I’m an athlete and a writer. More than anything else, those two words make up the core of who I am.
I wasn’t always an athlete. As a late bloomer, I didn’t discover fitness until my early twenties, and it was years after that before it became part of my identity. These days, I divide my training between two main sports: boxing and hand balancing (the circus performer term for people who train handstands).
Unlike fitness, writing has long been a part of who I am. As a kid, you could find me with either my nose in a book or a pen and paper in my hand. I lived mainly in a fantasy world created by my imagination.
While I’ve always loved to write, it’s a skill I also took for granted. I never actively tried to get better at it. That is, until a few years ago, when I became determined to improve as a writer. At first, I was overwhelmed by the road ahead of me. How could I build a consistent writing habit? How could I figure out something worthwhile to say? And how could I get better as a writer?
It didn’t take long before I realized I could apply all the same tactics I’d built as an athlete to my writing. Writing and fitness have a lot in common.
Click here to read my article on how to train your writing (or any creative pursuit) like an athlete.
What I’m reading —
There’s so much wisdom in this little book. I typically read a few pages a night and journal about what I read. Note that this is the author’s interpretation of Epictetus’s writings. Still, it’s worth a read (or several).
What I’m listening to (audiobook) —
I’ve followed Khazan on Twitter for years and her dry sense of humor never fails to make me laugh. Weird, equally funny,is a mix of personal antidote and psychological research about what it means to be an outsider. The conclusion: being weird is awesome.
A quote that inspires me —
“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” ― Epictetus
What I’m training —
Here’s a fun bodyweight circuit workout I posted on Instagram this week. Try it and let me know how it goes!
Three new workouts —
Burpees + Plyos HIIT Workout (12 minute, plyo box or equivalent)
Full Body Dip Bar Workout (12 minute, dip bar or equivalent)
280 Rep Apartment-Friendly Challenge Workout (Time challenge, equipment-free)
You can get these and all future workouts right in the 12 Minute Athlete app when you subscribe as a Super Athlete.
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