The Struggle Is What Makes It Great

The struggle is what makes it great.

That was my encouragement to my members this morning after a 5:30am class that involved a grueling 40 minute workout.

In fitness, this oxymoron is understood and encouraged. You can’t grow physically unless you beat it up. Without this struggle there would be no growth, no progress, no change.

This isn’t a limitation of getting in shape. We find this in life aswell.

It’s inevitable that things happen in your life that you wish didn’t. I think where things get sour is when we believe life should be perfect but as we’ve all come to understand it’s not. “Why is this happening to me and not them?” type of mentality gets us all in trouble. From the outside looking in, you feel like you’re the only one struggling, or going through something difficult.

We must also come to understand that struggles are relative.

A 400lb deadlift is hard but manageable for me. Whereas that same load could potentially injure someone else. Likewise, changing diapers is a legitimate struggle for me, whereas my sister of two kids can do it with her eyes closed. The more I accept the struggle as a teachable moment, the more I can accept it but not let it ruin me.

Use moments of struggle as an opportunity to learn more about yourself and become stronger for it.

Tough times never last but tough people always do.

About Mario Ashley

Mario Ashley is the owner of Naples Strength & Conditioning. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida. He has certifications in the following CrossFit Courses: Mobility, Gymnastics, Football, Kids, Goal Setting, Endurance and Level 2 Certificate. He is also the creator of where he helps gym owners professionalize the warehouse gym one lesson at a time. He also has created an Ebook that fitness professionals can use to help improve their clients flexibility and reduce the likelihood of injury called

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