Monday, April 20, 2015


Another incredible event this weekend. Pull Ups For Zoe team competition is definitely the way to go. We had over 70 adults and kids cranking out some pull ups at FMU on Saturday, reaching a combined total of 10, 653 pull-ups at our site alone! Our main goal was 10,000 pull-ups nationwide. On top of that, we raised $5,500 just from FMU (Fit Me Up) and FR (Fitness Revolution CLE) contributions at our site.

Now, add in all of our national partners, and we hit 18,453 pull-ups so far! I'm still waiting on a few gyms to give me their final numbers. And, we're at almost $8,000 raised for Zoe and The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

I have to be honest with you about something though.  The event was a huge success, such a great high all day, and an absolute game-changing experience.

But I don't know why I did it.

I mean until the second we started our first pull-up at 6am Saturday morning, I don't know why.

Why pull-ups? It's just another fitness move, right? Anyone can do them.

Why another charity event? Don't people do 5k's every weekend or something?

Why raise money again? Aren't people always asking you for contributions?

Why did Zoe's story about her Make-A-Wish come into my life 3 years ago?  And why did I decide that we had to pull together for her to help make that wish come through?

So here's where I want to take you with this, I don't fully know why. I don't think we ever fully know. But like Hebrews 11 1:40 spells out, it's FAITH IN ACTION.  "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." (Hebrews 11:1)

Do you think that three years ago I would have ever seen PFZ evolve into this?

That I would have ever know that people would really come together to raise almost $50,000 so far for the CF Foundation?

I have no clue if people are really going to sign up for the team competition and show up on a Saturday morning at 5:30am to start prepping.

I have no clue that people are really going to go to our fundraising site to donate money to the cause.

I would never have guessed that my partners from ActivPrayer and Men's Health Top Trainer would join us around the nation, hundreds of miles apart from one another, to do pull-ups for a girl that they've never even met, to spread her story to their people, to pass on the inspiration of what it means to give back by using fitness for a much bigger purpose.

But you know what, I built the Razoo fundraising site anyways. I made the flyer anyways. I started emailing people anyways. I just put it out there, set the date, and asked.

Because that's what you do WHEN CALLED. YOU FOLLOW.

You're not going to know what's going to happen. You can't wait for the answers or the right time.

Faith is believing in something you can't see, and acting on it so you can become, and help others become, the people they were meant to.

Then you show up and you walk in and you give all that you have, just like the widow.

Mark 12: 41-44 tells of the Widow's Offering.
"Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
It's about the numbers, but it's not.
It's just pull-ups, but it's so much more.
It's just another charity event, but it's so much more.
It's just another day of people coming together, side by side, cranking out the hardest move in fitness, but it's so much more.
I'm not going to make it more than what it is for you, that's up to you.  
All I know for certain is Zoe had a make-a-wish, she could have used it for herself, but she decided to give it back.  The story landed in our hands, not out of coincidence, but for a reason.  We recognized our gift, talent, and ability to pay it forward also.
It's your turn now. 
Chances are the opportunity is right in front of you. You may not see it. But you better believe it.
Now get out there and use your STRENGTH TO SERVE today. It may just be an absolute game-changer for you and everyone in your life.
It's not about us,
Coach Theo
#BeatTheOdds #StartAFire #OneRepAtATime

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