The Rabbi with Barbells

faith motivation Jul 14, 2017

Rabbi Carolyn Braun is the state of Portland’s first female Conservative rabbi. Although coming from a non-religious family, knew that she wanted to become a rabbi at the age of 10. However, her story gets even more unconventional. Fitness had always been a part of her life, as she used to run. She also worked out with Israelson (member of six US powerlifting teams and a two-time world champion) where she worked on general fitness and strength training, before Israelson suggested powerlifting. Fast-forward March of 2017, Braun competed in her state’s first-ever all-woman’s powerlifting competition, lifting almost 600 pounds across three events. She says, “In powerlifting, you have to be very centered, very balanced. Somebody’s helping you do that… It balances my life incredibly”.

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How To Keep Your Faith Strong - Building Functional Faith

faith Mar 24, 2017

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Hello everyone!

Today is Soul Food Sunday!

Over the past two weeks, we have been sharing about a series entitled “How to Develop Functional Faith”, and we’re using the analogy of training physical muscles to help you see the similarities in developing your faith muscles. We’re fitness professionals and so we’re using the metaphor of fitness and faith. Both fitness and faith are strengthened through heavy burdens, and testing and trials and tribulations.

The first week, we talked about the Foundation Phase, the Reason for your goals. Why do you want to achieve them? Why do you want Functional Faith? What are you fighting for?

Last week we talked about the Reflection Phase. There are two storytellers in our heads: your SIN Nature which is negative and puts you down: “I can’t do this, I’m not good enough.” And your SPIRIT nature which is positive and says, “I can do it, I...

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How To Keep Your Faith - Building Functional Faith

faith Mar 13, 2017

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Hey guys!

Today is Soul Food Sunday!

We want to help you develop Functional Faith -- the type of faith that is there day in, and day out! Just like in Fitness, where there are phases that we take your body through, we're going to take your spirit through 3 Phases.

Last week, we talked about the Foundation Phase, the Reason for your goals.

Why do you want to achieve them?

Why do you want Functional Faith?

What are you fighting for?


1. Foundation Phase – The Reason

2. Build Phase – Reflection Phase

3. Burn Phase – Results

 

This week, we’re on to Phase 2!

This is the Build Phase in the fitness world, and in Functional Faith development, we call it your Reflection Phase.

The Build Phase requires you to develop your muscles by lifting heavier weights.  Through trial and error, you will discover how much weight you have to lift to get to "failure".  

In the fitness world "failure" is a good thing....

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How To Keep Faith - Building Functional Faith

faith Mar 05, 2017

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Hey guys!

It’s Soul Food Sunday!

Over the next three weeks, we are not only going to be your personal trainers in the gym, but your personal trainers for your spirit. Just like in Fitness, where there are phases that we take your body through, we're going to take your spirit through 3 Phases.


1. Foundation Phase – The Reason

2. Building Phase - Reflection

3. Burn Phase – Results


What is Functional Faith?


Just to remind you, Functional Fitness is about adaptability and application. It's what we practice at R3:  we teach movement that translates to your everyday life.  We use very minimal equipment (dumbbells, equalizers, kettle bells), because ultimately your goal is to make your day-to-day life easier. It’s anything that will directly help you with real life, from carrying groceries, to shoveling driveways, to lifting boxes!


When we look at Functional Faith, it’s about strengthening both your...

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