Workout of the Day

Two Truths and a Lie


Remember that game “Two Truths and a Lie” that you used to play at summer camp as an icebreaker? The way it works is you present three statements, two of them true and one a lie. The other players must guess which of the three is the lie. Traditionally, the game is played with personal statements (“I have never been to Paris,” “at one point I owned four cats simultaneously,” etc.), but let’s play a little fitness-edition of this old favorite game.

1 - Fitness is a long-term endeavor, not a short-term solution or fix.

2 - Being healthy and fit requires you to train daily and give up all indulgences.

3 - All else being equal, greater intensity yields greater results.

Any guesses?

Hopefully, this is a pretty easy puzzle to solve. #2 is our lie in this game.

There’s a very healthy relationship that can be established with your health and fitness practice when you recognize that it does not need to be an all-consuming practice. If you’re looking to be a starter in the NFL or place in the Olympics, we can consider a 30 hour/week training schedule and strictly-controlled and indulgence-free dietary practices. For you and me, however, this is an endeavor in enriching life, not taking away from it. What does that mean? Train and eat in a way that supports your performance and your health, but not in a way that makes you miserable. It is that simple. It should be noted that the greatest problem I observe isn’t actually folks committing themselves to a highly-regimented 24/7 practice, but the attitude of defeat and disillusion that comes with thinking that this is necessary. I see folks who have it in their head that in order to be healthy and fit, they need to give up so much of their life so as to make it an unattractive and insurmountable task. This is not only untrue, but self-defeating.

I’ve written before about the power of averages. Averages can include low numbers and still yield a high result. I’m not saying that eating cheeseburgers and sitting on your couch are going to yield you any positive results, but I am saying it’s okay to enjoy a cheeseburger on your couch now and again. This stuff is about living, folks. Don’t forget that.

- PS


  • Push press - 1,1,1,1,1


  • 10 min AMRAP

    • 10 overhead squats (95/65)

    • 20 push-ups