Essentialism: Where More Isn’t Better

They say the work of a sculptor isn’t to create something more, but rather to simply remove the unnecessary clay. When you’re living and working in the United States, there’s a chance you’re bathing in a worldview that “more” is always the goal.

I once read that English is the first language to articulate the figure of speech “making money” in that way. Most other language translations are more specifically articulating some version of earning money. That tangent just fuels my point.

Training (especially in America) seems to follow the same worldview. More volume is better. More complexity is better. And, more shine is definitely better.

Wouldn’t the image above be better if there were chains on the bar? Or, what if it was an overhead squat!

Or, maybe, the standard back squat is (still) the king of all strength and conditioning movements in and of itself.

Strip away the non-essential. Your life and training will thank you.

9/21/22 WOD


Complete 4 rounds for quality of:

8 KB Front Rack Step Ups (ea)
15 Supine Inverted Rows
1 Sandbag Carry

Then, EMOM 12

Min 1: :30 Max Lateral Plyo Boxes
Min 2: 10 Sandbag Squats (AHAP)
Min 3: 8-10 Neutral Grip Pull Ups


Make 4 attempts at the following for load:

1 Hang Squat Snatch
1 Squat Snatch

Then, complete 3 rounds for quality of:

4-6 Pressing Snatch Balance
10-12 Parallete Push Ups
10-12 Alternating Barbell Windsheild Wipers

Then, AMRAP 6

6 OH Squats (115/75)
36 Double Unders