Workout of the Day

Another Cherry On Top


I’m always discovering new “accidental” benefits (or as I like to call them, cherries on top) of the regular practice of rigorous physical exercise. One such benefit is hard to point to in a physical sense, perhaps even hard to demonstrate or perform, but valuable all the same: physical confidence.

Let me be clear: I’m not talking about the struttin’ your stuff type of confidence you see on the red carpet of the Grammys, or the bravado you see dramatized on the MTV classic “Jersey Shore.” I’m talking about the kind of confidence that a professional driver has in her vehicle -- she knows exactly how the vehicle works, what it is capable of and incapable of, she knows where can push the limits, where she ought to pull back, where the fringes lie and how to use them. This confidence develops over time, and reflects an exploration of the fringes of your capacities.

What this physical confidence allows is continued growth, and a comfort in the vehicle of your own body. To continue the driving metaphor, being new to physical training can be a lot like someone off the street sitting down in the cockpit of a Formula 1 car and trying to give it a spin on the track. You can barely figure out how to start the darn thing, much less navigate tight turns or understand the acceleration and braking capacities. After putting in the hours testing, pushing, and challenging yourself in training, you become comfortable in your vehicle, able to push it and work with it.

It’s a benefit that you can start earning right away and continue earning over months and years, and everyone, beginner or pro, has the opportunity to progress it.

Let’s just say this: the metaphorical ice cream sundae of rigorous physical training is littered with cherries. Continue to dig in, and you’ll probably find the sweet toppings just keep piling up.

- PS


  • 3 rounds for quality:

    • 10 strict ring dips

    • 10 strict ring rows


  • In 21 mins:

    • Row for max distance

    • Every 3 mins, complete 20 V-ups