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TEMPLE GYM & FITNESS

TEMPLE Gym & Fitness: Building Strong and Fit Youths - BODY, MIND, & SOUL

Who We Are

Mitchell J. Smith is the owner and founder of Temple Gym and Fitness. He resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his two children Ashley and Brandon. Mitchell and his late wife, Phyllis Smith, were blessed with 27 years of marriage.


Mitchell was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the youngest of six children born to Robert and Robbie Smith. Raised in Southside project homes, Mitchell graduated from Myers Park High School and attended two years of college before enlisting in the United States Navy where he achieved the highest enlisted rank of Master Chief Petty Officer and honorably retired after 30 years. Serving in the top levels of military defense, Mitchell has vast knowledge and training in personal security, weapons, combat skills and martial arts. He currently volunteers at First Coast Christian School as strength and conditioning coach as well as the assistant coach for the high school baseball and football teams.


Growing up in an underprivileged neighborhood, his father’s influence as a boxer both in the U.S. Army and professionally led to opportunities coaching youth in the “sweet science of boxing” at the Bethlehem Center. Mitchell spent countless hours at this venue, which provided security, instruction, self-discipline, respect, honor, boundaries and hard work. The Bethlehem Center was a safe haven from the hard streets of Charlotte that sparked a vision to provide recreation through fitness and a gateway to ministry.


Having a passion for God and wanting to give back to the community, a lifelong dream between Mitchell and Phyllis was to establish a facility that would offer a safe environment for youth to accomplish fullness of mind, body and spirit. It was Phyllis’s dream to name it Temple Gym & Fitness. It is Mitchell’s quest to honor God and his wife, and bring this dream to fruition.


The Body: Physical Health

The American Heart Association reports that childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in America. That is not a surprise since one in three kids and teens is overweight or obese. Perhaps one in three of these kids or teens is your child. Temple Gym & Fitness cares.


Our goal is to be part of the solution that eliminates childhood obesity and the feelings of shame and insecurity that accompany it. We want to empower your child by helping them develop confidence in their ability to exercise and make good choices about what they put into their body. The time to catapult your young person into a motivated lifestyle is now and Temple Gym and Fitness is where it begins.


Temple Gym and Fitness also trains beginner and experienced athletes in physical development and sports conditioning to help them remain competitive in their chosen sport.


The Mind: Personal Growth

Whether you’re a single parent or a parent in a dual-working family, studies show that the time we spend with our children is steadily declining. Between school, video games, television, social media and peers, external influences inundate our youth from the moment they awake to the time they sleep. Many of these influences do not align with your family values and do little to give your child life skills.


Temple Gym and Fitness offers personal growth training on issues that your child or teen may face, such as academic stress, self-image, abstinence, promiscuity, bullying, peer pressure, effects of drugs and alcohol, and dangers of steroid use. Our approach focuses on helping children and teens have honest communication, set age-appropriate goals and make good choices. While we are not your child’s parent, nor are we a daycare facility, what we can do is offer opportunities to address life challenges head on and excel by providing them with tools to succeed.


The Soul: Spiritual Growth

Temple Gym and Fitness believes in Jesus Christ and we are proud to proclaim Him as our LORD and Savior. You can expect your child to meet Believers that genuinely care for them and only want what is best. We offer faith-based seminars and speak freely about our Christian beliefs throughout the facility. However, your child will never have religion forced upon them. We will always respect and never compete with your family’s faith. We welcome your feedback and encourage opportunities to discuss your spiritual philosophy and values.

Why Us?

Our Founding Principles

It is by these scripture that we stand firmly. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ wants us to present our bodies as living sacrifices and we can do all things through the power of God who strengthens us.


The Temple

Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own. (1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV)


If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him, for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. (1 Corinthians 3:17 ESV)


The Body

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1 NKJV)


For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (Romans 12:4-5 NKJV)


The Mind

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3 KJV)


The Spirit

For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8 ESV)