The Home Gym Under Your Bed: 7 Benefits of Kettlebells

The Ultimate Home Gym Tool   Kettlebells were always an odd exercise instrument to me. They were always stashed in the corner of every gym I went to, collecting rust and dust. The color variations were all over the place; they were either a bright plastic-looking blue or a dark metallic black. They were always lined up next to each

20 Ways to Steward Your Strength in Your 20s

Habits Are Like Trees   Your 20s are a pivotal decade for habit formation. It is a decade of beginnings. As you launch a vocation, a marriage, and a family, you are making decisions and, knowingly or unknowingly, forming habits.  JC Ryle, in his book “Thoughts for Young Men”, quips: “Habits are like stones rolling down hill — the further

Latimer and Ridley: The Strength of Conviction

The following account is an inspirational story of strength. This is not a weight loss tale or a bulk-up success story, nor is it a story of mighty Samson ripping a lion apart or heroic David hauling the head of his defeated giant away.  This is a story of steel-spined resolve, and a display of strong convictions in the midst

When You Lack Motivation to Exercise

The Mist of Motivation   We all know that familiar slothful feeling that creeps into our minds and chills our zeal. In one moment, we are blazing paths and trails, and the next, we are ice cold and wondering where our passion went. This is a common occurrence with exercise. Come January 1st, flocks of people eagerly jump into a

A 4-Week Circuit Program for the Home Gym

Circuit Programming   This type of training requires you to complete a series of exercises in succession, a “circuit”, with minimal rest intervals between movements, while resting between rounds. The circuit is typically repeated more than once.  Circuit programming can be scaled to any level of difficulty.  It’s not just for beginners, nor for advanced lifters, but can be designed

Avoiding Crooked Fitness Paths: Stewardship, Skills, and Strength

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” – Proverbs 4:25 – 27   The Fitness Intersection    There is an overwhelming amount of information in

The Farmer’s Walk Hack to Forge an Iron Grip

Stronger Steps With a Farmer’s Walk   The farmer’s walk, also called a farmer’s carry, is as simple as it is effective. Pick up an object with some weight. Hold it with your hand(s). Go for a walk. Try not to set it down. Repeat often. Build serious functional strength and an iron grip. You can use kettlebells (my preference), dumbbells,

Swoll with Conceit

“But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self… treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” – 2 Timothy 3:1-2, 4   An Unexpected Injury   Growing up, my parents had slowly accumulated equipment they used to build their home gym. It

Protein, Muscle Growth, and The Gospel

“And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” – Colossians 1:17 For body-stewardship, it’s important to understand the basics of what protein is and its role in muscle growth. It should come as no surprise that there are traces of God’s nature in how our bodies function (Romans 1:20). There are glories to be displayed in