Functional Faith. Functional Fitness.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 KJV

Current Blog: 12/28/2019

I Need Your Help

I was originally going to title this "I Can't Do it Alone," But I changed it to what you see above. I'm trying to deliberately frame all of my thoughts into the positive voice. 

Not easy. 

I am bombarded with negativity and manufactured drama every waking hour of my life. If I allow it, that constant flow of negative messaging can change me subtle, subversive ways until until I am an active participant in the negativity I am trying to avoid. 

I was training a client yesterday who asked me to help her change. She wants to lose weight and feel better in 2020. She asked me what she needed to do.

I told her "You know what you need to need to do cardio every day." That's how you win, making sure you are active every day. 

She responded by telling me a story about hurting her Achilles tendon, and having surgery on it. That event threw her off her cardio/activity routine.

I asked her when this injury happened. She said 2004. I said that excuse is 15 years old. It's almost old enough to drive. It's time to stop nurturing that excuse and allowing it to control your behavior in 2020. I said this gently, with humor. I also gave her some encouragement, and listened. 

It was hard for her to hear. But she appreciated it. She needed my help. I gave her equal parts truth and love. I saw later that day that she had posted her 2020 fitness goals on  social media. She's on her way to change.

I have difficult changes I need to make in 2020.  I don't like conflict. But change, on any level great or small, puts me in conflict. What is, is not good enough. Therefore, it has to stop, and something new has to replace it. It can be a peaceful transition, or it can be a violent, painful, possibly unsuccessful attempt where my goals aren't even close to fully met. But action has to take place, and a conflict must occur, if there is to be change.

And I need your help to be successful.

If I want to be successful with change, I first need to change my thinking. And then I need to bring good people around me who can help me make the change. 

Brace yourselves, this is a long verse:

Two people are better than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out to help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. --Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

This verse gives some advice on who I should seek out for help:

1. I need someone who is stronger, wiser than I am in the area I want to change. Because if I fall, I'll need their strength to help me up.

2. I need someone I can trust. Someone I am comfortable with. Someone who gives me comfort. I'm not going to want to lie next to (confide in) someone who doesn't give me warmth.

3. I need someone who is close in proximity. We've got to stand back-to-back...and have each other's back.

In 2020, Its not just about achieving  greater fitness. It's about understanding how the person I've been has kept me from the things I desire. Then inviting trusted, like-minded people along the way to help me wade into the conflict and make the change.

January 1st, 2020 is coming. It's going to be crowded for about 4 weeks...but I'll see you in the gym.


The Lord is the strength of His people, He is a stronghold of salvation for His anointed. 

Psalm 28:8, CSB


My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26, BSB


Do not copy the behaviors and customs of this word, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2, NLT


Now I pray that God, who gives peace, will make you completely holy. And may your spirit, soul and body be healthy and faultless until our Lord Jesus Christ returns.  1st Thessalonians 5:23, CEV


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I didn't choose this profession--It chose me. Reaching others through fitness and helping them feel their best physically, mentally, and spiritually is my life's work. I am very clear about my purpose in life. I was put on this earth to work. To serve others by establishing an authentic connection through health and fitness, that grows into a relationship that can help you do whatever you love for as long as you like. Let's work together to help you live the life you want to live.

I have over 15 years of professional experience in Strength and Conditioning, but I have trained myself my entire life! I have a Master's Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Ball State University, and I completed 4 years of Doctoral Study in Kinesiology and Group Counseling at Temple University. 

When I'm not working or training, I'm with my family--My wife and three kids make my world go around.


Devin kept encouraging me, kept inviting me to come and check out Hoffacker. I had every excuse in the book, but I finally ran out of excuses and we gave Hoffacker a try. When I got there, I met people who were inspiring and kind. People who took me where I was, and made something I was dreading doing enjoyable.

I have more energy, I've lost almost 50 pounds, I'm stronger, and I have the confidence to do anything. I feel like I'm unstoppable!

Angie Dewey

I first Learned about Devin and Hoffacker Fitness from one of my patients who was suffering from osteoarthritis. She was quite debilitated, and was having trouble performing her activities of daily living. But by working with the trainers at Hoffacker, she was able to regain much of her strength and mobility and achieve a much higher quality of life than before. 

Not only do my patients go to Hoffacker, I do as well. I work with Devin Riley, and he has helped me achieve my goals of becoming a better tennis player. He has taken the strength training that we do in they gym, and helped me translate it to more speed, strength, agility, and power on the tennis court.

Kevin Logan, MD

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