“Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.” -Albert Camus

Fatally flawed: Just a salad, please

I’ve been chatting with a good friend of mine about getting back in the saddle; he’s a road cyclist but recently had a health scare that has kept him from riding. It’s interesting to hear him talk about his body. When he first started riding he was terrified that if he tipped over at a stoplight (a rite of passage for a road rider from what I understand) that he would break his back. His mental narrative about his body is one of weakness and brokenness.

My friend’s perception of himself reminded me of The Aussies’ conversation with StrongFit’s Julien Pineau. Pineau rejects what he calls “the Protestant view of the body” – that it’s something bad, broken, and requiring repair. Instead he argues the body is perfect; that it’s adapted seamlessly to the inputs it’s been given.

It makes me wonder how my friend could benefit by changing his internal dialogue from one of inherent flaws into one of beautiful adaptation; to appreciate the ability of his body to change, rather than something holding him back.

And because one of my flaws adaptations is over-thinking shit, can we take that idea outside of the body and into our relationships with the people we love? I totally drew a parallel between Pineau’s perspective and the discussion in this episode of Sex Lives, with French GQ sex columnist Maia Mazaurette. (Hmm, another Frenchie…)

Take a listen, get a different perspective, learn how to say fun things in French, and tell me what you think.

13 Oct | Th
Warm-up | 3x
Wall press x 10
Single-arm banded rows x10 ea
BB good mornings x 10

Work [Recovery] | 4x:
AD x 5:00 (71,75,77,78 cals)
Wall walk x 1 + 10 taps
Single leg RDL x 8 ea (35# KB)
Bicep curls x 12 ea (15# DB)

Stretch | 15:00

12 Oct | W
Mobility | 3x
SL adductor squat x 8 ea
GA squat x 10
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall ball x 10
Walking lunges x 12

Work | O-lifting – Week 7
Segmented snatch + OHS 4 x 2 (75, 75, 85, 85#)
Pin front squat 3 x 2 (125, 125, 135#)
GHD sit-ups 3 x 10
ISO pull up holds x 4

Stretch 10:00

11 Oct | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Row/Run x 100m
Wall press x 10
KBS x 10

Work | Class workout – MAP session
x 8:00, rotating:
Power clean x 5 (95#)
Walking lunges x 10
Row x 150m @ 80%
-Rest x 3:00-
x 8:00, rotating:
DUs x 30
Suitcase carries x 100m, switch manos @ 50m (53#)
Box jumps x 8 (24″)
-Rest x 3:00-
TGUs x 8:00 (44, 53#)

Stretch | 20:00

Tu | Those suitcase carries #abz Been a while since I’d done a MAP sesh and, oh yeah, I could tell about an hour after getting home.

W | With my back being so tight, I was prepped to swap Oly for some AD, but things felt okay; snatch felt speedy, though still not pushing it on the load. Failed on the second rep of the last set on the pin squats. Again with the abs on the GHDs.

Wednesday’s speedy snatch brought to you by cinnamon carbs

Th | Soooore caboose from those pin squats. Recovery workout inspired by the class workout: 300 FY. Right side of the caboose really bugging.


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