Everyone asks whether WholyFit is a ministry or a business. The answer is “yes, exactly.” Good fitness trainers are important in people’s lives. Fitness training is a way to care for people. We believe that we are contributing to the good of the world by maintaining and teaching our distinctive values within the fitness community and within churches:
1. Proper Pace
I used to teach swimming to little kids. I played games with them like blowing bubbles while they sat on the steps. We didn’t even swim at first! I actually saw another swim instructor throw a kid in the water to learn! (What an idiot! The instructor – not the kid.) Anyway, guess who got more kids to swim: him or me? Yep. Me. Same with fitness…
We train personal trainers to gain their client’s trust by being faithful, knowledgeable and by all means fun! We want people to love their fitness programs and they do! To see some testimonies click here.
2. Personal Care
We train fitness instructors and personal trainers to add the element of genuine, sincere caring. Just like health professionals, good bed-side manner is essential. When someone is sick, a compassionate word and a low stress environment is healing! Everyone is different and each fitness program must be different, perfectly fitted for each person. Yes that’s harder than a one-size-fits all approach, but it’s worth it to treat people as individuals. In group exercise as well, WholyFit’s multi-layer teaching methodology is an original way of meeting everyone’s needs in a group teaching environment. All WholyFit classes are self-paced and multi-layer, suitable for everyone in the general population. Special needs training is also available as continuing education to WholyFit certified trainers.
3. Proven Methods
WholyFit teaches only evidence-based, well researched and proven exercise science. WholyFit exercise technique and safety concepts follow the recommendations of the American College of Sports Medicine and abide by fitness industry standards. All WholyFit systems contain exercises are built from biomechanics up and engineered for specific fitness purposes. WholyFit certified trainers can offer complete sport-specific training through our extensive continuing education program.
4. Professional People
WholyFit is run by fitness professionals (meet the team by scrolling to the bottom of this diatribe) and we train people to be fitness professionals in the true sense of the word. We develop well-trained, caring fitness professionals with demonstrated character. People like that are a valued commodity in this world! WholyFit instructors can get trained in many different kinds of exercise systems. Check them out. Our most popular class is GBP core conditioning, and we also offer certification in cardio and strength training systems too. This makes WholyFit trainers so well-rounded and equipped as leaders in any type of venue.
5. Proclaim Truth
We love Jesus and that’s a fact. We are very upfront about who we are, what we do and why we do it. We are pioneer thinkers and aren’t afraid to be different. We seek not only to speak truth, but to proclaim it. God’s Word is truth, literal authoritative truth. We are cliff hangers. We walk right up to the edge of a cliff and hang the ends of our toes off. We believe that people join the WholyFit team because they are called by God for a reason. We work as a team because we think that’s how God wants us to work. That’s why everyone signs a unity agreement before joining. It’s important we are all going the same way and that we are all on the same page in order to carry on the heart and mission of WholyFit.
We seek to inspire, enliven and heal through movement, worship and the Word of God, in order to build up the Body of Christ, nurture the purity of the Bride of Christ and reveal God’s love to the world through Jesus, The Prince of Peace, to whom belongs all dominion, and power and authority on earth as it is in heaven.
(and we hope you believe this too because we love you:)
1. In the divine inspiration and final authority of the Bible as the Word of God;
2. In the eternal God revealed in Holy Scripture as Father, Son and Holy Spirit
3. In the unique Deity of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, whose death and resurrection provide by grace through faith the only means of my salvation;
4. In the transforming presence and power of the Holy Spirit
By publication of this statement, I affirm my faith in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord, committing to conduct consistent with the high calling of a Christian according to the standards of Scripture, by God’s help.
Meet the Team
Nice to meet you! We are glad you’re here! Allow us to introduce ourselves…
Laura Monica – Founder, Managing Director, Certification Author/Trainer
Pam Collins – She does everything, Corporatate Manager, Lead Silver Trainer
Connie and Oliver Haedener – The go-to people, WholyFit Pastors
Sandy Thompson – Giver of Warm Fuzzies, Internal Communications Manager
Our WholyFit Instructors/Mentor Trainers – can be found in our business directory: wholyfitclass.com
LAURA MONICA, WholyFit Founder, Certified Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine
I was chronically ill and clinically depressed. My pastor prayed for me and I got miraculously better. The rest of my healing came through God’s good medicine: exercise! The church has always been the place where my wholeness happens and I love the group support of fun exercise programs there. Exercise is social. When I exercise it’s gentle, pleasant and feels great. I envision the Church as the local community health center, the place we all think of first when we need a safe, non-intimidating atmosphere in which to move and heal. I can truly verify that there is no health condition too tough for Jesus and no amount of stress that He cannot comfort. WholyFit Gentle Body Power communicates my passion for movement through worship, and my desire to help people to be whole. My own meditation on the Word of God through exercise meets my needs at a practical level through fun daily exercise activities. I am so thankful God lead me to practice whole fitness and I want others to experience Devotional Exercise too.”
Group exercise is Laura’s passion and she has worked in many gyms and professional settings. She now passes along this passion to others through WholyFit Certification. Laura has personally certified and trained over 500 professional fitness as health leaders in churches all over the globe since 2012. Along with being a multiply certified fitness professional with over 30 years of experience, Laura is a follower of Jesus Christ. Her background as a worship leader and church soloist is the foundation for her personal view that, “music is everything” for a fitness class. As a homeschooler, Laura taught the Bible, including scripture memorization, for 2 decades to her brood of children and now passes on the system of scripture memorization through exercise to fitness professionals.
- C-EP ACSM** – Certified Exercise Physiologist (AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine)
- EIM ACSM – Exercise is Medicine Credential
- BLACK BELT Chun Kuk Do Karate
- Certified Group Exercise Instructor – AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America)
- Certified Personal Trainer- ACE (American Council on Exercise)
- Certified Group Exercise Instructor – ACE (American Counsel on Exercise)
- Certified Group Exercise Instructor – IDEA (International Dance Exercise Association)
- Gold Certified Personal Trainer – IDEA (International Dance Exercise Association)
- CPR Certified, American Heart Association, current since 1980
- AAU Competitive Springboard Diver
Certified Exercise Physiologists are qualified to design and implement exercise programs for apparently healthy individuals or those with controlled medical issues who have medical clearance to exercise independently. These specialists are also qualified to work with special populations with medically controlled diseases like asthma, arthritis, diabetes, etc…
Devotional Exercise is Laura’s specialty, adding a worship component to all her group and personal training sessions. Laura is an expert in many modes of training including
- Resistance equipment/machines
- Synchronized Swimming and Springboard Diving
- Self Defense
Laura has designed and implemented the following WholyFit branded Devotional Exercise systems and certifications:
- Gentle Body POWER: Flexibility and Core
- Aerobic Resistance Training: Cardio with hand weights
- K700: Kickboxing Martial arts fitness (Laura holds a Black Belt in martial arts)
- SlowFlo: Martial arts fitness
- Baila (Spanish word for “you dance”): Dance exercise
- FLY: Aerial Arts
- Step by Step: Platform Cardio
- Soul to Sole: Walking
- Hover: Indoor Cycling, sports specific to outdoor cycling
- Step by Step: platform cardio
The criteria for all WholyFit programs are:
1. evidence based
2. purpose focused and sports specific (for example kickboxing is real martial arts and indoor cycling is training for outdoor cycling. GBP is training for functional fitness etc…)
3. appropriate for the whole population, including those who are chronically ill
4. gentle, fun, multi-level, properly paced
5. highly efficient
Laura runs WholyFit LLC Global Ministries from California full time, certifying fitness instructors in WholyFit Branded Fitness Systems both online and in person, having certified Christian fitness professionals from all over the world including USA, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, and China. Mrs. Monica performs in fitness DVDs and training videos, and is a fitness educator who writes fitness curriculum and continuing education trainings.
Laura’s life verse is Is. 61:1-3 and believes it characterizes every Christian.