“The world is this continually unfolding set of possibilities and opportunities, and the tricky thing about life is, on the one hand having the courage to enter into things that aren’t familiar, but to also to have the wisdom to stop exploring when you’ve found something that’s worth sticking around for. That’s true of a place, a person, of a vocation… It’s very hard to get the balance of those two things right… Be careful not to err on one side or the other because you have an ill-conceived idea of who you are.” -Sebastian Junger

Jenny Holzer, Living Series

Got to thinking (uh-oh) about a statement Kirk Parsley dropped whilst chatting with the dudes at BBS. Doc Parsley talked about how we like to separate the body into systems, cardiac, nervous, etc, in an attempt to understand and learn them, but the fact remains we are just one very complex system. He then goes on to explain how we do this in a similar fashion with the pillars of health: stress, sleep, movement, food. We try to isolate them, but you can’t change one without influencing the others.

It’s funny how we humans like to compartmentalize, put shit in boxes, or if you’re my mother, zipper pouches and decorative tins. The “systems” of the body got me thinking about the systems of our “self”. I’ve been thinking a lot about my roles, or what I perceive my role in different spheres of my life to be. Prompted by this read from Forbes, which focuses primarily on work (know your audience) it occurred to me that just like the physical human body, our identity is interconnected as well, maybe less like a series of balls we juggle and more like weighted hula hoop. How does who we are, or perception of self change as we redistribute the weight?

What have been your Rhonda Rousey moments?

12 Jan | Th
Mobility |3x
Glute press x 10
Scap press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
KB swing x 5 – snatch x 5 ea – RDL x 5ea

Work | EMOM x 30:00
TGU x 1 ea (5 @44#, 5 @53#)
DUs x 40
AD x 1:00

Stretch | some

14 Jan | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Bird dogs x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wall walk x 2 unbroken (hold at plank)
Slam balls x 5 @20#
DUs x 20

Work | O-lifting – Week 2
Hang snatch + snatch x 4 (75, 75, 85, 85, 85#)
4x: Sled run @240# x 10 yds immediately into sprint x 10 yds [PAP]
3x: Pause clean [1″ – BTK – mid-thigh] x1 + jerk x 2 (105, 115, 125#)

Stretch | 10:00

16 Jan | M
Warm-up | 3x
Laps around the bldg + pipe moves

Work | Recess
EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
DUs x 40
Power clean [TNG] x 4 (105#)
Push press x 3 + jerk x 1

Short stretch | 7:00

Th | Stressful work day + so much booty soreness = make up an EMOM to move through. Really digging the KBs in the warm-up. And those 53# TGUs are solid for more than just a couple reps. Gotta give that 62# a run next time I’m working the get-ups. 

Sa | Snatches didn’t go well, but man, did I dig that PAP work! Couldn’t shake the air brakes on the snatches which tells me my hip is bugging no matter how much I want to will (lie to) myself that it’s not. That moment of transition from the sled push into the sprint is amazing! Maybe the first time I’ve ever FELT like I was sprinting. 

M | Super sore in the quads; Saturday’s sprints, perhaps…?


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