By Default

“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.” – Thomas Pynchon

Banksy Mondays
Banksy art: I Hate Mondays

Found some interesting parallels between these two resources I consumed over the weekend, Design for Default: How to Optimize Your Daily Decisions by James Clear and The Paleo Solution Podcast #266 – Pam Schoenfeld and Adele Hite with Healthy Nation Coalition. It’s Monday, so I am going to use my lazy grad school technique of presenting you with a quote pairing. Discuss amongst yourselves 🙂

“Default choices are not inherently bad, but the entire world was not designed with your goals in mind… For this reason, you should be wary of accepting every default as if it is supposed to be the optimal choice.” – James Clear

“We take these recommendations and we extrapolate them to everyone in America… but then we turn around and we look at these people who we have undernourished in utero, we’ve undernourished them during pregnancy and we go, “What’s your problem? You’re fat. You’re sick. You need to take better care of yourself. You need to eat less and move more.” The blame gets pushed back on them… and yet we’re going to give you dietary information that doesn’t relate to you at all.” – Adele Hite

Let your voice be heard here.


26 April | Sunday
Rest Day

25 April | Saturday
Warm-up | 3 rounds:
Row x1:00
DU’s x15
Mobility moves

Workout | RFESS 3×6 @ 32×1 (25#)
Rest x1:00 btwn legs

– then –
3 Sets:
Deadlift x5 w reset btwn reps (165,185,195#)
Rest x:30
Reverse fly x12 (10# DBs)
Rest x3:00
– then –
Hollow rocks 4x:30
Rest x1:00

24 April | Friday
Mobility | 15:00

Workout | 5 Rounds:
Sled walk x100m (135#)
Wall walk x1
GH raise x6 (hamstring goals)
Banded triceps push-downs x12

Stretch | 20:00


Frida. Ah, what a fascinating woman and with such an incredible talent and life.  My Friday, in comparison, was much less tumultuous. The day’s workout was recovery-ish and I needed it – really sore in the triceps from the negative pull-ups. Those GH raises are challenging, no doubt, but I was able to complete six each round. Bueno.

cersei says fuck that
When someone tells you (me) to move faster on the sled pulls

Found myself quite sore Saturday morning – triceps, abs (?) and that right hip flexor. The RFESS didn’t feel good so I 86’d them from the workout. The deadlifts felt good and I made sure to reset between each rep, working that pull from the floor.  I was able to use dumbbells instead of just plates on the flies this time. Yay. Is a gentle bend in the elbow okay on those?

Sunday was a rest day. 

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