Workout of the Day

99 Percent

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I’d like to present a consideration for you that, at first, may seem a bit discouraging. But on deeper inspection, I hope you’ll find it rather empowering and encouraging.

Your best effort is never going to be the best you can do.

When Michael Phelps beat the world record in the 100m butterfly and added another gold medal to his wall, he was not performing at his best. When Anthony Hopkins gave an Oscar-winning performance in Silence of the Lambs, he could have performed even better. When Wilt Chamberlain scored an astonishing and record-crushing 100 points in a single game, it was still not his best possible performance. And what’s more? I’d be willing to bet that each of these individuals walked away from these famous events knowing that, despite their record-setting performance, they still could have done better.

On the one hand, this idea may scream of “you’ll never be good enough” sentiments, focusing on insufficiency and general negativity. That’s not the point, though. The real crux is that there is no such thing as a perfect performance. Best effort is only the best that can be done in that moment, and, for the growth-minded individual, will be followed immediately by lessons on how it could have been improved. Peak performers walk off of their respective fields of play considering how they can do better next time, not how infallible their performance was. This is the perspective that sets apart performers who continue to perform and those who quickly fade away.

To borrow an idea from geometry, human peak performance is more akin to an asymptote than a line. You can always get closer, but you can never cross the line. You are blessed to forever have the chance to be better tomorrow than you were today.

- PS


8/18/17

  • Spend 12 mins working on ring MU skill/strength

  • 15 min EMOM

    • Min 1: 40s max sit-ups

    • Min 2: 30s max jumping lunges

    • Min 3: 20s max ring dips