Thursday 161103

As many rounds as possible in 12 minutes of:
1 Rope climb, 15′
5 Weighted ab mat sit ups, 40#(25#)
2 Rope climbs, 15′
10 Weighted ab mat sit ups, 40#(25#)
3 Rope climbs, 15′
15 Weighted ab mat sit ups, 40#(25#)
* Add 1 rope climb and 5 sit ups to each round

Post rounds and reps to comments and BTWB

Ron working through deadlifts during the Everyday Warrior Battles Series workout.

Ron working through deadlifts during the Everyday Warrior Battles Series workout.


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a . . . Basket. Brought to your attention By Courtney Shepherd

The subtle art of not giving a basket?? I’m not walking around handing out baskets, so I’m not sure I need to know a subtle way to stop. But I do often walk around giving out one too many f@#ks and it would greatly benefit me to learn the subtle art form that is, not giving a f@#k. I was fortunate enough to have a good friend send me a link to an article regarding the matter but unfortunately about every 10th word is the F word. It’s an article worth reading, both for it’s humor and reality check. In an attempt to introduce this article AND make it a little more crowd friendly, I have replaced the F word with the word “basket” throughout the article. That’s right, every where you read the word basket, should you choose, you can internally replace it with the F word. Or you can simply read on and learn about how and why to not easily and freely hand out baskets. No, I’m not basketing with you.

“In my life, I have given a basket about many people and many things. I have also not given a basket about many people and many things. And those baskets I have not given have made all the difference.

People often say the key to confidence and success in life is to simply “not give a basket.” Indeed, we often refer to the strongest, most admirable people we know in terms of their lack of baskets given.  Chances are you know somebody in your life who, at one time or another, did not give a basket and went on to accomplish amazing feats. Perhaps there was a time in your life where you simply did not give a basket and excelled to some extraordinary heights.

Now, while not giving a basket may seem simple on the surface, it’s a whole new bag of burritos under the hood. I don’t even know what that sentence means, but I don’t give a basket. A bag of burritos sounds awesome, so let’s just go with it.

The point is, most of us struggle throughout our lives by giving too many baskets in situations where baskets do not deserve to be given. We give a basket about the rude gas station attendant who gave us too many nickels. We give a basket when a show we liked was canceled on TV. We give a basket when our coworkers don’t bother asking us about our awesome weekend. We give a basket when it’s raining and we were supposed to go jogging in the morning.

Baskets given everywhere. Strewn about like seeds in mother-basketing spring time. And for what purpose? For what reason? Convenience? Easy comforts? A pat on the basketing back maybe?

This is the problem, my friend.

Because when we give too many baskets, when we choose to give a basket about everything, then we feel as though we are perpetually entitled to feel comfortable and happy at all times, that’s when life baskets us.

Indeed, the ability to reserve our baskets for only the most basketworthy of situations would surely make life a heck of a lot easier. Failure would be less terrifying. Rejection less painful. Unpleasant necessities more pleasant and the unsavory crap sandwiches a little bit more savory. I mean, if we could only give a few less baskets, or a few more consciously-directed baskets, then life would feel pretty basketing easy.

What we don’t realize is that there is a fine art of non-basket-giving. People aren’t just born not giving a basket. In fact, we’re born giving way too many baskets. Ever watch a kid cry his eyes out because his hat is the wrong shade of blue? Exactly. Basket that kid.

Developing the ability to control and manage the baskets you give is the essence of strength and integrity. We must craft and hone our lack of basketry over the course of years and decades. Like a fine wine, our baskets must age into a fine vintage, only uncorked and given on the most special basketing occasions.

This may sound easy. But it is not. Most of us, most of the time, get sucked in by life’s mean trivialities, steamrolled by its unimportant dramas; we live and die by the sidenotes and distractions and vicissitudes that suck the baskets out of us. 

This is no way to live, man. So stop basketing around. Get your baskets together. And here, allow me to basketing show you.


When most people envision giving no baskets whatsoever, they envision a kind of perfect and serene indifference to everything, a calm that weathers all storms.

This is misguided. There’s absolutely nothing admirable or confident about indifference. People who are indifferent are lame and scared. They’re couch potatoes and internet trolls. In fact, indifferent people often attempt to be indifferent because in reality they actually give too many baskets. They are afraid of the world and the repercussions of their own choices. Therefore, they make none. They hide in a grey emotionless pit of their own making, self-absorbed and self-pitied, perpetually distracting themselves from this unfortunate thing demanding their time and energy called life.

Say “basket it,” not to everything in life, but rather say “basket it” to everything unimportant in life. Reserve baskets for what truly basketing matters. Friends. Family. Purpose. Burritos. And an occasional lawsuit or two. And because of that, because you reserve your baskets for only the big things, the important things, people give a basket about you in return.


Eric Hoffer once wrote: “A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business.”

The problem with people who hand out baskets like ice cream at a summer camp is that they don’t have anything more basketworthy to dedicate their baskets to.

Think for a second. You’re at a grocery store. And there’s an elderly lady screaming at the cashier, berating him for not accepting her 30-cent coupon. Why does this lady give a basket? It’s just 30 cents.

Well, I’ll tell you why. That old lady probably doesn’t have anything better to do with her days than to sit at home cutting out coupons all morning. That’s all she’s got. It’s her and her coupons. All day, every day. It’s all she can give a basket about because there is nothing else to give a basket about. And so when that pimply-faced 17-year-old cashier refuses to accept one of them, when he defends his cash register’s purity the way knights used to defend maidens’ virginities, you can bet granny is going to erupt and verbally hulk smash his face in. Eighty years of baskets will rain down all at once, like a fiery hailstorm of “Back in my day” and “People used to show more respect” stories, boring the world around her to tears in her creaking and wobbly voice.

If you find yourself consistently giving too many baskets about trivial stuff that bothers you — your ex-girlfriend’s new Facebook picture, how quickly the batteries die in the TV remote, missing out on yet another 2-for-1 sale on hand sanitizer — chances are you don’t have much going on in your life to give a legitimate basket about. And that’s your real problem. Not the hand sanitizer.


When we’re young, we have tons of energy. Everything is new and exciting. And everything seems to matter so much. Therefore, we give tons of baskets. We give a basket about everything and everyone — about what people are saying about us, about whether that cute boy/girl called us back or not, about whether our socks match or not or what color our birthday balloon is.

As we get older, we gain experience and begin to notice that most of these things have little lasting impact on our lives. Those people’s opinions we cared about so much before have long been removed from our lives. We’ve found the love we need and so those embarrassing romantic rejections cease to mean much anymore. We realize how little people pay attention to the superficial details about us and we focus on doing things more for ourselves rather than for others.

Essentially, we become more selective about the baskets we’re willing to give. This is something called ‘maturity.’ Maturity is what happens when one learns to only give a basket about what’s truly basketworthy.

Then, as we grow older and enter middle age, something else begins to change. Our energy levels drop. Our identities solidify. We know who we are and we no longer have a desire to change what now seems inevitable in our lives.

And in a strange way, this is liberating. We no longer need to give a basket about everything. Life is just what it is. We accept it. We realize that we’re never going to cure cancer or go to the moon. And that’s OK. Life basketing goes on. We now reserve our ever-dwindling baskets only for the most truly basketworthy parts of our lives: our families, our best friends, our golf swing. And to our astonishment, this is enough. This simplification actually makes us really basketing happy.”

To read the full article, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson, f bombs and all, click here.


  1. Linda K :

    I’m basketing exhausted reading this. But basketing glad I did!

  2. G S :

    Now this website will soon be #1 in Google for all basket related searches.

  3. Shorty Jen :

    All the basketing truths! Love it.

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