Solvitur Ambulando

“I will walk by myself
and cure myself
in the sunshine and the wind.”
-Charles Reznikoff

From Sidewalk Psychology by artist Candy Chang


I’m endlessly amazed at the impact the ritual of my morning dog walk has on the rest of my day. Even the most reluctant start is reversed after just a few minutes in the morning sunshine. Because of this, perhaps, I was struck by a series from artist Candy Chang, Sidewalk Psychology: Self-Evaluation in Transit. She does a lot of great work. Click on the image to check it out. I particularly love Confessions, Before I Die , and I Wish I Was.

It’s important to maintain proper position while walking and figuring out your shit. The concept of “primal” posture was presented in, “Lost Posture: Why Some Indigenous Cultures May Not Have Back Pain”. The segment features the work of Esther Gokhale, a “posture guru” who studied biochemistry at a couple Ivy League schools as well as acupuncture in San Francisco. Gokhale argues the shape of our spine should be a ‘J’ rather than an ‘S’. I don’t know how qualified Gokhale is to be dishing out posture advice, but “beefy abdominal muscles” and a less sedentary lifestyle sound good to me.

Esther Gokhale’s 5 Tips for Better Posture:

  • Do a shoulder roll
  • Lengthen your spine
  • Squeeze your glutes
  • Chin back
  • Bellybutton in #NoSeltering

I modified that last one. Because… ouch. My posterior chain cries for hers. And you know I did the walnut test when walking Bo this morning. Primal posture, check.

10 June | Wednesday
Warm-up | 3 rds:
Banded walks x8
Clammies x8
Wall balls x8
DUs x20

Workout | Back squat 4×3 (135, 145, 155, 160#)
– then –
3 Rounds:
Box step ups with KB front rack x10 each leg (26#ers)
Rest x1:00
Snatch grip deadlift x5 @100#
Rest x2:00
– then –
Tabata AD for cals (71)

Stretch | 20:00

09 June | Tuesday
Rest Day

08 June | Monday
Warm-up | 3 rds:
Wall ball x10
Walking lunges x10
DUs x20

Training | AMRAP #1 (5+100)
10:00 at consistent pace:
Run x200m
Box yumps x5 @24″
KB push press x5 @ 26#
– Rest x4:00 –
AMRAP #2 (4)
10:00 at consistent pace:
Row x200m
Power clean x5 @ 65#
Push-ups x5
– Rest x4:00 –
AMRAP #3 (5:00 – 2rds)
10:00 at consistent pace:
AD x20 cals
DUs x20

Monday. Kicked. My. Ass. Not sure if it was the 105° temperature or what, but I DNFed AMRAP #3. Now, the rest of the day I will only speak in acronyms.

Monday’s poor performance provoked me to reflect on the previous week’s regime and I discovered I hadn’t taken a rest day. Unacceptable. So, Tuesday was a rest day.

Wednesday the right glute and low back were feeling a little tight. The back squats felt good; I didn’t push it because of the tightness. Here’s the last set at 160#:

Front racks are the best ab workout ever. Couple them with step-ups and oh my, my. The AD felt fine; I was pretty fatigued (again with the head and humidity) and it wasn’t my finest performance. I’m gonna go ahead and call this week “Summer’s Bitch Slap”. I just need a few days for some adaptation. And a few extra hours of sleep this weekend.

In unrelated news…

my spirit animal
Tina Belcher might be my spirit animal





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