We call our coaches “Renovators” based on 2 Chron 24, the Temple renovators. Our coaches are there to do more than coach – they are there to encourage, lead and help re-build new/better physical life within God’s homes (temples, our bodies) as well as inspire for the spiritual and consequently influence restoration in relationships within the community.
- North Carolina General Instructor Certification with Specialized/Physical Training
- CrossFit Endurance – Running
I moved to Charlotte, NC from the Hudson Valley in NY in high school. After graduating from Western Carolina University, I was hired as a Police Officer for the City of Charlotte. Aside from Little League softball in middle school, I never set foot in a gym and first experience with “extreme” fitness was the Charlotte Police Academy, which at the time, consisted of running (lots of running), push-ups, sit-ups and some weight training with Universal Machines. I finished the final physical fitness test, an 8 mile run, under the 2 hour time limit. And never set foot in a gym for the next ten years. Fast food + slow body = an expanded waistline and the belief that elevators go up and stairs go down. A transfer to the Police Academy spurned a desire to attend physical training with recruit classes since as a Recruiter/Background Investigator I should understand how recruits need to prepare for the physical challenges of the training program and the job, which after all, is but one practical definition of functional fitness. But the Lord had more in mind for me than just working off a few extra pounds. Through a co-worker’s prayer and witness, He introduced me to Jesus Christ. About 2 years later, I accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. Several different members of the CMPD Recruit Training Staff and the department’s exercise physiologist introduced me to different aerobic and weight training routines, and in 2010, I joined “The Breakfast Club” in CrossFit. I’ve been practicing CrossFit ever since, passing on what I learn to others.
As retirement from the CMPD closes one chapter in my life, the Lord has allowed another to open. Radical Fitness Ministries is an opportunity to continue serving the Charlotte community in a much different way, as a fitness coach or “Renovator”. When I think of the word “Renovator”, I think of construction. Folks remodel homes and other buildings to update the functionality of the structure for the benefit those using it. Yet, renovating doesn’t just mean construction; building up. Renovating also means destruction; tearing down. Fitness is a similar concept on a personal level, including not just body, but also mind and soul. The Lord continues to renovate my soul and mind while my friends & co-workers teach me better ways to renovate my body. My life’s renovation is on-going and many times it’s difficult, but worth the sweat and effort.
Ruth Bell Graham once spotted a sign while riding through the countryside…
”End of Construction
Thank you for your patience”
The quote is etched on her headstone. Philippians 1:6 (AMP) says “I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return]”. Everyone has the opportunity for renovation. I am grateful to join an organization that exists to meet people where they are and help them begin making those renovations.