Workout of the Day

The Signs Are There


As much as animals, both wild and domesticated, can seem to be unpredictable creatures that are struck by impulse (just YouTube something along the lines of “house cat attacks”), there are some fairly reliable warning signs in place if you pay close enough attention. Dilated pupils, a twitching tail, and ears turned back, for example, are all fair signs that you ought to leave that sweet little house cat alone for a minute. In the same way, a buzzing tail or a raised neck and head from a snake should signal that you ought to keep your distance. Dogs, birds, etc. give us warning signs, too. With all of these warning signs present, it’s only fair to say that it is, at least to some degree, your fault if you find yourself attacked by one of these animals.

Fortunately for us, our bodies come with their own early-warning systems for sickness, injury, and dysfunction. And just like in the animal kingdom, if you find yourself broken and dysfunctional despite all of the flashing light warning signs that have been going off for the last 6 months, I can’t help but think that you’re at least partially responsible. With the exception of any catastrophic injury (breaking your leg in a bike accident doesn’t come with any warning signs), the human body communicates through pain, dysfunction, movement patterns, and protective/restrictive measures like muscle stiffness that something is heading south. Deciphering exactly what warning signs are predictive of which injury is of course far outside of the scope of a blog post (the medical community at large is still just scratching the surface); but the important thing is that you are aware and attentive to what your body is telling you. You have the gift of an early warning system -- use it!

- PS


  • Sumo deadlift - 5rm


  • For time, 12-9-6 reps of:

    • Sumo deadlift (315/205)

    • Burpee box overs (30”/24”)