Dem Rules, Dat Bush

“Doing one thing is a way of not doing everything else.” -Kaveh Akbar

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Tell me, where the fuck did the weekend go? I’m not sure it’s that I have so many ideas, or just so much I wanna do. Either way, it’s time to get out the blade and trim that rose bush. And remind myself: I make the rules.


16 May | W
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 5
SA snatch x 5 ea @35#
SL KB RDL x 5 ea @35#

Work |
A. 3x:
RNT Reverse lunge (out) x 5 ea
KBS x 10 (50#)
SA KB press x 3 ea (25, 30, 30#)
FS x 10
Rest x 1:00
B. FS 5 x 3 [1:00] (125, 135, 3@140#)
C. RDL 3 x 7 [1:00] (115, 125, 135#)

PT homework | 3x ea
A. Bicep Opener 5, 5, 5, 5 (5#)
B. Elbow to shoulder planks x 10
C. KB arm bar x 5 ea (35#)

17 May | Th
Work |
A. Row x 10:00 (2280m)
B. Bike x 10:00
C. 5x:
Cossacks x 10 ea
HS holds x :30
DB push press snatch x 3 ea (30, 4@35#)
D. Stairs x 12:00

Stretch | 10:00

19 May | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:30
Wall baller x 10 @15#
Scap press x 10

Work |
A. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Power cleans x 3 (5@115, 5@120#)
DUs x 30 (all UB except #4; last set went until I hiccuped @ 55)
B. Wall walks x 10 for time (3:48)
C. Alternating TGUs x 10:00 15:00 (35, 40, 45, #@50, 55, BU: 25, 30#)

PT homework |
A. Bicep Opener 3 x 5, 5, 5, 5 (5#) [1:00]
B1. Elbow to shoulder planks 3 x 10
B2. KB arm bar x 5 ea (30#) [1:00]

20 May | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Banded RDLs x 8 ea
Banded rows x 8 ea
Slam balls x 8 @20#

Work |
A. 7 x BTN push press x 3 + OHS x 1 [2:00] (2@75, 2@85, 2@95, 105#)
B. Segmented clean pulls 6 x 3 [3:00] (3@155, 3@165#)
C. Zercher squat 4 x 5 [1:00] (105, 2@115, 120#)
D. Stairs x 10:00


M | Found out my shoulder woes are just a flared up delt. Whew. Doc Z’s Rx:

Tu | We’ll call this new benchmark workout “The Stand(ard)”:
Tuesday Benchmark NFTW | This was a nice quick workout. And it felt good. Amazed by how much better my shoulder feels already.

Th | Felt good during this one, too; That five rounds made me sweat. Did you mean SA DB PP? I did snatched because I have never been assigned SA DB PP before. And that seemed like a low rep scheme… Did I fuck that up?

Sa | Wanted to workout Friday but after work I was so freaking tired. Checked my app, and yep. 5 hours of sleep both Wed and Thursday nights. So, no workout for me. 8.5 hours of glorious sleep instead. This no doubt made Saturday’s workout more of a win. Was pleased with how smooth DUs felt – been a couple weeks since they’ve felt that way [verify]. Noticed on my WW vids that I need to get my hands under my shoulders more. TGUs felt so good. Really, really please with how my shoulder is feeling. That delt is definitely simmering down.

Su | Did some barbell things. They felt good.

Goals this week: Get my brain off junk food

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My Pleasure

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01 May | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KB RDL x 5 ea
Goblet x 5
KB snatch x 5 ea

Work | FTA
A1. SA press 5 x 5 [RI] (2@25, 3@27.5#)
A2. Good morning x 10 [1:00] (75#)
B1. Zercher squats 3 x 5 [1:00] (2@115, 125#)
B2. KBS x 7 [1:00] (60#)
C. Bike x 20:00

03 May | Th
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossacks x 8 ea
Scap press x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:30
Wall balls x 10
DUs x 20

Work |
A. Sumo DL 7 x 2 [3:00] (205, 215, 2@225, 1 rep @235 (PR), 2@225#)
B. RFESS 5 x 8 ea [:30 btwn sides] (15, 2@17.5, 20, 22.5#)
C. SL hip bridge hold 3 x :30 ea [:15 btwn sides]
D. EMOM x 10:00, DUs x 40 30

04 May | F
Mobility/Warm-up/Holy fuck this took me longer than I had planned | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Hip CARs x 3 ea
TGUs x 2 ea (40, 45, 50#)

Work |
A1. COB negatives 5 4 x 4 @ 33_1
A2. Push-ups x 10 (last 2 rnds on my knees)
A3. SA press x 5 ea [2:00] (2@25, 2@20#)
B. Seated cable rows 5 x 10 [1:00] (70, 4@60#)
C1. Face pulls 4 x 12 (20, 3@30#)
C2. Bi’s x 12 (ea) [1:00] (15, 17.5 2@15#)
D. Row Stairs x 10:00, alternating easy + challenging pace OTM

05 May | Sa
Camelback – Cholla Trail

06 May | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
SA plank hold x :20 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up |
Bike x 10:00, e’ry 3:00:
Push-ups x 5
DUs x 30

Work | [Fave Buffet]
A. 4x:
Box squats x 5 (125#)
SL HB x 10 ea
GHR x 10 [2:00] (15#)
B. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Slam balls x 10 (20#)
DB push press x 10 (20#ers) + sit-ups x 5

Stretch | 10:00


Tu | Workout felt good. Pressing on the right side weak out of the bottom. Man, KBS feels good, as do dem zerchers.

Th | Sumos felt gooood. PR! Hammies sore from Tuesday. Don’t think I’ve ever felt the split squats so much in my glutes and hammies – solid. The DUs felt awkward and clunky and I was squeezing my shoulders, so I dropped some reps. The movement felt better by the completion of the EMOM. Just a little rusty… and maybe a little fucked up from heels all week.

F | Weak. As. Fuck. Not happy at all with how this workout felt. Eeked out four rounds on part A; felt awful, and not in a challenging way, in a nothing wants to work way. Where my lats at on part B. And felt like my body with two halves on the rower. So much so that I stopped and did intervals on the stairs. Here’s to tomorrow being a new day. And to setting up some shoulder PT.

Sa | Was the person starting up Camelback at the time I am usually gone and sipping coffee in the sun. The company was worth it. It’s good to mix it up.

Su | Feeling the RFESS in the booty. Didn’t want to work out. Did it anyway. The day turned around.

Like You Mean It

 

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” -Voltaire

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In a search for motivation I added some new patches to the gym bag. Between stitches/bleeding out I caught up on my YouTube subscriptions. I thought this pair of vids complimented one another nicely, and helped me appreciate where I am at right now a little more.

 


27 Mar | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work |
A. 4x:
Row x 1:00
OHWL x 10 ea
PUs x 5
B. FS 7 x 5 [3:00] (135, 3@140, 2@145, 150#)
C1. Plate DB lunge 3 x 8 ea [RI] (25#ers)
C2. SL RDL x 5 ea [1:00] (45#)
D. Hanging bent-knee leg raise 3 x 12 [:30]

28 Mar | W
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
TGU x 2
Reaching DBs x :45

Work |
A. Stairs x 15:00
B. 5x:
DB bench x 10 (25#ers)
Dbl DB row x 10
DUs x 30
Rest x 1:00

30 Mar | F
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Hip hikes x 15 ea
COB hold x :20
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. 3x:
SL hip bridge x 15 ea
KBS x 10 (45#)
½ kneeling BU KB press x 5 ea (20, 25, 25#)
B. BS 5 x 3 [med lbs – fast] [3:00] (165#)
C. McGills 3 x :55ea [:15 btwn sides]
D. Stairs x 20:00

Stretch | 17:00

31 Mar | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Cossacks x 8 ea
Scap press x 8
Hollow rocks/hold x :20

Work | [FTA]
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 5x:
Lateral box stups x 10
Wall walk x 2
FR KB carry x L ea (40#)
C. Row x 15:00 (3261m/2:18 split)
D. Bike x 10:00

01 Apr | Su
Hike | (Not That) Tom’s Thumb


Tu | I am feeling very unmotivated to go to the gym. Going through a phase… Was really sore considering I was coming off two days of rest. Felt the FS in my quaaaaads… wht-t-t-t?!? And then part C was rough.

W | Not sure if it’s that I don’t like bench day or if I don’t like these new shorter workouts we’re testing; I think B. DUs kicked my ass this day.

F | Felt good. I’ve been feeling squishy lately but getting the opposite feedback from regulars at the globo the last few days – telling me I am looking lean. Clearly they are liars, or blind, or blind liars. Did I ask for your feedback, anyway?

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Sa | Sometimes the row is smooth; other times you close your eyes and resist the urge to stop e’ry 37 seconds. Today was the latter, but it felt good when I was done.

Su | It’s always nice to get outdoors with good company, paws, and a PB+J.

Placebo

“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?

Would You Rather…

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

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

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

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

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Giovanni Paolo Cimerlini – The Aviary of Death

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stretch | 10:00

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


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

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

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

Garden Gifts

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

-Katherine Larson, The Gardens in Tunisia”

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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.

 

 

Account Ability

“I don’t pay attention to the world ending. It has ended for me many times, and begun again in the morning.” -Nayirrah Waheed

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If you left your shit laying around somewhere it might get taken, whose fault is that? The asshole who swiped it. Meh. What about the fool who left it laying there…?

If you made plans to do an early morning thing with a group of friends, but then chose  one too many cocktails the night before, where would you place the blame for cancelling last minute on your friends? What words would you choose? Did you “have” to cancel, or did you “choose” to flake out? Did the “night kick your ass” or did know how it was going to end before it started?

I’m not angry, but let’s call it what it is, am I right?


27 Dec | W
Warm-up | 3x
Banded RDLs x 8 ea
Banded rows x 10 ea
Windmills x 5 ea @30#
Pistols x 2 ea

Work |
A. 5x:
Row x 2:00
PUs x 5
Scap PUs x 10
B1. Push-ups 5 x 5 + KBS x 5 [1:00] (60#)
B2. RDLs x 10 [1:00] (55#ers)
C. Hanging knee raise 3 x 15 [:30] (15, 10+5, 5+5+1+1+1+1+1)

29 Dec | F
Warm-up | 3x
Messed around with TGU variations x 10:00

Work |
A. Stairs x 15:00
B. Bike x 15:00
C. 5x:
Farmer carry x 30m (55/60#)
SA OH carry x 30m ea
BU carry x 30m (25#)
Hollow rocks x :15
D. Stairs x 10:00

30 Dec | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Slam balls x 7 @ 20#
Monster walks x 10 ea direction
Barbell rows x 7

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 4x:
Hip extensions x 10 (10#)
RNT x 5 ea
BS x 5
C. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (3@145, 150, 155#)
D. 1-1/4 FS 3 x 5 [1:30] (105#)
E. (Cable?) Pallof press 3 x 20 reps (20#)

Stretch | 13:00

31 Dec | Su
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Popes x 12 ea

Work | [From the archives]
A1. SL KB RDL 3 x 10 ea (40, 45, 45#)
A2. SA KB snatch x 3 ea KB goblet squat x 6 @ 33×1 (35#)
A3. KBS x 15 (45#)
B. DL 5 x 3 [3:00] (195, 200, 3@ 205#)
C. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 [2:00] (105#)
D. Marching pallofs 4 x 20 [1:00] (5#)

Stretch | Home yoga

01 Jan | M
Boulder Canyon Trail – The Sups | 10 mi


W | Grip was donezo by C.

F | Shoulder wasn’t feeling good getting the KB in the overhead position on part C, so modified with bottoms-up carries. Dang, carries are no joke. Upped the levels on the stairs on the final round.

Sa | Squats felt good, though it took a little work to get my flexors to stop trying to do all the work. Got it done though. Those buck twenty-fivers… fuck that’s a lot of time under tension. Burrrrrrn.

Su | The notes from the last time I did this workout reflect that part A really fatigued my back. Same same today, though I modified A2 because of this angry shoulder of mine. Here’s some footage (ne’rmind the phone faceplant at the beginning there):

Deadlifts felt good; laughed at myself trying to rationalize why I should just stay at 195#… Was mindful of the glute engagement during the RDLs. Those marching pallofs are nuts. Lots of head-shaking.