Putting the ‘cross’ in CrossFit

Published 8:18 pm Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Carrollton gym will hold a kick-off event March 22 for a new ministry that takes the unusual approach of joining fitness and faith.

Profound CrossFit, which operates in a space at 15111 Carrollton Blvd., suite B, will hold two separate weekly fitness and devotional sessions for teens and adults, says Ann Ridder, who will assist with the teen component.

Ann Ridder, Chris Walburn and Josh Ridder are starting a new ministry, at a Carrollton gym, melding CrossFit, a core strength and conditioning program, with Bible study and prayer.

Ann Ridder, Chris Walburn and Josh Ridder are starting a new ministry, at a Carrollton gym, melding CrossFit, a core strength and conditioning program, with Bible study and prayer.

They’ve dubbed it Faith Unleashed.

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After the kick-off, sessions for teens will take place Tuesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and adult sessions will meet Thursdays at the same time.

Chris Walburn, a trainer whose wife Heather owns the gym, said the outreach program would give people “the energy they need to go home with.”

The sessions will be free, he said, but participants will be required to stay for a 15-minute devotional at the end of the physical workout.

The devotional will be “a time when we reflect on portions of the Bible, have discussions of it and time for prayer,” he said.

Walburn said the idea for the ministry came from an existing program combining physical and spiritual fitness, called CrossFit Faith; Ann Ridder added that it is the first she knows of to bring the concept to teens.

“It’s mind, body and spirit,” Walburn said. “A lot of people want to be healthy as far as their physical appearance (is concerned). The spiritual side is where we bring in God.”

Josh Ridder — Ann’s husband, who will be a student teacher on Tuesday nights — referred to it as “more of a holistic perspective on what it means to be fit. You can get as fit as you want, but if you are not fit in terms of your faith and your spiritual life, it’s only going to get you so far.”

In addition to the weekly sessions, Chris Walburn said, participants would embark on an outing once a month, heading outdoors to go hiking or do some other physical activity.

Ann Ridder said the first planned field trip is to play disc golf in April, adding separate outings would be organized for teens and adults.

The kick-off starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Folks can meet the trainers, see the gym and get more information.

Chris Walburn, who is intensely passionate about the benefits of CrossFit over regular gym activities, said visitors would not be expected to work out that day.

The gym opened in November 2012, he said, adding that he and his wife simply wanted to bring CrossFit to the local area.

For more information, visit www.faithunleashed.org.