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Spirit Fit helps people physically, spiritually

February 24, 2017 GMT

POCATELLO — Delilah Barton believes that working out can be an uplifting experience not only physically, but also spiritually.

That’s why the group fitness instructor started Spirit Fit Dance Workout in Pocatello. Barton says the free classes involve easy-to-follow dance workouts set to Christian music and other encouraging and uplifting songs.

“I tell my students if they enjoy music, they’ll love the class,” Barton said, adding that they not only burn some serious calories during their one-hour workouts, but they also have a lot of fun.

Barton says everyone is welcome to attend the classes that take place on Fridays at 4:30 p.m. at Club Z Studio, 1801 N. Arthur Ave., and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1350 Baldy Ave. She has access to a portable music system so she is also willing to offer other classes to interested churches and groups. For more information, people can contact her at bartdel2@gmail.com.

Barton comes from a family of ministers, and although she’s not ordained herself, she believes that God calls everyone to be a witness. She considers Spirit Fit to be a way of using her talents to minister to others.

While Spirit Fit isn’t tied to a specific church, Barton said they do open and close each session with a prayer and they offer a brief spiritual message based on Bible scriptures. She hopes the messages will touch people and inspire them to seek out more information on their own.

Barton says participants can also find fellowship through the fitness classes, which may make it easier for them to find a church family and start going to church.

“Some people find the church atmosphere intimidating,” she said, adding that Spirit Fit gives them a less formal way to get involved.

Barton is not alone in her work. She says her husband, Brett, 13-year-old daughter, Isabella, and 11-year-old son, Andreas, all help with Spirit Fit.

“It’s a family effort,” she said.

As part of Spirit Fit, Barton said they offer monthly raffles to encourage people in their fitness goals, and they provide health tips along with spiritual messages and workouts.

“We address the person as a whole,” she said.

Barton hopes Spirit Fit will continue to grow and expand to other churches in the future. She spreads the word where she travels, and she has started a YouTube channel, Spirit Fit Dance Workout with Delilah Barton, where people can go to learn more.

Barton encourages men, women and youth to give Spirit Fit a try.

“Come have fun,” she said, adding that a lot of people are interested in fitness right now. “Try the exercise class (and maybe) take home more than you thought.”