Would You Rather…

“We are constantly trying to hold it all together. If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens.” -Michael A. Singer


Lately, the work week evenings have felt like a less fun version of Would You Rather – with the choices being the go to gym or getting a full night of sleep. I like going to the gym – it feels good to move, silences the noise, and helps me relax. But not sleeping makes we wanna [see image above]…

So yeah, I am working on finding the balance, adjusting things to make it work. It’s funny how things get set in your head as fixed and inevitable, until a spark of change reawakens your super powers and you realize all of it, it’s all a matter of choice.

Besides, in the end, no matter what “Rather” you choose, we all have the same outcome:

Giovanni Paolo Cimerlini – The Aviary of Death

So, would you rather…
Sit or stand?
Burden your family in old age or be pushed off a cliff?
Sleep or ____ [pick a thing you really like to do, sometimes in bed, often at night, and hopefully again in the morning]?

And here’s a SFW game of “Would You Rather“…

21 Feb | W
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam ball x 5 @20#
KB RDL x 8 ea @40#

Work |
A. Power clean 6 x 1 [1:00] (125, 5@135#)
B. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
Power clean x 3 (2@115, remainder @120#)
DUs x 30
C. Back squat 3 x 5 [fast out the bottom] (145, 150, 155#)

23 Feb | F
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Bird dogs x 12 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
Curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 10 @15#
Banded RDLs x 8 ea
SA banded rows x 12

Work |
A. Front squat 5 x 3 [build – 3:00] (140, 150, 155, 145, 150#)
B1. Zercher squat 3 x 5 [1:00] (105, 105, 110#)
B2. KBS x 5 [1:00] (55#)
C. Alternating TGUs x 10:00 (40, 45, 50, BU@25#)
D. Wall-pressing dead bugs 3 x 20 reps [:30]

24 Feb | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
SB x 5
SA KB snatch x 5 ea

Work | FTA
A. 4x:
RDL x 3
Bent over row x 3
Muscle snatch x 3
BTN PP x 3
Good morning x 3
B. (Sumo) DL 7 x 2 [2:00] (185, 6@195#)
C. Power snatch 7 x 2 (+ OHS x 2) [2:00] (2@75, 3@80, 2@85#)
D. GHR 3 x 12 [1:00] (10#)

25 Feb | Su
Mobility-Warm-up things | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reaching DBs x 1:00
Windmills x 5 ea
Samurai squats x 3 ea
Thoracic rotations x 12 ea

Work | FTA
A. Stairs x 20:00
B. Bike x 25:00
C. 5x:
Wall walk x 1
DUs x 30
Lateral box step-ups x 5 ea
Row x 10:00

Stretch | 10:00

26 Feb | M
Work |
A. 4x:
RNT reverse lunges (out) x 7 ea
BB row x 10
BS x 8
B. Back squat 10 x 3 [2:00] (2@155, 2@160, 3@165, 3@170#)
C1. Snatch-grip DL 3 x 5 [1:00] (125, 135, 155#)
C2. SL HB x 12 ea [1:00]
D. McGills 6 x :20 ea [:10 btwn sides]

Feeling pretty good; weighed-in for the first time since *stops to search blog* (mid-October) and my current relationship with gravity is 165# which is cool. I seem to naturally want to be between 155-165. We’ll see how things shift; I’ll be training for The Canyon and Pat’s Run in April.

Didn’t do a great job of logging notes on my sessions this week. Will do better next. Monday felt really great; I think in a “Would You Rather” battle between back squats and brownies, the back squats would win. Whaaah… Here’s some footage:

Diggin’ the McGills. I can feel the PRs lining up…


Garden Gifts

There are days that walk through me
and I cannot hold them.
So I fall in love with the man in the moon.
He makes the tide uncover me. Then takes off
his glasses and explains, ‘I’ve brought you
this gift: the starkness of my hands and
the crater of my mouth.’

-Katherine Larson, The Gardens in Tunisia”

arsenault for you

12 Feb | M
Work | FTA
A. 4x:
Cossacks x 10 ea
SL HB hold x :40 ea
Reverse fly x 10 (10#)
B. FS 5 x 3 [3:00] (135, 2@145, 150, 145#)
C. 1-1/4 BS 3 x 4 [1:30] (105#)
D1. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 [!:00] (95, 105, 105#)
D2. BTN PP x 5 [1:00] (65, 75, 85#)

14 Feb | W
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 10 @45#
ATYs x 5 ea

Work |
A1. Seated SA DB press 5 x 8 ea [1:00] (25#)
A2. Pendlay row x 10 [1:30] (80#)
B. Neutral-grip DB bench 4 x 8 [1:30] (25#)
C. PU machine 3 x 10 [1:00] (60#)
D. Pallofs 3 x 15 ea [:30 btwn sides] (20#)

17 Feb | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Wall slides x 10
Elbow plank + fwd reach x 10 ea
Rev curl-ups x 8

Work |
A. 4x:
Row x 300m (1:16, 1:17, 1:16, !:15)
Dip hold x :30
COB hold x :25 (failed on the last round at 10s, jumped back up for 10… and then 5)
B. 4x:
Sled walk (135#)
McGills x :45 ea
DB bis x 15 ea (17.5#)
C. Stairs x 20:00

Stretch + handstands | 15:00

18 Feb | Su
Mobility | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Hip CARs x 3 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:30
Wall balls x 10 @15#
KBS x 10 @45#

Work |
A. Sumo DLs 7 x 2 – build [3:00] (185, 195, 205, 2@215, 2@225#)
B. Front-rack fwd lunge on a plate 3 x 10 ea [2:00] (35/40#)
C. 5x:
DUs x 30
Sit-ups x 10
Jump lunge x 10

19 Feb | M
Warm-up |2x
Mob things
Thoracic rotations x 8 ea
Pistols x 3 ea

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. Row x 10:00 (2175m)
C. 4x:
HSW x 10m
Step-ups x 5 ea
Side bridge x :30 ea
D. Bike x 20:00
E. Row x 10:00 (2157m)

M | Held the HBs for the full forty. Boom. Lots of shaking and very uncomfy. I anticipate feeling those tomorrow. And the day after. Squats felt good; definitely feeling yesterday’s during today’s.

W | Right shoulder limiter on the presses and bench. Pull-ups were a challenge, aaand mildly frustrating due to grip.

Sa | Felt sore and slow. But much better after.

Is being called a cunt supposed to be offensive? Huh. Sounds powerful to me…
uddenly I feel like I should watch American Beauty.

Su | According to this blog it’s been… before this blog that I’ve done sumo-style as a lift (not part of a met-con). I really liked them; really felt the movement in my legs and booty rather than my lats/back. Cool. My 1RM for standard DL is 225… and the last two sets sumo at that weight felt strong, and left much in the tank. Cool. Did I say that already? All excited after the DLs… and then got slapped in the face by the front-rack. Ooh those are mean. 😉

M | Really sore booty. The movement felt good. Zen rowing.



Killing Time

“You must acknowledge deep in your heart of hearts that people are supposed to fuck. It is our main purpose in life, and all those other activities – playing trumpet, vacuuming carpets, reading mystery novels, eating chocolate mousse – are just ways of passing the time until we can fuck again.” -Cynthia Heimel

entangled lines klaus kampert

Do you know what a grind lines is? I didn’t until… today. My learning moment was an endearing story from pretty-awkward-dude to slightly-less-awkward dude about his high school experience of lining up to rub up against one another: “It didn’t matter if you were a guy, or a girl, gay or straight, we all just wanted to be touched.”

10 Feb | Sa
Warm-up/Mob | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Scap PUs x 8
Windmills x 5 ea @35#
Samurai squats x 3 ea @ 35#
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

TGUs x 2 @40, 45, 50#

Work | FTA
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 5x:
Sled x 30m (+160#)
Suitcase carry x 30m (55#)
KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
C. Stairs x 15:00
D. Row x 10:00 (2312m)

Stretch | 15:00

Two Bit Peak | 3 mi

11 Feb | Su
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 12 ea
Chin-over-bar x :20
Popes x 15 ea
TVAs x 15

Work | FTA
A. Stairs x 15:00 Bike x 20:00
B. 4x:
HR x 10 (10#)
RNT (out) x 5 ea
Kang squats x 5
C. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (155#)
D. Zercher squats 3 x 5 [1:30] (105, 110, 115#)
E. Wall-pressing dead bugs 3 x 20 reps [:30]

Sa | Ooh that part B.

Su | Stepmills were occupado, so I took a (bike) seat. The kangs felt really good; the back squats felt a little rough to start, but after 5 days off… Took some vid and adjusted based on what I saw. Much better on the last two sets. Freaking dig the Zerchers.

Wasn’t feeling hot all week – super fatigued by the time the clock approached gym time, and just NOT feeling going to the gym AT ALL. Weird. The plan this week is to prioritize the rise and sleep times and see how/if that helps.


“The society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools. – Thucydidies

What do you think – does good exist without evil? Can a weak (hu)man, be a good (hu)man?

Jorden B argues that no, no he cannot, as a person is not moral if they are just harmless – if the option of demonstrating strength isn’t even on the table.

How about this – consider both definitions of the word “meek”:

Meek [mēk/]
1. quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.
2. one who carries a sword, and possesses the knowledge of how to use it, but chooses to keep it sheathed

Now consider these words from The Bible in light of them both:

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

If you want more considerations, listen to the whole conversation. And ask yourself, as I have been all week, am I choosing the heroic path, or am I erring on the side of the complacent coward? Are you keeping your life sheathed out of compliance, or by choice?

31 Jan | W
Warm-up | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Wall balls x 10
KB snatch x 3 ea

Work |
A. Stairs x 15:00
B. EMOM x 30:00, alternating:
Power clean x 3 (115#)
DUs x 30
C. McGill curl-up 3 x :45 ea [:15 btwn sides]

01 Feb | Th
A. Bike x 20:00
B. GHR 3 x 10
BS x 10
BB yumps x 5
C. BS 7 x 1 [tough] [3:00] (185, 195(PR!), 190, 190, 190, 185, 190#)
D. FS 3 x 5 [1:30] (125#)
E1. KB FR lunge 3 x 8 ea (30/35#) [RI]
E2. Side plank x :30 ea [1:30]

02 Feb | F
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides + rotation x 8
SL bird dogs x 10 ea
Popes x 15 ea
TVAs x 15

Work |
A1. ½ Kneeling BU KB press 4 x 7 ea (20#)
A2. GM x 10 (75#)
A3. SA row x 10 ea (30#)
B1. DB bench {neutral grip] 5 x 7 [1:30] (25#)
B2. Pendlay row x 10 [2:00] (75#)
C. Close-grip lat PDs 3 x 10 [1:00] (80,85, 90#)
D1. EZ Hammer curl bi’s 4 x 12 [1:00] (15#)
D2. Rope tri’s x 12 [1:00] (20#)

Stretch | 10:00

03 Feb | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Slam ball x 7 @20#
Banded RDLs x 10 ea
Banded rows x 10 ea

Work |
A. 4x:
Row x 2:00 (475, 481, 485, 479m)
KBS x 10 (45, 3@50#)
Push-ups x 10
B. DL 7 x 1 – tough [3:00] (5@205, 2@210#)
C. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Power snatch x 3 (75#)
DUs x 20 + jump squats x 5

Stretch | 5:00

04 Feb | Su
Mobility | 2x
Shoulda CARs x 3 ea
Cossacks x 8 ea (ooh boy these felt solid)
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:00
Wall balls x 10 @15#
Single arm KB snatch x 5 ea @ 30#

Work |
A. 10x: PC x 1 + Clean x 2 [2:00] (2@115, 2@120, 3@125, 2@130, 135#)
B. Jerk 10 x 2 [2:00] (push: 95, split: 3@105, 5@110, 115#)
C. Back squat 4 x 5 [2:00] (135, 140, 145, 150#)

Stretch | 10:00

W | The EMOM was fun, and harder than I thought it would be. And those McGill curl-ups are INTENSE. I like how much feedback you get regarding proper position. My neck would start to cramp, then I’d adjust and focus on the abs, and crazy enough my neck didn’t hurt anymore. 

Th | Old PR was 185, and dang that was easy peasy. Pretty excited about the new one. Two hundy (back squat) has been a club I’ve wanted to be a member of for a while; knocking on that door… Felt like I “should” have been able to go heavier on the front rack lunges, but ooh, those were rough, even with the conservative weight.

F | Excited that the neutral grip allowed me to get in some pressin’. Twenty-five was the limit where I could still push without not good feelings in the right shoulder; time to get that checked out. Pendlay’s felt nice and strong. It’s crazy to me how my biceps stop working at a certain point.

Sa | ‘A’ had me managing my breath; ‘B’ had me managing my head; ‘C’ was a little of both. Hardest part of the DL is that first inch off the floor. If that goes well, giddyup. If not… I tend not to fight for it – not gonna fuck up my back for a DL rep. But then, have I ever fucked myself up on a DL? No, I have not, so… 

Su | Turned away from the mirrors and, man, the cleans felt really good. Kept it conservative on the jerks because of the shoulder and because holy smokes my abz were working – or at least that’s where I was feeling fatigued. BACK SQUATS ARE FEELING AWESOME!!!