About Us

Our Mission

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.

Our Values

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Good group exercise instructors are important in people’s lives. Fitness training is a way to care for people. We contribute to the good of the world by maintaining and teaching our distinctive values within the fitness community.

Our Values

1. Proven Methods

2. Proper Pace

3. Professional People

4. Personal Care

5. Proclaim Truth

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1. Proper Pace

Laura says, “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 – crazy! (The instructor – not the kid.) Anyway, guess who got more kids to swim: him or me? Yep. Me. Same with fitness…”

We train fitness instructors 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.
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2. Personal Care

We train fitness instructors and personal trainers to add the element of genuine, sincere caring. Just like health professionals, good bedside 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, even in a group fitness class! Yes, that’s harder than a one-size-fits all approach, but the effort to treat people as individuals is worth the results. WholyFit’s 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.
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3. Proven Methods

WholyFit teaches only evidence-based, well researched, and proven exercise science. WholyFit’s 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 built from biomechanics up and engineered for specific fitness purposes. WholyFit certified trainers can offer complete general fitness or sport-specific training through our extensive continuing education program.
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4. Professional People

WholyFit is run by fitness professionals (meet the team by scrolling to the bottom of this page). We train people to be fitness professionals in the true sense of the word. Our goal is to start Biblical fitness programs in communities  — and that means we have to be better and different. We develop well-trained, caring fitness professionals with demonstrated character. People like that are a valued commodity anywhere they teach! WholyFit instructors can get trained in many different kinds of exercise systems. Check them out. Our most popular class is GBP core conditioning as an alternative to yoga. We also offer certification in cardio and strength training systems. This makes WholyFit trainers well-rounded and equipped as leaders for any type of exercise venue.
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5. Proclaim Truth

We love Jesus, and that’s a fact.  We are very up front 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 and LIVE it! God’s Word is truth: literal, authoritative truth. We work as a team because that’s how God wants us to work. We believe that people join the WholyFit team because they are called by God for a reason. That’s why everyone commits to the WholyFit Unity Agreement  before joining. It’s important to know 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.

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We Believe:

(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 our salvation; and

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.

The Team

Nice to meet you! We are glad you’re here! Allow us to introduce ourselves:

Laura Monica – Creative Director, Founder

Kym Pelfrey – Executive Director/Certification Director

Sandy Thompson – Communications Manager

WholyFit Instructors – See our business directory: wholyfitclass.com


Laura Monica, Wholyfit Founder

 

LAURA MONICA, WholyFit Founder
Certified Group Exercise Instructor
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Exercise Physiologist*, American College of Sports Medicine
Black Belt, United Fighting Arts Federation

Over 30 years of professional fitness industry experience!

*An exercise physiologist has the training, knowledge, and skills to prescribe and implement exercise programs for participants with controlled cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic diseases and other clinical populations.

Laura’s Full Story


Laura says,

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. When I exercise  it’s gentle, pleasant and feels great.

Exercise can be solitary or social; in fact, some of each is good for us! 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.”

Laura’s Certifications

Group exercise is Laura’s passion and she has worked in many gyms and professional settings. Laura has trained and certified professional Group Fitness Instructors for about 17 years through WholyFit with the goal of starting up fitness ministries in churches.  Laura has personally certified and trained over 700 professional fitness and health leaders in churches all over the globe. 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.  Christian music during exercise classes in foundational to the ministry and WholyFit now offers instructors some original, licensed music for their classes. 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.

Certifications:

  • C-EP ACSM** – Certified Exercise Physiologist (AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine)
  • BLACK BELT United Fighting Arts Federation, 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
 
**The American College of Sports Medicine is considered to be the “Gold Standard” for certifications in the fitness industry. 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 Specialty

Laura helps fitness professionals add the devotional element to fitness classes wherever they are taught. Laura trains instructors in adding 15 minute bible studies to the end of fitness classes and how to integrate scripture throughout the workout.  She also helps instructors add a worship and prayer component to group fitness.

Workshops on Safety, Technique and Group Exercise Teaching Methods

Laura gives workshops on exercise theory and practice, anatomy as it relates to specific exercises, how to teach a group exercise class safely and how to teach many levels of participants at once. She created Wholyfit’s basic online certification program (Silver) and the advanced, in-person certification program (Gold). The initial certification program trains group fitness instructors to teach Gentle Body Power (a Christian alternative to yoga) as a fitness outreach program to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Original Fitness Systems

In addition to WholyFit certification, Laura trains WholyFit-certified instructors to teach many different kinds of exercise classes, like martial arts and dance based cardio classes, in addition to offering continuing education in the flexibility and core class called Gentle Body Power. Laura’s original WholyFit branded Devotional Exercise systems include but are not limited to:

  • Gentle Body POWER: Mind-body exercises for flexibility, strength, and core (a Christian alternative to yoga)
  • Aerobic Resistance Training: Cardio with hand weights
  • K700: Kickboxing Martial arts fitness  (Laura holds a black belt in martial arts)
  • SlowFlo: Martial arts fitness (Christian alternative to tai chi)
  • Baila (Spanish for “you dance”): Latin-style dance exercise
  • FLY: Aerial arts
  • Soul to Sole: Walking and running
  • Ballet Barre: (coming soon!): Ballet-based fitness and training

Characteristics of Laura’s exercise programs:

  1. evidence-based
  2. purpose-focused and sports-specific. For example, our kickboxing and SlowFlo programs are real martial arts, GBP is training for functional fitness, and Ballet Barre is based on classic ballet principles
  3. appropriate for the whole population, including those who are chronically ill or have physical limitations
  4. gentle, fun, multi-level, properly paced
  5. highly efficient and safe, using gradual progression to achieve wonderful results in less time than traditional fitness programs

Laura has certified Christian fitness professionals from all over the world including USA, Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, and China. Mrs. Monica performs in fitness DVDs and training videos, on public TV 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.

She says, “This verse describes Jesus’ mission and He was clear that we are to do the same works He did because we have the Holy Spirit working through us.”

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.


History: WholyFit including homonyms & spellings is a globally registered Trademark of WholyFit LLC in TX and is a ministry of Fitness Pros for Christ, Inc. a California 501(c)(3) non-profit. WholyFit has been operating since 2001, most actively in the US, Australia and Canada with previously certified instructors in Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, China, and the EU. Laura Monica began WholyFit in Georgia in 2000, at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church. The ministry matured in Texas, at WoodsEdge Community Church, from 2002 forward.  Official WholyFit programs are now spread globally. Unofficial entities or persons who use the WholyFit brand name, or any similar name, do so illegally, are not associated with our team, and are neither endorsed nor recommended by us. If you would like to use the WholyFit name, we invite you to join our team as a certified member of Fitness Pros for Christ, by completing our online Silver Certification Program.