A Few Less Fucks

“Try not to pay attention to those who will try to make life miserable for you. There will be a lot of those — in the official capacity as well as the self-appointed. Suffer them if you can’t escape them, but once you have steered clear of them, give them the shortest shrift possible… The ratio of one-to-one doesn’t justify the effort: it’s the echo that counts. That’s the main principle of any oppressor, whether state-sponsored or autodidact. Therefore, steal, or still, the echo, so that you don’t allow an event, however unpleasant or momentous, to claim any more time than it took for it to occur.” – Joseph Brodsky, Commencement Speech at the University of Michigan, 1988


I’m an advocate of giving a fuck – when it counts. The trick is to be able to differentiate when to give a fuck and when to not give a single fuck. Mark Manson says it so very eloquently in, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck“.


Here I am going on and on about not giving a fuck… after giving way too many fucks about my 1RMs all week long. As Tom pointed out, I need to let go of this emotional attachment to the numbers. (I never would have guessed that my 20-something self who was emotionally attached to the numbers on the scale and the size of my pants would evolve into a 30-something with a barbell complex. Not THAT barbell complex – though, man, those are fun, too!)

Was the title of this post a little misleading? I don’t give a fuck. (And neither did these ladies.)

 16 January | Friday

Warm-up | Row 3:00

Training | 1 RMs:
Deadlift (215, 225, 220#)
Press (85, 90#)

GB Handstand Challenge:
Day 7 – Hollow Body Hold (:60)
Day 8 – Pelvic Tilt (15 of 60 reps; To Be Cont’d)

15 January | Thursday

Mobility | 10:00

Warm-up | AD 3:00
3 Rounds:
Hollow rocks :30
20 DUs

Training | 1 RM WEEK:
Back Squat (155, 165, 175, 170#)
AD 10:00 for cals (152)

Thursday I was in a pretty pissy mood did not manage work stress very well, and testing Back Squat didn’t help alleviate that much, it being the most mentally challenging lift for me. But I was pleasantly surprised at how the movement felt and am excited to see where I go now that I am feeling better and the hip seems to be moving properly. Here are the videos at 165# and 175#:

Honestly the 175# felt better than my final attempt at 170#. I think I was a little quick to fail on those just because the “dismount” for the back squat, well, I haven’t “practiced” it much in the last year.

The AD for cals I would say I did at 75-80% not 90% as I was instructed. I am such a rebel. Or an asshat. Testing doesn’t do much good if you don’t follow the protocol.

I was pleasantly surprised on the deadlifts, matching my current 1RM despite injury (and, as with the back squats, they felt good, which is the most exciting thing). Press is not my wheelhouse. Clearly. Lots of room for improvement, but I need to get some work done on that shoulder impingement, too.

I found this article on breathing through deadlift, press and handstands (Hello! THAT was my Friday!). We’ve learned about the belly breathing, but this was particularly interesting in terms of handstands. I attempted it during the Handstand Challenge this evening, but, as with everything, it’s gonna take some practice.

The Day 8 Challenge is pretty intense (for me) on the low back so I am splitting it up as needed. Train smart.

Yeah, that’s a pint of Jeni’s Salted Caramel Ice Cream. You know, the fancy $12 a pint stuff from the grass-fed cows. It’s so damned delicious.



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