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Being Stable in an Unstable World


Being Stable in an Unstable World

I have been a personal trainer for over 25 years. In the health and fitness industry that makes me kind of ancient. There aren’t too many gray hairs in the fitness industry. I have been a faith-based personal trainer for the last five years. That is when God put it on my heart to not leave the most important part out of the equation of health and fitness, Jesus.

Mobility and Stability


A big part of my personal training philosophy is based around helping my clients with mobility and stability. Without those two aspects of fitness we will always struggle with our fitness. One of the most important things I learned from Gray Cook, one of the top strength and conditioning specialists and physical therapists in our industry is to, “Never put strength on top of dysfunction.” Another words, don’t make someone stronger when their body isn’t mobile or stable. This will only lead to injury and poor movement patterns. I practice and preach this philosophy in my own life and my clients’ training programs.

We are Mind, Body and Soul

That takes care of the physical stability piece. But more importantly what about our spiritual stability. If we are physically stable and spiritually unstable we aren’t going to be whole. We are body, mind and soul. If I am not helping my clients with their spiritual growth and spiritual stability I am doing my clients a disservice.

What I have learned is not to preach it, but to live it. To be it. Not from perfection, but actually learning how to share the chinks in my armor. Not to pretend to have it all together when I don’t.

The first half of yesterday was a wheels off day. I felt run down and tired. My throat hurt. I can’t stand to admit when I don’t feel well, but yesterday was one of those days where I just wanted to stay home and rest. I didn’t feel very inspirational and I certainly didn’t feel like training or ministering to anyone. But, yet that is what I do and I found a way to find my stable ground in Jesus.

I Will Not be Shaken

Here is the scripture that I leaned into for my spiritual stability. “I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” Psalm 16:8 I felt very unstable yesterday in an unstable world. Through some meditation and prayer and leaning into this scripture I was reminded that Jesus is our source of stability in an unstable world.

I have my clients do planks for their core stability and I remind them of scriptures for their spiritual stability. We need both. We will not live our best life if we are physically, mentally or spiritually unstable.

It is vital to work on your physical stability through core work every day and make spiritual stability part of your everyday routine. I believe with all of my heart and soul the integration of faith and fitness is the best way to live our best life the way God intended us to. Start to include God in your workouts. Start to recite scripture when you are out walking or doing a one minute plank. I guarantee you will see results like you have never seen before. It’s amazing what God can do when we include Him in every part of our life.

Troy Ismir, MS

Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Spiritual Warrior Coach

Spiritual Warriors Unite Podcast



Prayer and Faith


Prayer and Faith

How easy is it to slip back into our old faulty patterns? I have found myself back to trying to run my fitness ministry under my own strength. Do you know where that gets me? Exhausted, stressed out and burnt out.

I am a self-professed professional striver and perfectionist. I seem to be able to step away from those faulty patterns for a period of time, but after a while I find myself striving and being performance based. It never seems to work out.

Complete Dependence on God

How I want to live my life is in complete dependence on God. In fact, that is my number one priority, yet I find myself so often trying to muscle through any challenges that I face. I am working on developing a speaking ministry, and yes I of course have to do my part, but what I am learning is that God just wants people who are willing to step out in faith and honor and glorify Him.

What I have been leaving out of the equation is prayer and then trusting God in his timing that he will answer my prayer as long as it is in alignment with His will.

Be Radical

I am reading the book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream written by David Platt. Here is an excerpt from the book that hit me square between my eyes this morning.

“God delights in using ordinary Christians who come to the end of themselves and choose to trust his extraordinary provision. He stands ready to allocate his power to all who are radically dependent on him and radically devoted to making much of him.”

Prayer and Faith


The way I want to live my life moving forward is through prayer and faith and complete dependence on God. I will have faith that God is working behind the scenes to bless my fitness ministry beyond my wildest imagination. That God can do the impossible in me and through me as long as I get out of my own way.

Prayer and faith. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? Complete dependence on God. It’s actually quite a freeing feeling, so I am not sure why my tendency is to try and do everything on my own. Old habits I guess.

My Prayer

Here is my prayer that I wrote out this morning.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I realize I have been trying to live life my life independent of you. I have been striving to grow my fitness ministry and trying to do everything under my own strength. From this day forward I want to live by prayer and faith and complete dependence on you. I pray and believe you will move mountains to grow my fitness ministry beyond my wildest dreams.


Troy Ismir, MS

Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Spiritual Warrior Coach

Spiritual Warriors Unite Podcast



Personal Internal Commitment


Personal Internal Commitment

As I walked into the tattoo parlor totally out of my comfort zone and quite honestly a little freaked out I heard a voice coming from above.   “Come up here.”  Is that you God?  Are you trying to tell me something?  As it turns out it was just the owner upstairs where they do all of the tattooing.  There wasn’t anyone on the main floor and they have video cameras to see when someone enters the building.  It wasn’t the voice of God, just the tattoo guy.

As I walked through those front doors completely out of my element and comfort zone, my first initial thought was I can’t believe I am doing this.  I can’t believe I am going to follow through on something that scares the living daylights out of me and something that is exciting. 

My second thought was, is this how people feel when they walk into a gym?  Do they feel out of their element and completely out of their comfort zone?  A little scared and a little excited.


In the past I had never really been a big fan of tattoos.  I was never against them, it just didn’t seem like it was something that I would ever do.  But I am not that same person.  That person that plays it safe and cares what people think.  I am not that person that looks for external validation any more. 


The reason I got this tattoo is that it represents that I am willing to take a chance on myself.  It’s a personal internal commitment to myself that I will live my life boldly and with courage.  It’s a commitment to myself that I am willing to get out of my comfort zone so I can make a difference in the world that I am called to make.  That I am willing to show up big and not shrink back. 

I want to share with you the story behind the tattoo.   When my coach, Kimberly Dawson from Revolution Business and Life Design first told me that I should brand myself as a Spiritual Warrior I pushed back with everything I had.  I resisted it with all of my being.   I didn’t feel like a Spiritual Warrior.  I was so used to playing small that being a Spiritual Warrior sounded too big for me.  I didn’t feel like I could step into that role.  Quite honestly it scared me.  What will people think of me if I call myself a Spiritual Warrior?  Will they think I am weird?  Or think who does this guy think he is?

I fell into the usual trap of caring what people think about me.  Of wanting to be liked.  Of being the Christian nice guy.   And as Dr. Phil would always ask, “How’s that working out for you?”  Well the answer to that over the years is not very good. 


For me to make the personal internal commitment of having Spiritual Warrior tattooed on my arm shows me how far I have come on my journey of becoming and believing I am a Spiritual Warrior.  So what is a Spiritual Warrior anyways?  A Spiritual Warrior is someone who goes on a journey of self-discovery and enlightenment for a transcendent cause greater than oneself.  Quite simply a Spiritual Warrior is someone who is willing to live our lives for others rather than for ourselves. 


I think the key word here is journey.   It’s a lifelong endeavor.  It’s about who we are becoming and the character we build along the way.   We never fully arrive and that’s OK.  We just keep moving forward.  We keep getting back in the arena.  We learn from our many failures, dust ourselves off and get back in the game.  That is the journey I am on of being a Spiritual Warrior.

For me, the ultimate Spiritual Warrior is Jesus.  That is what the three nails on my arm represents.  The sacrifice that Jesus made for me on the cross.   Each nail has a significant meaning for me. 

The first nail represents mystery.  It’s embracing the mystery of our great and wonderful God.  It represents being joyful in the unknown.   It is believing that God has a great plan for my life and living each and every day like it were my last. 

The second nail represents surrender.   To show up fully present in the world knowing that I am enough.  That I will be vulnerable and courageous in the pursuit of my purpose and mission.   That I am willing to be more visible to show people the light in a dark world so more people can experience the invisible power of God. 

The third nail represents forgiveness.  We all have a story.  We all have scars.   This nail calls for me to live a life of compassion and service.    To know that there are hurting people in this world and to be a source of healing. 

As you can see, this is not just a tattoo.  This is the story that God is writing of my life.  As I look back on how far I have come since I gave my life to Christ I am blown away.  There have be many challenges along the way, but there has been so much personal and spiritual growth.   I wouldn’t trade it for anything. 

Moving forward my personal internal commitment is to continue on this journey of being a Spiritual Warrior.   To create a life of abundance.  To live a life full of joy, vulnerability and compassion.   The scripture that most resonates with me is John 10:10.  “The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy.  I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 


I am on a mission to build a movement of men who are willing to go on this journey with me of becoming a Spiritual Warrior.   My vision is to impact 1,000,000 men’s lives through this tribe of Spiritual Warriors.   The journey to 1,000,000 men starts with one.  Will you be that one who is willing to take a chance on yourself so you can live the life of your dreams?    So you can live a life of purpose feeling fully alive. 

The first step to being part of this community is to sign up for my Spiritual Warrior’s Unite Newsletter and becoming part of our Spiritual Warriors Unite Facebook group. 

One thing we must never forget that what is done for ourselves will quickly be forgotten, but what we do for others will be remembered for eternity.   The choice is yours. 

Troy Ismir, MS

Speaker, Author and Spiritual Warrior Coach