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“The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire. ” -Hermann Hesse

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01 Mar | Th
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Bird dawgs x 10 ea
Scap press x 10
Rev curl-ups x 10

Work | FTA
A. Stairs x 15:00
B. 3x:
RDL x 5
GM x 5
BS x 5
Kang x 5
C. FS 5 x 5 [3:00] (130, 135, 2 @140, 145#)
D. Close-grip lat pull-downs 4 x 12 [1:30] (75, 3 @85#)

02 Mar | F
Work |
A. 4x:
BB bench x 10
Pull aparts x 10
KBS x 10 (45#)
B1. (Neutral-grip DB) Betch 5 x 5 [1:00] (3@25, 2@30#)
B2. Dbl DB bent-over row x 10 [1:00] (3@25, 2@30#)
C. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
PC + PP x 3 (subbed tall cleans) (5@95, 5@105#)
DUs x 30 (all UB)

03 Mar | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks (Yep, again! I am really enjoying how these feel) x 8 ea
Wall slides x 10
Pistol aka glute check x 2 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3
Hip CARs x 1

Work |
A. Rotating walk + job e’ry minute x 10:00 Stairs x 10 @ L8
B. Sumo DL 7 x 2 – build [2-3:00] (185, 2@195, 2@205, 215, 225#)
C1. Dip hold 4 x :30 [1:00]
C2. COB lowers x 5 @3_13 [1:00]
D1. McGills 3 x :20 ea
D2. Bent-knee leg raise x 10 Wall-pressing DB x 20 reps
E. Rotating walk + job e’ry minute x 10:00 Stairs x 10 @ L8

Stretch | 15 glorious fucking minutes

04 Mar | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 10 @15#
KB RDL x 8 ea @35#
KB press x 5 ea @25#

Work | FTA
A1. Box squats 5 x 5 (125, 130, 3@135#)
A2. SL hip bridge x 10 ea
A3. Hip extensions x 10 [2:00] (15#)
B. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
Slam balls x 10 @ 20#
Dbl DB push press x 10 + sit-ups x 5 (25# DBs)

Stretch | 10:00


Th | Felt a little sluggish.

F | Felt better. Banged up shoulder was the limiter on B1; pressing out the bottom is where it’s sticky and doesn’t feel good. Same shoulder was NOT having the push press, even at BB only, thus the substitution. The cleans felt snappy, kept the lbs light.

Part A footage for fun, (I was curious to see if the pull aparts looked different on one side than the other):

Sa | Dang the sumos felt fast off the floor. Made the set-up checklist: toe turn, turn on quads, spread the floor, shoulders, breath, drop the scoops straight down, lift. Two-twenny five is my standard DL 1RM, or at least it was 07 Dec 15. Shoulder wasn’t having any hanging from the bar. Thigh rub on the dead bugs which made me laugh; that’s where all that ice cream has gone. Sweet. That means more lbs on the sumos, yes?

Su | Sore in the upper booty meat from the sumos. And in the lats where they connect to my arm pits. Workout felt good. That part B gets me fired up. Kept the grip neutral on the push presses and that seems to be okay on the shoulder; as were the KB presses in the warm-up. We’ll see how things feel tomorrow.

Prepping for the running in April – and preferring to avoid the treadmill – I am going to incorporate the alternation run/jog into the morning dog walk. We’ll see how much Bo loves that ❤ I just recently noticed he’s got the senior dog rocking horse run happening now. Seriously, how do we deserve dogs?

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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…
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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.

 

 

Moving Mix Tape

“If you don’t bite you can’t eat.” -Carl Paoli talking theft on Barbell Shrugged

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A proper mix tape can’t hurt, bro

I spent a good chunk of my “free time” this week/end unpacking from the move. Lemme tell ya, this has already taken me longer than anticipated – searching for some Mary Poppins type voodoo to move it along a little. Until then, at least there are podcasts.

Here’s a selection of my weekend mix tape for your listening pleasure:

Mind Muscle Project – The After Show #59 >>> On how CrossFit HQ’s drug testing seems shadyAF followed by a dude that has me thinking it’d be good to do some quiet running

Training Think Tank – Q&A Part IV | Enjoy your fucking brownies, folks! Max references Bruce Lipton’s, The Biology of Belief, and poses the question of how thinking ‘I’m a fat piece of shit’ vs ‘I’m fueling my muscles’ might impact your stress hormone profile post-brownie – not to mention flavuh

Waking Up – Facing the Crowd | Words are not violence.
“We use our words so as not to kill each other.” –Greg Lukianoff

Training Think Tank – Q&A Part III | Recovery: you’re missing the basics (It’s not about the stim) and the cost of high-level performance for teens in any sport followed by some teenage El-Haag background

MTN RDY – Colin O’Brady | From everybody’s default fitness test – the triathalon – to a world record-setting run at the Explorer’s Grand Slam. I am so curious about the logistics behind this, and the training involved

Case File | If you can’t get to sleep, this won’t help

Any podcast recommendations out there? And will someone please invent an app that lets a listener share a snippet of a podcast?! How does this not exist already? Or does it…?


09 Oct | M
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Elbow plank + reach thru x 10 ea
Popes x 15 ea

Work |
A. [BB only – quality movements] 4x:
Row x 10
Press x 10
OHS x10
Good mornings x 10
Rest x 1:00
B. SL hip bridge holds 4 x :30 ea [:30 btwn legs]
C. Pin front squats 5 x 2 (125, 4 @130#) [3:00]
D. SA push press 3 x 8 ea (30, 2 @35#) [1:00]
E. Close-grip high seated cable rows 3 x 15 (2 @55, 65#) [1:00]

Stretch | 7:00

11 Oct | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Bird doggies x 10 ea
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Warm up | 2x
BU TGU x 2 @25#
Samurai squats x 3 ea @35#
Windmills x 5 ea @ 30#

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. Row x 10:00
C. 4x:
Step-ups x 5 ea
SA FR carry x 20m ea (40#)
DUs x 20 30
D. Stepmill x 15:00

12 Oct | Th
Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7 @15#
Banded rows x 10 ea
Wall walk x 2 UB

Work |
A. 4x:
KB Z press x 10 ea (25#)
KB row x 5 ea (30, 3 @35#)
KB snatch x 3 ea (35, 3 @40#) [1:30]
B. Incline bench 5 sets @22×1 5, 5, 3, 3, 2 (60, 60, 65, 70, 75#) [3:00]
C1. SA DB push press 3 x 5 ea (30, 2 @35#) [1:00]
C2. [Dbl DB] RDL x 8 (55, 2 @60#ers) [2:00]
D1. Wall-pressing dead bugs 3 x 20
D2. BU KB FR carry x 30m ea (25#) [none-zo]

Stretch | 10:00

14 Oct | Sa
Mobility + Warm-up | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Hip CARs x 3 ea
Chin-over-bar hold x :20
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Hanging leg raise x 8

Work | Repeat
5x [BB only]:
Row x 5
RDL x 5
FS x 5
Kang x 5
B. Cleans 10 x 2 (95, tall, 105, 115, tall, 3 @125, 2 @130#) [2:00]
C. Good mornings 3 x 10 (65, 70, 70#) [1:30]
D. Leg extension machina 3 x 12 (60, 65, 65#) [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00

15 Oct | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Wall slides x 10
Hollow rocks x :20

Work | Repeat
A1. Press 7 x 5 (2 @60, 4 @65, 70#)
A2. DUs x 20 [2:00]
B. 5x:
KB goblet x 6 @ 33×1 (35#)
Jump lunges x 10
FLR x :30
C. Bike x 20:00


M | Broke up the OH movements by sneaking the buenos dias before the OHS because holy overhead pressing; adaptation or fucking it up, Morgunz? Hmmm…

I see what you did there with the holds and then the pin squats… #bootyblast

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Dug the single arm push presses. Interesting to see how one side braces compared to the other. Subbed seated cable rows because someone had set up camp at the lat station.

W | No notes. Felt nice.

Th | Feeling the focus of the recent training: much back fatigue. Z presses were challenging at the rep scheme. The single-arm snatches felt slow; took vid to investigate. They were fine. All in your head, Mo-gunz. Bench: so much room for improvement. Crazy how different incline feels to standard. Still figuring out the barbell situation at the indie gymnasium – used one that felt heavier and thicker. Could have also just been in my head. Really liked part C. D was fun, too; laughed at my retard left side with the BU KBs.

Sa | Got to wear my lifters.

Su | Pre-workout weigh-in: 152.8 lbs. Huh. Press felt good – really connected and pushing through the ground. That part B felt like AD sprints. Ooh burn. 

Altered States

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”
–Lord Byron, “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage”

but first the chonies
But first, hand over them thermal skins

Changed my state this weekend >>> Your brain on nature


02 Oct | M
Work |
A. Row x 15:00 Stepmill x 20:00
B. 5x:
KB FR carry x 20m (35/40#)
Sled push x 20m (+90#)
SL hip bridge x 15 ea (elevated)
C. Bike x 20:00

03 Oct | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea
Cossacks x 8 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:00
WB x 7
Push-ups x 5

Work |
A1. DB bench 4 x 10 (30#) [right into]
A2. Pull-up machina x 10 (2@ 48, 2@ 48/54#) [1:30]
B. Bench 5 sets @22×1 5,5,3,3,2 (75, 75, 75, 80. 85#) [3:00]
C1. BTN seated press 3 x 5 (50, 50, 55#) [1:00]
C2. Chinese row x 10 ea (20#) [1:00]
D. Hanging bent-knee raise 3 x 8 (hetero-leg) [1:00]

Stretch | 12:00

04 Oct | W
Get a lil sweaty | 3x
Row x 1:00
Banded RDLs x 8 e
DUs x 30

Work |
A. Deficit Deads (25# plate) 5 x 2 (185, 4@ 195#) [3:00]
B. HPC x 2 + PP x 1 x 10 sets (7@ 105, 3@110#) [2:00]
C1. Back squat 3 x 5 @70% (130#) [right into]
C2. GH hip extension x 10 [1:30]

Stretch | 10:00

07 Oct | Sa
Inner Basin to Weatherford Trail
8.8 mi

08 Oct | Su
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 10 ea
Prone y x 10
Glute press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam balls x 7 @ 20#
KBS x 7 @ 40#

Work | From the archives
A. TGUs 3 x 3 ea (40, 45, 50-55-60#)
B. Reverse zerchers 3 x 8 ea (75, 80, 80#) [1:00 btwn legs]
C1. SA DB Z press 4 x 6 ea (25#) [right into]
C2. Dbl DB row x 8 @2113 (25#) [1:30]

Stretch | 10:00


M | Subbed the stepmill for the erg because of hip flexion. Right side bugging a little from the move. Part B: I see what you did there. Booty burning by the last 5 reps of hip bridges. I would like to conduct a test. Remove all the TVs from the globo and see what occurs…

Tu | Dang starting with pull-ups = prefatigued. BTN press felt stronger than anticipated. Typically aren’t those harder from a seated position than from standing, no? This whole workout was a good practice in preventing straining neck face.

W | An hour of barbell fun! Deficit deadlifts felt really good; why do those weights feel so much easier standing on plate? More/different muscle recruitment? The push press was the limiting factor on the second part, and after all those pull-ups on Tuesday, it’s hard to straighten my arms today. The squats felt solid. No GHD to Roman extensions.

Sa | Favorite.

As you approach the point where Inner Basin Trail hooks up to the Weatherford Trail you get a pretty sweet view – from top down The Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater, Sugarloaf Peak, The Fairy-tail Forest.

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Su | Feeling a little hungover from my nature high, and a lack of sleep. But more than worth the exchange. Rolled through an oldie but a goodie. That part C was…

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Herd

 

Owned

“My heart has always beat thunderstorms instead of blood.” -Gabriel Gadfly

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Lips | Christo Dagorov

I got owned by work today and didn’t get a chance to finish my thoughts on the post I was planning to share with you today, friends. So, instead, as a nod to all the storming, you get a monsoon-y quote and some words to suck on. (Too much? Welcome to summer in the desert.)

The Moment
by Margaret Atwood

The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can’t breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.


12 July | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
SL elev hip bridge x 12 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Get a little sweaty | 3x
Ring rows x 7
Wall walks x 2 UB

Work |
A. Row x 20:00
B. Bike x 20:00
C. 5x:
Box step-ups x 5 ea
Handstand hold x :30
SA carry x 30m ea (rotated SC @50#/OH @45#)
D. Stair climber Stepmill x 15:00

13 July | Th
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
Wall-pressing dead bugs x 1:00

Warm-up | 2x
KBS – SA sn – SL RDL x 5 ea

Work |
B. Bench 5 x 5 @23×1 (3@75, 2@70#) [3:00]
A. 5x:
Row x 300m (+/- 1:17)
Dip hold x :30
DUs x 30
C1. Pull-up machina 3 x 10 (70#)
C2. Dips x 5 (40, 50, 50#) [1:30]
D. 3x:
SL hip thrust x 10 ea (25#)
Crossover step-ups x 5 ea (15#ers)
BU KB press x 5 ea (15, 20, 20#)

Stretch | 20:00

14 July | F
Mobility | 3x
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Hip CARs x 3
Shoulder CARs x 3

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00 40:00
B. Row x 20:00
5x:
HS hold x :30
DB RDL x 10 (50#ers)
Brrr crawl x 20m FLR x :45
C. Step mill x 12:00

Stretch | 20:00

15 July | Sa
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
Hollow rocks x :30

Warm-up | TGUs x 10:00

Work |
A. 4x:
Front squat x 5 (115#)
RNT x 10 ea @3111
GHRs x 10
B. EMOM x 10:00: KBS x 10 (50#)
C1. DB bicep curls 4 x 10 ea [1:00]
C2. Cable tri’s x 12 (40, 3@50#) [1:00]

16 July | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Ring rows x 7
Slam balls x 5 @20#

Work |
A. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
Hang clean – tall clean – jerk (3@95, 3@105, 4@115#)
DUs x 30
B1. Seated cable rows 4 x 10 @23×1 (50#) [1:00]
B2. Cable pallofs x 10 ea (40#) [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00


W | Weird rapid heart rate on the bike – too much coffee? Abs on the suitcase carry had me woke. Worked on a slower more controlled mount to HS – starting with hands on floor.

Th | Bench felt weak, but it’s been a while… not a whole lot of forward pressing in my life right now. Same with the pull-ups. They made me a little grumpy. “Hmm, what’s that about?”, she asks herself. Favorite segment (not that I need to hand out awards for my workouts) was the D. The crossover step-ups were sweet and revealing. Also, made you look globo-ers.

F | Subbed time on the bike for the erg due to some lower back fatigue. Subbed FLR for the bear crawl because the turf area was bangin’ (or other appropriate slang term).

Sa | Sore in some new regions of the glutes from the crossover’s I do believe…

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Still haven’t tried any of the globo good/bad girls… Who needs dem bishes, anyway

New ritual: 10-minute morning yoga before getting meditated. I might be in it for the handstands, and the shorts, but it sure has been a nice way to kick of the day.

Future Past

“The mind is a curious thing. The reason why we sometimes find ourselves in awe of moments as they are happening is because the mind never lives in the present, the body does. But the mind shifts between what the body has left behind and what’s yet to come.” -Sidd Long

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Pygmalion & Galatea  | The myth and the painting, by Jean-Léon Gérôme. Can you guess who is who? #alessoninLats #dabootyofthesuperiorplane

Check out the opening segment of this episode of Modern Love on the differences in the way men and women write about – and think about – love. Is your view into the future and/or the past?


21 Mar | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Chin-over-bar holds x :20
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
BB press x 8
DUs x 20

Work | 10x
Bench x 3 (85#)
Rest x 1:00
Body row x 6
Rest x 1:00
-and den-
Single-leg hip bridges x 12 ea (20, 25, 30, 30#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
-and zen-
AD x 10:00

22 Mar | W
Warm-up | Oly prep

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
Sled push x 100m (215#)
Farmers carries x 100m (53#ers)
AD x 20 cals

Stretch | 10:00

24 Mar | F
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Hanging straight-let raise x 8

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Banded row x 10
DUs x 20

Work | EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
DB snatch x 3 ea (35#) + slam balls x 3 (30#)
Row x :30
-then-
Alternating TGUs x 10:00 (44, 53, bottoms-up 26#)

25 Mar | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 8
Supinated BB row x 8
Wall walk + taps x 10
DUs x 20

Work | O-lifting
Snatch + hang snatch x 10 sets [Across – medium weight – technique] (95#)
Rack jerk 10 x 1 (125#)

Mini-stretch | 10:00


Light week – going by feel. The sled work on Wednesday was legit hard – lots of heavy breathing – or effort to manage it.

First time ever doing the single-arm dumbbell snatches. Focused on keeping the shoulders in alignment per the M&M #nofire

Warming up for Saturday Oly I was totally able to trace the tightness from my back to hip as I moved into a squat – which lead me to turn those snatches into powers. Collecting data…

The adductors! The fab five muscles make up what we know as groin musculature and often undervalued in terms of the role in performance and human movement and often overlooked as well. They attach to the inner portions of the thigh and also to the pelvis at different locations. The longus, brevis and magnus attach more anteriorly whereas the pectineus and gracilis attach more posteriorly and part of the anterior oblique subsystem and lateral subsystem, and powerful muscles with many aspects of stabilization especially during walking. They are also direct antagonists to glute max, TFL and glute medius. These son-a-bitches can either be facilitated or inhibited depending on many factors. —————————————————– For example , if the glutes are on vacation and not functioning properly (happens all the time), The hamstrings often take over the primary work of the glutes to extend the hip. This creates strain particularly on adductors to adduct the hip because the glutes are inhibited. The most common groin pulls are (pectineus, adductor longus/brevis). They are also analogous to tibialis posterior and peroneal's roll and stabilizing the ankle during frontal plane movement, and my fav, also involved in eccentric deceleration and aspects of rotation. —————————————————– If adductors are dysfunctionally or chronically tight, they will always battle with the glutes or other musculature and won't allow the pelvis to get out of large anterior tilt with internal rotation and will cause issues throughout the chain and even create knee pain as well. In most cases the adductors are overworking (facilitated). Release adductors if you have a hip pain,knee pain and groin pain, but first find out why they are overworking in the first place. #muscles #movement #performance #anatomy #strength #awesome #flex #coach #knowledge #gains #instadaily #picoftheday #glutes #squats #athlete #results #rehab #lifting #science #lifestyle #gym #workout #training #strong #bodybuilding #powerlifting #fitness #exercise #health #followme

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612: Accept that you have less control than you want | Paul + Wendy Projects 

My assigned Thursday workout scared me. I believe it to be true that I suck at pulling and pushing, so the thought of eeking out some bench press and strict pull-ups, well, I certainly wasn’t “handstands and pistols” kinda pumped about it.

As I stepped up to the rig to add a second assistance band for the pulling portion, I asked myself how I’d worked to change “this” – “this” being that “Motherfucker-I-still-don’t-have-dead-hangs/dread-at-working-through-something-I’m-seriously-terrible-at” feeling?

My answer was honest, but not the one I’d like to be able to give in response: not much. I hadn’t been working on it. Going through the motions (by, say, overhead pressing some light lbs you know you can nail, shrouded in the safety of the “proper form” umbrella – which is absolutely important, but also an easy scapegoat) isn’t the same as working toward something, Gunz. You know this.

And that, my friends, is how six banded pull-ups lead me to question my existence, over a few rounds of scotch.

The end.

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Haha! Just jokes! Though I did call it a night at the gymnasium. Revelations are exhausting; as is watching a group of clueless souls follow a mind-blowing 1-10-1-10… prescribed back squat rep scheme in the “XF” class. Know when to say when, indeed. Or when to ask questions…)

Walking away from that failed Thursday workout, I realized that I need to reacquaint myself with my fears. And instead of conveniently forgetting them, keep them on-deck, and use them bitches for my benefit.

This nugget from Max at the TTT sure was helpful. I like how he describes himself as being “intimate” with is fears, applying a positive connotation with something many of us like to keep in the shadows.

Along the lines of finding and acknowledging our hidden drivers, this read by James Clear on the schemas is pretty great too; our underlying beliefs persist – and have the potential to seriously hold us back.

How would you re-tell the legend of “The War of the Ghosts”? What are your “Save As” Schemas that shape your narrative?

Save me from myself
Sweet baby Jesus, save me from myself

11 Mar | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall walk x 1 + taps x 10
Palm-ups BB row x 10
Slam balls x 7 @ 20#

Work | Solo Oly
A1. Pressing snatch balance 4 x 2 (70, 70, 70, 75#)
A2. Heaving snatch balance x 2
A3. Snatch balance x 1
B. Snatch 10 x 2 (85, 90, 90, 95, 95, 95, singles @ 95, 100, 105, 110# [PR])

12 Mar | Su
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Side plan + leg lift (aligned AF) x :20

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x  7
Single-arm banded rows x 10 ea
DUs x 20

Work | [Do over Thursday]
5x:
Incline bench x 3 (80, 80, 85, 85, 90#)
Rest x 1:00
Banded pull-ups x 6 (blue + green)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
AD 30/30s x 20:00

Stretch | 15:00

13 Mar | M
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Single-arm DB press x 8 (15#)
DUs x 20

Work | 10x:
Back squat x 5 (115, 2 @125, 3 @ 135, 4 @ 140#)
Rest x 1:00
Wall walk x 2
Rest x 1:00
-then-
5x:
1-1/4 Front squats x 3 (95#)
Rest x 1:00
Banded hammies x 5 ea (blue)
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00


Saturday | That transition from pressing to heaving is trippy as fuck – getting my lats to fire fast. Baby PR on the snatch. Since it’s Open season we might be tempted to call that a squat snatch. Laaaaawd. 

Sunday | A second attempt of Thursday’s workout. Felt much better. I want some science on why the AD rides so differently from the assault bike: the OG AD has me feelin’ it in my hammies and my quads, not ALL quad like on the ass(ault) bike – ironically named. Hmm.

Pull-ups are my nemesis, but just like with the last one… I will conquer you, nemesis! Here’s some footage and analysis to start the siege:

Monday | Walked away from the back squats wondering if I should have done the sets across and/or heavier. I was expecting to feel more fatigued by the last set than I did. That second sip of air is like a switch to the glutes. I’m thinking it must keep me more up right and then those guys stay engaged better…? But I might merely be suffering from delusional cognitive bias. Tricky.