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

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,

Swole 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

Diligence, Hastiness, and the Yo-Yo Diet

The Yo-Yo Diet   There’s a phantom phenomenon that lurks in the corners of fad diets and weight-loss programs. Its clinical term is weight cycling, but it’s popularly known as yo-yo dieting. Yo-yo dieting is a term that describes the process of regaining poundage after it is lost. Harvard Health Publishing shared a 2016 study that followed 14 participants during and after the show “The Biggest

Gnosticism and Exercise

“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:4-5).   Gnosticism Shames the Body   Gnosticism was a belief system that even the early church had to deal with. It incorporated a type of secret knowledge

How to “Make Time” to Exercise

When do you make time to workout?   This is by far the number one question, challenge, and concern I’ve heard from other men when it comes to exercise.      Since this has been such a regular question and salient challenge, I want to offer a few thoughts and ideas by sharing my own tips and schedules that have and still work for

“Samson Strength”: Where Did it Come From?

“…See where his great strength lies…”   Samson is the iconic figure of strength in the Old Testament.  In fact, the phrase “Samson strength” needs little to no explanation. Even in our modern context, if something or someone is described as having “Samson strength”, the object is probably formidable.  However, Samson’s story is both heroic and tragic, and to guide