This article, about longtime Church of God member Harry Sneider, is excerpted by permission from the Pasadena (Calif.) Star-News of Oct. 7, 2007.
ARCADIA, Calif.--Family fitness is the wave of the future. At least that's what personal trainer Harry Sneider believes, and he's been spreading that philosophy for nearly 50 years.
"What's needed in the San Gabriel Valley is not bigger clubs but more home-type training with emphasis on unifying families through fitness," he said.
This last summer Dr. Sneider, 66, took home the "Super Senior" award from the Pasadena Senior Center for the work he has done in promoting fitness among senior citizens.
A house full of gym
Along with his wife, Sarah, Harry Sneider operates a full gym out of his house in Arcadia. But, unlike some commercial gyms, Dr. Sneider's adds a little extra inspiration to clients' perspiration, they say.
"We're interested in bringing faith, encouragement and support as part of a fitness regimen," Dr. Sneider said.
It's this aspect that he feels would benefit families who exercise and grow together.
A devout Christian, Dr. Sneider prays for all of his clients and refers to himself as a "minister" of fitness.
Dr. Sneider's faith comes from his miraculous recovery from a near-death encounter with the bone disease osteomyelitis early in his life that left him disabled in his right leg.