What is Swole.Catholic?
Let’s start with definitions.
So, the etymology of ‘swole’… ‘Swole’ is a slang term for buff. It’s when you go to the gym, you get big, you get swollen, you get swole. It's not just about the weights, but about caring for and building the body.
When we use the word Catholic we mean the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. But it’s not just a church in modern sense of the term. It’s that we are living and breathing, and that everything we are is because of our faith. It’s not just a cool thing to do Sunday morning before brunch; it shapes and defines us in all that we do.
So, what happens when we put these two together?
What Swole.Catholic does is encourage “faithful fitness.” We think your faith plays into your fitness just as much as your fitness can play into your faith. After all, we are body and soul, so let’s build both.
We noticed that there are Catholic groups for college kids, groups for varsity athletes, groups for greek life, but there was nothing for the ‘gym guys’ or the recreational fitness folk.
And we want to fix that.
We encourage the fitness freaks to bring God into their workouts; to test their hearts and make sure that what they workout is not for vanity or false hope. We build our bodies to serve Him.
At the same time, we encourage those who aren’t into fitness to not neglect their temples of the Holy Spirit, but to nourish and strengthen it. After all, our bodies are one of God’s greatest gifts to us.
In the words of St Augustine, “Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever; and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow.”