Salem Baptist’s message to congregation: exercise!

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PHOTO: An earlier session of the No Excuse Bootcamp. | SUBMITTED

Take me to church, as they say in that current pop hit, because they’re going to make ’em sweat big time!

Siddiqu Muhammad — AKA “The Personal Trainer” — will bring along some of his high-profile clients as he leads the one-hour No Excuse Bootcamp on Sunday (March 29) at Salem Baptist Church’s House of Hope, 752 E. 114th St. Expected to join Siddiqu are Cynthia McWilliams from “Real Husbands of Hollywood”; NFL cornerback Marquice Cole, formerly of the New England Patriot and Denver Bronco; and Imani Josey, Miss Black Chicago and Miss Black Illinois.


Siddiqu Muhammad, “The Personal Trainer”

Salem Baptist is led by the Rev. James Meeks and is considered the largest African American church in Illinois, with some 15,000 members, according to its website.

Getting the congregation healthier is one of the church’s initiatives. The boot camp classes have been held there before, and what initially drew a handful of people brought in 500 eventually, so many that some had to be turned away. That resulted in the move of this class to the church sanctuary.

DJ J-Buck will be spinning tunes as Siddiqu leads participants through a bodyweight routine that includes cardio as well as toning exercises. The class is open to all ages.

The fun begins at 1 p.m. And did I mention it’s free?

Go here to register.

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