⚓Anchored to the Core!⚓
“Hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…”
It allows you to move in any direction, helps maintain balance, and prevents falls.
It helps you boot a soccer ball, spiral a football, fire a pitch.
It maintains stability when you carry groceries, bend to pick something up, and lift your child to your hip.
Of course, I am talking about your core.
“Abs are made in the kitchen,” my friend says.
Well, yes they are. But they’re also built in the gym.
They’re built through abdominal exercises. Lots of moves strengthen and tighten the obliques, and the transverse and rectus abdominis. Russian Twists, planks, crunches, bicycles, just to name a few. Some exercises are more achievable when the abs are developed. A push-up requires a strong core--you must engage your center before you can push your body up off the floor.
The core is defined as a central and often foundational part usually distinct from the enveloping part by a difference in nature. It is also a basic, essential, or enduring part.
Essentially, everything revolves around our core, and all the things our body can do, it can do even better when our core is strong, steady, and secure. Our core is like our anchor, supporting our body to do the heavy lifting required to propel us through our day.
I am a runner. Running is the love language of exercise to me. So, when I became a personal trainer, the first classes I offered were running courses. Each running session ended with an abdominal circuit because I know to increase the stability of my runners’ hips, pelvis, and knees they need to strengthen their abs.
And now that I’ve started doing some work with high school athletes, I’ve seen the importance of strong abdominal muscles in virtually every exercise, from the bench press to the sprint. When an athlete comes to me for training, one of the first areas I identify weakness is in their core. So, I write exercises that build up their core muscles, and those muscles in turn support them in their sport.
The first part of Hebrews chapter 6 verse 19, says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” An anchor is a device used to hold a boat in a particular place. It is also a reliable or principal support. When we put our hope in the security of Christ, our soul is anchored in Him.
Our core gets its start in the kitchen. What we feed our bodies directly relates to how it looks and how we feel. But the real magic happens when we train our core when we put in the work in the gym that strengthens and tightens and sculpts our abdominal muscles.
In the same way, our soul is anchored in hope simply because Christ died for us. Our soul gets its start when we invite him into our hearts. But the real magic happens when we open our bibles, get lost in His word, and surrender fully to the promises and security only He can give.
Next time you get into plank position (my all-time favorite core exercise), remember this verse…
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain…” Hebrews 6:19.
And as you train your core to be strong and secure, remember that in Christ, the hope you have is also firm and steadfast. While a ship’s anchor goes down to the ocean floor below, we can celebrate that as Christians, our anchor goes up to the heavenly sanctuary.
Pam Karkow - CTC Influencer