Heritage Park Fitness held its first 1,000 Rep Challenge on June 14 where five teams of five competed in a fitness challenge consisting of 100 pull-ups, 200 shoulder presses, 300 bar pushups and 400 deadlifts.

During the event, the gym raised $1,000 for the Families In Crisis Inc.’s new shelter in Killeen.

“I do this type of workout all the time, but it was nice to do it for a good cause,” said Jason Overstreet, a member of Team InHuman, which came in second place.

Competitors completed the fitness course and ran a total of 3.1 miles from station to station.

Reaching out to the community and helping those in need is very important to the staff at the gym.

“I am very happy to help Families in Crisis with a donation of $1,000. I know it’s nowhere near enough to help every family, but if it brings some type of hope to one of them, then it’s worth it,” said Michael Sheppard, gym owner.

Empower victims of violence

Families In Crisis, a nonprofit organization, was established to help empower victims of family violence and sexual assault in Bell, Coryell, and Hamilton counties.

In 2013, Families in Crisis began talks with the city of Killeen’s Community Development Division about building a homeless shelter for the homeless population.

According to the Families in Crisis website, renovations will include open-bay sleeping areas for both men and women, a commercial-grade kitchen and dining area.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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