For Arnold Greenfield, running fitness classes is a way of introducing people to Jesus.
“For me, it’s like building the Kingdom of God through fitness,” Arnold says. “You may have had a terrible weekend or be drained at work but you can come to this space and it’s encouraging and uplifting. It’s building community and building God’s Kingdom.”
“FoxFit” is a ministry coordinated by Mr Greenfield in partnership with Fox Valley Community Church pastor and Wahroonga Adventist School (NSW) chaplain Landry Patii, who run sessions at the school grounds every Monday evening at 6:30pm. Designed as a group fitness class, it attracts people from all walks of life: nursing students, young professionals, high-school students and people from the wider community.
“It’s like circuit training but with crossfit movements,” Mr Greenfield says. “We’re never doing same thing every week. It’s mostly functional movements like squatting, putting things over your head—things you would use in your daily life. And it’s done at high speed, to get your heart-rate high.”
Thanks to the team-building nature of each session, the workouts are accessible to a wide range of age groups and flexible to small or large numbers. At its peak, FoxFit was attracting between 30-40 people each week, but following restrictions and COVID-19 the ministry is just starting to pick up again.
“Big groups we split in half and have two different workouts going. One group would be completing reps of 6 different exercises—400 air squats, 400 crunches etc.—and working as a team. We get them to hit the mark of all reps or rounds and set the time for other group, like a competition,” he says.
Mr Greenfield encourages anyone to come regardless of their fitness level, attributing people’s enjoyment to the positive community atmosphere.