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Fitness Warriors Program Now Accepting Applications for Next Class of Community Leaders

By: Ricky Martin, Fitness Warriors Lead Instructor


The next class of Fitness Warriors is about to get started and it is an exciting time for the program as its positive impact continues to grow. Since its inception in 2014, the program has trained 74 fitness instructors, otherwise known as ‘Warriors.’ After completing the program, these Warriors continue to lead free classes, empower new instructors and class participants, and serve as leaders in the fitness industry. They also make it possible for the next class of Warriors to take the stage in the community and offer FREE fitness classes to those that understand their need to be physically active, but do not have access to safe and affordable fitness opportunities.

Between September 2016 and February 2017, 40 free fitness classes were offered each week thanks to the efforts and tireless work of Fitness Warriors. More than 1,000 people came to a Warriors class for the first time during that period, with many returning on a regular basis to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle.

During the most recent program survey in early 2017, class participants reported experiencing the following benefits:

  • 50 percent reported reduced stress and improved mood
  • 49 percent reported improved ability to function in daily activities/tasks
  • 55 percent reported increased cardiovascular  endurance
  • 40 percent reported weight loss
  • 71 percent reported increased energy level
  • 52 percent reported increased flexibility
  • 51 percent reported increased strength
  • 8.5 percent reported reduced need for medications

With these positive results and the passion of our Warriors leading the way, we are ready to double down on our efforts. From now until May 28th we will be accepting applications for anyone interested in becoming a part of the Warrior Family.

How are we doubling down you may ask? By July 2017 a new class of Warriors will embark on their journey, supported by our newly-hired Warrior Captains – our most successful Warriors who will help support the development and preparation of our newest trainees. And this fall we will recruit a whole new class, which will kick off in January of 2018. That’s right – two classes of Warriors in a 12-month period. This is very exciting because now we will be graduating two Fitness Warrior classes in one year. That translates into double the amount of free classes that will be available in the community!

With each class of Warriors we have learned from each other, listened to the feedback of both participants and Warriors alike, and made adjustments accordingly. Everyone has brought their heart and spirit to the program in such a strong and authentic way that we know the impact we have had so far is only the beginning.

Everyone has an opportunity to assist in our mission. Here is how you can get involved and help us change the health and wellness of communities throughout the Richmond region:

Sports Backers is on a mission to inspire people from all corners of our community to live actively, because everyone should have access to opportunities to be healthy and lead an active lifestyle. As the lead instructor of the Fitness Warrior program, I know it takes much more than just wanting to see you healthy. In order to change the health and wellness of an entire community we must go beyond what is good for ourselves and help others find their way. The Fitness Warriors program does just that so consider becoming a part of our Fit Fam – apply today!