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A CHAMPION'S DNA

October 18, 2010 Read: Luke 17

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him.” –Luke 17:15-16

Our DNA is remarkable. Our microscopic fingerprint. A double-helix with 25,000 regions of genes that tell the body how to build itself. And we’re getting better at reading it. Want to know if your child has the genetics of an all-pro athlete? There’s a gene for that. Or maybe even more impressive, there’s a gene that determines motivation to become an all-pro athlete. One’s genetic make-up can tell us so much about our future. The smarter we get, the better we’ll be at predicting all sorts of things from the likelihood of certain illnesses to athletic ability.

Aren’t we glad that Heaven isn’t determined by our DNA? When ability falls short and capability fails miserably, Jesus touches our hearts and leaves a permanent imprint of a nail-scarred hand; the only statistically significant indicator of one’s destiny.

–J.P.

10-MINUTE WORKOUTS: GET LEAN

Many trainers would have you believe that losing weight or getting lean requires a huge time commitment. The truth is, it's all about intensity and consistency. Using this 10-minute, at-home, full-body blitz can get you the results you need, in less time -- no fancy trainers needed. After a good warm-up, dive right in to this rest-minimal routine. The good news is that it is shorter in nature, so you can continue performing it daily -- up to five times per week -- to get the results you seek.

Warm-up: Run, do jumping jacks or jump rope for one 1-2 minutes.

Bodyweight squats - 1 minute Jump squats - 1 minute Rest - 1 minute Power Push-Ups - 1 minute Standard Push-ups - 1 minute Rest - 1 minute Double Crunches - 1 minute Standard Crunches - 1 minute Plank - 1 minute

Zip through this routine, top to bottom. If possible, repeat the sequence. And if you liked today’s workout, jot down your performance and strive to beat the number of reps you were able to achieve in 10 minutes, each day, for five days. Are you up for the challenge? Remember, the ones who make a difference with their bodies, minds, hearts and souls are the ones who show up.