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Praise the Lord and pump iron: Gym caters to Christian faithful

There are 45 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 6, 2008, titled Praise the Lord and pump iron: Gym caters to Christian faithful. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Jason Russell, a fitness buff, had long found it difficult to combine his Christian faith with his job as a gym manager, which required him to be around women in spandex and men concerned only with how macho ...

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Tilly Screams

Saint Louis, MO

#1 Jun 6, 2008
Well praise Jeebus! You know, I can't wait for the Rapture when all these nutcases will go away - and many of them will be so surprised that they didn't make the cut and are still here!

There will be more jobs available, more food available, and overall a much better life for everyone with these freaks gone.
Pilsen Dave

United States

#2 Jun 6, 2008
I guess there are some gyms that are meat markets, but really, almost all the gyms I've gone to, are pretty much "leave each other alone". What kind of temptation do people get involved in? Dirty thoughts? I don't see that going away with the banning of spaghetti straps.

But hey, as long as people get exercise, that's great. We all need it.
Sue

Springfield, IL

#3 Jun 6, 2008
I believe in God and go to church most Sundays. I just don't go around forcing my faith on other people. Any one who forcing their life sytle on people, should have their own businesses.
Dan

Elmhurst, IL

#4 Jun 6, 2008
I'm not sure why in a country where christianity is the dominant religion there would be a need for a seperate christian gym. Sounds like typical christian insecurity to me.
ChicagoJo

Chicago, IL

#5 Jun 6, 2008
I'm all about fitness, so I can't complain about any sort of gym that gets people there and off their tushes. However, I do find it off that this gym was started by a perv with lecherous thoughts.
Curious in Chicago

Tinley Park, IL

#6 Jun 6, 2008
"Spaghetti-strap tank tops and short shorts are not allowed, and women's tops must cover their bottoms."
And what of the men's attire? Must religiously appropriate attire always dictate that women cover up and men feel free to flex and strut unrestrained?
Rationalthought

Chicago, IL

#7 Jun 6, 2008
Curious in Chicago wrote:
"Spaghetti-strap tank tops and short shorts are not allowed, and women's tops must cover their bottoms."
And what of the men's attire? Must religiously appropriate attire always dictate that women cover up and men feel free to flex and strut unrestrained?
No. The Amish are a good example of "equality" in drab clothing.
Mike

Chicago, IL

#8 Jun 6, 2008
Curious in Chicago wrote:
"Spaghetti-strap tank tops and short shorts are not allowed, and women's tops must cover their bottoms."
And what of the men's attire? Must religiously appropriate attire always dictate that women cover up and men feel free to flex and strut unrestrained?
Of course. All religions embrace the oppression of women. Nothing new there.
Turbo

Chicago, IL

#9 Jun 6, 2008
Gyms For Jesus! In the name of the holy hot pocket, Heeeeeaaaaalllll! And do some crunches while you're at it, fatty.
LOL

United States

#10 Jun 6, 2008
Oh, yes, all non-Christians exercise in tight skimpy outfits and all Christians wear completely covering outfits. This guy sounds more like fundamentalist Muslim - women must be covered up because men are too weak to avoid the temptation of seeing a shoulder.
LOL

United States

#11 Jun 6, 2008
Merri Bush, 42, who is a member with her daughter, Christyna Askey, 21, said she probably would not have joined a regular gym. The two of them walk on the treadmill each morning while they read and discuss the Bible.
Askey said, "It's cool to be able to do that and not have people say,'What are you doing?'"
Sounds like maybe she's embarrassed to be seen reading and talking about the bible. Who would care what she is reading? Or what they are talking about? I find it hard to believe anyone would question someone's reading material!
NapervilleAngel

Naperville, IL

#12 Jun 6, 2008
I think the concept of a Christian gym is good in the aspect that people can talk about their religion and not offend anyone there. And some of the music that is played in some of the gyms I have gone to I don't even recognize anymore. If a person knows the music that is being played, it is easier to exercise to it and a lot of people like Christian rock. So for the people who say they do not like to have religion shoved down their throats (and I don't believe it should be pressured on anyone and I am a Christian) then a gym that favors Christianity is good. By the way, some of the gyms I have been in are good and I have no problem in them. Other than one where I was walking on the treadmill and studying my Bible lesson for one Sunday and someone told me to leave my Bible at home. At a Christian gym this would not happen. So there are pros to this and who are we to condemn anyone for starting something like this. Wonderful idea.
melvinowens

Milwaukee, WI

#13 Jun 6, 2008
i go to a gym and workout as part of a healthy lifestyle, not for "macho" reasons, as this article insinuates about males who workout. also, you don't go to the gym to lust after women but to work out. i wonder what this so-called christian does if he passes a scantily clad woman on the street?
Poly sci pro

Chicago, IL

#14 Jun 6, 2008
This is a great idea and we could use more places and people like it-maybe even in conneticut where everyone stood by and did not help some poor old man who was hit by a car although I'm sure it won't take too long for some far left wing group to say they're offended by the religious aspect of it.
djc

Chicago, IL

#15 Jun 6, 2008
It's another niche and will make lots of money. Good marketing - some Christians will go to it to be with others of like mind, others out of guilt, not wanting to be seen as heathens exercising among the scantily clad. I'm tempted(pun intended) to open a gym myself, buy some Christian CD's, name a few protein drinks after Biblical characters.
As long as they pump in the music and advertise in the churches, they won't even have to keep up with the latest machinery or keep the place in a state comparable to other gyms.
lowbass

Evanston, IL

#16 Jun 6, 2008
If people feel more comfortable in this setting, and want to go there - then by all means - it's a free country! Go do so! I guess I feel lucky that my gym is pretty much not a showroom for macho guys or girls strutting their goods around, not that I'd be enticed to go to a place like this though!
The Dude

Chicago, IL

#17 Jun 6, 2008
Old JC had some killer abs!!!
Vinny

Chicago, IL

#20 Jun 6, 2008
Bring on the toe-tappers!!!
The Dude

Chicago, IL

#21 Jun 6, 2008
Chas wrote:
Hey, if the perverts in "Boystown" and the short-haired, mean-faced women can have their own gyms, Why can't people of faith have their own gym?
Where are these alleged exclusively gay gyms? Have to say I don't know of any. Nice job on the thinly veiled bigotry and homophobia though!
PAUL

Anchorage, AK

#22 Jun 6, 2008
I am not a Bible Thumping Christian, and I would probably not go to this gym, HOWEVER, it seems that the people that do have a problem with this concept are the intolerant ones!
I bet they (the ones who ridicule this gym) wear "tolerance" on their sleeve like a badge of honor, but its most likely only window dressing!

Nobody is making you go to this gym, and they don't exclude Non-Christians, so whats the beef? Grow up and be more tolerant, or "practice what your preach"!

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