Workout of the Day

The Most Important Time to Show Up: When You “Can’t” Show Up


Sometimes showing up is hard. Things get busy, life’s demands increase, and you feel burnt out. At these times, movement and fitness are the last things on your list of “must be done.” Coincidentally, these are often the times when showing up is the most important. I like to refer back to an old Zen proverb: “You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day -- unless you’re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.”

If you find yourself in a situation where you “can’t” show up, it’s a good chance that showing up to spend some time on your health and fitness is just the thing you need. Regardless of who you are -- a stay-at-home parent, a CEO, a traveling musician, or a retiree -- there will always be reasons not to show up. There will always be something bigger, louder, more important, and more urgent that will call for your attention. The world will always demand as much of you as it can take. But the commitment to a regular self-improvement practice, whether it be high-intensity training, morning walks, meditation, or a writing practice, is a pivotal piece to maintaining level-headed progress in the midst of chaos. And you’ll find that with this commitment to showing up for yourself, the other pieces will work their way out. If you set your priority on showing up for yourself X number of times every week, and you set this as an unwavering standard, you will find a way to make the rest happen.

Of course this all comes with the caveat that there are extra-ordinary circumstances in which showing up is not the wisest course of action -- you’re probably best off resting on the day after a hip replacement, for example. But for the daily, weekly, and monthly demands that drive us to the point that we “can’t” show up, you might be amazed to see what happens when you decide to show up anyway.

- PS


  • Sumo deadlift - 3rm

  • 3 rds

    • 60s max cal row

    • 60s rest

    • 60s max KB thrusters (70/52)

    • 60s rest