My Wellness Journey 1: 2006-2014

Other than in my time in summer of 1992 to summer of 1993, I was constantly active. At age of six years old, I begin to train in martial art of Tae Kwon Do. I continue to do that, until I was ten years old. Shortly after I turned eleven years old, I started to play ball related sports like basketball. I played that sport, until my senior year of high school. For I was not an natural gifted athlete, so I had to work extra hard to try to be competitive with others.

After my eighth grade year, I begin to train with weights at the age of fourteen years old. When I did that, I notice my body changing. I felt a little stronger, and I felt my endurance improved when I played basketball. The weight training I did was with the stack machines, and I did not train with free weights until I was sixteen years old. For I had a fear of seriously injuring myself, so that is why I started with nautilus machines.

As I continue to train with weights and doing isometric training, I felt more in love doing those things than becoming more technical in basketball. For running on the basketball court throughout the length of a real game was not a problem for me, because of doing resistant training. Doing that also taught me what the body can do when training more hard than previous training session. Resistant training also gave me mental toughness, because I knew that I had way more endurance than the conditioning programs my basketball coach had us do. I had so much resistant in my body, that I could take charges from people twice my size with no problem. For love getting up after I take a charge, because it made me feel like the Undertaker.

After I finish playing basketball in my senior year of high school, I went onto college. With no more playing basketball, I concentrate more on weight training. Early in my freshman year, I learn to workout certain parts together. I learn what to eat to help me train, like egg whites.

When I started at Liberty University in 1999, the student’s gym was on the second floor in the Schilling Center. That building no longer exist, and student gym is called the Lahaye Center. For it is an hundred time bigger than the one in the Schilling Center, but training there was one of my favorite things to do when I was a undergrad at Liberty University. Not only did I just train at the Schilling Center, but I also discover an career path I would pursue for five years.

For on the first floor of the Schilling Center, there was an bulletin with advertisement for the degree of Exercise Science. They listed what jobs would be offer for people, with an bachelor science degree of Exercise Science. One of the jobs was personal training, and seeing that made me realize that teaching people how to train could transcend into a job. From seeing the opportunity of turning something I love into a career, I begin to pursue my first degree of exercise science.

Throughout my study in courses of exercise science, it help me be an very effective personal trainer for people. It also made me an better exerciser, because I had an better understanding of how my body worked from an kinesiology and exercise physiology stand point. For I would do exercise of bicep curls, and I would imagine my arm operating as levers taught in kinesiology. I would also imagine my muscles contracting, throughout the range of motion. My knowledge of exercise science combined with my reading of Flex magazine gave me unique training principles I would use for my own training, and others that I would later train.

My last semester as a undergrad at Liberty University begin with me interning at the YMCA there. After I graduate from Liberty University in May of 2014, I continue to work at the YMCA as a fitness coach. When I became certify in 2005 as a personal trainer, I was able to set up people with my prescribed programs. The things I learned about physical training, I would implement on myself first to see what it was like. However, a lot of stuff I tried to implement came from commercial ideas. For I bought into the supplement way of making myself look like the guy on the cover on Muscle & Fitness. For I now know that people on those covers do not look that way cause of supplements, but because of steroids.

By summer of 2006, I weighed in range of 200-195 pounds. My weight training was composed of supersets, trisets, and interval training. I was eating the way Flex Magazine says to get big, and I was also into the supplements like: creatine, glutamine, argine, and Whey Protein. I continue to do those things, and doing routines like bodybuilding until 2009.

Towards the end of 2008, I felt my fitness training getting stale. That also the same time, that I really got into MMA. I remember nights of where I would go on Youtube, and watch MMA stuff. I would watch how they would train, and I saw their results. For their purpose of training was not to just look good, but it had function of survival. From that point was where I begin to have deeper understanding of training, and looked at physical training with purpose of training to be functional.

During my undergrad years, I would train on and off in martial arts. For one semester I started to learn Brazilian Jujitsu at a school, that I refer to now as my main martial arts school. I also learn Aikido for one semester, and Hapkido at another semester. For I was not able to keep up with those martial arts training, while studying in school.

In 2009 I came back to Liberty University, and I started to train back at the Renaissance Academy of Martial Arts. Training back there not only change the way I physically train for function, but also the way I ate. For not eating good would affect the way you train in martial arts, especially in Jujitsu. My eating evolved beyond the bodybuilding way, by incorporating a balance spread of fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, starches, and milk products. I try to eat these foods, as natural as I can. I later experience with the Gracie Format of eating, and I love it!

In the fall of 2012, I set of goal of being more consistent in Jujutsu by showing up for every practice. Before 2012, I did not have very good consistency in my Jujutsu training. For my grappling did not evolve like it should. Other goals I set for Jujutsu was to compete into tournaments and get my blue belt to begin to help others with their Jujutsu. All three of those goals were accomplish, and my physical training revolves around my Jujutsu game. The way I eat also revolves around my Jujutsu game.

Well, it is summer of 2014. It’s been ten years, since I received my bachelors degree in exercise science. I just received my second Master in theological studies, and my weight is the same as it was in summer of 2006 with weight range of 195-200 pounds. For my physical training, and eating revolves around function. Its not just about the look, but my training is about function.

Published by John E Boardman

Matthew 8:23-27 KJV [23] And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. [24] And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. [25] And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. [26] And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. [27] But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! This passage is a great one, because in it shows that Jesus was God and He was man. With this passage we see Him as man when He was asleep in verse 24. This is good to know because Jesus can understand how we feel when we are so tired from taking care of our responsibility. For you could be a single parent that is working 2-3 jobs or even more, and you go to work with heavy eyelids and you come home with heavy eyelids. You just want to sleep, but you have to get your children ready for school. You are just so tired that you feel that no one understands you, but if anyone understands being tired from working all day it is definitely Jesus. In Mark 1:21-35 it gives an idea of what Jesus did from sundown to sunup. “And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee. And immediately he left the synagogue and entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. Now Simon’s mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them. That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. And he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him. And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭1:21-35‬ ‭ESV‬‬ For in that passage Jesus was serving from sunup to sundown. He was preaching the word. He was healing people, and He cast demons out of people. He was so busy, that one might understand Him wanting to sleep in one morning. However we do not see that in verse 35. We see Him getting up before the sunrises to quiet place to pray to His Father. Many times throughout the Gospel we hear Jesus referring to God as His Father, and we hear His Father refer to Him as His Son. We read that at Jesus’ baptism, and we read that again in Jesus’ Transfiguration. Jesus being baptized is recorded in all four gospels, and His Transfiguration is in Matthew, Mark, and Like. All of these events in His life reveal to us He was God as well as man at the same time. Going back to the passage that is in the beginning of this post which I said it reveals that Jesus is man with Him sleeping in the boat while a storm is happening and that it shows Him being God. We see Him being God when He rebuked the storm. For only God can have that kind of authority over creation that He created. Therefore in this passage we see that Jesus is man and God. About John Boardman Evangelism Ministry This website’s mission is to share Jesus with others for the purposes of evangelism, disciple making, and observing God’s word to see how Jesus is who He says He is.

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