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“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” -Robert H. Schuller

I’m not sure I’m going to connect all the dots in this post. Basically, I have some shit I want to get done, and I’ve spent entirely enough time with my own thoughts this weekend. But here goes…

A section of my current read created some imagery that has been ruminating in my mind. The author, discussing the ability of shifting from the subjective to the objective in terms of self, compared that skill to that of zippered costumes:

“By stepping outside ourselves, we gain perspective. We become objectively aware of our costumes rather than subjective fused with them. We realize we can take them off, discard those that are worn out or no longer fit, and even create new ones. That’s the paradox of selflessness – by periodically losing our minds we stand a better chance of finding ourselves.” – Kotler & Wheal, Stealing Fire

I’m not gonna dig deep in the consciousness stuff, I’ve just alice-in-wonderlanded in it myself. But this idea of the subject-object shift came up in a podcast I really enjoyed recently. Idn’t that funny how that works?

The guests in this episode of The Paleo Solution Podcast discuss subject-object awareness as it is applied in movement – specificaly BJJ – and in education and critical thinking. Some of the conversation reminded me of parts of Sam Harris’s, The Pleasure’s of Drowning, so check that out if you listen and are hungry for more.

Is your preparation actually preparing you for the real thing? Are you kata-ing/air-punching at life? Are you applying what you learn? Which illusion are you choosing?


15 Aug | Tu
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Glute press x 10
Elbow plank + fwd reach x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Slam balls x 5
Ring rows x 7
Wall walk + 7 taps ea

Work |
A1. Press 5 x 7 @32×2 – BB only [1:00]
A2. Dbl DB row (25, 2@27.5, 2@30#) [1:00]
B. Palms-up snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 (75, 85, 85#) [2:00]
C1. DUs 3 x 50
C2. Push-ups x 5 [:30]
C3. Farmer’s carry x 20m (50# KBs)
D1. DB curls 3 x 20 (15#) [as req.d +/-1:00]
D2. Tricep push-downs x 20 (30#) [as req’d +/-1:00]

19 Aug | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Hip CARs x 3 ea

Bonus Mob | 3x

Hip hikes x 15 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 4x
TGU x 2 ea (35, 45, 50, 60#)

Work |
A. Bike x 25:00
B. Row x 16:00, rotating OTM easy, comfortably tough
C. 4x:
Windmill x 5 ea (35#)
Cossack lunges x 10 ea
DUs x 20

Stretch | 15:00

20 Aug | Su
Mobility | 3x
SL elev hip bridge x 12 ea
Chin-over-bar-hold x :20
Hanging straight-leg raise x 8

Warm-up | 2x
FS + BS x 3 ea
Slam ball x 5
Row x !:00

Work | From the archives
A. 5x: FS x 5 + BS x 5 @75% FS (120#) [2:00]
B. FR rev KB lunges 4 @ 6 ea (30#ers) [1:00 btwn legs]
C. 3x:
Slam ball x 5 (20#)
Snatch x 5 @ 45#
Row x 200m (:52, :51, :49)

Stretch whilst making friends | 15:00


Tu | All swole and veiny from the curls. Way too many office donuts.

Sa | TGU warm-up to remind myself I am capable of things. Man, that row burned by flutes hard.

Su | Shockingly sore in between the scapula while mob-ing to start. Where’s that from? Perhaps holding on to some tension there. Felt really good to work it out. The squats felt good, but holy “cardio”. The reverse lunges – not heavy in weight, but right in terms of the neural drive. I was feeling the Saturday Cossacks during those. Was super fun to snatch at Globo Mountain, even if it was just the BB. During stretch I learned Christina works in finance, is going to Austin on Wednesday, works primarily with men, sat at a desk for 10 years, and got her outfit on sale from Old Navy. All without even trying!

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The Forecast

“The man who has anticipated the coming of troubles take away their power when they arrive.” – Seneca

treasure trouble
One human’s trouble is another human’s treasure

This week’s closing Q&A (the last 20:00-ish) from The Aussies – I liked it. Maybe I just like hearing how other people have learned to communicate with people more effectively. I bet one way would be writing better blog posts that this one… Hmm. There’s also lots of content on accessory work if you are, in fact, having thigh/lat/CrossFit troubles.


25 July | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
Bird dogs x 12 ea
SA plank x :20 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7
KBS x 7
Ring rows x 7

Workout | From the archives
A1. SA DB press 5 x 5 (30, 35, 4@30#) [1:00]
A2. SA Chinese row x 10 ea (22.5#) [1:00]
B. EMOM x 10:00: KBS x 7 (60#) + push-ups x 5
C. Bike x 24:00

Stretch | 15:00

26 July | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
TVAs x 15
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam ball x 7 @20#
AYTs x 5 ea

Workout | Fave
A1. Back squats 10 x 4 (135#) [1:00]
A2. Wall runs x 10 ea [1:00]
B1. SL KB RDL x 10 ea (45, 4@50#) [1:00]
B2. SA KB snatch x 5 ea (40, 4@45#)
C. 5x: KBS x 15 + DUs x 30

28 July | F
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 12 ea
Prone Y raise x 12
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Warm-up | 3x
TGU x 3 ea (worked up to 60#)

Work |
A. Bike x 30:00

B. 5x:
HSW
Cossack x 10 ea
SL hip bridge (oops, did thrusts) x 10 ea (15#)
C. Bike x 10:00 Step Mill
D. Shoulder CARs

29 July | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KB SA swing – snatch – RDL x 5 ea
Slam ball x 7 @20#

Work |
A. GH hip extension 3 x 12 [as req’d]
B1. DL 4 x 3 (185, 195, 205, 200#) [1:00]<
B2. DB push press x 8 (2@27.5, 2@30#) [2:00]
C. Clean 10 x 2 (95, 105, 2@115, 2@125, 3@130, 135#)
D1. Good girls 3 x 10 (60#) [as req’d]
D2. Bad girls x 10 (50#) [as req’d]
E. [Cable] Pallof press 3 x 20 ea (35, 2@40#)

Stretch | 20:00

Su | Geronimo Loop Hike


Tu | Rolled through. Lats felt nice and “on”. 

W | Some seriously sore abs heading into the gym. Had to do some mindset work getting present while mobilizing, but it did the trick. Might also have been the slam balls. Did this one a little lighter than the last time with the 135# BS, but all the movements felt solid. Upped the lbs on B. Ran out of time for part C. That’s not true. I dropped part C because I was spent after B AND wanted to eat dinner before 10p. 

F | That was fun. Maybe fucked up on the hip bridges… thrusts… A little unclear on the difference between the two. Will have that figured out for next times. The cossack lunges – really felt those. I’ve been working on my yoga handstands – trying to hold a handstand solid and in one place so I can try to learn some new positions – so subbed holds for walks. The bike reps kinda bugged one of my quads after 30 min so I wrapped up the cardio with the step mill. 

Sa | Very sore in the glutes and thighs. Not the hottest day with the barbell; coming out of the bottom of the clean was harder than usual. Though it’s been a while so, I didn’t stress about it. Footage – not necessarily good sets – but depicts how it went:

Su |

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