Fitness Warriors

Who are the Fitness Warriors?

The Sports Backers' Fitness Warriors program offers free training to area residents who have talent, passion, and potential to be fitness instructors for Richmond and tri-cities communities with the lowest rates of physical activity and the highest rates of chronic disease. 

As a Fitness Warrior Recruit you will:

  • Be committed to the schedule, committed to your fellow recruits and committed to your community. 
  • Be a part of community outreach and serve as a leader in your community.
  • Be assigned a Warrior Captain, who will mentor you launch your first fitness class in the community.
  • Lead FREE classes for individuals of ALL fitness levels!
  • Be consistent and never quit, even when this journey gets tough!
We will hold mandatory training days for all Warrior Recruits on the following dates:
  • April 18, 2020 Phase I Training (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • May 9, 2020 Phase I Training (10 a.m. to 4p.m.)
  • May 30, 2020 Phase I Training (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • June 20, 2020 Phase I Training (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • July 11, 2020 Teachbacks (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • September 26, 2020 Full Fam Training/Crystal Ceremony (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
This application will serve as a tool for us to begin to assess your talent, your potential and your passion to lead classes in the community. We will also asses your willingness to commit to the Fitness Warriors program and the community at large. 

Are you ready to take the next step? Click below to begin the application, which will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. 
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Leadership, Teamwork, and Community Organizing

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Program Highlights

As a Warrior Recruit, you will be required to actively participate in a number of learning opportunities that occur outside of your scheduled training days. Here is an outline of the Fitness Warriors Program. The program is broken down into 2 phases. Although all opportunities are not mandatory, you will be asked to to complete a certain amount of each listed to complete the program. Please read over the information carefully prior to proceeding.

Phase I: April 2020 - Mid July 2020

  • Mandatory Training Opportunities: April 18, May 9, May 30, June 20, July 11. All training days are from 10am - 4pm
  • Additional Training Opportunities: Week day training to offer Recruit additional modalities to use while creating their class format. Days, times and locations will vary.
  • Warrior Fam Time: Crew Meetings, Attending/Leading Classes. This is time with your fellow Recruits while visiting Warrior classes or leading part of a Warrior class.
  • Attending Lead Trainer Sessions: These sessions provide a deep dive into training materials with Fitness Warriors Lead Trainer Ricky Martin. Days, times and locations will vary.
Phase II: Late July 2020 - September 2020
  • Mandatory Training Opportunities: September 26 10am - 4pm
  • Attend Captains Class: A Group of Recruits will work with a Captain biweekly
  • Lead your own weekly fitness class: Begins in mid-July 2020. This starts your one year commitment. Classes are lead in free spaces provided by the community such as churches, community centers, housing complexes, and libraries. We refer to these as host sites.
  • Participating in Community Events: Community events are where we spread the word about our free classes in the community. Days, times and locations will vary. Recruits will be required to participate in at least 2 events.
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