Thursday, November 20, 2014


Well it took me a week to figure this out.....

A few members have been with me since I started teaching classes at the YMCA.  The question was, just who exactly started first?  

Well, here she is, say hello to our FIRST "WALL OF FAME" INDUCTEE, one of my favorite people: MONICA BRUAW!

Monica is an early-bird 530am attendee. What's really cool about her story is, not only has she accomplished some amazing things over the last few years, but she even pulled her hubby Cory along into the mix, and they're both doing incredible things together (your example will inspire others).When Monica was training for her first marathon I remember talking to Cory and he said: "I'll never do a marathon." Well last year he crossed through his first 26.2 miler.  I think I can bust out some Beiber and say, "never say neverrrrr."  The only never I can add is that they NEVER miss workouts unless they are out of town or something, even with the additional 25 minute drive time to get to our new gym.

Anyways, check out some things Monica had to say about her involvement in the FMU Family:


1. What is your favorite thing about FMU, besides the workouts and the music?
My favorite thing about FMU is the variety.  You never get bored coming to class because of all the different exercises and circuits. Plus, the variety pushes your body through plateaus and increases your fitness level more than you think. As much as I might complain about doing a certain exercise, I feel incredibly energetic after accomplishing a tough 60 minute circuit.

2. Why have you stayed with FMU for all these years, besides the rates?
Before FMU, I never ran any races outside of High School track. And now, I have run 21 races, including 3 full marathons, plus 2 Warrior Dashes and 2 Hit Man Challenges. These are fitness goals that I never dreamed about completing and yet with the training, encouragement and support from Theo, Amber and many other FMU friends I am very proud of these accomplishments and look ahead to future fitness goals.

3. When you think of FMU five years from now, what would you like to see?
One of the most important things about FMU is the people.  Sharing time and sweating along side people you know and like makes it more meaningful and fun.  We hold each other accountable and share in each other’s wins and losses.  I wish FMU much success in the next five years but I would hope that the special comradery found in these classes continue because this does not exist in any ordinary gym.

Monica---we absolutely LOVE YOU!

You mean a lot to us.

Thank you for your faith and trust and commitment to making FMU a part of your life, and so much fun! 

And please, be here in another 5 years too!

It's not about us,
Coach Theo & Amber

Friday, November 14, 2014



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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

the prayerful minute, how :60 seconds can change your life

There's one thing I do that I haven't told you....

Every morning I walk into the gym, I pray over the upcoming day.

I finally put a name to it: THE PRAYERFUL MINUTE.  My friends have the Heroic Minute and Mandatory Minute, so I didn't want to steal their ideas.

I'm sharing it with you, in case you want to institute it into your life as well.


1. Give thanks for another day.
You didn't have to wake up today, but you did. Even among all the chaos in your life right now, are you thankful for it?

2. Checkpoint your personality.
We are quick to judge others, and we are very quick to pray for others to change. But have you check-pointed yourself first? How can you get better? What are some of your weaknesses? Can you pray for God to give you strength, courage, confidence, patience, whatever it may be?

3. Ask God how you can better serve Him and others.
Instead of asking God what He can do for you, ask instead what you can do for Him.  Look at the people around you, those that you'll interact with throughout the upcoming day---how can you better serve them? Reach out to them? Love them better?  And above all else, how can you MAKE GOD'S NAME GREAT in all that you do?

A minute to win it.

It's extremely powerful and life-changing.

And you know it turns into way more than a minute

Can you take :60 seconds today?

I don't usually guarantee much....

But I do guarantee that this will be an absolute game-changer....

For you...

And everyone in your life.

It's not about us,
Coach Theo