Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Base, Push, All Out!

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1)."

At Orangetheory Fitness, we coach students in a wide range of fitness levels. One thing that stays the same no matter if you're a walker, jogger or runner is that each student moves among three different paces on the treadmill: base, push and all out.

While each person's base pace may be different, the move to the next level follows the same parameters. In unison, each member takes the plunge from their comfort zone and each does so with the same dreadful gasp, hoping they may whip their legs back and forth quick enough to keep the tread underneath their feet.

No matter if it's your first OTF workout or your 100th, you won't be able to get a good grasp on how you did in the workout if you don't commit to a base pace and stay there throughout the 60 minutes.
After suffering through several OTF workouts and coaching them, I've concluded that this entire concept correlates with our spiritual walk. We must be on beat with the Holy Spirit and set our pace to His pace in order to see any progress over time.
If you haven't had your own Orangetheory experience, the following OTF principles may help you understand the correlation.

On the treadmill, everyone chooses whether they will walk on an incline (PW), jog (J) or run (R). From there, we coach you through three paces:

1. Base: The lowest speed/incline level that you set for yourself — something you can maintain for about 20-30 minutes. You should be at about 71-83 percent of your max heart rate (75% effort).

2. Push: About 1-2 mph faster than your base pace (J/R) or 4-9 percent incline (PW). This pace feels uncomfortable. You should be at about 80-91 percent of your max heart rate (85-90% effort).

3. All Out: At least 2 mph faster than your base pace (J/R) or 10-15 percent incline (PW). This feels like hell. You should be death-glaring your coach and visualizing scraping their eyeballs out. Oh, maybe that's just me ... Excuse me (100% effort).
"You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess (Deuteronomy 5:33)."
The Lord calls us to invite His Spirit to walk with us every day. We have to choose to be on his level and strive to imitate Christ by demonstrating the fruits of the Spirit. We have to choose our pace in life, and if we choose God's pace, he guarantees blessing.
"For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10)."
When I get on that treadmill, I fight the urge to decrease my pace and constantly challenge myself to bump it up a little more each time. I'm inspired not only by a desire to improve my physical fitness and physique, but also because I believe there's a peace and joy that develops after suffering. It's more than just a relief that it's over, but it's an awareness that because I am free in Christ, I can be joyful in all circumstances.

So, next time you're on the treadmill next to me and I'm screaming or glaring or fatiguing, remind me to "Bump it up," and I'll do the same for you!

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