Narrative Essay On No Pain No Gain

For other uses, see No pain, no gain (disambiguation).

No pain, no gain (or "No gain without pain") is an exercise motto that promises greater value rewards for the price of hard and even painful work. Under this conception competitive professionals, such as athletes and artists, are required to endure pain(physical suffering)and stress(mental/emotional suffering) to achieve professional excellence.

Exercise motto[edit]

It came into prominence after 1982 when actress Jane Fonda began to produce a series of aerobics workout videos. In these videos, Fonda would use "No pain, no gain" and "Feel the burn" as catchphrases for the concept of working out past the point of experiencing muscle aches.[1]

It expresses the belief that solid large muscle is the result of training hard. Delayed onset muscle soreness is often used as a measure of the effectiveness of a workout.[2]

In terms of the expression used for development, the discomfort caused may be beneficial in some instances while detrimental in others. Detrimental pain can include joint pain; beneficial pain usually refers to that resulting from tearing microscopic muscle fibers, which will be rebuilt more densely, making a bigger muscle.[when?]

The expression has been adopted in a variety of sports and fitness activities.[when?]

David B. Morris wrote in The Scientist in 2005, "'No pain, no gain' is an American modern mini-narrative: it compresses the story of a protagonist who understands that the road to achievement runs only through hardship."[3] The concept has been described as being a modern form of Puritanism.[4]


A form of this expression is found in the beginning of the second century, written in The Ethics of the Fathers 5:21 (known in Hebrew as Pirkei Avot):

Rabbi Ben Hei Hei says, "According to the pain is the gain."

— Pirkei Avot 5:21[5]

This is interpreted to be a spiritual lesson; without the pain in doing what God commands, there is no spiritual gain.

One of the earliest attestations of the phrase comes from the poet Robert Herrick in his "Hesperides". In the 1650 edition, a two-line poem was added:


If little labour, little are our gains:

Man's fate is according to his pains.

— Hesperides 752.[6]

A version of the phrase was crafted by Benjamin Franklin, in his persona of Poor Richard (1734), to illustrate the axiom "God helps those who help themselves":

Industry need not wish, as Poor Richard says, and he that lives upon hope will die fasting. There are no gains, without pains...

— as reprinted in his The Way to Wealth (1758)[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^"No Pain, No Gain". The American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine. September 22, 2002. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  2. ^
  3. ^David B. Morris (March 28, 2005). "Belief and Narrative". The Scientist. 19 (Sup. 1). 
  4. ^Kilwein, J. H. (1 January 1989). "No Pain, No Gain: A Puritan Legacy". Health Education & Behavior. 16 (1): 9–12. doi:10.1177/109019818901600103. 
  5. ^Ethics of the Fathers: Chapter Five - Texts & Writings
  6. ^Herrick, Robert (1898). Alfred Pollardi, ed. The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2. London: Lawrence & Bullen. Vol. 2, 66 & 320. 
  7. ^Franklin, Terrance (1758). The Way To Wealth. 

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No pain no gain.

Nothing will come of nothing.

This line means that it is definite that we cannot evolve anything from where there is nothing as nothing represents that there is no thing. If we do not make any efforts, we cannot expect any good result for our endeavor.

This line is taken from the play KING LEAR. King Lear says this to Cordelia when she says, ‘Nothing… while answering to his question how much she loves him. She meant that her love for him was nothing compared to the great love that Goneril and Reagan had professed. But King Lear in his furious and rash mood said that she would get nothing if she had nothing to say about her love for him. Actually King Lear mistook what she had meant about her love for him.

So all of us should take efforts to get the results that we want. Otherwise, the future will be bleak. For the betterment of humanity, we have to do many good acts which will produce the expected results. The humankind has seen many such people who have left behind their foot prints of many achievements which produce the same results.

No pain no gain. = Nothing ventured nothing gained.

The proverb conveys that we can never succeed without trying out something and facing failures. Any person who sits idle and do not do any labour cannot gain anything in their life. As no prey can enter the mouth of sleeping lion, those who do not take pains in life can’t be successful in their life. Without adequate effort we cannot get any result. The farmer must plough the land, then make the land moist and then plant the seeds, pluck out the weeds, protect the crops from insects and finally he arrives at a good harvest. He has to go through all these process and do them systematically so as to have a good harvest. He cannot just drop the seeds on the land and expect them to grow into a good crop.

Similar to this a student must put in a good deal of hard work for a considerable length of time to attain a proper qualification. He cannot buy the books and sit and relax and think that he will attain a qualification. A person who sits idle and does nothing wastes his own time. The great inventors have achieved so much only by laboring for years together with a singular objective. So if we take strenuous efforts we can succeed or we cannot gain anything if we do not take efforts.

No pain no gain.


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