We have been at the fitness thing for a long time now. It seems like it is a never ending cycle of back squats, burpees, push ups, box jumps, and awesomecycle. Fast, slow, long, short, for time, for reps, for rounds, for God and country, but still just more of the same. When is it going to change? It’s not. Probably ever. So why do we do it? Because we are changing. All of the time. Getting older, having children, changing jobs, getting sick, getting dumped. We change so much that while the program seems to be constant that constant applied to the variable that is us means the product is ever changing. A heavy back squat when you are 14 is different than a heavy back squat when you are forty. 5k row time trial when you 23 working your first job out of college is a different animal than when you are 53 with two kids in college and a spouse who doesn’t want to be married to you anymore. One day you might be going for the gym record and the other you might just be trying to hold your shit together and try to get out of your own head for 20 minutes or so. The stuff we take out of our training is real and powerful and sometimes has nothing to do with looking better or moving better. The third part of our fitness statement trifecta is feeling better. I ask athletes in response to the statement “I don’t know if it’s working” to assess three things. How do you look? How do you feel? How do you perform? During certain seasons of life all three seem to move in the right direction. Sometimes we only seem to be able to nudge the needle on one and that is ok. What we “feel” matters. That is a big broad scary term if you peel some layers back on it. So the next time you are digging deep in the gym ready to PR on Fight Gone Bad I want you to at least acknowledge that one of your teammates, yes teammates, is going for something other than a higher score. There are wins available for all of us everyday if we place our daily training in the proper context. So the short answer to the question why do we back squat is so we can be stronger. Stronger human beings. That is what I want for all of you. Resilience. In every sense of the word.