JOY OF MOVEMENT
Physical training or sport activities of any kind, whether it is bodybuilding or dancing, is one of the best ways in which we can escape from the world for a while and get stronger at the same time. While you train, you can create an intimate space to just let go and embrace the flow.
As part of this transformational journey with Bodybuilding for Christ, you will learn new things about your body through the physical act of doing something new like exercise, cooking new recipes, and even gardening to get some sunlight on your skin.
In the next step you will be introduced to foundational knowledge of the human body, and what it needs to function and thrive. You will be enlightened through education and this will empower you to make good decisions with a reason why.
This coming weekend I would like to challenge you to go dancing, or at least do something that makes you feel alive. Your body is a blessing and a beautiful gift given to you, and when you love it like your suppose to, you will feel alive.
**Please note none of the information I’m sharing with you should be seen as medical advice, and if you have any concerns about your health, you should see a medical professional before you continue this program.
In Step 1: Master the Mind, I spoke about the importance of good stress for growth. Well, the same principle applies to our physical body if we want to make some muscle and strength gains. We need to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone to grow.
And the truth is, it will always be uncomfortable. So, the sooner you accept it, embrace it, and love it, the sooner you will win. It’s called “The Athletes Mindset” and when you stop punishing yourself to counteract bad habits, you can turn your training sessions into art.
Resistance training doesn’t have to be weight training. If you use gravity to place your body under enough stress, you can force adaptation to take place. This is how we grow stronger, and this is how you are going to transform your physique from the inside.
If you force the body to get stronger through your active decision to make the sacrifice, it will. Resistance training is shown to improve the performance and life expectancy of all people, especially the elderly populations. Remember, “if you don’t use it you lose it.”
Stronger muscles will produce more force and have a greater impact on overall power output, this makes everything you do much easier. In ancient times we were doing hard labor with the entire body to lift, push, or pull objects around like slaves building temples for God.
As it is written, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.” – 1 Corinthians 3:16
Hard labor doesn’t sound like something a normal person would enjoy doing. So, why then should we choose to work just like slaves do? – For change, that’s why.
We all have dreams and it’s only when the desire for that mountain peak is greater than your human desire for comfort that you will sacrifice for the promise of a better tomorrow. So the real question you need to ask yourself is, “How much do I want a better tomorrow?”
Physical training can teach us a lot about life, the development of ideas, and the tenacious patience that’s required for our hopes and dreams to become a reality. There comes a point in every child’s life when he/she will need to decide what they want for and from life.
But the first step is to start moving. We cannot get stronger, healthier, or anything else if we don’t move. You need to get up and use what God has already blessed you with to go out there and “train”. That’s when we step outside our comfort zone.
We will always be noobs (beginner) for the first few years of training, but when we get new ideas and learn to master our craft, things we thought were impossible become a reality. That’s when we truly flourish.
If you are not where you want to be, what are you willing to do about it?
“A tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged.”– Inertia
When you think about it, consider how much effort it would require just to take the first step. Sounds easy enough right? Well, the thing with inertia, momentum, resistance, and motivation is the fact that once you get started, you realize the hardest part was getting started.
When we want to get in shape we always seem to think we need motivation. It’s funny because motivation follows activation. Once the adrenaline is pumping, that’s when you feel fired up to go “Beast Mode”. Those carnal hormones will give you all the motivation you need.
The Bible clearly teaches us that we will reap what we sow and we are the ones who have been blessed with authority to shape our lives with free will. God is not mocked, and His Word stands firm. If you want to achieve something significant you will have to bleed or burn.
Think about the blood, sweat, and tears every great man in history had to shed to overcome the chaos he held within his own soul. Now think about the glory at the end of the suffering. Was the suffering worth it? I believe so. I believe the joy of accomplishment is unlike anything to a human soul.
The reason I said bleed or burn is because Jesus Christ came to demonstrate these parables to us in the story He perpetuated throughout eternity by bleeding for the ones who were about to burn because their greed and lust blinded them from seeing what love and grace was all about.
World records are set by people who believe it can be done. When we know it has been done by someone else, it gives us the faith to believe we can do it too. The Spirit of Christ gives us the strength to continue despite setbacks and this is the only way to overcome resistance.
When we live in our comfort zone for too long, we can easily become set in our ways. And in this state, we quickly forget what it feels like to dig deep for the courage needed to make what seems impossible a reality. Training like an athlete can help you focus as you become disciplined and strong.
Research shows that strength training is one of the key components to our overall well-being. Exercise makes us stronger at every level of our being, and that includes the Holy Spirit which resides inside. The Spirit of Excellence and Tenacity that we obtain when we push boundaries.
Newton’s 1st law states that an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless compelled to change its state by the action of another Force. You need to create or find that Force inside your heart as it will make you move your feet to take one more step each day.
As it is written, “It’s not by might, nor by power, but only by the Spirit that you will succeed.” – Zachariah 4:6
JUST GET STRONGER
Don’t overthink it. You cannot figure God out; I’ve tried it. Just ask yourself these simple questions. Do you want to get stronger? Look younger? Be healthier?
My answer to your ‘YES’ would be, “Go lift. Get up off the couch and ‘Go Lift’. Lift your neighbor out of a ditch. Lift your cross and carry it. Just Go Lift.“
There are many ways in which you can add resistance training to your schedule. If you work a 9 to 5 and you’re pressed for time, start and end the day with a short high-intensity workout. Make sure you get a good muscle pump and work hard. You will see the results in 5 – 9 weeks.
If you’re in a management position, speak to your employer and colleagues about starting a group fitness program at the office. Just start by embracing the idea of living a healthy lifestyle and you will find solutions that can work. I think a lunchtime gym session is great.
If you can afford it, get a gym membership. Even if you feel uncomfortable at first. The ‘space’ you create by doing this will influence your results and confidence, and over time you will fall in love with the community. Everyone is there because they need it as much as you do.
As it is written, “Nothing changes if nothing changes. Be the change you wish to see.” – V2.2
Movements are designed and stored in the brain. The brain learns how to fire the right signal, at the right time, to the right place, to create balance and produce Force. Changing direction or speed requires effort and coordination, and the more effort we put in, the more change we see.
This phenomenon of strength development is evident in that technique and form improves when we spend more time repeating the same physical actions. Think of a dancer learning to move with elegance and poise, it takes a lot of practice and many hours to master the body that way.
“I do not fear the man who practiced a thousand punches, I fear the man who practiced one punch a thousand times.” – Bruce Lee
When we are inexperienced and we don’t maintain control, we can get hurt and this sets us back more than before. This can dampen our mood and leave us with a feeling of hopelessness. Trust me I know, I’ve never been one to wait until it’s fully healed before I ‘Go Lift’ again.
What I’m trying to say is that you should always start off slowly, learn the basics, create a solid foundation, and then move to the next level in whatever it is you decide to do. To demonstrate control and mastery over something as beautifully dynamic as your own body is truly a gift you earn.
Continue to walk in faith with the Spirit of Christ leading you. The hardest part of the journey is to get started. The motivation will follow. Think about motivation as momentum, and once it kicks in you start to flow as you master the body and soul.
The strongest man in the world once said. “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” – Jesus Christ
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P.S. Be the Blessing
The goal at BB4C is always to get stronger. Your training, prayer, meditation, nutrition, and environment should strengthen you. When you get stronger everything else feels easier. Life will not be a walk in the park if you are weak. We have done all the guesswork for you and compiled it into one of the most comprehensive educational health and fitness tools available. Just use it, or lose it.