Top 20 Fittest Churches in America


Regardless of religious preferences, Samir Becic and the Health Fitness Revolution Team has made a list of the Top 20 Fittest Churches in America. We’ve researched all the possible data that was available on over 1,000 churches and what they offer their members. We’ve complied a list of  the difference churches in America and narrowed it down to 100 then 50 then 25 to 20.

We used a combination of interviews, internet, library, industry literature, and Samir Becic’s knowledge of over 25 years in athletics coupled with his experience as 4 times Number 1 Fitness Trainer in the World.

“Spiritual awareness is one of the key components of healthy lifestyle that impacts the whole body and rejuvenates the spirit. Physical fitness and healthy nutrition allows that spirit to flourish to new dimensions and many people experience a closer relationship to God.” – Samir Becic

“The Mega-Churches of today hold a strong influence on the general opinion of mainstream America. Followers look for daily guidance from pastors and heads of ministries on the best way to live their lives and raise their families. It is enormously important to provide the churches with the correct knowledge on fitness and proper nutrition so they can influence and better their members lives.”-Samir Becic

This list is ranked in alphabetical order:

Appelton Alliance ChurchScreen Shot 2014-07-01 at 12.12.03 PM

  • Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Has fitness center and offers group classes
  • Personal training available
  • Before and after assessments of body fat, circumference measurements and step test
  • Personalized workout available to someday allow the participant to live a healthy lifestyle without assistance
  • Fitness classes include spin, suspension training, strong bones, Zumba, total body conditioning, HIIT, dancercise, speed work, running club, karate, ballet
  • Softball and Basketball sports leagues are available

Bayside Church

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  • Roseville, California
  • 13,000 members
  • Personal training and fitness classes available
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Adventure sports
  • Sports Leagues

Bellevue Presbyterian Church

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  • Bellevue, Washington
  • Men’s softball
  • Holy Yoga
  • Aerobics and strength
  • Boot camp conditioning
  • Sports
  • Cardio sculpt
  • Badminton
  • Volleyball
  • Indoor soccer
  • Basketball
  • Core power ball class
  • Community Center

Berean Missionary Baptist Church of Crown Heights

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  • Brooklyn, New York
  • Four story facility with dialysis unit, primary health care clinics, gymnasium and fitness center
  • Wants to “aggressively work to educate church and community members about ways to prevent diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, strokes, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS”
  • Gym includes indoor track and weight – room
  • Free to community

Central Baptist Church

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  • Fountain City, Tennessee
  • Step class
  • Kickboxing
  • Dance
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Strength training
  • History of dedication to fitness
  • Classes held Monday through Saturday
  • Certified instructors
  • Weight room
  • Racquetball courts
  • Indoor track
  • Non-impact classes for seniors

Crossings Community Church

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  • Mega church in Oklahoma
  • Fitness center with free weights, group classes, and personal training
  • Sports leagues
  • Bootcamp and Basic Bootcamp
  • Total body conditioning for women
  • Senior Fitness
  • Lunchtime exercise
  • Strength circuit
  • Cardio blast
  • Yoga
  • Adult basketball league
  • Youth soccer, basketball, and cheer leagues

Dunwoody Baptist Church

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  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • About 1,000 attendees every sunday
  • Abs, Buns and Thighs
  • All about abs
  • Cardio kickboxing
  • Cycle
  • Chisel
  • Core and cardio challenge
  • Core combo (yoga and pilates)
  • Core and restore (yoga)
  • Early bird burn
  • Posture perfect
  • Retro cardio
  • Rip-it-up
  • Rush your release
  • Tai Chi
  • Step and Sculpt
  • Zumba
  • Personal training available
  • Taekwondo
  • Dynamo swim pool
  • Grounded yoga program for kids
  • Summer challenge – “Sizzlin Summer Shape Up” (June – August)

First Chinese Baptist Church

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  • Los Angeles, California
  • 500 members
  • Offers a fitness center with a weight room and cardio equipment
  • Basketball leagues – Men, women, co-ed and kids
  • Volleyball leagues – 3 courts for various skill levels
  • Ping-Pong – different tables for different ages and skill levels

Hyde Park Baptist and The Quarries Church

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  • Austin, Texas
  • 11,000 members
  • Rock wall
  • Fitness Center
  • Weight room
  • Baseball program
  • Softball and 5 on 5 flag football adult sports leagues
  • Cardio tennis, leagues, and private/group tennis lessons
  • Basketball court
  • Pickleball
  • 100 yard indoor running track above gym
  • Zumba
  • Strength and Stretch
  • Pilates
  • Step Aerobics
  • Seniorcise
  • Outdoor recreation programs
  • Youth sports leagues
  • Summer camps for youth
  • Gladiator adult fitness program

Lakewood Church

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  • Houston, Texas
  • Mega church with over 45,000 members and 30 million viewers on TV
  • Has Total Life Challenge
  • One of the first mega challenges in the U.S. with fitness expert Samir Becic
  • Classes offered combining physical fitness, nutrition, spiritual, mental, and social balance
  • Pastor Joel Osteen is very fit, and by appointing Samir as head of health and fitness was trying to make a point that fitness is an important factor in the church
  • Adding 30 trainers to expand healthy lifestyle to the majority of the congregation
  • Smaller network of churches connected to Lakewood Church are being built to spread the message and to implement the message of healthy lifestyle and fitness programs

McElwain Baptist Church

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  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Full sized basketball gym
  • 3 on 3 basketball, volleyball and children sports leagues available
  • Pool and Ping Pong tournaments
  • Walking and jogging club
  • Ladies fitness class
  • Zumba
  • Personal Training
  • Nutrition class
  • Senior adult fitness classes
  • Offer state of the art weight room and cardio machines

Peachtree Presbyterian

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  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • 6,940 members (largest Presbyterian church in the US)
  • Fitness, sport, dance, and gymnastic camps
  • Over 60 fitness classes held each week
  • Cardio room and weight room
  • Indoor track
  • Certified personal trainers
  • 50-60 team adult basketball league
  • Youth sports include: basketball, gymnastics, cheer, dance, tee ball, sports 101, flag football, inline skating, and junior golf

Prestonwood Baptist

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  • Plano, Texas
  • 28,000 members
  • Sports leagues
  • Fitness classes
  • Free weights
  • Weight room is equipped with the latest free weight and cybex equipment
  • Cardio room – cross training machines, treadmills, ellipticals and stair masters
  • Two sand volleyball courts
  • Football, softball, and soccer fields

Saddleback Church

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  • California
  • The “Daniel Plan”
  • Over 60 fitness classes per week offered
  • Cardio room
  • Weight room
  • Indoor track
  • Certified personal trainers
  • 50-60 team adult basketball leagus
  • Fitness classes include: The Cross, Bootcamp, cardio kick boxing, low back and core, chair relaxation, stretch and strengthen, walk and worship, fit people fit pets, Zumba, running, hiking, triathlon 101
  • Sports include: basketball, women’s soccer, co-ed softball, mens softball, volleyball, karate, tennis, surfing, badminton and bridge
  • Cycling includes: mountain biking, road cycling, motorcycle, off-road dirt biking

Second Baptist Houston

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  • Houston, TX
  • Approximately 24,000 at each of the five campuses
  • Gym
  • Personal Trainers
  • Fitness classes include: core conditioning, interval, TRX, bootcamp, aerobics, spin, foam roller
  • Indoor and outdoor track
  • Whirlpool and sauna in locker rooms
  • Full size weight room and plenty of cardio equipment
  • Sports leagues

Second Ponce De Leon Baptist Church

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  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • 70,000 square foot fitness center
  • Fitness classes include: Zumba, interval training, pilates, PiYo (pilates and yoga combined), Yoga, Sculpting, Step, Cardio Sculpt, Active Adults and Bootcamp
  • Functional Room includes squat platforms, ropes, cross training equipment, and kettlebells
  • Indoor track
  • Weight and cardio rooms
  • Full size gym
  • Racquetball courts
  • Steam rooms and sauna

Southeast Christian

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  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Over 30,000 members
  • Personal trainers
  • Fitness classes
  • Sports leagues
  • Group fitness classes
  • Spin
  • HIIT
  • Pilates
  • Flexible Strength
  • Kickboxing
  • Cardio Blast
  • Step
  • Sport Conditioning
  • Strength and Super Spin
  • Hiking and Biking Groups

Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

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  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Kroc Community Church ran by the Salvation Army
  • Kroc Fit for Youth
  • Kroc Strength for Youth
  • Adult classes include: Senior Fit, Golden Zumba, Family Boot Camp, Walking club, cycling, cardio kickboxing, step aerobics, abs and stretch, hi-low impact fusion, tone balance and core, cardio-lates (dance), flowjam (Christian yoga), different dance classes, get strong, TRX suspension training, tai chi, qi dong
  • Sports include: daily open gym, tennis league, girls basketball, co-ed volleyball, golf, indoor soccer, co-ed basketball, outdoor soccer, mens basketball

Victory Church

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  • Rochester, New York
  • Medium sized church
  • Group fitness classes
  • MMA classes
  • Fitness Chicks
  • Dancercise
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Barbell
  • Victory fit (HIIT)

Wayside Chapel

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  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Between 1,000 – 5,000 members
  • First Place 4 Health – Christ-centered weight loss and healthy living program that addresses the whole person – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual
  • 55+ Fitness Classes

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