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Your Stories

how faith and fitness affect the lives of our participants


When we first moved to Northern VA, we had a difficult time finding a church. We tried many different ones, but couldn’t find that “church home.” I had been to Body and Soul when we lived in MD many years ago, so decided to try it. This was where we found the wonderful church we now attend! I enjoyed the work out, but also appreciated the spiritual maturity of the instructor, so decided to try it out and have been there ever since! I love the fun exercise and the wonderful music. At one point, my mother, who had always been very strong, was going through a very hard time physically. There was a particular song used in Body and Soul that spoke to me, as nothing else could have. I really appreciated hearing that during that difficult time. One of the neatest parts of Body and Soul is the prayer time afterward. It is so great that we can carry each other’s burdens and share each other’s joys and remember them all week. It brings us closer and helps us to remember we are not alone. Thank you so much for Body and Soul.
Karen, Fairfax, VA

My husband and I were new to the area and he had been very ill. I was looking for a way to get out and exercise when I found Body and Soul. I went by myself, without knowing anyone. The instructor and the people there welcomed me and made me feel accepted into the group. The past 4 years have been a wonderful journey of physical strenthening and spiritual reinforcement.
Marilyn, Macungie, PA

We moved to from Minnesota to California in March of 1993. I was invited to a Body and Soul class within a month. I became an instructor in 1996 and am so grateful for the opportunities Body and Soul has provided me to grow, encourage, be encouraged and challenged. Through all the years with this ministry I can honestly say it has been a life line to spiritual, emotional and physical wellness for me personally and to others who have joined me in classes throughout the years. Thanks to God who spreads the aroma of Christ through Body and Soul classes everywhere! 
Julie, Hackensack, MN

I had pain in my right rotator cuff before I began the exercise class. Gradually the pain became less until I was free of pain. In addition, after having had a left hip replacement, I began attending the exercise class once again, starting out seated. Now I am able to complete all of the exercises standing. Thank you!
Barbara, Reston, VA

I started as a student in Body and Soul and moved into a teaching position two years later. God has used this ministry to give me confidence in who I am as a person and as a believer. He gave me the dream of owning my own personal training business, which I would not have been able to do without Body and Soul. After a move, I have now come full circle, back as a student. Once again, I am being encouraged, loved, and taught about our faithful Lord. I will always feel at home in whatever class I happen to be in. 
Christine, Redwood City, CA

I have been a Body and Soul student since 2007 when it first came to our church. It became a huge part of my fitness plan as well as the venue to lose weight. The session "Never Steal My Joy" has had the biggest impact on my life, not just from a standpoint of health and fitness, but on my growth in my walk with the Lord as well. I found myself praying that "My joy would never be taken from me again." The session really had such impact on me that I found myself downloading almost the entire session just to play in the car (and to make it's way to my IPOD for my jogging sessions). Kudos to this ministry it really means a lot to be a part of it.
Eric, Annandale, VA

I started Body and Soul in 2009.  I am a person who is not very self motivated when it comes to exercise and my friend told me she found this class that exercised to Christian music. So we went and checked it out and decided to join. In the first six week program I lost 8 inches off my body and after the second six week session I lost 16 inches off my body. I am loving the class and feeling so much stronger and healthier. But most importantly I feel uplifted spiritually every time I leave class. Thanks Body and soul!
Mary, Oklahoma City, OK

I am a dialysis patient. Before I saw your program I was always tired. But since I started your exercising program I have a lot of energy, and I feel so much better.
Eernestine - TX

I am 67 years old and work in Home Care, so I need to stay in shape.  I found it hard to do an exercise program comfortably with eight screws in my hip.  I am so glad that I found the wonderful Body and Soul class that works with my disability!  I now actually look forward to coming to class to work out!
Judy - MI

I returned to Body & Soul a few years ago, mostly for the fitness program.  What I found was a group of caring, nonjudgemental folks, led by a great instructor.  We laughed a lot, prayed for and encouraged one another.  Thanks to my instructor and friends for welcoming me and helping me grow in my walk with Christ (as well as becoming more fit)!
Debbie - VA

After the birth of my second child, I became highly convinced that God wanted me to get into my healthy weight range, something I hadn't seen in nearly 20 years. The result was a 50-lbs weight loss and Body & Soul played a pivotal role. The exercise enabled me to strengthen and tone my body. The prayer time opened up to me a group of women who truly understood and shared my convictions about my health. The music ministered to my soul, which made working out a joy!
Jane, VA