Fitness Starts With God

by Darlinda McDonald

Joey Commisso – Lifelong Athlete

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Friends, Bill and Joey

It is Joey Commisso’s commitment to Christ that drives his life and work. As he says, “Fitness starts with God. You can’t separate the physical from the spiritual.”

When a car accident severely damaged Commisso’s back and shoulders in October of 2000, he was instructed to stop running, jumping, and participating in most of the physical activities he enjoyed. After three years of doctor visits and physical therapy yielded no results, Commisso spent the next six months determining how to correctly work on his lower back to regain his mobility and active lifestyle. His quest for functional health and fitness had begun. It was the subsequent passing of his mother that sparked Joey’s desire to help others “because I couldn’t save the one I loved the most.” Following the advice of his wife, Patti, he started individual training in their basement which progressed to weekly classes.

As a follower of Christ, Joey understands that it is an act of worship to God to take care of our bodies. He emphasizes how the five “allies” of health (spiritual, mental, emotional, nutritional, and physical) work hand in hand to allow the individual to serve God to the fullest. Placing God first contributes to a strong mind, which promotes the emotional balance to make proper food choices. Consequently, physical health naturally takes care of itself.

Joey is often asked to speak and along with his expertise in health and fitness uses the opportunities to share his faith. He likes to pass out Bill Rudge’s books, Reaching Your Maximum Potential in Christ and Fasting for Sensitivity and Power in conjunction with his classes and presentations.

In Joey’s Words –

“When I moved from California in 1997, little did I know that I would meet Bill Rudge and form a friendship based on our common interests in Jesus Christ and physical training. My admiration for Bill’s commitment to keep his temple fit, even after he left the martial arts for his calling to ministry, deepened as Bill became a spiritual mentor.”

Facing Challenges with Enthusiasm

by Darlinda McDonald

DSC_0002Despite the predicted thunderstorms, the Hickory Girls Varsity Soccer team arrived to blue skies at the Bill Rudge Ministries Ultimate Challenge & Obstacle Fitness Course last week. As usual, Bill began the session instructing the team about safety as well as life lessons that they would learn as they traversed the course. The girls attacked each station with great enthusiasm even when faced with difficult challenges. Teamwork was emphasized as they helped each other scale “the wall” and went through numerous stations to develop agility, balance, endurance, strength and courage, then laughed their way through the “blanket chariot race,” refrigerator box, and tug-of-war games.

BRM has coordinated the obstacle course activities for many school athletic teams, mission and youth groups, military personnel and other organizations as well as families. For more information and pictures visit the Ultimate Challenge Obstacle & Fitness Course on our web site at http://www.billrudge.org.

Up to the Challenge

by Darlinda McDonald

The Kennedy Catholic girls’ soccer team was up for the challenge at Bill Rudge Ministries’ Ultimate Challenge Obstacle & Fitness Course this week. The girls listened intently as Bill gave them instructions for the course interspersed with lessons that could be applied to their lives as well. They met each obstacle with strength and determination using both arm and leg muscles to accomplish the goals. The girls also learned the importance and value of teamwork as they faced the challenge of scaling the wall and enjoyed the “blanket chariot race” and tug-of-war.

BRM invites school athletic teams, church groups, and military members as well as families to use the obstacle course. E-mail the ministry center at brm7@me.com to make an appointment

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The Ultimate Challenge

This past spring, summer and fall many individuals and groups tested their skills at the Bill Rudge Ministries’ Ultimate Challenge Obstacle & Fitness Course. Sports teams, military personnel, youth groups, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, those preparing for mission trips, as well as groups of friends from work or school, faced the challenges of the obstacle course at BRM.

The Ultimate Challenge Obstacle Course provides an exciting way to develop total fitness by motivating youth and adults to reach their maximum potential physically, mentally and spiritually.

The U.S. Army assisted Bill Rudge in guiding and encouraging two different high school soccer teams through the course before the soldiers and new recruits embarked on their own physical training with Bill.

The response has been outstanding. Everyone listens intently as Bill shares about choices, courage, self-control, and determination. Bill often interjects aspects of his personal testimony.

Army Assists at Obstacle Course

by Darlinda McDonald

The Hickory Boys’ Soccer and Sharpsville Girls’ Soccer teams as well as members and recruits of the U. S. Army tested their skills at the Bill Rudge Ministries’ Ultimate Challenge Obstacle & Fitness Course in Hermitage. The Army assisted Bill as he guided the soccer teams through the course before they embarked on their own physical training. They also passed out U.S. Army water bottles to the teams afterward.

Bill challenged both the youth and adults to reach their maximum potential physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Facing the Obstacle Course Challenge

by Darlinda McDonald

This summer, many groups and individuals were challenged by the obstacle course at Bill Rudge Ministries. It was a delight to see the diversity within each group, from young people who were athletically gifted to those who looked at the obstacle course with apprehension. Several of Bill’s grandchildren assisted the groups through the course.

As Bill gave the instructions, he took the opportunity to help the young people see attitudes (such as courage, determination, confidence, etc.) that could help them navigate the course. All the youth met the challenges with great effort but one lesson was especially highlighted when one of the smallest boys volunteered first to scale the course’s 7-foot wall.

With great determination, this youth valiantly ran and leaped toward the top of the wall repeatedly. After finally realizing he couldn’t reach his goal alone, the other boys boosted him up and over. This encouraged others to try. In addition, this same young teen accepted the challenge of breaking the record for crossing the large monkey bars as many times as possible. He fell short of this goal also but gave it all he had. Like David facing Goliath, he did not let the size of the challenge deter him. We, too, can face challenges with courage and determination because the “battle belongs to the Lord.”

The youth groups from First Assembly of God and Neshannock Alliance, faced two challenges the day they came. One was navigating the Obstacle Course on an exceptionally hot and muggy morning. The second was a five-hour workday at the ministry grounds in the hot sun. They weed-whacked and pulled weeds, raked and picked up sticks and debris, washed windows, trimmed tree branches and cut them up and burned them, cleaned up the obstacle course area, and power-washed two decks and furniture as well as the side of the ministry center. We are so appreciative they chose our ministry for their workday project. Because of what they accomplished, the time we had to minister to others was multiplied.

Right after the youth group work was done, two visitors from the military arrived to look at the obstacle course. They were most impressed and asked to schedule troops to train at BRM. The Obstacle Course has provided many opportunities to train sports teams, youth groups, church groups, military personnel, soldiers, sailors, new recruits preparing for boot camp, groups preparing for mission trips, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, as well as to challenge individual children, teens and adults. Bill customizes each challenge to meet the needs and goals of that particular group or individual.

Bill Rudge also incorporates innovative sports, relay races, and games (several of which have been published in various magazines), as well as team building and individual challenges to help develop strength, balance, commitment, courage,

Volunteer Aids in Obstacle Course Expansion

By Bill Rudge

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Dick Hetrick cuts tree trunks for the new Obstacle Course stations.

Dick Hetrick volunteered more than a week of his time and talents to take down several trees, then cut up the trunks and branches to build several new stations for the Obstacle Course at Bill Rudge Ministries.

The Obstacle Course has provided many opportunities to train sports teams, youth groups, church groups, military personnel, soldiers, sailors, new recruits preparing for boot camp, groups preparing for mission trips, Boy Scouts, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, as well as to challenge individual children, teens and adults. Bill Rudge also incorporates innovative sports, relay races, and games (several of which have been published in various magazines), as well as team building and individual challenges to develop strength, balance, courage, determination and self-control.