The Take Away

 

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There’s a quote credited to Michelangelo that goes something like, referring to his famous masterpiece, “David was always there in the marble, I just took away all that was not David.”

Hold that thought. And nowย read this guy’s story. He went from living in a 2-story house to traveling around the world with 25 lbs worth of gear. While I wouldn’t call his lifestyle “practicing poverty”, I think the minimalist mentality has a certain level of preparedness built in. The less shit weighing you down, the more freely you can move, whether by choice or necessity. I think his story is pretty interesting, particularly his thoughts on the accumulation mindset, and how habits – both positive and negative – carry over from one arena of our life into others – gym, home, work, relationships, mindset…

So what are the things you can take away? And what have been the moments in your life that seem to “chip away” all that isn’t “David”? The ones that strip away all the first world problems and excess? The ones that challenge you to see what’s really underneath?


06 April | W
Work | O-lifting
Pause (BTK) clean deadlift 4 x 2 + 2 hang cleans (105,115,120,120#)
RFESS 3 x 6 ea (10# DBs)
3 sets:
Pallof press x 8 ea
Side bridge hold w/ leg elevated x :30 ea side (on knee x :20)

Stretch | 20:00

04 April | M
Pillars |3x
Prone Y raise x 8 (2)
Plank + reach thru x 6 ea
Monster walks x 12 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 10
DUs x 30
Rev fly x 15 with the 5ers

Work | Press @ 75# base
5 x 40#
5 x 45#
3 x 50#
3 x 60#
3+ x 65# (8 reps)
-then-
3 sets:
DB seated press x 8 (20#ers)
Rest x :30
Plank push-ups x :30
Row 200m
Rest x 3:00

Stretch | 20:00


Monday | Just rolled through. Notes for Raymundo: that right tricep still isn’t firing right; really noticed it on the reverse fly.

Wednesday | Felt nice and speedy on the cleans, challenging getting outta the bottom on those last two sets. Will feel that one tomorrow, especially paired with the split squats. Speaking of, those felt solid. Kept the weight light as they have been known to blow up my shit (the right QL) if I am not cautious.

The side bridges were revealing – SUPER challenging. In order to keep everything stacked properly whilst feeling it in my booty, I needed to drop to my knee. Despite the modification it was still difficult. At about :20 my glutes would stop working and I could feel my low back taking over so I stopped there each set. Also, playing around with that, I found that from the elbow was SO much harder than if I did it with an extended arm and my hand on the floor.

Lastly, Smart Ryan coined a new phrase for the feeling you get when your big movers are letting you know they’re working – the booty call. He’s good to have around.

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