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Welcome everyone.


Welcome to the Christian Fitness Thread - Where Faith Meets Fitness.




STARTING January 1, 2013!~ Start your New Year's Resolution with us!


You may be asking yourself, "Why would someone start a thread entitled, "Christian Fitness Thread - Where Faith Meets Fitness?" Well it is simple. That is what life is all about.. Acts 20:35 "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

When I talk to people about their fitness program(s). I often times mention the need to be "all encompassing." An all encompassing fitness program includes: Mind, Body and Spirit. I refer to these three (3) things as the "TRIAD of Fitness."

Let's start with the "Mind..." We hear this comment all the time, "Get your mind right." Tony Horton talks about this. Shaun T. talks about this. Beachbody coaches talk about this all the time. If you are reading this you probably have a Beachbody Fitness Program and are serious about becoming physically fit, so you can place a check mark next to, "Mind."

Let's talk about the "Body....." This is where working out/nutrition come into play. Many of us can easily follow along with the fitness guide of the various Beachbody Programs. It is a simple process and pushing play everyday is fairly easy to understand. Push play, get results. Don't push play, don't get results.

Many of us struggle, myself included, with the nutrition aspect of fitness. We understand completely that nutrition is a hard part of any fitness program. Romans 14:20 states, "Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats."

It is hard to keep on the straight and narrow path when it comes to eating healthy, especially when we are surrounded by temptations of unhealthy foods, drink etc. etc. 1 Peter 5:8-10 states, "Be self-controlled and vigilant always, for your enemy the devil is always about, prowling like a lion roaring for its prey. Resist him, standing firm in your faith, remembering that the strain is the same for all your fellow-Christians in other parts of the world. And after you have born these sufferings a very little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to share his eternal splendor through Christ, will himself make you whole and secure and strong."

Everyone who posts onto this thread will assist you in helping you resist the temptations of unhealthy foods. We will assist you in understanding nutrition so that you will not fall prey to temptation. So you can place a check mark next to Body...

However we rarely hear about the spiritual aspect of fitness. That is what this thread is all about. Religious and spiritual beliefs are an important part of how many people deal with life's joys and hardships. Faith can provide people with a sense of purpose and guidelines for living.*

Recent medical studies indicate that people who describe themselves as spiritual exhibit fewer self-destructive behaviors (suicide, smoking, and drug and alcohol abuse, for example), less stress, and a greater total life satisfaction. Spirituality has been shown to reduce depression, improve blood pressure, and boost the immune system. More information about the links between spirituality and health will emerge over time.**

We will provide MOTIVATION, INSPIRATION AND SUPPORT to all who seek it. Everyone needs help to succeed; some more than others. This is where joining a message board thread with like-minded individuals, from all walks of life, will help you succeed. We also need INSPIRATION. That feeling of knowing that we are going to succeed. SUPPORT will provide you with the MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION you need to reach your personal fitness goals.

It doesn’t matter if you are doing P90X/Insanity/Turbo Fire/Power 90/Ten Minute Trainer/Hip Hop Abs or any of the other great Beachbody fitness programs available. Whether it's your first time, second time trying, or you have completed a Beachbody fitness program and looking to do it all over again, EVERYONE is welcome and EVERYONE can use a little bit of Spirituality in their lives..

No need to be shy about joining this group. We are just a bunch of ordinary Christians looking to reach our personal fitness goals by using Beachbody fitness programs and God as a means to do it. Our group ranges from people who finished programs like P90X, Insanity, Insanity: The Asylum, Power 90, Slim & 6 to those that just opened their Beachbody workout DVD's for the first time a few days ago.

Now we understand that "Life Happens" and when it does sometimes we need support and motivation to continue on our fitness journeys. As we stated above, this group will offer support, motivation and information on how to get over those "Life Happens" bumps in the road. If you have any questions, concerns or just want to throw in your support to others - this group is for you! Many of us have learned a lot on our fitness journey's and we are here to pay it forward.

Don't be worried if you start late, that just means that there is more of us that can help get through you’re particular program. We will share success stories and who knows you may make a friend for life while getting into the best shape of your life!

The Quote of the Day!
"Your life today is the result of your attitudes and choices in the past. Your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitudes and the choices you make today." - Author Unknown

Before we start there are some things you need to know.

Equipment

The equipment you will need varies from program to program. If you have questions about equipment, feel free to post those questions onto the message board and we will be glad to answer them for you.

Nutrition


This is the most important part of any workout program, whether it is P90X®, INSANITY® Hip Hop Abs®, Slim In 6® etc. Following the recommended nutrition plan is crucial to the success of the program. Planning and preparation are key ingredients for SUCCESS. This is not as hard as it seems. If you need assistance on recipes for meals, post your needs on the thread and someone from the group can share with you some recipes.

One of the most important supplements you can take when engaging in any fitness program is a post workout nutritional drink or recovery drink. Studies have shown that post workout nutritional supplement of carbohydrates and protein combined using a 4:1 ratio is best. We recommend the P90X Results and Recovery Formula. Why? The Results and Recovery Formula combines the optimal ratio of carbohydrates to proteins. It also contains extra ingredients not found in other supplements. The Results and Recovery Formula contains a trace amount of Creatine, L-Glutamine and L-Arginine. Added Potassium and other nutrients that guarantee to take your results to the next level.


Optional Nutritional Supplement


Shakeology®; the HEALTHEST meal of the day. I refer to Shakeology® as Nature’s Miracle. Want a simple way to transform your health? All it takes is one glass of Shakeology® a day. This ultra-premium nutritional health shake contains the world's most powerful superfoods. It's the perfect combination of antioxidants, phytonutrients, enzymes, prebiotics, protein and many rare ingredients – including adaptogens, camu-camu, and sacha inchi – giving you the essential nutrients you can't get from an ordinary diet. Replace one meal a day with Chocolate or Greenberry Shakeology, and soon to be introduced, Tropical flavored Shakeology® to increase your energy, reduce cravings, lose weight, improve digestion and regularity, and transform your health.* and it's just 150 calories.

Whey Protein - You may find that you need to take a supplement like this to reach the necessary protein levels found in P90X's Fat Shredder Phase. Protein use is desirable immediately before and after exercise to help refuel recovering muscles. You can purchase this through Team Beachbody or get it at any GNC, Wal-Mart, even some supermarkets are carrying whey protein.

Casein Protein - As stated above, rapid protein use us desirable immediately before and after exercise to help refuel recovering muscles, but delayed digestion and absorption may be more beneficial at other times; including bedtime when your body typically goes for hours without food. Casein proteins are acid sensitive and thicken in the stomach. Because of this, it can take more than twice as long for Casein to be broken down into its amino acid sub components than other proteins. What does this mean to for you? You are burning calories while you sleep!

Now that you got the proper equipment and nutritional requirements out of the way. What next?

WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS!!!!

When you write a goal, use the SMART acronym to help you make sure that you are creating something that you will actually DO!

S = Specific "I want to lose weight," is not very specific. How about: "I am going to lose 25 pounds or 3 pants or dress sizes."
M = Measurable Anything that you can measure, you can accomplish! "I will network with more people and make better connections for my business." How would you measure "more"? Try something like this instead: "I will meet and follow-up with 2 new people at every networking event that I attend this year."
A = Attainable Is it possible to attain your goal? When you create your goals and write them down you should make sure that your goals are possible! Now, you have to be cautious though. Don't go too easy on yourself. Your goals should have some stretch to them so that you can grow!
R = Realistic "I will get into shape so I can jump over a tall building in a single bound" Uh...nope, not going to happen. There are certain laws of physics that still make it impossible for humans to jump over a tall building in a single bound. Make sure that the goals you created based on reality.
T = Time Limited Give yourself a deadline. In fact this has already been done for you by the folks that created P90X. It is 90 DAYS!!!!

TAKE A BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTO AND WRITE DOWN YOU’RE BEFORE AND AFTER MEASUREMENTS.

You will want to take a before photograph of yourself along with writing down your before measurements. At 30, 60 and 90 Days you will also take a photograph of yourself and take your measurements. Comparing the before and after photos will show you how much progress you are making.

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS DURING THE WORKOUTS

Use the workout sheets to track how many reps you completed, how much weight you used and as you progress through the program, try to do more than you did the previous time. Writing it down will help you remember what you did and your notes you make will help you remember if the workout was too easy, too hard, or just right.

Below is a link to some of the more popular workout sheets.

P90X Worksheets

P90X Plus Worksheets

P90X2 Worksheets

P90X / Insanity Hybrid Worksheets

P90X / P90X Plus Hybrid Worksheets

Insanity: The Asylum Vol. 1 Worksheets

TRACK YOUR NUTRITIONAL PROGRESS

Keeping a journal of what you eat and when you eat it will help you track your calories, protein, carbohydrates, fats etc. Using phone apps such as MYFITNESSPAL, or LIVESTRONG or TAP & TRACK Calorie Counter (Diets & Exercises) will be of great assistance to you. Most of the group use MYFITNESSPAL to track what they eat when they are away from my computer. All of these apps sync to their particular websites so you have a well-documented list of what you ate and when you ate it. Keeping track of calories is critical to the success of your personal fitness goals. These apps are also useful when you are out at a restaurant and you need to know if the food you are ordering is within the limits of the guidelines set forth in the P90X program. You could seriously damage your progress by ordering something that is high in calories and fat.

SO YOUR READY TO WORKOUT....THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

The size, timing, and content of your pre- and post-exercise meals and snacks can play an important role in your energy levels during your workout, how well your body recovers and rebuilds after your workout, and whether the calories you eat will be used as fuel or stored as fat. There are numerous studies out there on whether or not it is good to eat before exercising. Depending on your particular goals and your body type will determine if you should eat before a workout or not.

During the fat shredder stage of P90X, you may need to supplement your water during the workout. Mixing a supplement that contains carbohydrates into your water will give you that added boost you may need to get through those tough workouts.

Some may experience lactic acid build-up in their muscles and stomach. Other supplements may be used to offset this if this occurs.

During workouts you may find that your heart rate is rising. Knowing what fitness zone you are working and depending on your goals will depend on what fitness zone you want to work out in.

SO YOUR DONE WORKING OUT....THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

One of the most important part of any exercise routine is the recovery period. Rest and recovery is an essential part of any workout routine. You’re after exercise recovery routine has a big impact on your fitness gains and sports performance and allows you to train much more effectively. Recovery after exercise is essential to muscle and tissue repair and strength building.

After you've finished a workout your body is warm and your muscles are tight because they've been contracting over and over. Stretching immediately after a workout is the best time to lengthen your muscles which, in turn, will reap you huge benefits on the recovery end.

DON'T SKIP THE COOLDOWN PORTION OF THE WORKOUT!!!!!!!


Now... Let's stop talking and let's start BRINGING IT!!!!!

Thank You for visiting our thread and remember to KEEP PUSHING PLAY!!!


CoachJohnX


Disclaimer:
All information contained within this thread, the testimonials, and posts are for informational purposes only. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem – nor are they intended to replace the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare professional.
No action should be taken solely on the contents of this thread. Always consult your physician or qualified healthcare professional on any matters regarding your health or on any opinions expressed within this website, especially before attempting the P90X.
The information provided within this thread are believed to be accurate based on the best judgment of the authors but the reader is responsible for consulting with their own health professional on any matters raised within.
Healthcare information changes rapidly. Therefore, some information within this thread, including but limited to testimonials or blog posts, may be out of date or even possibly inaccurate and erroneous.
Please see your physician before changing your diet, starting an exercise program, or taking any supplements of any kind.
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*http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/spirituality.html
**http://www.health-exchange.net/spirit.html
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RE: Christian Fitness where Faith meets Fitness
11/26/12 1:12 PM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
I have this picture hanging in my workout area at home... It reminds me of the importance of FAITH and FITNESS... Enjoy! emoticon

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RE: Christian Fitness where Faith meets Fitness
11/26/12 1:14 PM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
AMEN TO THIS THREAD! Love the picture & such a blessing to see you here being a bold man of GOD!
Carlie



CoachJohnX:
I have this picture hanging in my workout area at home... It reminds me of the importance of FAITH and FITNESS... Enjoy! emoticon

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RE: Christian Fitness where Faith meets Fitness
11/26/12 2:13 PM as a reply to Beardemphl.
Hello Coach Carlie,

Thanks for stopping by. I created this thread to inspire others. Please spread the word about this thread. By doing so we can "End The Trend" while glorifying God at the same time!

Have a blessed day!

John
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RE: Christian Fitness where Faith meets Fitness
11/27/12 4:57 AM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
Wow, this has the ability to be a great thread for those willing to allow God into their fitness world!! AWESOME!!


Coach Frank
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RE: Christian Fitness where Faith meets Fitness
11/27/12 8:19 AM as a reply to CoachFrank43.
Hello Coach Frank-

Thanks for stopping by and posting. The more the merrier!

John
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RE: Christian Fitness where Faith meets Fitness
11/27/12 8:27 AM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
This is awesome! So glad someone already started this thread. Have you ever noticed when you listen to christian music when you work out, you have a LOT more endurance??? Totally helped me on hard running days.
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RE: Christian Fitness where Faith meets Fitness
11/27/12 8:41 AM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
So you wake up today and your feeling depressed. Your not seeing the results you wanted... What are you to do?

We want you post this picture some where that you will be forced to look at it every morning you wake up... That will get your inner juices flowing....

Enjoy!

John


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11/27/12 9:06 AM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
Today I want to talk about "Mindset" and "Perspective".. Having the proper mindset is an important part of fitness; heck it is an important part of life! As I stated in my first post - Mindset is part of the TRIAD of Fitness.

Life is about perspective. Fitness is about perspective. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I hear people say to me, "I can't believe this happened to me.... I can't believe that I tried so hard and I have not seen the results I wanted..." etc. etc. etc....

For the next minute I want you to take a step back and regardless of where you are on your fitness journey, I want you too think about your particular situation in the following perspective...

YOU ARE NOT IN THE DRIVERS SEAT!!!!! God is driving the bus!!!! You are along for the ride. Yes we all have free will and we all make choices, so from time to time we ask God to stop the bus and we get off. God will always stop the bus for us. However where we ask to get off the bus may not be where we are suppose to get off the bus... So God creates things in our lives to make us want to get back onto the bus....

With this in mind, the next time you hit a "road block" on your fitness journey or you hit a "road block" in life. DO NOT think of it as a hindrance. DO NOT get mad. DO NOT get depressed. Instead BE GRATEFUL and feel blessed to know that God created that "road block" to strengthen you, to lead you back onto the bus. Be thankful that God is with you, guiding you and rest assure that he will be taking you to where you are suppose to go...

They say a picture is worth a thousands words.. So check out this picture...

Have a blessed day....

John
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11/27/12 9:10 AM as a reply to HollyTompkins.
HollyTompkins:
This is awesome! So glad someone already started this thread. Have you ever noticed when you listen to christian music when you work out, you have a LOT more endurance??? Totally helped me on hard running days.



Hello Holly,

I love your post. In fact I listen to the Newsboys - Born Again when I run. This is one of the songs that I have on my MP3 Player when I run. When I listen to this the energy flows through me like I can't even explain in words... Check it out and listen for yourself.

Newsboys - Born Again

Enjoy!

Have a blessed day..
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RE: Christian Fitness where Faith meets Fitness
11/27/12 10:31 AM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
This has been floating around Facebook and when I read it, I had to share it!!! Enjoy


John


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11/27/12 10:35 AM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
Tomorrow morning when you wake up. Take a look at this picture and you should have a great day!!!!

Have a blessed day.

John


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RE: Christian Fitness where Faith meets Fitness
11/27/12 10:47 AM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
I love this post...emoticon
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RE: Christian Fitness where Faith meets Fitness
11/27/12 10:56 AM as a reply to ALLFitness1.
I think you've found yourself a new profession my friend. emoticon Awesome information and extremely well written. THANK YOU! I am blessed once again today with having found you as a coach and now this team. I do believe that this is going to be fun! emoticon
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11/27/12 11:03 AM as a reply to ALLFitness1.
ALLFitness1:
I think you've found yourself a new profession my friend. emoticon Awesome information and extremely well written. THANK YOU! I am blessed once again today with having found you as a coach and now this team. I do believe that this is going to be fun! emoticon


Thank you for the kind words my friend. emoticon


John


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RE: Christian Fitness where Faith meets Fitness
11/28/12 9:00 AM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
Wednesday is Wellness Day:



A professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous 'yes.' The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

'Now,' said the professor, as the laughter subsided,
'I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things - family, children, health, friends, and favorite passions – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else - the small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first,' he continued, 'there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.

The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. So... pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner.

There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.' One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled. 'I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.'
Author Unknown

Now you may be asking yourself how does this story have any relationship to fitness...Well let me explain... DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF..!!!!! Fitness is a life long journey, not a 30 day, 60 day, 90 day journey.

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RE: Christian Fitness where Faith meets Fitness
11/28/12 9:48 AM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination."—Tommy Lasorda




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11/28/12 12:05 PM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
John - You've already been an inspiration to many people here and good to see you continuing the good work and paying it forward. God bless and good luck with this thread.
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RE: Christian Fitness where Faith meets Fitness
11/29/12 3:29 AM as a reply to CoachLarryM.
Coach Larry -

Thank you for the kind words!

John
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11/29/12 3:34 AM as a reply to CoachJohnX.
Here is a great picture to raise your spirits on this fine Thursday morning! Enjoy!


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