For most of my life, I have woken up early in the morning to workout. As a teenager, I would wake up at 4:00 am and run for miles in my crime-ridden neighborhood. I was so focused on training I didn’t care. Then in college, once I got a key to the wrestling room, I was in there taking shots at the crack of dawn. Once I became an adult and could afford a gym membership I started heading to the gym around 4:00 am in the morning. It was so much a part of my morning routine that if for some reason I missed a morning workout then I didn’t feel quite right for the rest of the day. As I look by at my workout logs my last time in a gym was March 16th, today is April 29th.
March 13th will always be a significant date for several reasons. First of all, it is my birthday, second, it was the day I won a high school state championship in wrestling. Now it will go down as the day that changed my workout routine forever. On March 13th our school superintendent announced that schools would close due to the COVID 19 global pandemic. My colleagues warned me that gyms would be next. They were correct, three days later I was gymless. My new fitness routine started in three phases.
First, I set in my mind that I would do this routine every morning
- 100 squats
- Push-ups until failure
This was the bare minimum, I did this no matter what. I had some 25lb dumbbells so I implemented these exercises as well.
- 100 curls
- 100 shoulder presses
- 100 bench presses (laying flat on the floor)
Next, I searched far and wide to find fitness equipment. I quickly discovered that I was not the only one trying to build a home gym. Most retailers were completely sold out and amazon’s prices were ridiculous. With demand suddenly so high for weights, re-sellers were hiking the prices way up. Fortunately, I was able to find 375lbs worth of plates from a local Wal-Mart and a few local sporting goods stores. I then purchased a bench, some Olympic bars, and converted my shed into a gym.
Finally, I changed my eating habits. I have never been an unhealthy eater but now that I was less active something had to change. I could consume many more calories while I was at work because I was so active. Now that I was working from home I had to do something different. I saw one of my former athletes post about his success with intermittent fasting so I decided to give it a try.
Now, I have a home gym that I use to work out several times a day. I am still doing my 100 rep routine as a warm-up and I am fasting on a daily basis. This particular type of fast isn’t a Biblical fast because of my original intention but a side effect of this fast is the same. It has resulted in a closer reliance on God. It has also lead to more consistent Bible studies and more praying on my part. So as of right now, it is too soon to tell if the intermittent fasting will help me lose any body fat but is definitely help me to shape up spiritually. Stay tuned for updates in the fitness arena and know that Roman 8:28 tells us that even the worst situation can work for the good of those who love the Lord. I can’t work out like I used to but I am now closer in my relationship with God and I am with my family a lot more.
Prayer: Lord I thank you for providing for my family during this pandemic. Please show ways to be a blessing to others who have been less fortunate and to those who do not know you. Lord please bless my times of fasting and use them as a tool to bring me closer to you. Help us all to use this as a time to draw closer to you and to focus on what is most important. Please bless our leaders and help them to make wise decisions. All these things I ask in Jesus name, Amen.