“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.”

Hebrews 12:1-2

This verse came up tonight while talking with a young man sitting on my porch. We were discussing the metabolism of fatty acids, transitioning to a ketogenic diet, and marathon running.

This, folks is what I live for. Faith and fatty acids. We’ll not specifically that. But Trent Holbert Fitness was borne out of an understanding that to help someone physically, there must be a spiritual modality – and to help someone spiritually there must be a physical modality. The two connect. I live to assist in the betterment of both, the soul and the body for the sake of the whole person.

He came to me tonight to seek guidance on changing his diet, fueling his performance, and wading the mysterious waters of the low carb/high fat lifestyle. His goal, to optimize his long distance time. But that wasn’t  enough.

Soon the conversation swayed. His doing, not mine. He began to share his life stresses, as we had discussed stress as a link to getting kicked out of ketosis; and dealing with an enclave of stressful life circumstances. Soon tears began to fall, sobs followed. His body seemed to be fit, yet his life was hurting. I found the other reason he had asked to meet with me.

For the next hour we discussed faith in Christ, hope, prayer, repentance, and redemption. I introduced this man to Jesus a few months ago and baptized him in our church. I’m his personal trainer and pastor. Hm, just saying that in my head…funny, that’s what I want to be for everyone.

By the end of the night, we parted ways with a hug and words of appreciation. Tonight he starts ketosis and repentance, a dual modality for optimized living. He is running a race now with few weights and entanglements, being cheered on, running with endurance and stamina supplied by One much greater than me, but the Author and Finisher of his faith.

That is the spirit of Trent Holbert Fitness.