There's a way of looking at movement which is called "the pipeline" or "the tunnel". The idea behind this is that the first phase of a movement (usually the set up) defines how the rest of the movement will go. If the set up is all messed up when you begin the movement, you've put in motion a specific series of events that will limit the possibilities of success. Basically, if the successful completion of some movement is resultant on your body and its position in the split second before it and that moment is a result of the moment before it, then that pipeline will end at the very beginning of the movement.
Other than a very interesting way of looking at movement and purpose, the pipeline can be used to look at anything in your life. Let's say you've set a goal for yourself. It could be fitness oriented (400 pound deadlift) or career (be a Senior VP in 5 years) or personal (make it to all my kid's soccer games this season) or whatever. These things are all possibilities in the strict sense that such a thing could just happen in the normal course of how your day to day life unfolds. But what are you doing to up the odds?
If you set yourself up in the proper pipeline for that goal, you accomplish two things: 1) limit the probability of things derailing you, 2) increase the probability your goal becomes reality. If you're in the wrong pipeline, the opposite happens (higher chance of unfavorable end results and lower chance of favorable ones). The challenge is a great example of this: if you're not setting yourself up in the right pipeline, six weeks will pass by and you'll wonder where it all went and how you're not any closer to your goals.
Set yourself up in the right pipeline by getting rid of the bad food in your pantry and buying all new groceries. Make clean eating and living a high priority for you or you'll fall on your face the first time you go out with friends. Give yourself some time a couple times a week to cook yourself plenty of food. Don't get caught unprepared and you can't fail.
The point is simple: your now can help define your later, so build your future into your present.
3x5 Back Squat (add 5 lbs. to Monday's best)
AMRAP 8 minutes of:
20 Overhead walking Lunges (45/25)
10 Plyo Push-ups
Posted by Armen.