Functional Faith. Functional Fitness.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 KJV
HERE and NOW
I won a bike race this past week.
OK, a virtual race, on Zwift, the virtual training app that measures how hard/fast you are pedaling your bike by hooking it up to this smart trainer--it's super cool.
But it was against real people in real time, and I had to give more effort on the bike than the 38 other people racing that night.
The race provided some insight into my mindset that I'm really trying to develop: Staying in the present, fully participating in the "here and now' without letting the pain of the past or the anxiety for the future influence my present effort.
There's a lot in that last paragraph. A lot. A lot that I can use in any aspect of my existence--not just sports or fitness. Let me break it down biblically.
James, a man who knew about some suffering, wrote this verse that succinctly (and a bit harshly) sums up our lives:
"Why do you say tomorrow we will do this or that? Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes."--James 4:14
All I've got is here and now. And with some purposeful thought, I can use that absolute truth to become a better human. Here's how, as explained through my race analogy.
1. The past IS painful, but it's over. The race I chose was a 10 mile effort. The first couple of miles are truly awful. The pace is intense, my lungs are on fire, and my legs feel heavy from the speed. But I know the pace will subside, and I focus on the rider in front of me. I know if I can just hang on, the pace WILL SLOW DOWN. The same is true in life. Sometimes the pace is so intense, that I wonder how I'll make it through alive. But I have hope in the finish line. Yes, that is a euphemism for death. But my developing faith removes the fear of the "Finish line".
2. In the middle, memories of the past and fear of the future collide. That collision could paralyze me. I could lessen my effort for a few pedal strokes. I think of how hard the past effort has been--(surely that effort will make the last miles unbearable). I think of the uncertainty of the miles ahead--(how will I keep up if the others decide to go harder? What if the climb at the end is too steep? What if I've got nothing left for the sprint)? Any one of these simple negative thoughts could derail me.
I silenced those thoughts by doing what I call a "System Check." I start with my breathing. Is it controlled? If not, I slow it down and find my rhythm. Then I move on to my posture. Are my shoulders hunched up, or am I relaxed? Then I move to my legs. Am I pedaling smoothly? Am I getting the most out of every pedal stroke? Finally I move to my feeling. Am I TRULY suffering? Or have I "not yet begun to fight?!" More often than not, when I am disciplined enough to do this, I find that I can fend off the bad memories and the fear of the future to make the present full, rich, and what I want it to be.
3. Have a plan, but be nimble enough to change on the fly. The miles are ticking down. One mile to go, 12 people still in the lead group. The pace ratchets up. My plan is to go with 200 meters left. But the pace keeps going up. Half a mile to go. A competitor launches off the front. No other riders immediately react. I do. I close the gap to him quickly, and even though there are 600 meters left, I use the momentum from my effort to catch him to hammer on by, giving max effort and hoping I can hold him and the rest of the group off...
I did. I won. A meaningless, Wednesday night virtual bike race. I race many evening. Sometimes I win, sometimes I get 14th. Sometimes I don't finish. The point is this: When I am present, when I am disciplined to stay in the hear and now, and when I execute my plan and react to the unexpected my chance of success is exponentially increased. And even if I don't get the win, but I give everything I can in the moment, it's still an improvement. A chance to take what I've learned and apply it to life.
I'll see you in the gym.
The Lord is the strength of His people, He is a stronghold of salvation for His anointed.
Psalm 28:8, CSB
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26, BSB
Do not copy the behaviors and customs of this word, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2, NLT
Now I pray that God, who gives peace, will make you completely holy. And may your spirit, soul and body be healthy and faultless until our Lord Jesus Christ returns. 1st Thessalonians 5:23, CEV
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I have over 15 years of professional experience in Strength and Conditioning, but I have trained myself my entire life! I have a Master's Degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Ball State University, and I completed 4 years of Doctoral Study in Kinesiology and Group Counseling at Temple University.
When I'm not working or training, I'm with my family--My wife and three kids make my world go around.
Devin kept encouraging me, kept inviting me to come and check out Hoffacker. I had every excuse in the book, but I finally ran out of excuses and we gave Hoffacker a try. When I got there, I met people who were inspiring and kind. People who took me where I was, and made something I was dreading doing enjoyable.
I have more energy, I've lost almost 50 pounds, I'm stronger, and I have the confidence to do anything. I feel like I'm unstoppable!
I first Learned about Devin and Hoffacker Fitness from one of my patients who was suffering from osteoarthritis. She was quite debilitated, and was having trouble performing her activities of daily living. But by working with the trainers at Hoffacker, she was able to regain much of her strength and mobility and achieve a much higher quality of life than before.
Not only do my patients go to Hoffacker, I do as well. I work with Devin Riley, and he has helped me achieve my goals of becoming a better tennis player. He has taken the strength training that we do in they gym, and helped me translate it to more speed, strength, agility, and power on the tennis court.
Kevin Logan, MD
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