The hardest part of being fit is not the training or the nutrition. It’s the endless mountain of laundry.

Pain Tolerance

Often the people who win in life are not necessarily those with superior talent or intelligence, but those with an exceptionally high tolerance for pain.

Pain comes in many forms: physical pain, the emotional pain of rejection and failure, the pain of tedium—all of these have the power to hinder success.

I started thinking about this in the gym one day as I was approaching failure on a set, and I realized that what most of us call “failure” in fitness is not failure of the body, but failure of the mind. Because I’ve trained my mind just as hard as my body, I was able to overcome the burn and push a little bit harder.

Great athletes can tolerate high levels of pain. They live for it.

The same goes for great entrepreneurs. There’s a lot of pain involved in building a company. Financial woes, uncertainty about the future, social opposition—these things can really tear you down if you don’t have the mental fortitude to keep pressing forward.

Those who are most successful in dating and relationships are those who have endured rejection and unrequited love and nonetheless chose to keep trying. As Oliver Goldsmith so famously wrote, “Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.”

If you can train your mind to tolerate intense pain—or better yet, embrace it—you’ll experience untold advantages in fitness, in business, and in life.


Today my worst fear about resistance bands became a reality.

Luckily it missed my face.

An Athletic Waffle House Christmas

I started my Christmas this year with my third crack at Jeff Cavaliere’s 400 Challenge, which is a timed series of 400 reps—100 inverted rows, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, and 100 bodyweight squats, done in any order in as little time as possible. I clocked in at 8:34, shaving 46 seconds off my previous attempt.

After that I spent a few hours of much-needed quality time with my dad, and we discovered that one of the only constants in the universe is that Waffle House is always open.

I hope you had a very merry Christmas if you celebrate it, or a very merry Monday if not.


100 inverted rows, 100 sit-ups, 100 push-ups, and 100 bodyweight squats in 9 minutes and 20 seconds.

I can’t feel my body.

3 Plates

TIL the threshold for the amount of weight you can load onto one side of an Olympic bar without it flipping over is ~3 plates.

Stationary Bike

I’m recovering from an injury & can’t do sprints or high-impact HIIT. Never had much love for the stationary bike, but it’s a life saver.

Effort level is truly about the user, not the equipment. An intense stationary bike session can be just as effective as a sprint.