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Donna Richardson Joyner and Beachbody Release Body Gospel Work Out Program


A Spiritual-Based Weight Loss and Wellness Program

from the Makers of P90X®

Donna Richardson Joyner Recently Re-Appointed to The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Under President Obama

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New York, NY – October 13, 2010 – Fitness icon Donna Richardson Joyner has teamed up with Beachbody®, the recognized leader in home-based fitness and weight loss products, to create a new faith-based fitness and nutrition program called Body Gospel.  As a first-of-its-kind and unique in its category, Body Gospel makes it possible for people to combine the power of their faith with their desire to lose weight and get fit. With Body Gospel, users work out to spiritual affirmations and uplifting songs to overcome the obstacles that undermined previous attempts to lose weight. Available nationally on October 12, 2010, Body Gospel can be purchased at and through a national network of Team Beachbody coaches.

After the success of Donna Richardson Joyner’s number-one-selling Sweating in the Spirit fitness video, Beachbody® tapped her to develop and star in an accessible, spiritual-based program for all fitness levels.  By combining inspirational music – re-recordings of Gospel favorites like “Hallelujah (The Highest Praise),” “You Brought the Sunshine,” “Lift Him Up,” and “The Presence Of The Lord” performed by a gospel choir – with a cutting-edge fitness and nutrition regime, she was able to create a wellness program that helps real people with real fitness challenges achieve their goals.

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“At Beachbody® we pride ourselves on finding ways to help every segment of the population overcome obstacles that stand in their way,” says Carl Daikeler, Beachbody CEO. “We felt that people who find their strength through their faith would appreciate a weight loss program that allowed them to tap into that strength to get their health back. Donna’s experience combining faith and fitness is unique, and resulted in a very special program that is already helping to reverse the trend of obesity in markets where it is needed the most.”

“For the past 20 years, I have traveled to over 30 countries helping people get healthier,” says Donna Richardson Joyner, fitness expert and creator of Body Gospel.  “I had worked with the rich, the poor, the overweight, the undernourished, the reluctant, the willing.  But my greatest challenge was here: my family, my church, my community, our country.  Partnering with Beachbody® gave me the freedom and opportunity to explore what most people have ignored.  When it came to finding a way to motivate the large portion of my community who were reluctant to exercise or eat right, what we noticed was that there was one missing ingredient that might help many people finally succeed, ‘God.’  By incorporating a person’s faith into staying consistent with exercise and eating right, we found that people can break unhealthy patterns and actually succeed!”

Donna Richardson Joyner’s seven workouts in the Body Gospel program incorporate cardio, strength and interval training and flexibility.  Included is a special bonus Body Gospel LIVE! workout, with original music provided by a LIVE gospel choir.  As the only workout video of its kind to feature a live choir, Body Gospel LIVE!delivers an inspirational rendition of the top gospel hit “Thank You Lord.”  The seven Body Gospel workouts include:

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·     Body Revival: A calorie-blasting cardio workout that lifts the spirit while slimming and energizing the body.

·     Core Revelation: Targets abs and slims hips and thighs.

·     Stretch in the Spirit: A strength and flexibility workout that increases flexibility, reduces stress, and reinvigorates the body.

·     Power & Praise: An interval-training workout with specially designed resistance bands that tones and defines muscle while burning fat.

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·     Gospel Glory: An advanced body-slimming cardio workout to help shrink hips and thighs, and flatten the stomach.

·     Strength & Spirit: Alternating strength and cardio training for maximum fat and calorie burning to sculpt and tone from head to toe.

·     Stepping in the Spirit: Inspirational walking audio workout.

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Also included in the Body Gospel program is The Body Gospel Nutrition Guide, The Total Transformation Guide – which contains a personal 30-day workout calendar, a journal and success tracker, 10 Body Gospel Fitness Training Cards, a 3-Day Jump-Start Plan and a set of breakthrough Pro-grade Body Gospel Resistance Bands to help engage the core with the upper and lower body-all at the same time.  Unlike traditional resistance bands, the new Body Gospel Bands attach to the feet to provide a wider variation of movement that enhances the calorie- and fat-burning of all workouts – including the strength and flexibility training programs.

Re-appointed to The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition’s under President Obama this September, Donna Richardson Joyner continues to spread the word of good health, healing, hope, and happiness not only with Body Gospel but also with her everyday life.

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About Donna Richardson Joyner:

The star of more than 25 award-winning exercise videos, including Sweating in the Spirit and Buns of Steel, Donna Richardson Joyner has been inducted into the Fitness Hall of Fame and was named by Essence Magazine as “one of the twenty-five most inspiring women in America.”  She has been a featured speaker with God’s Leading Ladies, Sisters in the Spirit, and the Eliminating Childhood Obesity Tour.  Recently, Donna was selected as a spokesperson for the LPGA Women’s Golf Month.  She broke the Guinness Book of World Records for the world’s largest line dance with over 50,000 participants.  She is the only current member of The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition to have served under two U.S. Presidents, Bush and Obama.  Donna is the wife and soul mate of the #1 syndicated radio talk show host, Tom Joyner, who reaches more than 8 million listeners daily.

About Beachbody®:

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Beachbody®,the leading innovator in home fitness since 1998, has created many of the nation’s most popular fitness and weight-loss solutions including P90X®, INSANITY®, Slim in 6®, Hip Hop Abs®, ChaLEAN Extreme®, TurboJam®, Power 90®, RevA bs®, Brazil Butt Lift®, and Kathy Smith’s Project:  YOU! Type 2®. The programs combine DVD-based workouts with diet guidelines, nutritional supplements, and an online support system.



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