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Strength Comes From The Struggle



personal trainer, men's health, strength, motivation, fitness

What defines strength?

A young trainee asked me recently “What defines strength?  Where does your strength come from?”

I told him very simply that “My strength come from my struggles.”

He was very perplexed!

He wanted to know about physical strength.  Like how to bench press 250lbs or deadlift 450lbs.

But what I told him is what I will tell you.  Having physical strength is a great thing, but it is only half of what strength is.  Your true strength comes from your struggles. As the young folks like to say today, “The struggle is real!”

When you struggle in life, what do you do?

Do you quit?  Or do you keep grinding to get through what life is giving you at the moment?

When you struggle in your business, what do you do?

Do you run away from your very own business? Or do you endure the storm?

When you struggle in the gym what do you do?

Do you quit and go back to an unhealthy lifestyle because your legs are quivering after a hard set of squats?

Do you quit and go back to being sedentary because your arms are very heavy after those 5 sets of push-ups and pull-ups?

Or do you accept the fact the nothing worth anything comes easy? Will you continue to fight hard for your goals?

You cannot build a great physique without going through the struggle.

You cannot build a fantastic career without going through the struggle.

You cannot build your business without going through the struggle.

You cannot be in a relationship with someone long-term without going through the struggle.

What you do in these moments of being very uncomfortable will reveal how strong you truly are regardless of how much weight you can deadlift.

I know and have known many lifters and athletes who have supreme physical strength. Some possess strength that is superhero-like. But many of these athletes are very weak in the mind. Without their physical strength they are an absolute shell of a person.

I was never one to have extreme physical strength for the vast majority of my life.

But through my struggles in life, in training, and in my career, I developed strength.  I developed an unbreakable mental toughness that helps me get through very tough situations.

When I applied that mindset to my training I developed the physical strength that many trainees want.  I embraced very tough workouts. I embraced the challenge.  I embraced the pain.

Do not quit during your struggles.  Embrace them and grind hard to get through them.  You will feel exceptionally good about the person who overcomes the struggle vs. being the person that always quits when things get hard.

Losers always quit when things get tough.  We all know someone in life who is always starting something but never finishes.  It is a sad truth of life.

These people do not know how strong and great they can be if they would just stick to the plan and endure the turbulent weather.

You can apply this that to life, lifting, and love.  I have failed badly in all 3 of these arenas. The key is that you learn from your mistakes so that you will not repeat them. I have learned from mine and life has never been better.

Keep moving forward. As you work through your struggles your true and amazing strength will be revealed.


The People’s Trainer,


Eric "Fitman" Brown, NASM CPT, PES, FNS, BCS, is a certified sports performance and physique coach, a 2x Men's Health Next Top Trainer Finalist, motivational speaker, published fitness writer, and owner of the Fitman Performance Training, a strength and conditioning business in Philadelphia, PA.

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Coach D: As A Man Thinketh



Join motivational speaker and trainer, Coach D as he encourages individuals to transform their thinking, stay inspired and create direction to make their goals a reality.

Coach D is not your average coach in Dallas. In fact, when he was 12 years old, he built his own weight set exemplifying his passion and love for fitness. From a young age through college, he saw sports as a way to create change within his life. Early on, Coach D not only had an outstanding work ethic, but he used his circumstances to develop his “make an excuse or make a way mentality.” Today, he uses this mindset of athletic distinction and excellence overall to inspire others. Despite facing many challenges and growing up in poverty, Coach D is now an accredited trainer and motivational speaker, where is has been able to motivate, produce, and train many people which includes, multiple NFL players, professional boxers and lacrosse players. Inspired to help create positive change in the world, Coach D brings his latest book, As A Man Thinketh: 30 Days To Jumpstarting Your Success.

“Jumpstarting your success in 30 days is possible, if you believe and push to make it happen. Your life is in your hands.” – Coach D 

In this ever-changing world full of triumphs and tribulations, advancements and distractions people are often searching within for their true purpose. Each person has a unique gift and divine calling on their life. However, it is difficult for individuals to delve deeper into what can be fully accomplished if the mind, body, and soul are not fully aligned. It is time to move pass just realizing your goals; it is time to surpass those goals.

“It is my main goal to be a mentor in everything I do,” says Coach D. “You have to be an example first. The key is to be purpose driven, because at the end of the day you have to have fulfillment which comes from your purpose.”

Coach D is a Dallas based author, mentor and motivational speaker. Inspired by his life’s journey, Coach D aims to motivate both men and women of all ages to embrace the challenges of life and take the leap into the next phase to jumpstart their success.

With his latest book, As A Man Thinketh: 30 days To Jumpstarting Your Success, he provides readers with a practical 30-day guide designed to help each individual reach their personal goals and aspirations. Through Coach D’s unique exhilarating style, his book depicts an inspirational journey for optimal self-analysis through the means of commitment and intrinsic motivation. Each day tackles different tasks and topics from surpassing obstacles and establishing a winning mindset to showing readers how to actively plan out their goals to achieve success in all circumstances.

“I love adversity. I don’t run from it. It makes you who are at the end of the day.” – Coach D

Coach D grew up in Fort Worth, Texas where is grandmother raised him. His mother gave birth to him at age 16, and later gave him up to his grandmother at two years old. With his mother out of the picture and his father in and out of prison, he sought guidance from his grandmother and found direction and father figures in his coaches. Regardless of the many challenges he faced growing up in the projects, he credits his mindset of “make an excuse or make a way” and his success to the lessons his grandmother taught him.

Coach D now uses his platform to further impact the lives around him as he travels speaking at events and mentoring anyone in need. He strives to change the environment around him by teaching the next generation core values and through divine principles. “My overall mission in life is to make an impact on society beyond the gym,” said Coach D.

Within the last few months, Coach D launched his 90 for 90 video series via social media. The series provides individuals with the unique opportunity to be motivated and inspired each day regardless of location or time constraints. For Coach D, the 90 for 90 series is a way of extending himself and his core values to those who are in need of guidance and motivation.

Every day, Coach D strives to use his gifts to create opportunities for others. Most recently, he founded two nonprofit organizations, Jacob and Sons and The P.A.K. Institute. Specifically, Jacob and Sons is a program designed to bridge the gap between fathers and sons to help build the bond of fatherhood in communities through various activities.

In the future, he plans to continue to publish inspirational books under the As a Man Thinketh series to help provide readers with daily guidance. Coach D is also set to release his autobiography and a series of children’s books in fall 2018.

“In this world of instant gratification, I will not promise instant change, but I will promise that if they follow the instructions that I’ve been given to give to them they will be different in some way,” says Coach D. “There is never a conclusion to our growth since life is always ever changing.”


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Hard Work Pays Off – Simeon Panda Buys Dream Car



About Simeon Panda

Simeon Panda is one of the most influential fitness professionals in the world. Owner of SP Aesthetics® Sportswear and Just Lift.®, he is a fitness entrepreneur who is featured on Forbes as one of the worlds top ten influencers for fitness. Simeon has immense popularity not just because of his amazing physique, but for his character and high standards in representing the sports fitness industry.

With a social media following in excess of 9 million, he is respected for many reasons amongst his fans and followers worldwide, not least because of his highly positive and motivational approach to everything he does.
He has competed in Musclemania® competitions worldwide, winning the European Championship in 2013 and earning himself Musclemania Pro® status.
He regularly judges physique, modelling and bodybuilding shows all over the world.

Simeon has hosted seminars and workshops around the world including the Mr Olympia Weekend. He has graced the front covers, written for and been featured in major fitness publications worldwide such as Muscle & Fitness, MuscleMag, Muscle-Insider, Train Mag, Muscle & Performance, Fitness RX to name a few. He has appeared live on Australia’s Number one national breakfast tv show ‘The Today Show,’ New Yorks most popular urban radio station ‘Hot 97,’ he has also hosted seminars in countries all over the world.

Credit: Simeon Panda

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Mike Rashid Talks Bossing Up

Ilen Bell, MS, CSCS, Co-Founder of Black Fitness Today



If you and your squad ain’t living the life you want yet… Tag your squad….

Credit: mikerashid

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