Workout of the Day

Durable, or Fragile?


Your habits, like anything else, can be more or less durable.

An addiction, for example, is an extremely durable habit. The behaviors will persist in the face of extreme adversity (damaged relationships, health problems, running out of money). And while addiction is not generally considered a positive attribute, you cannot deny that the behaviors around it are, outside of the negative context, powerful ones. Commitment, persistence, problem-solving.

On the positive side, a mother or father’s commitment to their child is often an incredibly durable habit. Despite the stresses of parenting, juggled with work and other life commitments, parents will find a way to give their children time, to nurture them physically and emotionally, to look after their holistic development, all at the willing cost of much inconvenience and personal sacrifice.

A durable habit (good or bad) is modeled by the old cliché: where there is a will, there is a way.

Fragile habits, on the other hand, can be thrown off track by a bump in the road or a wayward gust of wind.

Your good eating habits are solid until a bowl of chips is put on the table at the restaurant. Your commitment to regular training is consistent until your schedule changes and it is no longer convenient. Your efforts to act with kindness are strong until someone on the freeway merges in front of you without a turn signal, and all bets are off.

Your fragile habits persist only when protected by convenience and ease. Their existence is predicated on circumstances -- on what is outside of your control. An unwillingness to adapt by changing what is in your control makes for a weak hold on such behaviors. I would hesitate to even call these habits.

Interrogate your own habits and commitments. Which ones are durable? Which ones are not? Are you leaving important things up to circumstances?

- PS


  • Strict press - 5x5


  • In 5 mins:

    • 500m row

    • AMRAP thrusters (95/65)