By Kennedy Hall
You may already workout, and if you do, that is great. If you have never engaged in an exercise routine, it is not complicated. A few things need to be kept in mind:
- Working out should be hard.
- There are numerous effective ways to workout.
- Do not workout with vain intentions, i.e. becoming a fitness model.
- You workouts should improve your vocation, not detract from it.
- DO NOT workout at a health club.
It is not necessary to adopt a weightlifting routine to get fit. If you enjoy running, then running a few times a week is a great way to train. Playing sports that raise your heart rate is also effective. However, a personal routine is beneficial as there will be times in life when continuing a weekly hockey game or pick up basketball league will not be feasible. When you are having kids or work picks up, it can be hard to find time to leave home to do something without taking away from your family time. Even if you are in a position now to spend time away from home exercising, I suggest you adopt a home fitness routine in order to be prepared when the time comes for a change.
I stress not using a fitness club because fitness clubs are cesspools of immodesty. The average workout attire for a woman today is appalling. Things are either skin-tight or revealing, or both. All men are basically like recovering alcoholics when it comes to lust. Some of us have a control over our appetites, but constantly putting yourself in a position to give in to lust is a bad idea. Furthermore, the Devil HATES you and wants your soul. Most people are not living in a state of grace. Therefore, Satan will undoubtedly use immodestly dressed women to tempt you in any way that he can. Do not be an idiot, your bench press routine is not worth a mortal sin. Also, gyms are designed to facilitate vanity. Those mirrors in the gym are not necessary for working out, even if they say they are. They are there so you can stare at yourself and inflate your ego. Cut the gym membership and stop pretending that you can go to the gym in a sleeveless shirt and hang around a bunch of half-naked women without falling into sin.
Gym memberships are expensive, averaging around $50.00 a month or more. Go online and look for second hand workout equipment. For $200-500 you can build a garage or basement gym that does everything you need. With a few dumbbells or kettlebells, a chin up bar and a piece of cardio equipment, you will have more options than you can imagine.
Max pull-ups (or pulling variation): 8 sets.
Sit-ups: 2 minutes.
2 runs of 400 meters each.
Max push-ups: 8 sets.
Leg raises: 2 minutes of raising your legs between 10 to 45 degrees.
2 minutes of burpees.
Forward lunges: 50/leg.
Crunches: 1 minute, reverse crunches: 2 minutes.
Jump rope: 10 minutes
Kipping pull-ups: 100, 50 dead hang pull-ups.
“21’s” dumbbell/barbell curls: 3 sets
Leg raises: 2 minutes, sit-ups: 2 minutes.
5 minutes of max burpee pull-ups.
100 push-ups and 50 dips.
3 minutes of max burpees.
Weighted squats (any variation): 4 sets of 10
Jump squats: 4 sets of 20
3 minute plank.
Run 2 KM.
You can adjust any of these workouts to fit your needs or equipment. If you are unsure of how to do the movements, I suggest you look them up on YouTube where you will find dozens of examples. If these workouts become boring or you want a bigger challenge, I recommend the book “Discipline Equals Freedom” by retired Navy Seal, Jocko Willink. In that book the author lays out great principles of discipline and gives great work out options. The workout options in that book are the template I used to put these together.