20 Apr 2012
- Written by Carlee McCullough
If you have ever met Leonard Pegues, then you know that modeling was the perfect profession for him. Now a minister, he has developed a fitness program that is spiritually based and highly effective.
Along the way, Pegues, whose LP Fitness firm was born out of Reflections Modeling and Talent Agency, found a power higher than Hollywood to serve, GOD. Now a minister, he has developed a fitness program that is spiritually based and highly effective.
Carlee McCullough, Esq.: Tell us a about yourself.
Leonard Pegues: I am from Batesville, Miss., and I’m the 23rd out of 24 children. My company is called LP Fitness, which promotes a fitness program that educates and encourages people to take their training seriously. I teach people how to go the distance through burning calories and fat, cardiovascular training, sports strength training, meal plans, when to work out and when not to work out. Some people think they are too old to work out. But now is the time to be deliberate in your program. It is never too late.
C.M.: What’s the most rewarding part of owning this type of business?
When we go back to Genesis, which teaches us to eat from the herbs and the roots, we can better understand the purpose of food. We teach which foods are good to eat such as spinach, oatmeal, almonds and sweet potatoes, just to name a few. Our purpose is to make sure our clients reach their maximum result. Even the Daniel diet in Daniel 1:15-16 was based on the king putting Daniel and his three friends on a special diet of all vegetables. As it turned out they were stronger than those that were fed directly from the king’s table.
C.M.: Looking back, what would you say is most responsible for your success?
L.P.: The favor of God. God has provided me with a health ministry and allowed me to meet people that were looking for training by placing them in my path. I have never marketed LP Fitness. My business has grown simply by word of mouth and referrals. God has provided me with a health ministry. Every day I am teaching and preaching about fitness and training. I provide biblical scriptures to my clients to inspire them spiritually and physically. I do not have to be in the pulpit to minister the gospel. I can minister through training. Training gives me an opportunity to educate, empower, and enrich the lives of others so that they can be healed and set free.
C.M.: Compared to other trainers, what is most unique about LP Fitness?
L.P.: First, I have been training for over 25 years. Traditional trainers will tell you what to do but most will not work out with you. I work out with my clients and run marathons. I do it all. I run for Diabetes, Le Bonheur Hospital, St. Jude, and Down Syndrome. I do this because everything that I do has to have a purpose behind it. My program is spiritual, mental, and physical. I truly believe that one hour in the gym, prevents one day in the hospital. My program has three components: exercise, dieting, and proper supplements. Our philosophy is different. Your health is your wealth. Most people spend all of their time making money and abuse their health in the process. Then they have to spend all of their wealth in order to restore or recover their health. That is why I believe your health is your wealth.
I do a male boot camp every Monday night at Cummings Street Church at 8800 Winchester from 7 to 8 p.m. and a Saturday boot camp from 4 to 5 p.m. for women, men and children. These are free sessions open to anybody in the community that wants to participate.
C.M.: Who were your biggest inspirations?
L.P.: My pastor, Rev. Faulkner. As one of the ministers at Cummings Street, I’ve watched my pastor mature mentally, physically, and spiritually. Exercising has become so therapeutic for him that it has become a lifestyle change. I started training Rev. Faulkner a while back. Now he looks like a bodybuilder. He has gone from 145 pounds to 180 pounds of lean muscle. I am training the trainer. Now he trains others in the health ministry.
C.M.: Tell me about the fitness products you represent?
L.P.: We use a supplement called Advocare, which has so many products available. Now we are focusing on a 24-day challenge now in the church and for my clients. Advocare includes a 10-day “detox” program, which cleanses the body and a 14-day program of putting all of the right supplements back into your system. It gives you all of the energy that you need and the body muscle toning.
C.M: What has been your greatest achievement in this area to date?
L.P.: I would have to say my son, Leonard Storm Pegues II. This is my testimony. I tell people all the time that you have to invest in your own children.
My son wanted to play on the team for Olive Branch but he was sitting on the sideline as sophomore in high school. The coach wouldn’t put him in the game. I started to train him that summer. He hated it because I wouldn’t let him slide. But after a while he grew to love it.
A year later, my son had 100 tackles and this year he had over 185. They just received their championship rings with Olive Branch High School, which is now ranked number 17 in the nation. The team went 15-0 and he is the number one linebacker in the state of Mississippi. He learned that he could become the best by training hard. Now he has the speed, explosiveness, and strength to overcome as a warrior and gladiator. He just received a full scholarship to the University of Memphis.
Carlee: Do you have any closing words that you would like to share with us?
L.P.: Thank you to the Tri-State Defender. Remember, if you want a summer body, you must have a winter workout!