I have been going to a spin class for about nine months now and I have had the time of my life! I remember how excited I was when I found out that CycleBar(c) was literally 5 minutes away from my house because I’d been telling everyone that I wanted to take a spin class since forever! On March 21st, 2017, I took my first spin class! Within the first 10 minutes, I regretted every ounce of my excitement. With much consistency and goal setting, I’m able to ride an easy 2 miles prior to the start of our 50 minutes class. Within the class, I’ve been able to push at least 12 to 15 miles with much focus and effort.
But I find myself no longer excited about what I’ve become passionate about which was exercise and pushing myself past my mental blocks. Why? I’ve plateaued out. I can’t seem to get past this ceiling within my workout. I find myself giving up on the points when I know I would be able to push past even 3 months ago. So I frustratingly asked myself, “Tracy...What in the world are you doing? Why won’t you press through?!!” I am telling you that I would be on the verge of tears! During one of our speed races, my favorite instructor told the class that if you want to climb up the leaderboard then you would have to turn up your resistance and work through it.
I couldn’t understand why I was so emotional about this. I sat down and realized that I have been feeling like this in more than one area of my life -- THE RESISTANCE OF GROWTH!
When someone works out by lifting weights and/or doing resistance training, they are causing microscopic tears in the muscles. This is what causes the soreness for about 3-5 days. Research has shown that it is best to workout through the pain in order for the new muscle to be built in between the microtrauma areas. This is what causes the growth of muscles. Now, people do have to understand and see the difference between good soreness and an injury. Not being attentive enough to your body or being overzealous can cause much damage and permanent injury.
We have an absolute need for resistance in order to build up our spiritual muscles in order to withstand the wiles of the enemy (and the inner me). Life can seem heavy at times and we can feel like we are going through the same things over and over, but we are lifting the weights of life by casting our cares to the feet of Jesus. The thing some people don’t like is having to go to the same place doing the same thing. After a while it becomes mundane and boring; it can feel like you are running around in circles and there is no need in doing it. NOTHING IS CHANGING! These are the exact feelings that I had in my spin class. I felt like I was doing the same thing and going to the same place and nothing was changing.
But we should count it not strange when we face the fiery trials as if something strange has happened to us. These things are the very gateway of our perseverance, character, and hope (Romans 5:1-5). The resistance causes us to see that we are going from one level to another, and as stated, in 1 Peter 4, we are availing ourselves for the glory of the Lord to be revealed in our lives.
We are growing and it is a necessity for anyone who wants to “go to the next place”. We have to work through and work with the resistance while we are hurting and while doubting ourselves. We know that we will make it and see daylight even in the darkest stretches of our lives. Understand these feelings are momentary as long as we keep going! Don’t stop...it will get easier and you will be able to stand on top of this opposition and set another goal and you will work until you face another round of resistance training. But the encouraging thing is that it is more than what you can handle now because every round goes higher and higher! I’m not saying that to scare or upset you but to encourage you. What you think you can’t handle now is what you will be standing on in a time to come!