Despite the annoying phone calls, constant nagging, and embarrassing memories, none of us would be here without our mothers. All joking aside, mothers have guided us, nurtured us, and set us on the path for who we are today. That's why today, Mother's Day, we want to honor the hard work of HYLETE nation's mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers. Read some of what HYLETE nation had to say about their mothers, their wives, and the hard work of being a mother. Then tell your mother why you appreciate her.

Ashley Randall is an competitive athlete, fitness trainer and a model for HYLETE’s inaugural Circuit Challenge for Charity. She wouldn't be so successful without the help of her mother, and she will tell you.

"Who is my hero? Hands down my mother. She had me later in life and raised me as a single mother. All she wanted was to be a mom, and didn't let anything get in her way of that. She put me and our relationship first above anything, and truly has molded me into the person that I am today. I am thankful of the lessons she taught me and the ones that she forced me to go out and learn on my own. I could never imagine taking on the hardest job in the world, being a parent, and to me she couldn't have done a better job!" 

Andy McDermott started McDermott Family Fitness with his wife, Julie McDermott. Here is what Andy had to say about his wife and the mother of his children.

"Mother's Day gives me an excuse to brag unabashedly about Juice for a second. For someone who is so beautiful, intelligent and strong to put so much of her energy into others is amazing. She is their selfless caregiver, their protective mama bear, and their wise teacher. She's already a lock to enter the Mom Hall of Fame. I simply can't imagine life without her. Somehow she does the impossible- every day- and she is only getting better..."

Lynn Manning is the co-owner of fit2fat2fit and a mother of two young girls. She works tirelessly balancing business and motherhood, but wouldn't change it for the world. Just ask her.

"Being a mother is the greatest and worst thing in my life. Just keeping it real friends. I've never felt so much joy, love and also stress and frustration. These little people have taught me to love unconditionally, believe in my abilities, and laugh more over little things (like vomit, yes the first time I caught it in my hands I was grateful it didn't land on the floor). I am forever grateful to be a mom. It is the single most important thing I've ever done."

HYLETE nation, give your mother, or any mother, a shout out and tell her why you appreciate her.