(upbeat music) – [Narrator] Good morning, this is Faith in Our Hometown brought to you asa community service and sponsored byMercy Hospital Joplin.

And now here's yourhost Father J.


(upbeat music) – Well good morning everyone.

Welcome to anotherSunday morning ofFaith in Our Hometown.

We're glad youjoined us for another one of our weekly conversations and we're gratefulthat you're here.

I'm always grateful anyway.

And I'm always gratefulwhen I hear some of you out, my favorite one, froma couple weeks ago, is somebody heard myvoice and they said, “You sound like Father J.

” And I said, Well, there's a good reasonfor that because I am Father J.

I was out by the trail andsomebody heard me talking to the person I waswalking with and said, “You sound like Father J.

” And she said, “I listen to you all the timebut I don't watch very often.

“I just got you onon Sunday morning.

” Which is fine by me.

But we're grateful forwhatever reason you're here and we're gonna have aconversation this morning about again, how faith inour lives kinda intersect.

Because my guest this morningis going to be Trey Viel, who is the generalmanager for Colaw Fitness.

Full disclosure , I havemy membership at Colaw, but this is actually gonna be my first conversationreally with Trey and we're gonna behere to talk about where faith and fitnesskind of intersect.

So grab your cup of coffee or whatever you are gonnado this morning settle in, and we're gonna be rightback after this Mercy Minute.

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(upbeat music) – Well, again, thanks for joining us again this morning forFaith in Our Hometown.

My guest, Trey Vielof Colaw Fitness.

Trey, first tell us alittle bit about yourself and a little bit about Colaw and then we'll talk a little bit about our topic this morning.

– Certainly, yeah, so I have lived here in Joplinfor about five years now.

I moved here from BartlesvilleOklahoma, where I grew up.

I was born in Tulsa, andgrew up in Bartlesville, which is where ColawFitness actually started.

So we had our firstclub open up in 2005, and we started buildinghere in Joplin in 2015 as our second location.

so for us, it was a reallyspecial place for us to not only grow the business, but also kind of grow intowho we really wanted to become for hopefully decades to come.

So, my own experience in that, it started just as a jobthat I had in college, I would work kind of in theevenings, couple days a week, but I just kind of fell in love with the cultureof the business, the role that it took notonly in the fitness industry, but also in just theinterior lives of its members and that was reallyimportant to me.

– Yeah, well, Ifind it interesting, I'm like, I catch a littlebit of Christian lingo around and I certainly likesome of the approach of trying to providewater for people in the world who need it andall those kinds of things.

So, I mean, I knew thatthere was a conscious or a mind behind itbut in all honesty, I got my own fulltime christian gig and I really haven'tdug into that.

But why is it soimportant to the company? – Yes.

So for us, we have this mission, our mission is to make Jesusfamous and to change lives.

That has reallybeen at the heart of who we've been forthe past 15 years.

And so whether it was in theliving room of our founders, Charles and Amber Colaw, or in a multi milliondollar facility, that same mission undergirdedeverything that we've done.

So we are always looking togive back to our communities and through the love ofChrist that we experience on a day to day basis, thatreally fuels what we do and allows us to really takecare of our communities.

So we do like you mentioned, give back to build water wells in the areas that arelacking in clean water.

– [Pastor J] Sure.

There's lots ofthose in the world.

– Certainly, certainly, we're hopefully justmaking a small dent in that with working with some greatorganizations around the world.

But secondly, eachclub, each location has its own kind of localservice that it does.

So, for example, our team goesand serves at Watergardens, once every couple of monthsjust to serve dinner, really try and takecare of our community in that way as well.

And that's something that'sreally important to us, even though it mightnot make the most sense as far as businessgoes sometimes, but that's really important towho we are at Colaw Fitness.

– Well, you know, I'm one ofthose people that believes that faith issupposed to be lived in all those differentaspects of life.

I mean, you know now, I mean, granted, look at what I do, but I think it's important.

You know, one of the thingsthat I didn't do in my life in the early part of my life and I was 27 yearsold and falling apart before I finally realized that if I did not takecare of myself physically, I could be the mostspiritual jock in the world, but my body was gonna die because of chronichypertension, and obesity, and all those kinds of things.

And so I had toat the age of 27, had to start working out forthe first time in my life.

'Cause right after I wasordained I moved to Springfield, my weight ballooned, and I was a mess, okay? And so I had to learn how todo that for the first time.

At that point in time, I wentto St.

John's Fitness Center, which is now part ofMercy's Springfield, and then they sold thatpart of the business.

But I had to go and learn how to work outfor the first time, because again, I had to start.

So I've only had about 35 yearsif you will, of trying to, well, probably notthat many, but yeah, but I mean, alittle 30 plus years of trying to work on me.

You know, and realizingthat I had to do that.

So it's an important thing.

So for people who take careof the physical all the time, that they run around takecare of the spiritual once in a while, I'm all for it.

I just think those thingskind of have to be connected.

And so even thoughit may not be part of the physical fitness partof the plan for you all, I respect the fact thatyou're also saying, but wait a minute, we'realso people of faith, we also do thingsfor the community, we do those things.

And so I'm happywith that, you know, I'm certainly happy thatI can help support that by being a member, if you will.

– Absolutely.

– I mean, that makes mehappy, that makes me smile.

So, for you, I mean, you know, so you just startedout as a part time job, but now you're into this wholething of trying to get people to look at thosepieces of their lives.

How's that worked out for you? I mean, do you see this as your calling now? Do you see this is justwhat you're gonna do until you figure out whatyou're gonna do next, or what is it all gonna be? – So one thing that's frommy own personal experience that I've sort of looked, the lens that I've lookedat the future through is, is that we plan well but wehold on to the future loosely.

And so it's, I haddifferent plans for my life.

You know, if at thattime, five years ago, I probably wouldn't have guessed that I would stillbe at Colaw Fitness.

But slowly over time, it's become something thatI've just fallen in love with, I've fallen in lovewith the people that I get to see ona day to day basis who are making thoserealizations in their lives where they're kind of awaketo themselves a little bit and realize, theirvalue inherently, as beloved of the Lord.

And so, for us, that'ssuch a rewarding experience to be able to see peoplekinda go through that and come through our doorskinda like you had mentioned, one day findingthemselves all of a sudden facing unhealthinesskinda at their door and the results of that, and then being able to come in and not only work on theirtheir physical health, but through that gettingto experience emotional, mental and spiritualhealth as well.

So that's somethingthat has just, in my own personal experience, has been incrediblyrewarding just coming in.

And it really makesthe sort of grind, I suppose of theday in and day out of okay, we gotta make surethat this place is clean, we gotta make surethat we're smiling and greeting people well, it really makes itworthwhile in that regard.

– Yeah.

Well, interesting to me, I mean, I love thephilosophy and again, most of your staff don'tknow who I am or what I do.

I mean, they have no clue.

– Yeah.

– But it just kind ofentertaining for me to just kinda go in andwatch it kinda like it's that you know if you will though, the lurker, thebystander, you know.

Just from theelliptical, you know, and just to watch and see.

– High vantage – Yeah exactly, but Ifind it interesting that, you know, I have watched someof the things on the screens, and watch people, someof those testimonies about people saying, this iswhat's made a big difference in my life and doingthose kinds of things.

I mean, I'm gonna tellyou that I am probably I mean, now I look likeI was once in shape and I'm now out of it, as opposed to whereI started 27 years, when I was 27, towhere I'm now 59.

So what is it? 32 years now I can do the math.

– Yes – It took me a little while.

– I'm right there with you.

– So in that context, I mean, for me, I'm probably in better shapethan I've probably ever been.

– Yeah, that's awesome – And I will tell you thatI've got some survivor's guilt during this time of plague, because I've got more time towork out than I have in years.

Usually I only walk.

The only time I can evertake the time to walk five miles a day iswhen I'm on retreat, but it's happeningmore days than not now.

Now I'm starting totry to get in three when I was on theelliptical or whatever, in an evening in an hour.

– Yeah.

– Okay, everyone worriesabout four minute miles, I worry about 20 minute miles.

Okay, so, but I mean with that, I gotta say, I'm doingbetter now, you know, because I've actuallygot more time than I did before all thiscraziness came along.

How are you making adifference in the life of other people 'cause Imean mine's just one story.

And you guys have just helped me these last couple years, okay? But how does that work foryou know the general person who comes and joins, how doyou do that for somebody? – Yeah, so reallythe first step is, so say if you lookat things like AA, the first step is admittingthat there is something wrong that there is an issue in whether it bemy physical health, my mental or emotionalhealth, whatever it may be.

First coming in andrecognizing my habits are not creating in me the person that I wannabe 30 years from now, which I'm sure thatyou could relate with, at being 27 andrealizing one day, this isn't who I wanna be.

– I'm probably dying.

– Yeah, yeah.

– I was dying.

– So you make a change.

That's kind of the first step is really bringing thatto attention in truth but also in graceand in patience, recognizing that it'snot an overnight journey.

For a lot of people Imean, just like you said, it's been 32 years, and you're finally feelingyou know the best shape that you've been inkinda in that time.

So, we see that witha lot of people, they've built up habitsthat have brought them to a place theynever expected to be, nor do they want to be in.

But then we'regoing to be the ones to step in to help empower them to not only createdifferent habits, but to have hope for theirfuture moving forward, that this is somethingthat is that is achievable.

We really believe thatchange is only achievable if we really believe itis, if it's possible.

And so if people don'thave a hope for that future and they just thinkthat they're always gonna be living inthis unhealthy box, then not much isprobably going to change.

So, we try to give people hope, just whenever they come in, just recognizing that thework that they're doing, and encouraging themto continue to do that and to really justcelebrate with them the results that they'reseeing day in and day out.

– It's interesting, you know and for me, I guess I'mat a different spot there 'cause I'm certainlynot starting out now the same way I was.

My whole goal inlife, I mean you know, people just say, well, youknow how much do you weigh? I say that my only goalis to weigh less now the rest of thetime that I exist.

It took me, manyyears to go this way and now my only goal is, I don't care how much I lose, but my goal is not togo back that way again, but to keep going down, to keep doing what I needto do in that regard.

So I mean, I don'tworry about weight, I don't get on a scale butonce every two or three weeks, just to make surethings are going but as long as myblood pressure, I mean, my blood pressuregotta be at a certain range, my blood sugar's gottabe in a certain range, you know all that stuff.

And as long as all mynumbers are golden, you know, thetriglycerides stay right and it's all everything just, that my doctors lookat me and go, good job.

– Yes.

– You know, good job, and life's working.

But I know that inorder to do that, I have to continueto be physical, I have to continue to move.

And if I don't movefor more than two days, I start to feel likeI shouldn't anymore.

I have to do that.

So, this has become critical.

I mean, and that was a big way of changing thinking in my life but it's what I had to do.

So my guest thismorning is Trey Viel, who is the general manager ofColaw Fitness, here in town, and so we're gonna be right back after a quick break to continueour conversation with him.

– [Narrator] You're watching Faith in Our Hometown on KSN TV, brought to you asa community service and sponsored byMercy Hospital Joplin.

(upbeat music) – Well, again, thanksfor joining us again for another Sunday morningof Faith in Our Hometown.

My guest this morning, Trey Viel who's the generalmanager at Colaw Fitness, again, which is basically onthe corner of Seventh Street and Range line, althougha little off there, but what the heck.

Again, that I'mobnoxious color of green, and the blue, – Absolutely – I like the blue or the green.

Oh, I tell you what, if you have nothingthat's not a natural color I think should be annihilated.

But anyway, it's your colorscheme so God's love is.

But at any rate, talkabout Trey about how life and our physical selves and our fitness cometogether in faith.

How does all that cometogether in a synergy for you? – Yes.

So one thing thatI think that our culture really focuses on alot is the separation between our body, our heart, our mind, and really tries tobreak those apart in a way that traditionally Idon't think many people have, in a way that I don'tthink is helpful or true.

You know, there was a studydone after the events of 9/11 where survivorswho went on to live successful, happylives were asked, what was it that really helpedyou get through this season? Of course, most people wouldexpect therapy or counseling because it's a mental stress or mental anguish thatthey're going through.

However, the top threemost popular responses were yoga, acupuncture, and massage.

So it just goes to showthat we're not just a person with a body that's notconnected to our mind or connected to our heart, it's all interlockedin a lot of ways.

So, what we see at ColawFitness is people come in and they are carrying theirstress inside of their body, or whatever burdens thatthey're experiencing, it is experiencedstill within the body.

So whenever they startto exercise their body, feed it well, get plenty ofrest, drink plenty of fluids, they start to see even mentalor emotional positive effects that kind of comealong with that.

And that's reallyimportant to us to kind of bring forward tothe table and to not say, you only need towork on your body and that's all we're here for.

Which, you know, unfortunately, is a huge aspect ofthe fitness industry, we don't reallyfocus on the mental or emotional aspects ofexercise, but you know– – And throw spiritualin there because well, I just have to.

– Yeah, absolutely.

And that's so muchof what we're about is that as we start to buildup the temple that is our body, we really start to openourselves up to so much more of experiencing, Iguess, just abundant life that Jesus promises us.

And so, that's one thingthat's really important to us is just making sure thatthose are always connected, that we alwayshave those in mind as not separate entitiesor separate parts of us but that we arejust a whole person who is experiencing life inthis kind of unified way.

And so whenever saythere's a spiritual issue, it also arises in our body, or if there's a physical issue it takes a toll onour emotional side.

So all of those thingskind of go hand in hand and that's something thatwe bring a lot of light to.

– The analogy that I always use and I've used thisin many of the lifetime fitness classesof Missouri Southern 'cause I usually come in and talk aboutspiritual health, okay, it's one of thegigs that I've done for several years.

– Oh, awesome.

– Both at SoutheastMissouri State, where we used to call itlifestyle enhancement.

– Yeah.

– And here whichis lifetime fitness so I my brain gets mixedup once in a while.

But I talk aboutlike, for example, the stools were sitting on, the chairs we're sittingon have four legs.

Now, can you sit in that chairif it only had three legs? Yeah, but how hard would it be? 'Cause you'd have to spendall your time and your energy compensating for theleg that's missing.

And if you learn howto live as whole person putting all thosepieces together, it's a lot easierto stay stable.

– You don't have to, you know.

– Absolutely.

– So you can staystable for a while if you've got three legsif you're only doing that, but what happens then ifyou start to fall asleep? Well, you wind up on the ground.

And that's what was happeningin my life 32 years ago.

I was about ready towind up on the ground because I couldn'tsustain it, you know? I had a great emotional health, I had great spiritual health, I had greatintellectual prowess, whatever thatmeans, but I had it, but where was I physically? And my body was not gonnasustain that for me.

So I had to learn how tokeep that more in balance.

And so it's in better balancenow than it's ever been.

But it's always awork in progress.

– Certainly.

– I mean, you stop workingon any of those levels and I'm gonna guarantee you pretty soon you'regonna be leaning on that stool or that chair and you're gonna have problemsafter a period of time.

And that's again, my verystrong prejudice in that regard.

And so again, I usedto teach a class at Southeast MissouriState on spiritual health.

And the reason mystudents wanted it was because they kept saying, you're the only onethat's talking aboutthis stuff or this.

– Man.

– You know, willyou teach the class? So I had to design theclass and then teach it because they were trying to say, you know, people willteach us how to do this, and you know in health humanperformance and recreation, people will teachus how to do this in kinesiology is inMissouri Southern, they can teach youhow to do the body but nobody's talking aboutthe spiritual health, what are we gonna do that? Talk about our mental healthand our emotional health, but what about thespiritual health? And so I had to find ageneric way of doing that because I mean, Icould do it easy from the Catholic vantage point.

– Of course.

– But I had to learn howto do it from one step back so that I could speakeverybody's languageto some degree so that I could alsothen have the right to speak my own in my own silo.

– But then how doyou do all that? So I'm a believer, I mean, you know, it's just been a whilesince I've had a chance to get on the soapbox here- Yeah, yeah.

– so thanks for coming on here so I can get on my soapbox.

– Certainly, anytime, anytime.

– Thanks, thanks, I appreciate that.

So Trey, so how do you seethis fit in with your own life? So I'm just saying, give a little bit of your own personal testimonies in terms of how you seeyourself as a spiritual being who's now runninga fitness center, how does that work for you?- Absolutely.

Yeah, well, so I think aboutkind of what Paul says, as we've kind of force our flesh to train for as a discipline.

And so I think aboutall of these metaphors all throughout the Bibleof training our bodies for the race ahead of us.

And I think that can go inall these different categories that we are ourlisting, sort of, spiritual, mental, emotionaland physical health.

And so in my own experience, seeing myself asa spiritual being, working in a fitness center, I grew up in a traditionthat was very much there's holy occupations andthere's secular occupations.

You either work in thechurch or you don't, sort of dichotomywhich, you know, some, I think Ilook back on that and who in the early churchwas working for the church? Very few if any.

– It was just life.

– Exactly, exactly.

– We turned itinto a profession.

Some of us actually getpaid for it but hey.

– Dream, that's the dream.

– Yeah.

– And that's just thereality of the world that we live in now.

And so trying tochange the mindset or trying to changethe worldview to one where it'snow focused on, it's not the name ofthe role that I'm in, it's the functionthat remains in it.

So, although I'm a manager, my responsibility is still tomake disciples of all nations, baptizing them in theFather, Son, the Holy Spirit, training them to obey allthat Jesus commanded of them.

– You see, I love thisbecause you don't, you never want to preach to mewhen I've walked in the door, and I mostly don't work at thetimes that I'm working out, but I'm just saying, you and none of your staffI've ever preached that to me.

But what I love is the fact that that's actuallya goal of yours without ever necessarilyusing His name, it's still your goal, and I love that.

– Yeah.

– I think that's the wayfaith is supposed to work.

Not that we take the Word of God and beat people overtheir head with it, but that we live it and we enflesh it, and we make it real.

I love that, that is fantastic.

– And that's such a huge Imean just desire of myself and so many people on the team, especially at a corporate level.

I mean, everybody thatreally leads the company, that is their heartin what we're doing.

So, you know, we might, it can always look nice ona marketing campaign to say, hey, we give back to communities or we're buildingwater wells in Africa and things like that.

And, it can look good on paper, but when we really stop andthink about what our mission is, it's to make Jesusfamous and change lives.

Now, our realm mightbe a little bit more towards the physical sideand and we accept that, you know, we're not the church.

And we believe thatthere are people who are better equippedto really assist people in that spiritual healthaspect of their life.

But we're there to empowerthem as much as we can and to point peopleback towards Jesus, even in regards totheir physical health, which we certainly believethat God is in all things and so therefore God is inour physical health as well.

So, we can experienceHim through our bodies, we can also learnmore about ourselves and in the meantime, we'relearning more about Him.

And so we're reallytrying to turn people, not only just towardsphysical health, but also just inwardto experiencing lifejust in that way.

And it's a reallyrejuvenating process and it gets me and the restof my team really excited to see whenever peopledo get to experience this sort of new abundant life that they really didn't eventhink was possible before.

– Yeah, well, my guesttoday is Trey Viel who's the generalmanager at Colaw Fitness.

And we've been talkingabout the intersection of spirituality and health.

And Trey, I just wanna saythis is one of those moments when I'm doing an interviewwhere it's just like, I'm gonna say this, I'mgonna say it with love and I hope all of you out there that are listening to thisare just like, you know, I'd be so proud if I'dhelp you raise you, okay? – That's an honor, thank you.

– Because I think you've got it.

I mean, I think yougot some of the secret that I see to sharingthat gospel message.

I don't have to makeeverybody Catholic in the world in order do it.

But I believe inwho I believe in, and it's changed theway I see my life and the way I go about it.

And I believe that you're akindred spirit in that regard.

So, it's been a pleasuretalking to you this morning, we're gonna be right back after this Mercy Minuteso don't go away.

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– Well, I have hada ball this morning.

I love it when theconversation comes together, you have no idea wherethe conversations are gonna go ona show like this.

But I love talking with TreyViel today from Colaw Fitness.

Again, I go in that building, you know, almost every day because I have to takecare of myself physically.

And I had a chanceto connect today on a level that matters to me.

Because we had a conversationabout how we can act and how we're reallytrying to build up people and build up people's lives, both of us out oflove for Jesus for us.

But for any of you thathave any other faith, whatever that happens to be and however youhappen to claim it, and however youhappen to live it, then go for it and let'scontinue to build each other up.

That's why we do this show, that's why we continueto intersect in life, that's why we continue tohold out for each other and make the greater Joplin area a place that matters forpeople of faith for all of us.

So, again, thanksfor joining us, join us again next weekfor Faith in Our Hometown.

God bless you havea wonderful Sunday.

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Faith in Our Hometown canbe seen Sunday mornings at 6:30 and 9:00 am on KSN.

Brought to you asa community service and sponsored byMercy Hospital Joplin.

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