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.

Mind Mold(s)

“Limits, like fear, are often an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

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Somehow it’s been almost 4 months since I made the switch from training at a CrossFit affiliate to a “corporate” globo gym. Dang, that went fast. I wish I could say my mental adjustment went as swiftly. It took some time, some good questions (surround yourself!), and some self-reflection, to get on board with it all. I continue to gain insight into my fears and resistance to the change.

The dudes at Barbell Shrugged recently sat down – well, stood up – with Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement, who has lots of interesting ideas on movement – which is not to be confused with exercise! What has stuck with me this round are her thoughts on body casts – everyday objects in our lives that we use/wear without question and that literally shape us in ways most of us are unaware of. Things like shoes, pillows, even our chonies, have impact not only the way we move, but change our physical shape. Where my girls with bunions at?!

The conversation about body casts and our unquestioned buy-in on their use got me thinking about the other beliefs we hold onto without question; those “I am _____” or “I am not  _____” statements. I am an athlete. I am a good person. I am a healthy person. I am a smart person. But what does any of that really mean? How are you – how am I – extrapolating those ideas?

A few short months ago I would have used all of those aforementioned “I am” statements as arguments against working out at a globo gym:

The people that train at globo gyms are lazy.

They aren’t athletes.
They don’t know what they are doing.
Machines and mirrors are silly and useless.
I am better than all that.

I think it was Tim Ferriss who said, whenever I find myself thinking in absolutes, I look for the exceptions. Are any of those statements fact? And secondly, what does what other people are doing  have to do at all with MY training? Nothing. I mean, what others are doing in the gym, at work, in their relationships, in their lives – yep – none of my fucking business.

It’s funny how the change of venues has me noticing other casts in my life. Change begets change, right? What casts are limiting you? Which ones can you start shaking off? (Might I suggest you begin with the chonies…)

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Get it, Tina

18 July | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Wall walk x 2 UB
RR x 7
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Work |
A. Bottoms-up KB press 3 x 8 ea (20, 20, 25#) [:30]
B1. Single-unders 3 x 50
B2. Push-ups x 5 [:30]
C1. DB Incline bench 4 x 8 (25, 3@27.5#) [:30]
C2. DB row x 12 (25#) [1:00]
D. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 (115, 2@125#) [2:00]

Stretch | 10:00

19 July | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. Bike x 25:00
B. 5x:
BW only cross-over step-ups x 5 ea
SA BU FR KB walk (#acronymwins) x 30m ea (25, 30, 3@25#)
KBS x 10 (50, 4@60#)
C. Stepmill x 20:00
D. Hip CARs

Stretch | 15:00

20 July | Th
Mobility | 3x
Prone y raise x 10
Elbow plank w/ fwd taps x 10 ea
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Push-ups x 7
Slam balls x 7

Work | “Mathematics”
A. 3x: [BB only]
(RDL x 3) + (Row x 3) + (Press x 3)
(FS x 5) + (GM x 5) + (BS x 5)
B. Front squat 5 x 5 @23×1 (105, 115, 3@120#) [3:00]
C. KB FR lunges onto 45# plate 3 x 10 ea [1:00 btwn sides, took :30 because I fucked up a lil]
D1. Zercher squat 3 x 8 (85#) [:30]
D2. SA DB row x 10 ea (30#) [1:30]

Stretch | 10:00

21 July | F
Friday Hiking Club!
Mormon Trail + Fat Man’s Pass

22 July | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
SL elev HB x 12 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 2x
TGUs x 3 ea (45, 50#)

Work |
A. Bike x 30:00
B. 5x:
HSW
Cossack lunge x 10 ea
DUs x 30
C. Bike x 20:00
D. Shoulder CARs

Stretch | 10:00

23 July | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wall ball x 7 @14#
Slam ball x 7 @20#

Work |
A. GHR 3 x 10 ( – , 10, 10#) [as req’d]
B. DL 4 x 3 build (185, 195, 205, 215#) [3:00]
C. Snatch 10 x 2 (4@75, 3@85, 2@95, 85, 95#) [2:00]
D1. Good girls 3 x 10 (50, 60, 60#)
D2. Bad girls x 10 (50, 60, 50#) [1:00]
E. Cable pallof press 3 x 15 ea (40#) [1:00]


Tu | Feeling some progression on the BU presses. Failed on the 7th rep on the right with the 25# kettlebell… and couldn’t string more than a couple together on the right. But still an improvement from the 15#er. On the DB things I often feel, in hindsight, that I should have done more weight. I’m not sure what’s that about, but what it does tell me is to be mindful of how things feel while I am doing them. Am I cheating myself? Could I do more? Notes for next time. The RDLs were challenging. Musta been the hex plates #globojokes

W | Tuesday night dinner prep soundtrack was all about breath, and was fresh in my head when I hopped on the bike (all the step burrito’s were taken, so shook up the order of things a bit). Explored my breath and that was interesting – hadn’t noticed how much I like to mouth breath. There was a learning curve on the KB walk; took awareness not to death grip that KB. Felt better once I stopped.

Th | Haven’t gotten the best sleep this week – staying up too late on a school night attempting to get shit done – and was feeling it by the time Friday Eve training sesh rolled around. Also, The Pope talks about the lady times and their effect on strength; that felt like a real thing on the front squats. Here’s the footage of sets four and five, both at 120#:

The right side was the limiter on the FR lunges. The burn on the zerchers felt really nice; felt it a ton in the booty. Lots of trunk action on this one, too, front and rear.

Sa | Super sore in the booty and thighs rolling into the session. Part B had me breathing really good. Five rounds + fast forward + fuuuuh!…

Su | Rolled through and had some fun. Had a moment of getting on myself for not fighting for the last two DL reps, and for not getting under the snatches, but let go of that shit. Today was not a test day, well, except for testing the “girls”; so much padding and levers. No, I didn’t keep a straight face.

Why do I look like I got lost on my way to a barre workout?

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.

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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…