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.

Sorcery

Attention squared
Know your sources. Where’s that coming from…?

The last couple weeks have presented me with many opportunities to be an observer… of some new surroundings (gym anthropology) and of myself. Truth be told all of life gives us that chance, right? But are we paying attention? And are we open to seeing the full spectrum of things presented to us?

I really liked this article Raymundo shared with the DTP crew, Every Movement Is a Skill, If You’re Listening. That’s not actually the title – it’s a way better one! Read it and tell me I’m wrong. It reminded me of a recent exchange between The Aussies about movement and how it is – and isn’t – like porn: it’s not about how it looks (okay, it’s a little about how it looks), it’s about how it feels.

So let’s rearview: you gotta be open to it (new methodology – globo and that other thing) and engaged in the process enough to feel it, not excessively focused on what it looks like in the mirror(s) or from inside your box. You get all that?

Of course you did.

brit brit gimme a wank
Surely a better method to lure passengers off over-sold flights #sorcery

And speaking of new things, here’s my new favorite channel – MegSquats:

Oh man, I have the best sources. How about the single-leg squats!? Gimme some… (See workout notes below.)


11 Apr | Tu
Warm-up | Orient thyself
Row x 500m
Bike x 8:00

Work | [Doing it anyway]
A1.  BB incline bench 5 x 5 (75#); Rest x 1:00
A2.  Single leg RDL x 10 ea (44#); Rest x 1:00
B1.  DB bench 3 x 5 (30#); Rest x 1:00
B2.  Rev DB fly’s x 10 (12.5#); Rest x 1:00

Stretch + roll | 15:00

12 Apr | W
Warm-up | Row x 500m
3x:
PVC things
DUs x 30

Work | [with Mr. Megs]
A. DL 7 x 3 (185, 6@ 195#); Rest x 2:00
B1. Single-arm DB snatch 7 x 3 ea (35, 35, 5@ 40#); Right into
B2. Single-leg hip bridge x 10 ea (20#); Rest x 1:00
C. Lat pull-downs 4 x 10 (70, 90, 80, 60#); Rest x 1:00

Straaatch | 10:00

13 Apr | Th
Warm-up | 3x
DUs x 30
KBS – goblet – ‘round da – snatch x 5 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work | [I don’t always do 5 rounds, but when I do, I do 6]
A1. [Seated] Single-arm DB press x 5 ea (25, 2@ 27.5, 3@ 30#)
Rest x 1:00
A2. Chinese row x 10 (15, 5@ 17.5#)
Rest x 1:00
B. EMOM x 10:00
KBS x 7 (60#) + push-ups x 5
C. Bike x 20:00

Stretch + mob | 10:00

15 Apr | Sa
Mobility |3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | Bike x 5:00

Work | [TTW Things start making sense…]
A. RDLs 7 x 5 (125#); Rest x 1:00
B1. DB Bi’s 4 x 20 (17.5, 15, 15, 15#)
Rest x 1:00
B2. Tricep push-downs x 12 (Rope grip, 25#)
Rest x 1:00
C. [Seated] Hamstring curls 3 x 10 (70, 90, 90#)
Rest x 1:00
D. Leg extension 3 x 10 (70#)
Rest x 1:00

Bonus: TGUs x 10:00 (50#)

Stretch | 20:00


Tu | So uncomfortable…

W | The RDL into hip bridges had me (and the Zor-cerer… Yep. That WAS dumb!) breathing nicely and all kinds of day-after sore (speaking for myself on that last part). Exploring the pull-downs, thus the all-over-the-board on the lbs. Got too heavy and started repping all janky-like so I backed off and refocused on feeling the initiation of the movement and where I felt it down and up the chain as the movement progressed. Also… abz.

Th | The swings felt fantastic and the reflections (So. Many. Mirrors. And sneaking lighting that makes you look jaaacked! Magic tricks, indeed.) were fun. I really enjoyed blowing the dust off my gym jams for the “cardio” portion.

Sa | I am perplexed and excited by all the contraptions for squatting at the globo. Aaand I eyed a floor-mount for landmines! I’m digging all this new stuff to try. The tri’s and bi’s really revealed asymmetry in movement and how/where I feel them. The leg extensions and curls… slayed me! I’m am beginning to recognize how the globo cycle has the ability to add to the toolbox, not taking away from the work I’ve already put in. And man was it fun to wrap up with some of my favorites – the TGU – after doing new things! 

In addition to new digs, people, and methods, I also performed some internet searches I’d not imagined I’d be doing a mere 6 mos ago. Like “seated or laying hamstring curl machine”  or “proper form cable tricep push-downs“. Sources matter – so much contradictory info – so I need to flush out the “Catalyst Athletics” of globo reads.

Lastly, AD hunting on the CL got me like…