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Friday, May 7, 2021

The IFL Live On US Sports Presented by CoachTube - Massachusetts Pirates @ Bismarck Bucks

 

How to Maximize Tackling Efficiency within Scheme


We’ve gone through the era of the Hawk tackle and various certifications and made a ton of progress in the teaching of tackling in regard to safety.  Since then (2014), not much new knowledge has been shared, especially in terms of how the tackle fits into the scheme and how to be sure technique is married to scheme.


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All of those techniques had a foundation in rugby. Rugby players don’t wear helmets so protecting their face and head with proper technique is critical, and the techniques made football safer.  The only problem, and this was said to me directly by a rugby tackling expert, is that rugby is not football. Rugby does not have the dynamic of the schemes which include blockers and fits.  So while the technique of the tackle is an upgrade, you still need to account for scheme.

In that regard, Fordham assistant Vince DiGaetano has put together an approach around a philosophy he calls the 3 C’s which he explains in the video (click here to watch videos):

Thursday, May 6, 2021

The IFL Live On US Sports Net Presented by CoachTube - Louisville Xtreme @ Green Bay Blizzard

 

Evolve your Defense with Quarter, Quarter Half to Stop RPO


Good defenses and defensive coaches evolve, and that’s exactly what has happened for Jason Makrinos and the University of Findlay defense. Having lived in a quarters world for a long time, Coach Makrinos felt that his defense was constantly in conflict. That’s not a good thing in an RPO era where placing players in conflict is a key for offensive success. 

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That led him on a search for something better and allowed him to evolve his defense. He found it with quarter-quarter-half coverage. It gave him a run fit of a Cover 3, which allows a plus one in the box, but still allows him to be in a split safety coverage that allows him to play the field and the boundary how he would like it.

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In 2019, it helped the Oiler defense to a #5 ranking nationally in turnovers. Everyone knows the importance of turnover margin as a key factor in winning.  

Prior to coming to Findlay, Makrinos  was the co-defensive coordinator at FCS Duquesne University. Makrinos coached a defense that statistically improved in multiple important measurables including: points allowed, pass defense, interceptions, and third down defense. In that season, the Dukes' red zone defense was seventh in the country in the FCS. He has the Oilers on that trajectory as well. Keep reading.........

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Louder With Crowder Live Presented on US Sports Net By FlexFit Virtual Personal Training System

                                                                               




Saturday, May 1, 2021

Indoor Football League Live! Mass Pirates at Green Bay Blizzard Presented on US Sports Network by CoachTube Football!

 

Be Physical with Reach Block Fundamentals

The outside zone play is a versatile scheme that can have a profound impact on any offense. Kyle Flood, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the University of Texas, gives some detailed points on how to remain physical when running outside zone. 


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Coach Flood starts by describing reach blocks, the most fundamental block of the outside zone play. When reach blocking, offensive linemen try to gain leverage on the play side half of the defensive lineman aligned in the play side gap. Rather than bucket stepping, losing ground to gain ground, or other passive ways to gain leverage, Coach Flood describes some techniques that allow your offensive lineman to dominate at the line of scrimmage while still attempting to gain outside leverage on a play side defender. 

Flood defines reach blocks in two ways:

1. On the body (Figure 1)

a. The defender is aligned over the tip of the shoulder pad of the offensive lineman

2. Off the body (Figure 2)

a. The defender is not lined up over the offensive lineman at all

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Figure 1 (On the Body)

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Figure 2 (Off the Body)

For on the body reach blocks, the offensive lineman's objective is to capture the play side half of the defensive lineman. For aiming points, Flood says the blocker must:

Place his nose on the defender’s play side number

Place hands inside the framework of the defender (on the chest plate)

And smother the defender with his feet. Some say step on the defender’s toes.

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This is not always a block that is achieved right away, and often the offensive lineman has too strain for several yards to try to reach his aiming points. Once outside leverage is gained (Figure 3), The offensive lineman must press vertically into the defender. Flood says that he wants his offensive linemen to block their defenders upfield, not just side to side.

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(Figure 3: Vertical push once outside leverage is achieved.)

Coach Flood explains on the body reach in the video below.


For off the body reach blocks, aiming points slightly change:

Target slides from play side number to the midline of the defender

Hit defender down the middle with face pointed outside the defender play side

If the landmark remained at the outside number, the blocker’s angle must be flatter. This allows for the offensive lineman to get beat inside, which could result in disruption in the backfield.

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With these landmarks, the defender lined up off of the body of the defender must make a choice. He can:

 Play the gap that he is aligned in, and the ball will go inside of him. The offense is generally okay with this because since the defender is already aligned so wide, the gap becomes elongated and easier to run through. 

Get greedy and jump inside of the block. In this case, the offensive lineman has made solid contact because he struck the defender right down his middle, and now the defense has no edge because the down lineman vacated his assigned gap. 

These landmarks will allow your offensive linemen to play fast and physical-- not worrying about losing ground to gain ground or bucket stepping, but rather owning an angle and firing off of the football. 

Coach Flood is at Texas now after winning an FBS National Championship with Alabama.  He details all his techniques in his course “Run Game Fundamentals.”

Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Rock Almighty Devotional, Praise, and Worship with LoveWar and Overcoming The Sin Of Racism

 

RESPONDING TO THE GRACE OF GOD



As children, we may have been told to put serious effort into everything we did. Usually that’s good advice, and adults no doubt meant well when they said it.


However, when it comes to how to respond to what Jesus did for us on the cross, self-effort means absolutely nothing. The proper response is to set aside our hard work to deserve God’s favor, and simply believe.




Faith in what God did may seem overly simple, which is partly why so many people miss the mark in this area. Jesus died for our sins and was resurrected to give us hope; His death and resurrection made it possible for us to be in right-standing with God, if we believe. We will never be justified in God’s eyes by our works, but by our faith in Christ. Thinking that our righteousness came by our works frustrates the grace of God, and Christ would have died in vain if that were true.

Jesus has completed everything necessary for our salvation. There is nothing left for us to do except believe this. When people asked Him what works they could do to please God, Jesus explained that the only work required was to believe in the one God had sent. When we feel compelled to “do” something, we must remember that believing should come before doing.    

This is not to say that doing is not important—it is. We just need to distinguish between doing something to get God to move and doing something in response to what He already did. Our acts of faith are extremely important; they move us into a position to receive things that have already been made available to us, such as healing, peace, joy, and prosperity. It does no good to declare our faith without following up with works, because faith without works is dead.

Being content, believing in God’s love, and resisting worry and stress help us to receive His undeserved favor. His grace is sufficient for us. Resting in this knowledge is our proper response.

Prayer:

Lord, we no longer have to work hard to earn Your approval; You already approve of us when we believe in Your Son and what He did. We choose to respond to this by meditating on it and staying at peace. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scriptures:

Galatians 2:16, 21

John 6:28, 29, NLT

James 2:14, 26

2 Corinthians 12:9

For more on responding to God’s unearned, undeserved favor toward us, click on the link to find the five-message series, 10 Ways to Respond to Grace, in our eStore. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Jesus' Peace is Successful Peace and FAITH TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE

 

FAITH TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE

by Creflo Dollar 




We live in a world filled with doubt and uncertainty. Over time, we most likely have become accustomed to a heavy weight of negativity that surrounds us. As believers, one of the most difficult things we can do is to fight off the waves of unbelief crashing around us and stay focused on God’s Word. When others tell us about what isn’t possible, our trust in Jesus gives us the ability to do the impossible.


We’re involved in a battle every day, but it’s a spiritual fight taking place in the mind. Our enemy, Satan, regularly works through other people and situations trying to convince us to accept an “it’s hopeless” mindset. He says to look around us and see what’s happening, and suggests that maybe what we’re believing for is impossible By comparison, God says to look up, because limitations don’t exist in Him. “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).

Jesus gave this encouragement to a man whose son was possessed by demons, who came to Him for help out of desperation. No one else had been able to help them, and the situation looked impossible. What made the difference was not just what Jesus did, but the man’s willingness to have faith in Him. “And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief” (Mark 9:24). This is the kind of faith we need to overcome our own personal demons when they show up.

The devil’s lies and attacks take many forms; he always aims for our weakest points, trying to find a chink in our armor. He has influenced the world because most people don’t know the power of having unshakable faith in Jesus. However, despite the inroads the devil has made, our right-believing gives us the power to stop him in his tracks. “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16).

Unbelief itself is sin; letting it enter into our minds can make our spirits heavy with discouragement and despair. Getting distracted by what’s going on around us and losing our focus on Jesus only reinforces our fear and contaminates our faith. When we begin feeling this way, surrounding ourselves with other believers strengthens us and redirects our focus back to where it should be. “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:1, 2).

We can’t base our beliefs on what we see, because what we see is too unreliable. Things can change right before our eyes. Trusting in what God says keeps us grounded. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).

We don’t have to settle for the type of defeat that others with no spiritual vision meekly accept. We know the joy of Jesus’ victory over the impossible; we also know that we share in this victory.“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). Relying on what Christ did for us on the cross quiets the doubters, pessimists, and skeptics who tell us something can’t be done. His finished works prove otherwise.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

US Sports Football Week 1 IFL Action Presented on US Sports Net By Game Planner Pro

 STEAMWHEELERS PREVAIL

by Dakota W. Zientek CEDAR RAPIDS - In the inaugural game of the 2021 season, the River Kings squared up against the Quad City Steamwheelers in a long-awaited matchup for the IFL community. With an almost completely new roster, the River Kings were ready to line up against someone without a River Kings uniform. For Cedar Rapids, they find themselves losing game one 54-39 in a tough-fought battle against the Steamwheelers.
In the first quarter, the River Kings had a few missed opportunities, but all-in-all, the team, as it is almost completely new from last season, seems to be creating chemistry all across the board. Unfortunately for the River Kings, their first play of the 2020 IFL season was spent watching the Steamwheelers' kick returner, Keyvan Rudd, find his way to the end zone. The River Kings' first drive was ruled a turnover on downs, however, over the next few drives, the Cedar Rapids' offense, behind 27-year-old quarterback Derrick Bernard, showed a lot of promise for Cedar Rapids fans with his quick agility, strong arm, and playmaker mentality. He went 9/25 with 72 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception through the air. On the ground, he rushed seven times for 42 yards and a touchdown showing that he truly is a dual-threat to the opponent at hand. To close the first half, the River Kings found themselves down big, as the score favored Quad Cities 40-13. While morale could have been assumed to be low, the River Kings came back kicking in the second half. At the beginning of the second half, Derrick Bernard and the River Kings offense found themselves scoring on their first drive from half-time. After being scored on with less than 20 seconds left in the first half, the River Kings considered this their answer. This gave the River Kings a much-needed spark, both on offense and defense. The Cedar Rapids defense only gave up one score during the third quarter, which put the score at 47-21: Quad Cities, going into the final quarter of play. With an energizing fourth quarter effort, the River Kings didn't go down without a fight. Scoring two touchdowns in the final minute, the U.S. Cellular Center was jumping with energy. However, the River Kings ran out of time, causing them to leave the arena with a lonely tally in the loss column and determination for a win in Week 2. Next up for Cedar Rapids is a trip down to San Diego, where the River Kings will square up against the Strike Force. If you're unable to make the trip to sunny San Diego, take an easier trip to the Indoor Football League's YouTube Channel, where you can catch all the action in real-time from the comfort of your couch. Also, be sure to follow the River Kings' Twitter account, @GoRiverKings, for up-to-date coverage during games.

SAN DIEGO STRIKE FORCE TAKES DOWN BUCKS 50-36 by Tori Pizzuto SAN DIEGO, California (March 8, 2020) – The Strike Force defeated the Bismarck Bucks 50-36 in their 2020 IFL Regular Season Week 1 opener in North Dakota on Sunday, March 8. The Bucks jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after converting on their opening drive via a three-yard rush by Eric Lauderdale and then a nine-yard rush by quarterback Tasleem Wilson following a failed field goal attempt by the Strike Force. San Diego responded before the end of the quarter after quarterback Michael Carrillo was able to scramble and connect on a shovel pass in the flat to running back Nathaniel Chavious who sprinted up the sideline untouched for a 31-yard score. The lead swung in the second quarter in favor of the Strike Force after a one-yard touchdown run by Chavious and a 42-yard touchdown pass from Carrillo to Marques Rodgers. The San Diego defense held the Bucks to only field-goal attempts before the half (both missed) before closing out the quarter with the 21-17 lead. Last year’s IFL Special Teams Player of the Year Marques Rodgers made his touchdown debut for the 2020 season with a second-half kick return for a 45-yard touchdown to retake a 28-24 lead. After a defensive stop in the end zone via an interception by rookie defensive back Daquawn Brown, San Diego failed to capitalize and fumbled the snap in the end zone resulting in a Bismarck safety. The Bucks added a 40-yard field goal by Cody Barber on their ensuing possession to give Bismarck a one-point advantage at 28-29. Late in the fourth quarter, the Strike Force went back on top 35-29 after Carrillo found receiver Donta Armstrong on a play-action toss turned 22-yard touchdown pass but Bismarck responded with the longest scoring play in team history as Zuril Hendrick returned a missed field goal by the Strike Force for 50-yards and a score. San Diego went on to score twice to close out the game, first off a 45-yard kick return by Isaiah Bernard and then a six-yard touchdown run by Nathaniel Chavious for the 50-36 victory. Next Saturday, March 14th the Strike Force will host the Cedar Rapids River Kings at Pechanga Arena San Diego with a 6:05 p.m. PT kickoff. Tailgate activities will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. Season and Group Tickets are still on sale for Strike Force home games starting as low as $12 per ticket. Parking is free on game days. For tickets, call or text the Strike Force at 619-340-1300 or visit https://bit.ly/21FootballTics for more information. More below......



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SAN DIEGO STRIKE FORCE TAKES DOWN BUCKS 50-36 by Tori Pizzuto SAN DIEGO, California (March 8, 2020) – The Strike Force defeated the Bismarck Bucks 50-36 in their 2020 IFL Regular Season Week 1 opener in North Dakota on Sunday, March 8. The Bucks jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after converting on their opening drive via a three-yard rush by Eric Lauderdale and then a nine-yard rush by quarterback Tasleem Wilson following a failed field goal attempt by the Strike Force. San Diego responded before the end of the quarter after quarterback Michael Carrillo was able to scramble and connect on a shovel pass in the flat to running back Nathaniel Chavious who sprinted up the sideline untouched for a 31-yard score. The lead swung in the second quarter in favor of the Strike Force after a one-yard touchdown run by Chavious and a 42-yard touchdown pass from Carrillo to Marques Rodgers. The San Diego defense held the Bucks to only field-goal attempts before the half (both missed) before closing out the quarter with the 21-17 lead. Last year’s IFL Special Teams Player of the Year Marques Rodgers made his touchdown debut for the 2020 season with a second-half kick return for a 45-yard touchdown to retake a 28-24 lead. After a defensive stop in the end zone via an interception by rookie defensive back Daquawn Brown, San Diego failed to capitalize and fumbled the snap in the end zone resulting in a Bismarck safety. The Bucks added a 40-yard field goal by Cody Barber on their ensuing possession to give Bismarck a one-point advantage at 28-29. Late in the fourth quarter, the Strike Force went back on top 35-29 after Carrillo found receiver Donta Armstrong on a play-action toss turned 22-yard touchdown pass but Bismarck responded with the longest scoring play in team history as Zuril Hendrick returned a missed field goal by the Strike Force for 50-yards and a score. San Diego went on to score twice to close out the game, first off a 45-yard kick return by Isaiah Bernard and then a six-yard touchdown run by Nathaniel Chavious for the 50-36 victory.
Next Saturday, March 14th the Strike Force will host the Cedar Rapids River Kings at Pechanga Arena San Diego with a 6:05 p.m. PT kickoff. Tailgate activities will begin at approximately 2:00 p.m. with doors opening at 5:00 p.m. Season and Group Tickets are still on sale for Strike Force home games starting as low as $12 per ticket. Parking is free on game days. For tickets, call or text the Strike Force at 619-340-1300 or visit
https://bit.ly/21FootballTics for more information.

Friday, April 23, 2021

The StrengthCast PowerShow. The Pec Show Must Go On and The Quickest Way In Existence To Get Stronger chest muscles

The Quickest Way In Existence To Get Stronger chest muscles

  • Author James Frye

Best Workouts For Reducing Weight And Building Muscle

Strength training not only makes you stronger but can help you to

achieve fat loss as well as tone up your hips, thighs and buttocks in the process. Would you like to find out why free-weight exercises such as the Bench Press can be so effective any time you want to get

ripped? 




  • Muscle is very active at the cellular level, even when you are resting. You heighten this activity during

strength training, and, more importantly for weight loss, as you recover

afterwards. When they restore themselves

by way of protein synthesis, your muscles burn up calories from fat even after you end your workout.

Try to develop your chest muscles as much as you

can, because the more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn. It makes no difference whether

you're playing chess, or doing back to

back sets of the Bench Press, or another physically

challenging movement like the Board Press.

Body fat, in contrast, makes

virtually no demands on the metabolism.

What is the optimal rep range to use in the Bench Press for pectoral muscles improvement?

Experienced trainers in explosive power sports, including Strongman Competition and Powerlifting, regularly make it their mission to attain new One Rep Maximum lifts. Newbies to exercising your body with free weights or machines should not have a shot at these kind of 1RM lifts as they can result in muscle tears. Nevertheless you can find on the web, sites that have specialized calculators that enable you to determine what your 1RM is, using repetitions taken to failure employing a smaller amount of weight:

  • Low Weight: 55% and below of one's 1RM. It is best to get at a minimum 20 reps of the Bench Press just before your pectoral muscles begin tiring.

  • Moderate Intensity: 50-75Percent of your 1RM. This is an effective way to increase muscle size and definition. Go with a load which allows about 8-15 reps on each set.

  • High Intensity: 70-100 Percent of your 1RM. Here is the low rep (1-5) zone that people in explosive power sports, like Strongman Competition and Olympic Weightlifting use to get super strong.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The 5 Laws of Law Enforcement Training and Deputy Shoots Suspect While He Gets Hit in The Head With Metal Pipe

 

The 5 Laws of Law Enforcement Training

  • Author Ryan Patrick

Listen up, if you are a tactical officer, you must look the part as much as you act it.

Having a great shot with your pistol will only get you so far and there will be scenarios in which you'll need to learn to use your physical attributes. When that time comes, you better be primed and ready for battle, bottom line. With all else held equal, the more fit officer will be superior.



I've had the pleasure of working with the Lexington, KY Emergency Response Unit, a team that finished 3rd in the World S.W.A.T. Games (www.originalswat.com)! Talk about a bad a** group of guys who can raise the bar. They took every training session to the next level and there was never a dull moment. They were a team that knew how to work together and it showed. My success training them and further study has led me to develop 5 critical points that every officer should follow.

  1. Dynamic Flexibility Warm-up

Grumble, grumble. I hear the cries that big law enforcement men don't need any kind of flexibility. If you aren't familiar, dynamic flexibility has pretty much become the standard warm-up protocol in the fitness industry. Why? Dynamic flexibility is a series of active stretches, rather than the classic "sit and hold". You'll gain movement in 'stiff' joints and learn to stabilize the necessary joints. This is important for the law enforcement officer because it keeps their body in proper alignment. As much as some officers drive around to, it's essential that proper posture and alignment be restored after extended periods of inactivity.

At the drop a hat, danger can approach and the prepared officer will be prepared to react--without having to roll the shoulders and stretch the hammies. This warm-up also facilitates optimal movement patterns that help maximize the efficiency of the workout. Don't be a washed-up has-been who used to be great in the field, make sure you take care of the important aspects of your body especially as you age.

  1. Do not Bodybuild

Before I get into this, I understand many police officers are recreational bodybuilders who actually compete. That is fine, and having been on stage myself I fully endorse this. However, if we ask ourselves, "what will be most beneficial for the job's requirements?", we can quickly see how body part training can flat out suck.

I cannot stress the importance of being able to manage your bodyweight--chin ups, push ups, various single leg squats are just starters. When you are in the field the ability to handle yourself will dictate your performance in critical times--not your ability to lie on your back and press a weight. Will you be able to handle yourself or be some wimp who's only good with machines?

Most bodybuilding exercises are predominately done in the sagittal plane. In addition, there isn't going to be many opportunities to shoulder press a criminal, save the bodyslam. The elite police officer needs to be strong in all three planes of motion. There are a number of ways to go about this that do not involve BOSU Balls and bands. A great start would be the addition of single legwork to your lower body days--single leg squats, Bulgarian split squats, and various lunges. When you do upper body days, try doing a simple standing single-arm shoulder press; this forces the contralateral side to resist rotation, thus strengthening the transverse and frontal plane. Then try it with a kettlebell or small sandbag. The idea of being strong all over lends itself to the next bullet too.

  1. Odd Object Training

There is some aura of odd object training that just screams TESTOSTERONE. What's more satisfying to the Alpha Officer than keg tosses or sandbag carries? The beauty of the odd object training is first and foremost the instability of the tools used. They require unequal loading across the body in various proportions and in no predictable way. For instance, the sandbag is rarely ever in the same position or carried the exact same way, so the cumbersome nature of it helps strengthen in multiple planes.

For a police officer in the real world, odd object has another unparalleled benefit. Under load of a dummy, sandbag, or sled drag you will experience a huge oxygen deprivation (cardio effect) while still toting around extremely heavy weights (strength effect). This combination of strength and cardiovascular activity rolled into one has an accelerative effect on altering body composition. On top of that, you adapt to performing under local muscular fatigue; meaning when you are out of breath, under load, and muscles burning you will learn to push through. This is instrumental in enabling tired officers to move efficiently even when loaded up with their gear.

Remember, fatigue masks fitness, so learn not just to work, but perform while exhausted. I cannot stress the importance of utilizing odd objects such as kettlebells, dummies, sandbags, sleds, and sledgehammers among many others.

  1. Performance Under Fatigue

Fact: mental acuity and cognition can significantly break down with fatigue. It is imperative to retain the ability to perform critical and technical skills under fatigue. Have you ever ran a distance and attempted to have a steady aim? If you have, I'm sure you noticed the fatigue. There are a couple of ways to go about this and some are more practical than others.

You can attempt to actually shoot your gun after an obstacle course or some fatiguing task. This is probably only an option if you have an obstacle course built near a shooting range. In more recreational settings it could be beneficial to assume a shooting position, either knee or lying, and attempt to steady your breathing in a effort to control unwanted motion in your arms and torso immediately after finishing a set. Other options include highly challenging stability exercises (no, not the BOSU). The need for stability will naturally alter your breathing patterns and one can quickly learn how to gain control.

Let's say it's a blistering hot day and you just finished a 60 yd heavy sled drag. The first thing on your mind is going to be laying on the bed of the truck trying to gasp for breath, but you should have a partner ask you a few simple math problems to see how well you can concentrate under fatigue. I'm not saying to join the mathlete team, but little tests of aptitude such as this can create greater clarity in real world situations. In a nutshell, learn to be proficient at both mental and physical tasks when under extreme fatigue and you'll excel in the community or city you serve.

  1. Cooperative Training

One aspect of training I slightly allude to is having a partner for this or that. Cooperative training, either with a partner or team, should be the foundation of your training. It's a police force. A military unit. You're not James Bond or some secret assassin.

Tactical officers should train together because they will be working together in the field. The officers that work together will continually make more significant progress that those who don't. When one or more of the team is having an off day, there will be someone there to pick them up. This favor will be later reciprocated when another person sets the bar for the rest to emulate.

Beyond training together, actually be accountable to someone else. Some people have the motivation to stick to a specific plan and reach their goals, but others need the accountability factor and owning up to another person can provide that. If none of the others, follow this tip because some of the others will fall into place naturally, but nothing can take the place of great lifting partners.

Ryan Patrick is a personal trainer, student, and competitive bodybuilder. He won a Strongman Competition at the University of Kentucky in 2007. He'll begin a MS in Exercise Science at Colorado State in the Fall 2008. For questions, comments, or more information about his services visit his blog at [http://patrickperformance.blogspot.com](http://patrickperformance.blogspot.com)

Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Rock Almighty Devotional, Praise, and Worship with Gideon's Army

 

RADICAL GRACE From CDM



None of us can claim to be perfect; we all make our share of mistakes in life. We’re all familiar with the guilt and self-condemnation that come when we mess up, but how we handle our mistakes determines if we can recover and move forward. The world points the finger of blame and makes us feel guilty for what we did. At times like this, what we really need is mercy and forgiveness, which is what we find in Jesus Christ. (Continued below.....)





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Christ, who is full of grace and truth, is the exact opposite of what we see around us. When He came to earth, He showed what the “Word made flesh” looks like, and offered mercy and forgiveness to those who needed it most. During Jesus’ ministry, people were accustomed to living according to the law given by Moses; what Jesus offered was radically different. We need Him just as much now as the people did then.

When we sin, religion tells us we must work hard to earn forgiveness. By contrast, grace is unearned, unmerited favor from God. Receiving something like this is hard for most people to comprehend because it’s so simple. We receive grace by God’s kindness, not by our good works; otherwise, His grace wouldn’t be what it really is—free and undeserved.

When we make Jesus our Lord and Savior, we receive God’s forgiveness not only for our past mistakes, but also for the ones we haven’t even made yet. Knowing God has already forgiven us makes it easier for us to forgive ourselves. Having faith in this truth saves us from getting bogged down in self-effort when we miss the mark; what we receive is a gift from God and isn’t from our own doing. 

God sent us Jesus not to condemn us, but to save us; we’ll never be condemned when we believe in Him. When everyone else is struggling but too weak to do the right thing, we’re strengthened through the grace that God gives us through Christ Jesus.  Our sins are no match for God’s favor.

Prayer:

Lord, when others are trapped in self-effort and suffering from self-condemnation for their mistakes, we find freedom through Your mercy and forgiveness. This is like a breath of fresh air in a suffocating world. Thank You for your undeserved favor. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Scriptures:

John 1:14, 17

Romans 11:6, NLT

Ephesians 2:8, 9, AMPC

John 3:17, 18

2 Timothy 2:1

Romans 5:20

For more on how God’s favor brings us mercy and forgiveness, click on the link to find the three-message series, From Condemnation to Grace, in our eStore