Workout of the Day

Insurance

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Insurance is big business. Humans enjoy a feeling of safety and security from the unknown, and insurance provides just that. You pay in some amount every month/6 months/year, and you are given the insurance that in the event of an injury, illness, disaster, accident, death, or some other unforeseen ailment, your insurance provider will help carry the burden of some or most of the costs associated therein. On the business side of things, the idea with insurance is that, on average, the insured will pay in more than they are paid out -- that’s how business works. But we abide, happily, by this skewed equation because it provides a feeling of something that we value highly: security.

A regular strength and conditioning practice isn’t all that different from insurance. And if you ask me, it provides a much more attractive ROI, too. There is an element of buy-in, through regular dedication of time and effort to training; and there is payout, in the form of protection from disease, illness, injury, and dysfunction. If you take it to the next level, there is also the buy-in of dedicating time and energy to proper nutrition, sleep, hydration, stress management, and other recovery efforts, and with this, ever-increasing protections from harm. Consider this your “platinum” insurance plan: greater buy-in, greater payout.

But as much as your fitness and your insurance plan are similar, they are also fundamentally different. While insurance, mathematically, demands a buy-in greater than the payout, a strength and conditioning practice pays massive dividends for what, realistically, amounts to very little buy-in. A handful of hours every week is enough to provide hugely significant protections from physical illness or harm for a lifetime. What’s more, a strength and conditioning practice provides both an insurance against the severity of any ailment (the fit person is demonstrably more able to recover from illness or injury than the unfit person), as well as a significant preventative effect against an ailment ever happening. In other words, where your insurance company may cut a big check to help pay for your hip replacement or coronary bypass, a strength and conditioning practice will significantly diminish your chances of ever needing one. Added bonuses like increased quality of life, improved mental health, diminished stress, and better all-around functionality are just the cherry on top.

I’ll be the first to admit that I enjoy and appreciate the security that insurance provides, and I willingly pay the steep prices that ease the “what ifs” of accident or injury or illness. But I’d be a fool to not invest in the insurance that a regular strength and conditioning practice provides, and you would be too. It’s worth every penny.

- PS


7/6/17

  • Hang squat clean - 1,1,1,1,1

  • For time:

    • 250m row

    • 25 hang squat cleans (50% of today’s 1rm)

    • 250m row