Workout of the Day

Flipping the Lens


We are all familiar with the adage that “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” This sentiment is generally followed by some sort of call to action to examine your friend group, decide whether they’re representative of who you want to be, and to remain close with those who represent what you want and create distance from those who do not. Perhaps a bit cutthroat, but certainly not bad advice.

Where we often miss the mark is on turning the lens around to look back at ourselves. For those five people with whom you spend the majority of your time, you are one of their five people that averages out to their character. What this means is personal responsibility not only to those people with whom you share time, but to “feeding the system,” so to speak, that will feed you back. It is the truism that high tide raises all ships. Your best self yields other best selves in those around you, which yields a better you. The logic is circular, but then again, so are the patterns of social engagement.

Of course there is value to cultivating your circle; but in the name of applying yourself to what you control and not wasting energy on what you cannot, there’s value to avoiding notions that defer responsibility to those around you. Cultivate your social circles, but make sure you’re not overlooking cultivating yourself, too.

- PS


  • Standing broad jump

  • L leg standing broad jump

  • R leg standing broad jump


  • 3 rounds for quality:

    • 5 box jumps (as high as possible)

    • 5 single leg box jumps (R)

    • 5 single leg box jumps (L)

    • 10 lateral hurdle jumps (R)

    • 10 lateral hurdle jumps (L)