Curtis is giving women a workout

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor

July 24, 2008 - The girls of Sulphur Springs High School know what kind of workout that coach Rachel Curtis puts them through. Now, the rest of the town can find out as well.

Curtis, the head volleyball coach who is also in charge of offseason workouts for all SSHS girls sports, just completed teaching a fitness boot camp for area women of all ages and fitness levels. She will start a four-week, early morning program on Monday at Kids Kingdom in Buford Park.

At the boot camp, more than 100 women started the course and about 80 stayed in it through six weeks. The four-week program that starts Monday will meet three days a week and costs $40.

"We're going to be doing things that challenge the body, but it's more of a class format so it's not as intense as the boot camp," Curtis said. "Women come in all ages and fitness levels, any walk of life. We have college girls and then we have ladies who are in their 70s. We have a wide range."

Curtis said while the program targets fitness for women, she also offers support in mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.

In fact, the name of the program is P31 Fitness. The P31 stands for Proverbs 31, a foundational scripture that describes the attributes of a godly woman. The best way to find out about the program is through the website www.p31fitness.com.

"We thought P31 Fitness fit because without the spiritual part, it's real difficult to engage the whole person," she said. "It's a whole health program. We're working on mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health, and really working on women to work on their bodies to be the best they can be."

Curtis was an exercise science major in college, and she and her husband, Braughn, who is the head boys basketball coach at SSHS, designed the P31 Fitness program.

"I've always enjoyed working with fitness and health," she said. "During the school year, I teach after school classes for teachers. That's how it got started."

Women who would like a taste of the workout regimen can go to League Street Church of Christ on Saturday when Curtis will lead a free sample class at 10:15 a.m. Then, they can stay to take in one of the nutritional presentations at 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. led by Kathy Crockett of Lubbock.

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