Today I’m going to tell you something you probably already know but might not want to hear. There are no magic tricks. There is no shortcut. There is only effort.


In Freudian psychology the most basic instincts we have are governed by the “pleasure principle”. In order to satisfy our biological and psychological needs, we seek pleasure and avoid pain. As we grow older and mature, most of us come to understand the concept of delayed gratification but somehow not how it applies to fitness. Results in the gym are predicated on temporary discomfort and “pain” in trade for long-term gains.


When your heart feels like it’s about to explode (it’s not), it feels like it’s 100 degrees in the gym (it probably is), and you’re covered in chalk and sweat (keep the damn chalk in the buckets and don’t sweat on my floors), human nature takes back over. The voice in your head tells you that if you don’t stop, you’re going to die. If you do one more burpee, that’s it. Let me be clear—that voice is lying to you. That voice is what stands between who you are and who you want to be. But the good news is that you don’t have to listen.


This isn’t a call to go #YOLO on your next set of deadlifts or to put 20# over your max on the bar and try to snatch it as an FU to the voice in your head. I just want you to understand that if you push yourself past your mental limits tomorrow, it will be a little bit easier to do it the next day. And a little easier the next day. And the next. Then before you know it, you’ve built an unbreakable mind that bleeds into every aspect of your life. And you did it all just by doing a few extra burpees.