The MS Fitness Challenge will be launching its first Challenge event on August 3, 2013 at the Sartell Fitness Evolution gym. 805 County Rd #120, Sartell, MN 56377 (320) 654-9090. The event will start at 11am. For more information on how to enter the Challenge and the guidelines click here.
To register for the MS Fitness Challenge click here for application.
Everyone participating in the MS Fitness Challenge must also click here to download an additional Release form.
About The MS Fitness Challenge
The MS Fitness Challenge (MSFC) was birthed from David Lyons' MS Bodybuilding Challenge and his wife, registered nurse, Kendra's desire to help others who suffer from multiple sclerosis. His bodybuilding challenge and his book, David's Goliath, about his journey as a bodybuilder with MS are inspirations to others who find trials and obstacles in life to overcome. But the MSFC is David's test to others to fight this debilitating disease through health & fitness. Partnered with FitPro: Real Protein company, the Fitness Evolution gym chain, KewlFit Cooling Vests and the NaturalBody fitness brand it is the goal of the MS Fitness Challenge to provide certified fitness professionals to people with MS nationwide in an effort to educate and train them in the benefits of health & fitness in winning the battle against multiple sclerosis. MSFC will pay for these professionals to work with the person signed up for the Challenge and a membership for that person at one of the MSFC host fitness centers through the donations of its supporters. Most people with MS cannot afford the cost of hiring professionals to help them and medical insurance does not cover this expense. Patients find themselves discouraged with their limitations and lack of help in the area of fitness. Prescription medications can provide symptom relief but there is no cure for MS and there is little support of a health regime for patients. MSFC implements the support people with MS need to stay as fit as possible, overcome limits and keep their bodies moving. Help us help those with MS to beat this disease through health & fitness and combat its devastating effects on the body. 100% of all donations go to the cost of the MS Fitness Challenge program with a portion going to the National MS Society to support their organization's work to educate, provide resources and help find a cure for multiple sclerosis.
Win the battle against all odds and join the MS Fitness Challenge today!
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$19.95 + $5 shipping and handling for a Total price of $24.95.
Every dollar helps a person with MS get into fitness and is a tax deductible donation.
OR mail a check to
MSFC c/o David Lyons
23811 Washington Ave, Suite C110-341
Murrieta, CA 92562
First MS Fitness Challenge:
& she will be performing at the event.
MS Fitness Challenge Team
David is proud to announce his affiliation with the Everyday Health website as a weekly contributor alongside other fitness experts such as Jillian Michaels form The Biggest Loser.
www.everydayhealth.com is a leading provider of online health information. They are here to help you manage your own and your family's conditions and overall well-being through personalized advice, tools, and communities. Read David's article each week:
Everyday Health did a feature story on David: http://www.everydayhealth.com/multiple-sclerosis/bodybuilder-with-multiple-sclerosis.aspx
FitPro, Fitness Evolution and KewlFit Support the MS Fitness Challenge
"We are very proud to partner with David in bringing his MS Fitness Challenge to cities across America. David's heart is seen through his commitment to encourage others and educate on the importance of nutrition and fitness for people with MS as well as other diseases."
"As a competitive bodybuilder in my 50's with multiple sclerosis every workout is grueling and depleting on my body. It's extremely important that I use only quality supplements and the best protein to supply what I need to recuperate from the intense training and build and repair my muscles. Having been in the health & fitness industry for over 30 years I know what works. That is why I drink FitPro shakes every day. Easy to grab and drink, FitPro provides the best natural liquid protein available to keep my body strong as I battle this debilitating disease. I am a warrior in the gym and FitPro is the ONLY liquid protein shake I drink!"
"TechNiche International is proud to announce the partnership with David Lyons and the MS Fitness Challenge as we team up to join the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. TechNiche International, the world's leading manufacturer of Climate Controlled Products will be supplying David with our new line of Fitness Cooling Apparel to aide him throughout his training. These KewlFit Cooling Vests maintain a comfortable 58°F temperature that will help David improve his endurance, increase performance and allow for a higher level of comfort in his workouts and during daily activities. David's journey with MS is a truly incredible story that will inspire not only the MS community but anyone that is struggling with challenges in their life. David is a model of courage, passion and strength as he is determined to not let Multiple Sclerosis define who he is." -The KewlFit Team
"Training as hard as I do, it is difficult to keep my body temperature down. That can be disastrous for someone with MS as overheating can lead to heightened symptoms and a possible exacerbation. With the KewlFit Cooling Vest and the other TechNiche International products I never have to worry that MS will get the best of my workouts. I have increased endurance, better gains and an athletic edge over MS."
Other Inspirational Stories of MS Fighters
Aundi Ramirez places 5th in her first fitness competition with MS!! NPC Max Muscle Mile High in the novice bikini division
Aundi says, "It was such an amazing experience! I went in hoping to take a trophy home and I did so I was very proud of myself....I would have been proud regardless though. No one really knows how hard prepping for a competition is until you're faced with the mental, emotional, and physical strain of it all. Doing it with MS I think may truly classify us as insane, David (LOL)."
I am proud to support Aundi Ramirez, a 22 year old woman who has been diagnosed
with MS at this young age. She is an athlete, a warrior and an example of how, with a strong faith in God, anything is possible. The MS Fitness Challenge will be following her story and her journey to a contest stage. She is now part of our Team and an example to others of strength and determination in the face of adversity. Here is her story…
I have been blessed to meet others, like me, who have MS but choose to pursue the impossible. One new friend and fellow combatant is Aurora Colello.
She is a triathlete with MS who will compete in September's Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox. The triathlon is a three-part race that includes a 1,640-yard swim, a 24-mile bike ride and a 6-mile run. Aurora has an inspiring story that everyone should hear. I am a big supporter of what she is doing and how she is doing it. Let's cheer her on as she pushes the limits. This is Aurora's journey in her own words...
The MS Fitness Challenge Team applauds Aundi and Aurora for their perseverance and belief that MS does not define them. They are inspirations and proof that you can accomplish the "impossible" with faith, hope and determination. If you have a story of encouragement, please email it with pictures to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will review for inclusion on our website.
To further help in the fight against MS, David is working hand-in-hand with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. A portion of your sponsorship dollars will be donated to the National MS Society to help multiple sclerosis patients by supporting research into its cause and cure.
The MS Bodybuilding Challenge is not just a journey of one man beating multiple sclerosis...it's a celebration of life.
Dreams Do Come True... Be Part Of The Dream!
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
MS is a chronic, unpredictable autoimmune
disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS consists of the brain, spinal cord, and the optic nerves. Surrounding and protecting the nerve fibers of the CNS is a fatty tissue called myelin, which helps nerve fibers conduct electrical impulses. In MS, myelin is lost in multiple areas, leaving scar tissue called sclerosis. These damaged areas are also known as plaques or lesions. Sometimes the nerve fiber itself is damaged or broken. Myelin not only protects nerve fibers, but makes their job possible. When myelin or the nerve fiber is destroyed or damaged, the ability of the nerves to conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain is disrupted, and this produces the various symptoms of MS. MS is not contagious and is not directly inherited. People withe MS can expect one of four clinical courses of disease, each of which might be mild, moderate, or severe.