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The Boys-to-Real-Men

6 Week Challenge

Helping Good Boys in Tough Situations Build Self Confidence through Connection, Community, and Coaching.

The Real Men Connect: Boys-to-Real-Men Challenge is a powerful 6-week training program strategically designed to help young men (ages 13-18) of single Moms build their self-confidence by helping them establish connection through friendship and teamwork while introducing them to a community of positive male role models and providing them mentorship and guidance through coaching. 


The purpose of the program is to challenge them physically, mentally, and spiritually as they transition into manhood by equipping them and introducing them to the power of positive fellowship, brotherhood, and mentorship.

Here are just some of the benefits of the program:

  • Build self-confidence

  • Build healthy relationships with other young men

  • Improve self-discipline

  • Develop and cultivate leadership skills

  • Meet positive male role models

  • Create a community of male support

  • Perform better academically in school 

  • Combat negative peer pressure

  • Strengthen their body (build muscle, increase endurance)

  • Get and stay active (have more energy) 

See What Their Mom's Had To Say...

The 6-Week Program Includes the Following

Physical Challenge:

Twice a week, your son will get to actively participate with a group of his peers in a fun, but challenging, pre-designed, structured workout requiring teamwork, endurance, perseverance, and leadership.

Discipline Challenge:

Your son will be challenged to complete 3-daily disciplines per day, each earning him 1-point. The objective is to strengthen his mind, body, and spirit as he scores 3-pointers each day.

Character Challenge:

Every week, your son and his teammates with meet with Dr. Joe (or his invited guest) via video conference call (in "The Locker Room") to learn about a topic related to manhood, academic success, leadership, relationships, and attitude.

Check-In Challenge:

Every week, your son will receive a text message to affirm and encourage him throughout the week to help him face and overcome his personal, social, and academic challenges, as well as give him a chance to ask personal questions.

Community Challenge:

During the course of the six weeks, your son will get an opportunity to meet with a group of men from the Real Men Connect community and actively participate in a community service project. 

Graduation Celebration:

Upon successful completion of the program, you and your son will be invited to attend a private ceremony held at Dr, Joe and Tonya Martin's home to celebrate his accomplishments along with all of his other teammates during the challenge.

In addition to the challenges, your son will also receive...

  • a WEEKLY "Boys-to-Real Men Report Card" to make sure he stays "on track" at home and at school.

  • WEEKLY HOMEWORK assignments (can be completed in less than 30 minutes) to build, reinforce, and get him to think about the character traits of manhood. 

  • Access to the Real Men Connect's vault of 150+ "Real Man Training" videos

  • 24/7 support through outr Real Men Connect App


If you enroll your son in the Boys-to-Real Men 6-Week Challenge, you will receive a 6-Week FREE pass for unlimited workout sessions at B.U.S.Y Body Fitness (a $197 value). So that means that you can finally start taking care of you as we help you take care of your son. 

Enrollment is Only 

($159 for 2 boys)

only 12 slots available!


Apply Today to Sign-Up Your Young Man for The Challenge!

To ensure the integrity, quality, and effectiveness of the program, the Boys-to-Real Men 6-Week Challenge is limited to only 12 boys per session. Each parent/boy must apply for the program by completing a short application. If your son is accepted, you will be sent a link (via email) to enroll your son in the program. 
So if your son is accepted, please ENROLL him immediately to reserve his spot. If you would like to enroll more than one boy, please submit two (2) applications (one per child).

If you know of a single mom/grandmother whose son would be an excellent candidate for our program, please share this page with them!

Your Program Leaders: 

Dr. Joe Martin, Ed.D.


Joe Martin Ed.D. is an award-winning speaker, author, and educator, and creator and founder of Real Men Connect - the first men's organization to be selected as Chattanooga's Best of the Best finalist among non-profits. Joes is happily married to Tonya Martin (see below), and they have two beautiful children (Kendall and Faythe). IN addition to his faith, family, and love for fitness, Joe is passionate about teaching, coaching, and building men and strengthening families. As the host of the #1 podcast on iTunes for Christian Men (Real Men Connect with Dr. Joe), he has successfully taught, trained, and coached more than 1.6 million students, 260,000+ teachers, and 40,000+ parents over the past 25 years. The author of more than 9 books on teaching, parenting, education, and men's development, he holds a Bachelor's and Masters Degree in Communications and a Doctorate of Education Degree in Curriculum Development, and he serves as a Board Member on the Chattanooga Preparatory School for Boys. 

Tonya Martin, CPT-CI


Tonya Martin, CPT-CI is a Life Transformation Coach and the owner of B.U.S.Y. Body Fitness. Selected 3x as a Chattanooga Best of the Best finalist among personal trainers, she has more than 23 years of hard-core military, police, martial arts experience and fitness training. Tonya received her certification as a Master Fitness Instructor with the U.S. Army. She is a Law Enforcement Certified Personal Trainer and a Premier Personal Trainer, through the Cooper Institue in Dallas, TX. She has additional Personal Training, Excercise Therapy, Fitness Nutrition certification through the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). She maintains specialized Group Excercise Certifications in numerous areas including Tae Kwon Do, Turbo Kick, Cardio Kickboxing, Step Aerobics, Spin, Circuit Intervals, Pilates and Strength Training. Tonya's Boot Camp program has been covered several times in the local media and is considered Chattanooga's #1 Premier Group Fitness Program. She is happily married to Joe Martin (see above) and they have two children, a boy and girl, Kendall and Faythe.   


Here are Some Common Questions About the Boys-to-Real Men Challenge.

How is this program dif ferent?

Our program is different in many ways, but primarily in two:

1.) The Boys-to-Real-Men 6-Week Challenge is focused on young men stuck "in the middle" (regardless of race or socio-economic background). A young man, of a single mom who may not be athletically or academically-gifted enough to "stand out" and receive positive attention from the school, but doesn't "act out" enough to receive negative attention either. 
He's just a "good kid" in a tough situation. He may "blend in" but it doesn't quite seem to "fit in."

2.) This is not an "after-school" program. This program is not designed to "babysit" and "watch your son" just to keep him out of trouble. There are plenty of other programs designed to do that. Our program is a character-building program strategically designed and structured (limited to only 12) to teach and train your son on what it takes to become a mature, responsible, confident young man. And we will accomplish that by doing life and school with him for six weeks in the context of brotherhood, teamwork, leadership, and even family.

How much does the program cost?

The entire 6-week program tuition is only $97 ($159 to enroll two boys)! That's considerably less than a pair of Air Jordan sneakers. And if you really would like to see your young man "step up," we recommend you challenge him to pay for all or part of the tuition himself. This program is for his benefit, not just yours. And remember Mom, you also receive a FREE 6-Week membership to B.U.S.Y. Body Fitness (a $197 value).

Why is there an age requirement?

The Boys-to-Real Men 6-Week Challenge is designed to reach young men between the ages of 13 to 18 because this is the time when boys need the most guidance and are most likely to challenge authority or assert themselves in the home. For the older teens, it's excellent preparation to get them socially, mentally, and academically prepared to go to college or physically and mentally prepared to go into the military. 

NOTE: We reserve the right to like you for proof of your son's age (i.e., birth certificate, school ID, driver's license, or any school records showing their date of birth).

Who is this program best-suited for?

The Boys-to-Real Men Challenge is for any young man who is any of the following: 

  • Good kid in a tough situation

  • Struggles with self-confidence

  • Has great potential in need of direction

  • Lack of good, positive male role models in his life

  • Struggles socially fitting in with others

  • Emotionally or physically disconnected from his father

  • Spends more time on his cell phone than socializing

What happens if my son's application is declined?

If for some reason your son's program application is declined, it won't cost you anything. If you choose, you can re-apply for our next session by completing another application when enrollment opens.

NOTE: ACCEPTANCE doesn't guarantee ENROLLMENT. So, if your son IS accepted, please ENROLL him immediately to reserve his spot.

What will my son need for the challenge?

The only necessities your son will need will be reliable transportation, athletic wear, a smartphone, a possible desktop computer that can handle video streaming (unless his smartphone can), and a willingness to learn, be challenged, and have fun. 

Will the physical challenges be safe for my son?

Absolutely! Tonua Martin is a certified personal trainer and was selected as a 3x-finalist for Chattanooga's Best of Best among group and personal trainers. With 23+ years of military and law enforcement training, she has successfully trained thousands, from stay-at-home-moms to superstar athletes. Tonys also has a team of trainers, whom she's personally trained (including her husband, Dr. Joe Martin) to work with small groups/teams during workouts. 

Do you provide transportation?

No, transportation will not be provided. You are expected to provide your young man with transportation to and from all scheduled events or outings. 

What time does the program start and end?

Most of the activities (i.e., group workouts) will be held on Fridays from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (after school) and on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (after church). Group video/virtual chats will take place every Monday @ 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Each scheduled workout and meeting will start and finish on time. 
NOTE: Your son does not have to attend every event, but he is highly encouraged so he can take full advantage of the experience. You will be given advanced notice for any changes to the schedule.

Where will the program take place?

Other than Graduation Celebration, all scheduled events will be held at B.U.S.Y. Body Fitness Studio on 5600 Brainerd Rd, C-26, in Eastgate Town Center. All other meetings will take place online via video conferencing. 

What if my son doesn't complete the program?

There will be no refunds if your son/grandson doesn't complete the 6-week challenge. However, he will receive a credit and can choose to re-enroll for half price for the next scheduled challenge if he still wants to participate. 

Can I submit an application for a young man who Isn't my son?

Yes, you can. However, you can't without his knowledge or parent/guardian's consent. Also, you must ensure his full participation in the program, making sure he has everything he needs to successfully complete the 6-week challenge. An application must be submitted for each young man.

What happens AFTER the program?

The Boys-to-Real Men Challenge is designed to build leadership and help a boy transition to manhood. Upon successful completion of the program (i.e. graduation), your son will be given first priority/option to sign up for another 6-week challenge. If he chooses to enroll again, he will be expected/asked to take on a more active leadership role in the program. Upon completion of three (3) challenges, he will be qualified to lead a group of 12 boys under Dr. Joe and Tonya Martin's training and supervision.



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