Workout of the Day

You're Asking the Wrong Questions


If you don’t ask the right questions, there’s a slim chance you’re going to get the right answers. Or, to take it a step further, if you aren’t asking the right questions, you may not be sure when and if you ever do get the right answers.

I think most folks have a funny relationship with questions and answers today. We’re conditioned to the call and response of a Google search bar or Siri: we ask the simple question, we get a straightforward answer. End of story.

Of course, the reality of questions and answers looks nothing like a conversation with your smartphone.

I’ve been asked some questions maybe 1,000 times at this point (“should I stop eating carbs?” or “how many sets and reps should I do?” for example), and I sometimes have to bite my tongue not to immediately dive headfirst into the rabbit hole of drawn-out conversations about metabolism and supercompensation; because the reality is, no one really cares. That’s my job. Care about and understand this stuff so you don’t have to, then synthesize it into something palatable and actionable. You don’t need to know about the concept of supercompensation to get stronger, you just need a coach that can shephard you to actions that get you there.

All that being said, you are not immune from the need to ask the right questions. The question “should I stop eating carbs” is not the right question, not because it’s not relevant to you or not actionable (it is very actionable), but because it’s step 7 in a 10 step process, but you’ve actually skipped over steps 1-6.

The “not right” questions are the questions that skip right over laying the foundation and putting up the frame of a house and go straight to laying tile flooring and putting in ceiling fans. And so we have unsturdy, foundationless, and frameless people walking around with their commitment to and convictions about tile flooring choice and ceiling fan placement, and it’s almost like something out of a surrealist work of art.

You have homework (and, bad news: it’s an assignment that never really ends). Start asking the right questions. Many of these questions can only be asked to and answered by yourself: For what? To what end? What am I willing to do? Where is my destination? Do I actually know my destination?

Ask and answer these questions, and you may just find that the question “should I stop eating carbs” isn’t really what you need to ask.

- PS


  • Log clean and press - 1rm


  • 4 rounds:

    • 1 min max log C&P (120/80)

    • 30s rest

    • 1 min max burpee box overs (24”/20”)

    • 30s rest