Getting Fit Like A Pre-K’er And Paying To Move Rocks

In my past experience the gym has been little more than an embarrassing place to sweat and socialize with fellow self conscious masochists (no offense to my gym member readership). Of course I am probably projecting my own shortcomings onto gym memberships more than I realize.

It just seems to me that gyms generally involve more “pea-cocking” than actual personal fitness.

On a more positive note, I’ve consistently kept an at home workout routine going for the past month. (GO ME!) I don’t want to be one of those coaches (football and track) who demand their athletes to be in tip shape while personally sporting a portly waist and diet that could feed a sizable family of grizzly bears. There have been a few short relapses hither and thither, but overall I’ve cut down on Goliath portions and diabetes inducing drinks.

Josiah, my three year old, likes to join in on the circuit weight training workouts. He can fling around his mom’s 3 pound plastic weights like a champ. His little boy frame will be beach-body ready come summer time. : ) Afterwards, he always asks, “Can I have a smoothie?” He must think I put ice cream in it.

On a work note, I had two athletes earn District Champs last week in track and field in the long jump (22’8″) and high jump (6’4″). Yesterday, I traveled with them to Regionals in Jacksonville and my high jumper qualified for state next week with another jump of 6’4″. So back to Jacksonville I’ll go with him as he competes with the best of the best in the state. The state track meet coincides with the start of spring football practice, so needless to say it will be a busy few days.

In Algebra class we also have Finals, EOCs, FCATs, and many other educational and professional hoops to hurdle before school ends in June. A deadline is also fast approaching for me to finish all my remaining online educator classes and teacher certification tests that will finally earn me a permanent educator certificate.

I say all this to let you know: If you don’t hear from me a consistent basis the next month or so, it’s not because I don’t love you dearly like a German kid loves sauerkraut! It’s not you, it’s me….promise. And in the midst of all the gratuitous sweating and sports I’ll try to remember with you:

Bodily training is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. (1 Timothy 4:8)

Peace and grace,

Bryan Daniels

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Author: Bryan Daniels

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Jessica, and a father of three boys: Josiah, Gideon and Judah. I teach high school math as a job, read reformed theology as a hobby, and write this blog just for kicks. With the rest of my time I coach football and track.

33 thoughts on “Getting Fit Like A Pre-K’er And Paying To Move Rocks”

  1. Well done, coach! We’re trying to teach our tribe that caring for our bodies properly is a matter of good stewardship; while chocolate is tasty, we’re not thanking Him who created us properly if we overindulge in it, or if we spend our waking hours parked in front of the television instead of using our bodies to do things that glorify Him! That can be a very tough sell sometimes, especially on the days when my to-do list is SO long that my meals consist of random foodstuffs grabbed from the pantry on the fly.

    Enjoy the year-end mayhem; it’s one of the things I actually miss about my teaching days!

  2. I love the cartoon on the top, because I am running my first 1/2 marathon very soon and my friend pointed out to me that I could run it the day before without paying any money whatsoever….
    Anyway, I too try to keep my life in balance and know that while it is healthy to stay in physical shape, it is healthier to stay in spiritual shape. 🙂

  3. Having been a…let’s see…what’d you call me…self conscious masochist…(LOL! couldn’t resist!!)….for over two decades, I will honestly say one thing I miss when I am not “in the gym” is the comraderie. In fact, my 14yo and I awake most every weekday morning at 4:30am to attend CrossFit. The teamwork built there is amazing. My husband (high school football and track coach, too) saw the benefits of CrossFit and began implementing it into their program at school. It has made a remarkable difference, mentally, in their athletes.

    So, while some people are disciplined enough to exercise at home; others of us need the challenge, competition and comraderie because we get too bored doing it alone (and sit on the couch eating chips and drinking coke while watching the exercise DVD). 😉

    Either way, alone or with the other masochists, I think it’s wonderful for us to pay attention to our bodies and live healthy so we’re more fully living for the Lord.

    (And congrats on your track kids — ours didn’t qualify…shucks.)

    1. Actually I know a few people who do Crossfit and I wouldn’t put them in the typical “gym rat” category (I’ve implemented some of those wkouts with my track team). They do actually care about fitness and some of those workouts are flat out bat crap crazy. I’ve had a couple coworkers try to get me to come but I fear how wounded my pride would be as a result : )

      1. You’re right. Move over, Richard Simmons! It’s unlike any workout I’ve ever done before. Our CrossFit’s motto is “Leave your ego at the door.” We all have to swallow our pride every single day. And, if I can do CrossFit, anyone can! My 14yo aspires to be a Navy SEAL and read this is the best way to train. So, he worked out a deal to clean our gym to pay for his membership. You need to at least try it. I’m sure your local CF has free days (usually Saturdays). My husband began doing CF because we were learning better weight lifting techniques than they were teaching, as coaches, at the school.

      1. Ah, very cool! I’m in Birmingham now, but it’s cool that we were in some of the same areas. Did you go to high school there too? I imagine we’re around the same age (I’ll be 34 this year)… I also went to PJC and UWF for a while, before I moved up here.

        1. I went to Mosley HS for 3 years but graduated Bay HS in 2002, then went to GCCC and FSU for my BS. Small world indeed, I know quite a few UWF grads from the Bay County area!

        2. That is really cool! I know the areas you’re talking about, though I never spent much time in PC myself. I had several friends that went to FSU too. Of course, everyone who’s lived in Florida has friends that went to FSU. 🙂

  4. I don’t like going to the gym anymore because of all the evil music, tv’s playing and half dressed people. It just has a very anti-christian atmosphere to it. It is a very immoral place. A home gym is great, but I have developed a love for hiking and being outdoors which is great exercise.

  5. In other words you have a life Chief… and a very productive and fruitful life I might add… I pray that you will continue my brother to allow God to use you online, in class, coaching your team, in your family, etc…. to the Glory of God… You’re making more of a difference for the Kingdom of God than you will ever know…

    Attaboy!!! 🙂

  6. Keep up the good work! Doesn’t matter if you do it in a gym or at home. The important thing is getting active and building muscle. I personally love the gym. Also, Have fun in Jacksonville! That’s where I’m from. Good luck and God bless you in your studies!

  7. I got a new job 3 months ago, and started working out outside…lifting rocks, doing squats, push-ups, plank position, etc…the results have been pretty impressive. I tell co-workers, “Forget Cross-Fit. Give me half of whatever you give them and we’ll have more fun.”

    1. I think there is a movement away from the typical gym format into what you’re proposing mongoose. I don’t have any big loose rocks where I live but I have been known to attempt a few pull-ups on my son’s swingset!

  8. The gym has some useful equipment, but like you, I’ve tried to keep up my own routine. All you really need is a few inexpensive pieces of equipment, some loose clothes, and some time, and you can be perfectly fit. I get most of my exercise having fun doing what I love to do: martial arts.

  9. Awwww! Regional meets for track!!! You totally brought me back! Too bad I cant high jump anymore… unless I see a snake… I cant triple jump anymore… unless I’m hussling to get inside, jumping rain puddles while holding my toddler and 5 grocery bags… I can’t long jump anymore… unless I want to break my ankle while leaping over two dogs to jump into bed 😀 Ah, but you brought me back to those days… thanks 😀 Maybe I will try to long jump from the kitchen into the living room now… 😉

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