For Better

“At any moment, you are exactly where you want to be, for better or worse.” -James Altucher


I don’t really think of myself as a resolution person. I feel like sunrise everyday is a reset of sorts; why wait. But, the beginning of a new year, does have that sort of fresh and clean blank slate kinda feeling, which was totally ratcheted up by this Tim Ferriss podcast episode. He talked about his new year rituals, my favorite of which were:

  • the 17 impossible questions
  • the 80/20 review
  • Happy Money – asking “how will this thing change how I spend my time?”
  • the 5:00 Journal
  • “What is the craziest thing I could do?” brainstorming

That Happy Money question hit home. I’d gone the better part of 5 years without a TV, just streaming whatever I “needed” to see on the computer. Last year I was given a TV for Christmas (mostly because the dude who gave it to me wanted to have it for his use when he visits), and man, that has changed my habits more than I could have predicted, especially when it comes to reading. So maybe I do have a resolution: kill my TV. (Or at least unplug it.)

Have you ever bought a thing with a particular intention, only to have it not quite work out that way?

Here’s to a(n even) better, 2017!

02 Jan | M
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea
Reaching dead bugs x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall ball x 7 – making 20# the standard
Ball slams x 7
Reverse curl-ups x 7

Work | 7x EMOM-ish
DL – RDL – tall clean – push press – BTN jerk (85# barbell)
Sled pull, alt, fwd and rev (135#)
Snatch x 2
DUs x 40

Stretch | 10:00

03 Jan | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Banded hip bridge x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 10 @ 20#
Palms-up BB row x 10
DUs x 30

Work [From the archives]| 4x:
Single-arm seated KB press x 10 ea (BB, 23, 20.5, 20.5#)
Rest x 1:00
Chin–over-bar x 5 @30×3
Rest x 1:00
Single-leg hip thrust x 15 ea (cute pink KB)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
Handstand walk x 15′ (10′ max.)
Row x 150m
GHR x 10 (10,10,15,15#)
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 10:00

04 Jan | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
KBS x 10
Wall walk x 2 UB
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – Week 1

Clean + jerk x heavy single (125, 135, 145, 4 @150#)

M | The body was feeling rested + recovered. Rolled through the workout; focused on speed with the barbell work and on not spilling the scotch (keeping the sled moving nice and smoothly) on the pulls.

Tu | Man, I feel like I learn a little more every time I do this workout. The single arm presses were hard this time around. Used the smallest KB, which is 18 el-bees, with some plates. First round was not single-arm, and with a barbell because all the KBs were in use. Failed on the last rep of the COB holds the last three rounds; couldn’t get in the proper position at the top to lower down. Too much shrug. Those single-leg thrusts sure are booty burners. Re-positioned the right side a little bit after I noticed my set-up was different.

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What I learned today. And do you see it?  Tell me you see it…

W | Went into Oly with a nice level of back soreness. Threw some DUs inbetween attempts, which I enjoy; keeps me relaxed and shit. The cleans at 150 felt good. Do believe I need to work on the elbow position and the dip at the front end of the jerk, as well as getting under it, low and fast #nothighandtight




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