Category Archives: Fitness

Working Out!

Hello!

Sometimes we’re asked about what we do for exercise so I decided to give you an idea of what we did for a workout recently. This one was, however, a bit unusual. Normally the girls exercise together and the guys also are a team, but on this day we decided to join up for a special workout.

We had six stations and worked to complete as many repetitions as possible during the time period. The timer was set to loop through a 45 second interval and when it went off each of us rotated to the next station in clockwise order.

3 Rounds for reps:

  • Pushups
  • Virtual shovel
  • Medicine ball clean (can be subbed for weighted or regular squats)
  • Kettlebell swing
  • Box jumps (20″)
  • Overhead lunges

 

We enjoy our time together: whether it’s sharing at conferences, working on projects, or yes, gasping for breath as we exercise. Team Maxwell!

Serving Jesus,
Sarah

Sarah doing pushups.
Sarah doing pushups.
Mary doing the virtual shovel.
Mary: virtual shoveling.
Jesse doing the med ball clean.
Jesse performing a med-ball clean.
Joseph doing kettle bell swings.
Joseph doing kettlebell swings.
Anna doing box jumps.
Anna doing box jumps.
John doing overhead lunges.
John doing overhead lunges.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is
for brethren to dwell together in unity.”
Psalms 133:1

 

Exercise

Some might wonder how we exercise on the road. First off, sometimes it is a challenge to fit into our traveling schedule! We have mentioned earlier about how ministry is most important, and on the days that we have to get up early and drive we don’t usually get to “formally” exercise. The Titus2 Fitness pushup and lunge challenge we do whether it’s a busy traveling day or conference day, because it’s easy to fit in at any time!

Last week we were able to exercise many days. Anywhere from out in the boonies of Arizona to beautiful California. We have different workouts that we do, and we try to have as much variety as possible. Some of the exercises might include jump rope, pushups, situps, running, kettlebell swings, ball slams…

Ah, those double-unders are challenging.
At the beginning of the workout we usually stand around and discuss what workout we want to do!
Go Sarah!
Running
Mary doing her lunges for the challenge.
Mom and Dad doing pushups!
I guess, I jumped out of the picture!:-) These are ball slams. Some were wondering what the balls were in the Oklahoma City blog post. They can be used for many exercises, but this one you jump in the air and throw the ball down as hard as you can.Â
And the final one - a semi-group shot.Â

In Christ,
Anna

“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (I Corinthians 6:19)

Fitness Challenge Thoughts From Teri

I want to encourage you to join our Titus2 fitness challenge. I decided to participate with my family in the February pushup challenge although I had no expectation of being able to improve my ability to do pushups.

On our trip last fall, I had done pushups as part of my on-the-road exercising. I started the trip being able to do seven pushups and ended the trip being able to do seven pushups.

On the first day of February when we tested how many unbroken pushups we could do, you guessed it – seven for me.  Throughout the month as a family we encouraged each other in the challenge and reminded each other to do our pushups, usually doing them either before or after dinner. We groaned together with sore muscles at first, laughed trying to find a place on the crowded living room floor for all of us to fit in when we did them at the same time, critiqued each other on our form, and decided pushups were easier upstairs on the carpet than downstairs on the tile.

Each day, except Sunday, I did three sets in a row of all the pushups I could do at one time. At the end of the month when we were to again test how many unbroken pushups we could do, mine was 21. Not only did my number triple, but my form improved as well.

I am sharing my pushup challenge story because if a fifty-five-year old mother of eight  and grandmother can do pushups and significantly improve through consistently doing them, then I think you could as well. The pushups don’t take any equipment.  You can do them anytime of the day. Your children can do them with you, and it doesn’t take very much time.
If you would say that you couldn’t even to one normal pushup, the Jan. 28th post on this blog has information on a beginner way to do pushups.  It is the post that started the pushup challenge. Then on Jan. 28, there is a post that gives suggestions if you can’t even do one beginner pushup.

I encourage you to go to the Titus2Fitness blog and join the current fitness challenge. This month we are doing lunges while keeping up our pushups. We are only doing the pushups twice a week, but you could combine both last month’s pushup challenge and March’s lunge challenge by doing pushups and lunges every day – except for our full rest day on Sunday. I think you will be pleased with how simple it is and the amount of quantifiable progress you can make.  The lunge post was on March 1. It will give you the information you need to begin the lunge challenge.

If you started the challenge in February but didn’t finish it, pick it up again. Post on the new Titus2 Fitness blog and let us know what you are doing. We will be encouraged, and you will be too. You will also find it is a good time together as a family.

Teri

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 1:2

A Few Pictures

Here’s some pictures from our family activity Saturday night: pushups before Bible time!

You go, girls!
A unique twist on pushups.

And yes, don’t worry, I did my pushups after I set the camera aside :-).

Sarah

“With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding” (Job 12:13).

February 1st – Fitness Post

Kansas City is weathering what may prove to be the biggest winter storm we’ve seen in decades. What a great day to be indoors doing pushups! Today is official start day.
If you’re following the levels, here is what today’s numbers looks like:

Level 1 – 3
Level 2 – 5
Level 3 – 10

I thought yesterday was Feb. 1st so I get the benefit of doing the same number twice.
On an unrelated note I’m enjoying getting to interact with you on a slightly more casual level. Maybe casual isn’t the right word, less traumatic? When Dad asked if I would like to spear-head this, I was happy to. Typically when I’m writing posts, it is due to trauma or concerns in my family’s (meaning Melanie, the girls, and I) life. Getting to put blog posts up that I can write without tears in my eyes or great concern is wonderful!
I’m looking forward to the numbers going up. Remember, please don’t push to the point where you hurt yourself. The above levels are recommendations and designed to fit as many people as possible. As with hats, the “one size fits all” phrase has been replaced by, “One size fits most.” If the numbers, especially as they increase, aren’t a good fit for you, please adjust accordingly.
Nathan


“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower” (Psalms 18:1-2).

Pushup Challenge Question

We received this as a question:

“What do I do if I can’t even do 1 beginner pushup? I know that sounds pathetic, but I really tried and I guess I just don’t have much arm strength.. I know I need this exercise, and my husband thought it’d be a nice way for us to begin family exercise, but I am unsure how to start.”

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Good question. It’s not pathetic at all. Arm/shoulder strength isn’t a given in anyone; and there are probably more people in your boat than you realize.

To make pushups easier we need to minimize gravity. It’s not as hard as it sounds. Here are some options:

Try in front of your stairs. Stand or kneel (depending on ability), and then lay against the stairs. Put your hands on the stair that hits just below your shoulders and try a pushup.

Or, stand upright in front of a wall. Move your feet back 2-4′ depending on your ability. It will be more difficult the farther you stand from the wall. Keep your body straight, lean forward to where your forehead touches the wall, and push back. You might want to mark the floor where you will be standing each time.

Any other questions?

God bless,

Nathan

“That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 15:6