THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME FAITH RXD
The term “RXD” is pulled from medicine and applied to functional fitness to also mean following a set protocol “as prescribed.” A coach programs a workout with desired movements, ranges of motion, weights, sets and reps. The athlete either accomplishes the work as prescribed (RXD) or must scale/modify to accommodate lesser ability or readiness to do the work. Applied to faith, Jesus provided the ultimate example of carrying out the Father’s will, “RXD.” He fully accomplished his prescribed mission by dying on the cross in exchange for our sins despite extreme pain, suffering and sacrifice (John 15:13).
FAITH RXD encourages commitment to following His example: “Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children, and walk in love, as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.” (Ephesians 5:1-2). We seek to live out our faith in a similarly obedient way, as prescribed by God through His Word, the Bible.
Competitors admit they can’t please God with their performance, accept Christ’s performance on the Cross as their own as His free gift, and chase after Him as Lord of their life in gratitude and obedience.
How We Got Started
In 2012, while competing at her second CrossFit Games in the elite individual division, Becky Conzelman, caught a vision for the CrossFit community. As she looked at the crowd from the floor of the tennis stadium at the Home Depot Center (later the “StubHub Center”) in Carson, California, she asked a simple, but profound question, “Do they know God?”
“There were high level athletes and coaches who loved the Lord, and the Lord burdened my heart that if we could all just unite and work toward a common purpose, we could make a greater impact for Jesus Christ in this world. I was encouraged by the testimony of my fellow athletes like Chris Spealler, Rich Froning, Graham Holmberg and Dan Bailey.” -Becky
While driving to the first event of the Games, a swim, mountain bike, mountain run triathlon at Camp Pendleton, Becky asked Chris Spealler about the idea of publishing an Athlete New Testament for the fitness community; Chris supported the idea.
As funding for the Bible project got underway, she began discussing with CrossFit Faith founder, Chip Pugh, what it would look like to expand his vision into a larger ministry to provide camps and conferences, and resource leaders in the fitness community to start local chapters. He was excited about this mission and enthusiastic to help.
Flash forward a few months to January 1, 2013, 5am: Becky awoke to a conviction that she would never sleep again until she wrote fellow Christian competitors asking them to write their personal testimony for what would become the Athlete New Testament.
In its final version, the book contains the New International Version of the New Testament, along with 16 testimonies, and was published by Biblica, Inc.
Becky described it as “…a resource very similar to the Sports New Testament produced by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and through which I was ministered to as a teenager. The Athlete’s New Testament was designed as a tool in which athlete stories help bring the gospel to life. In reading these stories, our prayer is that people will be inspired to dig deeper into the scriptures and provide opportunities for friends to be intentional about engaging each other in spiritual discussions.”
$17,000 from generous donors produced an initial 5,000 Bibles.
On June 10, 2013, just after attending the Central East CrossFit Regionals in Columbus, Ohio, Becky, Jim, and Chip formed the mission, vision and methods for the organization to include conferences, competition presence, chapters and resources.
The first Iron Sharpens Iron camp was held in August, 2013. The first chapter was launched in Denver on January 8, 2014.
2013 was also the first year we hosted an Iron Sharpens Iron, our weekend-long camp that alternates faith and fitness training sessions with an emphasis on how to merge the two by making fitness an act of worship.
Growth proceeded to explode.
In 2019, we’ve now hosted 17 Iron Sharpens Iron Camps, our third IMPACT, and have over 80 Chapters in 9 countries, with our overall spiritual resource impact reaching 24 countries. We’ve also participated at every CrossFit Games since 2013 and have distributed 10,000 Athlete New Testaments.
None of this would have been possible if it were not for the way God has driven and sustained us every step of the way. We are constantly reminded that this is HIS organization and does not belong to any one person, or group of people.
Tragically, our Co-Founder, Becky, who’s vision and passion started everything, passed away from a brain aneurysm on April 6, 2019. While we miss her in so many ways, we have rested in the confidence that God is in control, is still good, and that we will see her again one day.
The organization’s mission has not changed and we are still committed to uniting and strengthening the fitness community to live for Christ, share His love and serve the world. The organization is able to continue on because of our amazing volunteers and donors. If you would like to get involved, click below!