I want to share a quote with you from General James Mattis, USMC:


“A physically vigorous life is not incompatible with a contemplative life. The loss of nervous energy into a physical act creates a clarity of thinking.”


I find this to be true, especially in those times when the difficulty of the task requires total focus on the work at hand – say, for example, when I am rock climbing or carrying dumbbells around the block during a mental toughness workout. Physical practice can become an almost meditative act, and thoughts or ideas have a curious way of organizing and clarifying themselves during this kind of work. More often, though, it is in the moments after the workout, having physically exhausted myself, that my thinking is most clear. I have heard runners describe something like this, too, though I haven’t personally experienced it while running.


Do you find that workouts provide clarity of thinking? Do you intentionally use workouts as a time of contemplation? Or do you just focus on the work and let your mind do what it wants?




“The Broomstick Mile” *** Do not underestimate this one! ***

For Time:

With a PVC Pipe (except the mile)

25 Back Squats

25 Front Squats

25 Overhead Squats

400 meter Run

25 Shoulder Presses

25 Push Presses

25 Push Jerks

400 meter Run

50 Hang Squat Cleans

400 meter Run

50 Power Snatches

400 meter Run




Find a 20-rep Back Squat

*** Tanya Bentley will be leading a FREE Breath Class @ 12:00-12:30pm on Friday ***

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