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AMPED UP: 'Be Fit' health group goes virtual

Be Fit celebrates 6 years in 2020, a brainchild of Brandon Alexander after he lost more than 75 pounds. He wanted to help his friends and family to get healthy, too

MACON, Ga. — “Be Fit” celebrates 6 years in 2020, a brainchild of Brandon Alexander after he lost more than 75 pounds. He wanted to help his friends and family to get healthy, too, or in his words, “Be Fit!”

“We still do the fit camps, the cycling groups, we walk, run, and do things at local high schools,” says Alexander. “We still do everything with donations outside of the studio. We’ve grown! I’m still in shock because it took off so quickly to me.”

Before COVID-19, dozens of Be Fit members would meet to workout together, helping each other push for better. Now, due to social distancing and shelter-in-place measures, the nutritional challenges like "Meatless Mondays" and fitness challenges like this week’s "Jump Rope for Cardio" come strictly through social media with a growing group of nearly 1,500 people. 

Alexander says, “The challenges I create are not really designed to break you, but instead, to take you out your comfort zone just a little bit. As far as nutrition and fitness, accountability pushes you more.”

But the shift for Alexander wasn’t always easy. 

“I’m a physical, hands-on guy, so we’ve transitioned to the whole virtual online-type workouts,” explains Alexander. “It’s something new to me. I was a little iffy about it at first, but as I go along now, it’s becoming better, but it’s something to get used to, and I don’t want to say it’s the new normal, but for now, we’re going to have to roll with it.”

Not only is Alexander the host and leader, but also one of the biggest cheerleaders when it comes to positivity and motivation to help us push through this pandemic. 

“I know everybody is sitting around isolated, and one of the things we’re doing is emotionally eating,” says Alexander. “We don’t want to get to the point where we are coming out of this quarantine or isolation unhealthy, so we want to come out stronger then we were, man, mentally, physically, and spiritually.”

Brandon is also now a fitness instructor with hope for U Fitness. If you would like to join the Be Fit movement, search for the "Be Fit" logo on Instagram on Facebook and you’ll be on your way to being Amped Up.

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