There are so many things about Jesus that I absolutely love! His steadfast love makes me strong, His new mercies every morning give me the chance to begin again, and His promise to be with me in all things brings me the power to conquer what I can’t defeat alone. As a fitness professional, I believe Jesus is the answer to living a healthy physical life. Strength training is a big part of that life. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults states, “Adults should do muscle-strengthening activities of moderate or greater intensity that involve all major muscle groups on two or more days a week.” If you haven’t begun strength training, then today is your day!
Some easy tips to remember as you get started:
- Begin every exercise time with core exercises for stability.
- Work your bigger muscle groups first, then move onto smaller ones.
- Divide your routine into two days with at least one day of rest in between.
- Listen to your body. Don’t work through bad, sharp pain. (This is very different than challenging yourself).
What strength training does for you:
- Increases your metabolism
- Gives you energy
- Improves your balance
- Enables you to function better in your everyday life.
So, go ahead and give it a try. Jesus is already growing you stronger in your faith, why not let Him grow you stronger in your fitness?
I started training with Donnamarie 10 years ago when I was 67 years old. I trained with her for eight years until she moved to New Jersey in 2017. When we began, my upper body and core were weak. I started using 3-5 lb. weights and they were heavy. Now, ten years later, I use 15-25 lb. weights. I can hardly believe how our bodies can gradually go from weak to strong if we keep strength training. I trained three times a week with Donna, and when she moved, she said to me, ”Carole, you can do this; I’ll write up four-hour long workouts for you and pair you with someone who is at your same strength level.” The last two years, I have continued to work out three days a week with my workout partner and have been able to stay as strong as I was when Donnamarie moved. I have exercised aerobically for years, but the strength training and core work have been the most beneficial exercise I have ever done. As my body ages, having a strong core and strong muscles will keep me from dangerous falls and allow me to do all the things I love. – Carole Lewis
Donnamarie Roberts is a fitness professional with over 25+ years’ experience in personal training and group exercise. She has trained over 1000 women of all ages and fitness levels and has found only one thing to be true for all: “You cannot conquer what conquers you on your own power. You need the power of God.“
Donnamarie leads a variety of instructional videos in our exercise library available to Level 3 and 4 Memberships here.