THE MECCA

November 8, 2010Read: Genesis 11

"Then they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.'" --Genesis 11:4

Earlier this year, I spent a day directing a photo shoot at Gold's gym in Venice, Calif., arguably the world's hub for bodybuilding and fitness. No longer in the the magazine business, the spectacle was eye-opening. Above the over-sized mirrors are the words "THE MECCA," the massive letters easily 10-feet tall apiece. And if you look around the room, the word is as appropriate as it is misleading, because many  in the mirror really do believe they've arrived.

At PrayFit, our mission toward greater health and fitness is all about obedience, not perfection. Our mantra is that it doesn't matter how big we get in life, but that embracing our smallness is what matters most. Remember we serve a great, big God, which makes us no match and a perfect match all at the same time. For that reason, it's only after He's arrived, that we'll ever be able to claim the same.

--J.P.

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: IT'S LUNGE TIME

So you've got 15 minutes either before work, at lunch or right after work and you wanna train your lower body with no equipment. No sweat. Well, kinda. Hit these exercises with very little rest between them, and get right back to your day. Do each move to absolute failure -- the point at which you can no longer complete reps with good (or decent) form -- then move to the next one. If you have time, go through all of them again. And while all three moves are bodyweight driven, weight can be added to each to increase intensity. Not sure how? E-mail us at info@prayfit.com or ask other readers on the PrayFit forums.

Sissy Squat Rise onto your toes, grasping a support for balance. Bend your knees and let them extend out in front of you, leaning back as you descend keeping your body straight from knees to shoulders. At the bottom, simultaneously push through your toes and drive your hips forward and up.

Wall Squat Lean against the wall with your back flush against it, your legs bent at 90-degrees and your eyes focused forward. Hold that position as long as possible.

Alternating Lunge Step forward with one foot. Bend both knees to lower yourself, making sure your front knee doesn’t pass your toes. Stop just short of your rear knee touching the floor and reverse directions, driving through the heel of your forward foot to return to the start.

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