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

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

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

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

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

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

Stretch | 15 glorious fucking minutes

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

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

Stretch | 10:00


Th | Felt a little sluggish.

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

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

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

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

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

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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!!!

Unseated

“There’s no the answer. What we need is variety. The best position is the next position.” -Galen Cranz, on the best kind of chair

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Creative seating solutions

After two weeks on my ass (at a desk in my rad new office space), I’m back standing. It feels glorious. Or at least not like I have restless leg syndrome anymore. Thankfully the new work environs is position variation friendly.  In case you’re curious, as was I, here’s a podcast on how we wound up seated in the first place >>> 99% Invisible – Edge Of Your Seat


17 Jan | W
Mobility | 2x
Cossacks x 10 ea
SA floor-facing plank x :20 ea
Popes x 15 ea
Pistols x 3 ea

Work |
A. Sterrrz x 15:00
B. Bike x 15:00
C. 5x:
Front rack KB carry x 30m (35/40#)
Box step-ups x 10 ea (20# DBs in the FC position)
DUs x 30
D. Sterrrz x 15:00, last 5:00 up level at ea min.

18 Jan | Th
Mobility| 3x
Bird dawgs x 10 ea
Glute press x 10
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. GH hip extensions 4 x 10 (10#)
RNT (out) x 5 ea
BS + jump x 5
C. BS 5 x 4 [3:00] (4@155, 160#)
D. 1-1/4 FS 3 x 5 [1:30] (105#)
E. Yump lunges 3 x 20 [1:00]

19 Jan | F
Warm-up | 3x
Banded RDLs x 10 ea
Banded row x 10 ea
Slam balls x 7

Work |
A1. ½ Kneeling SA (BU) press 4 x 7ea (18, 2@20, 25#)
A2. KBS x 10 (50#)
A3. Alt DB SA snatch x 3 ea [1:00] (35#)
B1. BB bench SA Z press 5 x 7 [1:30] (20, 3@22.5#)
B2. Chinese row x 10 ea [2:00] (25#)
C. Close-grip lat PDs 4 x 10 [1:00] (80, 3@85#)
D1. DB bis 4 x 12 [1:00] (15, 3@20#)
D2. Tricep PDs x 12 [1:00] (20#)

20 Jan | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Monster walks x 10 ea direction
COB hold x :20
Samurai squats x 3 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea

Work
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 5x:
Rev sled walk x L (+135#)
Reg sled walk x L
DBL OH carry x L (30# DBs)
HS hold + hip taps x :30
C. Stairs x 15:00
D. Bike x 10:00

21 Jan | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:00
Wall ball x 10
Slam balls x 5

Work |
A. 10x: Power snatch x 2 + OHS x 1 [2:00] (4@85, 2@90, 2@85, 90, 95#)
B. Clean pulls 5 x 3 @ 115% (180#)
C. GHR 3 x 12 [1:00] (10, 15, 15#)
D1. Bi’s 4 x 12 [1:00] (17.5#)
D2. Tri’s s 12 [1:00] (20#)


W | The 45# KB bugged my shoulder so went “light” but the carries were still uncomfortable, despite the “easy” weight. Dang, dumbbells with the step-ups added some intensity. I see what you did there with the DUs followed by the racks. Last minute on part D was at level 12, no manos on the rail. That 60s put the day in perspective

Th | Man, these longer work days are kicking my ass, a skoatch. Reminding myself it’s just adjusting some habits, but still dialing that in. The workout felt good. I was shooting to do the BS at 165; the first set at 155 felt heavy, but less so on the second. The last set had me realizing I could have added 5 for at least the last two, sets. Hmmm. The 1-1/4 were intense and, yep, felt like I was going to fall on my face during the jump lunges. But I did not. Those are the closest things to AD sprints in terms of the burn at the globo, at least so far…

F | Can start with more lbs on the half-kneeling press and single-arm snatches. The shoulder wasn’t having the bench. Chinese row took a round to get the right things online, but then… ooh yeah. Upped the weight on the pull-downs. Failed on the last rep of the bis on sets 3 and 4 on the right side; assisted with a little help from my friend (the left hand).

Really felt Thursday’s session going in, especially in the upper, outer booty. See super accurate anatomical sketch below:
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Su | The barbell session was fun; felt a little rusty, but that makes sense. They only have the girthy 45 pound barbells at the globo, but that bother me less than in the past. Form on the second snatch got a little shitty about midway through (thus the dip back in lbs) but I narrowed my grip a little bit and things felt snappy again. Took a few reps to get in the groove on the pulls. Cues for next time: spread the knees (you know what I’m sayin). Experimented a little on the height of the GHR, and upped the lbs. Man do those suckers light my hammies up. Very nice…

Dropping the Anvil

“Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.” – Peter F. Drucker

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Have, Do, Be >>> Tim Ferriss with Terry Crews

One “truth” dropped in the podcast episode up there that’s resonating with me right now is the idea that we truly do get what we want in life. The argument being, if you wanted something different (than you have) you would change it.

I’ve been carrying a metaphorical anvil around with me for a while now… easily 4 years. Yes. Years. What started as a tool that shaped me slowly evolved into a load holding me back; one I carried by choice. I’m finally dropping that anvil and seeing where it takes me. Fuck, I might end up flung off a cliff, but hey, at least I won’t be holding that fucking anvil.

What’s your anvil look like? What keeps you holding on?


19 Dec | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Slam balls x 5
Wall walk x 1
DUs x 30

Work |
A. TGUs x 15:00
B. Barbell EMOM
C. KB EMOM

20 Dec | W
Workout |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 4x:
Hip extensions x 10 (10#)
RNT x 5 ea (@3111)
BS x 5
C. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (3@145, 2@155#)
D. FS 3 x 5 [1:30] (115, 125#)
E. Wall-pressing dead bugs 3 x 20 [:30]

Bonus round | 3x
Bicep curls x 10 [1:00] (20#ers)
Tricep push-downs x 15 [1:00] (20#)

23 Dec | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossacks x 10 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
Hanging leg raise x 10

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 5x:
Sled push x 30m (+135#)
Farmers carry x 30m (55/60#)
KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
C. Stairs x 15:00
D. Row x 10:00

24 Dec | Su
Mobilizer | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Prone y raise x 10
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. Stairs x 15:00 Bike x 20:00
B. 3x:
RDL x 5
Press x 5
Good morning x 5
C. [+lbs] DL 5 x 4 [3:00] (185, 2@195, 2@200#)
D. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 8 [1:30] (95, 105, 110#)
E. Zercher squats 3 x 7 [1:30] (95, 100, 105#)

Stretch | 15:00

26 Dec | Tu
Warm-up | Holbert Trail @ S Mtn

Work|
A. Stairs x 15:00
B. 3x:
RDL x 5
Good morning x 5
BS x 5
C. FS 5 x 5 [3:00] (125, 130, 3@135#)
D. Close-grip cable row (lat-pull downs?) 4 x 12 [1:30] (75, 3@85#)

Stretch | 7:00


Tu | Totally let my emotions get in my way workout. Faaack. What did you learn…? 

W | Oh those barbell head games. Building confidence…

Sa | Enjoyed the sesh; that sled combo got my heart pumping. Bruised up my wrists really good on the snatches; evidentally, I need to work on my form.

Su | Really feeling the zercher squats these days. The stairs were occupied so I hit the wheels instead. Things felt good, and slept really good.

When you bake (uh, and sample!) cookies all day, so you do a quick check to see if you’ve got gainz yet…
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Tu | Dang those front squats felt strong. Felt fatigue in my mid—back. Added 10# on the close-grip lat pull-downs and fuuuuuh… that made all the difference #leanback

[Mis]Fortunes

“I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent – no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you.” – Seneca

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05 Dec | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam balls x 7 @ 20#

Work |
A. 3x: (BB only?)
RDL x 3
Row x 3
Power snatch x 3
BTN push press x 3
Good mornings x 3
B. Deadlift 7 x 2 [2:00] (3@195, 3@200, 205#)
C. Power snatch 7 x 2 [2:00] (3@75, 2@80, 2@85#)
D. GHD 3 x 10 [1:00] (10, 15, 15#)

Stretch | 10:00

06 Dec | W
Mobility | 2x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Reaching DBs x 1:00

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 7
KBS x 10
Banded rows x 10 ea

Work |
A. 4x:
Cossacks x 10 ea
SL HB x :40 ea (2x)
Reverse fly x 10 (10#)
B. Front squat 5 x 3 [3:00] (125, 130, 135, 140, 140#)
C. 1-¼ Back squats 3 x 4 [1:30] (105#)
D2. BTN push press x 5 [1:00] (75, 80, 85#)
D1. DB RDL 3 x 10 [1:00] (50#ers)

07 Dec | Th
Mobility | 2x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Hollow rocks x :20

Work |
A. Bike x 15:00
B. 5x:
Sled push x 30m (+135#)
Samurai squats x 3 ea (35#)
HS holds
C. Alternating TGUs x 15:00 (40, 45, 50, 55#/BU 25, 30#)
D. Stepmill x 15:00

09 Dec | Sa
Mobility | 2x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Swimmers x 6
TVAs x 15
Popes x 15 ea

Work |
A. Steps x 15:00
B. 5x:
RDL x 5
Press Row x 5
Good mornings x 5
Back squat x 5
C1. Deads 5 x 5 [1:00] (185#)
C2. SA DB push press x 5 ea [1:00] (25, 30, 3@35#)
D. Close-grip cable lat PDs 4 x 12 [1:30] (55, 65, 70, 75#)

Stretch | 10:00

10 Dec | Su
Hike | Flatiron
5.5 mi | +2900’


Tu | Was part A supposed to be with plate, building? Hmm, maybe I fucked that up with just the barbell. Deadlifts felt good; I really want to work to push past that mental mind fuck that happens at two hundy. The weight felt easy off the floor, so WTH, cabesa. The power snatches felt good, but maybe a little slow. Only have the big barbells to work with in globoland, so that’s kind interesting with the grip on the snatches. Good thing I got some long filanges…

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W | The hip bridges blew up my low, low back on the right side; stopped at round three. But those front squats felt great!! Legs had the shakes heading into the one-an-a-quarters… so I really felt those guys. Mixed up the order of the “D”. Was careful on the presses with that damn shoulder. But no pain; a little tightness.

Th | Cardio day felt sneaky like a leg day. Friday status: sore in lots of places.

Sa | Shoulder didn’t like the presses; subbed rows without an issue. The deadlifts… ooh cardio. Lots of work in the abs and lats on the pull-downs. Per instructions: will add to the stack to start next go ‘round.

Su | Couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to be outdoors, but then, I think I say that after every hike… 

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Every visit there are new finds. One of them this trip was enormous bird poop (both the bird and the poop) on the sheer face of the northern face of the adjacent ridge. We waited for it’s creator to return, but no dice.

The desert was beautiful, the trail fairly busy, the company easy (not like that!), and the physical effort a break outta the box. Building. Not a box. The lesson of the day was: bananas. Always carry bananas. Even if you gotta dangle them off something.

Damn, that’s some catchy shit.