I started training at the age of 12 to overcome adversity. It soon became my release, my ground zero. No matter what adversity life threw at me, I knew I would always feel better and think about things in a positive light after an exhausting workout. At the time I wasn’t sure if it was because I felt more empowered or that I was so drained I didn’t have the energy to worry anymore. Either way, working out became my therapy and I have used it ever since to cope, reset, and focus on changing my life for the better. So if you’re ever feeling in a funk, try channeling that passion into a workout. Call it self empowerment or a good old fashion endorphin rush. Either way, it beats the hell out of laying around feeling sorry for yourself.