Workout of the Day

You're Not Hacking Anything

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We’re living in a hack-obsessed world. Every other health, fitness, and productivity article or book or video is about how to hack your way to the perfect life. Some of these so-called “hacks” aren’t so bad. I’ve seen exercise, meditation, journaling, and healthy sun exposure all touted as a way to “hack” your life. That’s kind of like selling regular oil changes as a way to “hack” your car’s longevity. I think I’d just call that necessarily maintenance.

Hacking, in my mind, is mostly a sales tactic, and it tends to fall into one of two categories: it’s either snake oil, or it’s real, actionable self-improvement habits wrapped in the guise of “quick-fix life hack.” The snake oil is a matter all its own, but the primary issue with it all, including the “hacks” that are really just healthy habits with a sales spin, is the mindset that hacking operates from. Hacking suggests that we can rewrite the code and cheat the system. The whole message behind it is that you don’t need to play by the rules -- you just need to take the right pills or chant the right incantations and you’ll unlock the “easy mode” that gives you everything you want and costs nothing. This is a farse. It -- whether the “it” is health or fitness or productivity or physique or energy or anything else -- is going to take time and effort. Nature doesn’t discern hacks and cheats, it doesn’t discern class, it doesn’t discern wealth, it doesn't discern your attempts to work around it: we all live subject to the same physical and biological laws.

Want to improve your health, fitness, or productivity? Stop looking for cheat codes and start doing what we know works. Move more, stress less, eat real food. Some of these strategies may even be sold as hacks, but let’s be real, we get out what we put in.

- PS


5/22/17

  • Snatch - 1,1,1,1,1

  • Every 2 mins for 10 mins:

    • 50’ snatch-grip overhead walking lunge (AHAP)