For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 NIV
I am 37 years old and for 19 years of my life, I lived in complete darkness. . I lived a totally lie that was nurtured by the falsehoods of the world that kept me from seeing the Word. When I finally woke up in 2014 I discovered the lie that had been placed in my central brainstem. Once I removed that lie I was left with the Word. The truth that hit me was the Love of my Father in Heaven. You see, I was an athlete and my one goal was to make millions in professional sports. This lie impregnated my spirit with a seed of addiction and formed a foundation of pride and as I advanced and excelled in sports throughout grade school, middle school and high school. I then landed a D1 scholarship and I fell in love with the sin and not the sinner. This addiction then spawned into the man that lived in the dark. My addiction was competition and my fix was the fame and glory that accompanied it. I was willing to do whatever was needed to continue to feed that need when I didn’t ultimately realize my goal of making millions. This seed led me to find glory any and everywhere I could. This competitive addiction lead me to personal training. I took extensive classes in psychology, biology, exercise physiology and anatomy to be the best and make myself stand out among the others.
After waking up. I realized that my hedonistic adaptation to glory had grown so strong that it had become the central theme to everything I enlisted and the reason pride had become the foundation of my life. God knew that it would eventually lead to my fall and that I would fall right where he wanted me to. He wanted me to gain all that knowledge to later show me how to use it as He intended for His glory. He knew that when it was time, He would allow me to wake up to answer the call. During that time however, I lived up (or down depending how you look at) to the stereotype of athletes not being educated and had pride as my foundation. I just concentrated on being and athlete and putting on a show.
Training is my ministry, not my mission. Being able to teach others about health and wellness is worth more than the natural benefit but of the spiritual benefit. Many in my field will talk about how they train the trinity, which consists of the Mind, Body and Soul. Most fall short by typically only training the mind and the body and then not knowingly imprisoning the soul through yoga or some other form of ungodly meditation. 1 Timothy 4:8 tells us that exercise is good but it profits little, but godliness is profitable unto all things. Timothy 4 also talks about the lies being spoken through hypocrisy,. It also speaks of the consuming of meat that is not done in thanksgiving. However the most important part and the thing that fuels what I do, is that the Spirit speaketh evidently, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, and shall give heed unto spirits of error, and doctrines of devils”. If you take out the p and rearrange personal in personal training it mirrors the word season, so I train individuals to be healthy in preparation for the season when God will call you to fight the battles He needs you to fight. The mind, body and soul have to be in healthy union with one another in order to be able to receive the spirit when it chooses you in that season. The reason why He chose you we may never understand. Oftentimes the world traps us into falsehoods by thinking we are getting ready to do battle and we are not prepared. In order to be properly trained for battle, there needs to be a healthy union of the body and soul. For example, if a war broke out today and I jumped in a robot with no arms or legs I would not be very effective in battle. The soul is an important part of the robot and if not properly trained, it will be useless in battle no matter how well developed the arms and legs (the physical) part) are. The union of these two things are important.
This is why I train, and I believe this is why He allowed me to fall and crash then to built me up to be ready for the fight so that I can teach others to the same. This is my story and "The Other Side of Fitness."
Mike Sickles, the author of this blog post is a fitness trainer with a passion for helping people achieve their goal in the areas of mind, body and soul.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.