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Lisa Reale cofounded Dynamic Devotion Fitness Ministry, which offers a six-month weight-loss contest with no entry fee. Photo by Jeff BinnsFaithfully Fit

Dynamic Devotion Fitness Ministry promotes weight loss with a spiritual twist.

It was a weight-loss competition at work and a visceral dislike of gyms that ultimately led Lisa Reale of Newark to a personal dietary and fitness awakening.

“I changed my diet and developed a passion for fitness as a result of that weight-loss competition,” says Reale, who, with Brandon Munn, cofounded Dynamic Devotion Fitness Ministry in October of 2010. The faith-based group features a no-fee admission to a six-month long competition with prizes to meet your personal fitness and weight loss goals. Reale also offers a personal training business called Reale Solutions.

“We began with simple word of mouth at churches and fitness centers. Our October sign-up drew more than 120 participants here in Delaware,” says Reale.

Team Fit 4 Life competed in a recent weight-loss competition. Photo by Matt PettinellaThe team members focus on learning how to eat well and to be accountable for your choices. “We also sponsor a Sunday book study that includes workshops and seminars,” Reale says.

A notable success story, according to Reale, is one participant who lost 100 pounds in a competition that began last July.

Support comes directly from the Bible as well, with weekly verses related to good physical health. “Honor God with your body” from Corinthians is the spiritual motto for the ministry.

“My faith is important to me,” says Reale. “And I’ve seen how faith and fitness tie together. It’s about eating, but it’s also about what’s eating you.” For more, visit or

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