Trinity Fitness focuses on body, spirit without financial obligations
By Meagan McGone
SATELLITE BEACH - On a busy day, more than 150 people will stop by Trinity Fitness to get in an intense workout - not just for the body, but for the mind and spirit, too.
In fact, the nonprofit gym, which doesn't charge fees, but instead relies on donations from businesses and individuals in the community, recently grew so popular that it had to move to a 4,800-square-foot facility in Satellite Beach to accommodate all of its participants.
Trinity Fitness offers constantly varying boot camp-style strengthening and conditioning workouts, similar to the popular fitness program called CrossFit. Take into account the short prayers led before and after each workout, and it is obvious that Trinity Fitness is not your typical treadmill- and weight-machine-harboring kind of gym.
Since its inception more than four years ago, things have drastically changed at Trinity Fitness. Rewind to June 2008, when three women vowed to get fit in the 400-square-foot garage at Jason and Wendy Palmisano's Indialantic home.
"I had started doing CrossFit, and they started noticing a big difference in my fitness level and the changes in my body, so they asked me to lead them in some workouts in the garage," Mr. Palmisano said. "It wasn't long before their friends started noticing a difference, and we had people coming to our garage to work out."
But Mr. Palmisano said he found that people coming to get fit in his garage were motivated for the wrong reasons.
"They became consumed with how they physically looked," he said. "I gave an impromptu devotion from the word of God, helping these ladies refocus why they are working out in the first place, and that's to honor God with their bodies. That's how Trinity Fitness was formed - meshing spirit and physical fitness to honor God with our bodies."
Though the nonprofit is Christ-centered, it is accepting of people from all religious backgrounds, as well as those from varying ethnicities and income levels.
"We want to remove all barriers and excuses for people to be fit, both spiritually and physically," Mr. Palmisano said. "Nobody is ever turned away."
The gym also caters to a range of fitness levels, as participants of the gym include ex-professional football players, ex-college athletes, occasional gym goers and even couch potatoes.
Mr. Palmisano said one of the gym's greatest attributes is its no-judgment atmosphere.
"This is one of the most positive environments on the planet," he said. "There is no judging of spiritual background or physical fitness level. The atmosphere promotes a camaraderie, a fellowship and a sense of belonging, like very few places I've ever been involved in."
Curious about what Trinity Fitness has to offer? See for yourself by stopping by 1754 Highway A1A, Suite B, in Satellite Beach.
For more information, visit www.trinity-fitness.org or call (321) 960-5645.