As a student of fitness I’ve learned that everything…..everything….can serve a purpose. Like most trainers I found a discipline or two that served a purpose.  All disciplines, even spinning (if you can call it a discipline) serves a purpose. But, there is one trait I’ve noticed to be common across all disciplines. That trait is strength.


Want to be a better ballerina? You need stronger calves, thighs, and glutes. Want to be better at yoga? You need stronger arms and core. Want to lift more weight? You need to be stronger everywhere! However, this strength is NOT what I’m referring to. The strength I”m talking about is strength of character, strength of dedication, strength of mental focus and so on. That is the strength I’m referring to. Whatever you want out of life, whether it be a great body, a successful business, or a loving relationship, it takes hard work. Hard work ALWAYS requires strength.


There’s a phrase within the StrongFirst® community: Strength has a greater purpose. At first, I took this to mean physical strength being carried over into our daily lives. While this is true it, also, refers to a more important strength: inner strength. How many times have you tried something and given up? We have all been there. It’s easy to give up. It’s ok to fail over and over again. Failing is acceptable. Giving up is not. It takes strength to fail and keep going. It takes strength to suffer and keep going. It takes strength to get what you want…and keep it.


And in the immortal words of Rocky Balboa: “Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now, if you know what you’re worth, then go out and get what you’re worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain’t you. You’re better than that!


Find your strength. Harness it. Train it. And keep it strong. Remember, failing is acceptable. Giving up is not.



About Josh Jarmin

Originally from Washington, D.C. (NOVA) Josh moved to Atlanta to be a Middle School history teacher after graduating from James Madison University. He joined the Marine Corps infantry as a reservist and served in Iraq honorably. Josh then turned his attention to personal training after his tour in order to help others reach their health/fitness goals. At one point he was 275lbs and 28% body fat. Now he's 195lbs and 13.5% body fat. Josh worked for several fitness facilities in Atlanta and developed a loyal following of trainees. He's created a training program of his own personal design and has established himself as one of the top kettlebell and body movement experts in the Atlanta area. Josh is currently the Co-Owner and Director of Fitness at Blueprint Fitness.

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