Redefining Strength – ESPN

The video below is well worth a look. It offers a brief, yet powerful example of just how important the gym can be. What’s detailed throughout is something I’ve witnessed firsthand with many inner city boxing programs. The storyline is usually quite similar. Young, at risk teens find the gym as a way out and safe haven from the violence that surrounds them.

In my opinion, it is stories like this that need more attention. The fitness industry is one that’s often filled with internal battles and debate. While many prominent fitness professionals argue over whose methods are superior, there are millions of people around the world who still don’t do anything. Rather than bickering over whose rep scheme is superior, why not focus some of that energy towards getting more people involved in a healthy and active lifestyle.

As a trainer, I don’t care if someone trains differently from me. I’m happy just to see them exercising. Whether they opt for a different approach is irrelevant. Any trainer who suggests that their way is the only way is a fool. As I’ve said many times before, almost anything works. Regardless of what exercises you perform, it certainly beats a life of inactivity and neglect.

Get up, get moving, and encourage others around you.


“Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate.”

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  1. Awesome story, definitely gonna share with people. It’s amazing what people will do if you give them a chance to focus and excel at something.

  2. Brought tears to my eyes. This is a sole purpose in life, to inspire others and to do what we can for them. It doesn’t get better than that.
    And next time I visit Boston, rest assured im visiting this gym.

  3. I hate documentaries like this. “You ain’t been to no Boston”.

    Why would out of towners visit the ghetto? I don’t want to get shot. Of course I’m going to go to Cambridge. Where I live in New York there are nice towns and crappy looking towns. The ONLY people who think those towns are nice and “safe” are the locals living there. There are always cops in those towns. Stop complaining and move to the nice part of Boston.

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