My gym used to offer a great class that focused entirely on core strength. It was taught by someone training for the priesthood, so they called it Ab Solutions.
That instructor eventually left the priesthood and opened up his own gym that blends Catholic worship with fitness. It's called Stations of the Cross Fit.
His Pilates classes were especially punishing.
The music for the ride classes consisted of the most recent papal encyclicles read aloud over an EDM soundtrack.
Their advertising campaign aimed at women--"Get in the Exercise Habit!"--won many awards.
Unfortunately, it attracted nun new customers.
An evangelical Protestant church across town has tried to copy this business model, blending faith and fitness. Their gym is called "The Anxious Bench Press."

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