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“The world is of our making and of our undoing.”  -Anthony T. Hincks

You ever spend some time on something, only to pause, ponder, and scrap the whole damned thing? Welcome to this week’s blog update! Instead, here’s a gym jam for your step mill experience:


08 June | F
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 10 ea
Scap press x 5
Prone y raise x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Tempo goblets x 5
SA KB snatch x 3

Work |
A. EMOM x 16:00, alternating:
Power cleans x 3 (Tall cleans, 105#)
DB bench x 5 + sit-ups x 10 (30#ers)
B. Alternating TGUs x 15:00 (1ea@35, 2ea@44, 4ea@53, 2ea@26 BU)
C. Stairs x 20:00

09 June | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Bird dawgs x 10ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10 – no ball on that last one

Warm-up | 3x
Assault bike x 2:00
Samurais x 2 ea
Windmills x 3 ea

Work |
A. FS 7 x 2 [heavy] [3:00] (2@145, 2@150, 2@150/145, 145#)
B1. 1-1/4 BS 5 x 5 [RI] (105#)
B2. Sled push x L [1:30] (153#)
C. Wall walks x 12 [as req’d]

Stretch x 17:00

Dry sauna x 20:00

10 June | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
A-T-Ys x 5ea
Slam balls x 5

Work |
A. Snatch 10 x 2 [across] {2:00] (Powers: 5@85#, 5@90#)
B. Clean pulls 5 x 2 @115% 1RM [1:30] (185#)
C. BS 5 x 5 [med lbs] [2:00] (145#)
D1. GHD (yas!) 3 x 10 [1:00]
D2. McGills x :45 ea [:30]

Dry sauna x 20:00


F | Foreign globo gym. Very nice.

Sa | Squats felt good, all things considered (that whole haven’t-worked-out-in-four-days thing). Part B was a nice reminder – like the grunt work – that getting through hard things is just about keeping after it. Damn turning that rogue sled around is nice. My plan for wall walks was to make it an EMOM with two e’ry minute. But I found that when I did that, my bracing for the second one really sucked ass. The wall at this globo where I could walk was slippery as fuck, so that was a contributing factor. The sauna was fucking awesome. I am considering keeping a membership here for Fridays and weekends…

Su | Remember to have fun. Lighten the fuck up, Gunz. Started to get all upset with myself about my damn snatches, and then I asked myself the following:

  • Am I a professional or competitive weightlifter? Nope.
  • Do you want to be? Mmm… that would be pretty cool, but I have other priorities (and genetics), so… negative.
  • Do I snatch on a daily basis? Weekly basis? No. No.
  • Does having a strong snatch improve my life outside the gym?…

    j law coming in hot

Haha! Got to use a 35# barbell – Tukee MSF FTW! My right side is really sore and I really felt the BS in that glute. The GH raises on the GHD were hard – had to find that muscle memory – but improved immensely by the last round. Anyone else struggle to get this version of the Rogue GHD into proper position for glute-ham raises? Nah, me neither.

Science is uncovering so many benefits of the sauna. Perhaps that will fix my snatch… Stop it.

 

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It’s important to have fun and try new things. Sometimes in reverse.

What’ll it be this week?


30 May | W
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam ball x 5
Scap PUs x7
V-ups x 9

Work |
A. KB snatch 4 x 5 ea + KBS x 10 [1:00] (35/55, 3@40/60#)
B. Dip holds 5 x :30 [:30]
C1. Face pulls 4 x 12 [1:00] (30, 40, 35, 35#)
C2. Push-ups x 10 [1:00]
D. Seated cable rows 3 x 15 [:30] (65, 60, 60#)
E. PT moves

02 June | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
SA plank hold x :20 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Wall walk x 1 (taps = no go)
Banded RDL x 7 ea
Banded rowx x 7 ea
Pistoles x 2 ea

Work |
A1. DB incline bench 5 x 10 [1:00] (25#ers)
A2. Pull-up negatives x3 @31_3
B1. Sled walk x L [RI] (+135#)
B2. Farmer carries x L [RI] (45/50#)
B3. HS holds x :30 [Back to sled]
D. Stairs x 12:00

Stretch | 13:00

03 June | Su
Warm-up | 3x
DUs x 20
Tempo goblets @33×1 (35#)
SA KBS x 5 ea

Work | [FTA]
A. Sumo DL 7 x 2 [2:00] (185, 195, 205, 2@215, 220, 225#)
B. 6 x Clean + tall clean [2:00] (3@115, 120 (failed on the tall clean), 2@120#)
C. 1-1/4 BS 3 x 5 [1:30] (115#)
D1. GHR 3 x 10 [:30] (15#)
D2. McGills x :45 ea [:30]

PT moves | 3x
Bicep opener
Pillar to plank
Arm bar


W | Took a set to get the face pulls right. This was a nice quick workout. Not that I need them all to be, but it’s nice to mix it up.

Sa | Shoulder feeling really tight. Could be that 12 hours of sleep I got last night. Dang I did that grunt work.

Su | Sumos felt good. The cleans felt rough out of the bottom, but maybe I didn’t warm up enough on those guys. The one and quarters were tough. Lots of burn in part D. All the PT moves are feeling stronger.

Getting Owned

own yoself

Wait But Why – Chef or Cook? (Really long. Really good. Many notes. More questions.)


24 May | Th
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00Scap Pus x 10
Reaching DBs x 1:00

Work |
A1. Pendlay row 5 x 10 [1:00] (2@75, 3@80#)
A2. Pin bench x 5 [1:30] (75, 2@80, 2@85#)
B1. SA OH 45 lunge 4 x 8 [1:00] (25 DB, 3@30# KB)
B2. Ring rows x 10 [1:00]
C. McGills 3 x :45 ea [:15 btwn]

25 May | F
Mobility | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Bird dawgs x 10 ea
Rev curl-ups x 10

Warm- up | x 1 ea
Alternation get-ups @ 35, 40, 45, 50#

Work |
A. Continuous pace x 10:00:
DB PP x 5 (25#ers)
Sit-ups x 5
Air squats x 5
TGU x 1 ea (55#)
B. 10x:
HPC x 3 with fast turn-over (3@95, 3@105, 4@115#)
DUs x 30 [1:00] (UB except set 4)
C1. BB bi’s x 12 (30#)
C2. Skull crushers x 12 (30#) [1:00]

PT moves | 3x
A. Bicep opener x 5,5,5,5 (5#)
B1. Pillar to plank x 10
B2. KB arm bar x 5 ea/ea (30#)

26 May | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up things | 2x
Samurai squats x 3 ea @35#
Windmills x 6 ea @35#
Pistoles x 3 ea

Work |
A. Row x 12:00
B. 4x:
Side plank x :20 ea
HS hold + hip taps x 10 ea Walk walk + shoulder taps x 10 ea
KBS x 5 (55#)
C. Bike x 20:00

Stretch | 10:00

27 May | Su
Pre-warm-up | Two Bit Peak Trail +/- 3 miles
Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 10
Banded RDLs x 8 ea
SA KB snatch x 5 ea @35#

Work | Fave
A. BS 7 x 1 [3:00] (165, 6@170#)
B1. Sumo DL 5 x 5 [RI] (185#)
B2. Sled push x L [RI] (+135, 4@ +160#)
B3. SA BU KB carry x L ea side [1:30] (25#)
C. Wall-pressing DBs 4 x 20 [:15]
D. PT exercises

28 May | M
Mobility | 3x
GA sqwats x 10
Monster walks x 10 ea
Scap press x 10 – slow and deliberate AF

Pre-heat | 4 x 3 ea:
RDL
FS
BTN press
Kang squat

Heat |
A. Cleans 10 x 2 working sets [1:00] (5@115, 2@120, 3@125#)
B. BTN push jerks 5 x 2 [1:30] (95, 100, 105, 110, 115#)
C. FS 5 x 5 med lbs [2:00] (120, 4@125#)
D. 3x zercher squat x 5 + rev zercher lunge x 5 ea [2:00] (85/75, 2@75#)


Th | Shoulder bugged a little on the start of the bench presses; adjusted my position and that seemed to help. Made a discovery on the curl-ups: pressing through the heel really turned up the burn. Like when you flex your foot really hard on dead bugs. Surely those things are related somehow.

F | Talked myself through each section of my workout, from MFR to the PT moves, but made it. Felt good after.

Sa | Mid-back on the right side is bugging me just a little. Modified the hip taps to shoulder taps; hip taps keep my on one arm longer than the shoulder taps do, and I was a little unsure about the lock-out. Need not be skerred next time.

Su | Really liked this workout, despite the fact I didn’t perform very well. Squats were shit. Struggled despite the lighter weight. Dang, that grunt work on part B. All the abz were felt, though not necessarily seen, during part C. Gonna up the lbs on my PT moves next go around.

M | Cleans felt rusty. Took some vid to assess what I need to adjust… Didn’t see anything at the time. Got home, watched again, and realized it was the speeds, again. Okay. BTN push jerks were really fun. I can start heavier next time. I say that a lot, “next time”… Am I too conservative, I wonder? Noticing I am struggling out of the bottom on all the lifts. Dang that was feeling so hot a month-6 weeks ago… Hmm. About a 30# difference between what I SL zercher and what I double-leg zercher… That caught up with me on the first set. Shed some weight and that was better. But dang, weakness was the right leg.

Back to it work week goals: Not to feel like the dude in black by Friday…
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Dem Rules, Dat Bush

“Doing one thing is a way of not doing everything else.” -Kaveh Akbar

dem denny rules

Tell me, where the fuck did the weekend go? I’m not sure it’s that I have so many ideas, or just so much I wanna do. Either way, it’s time to get out the blade and trim that rose bush. And remind myself: I make the rules.


16 May | W
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 5
SA snatch x 5 ea @35#
SL KB RDL x 5 ea @35#

Work |
A. 3x:
RNT Reverse lunge (out) x 5 ea
KBS x 10 (50#)
SA KB press x 3 ea (25, 30, 30#)
FS x 10
Rest x 1:00
B. FS 5 x 3 [1:00] (125, 135, 3@140#)
C. RDL 3 x 7 [1:00] (115, 125, 135#)

PT homework | 3x ea
A. Bicep Opener 5, 5, 5, 5 (5#)
B. Elbow to shoulder planks x 10
C. KB arm bar x 5 ea (35#)

17 May | Th
Work |
A. Row x 10:00 (2280m)
B. Bike x 10:00
C. 5x:
Cossacks x 10 ea
HS holds x :30
DB push press snatch x 3 ea (30, 4@35#)
D. Stairs x 12:00

Stretch | 10:00

19 May | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:30
Wall baller x 10 @15#
Scap press x 10

Work |
A. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Power cleans x 3 (5@115, 5@120#)
DUs x 30 (all UB except #4; last set went until I hiccuped @ 55)
B. Wall walks x 10 for time (3:48)
C. Alternating TGUs x 10:00 15:00 (35, 40, 45, #@50, 55, BU: 25, 30#)

PT homework |
A. Bicep Opener 3 x 5, 5, 5, 5 (5#) [1:00]
B1. Elbow to shoulder planks 3 x 10
B2. KB arm bar x 5 ea (30#) [1:00]

20 May | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Banded RDLs x 8 ea
Banded rows x 8 ea
Slam balls x 8 @20#

Work |
A. 7 x BTN push press x 3 + OHS x 1 [2:00] (2@75, 2@85, 2@95, 105#)
B. Segmented clean pulls 6 x 3 [3:00] (3@155, 3@165#)
C. Zercher squat 4 x 5 [1:00] (105, 2@115, 120#)
D. Stairs x 10:00


M | Found out my shoulder woes are just a flared up delt. Whew. Doc Z’s Rx:

Tu | We’ll call this new benchmark workout “The Stand(ard)”:
Tuesday Benchmark NFTW | This was a nice quick workout. And it felt good. Amazed by how much better my shoulder feels already.

Th | Felt good during this one, too; That five rounds made me sweat. Did you mean SA DB PP? I did snatched because I have never been assigned SA DB PP before. And that seemed like a low rep scheme… Did I fuck that up?

Sa | Wanted to workout Friday but after work I was so freaking tired. Checked my app, and yep. 5 hours of sleep both Wed and Thursday nights. So, no workout for me. 8.5 hours of glorious sleep instead. This no doubt made Saturday’s workout more of a win. Was pleased with how smooth DUs felt – been a couple weeks since they’ve felt that way [verify]. Noticed on my WW vids that I need to get my hands under my shoulders more. TGUs felt so good. Really, really please with how my shoulder is feeling. That delt is definitely simmering down.

Su | Did some barbell things. They felt good.

Goals this week: Get my brain off junk food

Reciprocate

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Name your favorite flick that you’ve only seen on VHS… go!


07 May | M
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Hollow body hold x :20

Work | [FTA]
A. 4x:
Row x 1:00
Jump lunge x 10
Push-ups x 5
B. FS 7 x 3 [3:00] (125, 2@135, 4@140#)
C1. DB FC lunge onto a 45 3 x 8 [RI] (20, 20, 25#ers)
C2. SL RDL x 5 ea [1:00] (45, 45 50#)
D. Hanging bent-knee leg raise 3 x 12 [:30]

10 May | Th
Warm-up | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Scap press x 8
KB goblet – swing – snatch – RDL  x 3 ea

Work |
A. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Row x :30
Push-ups x 5 + sit-ups x 10
B. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (135, 145, 155, 165, 4 reps @175#)
C. (Rev) Zercher lunge onto a plate 3 x 8 ea [1:00 btwn] (80, 85, 85#)
D1. Sled push 4 x L [RI] (+135#)
D2. Jump lunges x 20 [1:00]

11 May | F
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10
Zombie scap rolls x 3 ea direction

Work |
A. 3x:
Bike x 2:00
½-Kneeling BU KB press x 7 ea (20, 25, 25#)
Banded rows x 10
B. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Slam balls x 7 (20#)
Power snatch x 3 (3@75, 85, 6@80#)
C. Side bridge 3 x :30 [:15 btwn]

12 May | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Samurai skwats x 3 ea (35#)
Windmills x 5 ea (35#)
Pistoles x 2 ea

Work |
A. 3x:
Pendlay row x 10 (75#)
(SA) KB PP x 5 (35#)
Air skwat x 10
KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
B. Work x 30:00, rotating (6 rds)
KB FR carry x L (30/35#)
Step-ups x 10
SL HB x 10
TGU x 2 ea (40, 5@45, +1ea @50#)

Stretch x 17:00

13 May | Su
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Monster walks x 10 ea
GA squats x 10
Banded wall-pressing dead bugs x 8 ea

Work |
A. 3x:
RDL x 5
Bent-over row x 10
FS x 5
Press x 5
Hang snatch x 5
B. Power snatch + OHS x 10 [2:00] (4@80, 3@85, 3@90#)
C. Clean pulls 5 x 3 [2:00] (2@155, 165, 2@175#)
D. 1-1/4 BS 3 x 5 [1:30] (120#)


M | Push-ups felt a little weak, but I focused on bracing, leading with my chest on the decent and trying to keep my quads off the floor until I had to. Front squats felt fine. Grip was dead on the hanging knee raise. Crazy how much back engagement there is in that…

Th | Was pleased with how back squats felt, kinda conservative on the way up to set 5. Did the zerchers in the way I usually do them (reverse, no plate) because I wasn’t as attentive to my program details as I should have been. Wanted to called it after part C, but didn’t. And dang that part D turned out to be a real burner. Very nice.

F | Looking forward to getting some answers on Monday about my shoulder; the presses are easier on my banged up shoulder. What the heck. The EMOM was fun, and good for my spirits. Side bridges were harder than I remember, but of course they were… because I had to remember them. Been a while. Funny how that works.

Sa | Haha! Both A and B were harder than I thought they’d be. So much sweat. Took it light on the FR carries because my shoulder bugs when I add the lbs, so there was less belly breathing than would normally occur. So much burn in my flutes this week.

Su | Barbell sesh was fun and felt good. Worked on my positioning over the bar, engaging my lats, and bring my hips to the bar not the other way around. Played around with my grip. On the pulls I focused on the speed up after the knees. Lots of feeling in my glutes. The one-anna-quarters were intense.

My Pleasure

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01 May | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KB RDL x 5 ea
Goblet x 5
KB snatch x 5 ea

Work | FTA
A1. SA press 5 x 5 [RI] (2@25, 3@27.5#)
A2. Good morning x 10 [1:00] (75#)
B1. Zercher squats 3 x 5 [1:00] (2@115, 125#)
B2. KBS x 7 [1:00] (60#)
C. Bike x 20:00

03 May | Th
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossacks x 8 ea
Scap press x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:30
Wall balls x 10
DUs x 20

Work |
A. Sumo DL 7 x 2 [3:00] (205, 215, 2@225, 1 rep @235 (PR), 2@225#)
B. RFESS 5 x 8 ea [:30 btwn sides] (15, 2@17.5, 20, 22.5#)
C. SL hip bridge hold 3 x :30 ea [:15 btwn sides]
D. EMOM x 10:00, DUs x 40 30

04 May | F
Mobility/Warm-up/Holy fuck this took me longer than I had planned | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Hip CARs x 3 ea
TGUs x 2 ea (40, 45, 50#)

Work |
A1. COB negatives 5 4 x 4 @ 33_1
A2. Push-ups x 10 (last 2 rnds on my knees)
A3. SA press x 5 ea [2:00] (2@25, 2@20#)
B. Seated cable rows 5 x 10 [1:00] (70, 4@60#)
C1. Face pulls 4 x 12 (20, 3@30#)
C2. Bi’s x 12 (ea) [1:00] (15, 17.5 2@15#)
D. Row Stairs x 10:00, alternating easy + challenging pace OTM

05 May | Sa
Camelback – Cholla Trail

06 May | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
SA plank hold x :20 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up |
Bike x 10:00, e’ry 3:00:
Push-ups x 5
DUs x 30

Work | [Fave Buffet]
A. 4x:
Box squats x 5 (125#)
SL HB x 10 ea
GHR x 10 [2:00] (15#)
B. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Slam balls x 10 (20#)
DB push press x 10 (20#ers) + sit-ups x 5

Stretch | 10:00


Tu | Workout felt good. Pressing on the right side weak out of the bottom. Man, KBS feels good, as do dem zerchers.

Th | Sumos felt gooood. PR! Hammies sore from Tuesday. Don’t think I’ve ever felt the split squats so much in my glutes and hammies – solid. The DUs felt awkward and clunky and I was squeezing my shoulders, so I dropped some reps. The movement felt better by the completion of the EMOM. Just a little rusty… and maybe a little fucked up from heels all week.

F | Weak. As. Fuck. Not happy at all with how this workout felt. Eeked out four rounds on part A; felt awful, and not in a challenging way, in a nothing wants to work way. Where my lats at on part B. And felt like my body with two halves on the rower. So much so that I stopped and did intervals on the stairs. Here’s to tomorrow being a new day. And to setting up some shoulder PT.

Sa | Was the person starting up Camelback at the time I am usually gone and sipping coffee in the sun. The company was worth it. It’s good to mix it up.

Su | Feeling the RFESS in the booty. Didn’t want to work out. Did it anyway. The day turned around.

Something Smells

“Beware the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world.” – Ben Okri

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I have a zit that shows up only when I am crazy stressed out. This week it made an appearance. Not that I needed anyone to tell me – hey, you seem like you’re stressed. Since we’re turning the page on the calendar this week, I am using that as a marker to reset my shit, too. May is gonna be all about me – self-care and getting my priorities re-aligned. Starting with sleep (Did you listen to this podcast? Listen to that podcast.) and nutrition (all the veggies and protein), and then onto workouts (Doing whatever the fuck TG tells me to. Thanks for the mirror, man.) and the knife (No, I am not going _____ ). Fuck, I love a plan.


26 Apr | Th
Warm-up | Just the usual MFR and pre-warm movements

Work |
A. 4x:
Goblet squat x 7 (35, 40, 45, 45#)
RNT [pulling knee in] x 7 ea
BB only BS x 7
B. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (135, 145, 3@155#)
C1. 1-1/4 FS 3 x 5 [1:00] (95#)
C2. SL KB RDL x 10 ea [1:00] (45#)
D. McGills 3 x :45 ea [:15 btwn]
E. Stairs x 15:00

28 Apr | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossacks x 10
Scap press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10
WW + taps x 10

Work |
A. Stairs x 12:00
B1. Supinated snatch-grip DL 7 x 5 [right into] (125#)
B2. Wall walk + taps x 20 [2:00]
C1. SA BU ½ kneeling KB press x 7 ea [1:00] (20#)
C2. GHR x 10 [1:00] (15#)
D. Pull-up negatives 4 x 3 @30×3 [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00

29 Apr | Su
Vortex Sunday | Devil’s Bridge + West Fork Trails with The Scientista (+/- 11 mi)


Th | Work’s been crazy demanding this week; really pushed myself to get in the gym. Workout felt fine, but I fought to stay in the moment with every rep. Ran out of time on part E, and maybe the lack of focus won there, too.

Sa | Solid night of sleep had me ready and wanting to get in the gym. Workout felt good. Kept the DLs a little light with the back. The pressing and negatives were a little tough. Had K-Rad on the platform next to me EMOM-ing which was really nice, especially considering the headspace I’ve had.

Su | I found something to do in Sedona, other than run from all the “cute shops” and crowds. The weather was perfect, the trails were beautiful and fragrant with blooms, and the stout that followed was crazy good, though I only was able to drink half because 9% and driving. Next time you’re in Camp Verde, check out the brewery. The ambiance is unforgettable and the Elote Pork Nachos are… worth stopping in The Dirty Verde for.

May gonna be like…

May is Fire
The Plan (Actually it’s “The Bookworm,” by Hermann Fenner-Behmer, from 1906)

Only sub coffee for tea, peonies for tulips, add a set of spotted paws, aaand sub my face and bod…

Smelly Spongebob Sunday
Just a joke from the trail. It all started with my squeaky water shoe…