ROAD TO EMMAUS

May 20, 2010Read: Luke 24 "He asked them, 'What are you discussing together as you walk along?'" --Luke 24:17

I can just imagine those two disciples walking toward Emmaus together.  It was late in the day, their heads hung low as they kicked up dust with each reminiscent step. After minutes of silence, one would remember something Jesus said, bringing a grin to both their faces. After all, these two heard and saw things not written in the bible. After another quiet mile or so, the other would bring up "that time when," and the two would smile, shake their heads, laugh and cry. Who would blame them? They missed their friend. Not the miracle maker or the water-walker, but just Jesus. The Jesus who would tell a good joke at bedtime, sending all the guys to bed giggling. And the same Jesus that listened to their stories with the anticipation of one who didn't already know the ending. Jesus was easy to miss.

Even when He was walking right next to you.

--J.P.

ORDER UP Should certain exercises come first in your workout?

We're often asked what bodyparts should be trained first in a workout. If you're about to work shoulders and arms, which should come  first? Or if you're working legs, is it okay to hit back before them? Well, there is no exact right or wrong in any of these scenarios.

However, if you're working with heavy weight, going to failure on your last set or two, you are best to hit your bigger muscle groups first. That way, you attack your biggest obstacles when you are the most fresh and still work you smaller bodyparts with enough energy to cause them good change.

Personally, here was my all-time favorite split (and this works for both men and women). I like to work arms together, both biceps and triceps on day 1. Then on day 2, I hit legs, since legs deserve and demand such an enormous amount of energy. Then I take a day off, coming no where near the gym. Then I work shoulders and chest, and the last day of the week I'll train back, seeing as it's similar to legs and requiring an great deal of energy.

The key is to always put each bodypart in the strongest position possible, so that from day to day and week to week, each muscle group can continue to progress while being tested to the fullest.

If you have split or workout questions, send them to us! We'd love to hear from you.

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