The Ultimate Tank Top Workout (No Gym Required!)

The Ultimate Tank Top Workout (no gym required)

Summer is right around the corner, and that means warmer temperatures (scorching ones if you live in the south, like me) and cooler clothing! Many of us will be lounging by the pool, heading to the beach, running outside, or simply running errands in shoulder and arm-bearing attire. Not surprisingly, “toning up my arms” is a frequent fitness goal I hear from clients this time of year. We all want to feel confident in our clothing, yes, but even more important than how we look and feel is how strong we truly are. As I wrote in another article recently, weight training provides a plethora of … [Read more...]

Top 10 Scriptures for Workout Motivation

Top 10 Scriptures

  I spoke last week at the wonderful Community Bible Church here in San Antonio on the subject of honoring God with our bodies. One concept I emphasized is that the living and active Word of God was given to live and act in all areas of our lives, from our marriages and money to our holiness and health.[1] We can attend church every week, volunteer our time to serving the sick and needy, never utter a curse word or gossip about a single soul, but if we neglect to take care of our bodies, our temples of the Holy Spirit, we are not living the Christian life the Lord intends for … [Read more...]

How the Busiest Moms Can Still Get Fit

How the Busiest Moms Can StillGet Fit

  This week, I have the honor of speaking to a group of MOPS. I should clarify… “MOPS” stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers.” (I haven’t spoken to inanimate objects since I was a little girl and taught kindergarten to my “Winnie the Pooh” stuffed animals, and a few Beanie Babies.) Anyway, I was asked to speak about the importance of exercise and healthy eating and how moms do in fact show love to their children and husbands when they devote time to taking care of themselves, as counterintuitive as that may seem. The fitter they become, the better equipped they will be to face life’s … [Read more...]

An Awesome Thing Happened on the Way to the Gym: A Story of Compassion, Prayer, and a Servant’s Heart

After our annual Valentine's Day competition! Ben and I are front left, Christy is in red just right of center.

  Every year, our CrossFit gym hosts the annual, global competition called The CrossFit Open for our community of athletes, a community composed of students, former collegiate athletes, elementary school teachers, stay-at-home-moms, and “I-haven’t-run-since-high-school” dads. Despite the diversity, believe it or not, we are one close knit bunch! My husband Ben and I truly believe that like our walk with Christ, our journey of fitness is richest and most rewarding when it’s rooted in the soil of strong relationships. Many of our athletes have become incredibly close friends. They not … [Read more...]

The 7 Best Exercises to Make You Stronger

7 Best Exercises to Make You Stronger

  As a CrossFit coach, I constantly meet men and women who, though they may have a fitness background playing various sports or doing recreational activities like running or cycling, are lacking in the strength department for the simple reason that they’ve never lifted weights before, or at least not challenging ones. They get excited by workouts that feature cardiovascular movements, such as box jumps, jump roping, sprinting, or rowing, but when it comes to barbells, they look at them the way cows look at a new gate: totally unsure what to make of them or whether they can be trusted. … [Read more...]