Workout of the Day

You, Competitor


Would you believe me if I told you that you are a competitor? You may not feel like a competitor or identify as a competitive person, but the very nature of existing in a world with limited resources makes you, on some level, an inherent competitor, and I believe that every single person has a competitive streak in them. By no means does this suggest you need to be motivated by crushing your opponents or driven to rise to the top. Competition can be casual, it can (and should) be fun, it can even be exclusively between you and the you of yesterday.

On the flipside, competition can be scary. It generally means putting yourself out there, receiving honest feedback on where you are in your development, and you will never walk away -- even if you take the literal or metaphorical gold medal -- without a list of what you can do better next time. But this is exactly why competition allows us to thrive. It gives something to train towards and to learn from 100% of the time, and will push you beyond your comfort to do things you perhaps never thought you could do.

As four of our students entered the very real stage of competition at the Femme Royale this weekend, it was a poignant reminder of how valuable this oft-forgotten element can be for everyone from novice to professional.

So, how can you compete? Make it casual and low-stakes, or make it highly competitive and high-stakes -- you decide. Find something, sign-up, put some skin in the game, and let us know so we can rally behind you!

- PS


  • With a running clock, every minute perform 1 lift and add 10 lb. (women increase by 5 lb.)

  • Start with an empty barbell and snatch for as long as possible.

  • Once you cannot snatch the weight, clean for as long as possible.

  • Once you cannot clean the weight, deadlift for as long as possible.