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!!!

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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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Get it, Tina

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?

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.

Behind the Scenes

“Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to have arrived.” -Robert M. Pirsig

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Arrival at failure or a power pose?

Fair warning, I’m gonna do that thing where I string some seemingly random threads together. Yes! I’m making you an afghan blanket just like grandma used to make. It’s for the summer-in-the-desert Netflix and AC chill. We all know it’s best done sans pants and when the blower kicks on, that ish gets drafty. Brrr!

Oh man, off to a good start, Gunz.

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My weekend ‘flix binge

Let me set it up. The internet went down last week at my office. Then the server. And the phones. The daily dose of streaming music had yet to make my daily moments of gratitude…. Until about noon on day 1 of downage (let’s make that a word). When the only sound in the room is the click of your mouse and the voice of a well-meaning but over-sharing coworker, you become hungry for any noise rapido.

I’m pretty sure this is the only time I will ever say this: Facebook (and unlimited data) to the rescue. The first thing in my feed was this conversation with My Girl Kate (Galliett – not actually my girl, but we’re vibing in a limbic resonance kinda way, at least one-directionally):

Isn’t it interesting, the split screen comparison of the backdrops of each human… Hmm. What’s that say about each? *eye brows* Anyway, I really like what Kate had to say, in particular on the matter of our human desires to go “right to do the handstand” in life – resisting or disregarding all the tedious, boring, crucial, delicious (choose your adjective and your mindset) work it takes leading up to it. The dudes at BBS touched on it this week, too, the “rush to greatness” and the desire to just do the cool stuff. I think we can call that Insta-itis. Friends, I get the fever, too.

The allure of all the shiny, shiny shit on Instagram got me thinking about a dude whose work I was introduced to in a theory of architecture class during grad school, Guy Debord. His work, The Society of the Spectacle, is all about “the gaze”. Courtesy of Wikipedia (which does a way better job of summarizing it than I can. Throw them some bones):

“Debord traces the development of a modern society in which authentic social life has been replaced with its representation: ‘All that once was directly lived has become mere representation.’ Debord argues that the history of social life can be understood as ‘the decline of being into having, and having into merely appearing.’ This condition, according to Debord, is the ‘historical moment at which the commodity completes its colonization of social life.’”

Sounds like the moment is now. Though maybe it’s best we converse on the matter. Maybe over a scratch meal…?

My last random thread (Fuuu… that’s gonna be one comfy blankie) is about the eats, the value of home-cooking. Did you know last year Americans spent more money in restaurants than they did on groceries. (Right. This means zero grounds for bitching about the cost of groceries.) I couldn’t agree more with Tamarkin’s take on meal delivery services, but man, there’s so much more that “goes to waste” when you’re not involved in the process (note that rabbit hole, those of us who gather our meats and veggies from a retailer). Similar to the joys of suffering through a workout, the task of creating with others fosters more that the “thing”, it feeds that connection to your people. It’s like time under tension, but with food. Shared effort for the win.

I’ll leave you with this behind the scenes from the man with the bongos, who totally gets why a person might wanna keep an afghan (little “a” friends) handy on the front porch.


02 June | F
AM | Friday Hike Club!
Piestewa Peak

PM | Globo Mountain
Mobility | 3x
Cossack lunge x 12
Scap press x 10
Rev curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam balls x 7
AYTs x 5 EA

Train | [Repeat]
A. Deadlift 7 x 3 (185, 4@195, 2@200#) [2:00]
B1. SA DB snatch 7 x 3 ea (35, 2@40, 3 @45#) [RI]
B2. SL hip bridge x 10 ea (5@20, 2@17.5#) [1:00]
C. Lat pull downs 4 x 10 (60, 3@70#) [1:00]

Stretch | 15:00

03 June | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squat x 10
Pope clammies x 15 ea
TVAs x 15

Train |
A1. Row 3 x 300m [RI]
A2. FLR + taps x 12 [RI]
A3. KBS x 5 (44#)
B. 10 x PC + HPC x 2 (3@115, 4@125, 3@115#) [As req’d]
C1. [Cable] Pallof press 3 x 12 (40#)
C2. Kneeling BU KB press x 6 ea (24, 20, 18#)

04 June | Su
Mobility | 3x
OHWL x 10
Hip CARs
Glute press x 10
Prone Y raise (abs – check) x 10

Train |
A. Row x 15:00 (Pretty comfy pace, 3457m)
B. Seated hammie curls 4 x 12 (80#) [1:00]
C. Heeeip extensions 4 x 12
D. Zercher reverse lunges 3 x 8 ea (75, 85, 85#) [1:00 btwn legs]
E. Bike or treadmill x 20:00 (bici)


F | Morning hike was pretty fucking sweet. Felt good! Was pleasantly surprised with my capacity and recovery.

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National Day of the Donut… Taco… Pancakes

PM sesh… The DLs felt really strong and easy off the floor. As noted previously, part B is pretty nice cardio. I dropped weight on the SL hip bridges when I noticed I wasn’t able to completely open the hip at the top (a point the emphasized) on the left side. Did the pull-downs with the long bar grip. Yep, felt em.

Decided to hit the scale in the ladies locker room. Results: 163.3. It’s just a number, but I think I’m still gonna do Friday weigh-ins for a while #collectingdata

Questions: I would like to put on some muscle. What do I need to delta to make this happen? What am I missing? Why are my priorities not reflected back? Why does “D-backs” sound like “D-bags” e’rytime? How do they make coffee that has notes of peanut butter and chocolate? And does that still make it Paleo? 

Sa | My butt is real sore from the repeat workout. The cleans felt nice and speedy, so much so that I wanted to see how they felt out the bottom. Dropped some lbs and finished the last 3 sets with a tall clean. I was feeling very “technically proficient” compared to my compadres in the “functional training area”. Do you even know what you’re trying to accomplish there, bruh?

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The KnBUKB press (Nailin’ the acronyms – next up greeting cards and paint colors) are pretty solid on the right and crap on the left. Workin’ on it, man.

Su | Low back spoke to me a little during the row… Hike? Deadlift? The combo? But things felt fine on the extensions and lunges. How the eff do people hangout in the hammie trap between sets?!? I lept outta that contraption as soon as I fucking could each round. Fire! Mirrors are totally helpful during the Zerchers.

Succession

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” -Einstein

Death Maiden
Death and The Maiden | Pierre-Eugène-Emile Hébert

This week’s c-a-r-d-i-o time was spent ruminating on The Tim Ferris Show with Esther Perel. While the title reveals the focus of their discussion, the nearly two-hour conversation touches on a variety of topics, as is often the case on Ferriss’s podcast. I thought Esther’s differentiation of “revival vs survival” of traumatic events and her elaboration on “eroticism as the antidote to death” were really illuminating. It’s an engaging conversation, but then, perhaps I’m sucker for conversations on conversations – and on relationships and how they (and in turn, we) shape our experiences. Aside from all that Esther is a great storyteller! And not just because I’m also a sucker for an accent.

The podcast reminded me of this scene in Mad Men for a few reason. What is it that you want to say/tell? What’s in a definition?

And as the comments that follow the audio of the podcast reveal, it might leave you with more questions than answers – the good ones always do…


23 May | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Elbow plank + reach thru x 10 ea
Bird dogs x 12 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam ball x 5
SA KB press x 5 ea

Work |
A1. Bottoms-up TGUs 3 x 3 ea [RI] (25, 25, 30#)
A2. Quad hip ext holds x :20 ea [As req’d]
B1. RNT rev lunge 3 x 10 @32×1
B2. BB [only] front squat x 10 [1:00]
C. Front squat @22×1 5,4,3 (115#) 5,4,3 (125, 120#) [3:00]
D. Snatch-grip RDL 4 x 8 @31×0 [2:00] (95, 3@105#)

24 May | W
Rolling + MFR | 10:00

Work |
A. Treadmill x 30:00 (Incline 5 @ 3.8)
B. Hip CARs x 10:00
C. 3x: HS hold x :30 + shoulder CARs x 3 ea

Stretch | 15:00

25 May | Th
Mobilize | 3x
Wall rotations + slides x 10
Single-leg elev HB x 12 ea
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Work |
A. Thoracic rotations 3 x 12 ea [:30]
B. 10:00, rotating: (4 + 250)
Row x 250m
Push-ups x 5
Body rows x 10
C1. SA DB “Z” press [alt] 4 x 6 ea [RI] (25#)
C2. Dbl DB row 8 @2113 [1:30] (25, 3@27.5#)
D1. DB Incline bench, alt. 3 x 8 @2111 [RI] (27.5#)
D2. Pull-up machina 3.3.3. [:15, 1:30] (50, 40, 40, 50#)

Stretch | 15:00

27 May | Sa
Fire | 3x
Cossack lunge x 12
Scap press x 10
Glute press x 10
Pope clammies x 15

Flow | 3x
Wall balls x 10
Ring rows on the TRX x 8
Samurai squats x 3 ea

Work |
A1. Kneeling BU KB press 3 x 6 ea [:15] (20#)
A2. Suitcase carry x 20m ea [:15] (45, 50, 50#)
A3. Star plank x :15 ea (from knee x :20 ea)
A4. SA FR carry x 20m ea [1:00] (50, 60(R side), 50#)
B. 5x: Bike x 5:00 @80% then x 3:00 @recovery pace

Stretch | 15:00


Tu | A & B felt good. The front squats were not my best; on the 4th rep at 125 I really caved forward. Suspecting the mirrors – focusing on the visuals rather than feeling the movement – I turned directions in the rack and the last two sets on the second wave went much better. The barbells at the ballpark are slippery fuckers and make the snatch-grip tricky even with straps. Regardless, I really felt those in the upper glutes.

W | By the time it was time for training on Wednesday evening, oh man, the soreness from previous day’s work had started to show itself – sore adductors, booty, quads, in that order. The lighter load was nice. The CARs felt pleasant (the internet tells me that’s “Controlled Articulation Rotations” for those of you thinking about talking tow trucks right now, as was I). The shoulder ones felt really good; the hip ones… I am not sure I was doing them right. Other than the bear pose I didn’t feel any stretch or opening up. Maybe it was just the encore presentation, and when I try them again I’ll find the way.

Th | Really, really liked the Z presses. When I watch the footage of myself on the pull-up machine I really see my traps fire, but I swear when I perform them I feel the initiation in my back. That finish at the top though – tricky with the bent knees… I want my feet in front of me. Maybe I should practice #Mayhemism

Sa | The cossack lunges during mobility felt the strongest they have in a while. I did not have barbell over my head – this shit amazes me:

Failed at the star plank; they totally jack my lower back on the “bottom” side. Did them from my knee which felt like cheating but still so. much. squeezing (and shaking) in the flutes so can’t be all bad. Not sure how that helps what is weak that prevents me from doing it straight-legged though…#notesforTommy

Curious how I could measure 80% for 5:00 at a time, I used the heart rate grips periodically during the bike intervals. I’m accustomed to PRE for AD sprints but this is new, so just testing shit out. During the 80% intervals my heart rate was between 135-140 and during the recovery segments it was between 106-108. It was funny how much my music could help or hinder my RPMs! Also, have you ever paid attention to the lyrics to Pumped Up Kicks – totally dark and fucked up. No wonder I like it.