Workout with Worship - Ja's first gospel-fitness ministry
"God told me I needed to do more than help individuals transition to a healthier lifestyle through fitness and wellness. I needed to change lives through their mind, body, and soul," shared Oneil Randall, managing director of FitRev (Fitness Revolution Club).
Randall has been operating a boot-camp fitness facility from the Police Officers Club at 34 Hope Road, Kingston 10, for over two years and recently decided to revamp his fitness club to a gospel-fitness club.
Each session begins and ends with prayer, while Oneil ensures that he offers spiritual messages of encouragement and messages from the Bible.
"I incorporate gospel music in all my sessions. It's a gospel-fitness ministry I'm operating now," Randall told The Gleaner.
Previously a preacher, with a strict military background, he said he has been ignoring his calling for too long.
"I was never satisfied in anything I did, and I realised it's because I was ignoring what God wanted for me. But I am ready to do His work," he stated.
Randall decided to develop a gospel-fitness event to bring Jamaican communities together for pure, wholesome, healthy fun for the entire family.
The event, Workout with Worship, will take place this Saturday, October 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Police Officers Club.
"People will feel healthier, more energetic, and stronger, not only physically, but spiritually," said Randall.
The event will feature fitness trainers who will facilitate easy-to-follow fitness instructions, using only gospel music, and performances by Jamaican gospel artistes Rondell Positive and Ryan Mark.
"God should be in the centre in everything we do - at school, at work, and even while we work out! We shouldn't just focus on God only on the Sabbath," said the fitness coach.
Randall believes that a gospel-fitness ministry can provide non-Christians the opportunity to seek God and provide Christians with the opportunity to build a stronger relationship with God. The group environment presents a congregation of fellowship and motivation.
"Jamaica is an overwhelmingly Christian country. Over 80 per cent of Jamaicans have a religious affiliation, with Christianity being the majority. Religion is a very important part of everyday life in Jamaica, and much of the culture is built upon Christian principals," he noted.
"This event aligns perfectly with what we Jamaicans stand for - our morals, our principals. We must continue to give thanks to the Most High for all He has done for us and our country!"