Workout of the Day

It's (Almost) Never One Thing


Unless you’re in a serious car accident or fall off of a cliff, your ailments and injuries probably aren’t from one thing. Sure, crouching into the backseat of the car to get your daughter out of her carseat sealed the deal and “threw out your back,” but it probably actually didn’t. 99/100 times, the “event” that leads to your injury is just the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

Our tendency is to fixate on that straw. “If I just don’t do X ever again, I’ll never be injured,” we think triumphantly. Too bad the back-breaking weight is made up of 700 other bits of straw you’re turning a blind eye to.

Of course, just informing you that your problems are likely due to an overwhelming number of little things rather than one big thing isn’t exactly helpful or actionable in and of itself; but I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be complicated. Some basic Q&A, some pattern recognition, and of course the watchful eye of a good coach can set you on the path to working on your weaknesses before they break you.

Ask yourself:

What movements or postures do you spend a lot of time in? (sitting, standing, hunched, twisting, etc.)

What movements challenge you more than the rest (and why)? (overhead, hinging, squatting, single-leg, etc.)

Where do you hold your stress and tension? (neck, shoulders, abdomen, etc.)

What past injuries do you have, what pattern do they reveal, and what can that tell you? (rolled ankle on one side and constant subsequent knee problems, etc.)

Ask and answer these questions, and you’ll be one step closer to developing a blueprint for a more functional, injury-free version of you.

- PS


  • EMOM 12

    • Clean pull + squat clean + front squat + push press + push jerk


  • 3 rounds for time:

    • 15 unbroken front squats (95/65)

    • 15 unbroken shoulder to overhead (95/65)

    • 15 unbroken hang power cleans (95/65)