AMRAP 25 min.

5 burpees
10 KB high Sumos 25/35
15 OH DB triceps press 20/25
20 DB conditioning curls 15/20 ea. (R+L=1)
25 goblet squats 15/20
30 stab crunches

Post rounds completed to comments.

Workout Notes:

  1. This workout was created in the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco by Kate R.

  2. Kate got 6 rounds in the 25 mins.

  3. Going hard at your middle here. It’s a weird programming week due to Christmas. Next week will be a little weird too.

  4. Don't doddle.

Info on the upcoming GPP/Profile (by Sandford) Nutrition Challenge

Vid # 1 - is a TLDW (too long, didn’t watch) version. A synopsis, if you will.

Vid #2 - is the full recording, live and unedited.

So far, we accumulated prizes worth, just under $2000.00! The pot will continue to grow as time goes on. You have 3 months to change your health (explained in the vid), Spence and I have 3 months to raise more prizes! This will be fun!

Vid #1 - TLDR (too long didn’t read) version.

Vid #2 - Long version (recorded live)

Musings …

Strong Is The New Skinny??


By Neil Anderson
Originally posted on

A lot of people are saying that "strong is the new skinny." Here is my shortlist on why I hate this phrase:

1. It assumes skinny is beautiful

It's not. Beautiful is beautiful. Strong is just another kind of beautiful. So is skinny. Implying that beauty has anything to do with being skinny or strong shows a profound misunderstanding of what beautiful is. Beauty is a condition which transcends physical definition. It is truly in the eye of the beholder.

2. It assumes beauty has something to do with physical appearance

What a broken notion. What a terrible message. I can't think of a better way to poison a mind (Especially a young one.)

3. It undermines the content of its own message

"Strong is the new skinny" has taken one unrealistic body image and has tried to replace it with another, equally unrealistic one.

4. It doesn't promote HEALTH at all

Are the promoters of it unaware that folks will do equally unhealthy and terrible things to themselves (drugs, surgery, never ending preoccupation) in the pursuit of strength, as they do to become skinny?

5. The pursuit of strength is a black hole

It has no end. How strong do I need to be before I am the "NEW SKINNY?" Is there a "too strong?" Is there a "not strong enough?"

I'm leery of who gets to decide what "strong" is. Seriously. Who classifies someone else as strong? Is there a committee? Is there a government agency voted upon by the people? Where is the vetting done? Who finances this?

It presumes to rank people. Are stronger people more beautiful than those who are less strong?

6. Strength is an incomplete pursuit

Strength alone doesn't address one's cardiovascular health, flexibility, or stamina. These are as different from one's strength as they are from each other. Each contributes to overall health. Focusing on any ONE of these to the exclusion of others undermines overall health.

7. Being strong speaks nothing of one's ability to move (walk, run, jump, throw, ride, swim).

You can't just assume that all strong bench pressers are strong swimmers. They aren't. So, how does being "strong" override the need to get outside and move around, learn new skills or develop abilities?

8. Strength when used in this phrase has NO actual purpose

Think about it, skinny for skinny's sake never had any real purpose to begin with. It has always been a broken pursuit. It didn't make people more loved, more accomplished, or more worthy. It never made people better spouses, mothers, employers, employees, patriots, statesmen, caregivers, thinkers, humanitarians ... etc. Skinny was always just skinny. And so now we are to replace this condition with "STRONG?" For what purpose?

Strong is NOT the new skinny. Saying it IS just kicks around the glass of a message that was completely broken to begin with.