Reciprocate

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Name your favorite flick that you’ve only seen on VHS… go!


07 May | M
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Hollow body hold x :20

Work | [FTA]
A. 4x:
Row x 1:00
Jump lunge x 10
Push-ups x 5
B. FS 7 x 3 [3:00] (125, 2@135, 4@140#)
C1. DB FC lunge onto a 45 3 x 8 [RI] (20, 20, 25#ers)
C2. SL RDL x 5 ea [1:00] (45, 45 50#)
D. Hanging bent-knee leg raise 3 x 12 [:30]

10 May | Th
Warm-up | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Scap press x 8
KB goblet – swing – snatch – RDL  x 3 ea

Work |
A. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Row x :30
Push-ups x 5 + sit-ups x 10
B. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (135, 145, 155, 165, 4 reps @175#)
C. (Rev) Zercher lunge onto a plate 3 x 8 ea [1:00 btwn] (80, 85, 85#)
D1. Sled push 4 x L [RI] (+135#)
D2. Jump lunges x 20 [1:00]

11 May | F
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10
Zombie scap rolls x 3 ea direction

Work |
A. 3x:
Bike x 2:00
½-Kneeling BU KB press x 7 ea (20, 25, 25#)
Banded rows x 10
B. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Slam balls x 7 (20#)
Power snatch x 3 (3@75, 85, 6@80#)
C. Side bridge 3 x :30 [:15 btwn]

12 May | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Samurai skwats x 3 ea (35#)
Windmills x 5 ea (35#)
Pistoles x 2 ea

Work |
A. 3x:
Pendlay row x 10 (75#)
(SA) KB PP x 5 (35#)
Air skwat x 10
KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
B. Work x 30:00, rotating (6 rds)
KB FR carry x L (30/35#)
Step-ups x 10
SL HB x 10
TGU x 2 ea (40, 5@45, +1ea @50#)

Stretch x 17:00

13 May | Su
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Monster walks x 10 ea
GA squats x 10
Banded wall-pressing dead bugs x 8 ea

Work |
A. 3x:
RDL x 5
Bent-over row x 10
FS x 5
Press x 5
Hang snatch x 5
B. Power snatch + OHS x 10 [2:00] (4@80, 3@85, 3@90#)
C. Clean pulls 5 x 3 [2:00] (2@155, 165, 2@175#)
D. 1-1/4 BS 3 x 5 [1:30] (120#)


M | Push-ups felt a little weak, but I focused on bracing, leading with my chest on the decent and trying to keep my quads off the floor until I had to. Front squats felt fine. Grip was dead on the hanging knee raise. Crazy how much back engagement there is in that…

Th | Was pleased with how back squats felt, kinda conservative on the way up to set 5. Did the zerchers in the way I usually do them (reverse, no plate) because I wasn’t as attentive to my program details as I should have been. Wanted to called it after part C, but didn’t. And dang that part D turned out to be a real burner. Very nice.

F | Looking forward to getting some answers on Monday about my shoulder; the presses are easier on my banged up shoulder. What the heck. The EMOM was fun, and good for my spirits. Side bridges were harder than I remember, but of course they were… because I had to remember them. Been a while. Funny how that works.

Sa | Haha! Both A and B were harder than I thought they’d be. So much sweat. Took it light on the FR carries because my shoulder bugs when I add the lbs, so there was less belly breathing than would normally occur. So much burn in my flutes this week.

Su | Barbell sesh was fun and felt good. Worked on my positioning over the bar, engaging my lats, and bring my hips to the bar not the other way around. Played around with my grip. On the pulls I focused on the speed up after the knees. Lots of feeling in my glutes. The one-anna-quarters were intense.

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Something Smells

“Beware the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world.” – Ben Okri

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I have a zit that shows up only when I am crazy stressed out. This week it made an appearance. Not that I needed anyone to tell me – hey, you seem like you’re stressed. Since we’re turning the page on the calendar this week, I am using that as a marker to reset my shit, too. May is gonna be all about me – self-care and getting my priorities re-aligned. Starting with sleep (Did you listen to this podcast? Listen to that podcast.) and nutrition (all the veggies and protein), and then onto workouts (Doing whatever the fuck TG tells me to. Thanks for the mirror, man.) and the knife (No, I am not going _____ ). Fuck, I love a plan.


26 Apr | Th
Warm-up | Just the usual MFR and pre-warm movements

Work |
A. 4x:
Goblet squat x 7 (35, 40, 45, 45#)
RNT [pulling knee in] x 7 ea
BB only BS x 7
B. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (135, 145, 3@155#)
C1. 1-1/4 FS 3 x 5 [1:00] (95#)
C2. SL KB RDL x 10 ea [1:00] (45#)
D. McGills 3 x :45 ea [:15 btwn]
E. Stairs x 15:00

28 Apr | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossacks x 10
Scap press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10
WW + taps x 10

Work |
A. Stairs x 12:00
B1. Supinated snatch-grip DL 7 x 5 [right into] (125#)
B2. Wall walk + taps x 20 [2:00]
C1. SA BU ½ kneeling KB press x 7 ea [1:00] (20#)
C2. GHR x 10 [1:00] (15#)
D. Pull-up negatives 4 x 3 @30×3 [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00

29 Apr | Su
Vortex Sunday | Devil’s Bridge + West Fork Trails with The Scientista (+/- 11 mi)


Th | Work’s been crazy demanding this week; really pushed myself to get in the gym. Workout felt fine, but I fought to stay in the moment with every rep. Ran out of time on part E, and maybe the lack of focus won there, too.

Sa | Solid night of sleep had me ready and wanting to get in the gym. Workout felt good. Kept the DLs a little light with the back. The pressing and negatives were a little tough. Had K-Rad on the platform next to me EMOM-ing which was really nice, especially considering the headspace I’ve had.

Su | I found something to do in Sedona, other than run from all the “cute shops” and crowds. The weather was perfect, the trails were beautiful and fragrant with blooms, and the stout that followed was crazy good, though I only was able to drink half because 9% and driving. Next time you’re in Camp Verde, check out the brewery. The ambiance is unforgettable and the Elote Pork Nachos are… worth stopping in The Dirty Verde for.

May gonna be like…

May is Fire
The Plan (Actually it’s “The Bookworm,” by Hermann Fenner-Behmer, from 1906)

Only sub coffee for tea, peonies for tulips, add a set of spotted paws, aaand sub my face and bod…

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Just a joke from the trail. It all started with my squeaky water shoe…

 

Amputations

 “There is risk, known and unknown, in all aspects of life. We often consider the loss of life the only serious risk. Unless we are genuinely aware, we calculate the danger arising from our own physical and emotional states and from external conditions based on incomplete information. If we believe we can manage those risks, we accept them. Whether these choices are born of delusion or reality comes out in the end.” -Mark Twight

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South Kaibab Trail | Grand Canyon, AZ [image ©Morgunz]
“I can’t wait for you to experience The Canyon,” my friend says to me on our drive up to THE Canyon – The Grand Canyon – for what will be her ninth effort, and my first time.

“On my first hike, I came out with a list of shit I wasn’t going to do anymore – relationships, obligations, I totally re-prioritized my life.”

Isn’t it crazy how nature has a way of putting shit in order. And how doing challenging things with people – old friends, new friends, strangers you leap frog up the mountain with – can really connect you, with yourself, with each other?

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Well, I am fresh off the completion of our trek, and while my thoughts aren’t consolidated, I can certainly see how The Canyon really will “ruin” a person, in the very best of ways… Stay handy with the knife, indeed.


02 Apr | M
Warm-up | 3x
KBS x 10 @45#
SA banded rows x 10 ea
SL banded RDL x 10 ea

Work | [FTA]
A. 5x:
Jump lunge x 12
SA DB KB Snatch x 3 ea (40#)
Goblet squat x 8 (40#)
Scap PUs x 10
B. 5x (Press x 1 + PP x 3) [2:00] (75, 80, 80, 75, 80, 80#)
C1. SA seated cable row 4 x 8 @22×2 [1:00] (25#)
C2. SL glute bridge x 12 ea [1:00]
*D1. DB bis 3 x 12 [1:00] (15, 20 , 20#)
*D2. Cable tris x 12 [1:00] (25, 20, 20#)
*add-on

04 Apr | W
Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:30
Wall ball x 10
SA KB press x 5 ea (25#)

Work | [Fave]
A. 5x:
FS x 5 @ 75% (125#)
BS x 5 [2:00]
C. Reverse zercher lunges 4 x 8 ea [1:00 btwn sides] (75, 4@80#)
D. 3x:
Slam ball x 5 @ 20#
SA DB KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
Row x 200m

07 Apr | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Monster walks x 10 ea
Wall slides x 10
Scap press x 10
Banded clammies x 10 ea

Work |
A. 4x:
½ Kneeling SA BU press x 7 ea (20, 25#)
KBS x 10 (50#)
BB row x 10
B. 7x:
PC x 3
PJ x 3
FS x 3 [1:00] (95#)
C. Zercher squats 3 x 5 [1:00] (115#)
D. Barbell roll-outs 3 x 10 McGills 3 x :45 ea [:15 btwn]

09 Apr | M
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Prone y raise x 1-0
Reverse curl-ups x 10
Pistoles x 2 ea

Work |
A. 3x:
Snatch-grip RDL x 3
Bent-over row x 3
Hang PSn x 3
OHS x 3
BS x 3
B. 10x:
PSn x 1 + OHS x 1 [2:00] (75, 80, 3@85, 5@90#)
C Clean pulls 5 x 3 [1:30] (175, 180, 185#)
D1. FS 3 x 5 [1:00] (115, 120, 125#)
D2. Dbl DB row x 10 [1:00] (30#ers)
E. McGills 3 x :45 ea [:15 btwn]

12 Apr | Th
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Scap press x 10
Reaching DBs x :45

Work |
TGUs x 15:00
Stairs x 10:00
Stretch x 10:00

14 Apr | Sa
The Grand Canyon | South Kaibab to Bright Angel Trail
+/- 17.3 miles
Accumulated elevation: 9,188′


M | Dang, part A got my heart going. Faves. Strict press was rough. I can tell I haven’t been doing much OH pressing, and the injured(?), janky(?), but mine, my right shoulder was the limiter

W | Didn’t feel like working out, so I picked a favorite workout from the archives and got to work. Pretty sure 125 isn’t 75% anymore; perhaps should test that… But the volume of this one had me feeling it. Took it easy, with less intensity on part C, as that’s what I had to give today. Subbed KB for DB on the snatches because they make me feel strong and powerful. And KBs are so much cooler than DBs. 

Sa | BU press felt good; got four reps on the R and 5 on the L on that last round at 25# before I had to drop back to 20# or have some shit form; I picked the first. The push press/jerk was the limiter on the BB complex. Dang that was some fun cardio. Zerchers felt awesome. Roll-outs bucked my back bad, so subbed McGills. Cool?

M | It felt good to lift. The snatches felt a little awkward; after speaking with TG gotta rememba the speeds. Same with the clean pulls, steady off the off the floor, speed it up after the knees. The pulls felt strong.

Th | Got in a little movement before I move a lot on Saturday…

Sa | By the numbers (creepy, but handy, iPhone stats):

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I think the actual trail distance was 17.3 mi
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Interesting to to see where the pace dropped off. Was that the steep part or where I took the most pics? Hmm…

Sheathed

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

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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/]
adjective
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.”

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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!!!

Dress Codes

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” -Sir Ranulph Fiennes

dress codesI really like that quote. Funny that it stumbled across my desk just as I was whining about how cold it is in the new office. Haaay, Universe. I feel like you could break that quote down – mad lib style – and apply it all over the friggin’ place…

“There’s no such thing as a [adjective] [noun], only inappropriate [verb].”

Yes, I took liberties: clothing, dress (noun), dress (verb). Hmm. But it’s not quite there…

“There’s no such thing as a [noun that’s out of your control – gravity problem], only inappropriate [verb within your control].”

Let’s try.

“There’s no such thing as a shitty traffic, only your (my) lack of preparedness.”
“There’s no such thing as a lame workout, only your attitude towards it.”
“There’s no such thing as a toxic relationship, only your decision to remain in it.”
“There’s no such thing as a stupid question…”

Meh. There are no absolutes, friends.

Test it out. Does it work with your “code”?


23 Jan | Tu
Warm-up| 3x
Wall ball x 10 @15#
SA KB press x 5 ea @25#
KBS x 10 @ 45#

Work | Favorito burrito
A. 5x:
FS x 5 @75% (125#)
BS x 5 [2:00]
B. Reverse Zercher 4 x 8 ea [1:00 btwn legs] (75, 80, 2@85#)
C. 3x:
SB x 5 (20#)
DB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
Row x 200m (:56, :50, :49)

Stretch | 10:00

24 Jan | W
A. Stares x 25:00
B. 5x:
BU ½ kneeling KB press x 8 ea (20#)
KBS x 10 (50#)
DUs x 40 (UB, 36, UB, 20, 20)
C. 4x: BB Dbl DB bi’s x 15 [1:00] (15#)
Tricep push-downs x 15 [1:00]
D. Bike x 15:00

27 Jan | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Cossacks x 8 ea
Prone y x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | TGUs x 10:00
Work |
A. Stairs x 20:00 (alternated levels 7/8 e’ry 5:00)
B. 4x:
Dbl OH carry x 30m (25/30# KB)
Sled x 30m (+135#)
Sit-ups x 20
C. Bike x 20:00

Stretch + handstands | 10:00

Jan 28 | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
SB x 5 @20#
SL KB RDL x 5 ea @35#

Work | FTA
A. 3x:
RDL x 3
Bent-over row x 3
P snatch x 3
BTN push press x 3
Good morning x 3
B. DL 7 x 2 [2:00] (200, 3@205, 3@210#)
C. P snatch 7 x 2 [2:00] (75, 80, 3@85, 2@90#)
D. GHD (globo-style) 4 x 12 [1:00] (10#)

Stretch + Ayche-ess-dub-yas | 15:00

29 Jan | M
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 12 ea
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Chin-over-bar hold x :20
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Work |
A. 5x:
Jump rope x 1:00 lunges x 12
SA DB (only I did KB) snatch x 3 ea (2@35, 3@40#)
Goblet squats x 8 (2@35, 3@40#)
Scap PUs x 10
B. 5x (Press x 1 + push press x 3) [2:00] (65, 70, 70, 75, 75#)
C1. SA seated cable row 4 @ 8ea @22×2 [1:00] (25, 30, 30, 35#)
C2. SL glute bridge x 12 ea [1:00]


Tu | The squats felt phenomenal as did part C. But then, it IS a favorite… Notes to self about the smarts behind all that stair stepping from TG #theresalwaysaplan

W | Not the smoothest workout; fighting myself on the DUs and KB press as I got a little frustrated. Subbed DBs for the BB on the bis due to availability. Biceps revolted on the last round – the last few reps were eeked out.

Sa | Dang that part B got me breathing good.

Su | Really feeling Saturday’s sit-ups. And OH carries. Really tender on the roller btwn my blades. Can’t believe how much I am feeling the hammies on the GHDs these days.

Was a bit of a ride with the training last week; had some struggle with focus. Why is that…? Hmm.

M | Enjoyed that part A; the snatches felt nice and snappy. Right side was a little slow to engage on the strict press. Lots of abz and lats in the cable rows; can’t believe how much I am feeling my hammies working these days. Muy bien.

fearsome > fearless

“You must understand fear so you can manipulate it. Fear is like fire. You can make it work for you: it can warm you in the winter, cook your food when you’re hungry, give you light when you are in the dark, and produce energy. Let it go out of control and it can hurt you, even kill you… Fear is a friend of exceptional people.” – Cus D’Amato

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Alexis Diaz | To be defeated by life is worse than to be defeated by death

21 Aug | M
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Wall slides x 10
TVAs x 15

Work | From the archives
A. Bike x 10:00
B. 5x: Row x 300m + Push-ups x 10
C. Bike x 10:00
D. 5x: Row x 300m + Chinese row x 5 ea (22.5#) + Jump lunges x 20 OHWL x 20
E. Bike x 10:00

Stretch, but mostly drinking water | 5:00

23 Aug | W
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7 @16#
KBS x 7
KB press x 4 ea

Work |
A. 3x BB only:
RDL x 3
Row x 3
Press x 3
FS x 5
Kang squat x 5
B. Back squat 5 x 5 @32×1 (130#) [3:00]
C. KB FR onto a 4” platform 3 x 10 (30#ers) [1:00 btwn legs]
D1. RDL x 10 (100, 110, 110#) [:30]
D2. Windmills (35, 40, 40#) [1:30]

Stretch | 10:00

24 Aug | Th
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Wall rotation + slide x 10
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall walk + 10 taps
Ring rows x 7
Slam ball x 5

Work |
A1. Half-kneeling BU KB press 4 x 8 ea (15, 20, 20#) [:30]
A2. Pendlay row x 12 (60#) [1:30]
B. Concentric bench 5 x 5 (75, 85, 95, 3@90#) [3:00]
C1. Pull-up machina 3 x 10 (60#) [1:00]
C2. Dips x 10 (60#) [1:00]
D. 3x:
SA HP snatch x 5 ea (35#)
Farmer’s carry x 20m (50# KBs)
Bear crawl x 20m

Stretch | 10:00

26 Aug | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Frisk squats x 3
Glute press x 10
Reaching dead bugs x 20

Work | Pre-Hump
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 3x:
Cossack lunge x 10 ea Cross-over step-ups
Handstand stills x AMSAP
DUs x 20
C. Bike x 25:00
D. EMOM x 10:00: KBS x 7 + push-ups x 5

Stretch | 15:00

27 Aug | Su
The Hump(hrey’s)
9.5 mi


M | Unreal sore from Sunday’s squats. I see how that whole hypertrophy training works der, with all the reps. Rolled through an archived workout to alleviate some of that soreness. Subbed overhead walking for the jumping lunges. Random workout observations:  row cadence is tricky when someone is rowing right next to you.

W | New moves: kang squat. Felt those lots in the posterior chain and hammies. Back squats felt good; lots of “finding the glutes” on  reps 4 & 5 – and keeping it explosive on the up – kept me at 130#. The front racks onto a plate – is that core stability work? That’s where I felt it – like keeping the chain connected.

Th | The concentric bench were interesting, and perhaps made easier because the safety supports were a little high (if I put them lower the barbell would have bench resting on my chest). Bench isn’t a strength of mine, so being able to do 3 sets of 5 at 90# surprised me. Reduced time under tension – since you are starting at the bottom? The pull-ups were hard, but felt really good, positionally – as did the dips. Ooh dem bear crawls….

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Sa | No sooner do I yammer on about the body feeling fucking amazing, then my right hip flexor decides to pretend it’s a glute. Hey, dude! (ya just know it’s a dude) You’re a tiny little guy; you’re not sized to pick up that kinda work. Anyway, that’s why I dropped part “D” and dropped the cossacks (those did NOT feel nice on the right side). Spent some additional time mobilizing that right flexor. We will see what tomorrow brings.

Su | Oh, The Hump. What a great hike! The weather was lovely; no storms, some picture-perfect fluffy clouds, and chilly at the top. Due to some navigational detours I got a later jump than I had planned, but, man, that didn’t take away from the experience at all. Until about 11,000’ up I felt fantastic, breathing good, but not a big deal. But man, shortly after passing the 11,100’ marker it got rough. From the saddle to the summit was very challenging. It took 2:30 to summit and about that (2:15) to descent with a good half hour at the top, taking in the general splendor aaand snacks! The cereal treat bar – Rice Krispies, but sub Cap’n Crunch (Right!? Fuck yeah! Or so I thought…) may not have been the best idea. Shortly thereafter I was pretty sure I was gonna vomit. Buuut I didn’t. Also got a gnarly headache which didn’t resolve itself as quickly as the upset tummy. In hindsight, I’m gonna attribute them both to the altitude.

And if you ever wonder what’s the faster way to go from zen to murder, my answer would be the commute from Flagstaff to Phoenix on Sunday afternoon. The solution: mix tapes and some dirty spice from Late for the Train #tipsfromSavage

Mind Mold(s)

“Limits, like fear, are often an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

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Somehow it’s been almost 4 months since I made the switch from training at a CrossFit affiliate to a “corporate” globo gym. Dang, that went fast. I wish I could say my mental adjustment went as swiftly. It took some time, some good questions (surround yourself!), and some self-reflection, to get on board with it all. I continue to gain insight into my fears and resistance to the change.

The dudes at Barbell Shrugged recently sat down – well, stood up – with Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement, who has lots of interesting ideas on movement – which is not to be confused with exercise! What has stuck with me this round are her thoughts on body casts – everyday objects in our lives that we use/wear without question and that literally shape us in ways most of us are unaware of. Things like shoes, pillows, even our chonies, have impact not only the way we move, but change our physical shape. Where my girls with bunions at?!

The conversation about body casts and our unquestioned buy-in on their use got me thinking about the other beliefs we hold onto without question; those “I am _____” or “I am not  _____” statements. I am an athlete. I am a good person. I am a healthy person. I am a smart person. But what does any of that really mean? How are you – how am I – extrapolating those ideas?

A few short months ago I would have used all of those aforementioned “I am” statements as arguments against working out at a globo gym:

The people that train at globo gyms are lazy.

They aren’t athletes.
They don’t know what they are doing.
Machines and mirrors are silly and useless.
I am better than all that.

I think it was Tim Ferriss who said, whenever I find myself thinking in absolutes, I look for the exceptions. Are any of those statements fact? And secondly, what does what other people are doing  have to do at all with MY training? Nothing. I mean, what others are doing in the gym, at work, in their relationships, in their lives – yep – none of my fucking business.

It’s funny how the change of venues has me noticing other casts in my life. Change begets change, right? What casts are limiting you? Which ones can you start shaking off? (Might I suggest you begin with the chonies…)

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18 July | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Wall walk x 2 UB
RR x 7
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Work |
A. Bottoms-up KB press 3 x 8 ea (20, 20, 25#) [:30]
B1. Single-unders 3 x 50
B2. Push-ups x 5 [:30]
C1. DB Incline bench 4 x 8 (25, 3@27.5#) [:30]
C2. DB row x 12 (25#) [1:00]
D. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 (115, 2@125#) [2:00]

Stretch | 10:00

19 July | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. Bike x 25:00
B. 5x:
BW only cross-over step-ups x 5 ea
SA BU FR KB walk (#acronymwins) x 30m ea (25, 30, 3@25#)
KBS x 10 (50, 4@60#)
C. Stepmill x 20:00
D. Hip CARs

Stretch | 15:00

20 July | Th
Mobility | 3x
Prone y raise x 10
Elbow plank w/ fwd taps x 10 ea
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Push-ups x 7
Slam balls x 7

Work | “Mathematics”
A. 3x: [BB only]
(RDL x 3) + (Row x 3) + (Press x 3)
(FS x 5) + (GM x 5) + (BS x 5)
B. Front squat 5 x 5 @23×1 (105, 115, 3@120#) [3:00]
C. KB FR lunges onto 45# plate 3 x 10 ea [1:00 btwn sides, took :30 because I fucked up a lil]
D1. Zercher squat 3 x 8 (85#) [:30]
D2. SA DB row x 10 ea (30#) [1:30]

Stretch | 10:00

21 July | F
Friday Hiking Club!
Mormon Trail + Fat Man’s Pass

22 July | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
SL elev HB x 12 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 2x
TGUs x 3 ea (45, 50#)

Work |
A. Bike x 30:00
B. 5x:
HSW
Cossack lunge x 10 ea
DUs x 30
C. Bike x 20:00
D. Shoulder CARs

Stretch | 10:00

23 July | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wall ball x 7 @14#
Slam ball x 7 @20#

Work |
A. GHR 3 x 10 ( – , 10, 10#) [as req’d]
B. DL 4 x 3 build (185, 195, 205, 215#) [3:00]
C. Snatch 10 x 2 (4@75, 3@85, 2@95, 85, 95#) [2:00]
D1. Good girls 3 x 10 (50, 60, 60#)
D2. Bad girls x 10 (50, 60, 50#) [1:00]
E. Cable pallof press 3 x 15 ea (40#) [1:00]


Tu | Feeling some progression on the BU presses. Failed on the 7th rep on the right with the 25# kettlebell… and couldn’t string more than a couple together on the right. But still an improvement from the 15#er. On the DB things I often feel, in hindsight, that I should have done more weight. I’m not sure what’s that about, but what it does tell me is to be mindful of how things feel while I am doing them. Am I cheating myself? Could I do more? Notes for next time. The RDLs were challenging. Musta been the hex plates #globojokes

W | Tuesday night dinner prep soundtrack was all about breath, and was fresh in my head when I hopped on the bike (all the step burrito’s were taken, so shook up the order of things a bit). Explored my breath and that was interesting – hadn’t noticed how much I like to mouth breath. There was a learning curve on the KB walk; took awareness not to death grip that KB. Felt better once I stopped.

Th | Haven’t gotten the best sleep this week – staying up too late on a school night attempting to get shit done – and was feeling it by the time Friday Eve training sesh rolled around. Also, The Pope talks about the lady times and their effect on strength; that felt like a real thing on the front squats. Here’s the footage of sets four and five, both at 120#:

The right side was the limiter on the FR lunges. The burn on the zerchers felt really nice; felt it a ton in the booty. Lots of trunk action on this one, too, front and rear.

Sa | Super sore in the booty and thighs rolling into the session. Part B had me breathing really good. Five rounds + fast forward + fuuuuh!…

Su | Rolled through and had some fun. Had a moment of getting on myself for not fighting for the last two DL reps, and for not getting under the snatches, but let go of that shit. Today was not a test day, well, except for testing the “girls”; so much padding and levers. No, I didn’t keep a straight face.

Why do I look like I got lost on my way to a barre workout?