The 5 Best Fitness Motivation Videos | Stories of Strength + Overcoming Adversity

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Ever gotten a little dramatic or over-emotional over a workout? I know I have, and it can take me into a spiral of self-doubt and wondering why I bother exercising in the first place. “Why do I have to do this to myself?”, I think, as I angrily throw a barbell to the floor.

These lapses in motivation are nothing compared to what some people face – yet they still fight hard to train. They’ve overcome adversity like few of us have known and never use it as an excuse.

In this post I’ve compiled five of the videos that have really changed my perspective on working out. Yes, sometimes things are tough and workouts can hurt – but some people would kill for the opportunity to move their bodies in the way that I can, and these videos help remind me of this.

As you watch these videos, remember this – you don’t have to do it. You get to do it.

Catching Kayla

This is an older video, but incredible all the same. As a young footballer she fell and lost the feeling in her feet – which turned out to be Multiple Sclerosis. She didn’t let that stop her, though, and became an award-winning distance runner. I dare you to watch this video and not shed a tear!

Nick Santonastasso

Nick was born with Hanhart syndrome, which means he has no legs and one arm – yet he still crushes it harder in the gym than anyone you know. His own YouTube channel features his creative workouts along with his motivational words.

Combat Veteran Finds CrossFit

I don’t think we talk enough about the tough time veterans face when they leave the forces. Adjusting to civilian life can cause mental health issues, not limited to alcoholism – but luckily this vet found an outlet in CrossFit before it was too late.

Mark Ormrod

Mark Ormrod is a former marine triple amputee. Learn how he fought to change his fitness and nutrition after life-changing injury. He is now an award-winning author, motivational speaker, and posts his own workout videos on his YouTube channel.

CrossFit Brought Kathryn Back

Beaten so badly by her then-boyfriend she was in a coma, Kathryn was nearly suicidal when dealing with the changes to her life. Her brother Rob suggested she try CrossFit, which has changed her life incredibly. Watch the story and get ready to never take your CrossFit sessions for granted ever again.

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  1. October 19, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    Great vids! Kayla’s story is so inspiring, it’s so motivating to see people who have pushed hard to get to where they are, and there’s a ‘if they can do it so can I’ attitude that’s easily adopted after watching these.

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