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How to Stay Pure at the Gym

December 3, 2009

I recently took a bodysculpt class with my wife at the gym.  She mentioned to me that we might want to position ourselves up front, because it might be triggery.  She was right. 

First of all, I’m so glad my wife and I have had the sexual conversations where we can talk like this. 

Secondly, the gym is a triggery place for us guys who are seeking to be sexually pure. 

Here are some things that may help you deal with your gym time:

You might need to avoid the gym for a while – If you are new to recovery,  a key focus for you is to cut things out of your life that are triggery.  The gym may not be the place for you to spend time.  In some gyms, there’s just too much temptation.  Too much opportunity to objectify, lust, and fanaticize. 

Change gyms – I have noticed that certain gyms attract the hot college girls.  They young, hip gyms are rougher places for us trying to be sexually pure.  For some reason, every Bally Total Fitness that I’ve been to attracts the hot crowd. 

Change your hours – Find out the times that the old ladies and the flabby guys go to the gym.  J

Minimize your views – Position yourself with machines, weights, and workout areas that have less to look at.

Move to the front of the class – There are less views at the front of an aerobics class. 

Fire up the TV or I-Pod – Put a movie on the your I-Pod to watch, or keep closer to one of the TV sets. 

Change your exercises – You might need to move to the free weight room where more guys are.  You might consider going to the pool more.  You might take up running, basketball, or racquetball. 

Workout with a buddy – It’s always better to have another friend there with you, especially if he understands your struggles. 

Pray before and after – Let’s not forget to ask God to help us.  Surrender your gym time to Him.  Ask Him for wisdom and strength.

 

WHAT OTHER SUGGESTIONS CAN YOU SHARE?
Leave a blog comment and let us know what has helped you stay pure at the gym. 

3 Comments
  1. December 3, 2009 11:09 am

    thanks for this man. the gym can definitely be a struggle. im there five days a week (typically). i heard a pastor a few weeks back say that you can tell by how a woman is dressed at the gym if she is there to work out or to get worked out. as we fight for purity, i suggest we pray for women of today that they would understand the impact they have on men’s purity.

  2. December 3, 2009 11:18 am

    thanks man!!! the gym can be distracting. i’m there 5 days a week typically. i heard a pastor say once that you can tell by how a woman is dressed at the gym if she is there to work out or to get worked out. as we fight for purity, i pray for women of today. that they would understand the impact they have on men’s purity and that they would be proactive in our fight, not just relying on men not to look, but showing a little (or A LOT in some cases) more modesty and descretion.

    • December 3, 2009 5:46 pm

      Thanks for your comment Craig. Some women know exactly what triggers a guy and dress for it. Others have no clue, and make a guy’s job of staying pure harder.

      The same is true at church. I’ll have a blog soon called “How to Stay Pure at Church”.

      Stay strong, brother!
      Jeff Fisher

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