Immutable Forces

“I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget invisibility is a superpower.” – Banksy

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99% Invisible >>> What do “the others” see?


07 Sept | Th
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Elbow plank + fwd reach x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 7 @16#
Ring rows x 7
KBS x 7 @35#

Work | From the archives
A1. Front squat 4 x 5 (115#)
A2. RNT x 10 ea
A3. GHRs ( -, 10, 10#) [2:00]
B. EMOM x 10:00: KBS x 10 @ 50#
C1. DB bi’s 3 x 20 (15#) [1:00]
C2. Cable tri’s x 20 (30#) [1:00]

Stretch | 15:00

08 Sept | F
[AM] Friday Hike Club | Two Bit Peak
[PM] Home yoga | Vinyasa Flow for the Noobs

09 Sept | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossack lunge x 8 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-it-up | TGUs

Work | From the archives
A. Bike x 30:00
B. 5x:
SA KB FR carry x 30m ea (40#)
Samurai squats x 4 ea (35#)
FLR x :30 [:30]
C. Stepmill x 15:00

Foam roller face | 15:00

10 Sept | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
DUs x 20
ATYs x 5 ea

Work | Archives a la carte
A1. Chin-over-bar hold x :30 [1:00]
A2. Dip hold x :30 [1:00]
B. BTN press 4 x 5 @ 41×2 (50, 55, 50, 50#) [3:00]
C1. KB RDL 5 x 12 ea (45#) [1:00]
C2. KB snatch x 5 ea (40, 45, 40, 40, 40#) [1:00]
D. Cable pallofs 4 x 12 ea (30, 40, 40, 40#) [1:00]

Handstands at home | NFT


Th | Really like the KB EMOMs.

F | Ooh sore from the FS. Recovery things today.

Sa | Ooh sore from all the things. Just put in some work and got the body moving. Not sure why I’m feeling a little beat up this week; Sleeps were solid. Eats, too. Not on the crazy bus. Just listening to my body… Peaks and valleys. Ebbs and flows. Peanut butter and… everything.

Su | Tested hand positioning on the BTNs, and that one-count at the bottom. Yep, it’s way harder when that’s not zero. The heavier KB snatch wasn’t snappy so dropped it back down in lbs and maintained.

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On Repeat

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Prepping for some fresh Game of Thrones by recalling my favorite lines from the last episode: Little Finger dropping some strategy…

Also fitting words having just witnessed the CrossFit Games finale – Mat Fraser on repeat! I wonder how many scenarios he ran through in preparation.

Beyond the Baelish bombs, this episode of Hidden Brain played in my head more than once this past week, as it was a real fight to find my work flow. A contributing factor might be the summer intern – so many (really-good-and-thought-provoking-but-incredibly-distracting!) questions. But, I also attribute the rapidity with which people fire-off emails – and expect a response – to the interference.

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A repeat

I think we all get how distracting being “connected” can be. The new perspective that intrigued me was the message that the phone, the email, the social media itself isn’t necessarily the concern –  it’s our anticipation of them all. Those looping thoughts running in the background, “Has Susan RSVPed to the lunch-n-learn we’re having five weeks from Thursday?”, “Did Joanie see that link I shared which clearly demonstrates publicly my superiority on that thing we were talking about in private?”, “I wonder how likes my post-workout cheese grater hands have accumulated in the last 4 minutes?”. I exaggerate, but you know the ones; those back-burner thoughts that we often aren’t conscious of, that prevent us from taking our thoughts to the next level and getting into “deep work” mode.

I also thought the part about changing your physical environment in order to cut out the distractions was meaty. I’ve never felt more justified in wanting a “deep work” cabin in the woods to disappear to.

It might take some time before I can build my own Olson & Kundig. In the interim, I’m going to explore finding my own place to escape to – who’s got suggestions?! Do you have a place to which you disappear to focus and get shit done? What about that space allows you to do so?


01 Aug | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squat x 10
Glute press x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7
Wall walk x 2 UB
Ring rows x7

Work |
A. KB windmills 3 x 8 ea (35, 3@40#) [:30 btwn sides]
B1. Singles 3 x 50
B2. Push-ups x 6 [:30]
C. BTN press 6,6,4,4 @41×2 (BB, 50, 55, 55#) [3:00]
D1. DB bench 4 x8 (2@27.5, 2@30#) [:30]
D2. Dbl DB row x 12 (25#) [1:00]
E. Snatch-grip DB RDLs 3 x 12 (55, 2@60#)

Stretch | 10:00

02 Aug | W
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg elev hip bridge x 10 ea
Elbow plank + forward tap x 10 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work |
A. Row x 20:00
B. Bike x 15:00
C. 5x: (29:17)
SA KB BU FR carry x 30m ea (25#)
SA OH carry x 30m (45#)
Bear crawl x 30m
D. Step mill x 15:00

Stretch | 10:00

04 Aug | F
Friday Hike Club!
Two Bit Peak

05 Aug | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossack lunges x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wallballah x 10
ATYs x 5 ea

Work | [Fave w/ globo mods]
A. 5x:
Box squats x 5 (115#)
SL hip thrust x 10 ea (20, 3 @22.5#)
Hip extensions x 10 [2:00]
B. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
Slam ball x 10 (20#)
Dbl KB push press x 10 (30#ers) + sit-ups x 5

Stretch | 15:00

06 Aug | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Reaching DBs x !:00

Warm-up | 3x
SA KBS – press – RDL x 5 ea
DUs x 20

Work | [Repeat re-mix]
A1. Hanging straight-leg raise 4 x 8 perfect reps – no swing
A2. Cable pallof press x 15 ea (40#) [1:00]
B1. Chin-over-bar holds 3 x :25 [1:00]
B2. Dip hold x :30 [1:00]
B3. Pistols x 5 ea [1:00]
C. TGUs x 15:00 (2ea @40, 3ea @45, 5ea @50#)

Stretch | 15:00


Tu | Tuesdays are for chests, apparently; benches and dumb bell usage at capacity. Went for 4 sets on the windmills because I forgot to video one. Strict OH pressing is humbling, especially at tempo. They felt good, but the last reps on each were hard. Failed on #4 on the last set; didn’t get it past my pony. Bench felt strong, as did the rows. All the things were turned on by then, and coupled with the sweat and the mirrors, I felt jacked and I am sure that makes the weight feel lighter. Subbed DBs on the RDLs as all the BB were in being used.

W | Some cursing on part C; but I found the grove and kept going. I can’t believe how much I feel the bear crawls in my abs! Correct position = game changer.

F | Monsoons are rad. And make for really sweaty morning after hikes.

Sa | Been a while since I’d done box squats. Took some vid to make sure my form was on point. Modified the barbell hip thrusts to SL versions, because (A) the latter are harder – though the load is significantly lighter so maybe I fucked up the intended stimulus… (B) The smaller diameter of the hex plates makes the, uh, mount on the hip thrusts less convenient. I know, laaaame excuse.

The EMOM was challenging – really had to focus on recovering my breath the last 5 rounds or so. Opted for KBs as the head of the DBs @ 30# are out of control… 

Su | Trunk sesh because oh man, those box squats got me sore. The holds felt strong, as did the TGUs.

Pillows

“Don’t believe everything you think.” -BJ Miller, MD

So then that’s Dr. BJ, amiright?

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Explosions 2.0 by Ken Hermann

Dropping bombs with DJ Khaled


05 Jan | Th
Mo-buhl-eyes |3x
Cossack lunge x 8 ea
Cobra x 8
Hanging leg raise x 8

Warm-up | AD x 5:00
A-Y-Ts 3 x 5 ea

Work | “A”
3x: Run x 400 m
Pendlay row x 10 (65#)
KB push press x 10 (did the Zerchers here @ 75#)
-Rest x 2:00-
“B”
4x: KB snatch x 3 ea + 5 swings + 5 RDL ea (44#)
Zercher squats x 10 (did the KB push press here x 35#ers)
-Rest x 2:00-
“C”
5x: Single-leg banded hammie curls x 5 ea (blue)
Pallof press x 12 ea (red)

Stretch | 10:00

06 Jan | F
Moblity | 3x
GA squat x 10
Scap press x 10
Moster walks x 10 ea

Warm-it up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Banded rows x 12 ea
V-ups x 10

Work | Chin-over-bar holds 3 x 20s, rest x 1:00
Ring dip holds 3 x 15-20s, rest x 1:00 (15s)
Pistols 3 x 5 ea, rest x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00

07 Jan | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Wall slides x 10
Side clammie holds x 30s ea

Warm-up | 3x
Slam balls x 5 @ 30#
Wall walk x 2 UB
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – Week 1
Snatch x heavy single (85, 95, 95 , 105, 105, 110, 115#)

Auxiliary | 3x
Reverse row sit-backs x 6
Ring leg curls x 10
Handstand walks for distance (12′ PR)


Th | Totally fucked up the components of the workout, switching the Zerchers and the push press. A blossoming sinus infection reminded me of the importance of breathing #mouthbreather. Digging the KB work. And was surprised at how much I got the shakes during the Pallof work, which I did split with rig facing leg forward. 

F | Was thankful for the lighter day; had it been any more work, I’d have taken a rest day. The ring dip holds are really challenging; fought for 15 seconds each round. Phase II sinus crap turned then pistols into a cardio session. 

Sa | Wasn’t a spicy day with the barbell; failing at 95# was a pretty good indicator. Had the air brakes in full effect. I don’t get it; I’m mobile enough to get low with a load overhead; why am I not able to get there in the receiving position with the snatch? Many more reps to come. And lifting shoes. Here’s a compilation of the heavy singles:

Was perusing for some old lifting vids and stumbled upon some pics from the last nutrition challenge. Thought it’d be fun to take some currents and compare. The lighting and threads are different, but I think I see the delta; I certainly know I feel it.

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Top: 45-Nutrition Challenge “befores” (July 2015) Middle: 45DNC “afters” (Aug 2015) Bottom: Today (It’s January of 2017 – welcome!)

Fortunately, my sinuses have not exploded through my face and are feeling better; I’m excited for the week ahead – training and the others.

Bone-In

“Always wear shoes that are good for running or fighting.” -Joe Strummer

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I believe Amy Winehouse made popular the terminology for the third kind of essential footwear…

And that brings us to this stimulating discussion with the Robb Wolf and clinical psychologist, Marianne Brandon, on how evolutionary theory can help us understand our desires to bone, and in particular, how the loss of our instincts when it comes to sex is impacting our relationship & sexual satisfaction.

If this were a book instead of a blog, here are the three sections that would be underlined in no. 2 (the note-worthy bits):

  • How masculinity and, perhaps emasculation, and is affecting our sexual relationships. (For more on that, check out this flick.)
  • How acknowledging the role of our evolutionary wiring can help remove the moral component and guilt than can be associated with our primal instincts, whether we’re talking about the bodily urge to consume the highly palatable foods, or the conflicting urges of novelty and security when it comes to sex in/and our relationships.
  • How movement – feeling and being connected mentally with one’s body – is a first step in reconnecting with our sexual instincts.

So yet again, it’s all connected, always changing, and the solution to the “problem” generally lies somewhere between the extremes.


16 Dec | F
Warm-up | AD x 5:00
3x:
Single-arm press x 5 ea
Banded rows x 10
Plate squats x 5

Work | Chin-over-bar holds 3 x :20, rest x 1:00
Ring dip holds 3 x :20, rest x 1:00
Pistols 3 x 5 ea, rest x 1:00
Wall walks 3 x 3 [slow + unbroken], rest x 1:00 (yes?)

Stretch it out | 20:00

15 Dec | F Eve
Mobility | 3x
Glute press x 10
Single-arm plank x :25 ea
Banded clammies x 12 ea
Banded glute bridges x :45

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall walk + 5 lateral walks ea way
Palms-up BB row x 8

Work | NFT
3x:
AD x 15 cals
KB row x 10 ea (26#)
HS walk x 10′ (7′ max.)
-Rest x 2:00-
4x:
KB clean + press + snatch + 5 swings – ea side (35#)
Zercher squat x 5 (95#)
-Rest x 2:00-
Single-leg banded hamstring curls 5 x 3-5 ea (blue)

Stretch | 10:00


Th | Despite having written it on the whiteboard correctly, I mis-read the assignment and did 5 rounds of the first part (likely 6 because I lost count and did an extra round to be sure), and only 3 of the last. I thought I was getting off easy on the hammies. The single arm KBS were interesting because my torso really wanted to twist when I was using my left hand, which I’d like to investigate.

F | WOD (word of the day, obvs, because we drink the bean ’round here not the kool-aid): Post-activation potentiation in contrasting sets. Okay, that’s more of a phrase.

Now to the training: ring holds were a challenge for real, with the instigation of the shoulder shrug occurring at about the 15s mark. Experimented with body position, which helped some by the third set.

CMU exterior walls comes in handing when stringing together wall walks. The goal “bottom” position was for my body to be parallel to the floor, which was about 3 rows of block up, or +/- 24″. I found at about row 4 (+32″) I had to slow way down and try to get lower, but… didn’t hit the goal point each time. So close. We’ll see next go around. Stringing them together made them much more challenging. Hello, breath.

Glistening Bollocks

“I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb corner of nonfeeling, or stop questioning and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always with new insight, new understanding, and new love.” -Sylvia Plath

And to lighten things up a bit from the weight of the bell jar there, here’s a solid read on The Pursuit of Happiness.


09  Oct | Su
Mobility | 3x
Chin-over-bar holds x :20
Cossack lunge x 8 ea
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 10
BB pres x 5
Palms fwd BB row x 10
BB sit-ups x 10

Work | EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
Incline bench x 3 (75#) + DUs x 30
1-1/4 OHS x 3 (80#)
Assault bike x 1:00
-then-
4x:
DB row x 12 ea (25#)
Rest x 1:00
Banded T’s x 10 (Yella)
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00

08 Oct | Sa
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Wall rotation + press x 10
Single-leg elev hip bridge x 10 ea
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
DUs x 30
Banded rows x 10

Work | O-lifting – Week 6
Muscle snatch 4 x 2 (65#)
Snatch balance 8 x 1 [build] (4 sets @ 70#)
3x:
Snatch high-pull x 2 (115#)
Snatch x 2 (75, 75, 85#)
-then-
ISO back squats 4 x 10s

07 Oct | F
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg adductor squat x 8 ea
Scap press x 10
Prone glute press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
Carries x 100m (44#ers: see notes)
AD x 1:00
Sumo DL x 5 (155#)
HSW x 12′ (10′ UB max)
Row x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00

06 Oct | Th
Mobility | 3x
GA skwaat x 10
Elbow plank + reach thru x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Hanging leg raise x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 10
Single-arm press x 7 ea

Work [Favorite] | 4x:
Box squats x 5 (115#)
Hip thrusts x 10 (115#)
GH raise x 10 (15#)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
TGUs x 15:00 (44,53#)

Stretch | 15:00


Booty blast Thursday (!) made for a Recovery Friday. The lighter sumos helped alleviate some of the soreness in the region where the ‘strangs meet the glutes. The carries were uncomfortable as designed; switched from front rack to OH + suitcase after three rounds – kept losing my shoulder position. After two rounds of the OH/suitcase combo went to farmer’s style, because I was doing the neck strain thing. Perhaps it would have been better to just use lighter KBs from the start and maintain the front rack carries…?

Saturdays Oly: Tight mid-back. Man, snatches felt so awesome last week! Couldn’t get the back to fire on the snatch balance; s-l-o-w, bent elbows. Stopped after 4 attempts when it was clear it wasn’t gonna happen. Rolled through the remainder of the workout keeping it on the lighter side. Felt those ISO holds the rest of the day #CNSdonezo

Came in on Sunday with the intention to just foam roll. Decided to EMOM, too. 

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Post-EMOM Sunday feels. And a true story

The Buy In

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” -Mark Twain

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Friday is here! And my favorite fitness-related read of the week “Stop Lying to Yourself (Whilst Un-fucking Your Burpees)” is here. (I added that last part.)

I will preface the lines that follow with the fact that I’ve done a real shit job of keeping my eyes on my own plate this week. I know, I know, you do you, and all that business. But in the interest of community-building, coupled with the notion that we rise or stagnate based on our surroundings, watching folks in class from the sidelines can be staggering. While I appreciate a good attitude and fun vibes, aren’t we all here to grow, to improve, to challenge ourselves? And if you’re not, can we actually kick you off the island?

“If we put in high quality work towards learning skills, we will get tired. If we put in low quality work towards getting tired, we won’t learn any skills. Turning the byproduct (getting tired) into the goal is a failure to our bodies.” – Chip Conrad

All done with my verbal vomit. Thanks for holding my hair. You’re the best! No lie.


22 Sep | Th
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + press x 10
Prone glute press x 10
Prone Y raise x 10
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Single-arm banded rows x 10ea
BB RDLs x 10
DUs x 30

Work | Front squat 5 x 5 @ 70% (115#)
Rest x 2:00
Front rack KB reverse lunges 4 x 6 ea (35# KBs)
Rest x 1:00 between legs
3x: (1:29, 1:27, 1:21)
Slam balls x 5 (30#)
Wall balls x 5 (20#)
Row x 200m
Rest x 1:00

Stretch x 20:00

21 Sep | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
SL Adductor squat x 10 ea
Side plank + LL x :30 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 7

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7
Banded rows x 12
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – Week 3
2-Position snatch [above-the-knee, mid-thigh] 4 x 2 (65, 75, 75#)
Tall Cleans 4 x 2 (95, 105#…)
Iso holds – Clean DL 3 x 10s

Stretch | 20:00

20 Sep | Tu
Pill-uhs | 3x
Single-arm plank x :20 ea
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 10 ea
Hanging knee raise x 10

Warm-up | AD x 10:00
E’ry 3:00 perform PU BB row x 8 + DUs x 30

Work | 4x:
Single-arm seated press x 10 ea
Rest x 1:00
COB x 5 @ 30×3
Rest x 1:00
-then-
Single-leg hip thrusts 3 x 15 ea (15#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
-then-
4x:
Handstand walk x 15′ (3 attempts)
Row x 150m
Rest x 1:00
Express stretch | 7:00


Tuesday’s COB work felt really strong in comparison to how they’ve gone in the past. But they still leave me sore for daaaayz afterward. So, maybe I’ll work those in the rotation a little more. Or is it the push/pull combo not necessarily the particular movement that’s the good stuff there? Hmmm…

True story above on the COB aftermath; went into O-lifting wiht some seriously sore lats and tris. Bottom of the snatch didn’t feel so hot on the right hip, so stopped after two sets. The bottom of the clean felt fine so moved through the rest of the workout. 

Experienced some curiously sore abs going into Friday’s session. Where’d that come from? The reverse lunges felt solid. It’s nice to think back at how difficult much of the single-leg work used to be, and how much better things feel now.

Practice Like You Play

“No matter the situation, never let your emotions overpower your intelligence.” -Jean Houston

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Found this article pretty interesting, “The Importance of Psychological Arousal in Athletes”, especially coming off Saturday’s 1RM testing. If there is no time for reading, take a scroll down and check out that image of Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of flow. On the nose.


25 June | Sa
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
OH lunges x 20
Palms-up BB row x 10

Warm-up like you mean it | Fail

Work | O-Lifting
Snatch x heavy single (100#)
Clean and jerk x heavy single (135,140#)

Auxiliary | 3x
Pistol Pause Candlesticks x 5 ea

Get Bendy | 20:00

23 June | Th
Mobility | 3x:
A-T-Y’s x 5
Banded rows x 12
Banded clammies x 12
Side plank + LL x :20 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7 ( use the 20#er more)
Push-ups x 7
Sit-ups x 10

Work | 4x:
Seated DB press x10 (25, 20# DBs)
Rest x 1:00
Chin over bar hold x 5 @30×3 (jump, hold x 3s, lower x 3s)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
Single leg hip thrust 3 x 15 ea (20,15,15,15# DB)
Rest x 1:00 between legs
-then-
4x:
HS walk x 15 ft (3 attempts, 7′ max.)
Row x 150m (37,36,34,35s)
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 20:00


Th | Feeling new areas of muscle soreness in my back, especially on either side of my spine above the bra line. The chin-over-bar holds were a challenge, with all the pushing and pulling of late; rep five on the last two rounds I had some scap wings. Couldn’t pull those suckers in. Entered the pain intensity cave on the single-leg hip bridges. Hats off to you, fitness comp chics. (Felt those a a TON in the regions of the booty the day after.) The HS walk + row combo was fun times. 

Sa | Things to work on: consistent warm-up + set-up, the mental arousal, and keeping at the technique; transitioning that difficult task into a simpler one, like Mr. Mitchell was pointing out in the article before the jump. I’m frustrated with my lifting #s. I’ve been feeling so good and yet, the numbers remain stuck. 

Down another 5lbs (One-fiddy-four). This must be the Hawthorne Effect or something; by just observing I am changing my behavior. I’m thinking some time off the grid will remedy that.