workout program, Johnson recommends visiting your physician before embarking on a new workout regimen, to ensure you are capable of going through the program. Class begins promptly at 7:30am and Trainer Johnson recommends wearing comfortable loose fitting clothes, wear good sneakers and be ready to sweat! If you think you are too old to work out, no need to worry; Trainer Johnson says he can work with any age group. Says Johnson, “being a registered AARP member doesn’t excuse you - it just means you can be healthy well into your golden years and stay fit.”
All are welcome to join the class on Saturday morning and must sign a waiver if under the age of 18. For more directions to and information on FBCS and the Fit for Life program, visit us online at www.fbcsterlingva.org