A shot at greatness is what most people aspire to have. But where do you start? I always told myself “If you want to be great, be an inspiration to others. If you want to be an inspiration to others, be an inspiration to yourself first”.
Nobody ever started great. Great people started out as nobodies, ordinary people like you and me. But being great does not always mean you have to let people know you’re great because greatness starts from within. If you want to be great you have to believe in yourself until you make other people believe in you too. But what does it mean to be great when it comes to fitness? Is it owning a six-pack? Having the biggest biceps? Lifting the most weight without vomiting? It can be that or it can be something as simple as changing your life for the better.
Whether you’re a plus size who wants to shrink down or someone stick-thin who wants to show the world that you’re no push-over, that’s where greatness starts. The brave first step towards greatness, the initiative you took, those were the necessary things you needed to do to become someone you can be proud of.
Speaking of greatness, I was browsing Facebook the other day and came across a short video by Mike Salazar. It features a person I’m sure many can relate to.
I think that short video is a definition of greatness. After watching it, I remembered the time when I was once tipping the scales. If you’ve read this page, you would know I was never really the “health and fitness” guy and how I literally ate, ran, and swung my way to the lean machine I am now. At 6 feet height, I was obese at 240 lbs., my blood pressure was constantly 150/100, and blood chemistry all point toward an untimely death.
I was 20 years old when I realized I had to change and that was almost 6 years ago. Kettlebell training has always been my “comfort exercise” and I could never imagine training without them. Since then, I never looked back and that was how I defined my greatness.
Credits to Big Eric and to Mike Salazar’s Evolution Strength and Conditioning Gym in Chicago
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