By Andy Travis, personal trainer

If all of life’s problems were rolled into one big heavy atlas stone we’d realize the weight is too great to keep holding. It should be easy to let go especially when you feel the strain of resistance. Trainer Andy Travis held the weight for too long. He wants you to know it’s time for change – before your burdens crush you. How? Just drop it now. Here is help for you to make the tough choices between staying the same and pursuing change.

By Noel Frias

What would you do if you got the bad news that you have HIV? What do you do when you realize you’re not living up to your expectations or in the full potential of God’s grace? Discover how Noel Frias learned to rely on God to turn his tragedy into an opportunity to be the life of Christ to others.

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Today’s Bold And Influential Heavy Lifter – by Rob Killen
Some kids kick, box and fight in protest when going to church with mom and dad. David Dise just went – and then he quit. But God didn’t quit on him. Today, David manages the ROC Fight Club in Richmond, Virginia helping youth and adults learn how to punch and kick people in the name of Christ --- and a whole lot more.
By Rodney Gaines

For many of us there is a survivor experience that is more common than you might expect. It is the “What else could go wrong” moment. It can happen over and over until you start to anticipate the next bad thing. Rodney Gaines has certainly had his share of tough times to survive. Through all the trials he has learned to anticipate something else – something much greater than any problem. It is God’s grace and strength. Rodney’s message is simple: God will help you survive, avert disaster and find purpose.

By Shane Freels

“That’s my boy!” There’s a bond between a father and a son that can be more powerful than any other relationship on earth. Maybe you have it, maybe you don’t. Either way, get active together and stay active together. You guys are a team. You need each other and the world needs you. Share your “Father-Son Active Lifestyle” photo for a chance to win.

By Erik DeLaRosa
There are more than just a few "Southwest Grills" in the Southwest. Houston, Texas has some of the best and not surprisingly some of the biggest obesity statistics in the nation. When Houston native Erik DeLaRosa decided to get in-shape he soon found that his passion became a second career leading others in health and fitness. His Latino background gives him a keen awareness of some of the challenges facing the Hispanic community. He shares how to lead by example in exercise, diet, faith and service. That example starts with the family.
By Paul Batz
At age 49 Paul Batz attended the funeral of a friend --- also 49. His friend, overweight, rejected the thought that he “had to” workout. Though Paul doesn’t always find exercise to be enjoyable, he’s learning that he “gets to” workout. “Have to” – “Get to”, there is an attitude difference. And, it makes all the difference in the world.

How do you celebrate freedom? We asked you to share what freedom means to you and make a declaration of ‘dependence’. Take a look at what others are saying and how we’re all living a faith and fitness lifestyle.

By Jeffrey P. Beck
Devin Ricker has a rock-hard body and good looks. But he has something more - an inner-strength that comes only from faith. Like so many men, his temptation with online pornography led to an addiction. Combined with that he thought cursing was a sign of his masculinity. These things led to loneliness and self-contempt. Learn how God helped Devin to turn things right-side up. Get tips so you can too.

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