Fit Shepherds

Fit Shepherds aims to have every man in our community be in the best physical and spiritual shape of their lives.

Fit Shepherds are formed through demanding workouts, fraternity, and discipleship.

“The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.” John 10:11-13

There is a crisis of good men in our world. Entrenched in our culture and society is a narrative that contributes to men living as a hireling, not a shepherd. The hireling undertakes menial work for little pay. He has little care for what he does. He is bored. Therefore, when the wolf comes, the hireling flees, abandoning the sheep. The sheep, without their leader, are forced to scatter and perish.

Fit Shepherds are men striving to model their lives after the Good Shepherd rather than the hireling.  Fit Shepherds are tired and fed up with the narrative that encourages the man to scatter when life gets hard. We are men who strive to lay down our lives in a sacrificial way for our families and community.

Due to the strong narrative that lends to men being hirelings, a Fit Shepherd knows he can’t do it alone. He needs brothers. He needs other men to go to battle with. He needs to know he has other men alongside him in the trenches—both during the workout and in the day-to-day grind. The wolf will come, his goal is to scatter and destroy. Will you be a hireling and flee, or a Fit Shepherd who sacrifices his life?

Any man 14 years and older that wants to be better. To be in better shape; to be a better son; a better husband; a better father; a better brother; a better neighbor.  A Fit Shepherd wants to model his life after the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. A Fit Shepherd not only wants this for himself, he wants this for his brother.

WHEN. Saturday mornings @ 7am & Wednesday mornings @ 5:30am

WHERE. Our Lady of Mercy Parking Lot

WAIVER. Please fill out and bring this with you.

GOT QUESTIONS. Please reach out and contact Dan Maxwell who is looking forward to hearing from you connect with him at 630.779.7114 


  • Join the Fit Shepherds monthly at the Mobile Food Pantry hosted by Catholic Charities.  Help distribute food to those in need.  Connect with Jeff LeRoy to sign-up.
  • Are you free on the first Sunday of each month?  Help out at Daybreak Shelter, the homeless center in Joliet.  Men from Fit Shepherds volunteer to serve food each month, cooking at 6pm, meal service at 7pm.  Connect with Manuel Cordero to sign-up.





Fit Shepherds – Here is our first workout for our ‘stay-at-home series’.  It is set up as an interval workout program that can be done without weights.  It is an EMOM: Every Minute On the Minute. We will show you the exercises and give a recommended amount of reps to perform.

To make the exercises harder, or easier:

  • Increase, or decrease the number of repetitions within the minute time frame
  • Stabilize yourself on your knees
  • Add a core exercise or a cardio one instead of resting for the remainder of each minute
  • Add weights (or cans of food or anything heavier than your empty hands)
  • Go faster, or slower (slower can be harder based on the load)

Let me know if you have any questions, or if you feel the video needs more instructions or explanation. Thank you


Brian Kibler
Pax Ac Panton Bonum
Quaerite Primum Regnum Dei