The Body: Exercise and Movement

THE 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. During your time training you can create a 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, exercise, nutrition, meditation, prayer, fasting, and the Word of God. Information to help you every step of the way as you journey through the wilderness.

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 the best choices.

**Please note none of the information we will be 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.

RESISTANCE TRAINING

In Step 1: Master the Mind, we spoke about the importance of good stress for growth? Well, the same principle applies to our physical body. If we want our bodies to change, then we need to push ourselves beyond our comfort zone.

The truth is, it will always be uncomfortable, and the sooner you accept it, embrace it, and love it, the sooner you will win. It’s called “The Athletes Mindset”. Instead of it being a form of punishment for your bad habits, turn training sessions into an art form in ‘YOUR SPACE’.

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.

If you force the body to get stronger, 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.” So, please use it.

Stronger muscles will produce more force and have a greater impact on overall power output, this makes everything you do much easier.

When we do strength training, we are doing hard labor using the entire body to either lift, push, or pull objects around much like slaves building temples for the Egyptians and their gods. But we are building a temple 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 does not 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 desires that you will sacrifice your comfort 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.

Task: If you are not where you want to be, what are you willing to do about it?

Think about it…

OVERCOME INERTIA

When you think about it, consider the effort that will be required to do it. Think about the fight, the setbacks you will face. Think about the blood, sweat, and tears every great man in history had to shed. Now think about the glory at the end. Was the suffering worth it?

Of course it was worth it. The hardest part of the journey is to get started. Motivation will follow. Think about motivation as momentum, and once it kicks in you start to flow with the inertia of your efforts as you master the body.

“A tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged.”

– Inertia

When we live in the comfort zone for too long, we can easily become lazy and set in our ways. In this state we quickly forget what it feels like to dig deep for the courage we need to make what seems impossible a reality. Physical exercise can help us learn to focus as we become disciplined and strong again.

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 within us can give us the strength to continue despite the setbacks and this is the only way to fight the resistance.

As it is written, “It’s not by might, nor by power, but only by the Spirit that you will succeed.” – Zachariah 4:6

Exercise will make you stronger at every level of your being. Research shows resistance training to be one of the key components to wellness.

Do you want to get toned? Go lift. Look younger? Go lift. Be skinnier? Go lift. Gain muscle and strength? 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.

Newton’s 1st law: 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 that force.

As it is written, “Nothing changes if nothing changes. Be the change you wish to see.” – V2.2

MAKE WORK OF IT

There are many ways in which you can add resistance training to your schedule. If you work a 9 to 5 and are pressed for time, then start and end the day with a short high-intensity workout.

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.

**If you can, try to get a gym membership. Even if you feel uncomfortable going at first. The ‘personal space’ you create by doing this will influence your results and confidence in the long run and over time you will fall in love.

Start with 3 – 4 full-body resistance training sessions each week and give yourself ample time between sessions to recover. Full-body movements are very effective for beginners who want to build muscle and burn body fat.

Just start slowly and remember, tenacious patience and desire are the keys to winning. Once you are warmed up, just keep going.

Each time we train we cause microscopic tears in the muscle fibers. These fibers need time to repair and if you eat enough, sleep enough, and stretch enough, you can speed up the healing process and build muscle and strength faster.

We can also get stronger by learning to do the movement with better form and technique. This is known as neural adaptation and it’s one of the ways in which the brain works to create habitual patterns and new neural pathways.

As it is written, “I do not fear the man who practiced a thousand punches, I fear the man who practiced one punch a thousand times.” – Bruce Lee

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 the force to move.

This phenomenon of strength development is evident when we see how technique and form improve as we spend more time repeating the same actions. Just think about a dancer learning to move with elegance and poise, it takes a lot of practice and many hours to master the body.

To control something as beautifully dynamic as your own body is truly a gift we need to earn through hard work and the desire to be the master of our own thoughts and actions.

Which brings me back to a cliche about practice. The more you practice, the stronger, faster, and luckier you get. Think of the repetitions you will be doing in your workouts. Most people just go through the motions and do them mindlessly without an attitude that says, “I’m the master.”

But you are not most people. You wouldn’t be reading this if you were. So every workout should be done with a Spirit of excellence.

GET STRONGER NOW

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. You can sign up to the 7-day trial and see if BB4C can make you stronger week by week.

Once inside we will guide you until you peak. Invite friends to join Bodybuilding for Christ and work as a team. Remember, we are all on this journey together and when we can engage with others, we will learn and grow.

When you enter your personal space I want you to focus and become one with who and what you truly are. We’ll help you make gains while you represent Christ to build His body as One.

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

Continue to walk in faith with the Holy Ghost.

Continue: Healthy Heart >>>

Coach Jan

P.S. Be the Blessing

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