CLERMONT, Fla. â€” Jason Russell, a fitness buff, had long found it difficult to combine his Christian faith with his job as a gym manager, which required him to be around women in spandex and men concerned only with how macho they are.
â€œMe being a single guy and trying to walk the Christian line, it was difficult,â€ said Mr. Russell, 30. â€œI needed not only to protect myself, but as a leader, to help others with their spiritual journey.â€
Mr. Russell had been planning to open a gym of his own. Then he discovered Lordâ€™s Gym, a 10,000-square-foot fitness center here that meshes prayer and push-ups. Its goal, says its owner, Paul Sorchy, a chiropractor, is to provide a modest setting where members can feel comfortable exercising. Mr. Russell is now its manager.
The gym offers classes including â€œYogod,â€ its take on yoga, and â€œChariots of Fire,â€ a spinning class. Spaghetti-strap tank tops and short shorts are not allowed, and womenâ€™s tops must cover their bottoms.