Pursuit & Propaganda


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Pursue your dreams! I dream of a waffles emoji! Waffles or pancakes – what team are you on?

>>> Why logic and reasoning takes a back seat to propaganda. And that image of the anchor-brained ginger…

I think my favorite oh-shit-there-is-no-time blogging template is connecting two random media nuggets with an alliterative title.

And closing with a Tony Robbin’s hand clap. Say yes?


04 April | Tu
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
Prone y raise x 10
Dlb wall pressing dead bugs x :30

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
Bench x 3 (85#) + DUs x 30
BB hip thrust x 10 (125#)
AD x 1:00
4x: DB row x 12 ea (30#)
Rest x 1:00
Banded Ts x 10 (red)
Rest x 1:00

PT things | 10:00

08 April | Sa
AM: Back Alley CrossFit
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
PVC moves
DUs x 30

Work | [From the archives]
Back squat 5 x 1 (135, 145, 155, 165, 175#)
Rest x 2:00 btwn
EMOM x 10:00
1-1/4 Back squats x 3 @ 50% (90# – how’s that math…?)
Ass bike 30/30s x 10:00

Roll + stretch x 10:00

PM: Mountainside Fitness @ the ballpark – aka The Mountain
A. DB incline bench 5 x 10; rest 1:00 (25#ers)
B1. Close-grip cable pull downs 4 x 12 (50, 60, 70, 70#)
B2. Single-arm DB press x 5 ea; rest x 1:00 (17.5, 20, 25, 25#)
C1. Reverse flys 3 x 10 (10#s)
C2. Cable Pallof press x 10 ea; ressts x 1:00 (30#)

More stretch | 10:00

Tu | PT visit was interesting. Took some notes about positions and patterns to work on, and was given some mobility/recovery work to do, though – honesty zone – I’m not so sure I’ll actually KB smash my psoas on my own. Also had my first dry needling experience, which apparently is like getting tattooed in that you need (hmmm… want?) carbs and a nap after. I liked this aptly-time convo about the PT things, in particular the segment that talked about how body chemistry can affect body mechanics:

Sa | Tested out some new ‘nasium digs. Yes, my barbell workout was likely a poor choice, with the hip issues. The bike thirties made me SAF (choose your S-work, but – spoiler alert – it rhymes with ‘whore’). The globo session was really great; just had to do the work, instead of thinking about doing the work, and let go of my own propaganda.

Coming soon: restroom selfies. For now, here’s the last set of the won-anna-quad-ahs:

But Tomorrow…    

“Today I am not in my skin. My body cannot contain me. I am spilling out and over, like a rogue wave on the shore… My demons are lying in wait, they are grinning in the shadows, their polished fangs glinting, knowing today, it will be an easy kill. But tomorrow, tomorrow could be different, and that is what keeps me going today.” -Lang Leav, The Universe of Us

Hidden Exits | Charles Wilkin

Sometimes things just fit together. I really like how Lang’s poem and Wilken’s collage relate to one another; in their darkness, and their beauty.

If you’re thinking, “Lighten the fuck up, Gunz! We like our blogs like we like our conversations: safe AF,” then check out this TED talk followed by the Kenny Kane on Barbell Shrugged. Both scratch the surface, but you won’t give you the nervous giggles. Practice and performance zones – we need them both, but not in equal measure. Like hamstrings & booty shorts, carbs & barbells, 90’s gansta rap & Die Antwoord…

What zone are you giving preferential treatment to…?

02 Feb | Th
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Banded hip bridges x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
DUs x 20
V-ups x 10

Work | [From the archives]
Box squats x 3 (115, 125, 135, 135#)
BTN Jerk x 2 (95, 105, 115, 115#)
Reverse row sit-backs x 8
SL banded RDLs x 10 ea (green)
Stretch | 7:00

04 Feb | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
KB things
DUs x 20

Work | O-lifting
[PAP] Clean deadlift 4×3 [heavy], right into (165#)
Clean x 2 (125, 125, 125, 120#)
Segmented snatch [1″ – BTK] 3×1
Snatch 6×1

06 Feb | M

Th | Not very focused. Need headphones. Or a more savage resting bitch face. Box squats felt solid at +20# from the last time I performed these.

Sa | E’rything felt heavy today. And regressed to a noob on the snatches again. Definitely in the practice zone with all my failed attempts.

M | New plan: AM sessions on Monday. Hip and back are not loving Sunday’s hike. Time constraints have had me easing up on the mobility and stretch a bit. Perhaps that’s playing a role.

When your stretch sesh requires a safe word