Monday, December 2, 2013

'Tis the Season to Lift Heavy Things

One question I get asked a lot these days is if I'm training for another show some time soon. I hate my answer ... "No, I'm in my off-season right now ... bulking and building muscle." 

Prejudging at my last show in October, the NPC Heartland.
I hate using the word "bulking." It makes me sound like a d-bag body-builder wannabe. I guess a better answer would be "Yes, I am training for a show or two next spring, but right now, I'm adding more muscle mass to my physique."

Learning how to refuel my body and add muscle mass, rather than just maintain, has been a huge knowledge-bearing season for me. I've learned how to stay lean and get stronger at the same time.

In the bodybuilding world, this often means, lifting heavier weight for as many reps as you can, fatiguing the muscle some days and then allowing those muscles to rest on others. For me, I've really been using the pyramid scheme of adding weight and decreasing reps (and then repeat the other way around). This style of weight-training has been immensely helpful in adding muscle mass and maintaining a lean physique.

As I've researched and experimented with my physical body in how to get stronger, I've learned that this process is similar to the feat we face in our spirits. We can choose to maintain our current spiritual "physique," or we can choose to get stronger. To me, this has meant trying new things, starting new disciplines, becoming a little bit more vulnerable, taking risks, and over all, being different.

Following Jesus is all about being different. It's not about doing the same things all the other Christians are doing and saying, but it's about your relationship with Jesus, and hearing what Jesus has to say to you. Everyone walks out their purpose a little bit differently. And trust me, nobody walks it out in a straight line. Each of us has bumps in the road, a mountain we must climb, or a wrong turn in our trail. The most important thing to remember is that just because we slip up a couple of times, it doesn't mean we need to throw in the towel and give up.

Never. Give. Up.

Just like we trainers preach to our clients — to not let your poor choice of a cheat convince you to forever eat cheetos and forget about the gym. We all make poor choices. It's the choice to move past that, accept God's grace and move forward in the right direction that separates you from the losers.

Don't be a loser.

Choose grace. Choose the high road. Bulk up and build muscle, ladies! ... And gents! ;)

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