In my eight-plus years as a fitness instructor and 20 years as an athlete, I always have strived for the perfect body.
My time in the gym has led me to notice certain things. For example, when most people hit the gym, they train to have a "God Body." This term is usually used to refer to the Greek Gods' body types, such as Zeus and the Greek Heroes such as Hercules and Achilles. But what about Jesus?
Jesus was not a skinny man like the one portrayed on every crucifix in the world because he was a carpenter. Carpenters were not weak. They built houses and other buildings as trade with little to no equipment and minimal manpower.
Imagine carrying loads of bricks around all day and stacking them together to build your home. Your strength and endurance would increase in a matter of weeks. In biblical times their careers were not chosen based on education. They were chosen based on what you naturally were good at. This realization led me to believe that Jesus had to have been ripped.
He probably could've out benched and out squatted most people in the gym nowadays because his trade involved him in picking up and carry heavy things consistently for hours at a time. This does not include all the walking he did, so cardio wasn't an issue either.
Carpenter strength is the term that represents all the physical traits of Jesus.
As well as a builder of homes, he also built souls through his preaching, and at the end of his life, the sacrifice for all our sins built the houses for all of us in heaven.
Next time you hit the gym, try to achieve carpenter strength.
This type of strength is not limited to just being able to lift as much as possible, but it mentally and physically prepares you to master the weight room like a skilled trade instead of a hobby.