Bossier man opens up membership free, faith based gym - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Bossier man opens up free, faith based gym

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • Teacher hit by train expected to make full recovery

    Teacher hit by train expected to make full recovery

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:53:13 GMT
    Officials at the Smiths Station Fire Department say the victim, later identified as Vivian Martin, was transported to Midtown Medical Center with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.More >>
    Multiple sources tell News Leader 9 that a Smiths Station teacher was hit by a train earlier today in Lee County.

    Officials at the Smiths Station Fire Department say the victim, later identified as Vivian Martin, was transported to Midtown Medical Center with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.
    More >>
  • US, EU preparing new sanctions against Russia

    US, EU preparing new sanctions against Russia

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:52 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:52:25 GMT
    European Union ambassadors are meeting to discuss a dramatic toughening of the trade bloc's sanctions against Russia.More >>
    The United States and the European Union are preparing a powerful one-two punch against the Russian economy, with EU ambassadors meeting Tuesday to discuss a dramatic escalation in the trade bloc's sanctions.More >>
  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas power in Gaza war

    Israel hits symbols of Hamas power in Gaza war

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:46 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:46:12 GMT
    Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.More >>
    Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the...More >>
BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

Christ Fit Gym is a place where workout shoes and bibles are not odd pairings. The gym's slogan is "spreading the gospel through physical fitness," but it hasn't always been this way.  

The gym's founder Billy Weatherall found himself at a crossroads when he got out of the military six years ago, "My two decisions were to make a bar or build a gym," Weatherall explained.
     
The war veteran chose the latter, first hosting the work outs in his garage. Back then, his gym operated more like a hybrid of his two ideas, a bar and a gym. "When we first started, we'd drink a 12 pack and just really goof off," said Weatherall.
      
Once he began a renewed relationship with god, he had a vision to open a different kind of gym, not fueled by gym memberships, but with faith, paid for through donations. "The gym turned into a Christian environment, we started doing bible devotions," Weatherall told KSLA News 12 and added that most people thought he was out of his mind, including Tonya Frank, his former gym instructor. "His sister was like he started his own crazy gym all on his own, I was like you got to be kidding me!" Frank said laughing.   

"We were prepared to lose our house, we were prepared to lose our vehicles and we haven't lost anything," Weatherall said and added he wouldn't have been able to take the risk without the full support of his wife. Donations poured in and Weatherall has been able to pay every bill since opening in September of 2012. 

Frank explained that the devotions at the beginning of each workout really sets them apart from other gyms, "No gym offers that, it is what truly makes this gym so unique." Frank now volunteers her time to the gym, along with several others like Don Valentine, who offers prepared church lessons on Tuesdays to the fitness enthusiasts. "When I retired, I had some time and said you need some help so here I am," said Valentine. 

Weatherall calls the gym's success so far a miracle and believes as long as the gym is honoring God, it's not going anywhere. "The Lord has sustained us completely," said Weatherall. 

While the gym's theme is largely religious, Weatherall encourages non-believers to feel welcome to attend too.

Click here for more information about the gym. 

Good Things [SIDEBAR]

Updated:

Looking for more Good Things? Click here!

Powered by WorldNow