Workout of the Day

Do You Choose Weakness?

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Let’s take a moment and imagine that you’re visiting a new city with your special someone and you want to go out for a nice dinner. What sort of process do you go through to decide where to go? Do you pick the closest establishment that serves something loosely resembling food? Or do you ask the locals, check restaurant reviews, and take the extra steps to make it an enjoyable and worthwhile outing?

How about when you’re looking to purchase your first home? Do you take the first one that comes onto your radar? Or do you take some time to visit different neighborhoods, talk to a realtor, determine your price range, check out the local schools, the trends in home prices, the nearby attractions, and the proximity to your workplace?

With each of these, we have a choice to make. And in much the same way, we have a choice to shape our life around weakness or around strength. “Fitness guy” though I am, I’m not talking just about barbells and pull-ups here. Yes, that’s part of it, but strength is something that extends beyond what we do in the gym. Our personal strength is built on physical, mental, and emotional strength.

The key here is in understanding and accepting that weakness is a choice. Strength is a choice. And it is a daily choice. Are your actions today putting you on the weakness path, or the strength path?
I’m a firm believer in the idea that humans thrive when they learn to understand and master their choices. Accepting that we do have the choice is central.

There’s this pandemic concept of having a “lot in life.” And while I certainly don’t disagree with the idea that everyone has a unique starting place, I reject the concept of one’s “lot in life” being the final step. The problem isn’t with recognizing that we are all innately different; the problem is that we don’t follow it up with plans to move beyond that “lot” or to progress forward. It is a fatalistic “here I am and here I shall stay” sentiment that takes the power away from the individual and hands it over to the unknown.

Quite contrary to this sentiment, though, is fact.
Carol Dweck’s extensive work on the fixed mindset vs. the growth mindset gives us a few key points to shape our perspective:
- you can change
- accepting that you can change is foundational to shaping our ability to learn and grow
- your choices allow you to effect change in one direction or another

The thing is, regardless of your starting point, you can choose strength or weakness. Strength and weakness are as much a trajectory as they are a state of being. Deep down we know what needs to be done. We know when we’re making a choice that pushes us further into weakness and when we’re making a choice that pushes us further into strength. Tune in and ask: which direction are you headed?

- Preston Sprimont


12/7/16

  • 24 min EMOM

    • Min 1: 6 strict L-chin-ups

    • Min 2: 4 power cleans (185/125)

    • Min 3: 20s max cal row