Liberal Arts Blog — Epiphany! Squats with a purpose! The Double Whammy Principle!

Liberal Arts Blog — Saturday is the Joy of Sports, Dance, Fitness, and All Things Physical Day

Today’s Topic — Epiphany! Squats with a purpose! The Double Whammy Principle!

How do you feel about crumbs on the kitchen floor? How about dust or dirt on any floor? Well, if you are at all like me your response may be part wonder and part regret. How in the world did all that accumulate so fast? Gee, I wish it weren’t there. The room would look better if it weren’t! But I don’t do anything about it for hours, days. This week’s epiphany — nip it in the bud. Eliminate it at first sight. How? A squat. Become a better person and make your home more beautiful with each one! Inject meaning and purpose into your life as you become more physically fit! The sense of accomplishment is exhilarating! Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.


1. They may be the best single exercise, but I always hated them and never did them.

2. They were hard and boring. I was a push-up and chin-up guy.

3. Now I don’t even notice them — they are the collateral benefit of a purposeful activity. A positive externality of action with aesthetic and ethical ripples.

NB: Post Epiphany: I did 30 squats in about 4 minutes! The problem — so many fewer opportunities the next day!


1. Most math problems assigned in school have no relevance to daily life. This is a travesty. Every math problem should be directly relevant to daily life until you have run out of such. Think math of the body. Math of finance. Math of sports.

2. Ditto for science experiments: do experiments that use the human body first so the student can demonstrate it to others easily. No equipment is necessary. Don’t move on to fancier stuff until you have run out of those.

3. Or think of combining math and science and ethics. What is a fair rate to charge a sibling for a loan? By what logic? Or how about what happens to my mood and the home atmosphere if I change the ratio of kind words to mean words from x to y?


1. Modeling this behavior for children will make them want to imitate you! It’s like Tom Sawyer and how he gets other children to do his chore of painting the fence. If you don’t know that story, you have missed the most important scene in the most fun book in the history of American literature. See first link below for details.

2. The downside is: you won’t get to do any squats yourself!

3. Is that such a horrible outcome?

NB: Remember the Mary Poppins song, “A Spoon Full of Sugar” — “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun, find the fun and Snap! the job’s a game…”? (See second link.)

The Most Important Life Lesson from Tom Sawyer

Mary Poppins — A Spoon Full of Sugar with lyrics


Can you think of any other possible fitness applications of the Double Whammy principle? Any relevant anecdotes? Or just share the coolest thing you learned this week related to sports, dance, fitness. Or the coolest thing you learned about Sports, Dance, of Fitness in your life — whether on the field, on the dance floor or in the gym, whether from a coach, a parent, a friend, or just your own experimentation.

This is your chance to make someone else’s day. Or even change their life. It’s perhaps a chance to put into words something you have never articulated before. And to cement in your own memory something cool you might otherwise forget. Or to think more deeply than otherwise about something dear to your heart.


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John Muresianu

Passionate about education, thinking citizenship, art, and passing bits on of wisdom of a long lifetime.