A Little About Me, My Personal Journey in Fitness, & the Lord Jesus Christ
When it comes to starting out on our own personal fitness journey’s we all must start somewhere! For myself, I walked into the gym for the first time back in 2011 weighing 135 pounds soaking wet and couldn’t even press an empty barbell overhead for a couple of reps. I was deconditioned, out of shape, and I knew that I needed to begin working on my health & fitness NOW instead of waiting and further procrastinating while risking myself to get further out of shape & later pay the consequences for it.
After coming home from vacation & realizing just how much I needed this lifestyle change, I remember going online, finding a workout routine that fit my goals, and decided that NOW was the time to make this change. It was the first time I truly set out to commit to a routine and lifestyle change and the results were almost instantaneous as after just a few weeks I started noticing positive changes in my body composition. I was hooked! These results only motivated me to push harder and harder and after I committed myself to a new workout program over the next 6 months my strength continued to increase and I fell in love with the fitness lifestyle. Everyday I studied different routines, forums, and used trial and error to learn all that I could to continue progressing and making gains. The fitness lifestyle became my identity. The app “Instagram” became insanely popular and I began filling up all of my pages and feeds with progress photos and also motivated others to begin their own personal fitness journey’s as well. At this same time I got certified to train others (NASM), started coaching clients online (MattJamesFitness.com) and continued working and progressing toward my own goals.
After about 3 years of coaching clients both online and in-person and working hard every single day dedicating all of my available time to reach my goals, it was in 2014 when God really started to work on me and bring me deep conviction. I realized that this body is only temporary and spending every waking moment on fitness, growing different muscle groups, and my physical appearance that it was only vanity and almost meaningless. It was this time in March of 2014 that I surrendered to the Lord, came to the end of myself as a sinner before a Holy God, and called upon the name of the Lord to save me. This also was the night that everything would change as I was now born-again, redeemed, and begun a personal relationship with my Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Everything changed. I immediately began receiving convictions about things in my life that only the Lord could clean up. I deleted almost all of my shirtless photos, I started talking about my faith publicly, and the Lord began transforming my life to rid me of my sinful past.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV
He taught me that while exercise does profit a little, and taking care of our bodies is great, and does bring glory to Him, that it also can become an idol and must be done with a healthy balance. Fitness was no longer my identity. My identity now, is only found in the One who saved my soul – The Lord Jesus Christ.
For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 KJV
We must remember that body is going to age. Your hair is one day going to turn grey or possibly fall out. Wrinkles will begin to form. Since sin entered this world the result is death. All of our flesh will one day rot and be buried in the ground. However, the soul is eternal. Where will yours go?
The word of God is very clear that those who die in their sins will live in torment in the lake of fire for all of eternity separated from God. Even though we all deserve to go there, God made a way by loving you so much that He sent His own Son to die for you. The Lord Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh, He lived a sinless life, He was crucified, buried, and arose again the third day to make a way to whomever will call upon Him. This is the gospel of the grace of God!
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9 KJV
It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in your past. The apostle Paul persecuted, attacked, and killed Christians before the Lord brought him to repentance. The Bible says that God is not a respector of persons! If you come to the Lord with a humble spirit in sincere repentance and put your faith in the finished work of the cross He WILL save you & He will make all things new.
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15 KJV
I understand that by sharing my faith which is controversial among the world, this may cause many to not sign up for my programs and work with me toward their fitness goals. To be clear, my goal is no longer about making money or getting rich by selling a mass amount of programs. My goal is to help others incorporate and achieve an active, healthy, and flexible fitness lifestyle by working hard toward their goals in a balanced fashion to where Jesus Christ is glorified. If your goal is to workout 6-7 times per week and step on a bodybuilding stage, my programs are not for you. If your goal is to workout 2-5 times per week and adopt a program that is flexible, balanced, and allows for long-term success than I would love to begin working with you!
Being in the fitness industry, there is much vanity and is mainly based on marketing schemes and gimmick products as I’ve found that people will do just about anything to make a quick buck. The amount of mis-information and terrible online coaches that never communicate with their clients is vexing and it is my hope that the Lord will use this platform to be a light in a dark place. It is my goal with my programs to provide support to each of my clients answering in detail any fitness questions that you might have. I know when I first started on my journey, that I had a TON of questions about fitness & nutrition that needed answering and everybody gave me different advice which most times contradicted each other. With my programs it is my goal to build a lasting relationship with each my clients, provide those time-saving answers, and provide you coaching that will allow you to have the knowledge and ability to continue living a balanced & healthy lifestyle even after our coaching has expired.
This is just a short summary of my personal fitness journey and my testimony of how the Lord has changed my life to where I am today. If you’re interested in working together toward your fitness goals using online coaching please don’t hesitate to contact me via the contact form or sign up here and I would love to begin working with you or answer any questions that you may have. Thanks for reading & have a blessed day!