I used to despise weight training, particularly in high school when it was gross to be in a weight room with bulked out guys who were dripping sweat and grunting all the time. That was super disgusting to me & so it wasn’t until my forties when I even considered the possibility of doing weights again. On this go around, I began to enjoy weight training because I had a friend who trained with me & we had some expert coaching. Then I got really excited about the idea because my clothes started to fit better! I also learned some helpful principles:
- Form is important: the wrong form can result in harmful injuries and weights that are too heavy are counterproductive. This reminds me to cast my burdens on Jesus because He’s strong enough to carry the heavy weights in my life
- Strength grows with consistency: when I’m consistent with weights, my strength improves. And with Jesus, being steady in my daily quiet times helps to strengthen my interior life
- Weakness can be changed to strength: at the end of doing a rep, my muscles are often tired & that’s when it’s the weight most difficult but also beneficial. Leaning into Jesus in our weakness is where we can have the most strength!