“And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned
unless he competes to the rules”
(2 Timothy 2:5)
FOR TRAINING TO BE EFFECTIVE it is necessary to respect the principle of progressive overload. An athlete needs a period of adaptation to each new set of exercises.
In addition, it is essential to start from less to more, allowingthe body to assimilate the work done to avoid problems of overtraining or injuries cause by overload or fatigue.
On the other hand. trainers should help during the execution of an exercise, always monitoring the athlete’s technique to avoid injuries.
Each athlete has peculiar characteristics for the performance of an exercise. In order for an exercise to benefit an athlete’s health, it should be based on two pillars: generic readiness of an athlete’s basic physical ability and specific training that will develop the physical qualities most necessary for each sport.
Perseverance is required for training, both on the partthe athlete and the coach. This same perseverance and persistence are one required in the formation of the disciple.
Athletes who infringe the rules in a competition are disqualified. Those who give in to their bad habits and lack of discipline have no chance.
Jim Thorpe (1887—1953) was an American athlete who won Olympic gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon events; he also played football, baseball, and basketball at college and professional levels. He was recognized as the greatest athlete of the first half of the twentieth century in the United States.
He lost his Olympic titles after it was discovered that he had been paid for playing in minor league baseball before competing in the Olympics. His professional career was cut short and he spent his final years in poverty, suffering from chronic alcoholism. In 1983, thirty years after his death, the International Olympic Committee returned his Olympic titles to him. For the crown to be valid, the battle has to be legitimate and according to the rules.
He who legitimately fights reaches the finish line and is applauded as a winner. ” In full view of the spectators, the judge presented him with the emblems of victory—a laurel crown and a palm branch to carry in his right hand. His praise was sung throughout the land; his parents received their share of honor and even the city in which he lived was held in high esteem for having produced so great an athlete’ (The Acts of the Apostles, p. 310).
Soon› end before the universe, the Judge on His throne will grant you the crown of life.