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'Biggest Loser' Contestants Encourage Others through Faith-Based Fitness Ministry

( [email protected] ) Jul 09, 2014 06:10 PM EDT
Although Ken and Austin Andrews were eliminated on season 11 of the popular weight-loss show "Biggest Loser," the father-son duo continue to work hard to spread the message of Christ's love through their organization, Retrofit. The health ministry seeks to encourage and transform participants physically, spiritually and emotionally.
The father-son duo pictured at the fourth annual Allstate Life InsuranceSM Los Angeles 13.1 Marathon® and 5K on January 13th. (Photo: Retrofit.com)

Contestants on the popular weight loss show "Biggest Loser" know the meaning of hard work and determination. Currently, father-son duo contestants from season 11 are inspiring others following their experience on the show.

Three years following their stint on "Biggest Loser," believers Ken and Austin Andrews have launched a health ministry based on Christian values. The organization is called RetroFit Ministries and has developed clientele that includes pastors within the Christian community nationwide.

"One of the most important things we have learned is that we can't make this journey alone. In both our retreats and challenges, we work to build a sense of community for accountability, encouragement, and support," said pastor Ken Andrews in a recent interview. "We weave together spiritual nurture, physical activity, nutritional information, and emotional support to give individuals the best opportunity for success."

The Andrews developed Faith & Fitness Retreats and 60 Day Challenges which focus on spiritual, physical and emotional health.  Participants also receive personalized training and individualized lesson plans.

"While we have helped individuals focus a lot on weight loss, we also help walk people through conquering diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol. We help people begin their journey, continue their journey, and finish their journey... Where we excel the most is that we pair our walks as Christ Followers with our health journey to strengthen all aspects of our lives," says Andrews.

The Andrews also travel around the world as motivational speakers, spreading the message that spiritual, physical, and emotional health truly comes through transformation in Christ.

"As a ministry we are focused on God's family. As Austin and I travel the country, we meet people seeking help every week. Within themselves they have this flame of hope that burns. At times it is just a flicker, but they have this hope that they can change their lives. At our core we come alongside them and fan that flame until it ignites. Hope ignites through a God encounter, continues with hard work to a place of healing and ultimately freedom," says Andrews.

Currently, the father-son duo is gearing up for the nextl Faith and Fitness retreat, which will be held from September 19-22 at the campus of Southwestern Assemblies of God University near Dallas, Texas.

"Our physical transformation is what people viewed on the show," concludes Andrews, "but ultimately, it was our emotional and spiritual transformation that deeply changed our lives."

To learn more about RetroFit and participate in daily challenges, visit the organization's website.