If you're going to sweat, you're going to need some inspiration. And
for that, the women of Body and Soul go straight to the source.
Body and Soul Ministries is a program of aerobics and strength
training to contemporary Christian music that some find nothing short
"There's a joy in doing it. It's such a blessing to work with
these women," said Rosa Cermak, who led about a dozen of her students
in a 45-minute aerobics demonstration at the fair on Friday.
Warming up to some upbeat Christian tunes such as "Let the Praises
Ring" by Lincoln Brewster, Cermak led the group in moves that uplift
while they lift up. Mixed in with the many standard aerobics moves
are lots of arm-raising, God-praising gestures that infused the
performance with just a touch of spirituality.
Cermak and her students sing along with the lyrics, enjoying the
occasional opportunity to throw in "praise him."
And if you think it's unusual that a Christian group is involved
in exercise, think again. Body and Soul Ministries has more than 200
instructors in the United States and another 200 spread throughout
the world. There are more Body and Soul instructors teaching classes
in Africa than there are in California, Cermak said.
Cermak's group is based out of the Calvary Church of Santa Ana, of
which Cermak and many of her students are regular members.
"It's a lot of fun and a good way to keep in shape, and my husband
likes that I keep in shape, too," Cermak said.