Workout of the Day

Actions, Consequences, and Math


It’s unfortunate how little the average person understands and accepts the consequences of their actions. This misunderstanding and lack of acceptance is perhaps the single greatest source of disappointment, dissatisfaction, and disillusion today. Much like a mathematical system in which rules define outcomes, this system of action-consequence acts as a very simple framework for our emotional relation to reality. When you have accepted the system and approach situations with understanding, there is no room for feeling wronged, victimized, or disappointed in your reality. Whether the results are favorable or not, you can’t be upset at a system that follows the rules that you know and accept. There are only inputs and outputs, and the former directs the latter.

Taking fitness and physical condition as our example, the individual who has not accepted this action-consequence system will feel disappointed in their condition and burdened by the obligation to do something about it. Though they may never say it out loud (because frankly, it would sound ridiculous -- “I think I deserve to be fit and healthy without doing the work to get there”), they operate from a mindset of feeling as if they should have something even if their actions have not earned, or should not have something that their actions have earned them. And ultimately, expectations here differ from reality, because expectations were created without an acceptance of the actions and consequences. There is no reality in which you can eat cake every day without consequence, or in which you can neglect any physical training and be fit. Accepting and owning this system is liberating.

The question to ask here is “why should you be ______.” Insert whatever word you would like there: strong, rich, tired, overweight, famous, powerful, discerning, whatever. The only real and meaningful answer to this equation is “because I have earned it.” Everything over which you have no control is just noise. It’s there, but it has no bearing on how you can manipulate the equation. You control your actions, and thus, ultimately, your consequences, whether good or bad. Accept that.

- PS


  • Spend 10 minutes working on jumping/landing mechanics

  • Establish max distance standing broad jump


  • For quality, 4 rounds

    • 16 single leg lateral hurdle jump (8/leg)

    • 12 hollow rocks

    • 8 burpee box jumps (30”/24”)