Workout of the Day

A Diversified Portfolio

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One of the first rules in investing is to have a diversified portfolio. The idea is that economies and industries will ebb and flow, and putting all of your stock in one industry or company amplifies the risk of extreme losses: if it tanks, your portfolio tanks. With a diversified portfolio, your risk are spread over a wide range, and your potential losses are fractional rather than total.

While the mechanisms aren’t exactly the same, there’s equal (if not greater) merit to diversifying your “portfolio” when it comes to physical practices. You don’t need to worry about strength falling out of use or the market on endurance sports tanking tomorrow and taking all of your hard-earned progress with it, but putting all of your stock in one physical discipline carries the same kind of risk as it does in the investment world. Specialization by definition amplifies the risk of overuse and neglects balance. Diversified efforts, on the other hand, promote balanced development, durability, resilience, and opportunity for skill transferability. It should be no surprise that the research supports this exact idea, too. For example, athletes who specialize in a sport at an early age are significantly more likely to suffer serious injuries, have excessive psychological stress, and experience burnout and quit their sport early when compared to those who wait until later in their athletic career to specialize.

It’s great to have a focus, but don’t forget to diversify, too. I think Robert Heinlein got it right when he suggested we leave specialization to the insects.


- PS



5/31/19

  • Back squat - 3x5

Then...

  • For time:

    • 100m sandbag front carry (AHAP)

    • 1 min rest

    • 50m double DB overhead carry (AHAP)

    • 1 min rest

    • 25m double DB front rack walking lunge (AHAP)