By Jason Rhymer, Training Department Editor
TRAINING FOR AN OBSTACLE COURSE RACE Getting mud in my eyes (literally), helped me to see a completely new way to train and enjoy fitness. The Spartan Race is quite the adventure. I know because I did it along with my team – Team John 9. This article is loaded with videos.
By Jason Rhymer, Training Department Editor
All fast food meals are not created equal. Fried or grilled? Fries or salad? Sugary drink or water? It’s just an innocent meal, right? We compare two Chick-fil-A meals and how different your workouts will have to be if you want to stay fit. Holy Cowz preach, “Eat more Chikn”. But if you want to be part of the healthy flock, watch what you’ve herd.
The chapter summaries and primary concepts outlined in this section help organize reading the book Every Body Matters, bring focus to conversations in the Every Body Matters Fitness Program and support reflection in your personal journaling. ACCESS ALL OF THE EVERY BODY MATTERS ONLINE RESOURCES.
For the kettlebell Swing I realize you may not have access to a kettlebell. If that is the case, you can do this same exercise with dumbbells (even a filled household plastic bottle with a handle – like a gallon milk bottle). However I highly recommend you use kettlebells. Invest in some for your personal home gym.
By Jason Rhymer, Training Department Editor and Z-Health Level IV Trainer
Oh, those aches and pains make it tough to stretch and perform like you want. Your spirit is willing but your flesh --- well it just needs a little help. Everyone can benefit from improved flexibility. If you have the nerve to try something new, we have the flexibility training that will get you moving further.
By James Woodall, Woodall’s Fitness Training
BOOT CAMP TRAINING Get a group of guys, the family or coworkers together to wrestle and flip a big heavy tire, lift kettle bells and battle with some oversized ropes and you have the beginnings of one tough boot camp workout. Add a focus on the teachings of Christ and conversations on living a faith-grounded lifestyle and you’ll gain a whole new level of fellowship and training. This is boot camp --- fitness training you’ve got to experience!
By Jason Rhymer, Training Department Editor
TIMED FATIGUE TRAINING To reeeeeally feel the burn you’re gonna’ need to train a little harder. OK, maybe a lot harder. Here are two programs that will blow up your traditional sets and reps paradigm. Effective for both gals and guys, timed fatigue training is the answer to your question, “How do I get pumped?” Print it, take it to your next workout and get pumping.
Burpees are also called “squat thrusts”. Squat low in a “frog” position. Kick your feet out behind you so that you are in the top of a push-up position. Jump your feet back under you to the “frog” position. Now jump straight up with arms overhead.
Low-Impact Version– squat and put your hands on a step or other secure object, walk your feet out, and walk them back in close to your hands, then just stand up rather than jump.
>A Turkish Get-up is my favorite exercise of all time. Lay down flat and extend one arm overhead. If you are new to this exercise, just try it with no weight first, then you can add an appropriate dumbbell or kettlebell like in the pictures below.
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By Jason Rhymer, Training Department Editor
HOLIDAY TRAINING You know it happens. Your workout routine – is OH SO ROUTINE. We have the perfect solution. That repetitive Christmas tune you’ve no doubt sung just a few times is the model for one incredible workout. Get ready for 12 different exercises that are performed just like the song. Spread the holiday cheer and get someone to join you in this holiday training.

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