For years I’ve been told and sold that I’ve got to be on socials for all the reasons. Never have I felt well on them. Now as it turns out we are learning why social media makes us ill.

Our intent at Oak Park is to help with Fitness, Health and Wellness. Below are simplified reasons why Oak Park the business does not use “Extractive Technology” (Tech that modifies your behaviors without you knowing it and somebody else getting paid for it). 

  1. Time: 3 Billion humans are currently committing 2-3 hours daily on the primary social platforms. Are any of us actually thinking, “Tomorrow, I’m going to wake up and check my phone 150 times impulsively throughout the day. While I’m at it, I’ll just toss two and half hours (plus or minus) at FB, IG, YouTube, Twitter, etc..”? Unfortunately, that’s the math. What would you do with another 56-84 HOURS A MONTH?  Two years ago when I got off I gained back 42 minutes a day. Since then taking one simple action of of eliminating my activity on the four major platforms has given me 480 hours! 
  2. Attention: As far as the human nervous system and brain go most of us have about 3-4 hours tops of quality attention to give on any given day. Extractive technologies increase your arousal states so you pay attention. The problem here is that IF you’re giving 2-3 hours of attention to platforms in a provoked, aroused state you are by definition limiting what of YOU is left for other likely more important things.  

NOTE: Time and Attention of humans is how these companies value. The companies are great at what they do. And the price for participating is that we are amplifying impulsivity, anxiety and depression.

3.  Impulsivity at the expense of Intentionality: Again 3 Billion people are averaging 2-3 hours a day practicing impulsivity, reacting to what the algorithms want us to pay attention to. If, in these moments of scrolling and liking we actually reflected, “Is this what I truly want to be doing in this moment? Are these behaviors (actions) most in line with my intention as a person?”  Probably not. But, these platoforms are not designed to get us to our higher reflective selves (as there isn’t much money in that… for the moment). Rather, extractive technologies are designed to capitalize on our impulsivity and reward us. “Fetch boy, go get a like!”   Every time we play fetch they get better and better at predicting human impulsivity. Throwing us more n more scrolls to go and pant for more. Now that’s power. I’ve yet to hear this: “For 50-90 hours a month did impulsivity training staring at a screen with little to no intent and man am I happy and feeling great!”  The point is that it is math. Are you spending REAL time conditioning impulsivity or intentionality?

   4.  Negative Emotions: Impulsivity is the fertilizer of fear, anxiety, and depression. Clinical diagnoses of both anxiety and depression have dramatically increased due to social media use. The impulsivity training we are doing is ramping up our anxiety and depression. Concurrently, sincere human empathy is a partial solution to this and notoriously absent from social media. In fact, as psychologists are pointing out, the more time spent on social media the less empathy one feels. Effectively, the platforms amplify negative emotions and  nullify the helpful ones.  That’s not the kind of graph I want to run for a population I lead. 

Personally, I’ve been off two years and life is better for it.  When somebody says, “Don’t you need it for business?” I say, “No, our business is fitness, health and wellness. Socials steal the limited resources for this: Time, attention, intention (vs impulsivity) and positivity.”  I trust that other businesses will start to join us in action – especially those in the service of helping people be more fit, healthy and well. 


Monday’s Workout


EMOM 36 | :40 Work :20 Rest
Min 1: Cal Row
Min 2: Back Squats*
Min 3: Burpees
Min 4: Front Squats
Min 5: AB Mat Sit Ups
Min 6: OHS
*Choose weight from “Squat Battery” OP Open workout.

The Purpose of Oak Park as a business is to support fitness, health and wellness.  The position of Oak Park is that Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube (and other “extractive technologies”) HURT one’s fitness, health and wellness. Therefore, we don’t use these (and other) platforms.  If you are unfamiliar with “why” we chose these specific actions read this article and/or listen to the podcast from last year about “going dark”. Please contact me or your coach directly with feedback about all of this. In the meantime, if you haven’t seen it yet please take a moment to watchThe Social Dilemma (


Monday’s Workout


Gym Peeps –
For Time: (18 Min. Cap)
1000m Row
8 Clean & Jerks (185/125)
750m Row
6 Clean & Jerks
500m Row
4 Clean & Jerks
250m Row
2 Clean & Jerks

Zoom Peeps –
For Time: (18 Min. Cap)
800m Run
16 DB Clean & Jerks
600m Run
12 DB Clean & Jerks
400m Run
8 DB Clean & Jerks
200m Run
4 DB Clean & Jerks
**Use two DB’s or go home. 😉 Get it?!**


Monday’s Workout


“Black Mamba Day”

For Time:
Cash In: 81 Cal Row
5 Rounds
8 Thrusters (95/65)
24 Double Unders
Cash Out: 60 Cal Row

Zoom Peeps
For Time:
Cash In: Coaches Choice
8 DB Thrusters
24 Double Unders
Cash Out: Coaches Choice

REMINDER: 5 pm has been added as in person class as of today. Reserve a spot and come play!


The Oak Park Invite – Let’s Go! from Oak Park Los Angeles on Vimeo.

This Friday and Saturday kick off the Oak Park Invite. All classes Friday and Saturday will be posting scores to be retested in six weeks. What do you want to work on? How much can you improve? Let’s play and and find out? 

OP Invite RX versions of the Workouts (Scaled workouts coming later this week):

Workout 1 (Week 1) 


10 OHS (100/70)

20 Front Squat

30 Back Squat 

*12 Min CAP. Each round must be unbroken. 


Workout 2 (Week 2) 

For Time: 

50 Cal AB

40 Bar Facing Burpees

30 Power Snatch (95/65)


40 Cal AB

30 Bar Facing Burpees

20 Power Snatch 


30 Cal AB

20 Bar Facing Burpees

10 Power Snatch 

**Cap: 30 Minutes**


Workout 3 (Week 3)


Shuttle Run – 2 Trips

5 Deadlifts (315/220)


Workout 4 (Week 4) 

For Time: 

50 Cal Row

40 Pull Ups

30 DBall Squats

20 DBall GTOS or 20 Box Jump Overs (36”/30”)


Today’s Workout

50 Double Unders
10 Hang Power Cleans (95/65)
10 Push Press

Immediately into…
You choose the machine!

50 Double Unders
10 Hang DB Power Cleans
10 DB Push Press


Turn up. Consistently showing up to train will positively wire our neuroplasticity.  Now it may seem obvious that a proper, consistent training program will make any human feel better my good friend Dr. Andrew Huberman from Stanford breaks this down on his podcast with Rich Roll.  Effectively, the human noodle wires for five reasons: perceptions, emotions, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  In a moment of time when our perceptions, emotions, thoughts, and feelings can easily be negative, and likely misleading, our behaviors still have a shot at being positive. We just need to take effortful, consistent action. The lesson? Show up. (Again it’s a great episode with a friend of our gym with much that overlaps the conversation we are having at the gym.)


The Neuroscience of Showing Up from Oak Park Los Angeles on Vimeo.

Monday’s Workout

Gym Peeps:
For Time:
15 – 12 – 9
Hang Power Snatch (105/70)
Box Jumps (36″/30″)

**Cap: 10 Minutes**

Zoom Peeps:
For Time:
15 – 12 – 9
Hang DB Power Snatch
Single Arm DB OHS
Tuck Jumps 

This week’s updates:

  1. Tons of OUTDOOR class options at gym and for Women’s 9am Cardio/Core Crew.
  2. When coming to the gym gloves are off!  No more funny feelings on your paws trying to do pull-ups and power cleans with surgical gloves…  Do follow our guidelines to keep others, the place, and yourself so fresh and so clean.
  3. If you are coming to the gym login and shoot the coach a text or email acknowledging that you’ve gone through the checklist and you are feeling good.


Monday’s Workout

OP Gym Workout

A) Push Press 5×3
B) 50 Strict Pull
…Superset with:
C) 5 Rounds”Durante Core”
10 Hollow Rocks
10 V-Ups
10 Tuck Ups
10sec. Hollow Hold


Zoomers/Home Worker-Outers

5 DB Push Press
10 Ground Pull Ups
1 Round “Durante Core”

“Durante Core” =
10 Hollow Rocks
10 V-Ups
10 Tuck Ups
10sec. Hollow Hold