Workout of the Day

The Feeling


I would like to encourage you to separate the “feeling” of your training from the value and outcome of the training. Put another way, training doesn’t need to feel hard, nasty, brutal, crushing, or any other intense adjective for it to be effective.

There are certainly some elements of fitness which will, by necessity, evoke discomfort. You’re not going to develop your stamina, for example, without diving headfirst into some training that has all of the classic yucky workout feelings. But the marker of a “good” or “bad” workout (useless terms in the first place) is not how much sweat your produce, how long you feel the need to lie on the floor afterwards, or how much your muscles burn. Those are byproducts of some types of training, not a currency for valuable training.

Rather than valuing your training on a scale of how much sweat you produced or how much you considered throwing up in the bushes, consider:

What was the focus of the training? (Strength, balance, speed, endurance, specific skills, etc.)

Did your efforts align with the focus? (Or did you neglect the intended focus in favor of what you believe it should feel like?)

How does the training fit into the bigger picture program? (Not every day should focus on the same thing.)

Can you and/or your coach account for the intent of the training? (Or are you pulling exercises out of a hat and cobbling them together in pursuit of a feeling?)

Some workouts will feel yucky and brutal and whatever else, but don’t mistake the byproduct for the intent. We’re here to improve, not chase an arbitrary feeling.

- PS


  • Hang squat clean - 1,1,1,1,1


  • For 10 minutes, for quality:

    • 12 goblet side step-ups (6/leg)

    • 12 SL RDL (6/leg)