(#DoUEndu) Seriously, Do You Endu?

I planted the seed, began watering it, and gave it plenty of sunlight; I poured compost on top and kept it safe from bugs; I’ve even sung to it and read it stories, and finally all of this effort has done something.

The Endu Tribe has begun to form branches and sprout leaves, just in time for spring.

Finally, a pool of community has formed, and it only seems to be growing. This is only important to say, because a tree without branches and leaves will die.

I don’t want Endu to die. I want to see #DoUEndu all over the place.

I want to see a group of guys or girls “Endu’ing”

I would love for the Endu lifestyle to saturate its way into the world.

Shoot, I wouldn’t even mind seeing some people in Endu gear flexing.

But it takes more than walking around with a gallon jug of water, wearing clothing with weights on them, and owning 200 hundred dollars of over-hyped and under-portioned supplements to grant you the ability to claim the status of a weightlifter. Likewise, going to church, carrying a bible, and saying the phrase “grace” doesn’t make you a Christian. It takes more than a shiny appearance and a few key characteristics to qualify you as something.

The same criterion applies to being part of the Endu tribe. First off, being a Christian should already garner a certain lifestyle. Secondly, being serious about health or competition should cause aptitude for another. If you combine the two you will have a happy bundle of joy named Endu.

I definitely didn’t start Christianity, and I didn’t create crossfit /powerlifting  /strongman /weightlifting. But I am trying to string the core values of them together.

Sure, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of individual websites for each of these groups, but how many focus on both? In 2012 I did a search, and the results were pitiful. There are a few websites for Christians and yoga, which sounds like an oxymoron to me, but few for serious Christian strength and endurance athletes.

That’s when I decided it was time to form the Endu creed.

First and foremost, emphasis should remain on Christ. Whether you’re drinking a protein shake, or sqatting a few-hundred pounds, the glory should be for Him. It’s not impossible to do, it just takes a humble heart. That brings me to the second part of the creed.

Humility will produce more results than pride. Do you know what pride has gotten us? It’s turned sin into a household commodity, caused the egos of athletes to be more entertaining than their performance, and has created the despicable act of showing off; which can turn a healthy athlete into an injured one.

Finding a humble person is like finding gold now-a-days. Don’t be mistaken, humility comes in many forms. A quiet person isn’t always humble, and a loud one isn’t always prideful. Pride is displayed in both the large and the small characters of someone’s actions. Like how they dress for instance.

Modesty will put the emphasis on action, not on aesthetic. I have a counter cultural rule when it comes to training – sleeves are mandatory.  I ALWAYS catch flak at first for this.

“It’s just more comfortable,” they say “I’m not trying to show off,” they protest. But at the end of the day the truth always comes out. If it is true that less clothing is more comfortable, then why aren’t all of the guys walking around in their dad’s old basketball shorts?

 People wear less clothing, because it shows more skin, and more skin gets more attention. It is important, nay, necessary to wear your beliefs on your sleeves, but you can’t do that if you’re not wearing sleeves.

The next part of the creed is to train right, and to train smart. Sure, I’m happy that people are getting up and working out. But if time is crucial, then why waste it? A combination of research and clinical advice has produced a myriad of ways to get better. Most of which seems to be ignored.

Like I said, it’s wonderful that more people are exercising. But sadly, a lot of people get conned into paying more money for less results. If you had to open a crate would you buy 1,000 dollar super shiny diamond coated gloves, or would you use a crowbar? I don’t know about you, but I’d use the crowbar. This is what Endu tries to facilitate; education to get better results.

Finally and possibly most importantly, is the creed to be strengthened. This reaches and spans past physical strength. Don’t get me wrong, striving for physical strength is important, but we should be chasing spiritual strength. The race isn’t to achieve bigger biceps or faster marathon times, it’s to get closer to God. How strong can you really be, when the weight of sin constantly crushes you? The answer; not very.

Anyone that wants to live the life of an Endu Tribesman should just follow the creed: Keep the emphasis on Christ, and use humility to produce progress. Use modesty to improve athletics not aesthetics, and train right and smart. Chase strength both physically and spiritually. That is how to Endu.

Let’s change the world, or at least the fitness community. 

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
EPC - Board Certified Exercise Physiologist

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The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

The Effects of Glucose Supplementation on Barbell Velocity and Fatiguability in Weightlifting - A pilot study"

The Accute Effects Of Different Squat Intensities on Vertical Jump Performances
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Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.