Dropping the Anvil

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

banded anvils

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…
dat natty lighting
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

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Inside Snakes

“There are no weight classes in the jungle. The salmon never eats the bear.” – Brandon Lilly

lex drewinski tony and cleoBeen listening in on some interesting conversations about the differences between us bishes and bros…
Adam & Eve: Self-Consciousness, Evil and Death
Women are Not Small Men


12 Dec | Tu
Work |
A. 5x:
Row x 2:00
Push-ups x 5
Scap push-ups x 10
B1. DB bench 5 x 10 [1:00] DBL DB row @ 2113 5 x 8 [1:00] (25#)
B2. DB RDL x 10 [1:00] (50#ers)
C. Wall pressing DBs 4 x 20 [:30]

13 Dec | W
Mob | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Hollow hold x :20

Work |
B. Bike x 15:00
A. Stairs x 15:00
C. 5x:
Farmer’s carry x 30m (50/55, 4@55/60#)
SA OH carry x 30m ea (40, 4@45#)
Side bridge x :25 ea
D. Stairs x 10:00 (upped the level)

15 Dec | F
Warm-up | 3x
KBS x 10 @ 45#
Banded RDLs x 10 ea
DUs x 30

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 4x: (or 5x)
GHD x 10 (10#)
RNT x 5 ea
BS x 5
C. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (135, 145, 155, 160, 160#)
D. Zercher squats 3 x 5 [1:30] (95, 105, 105#)
E. Wall-pressing dead bugs 3 x 20 reps [:30]

Stretch | 10:00

16 Dec | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall press x 10
Chin-over-bar hold x :20
Popes x 15 ea
Scorpions x  5 ea (2x)

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 5x:
Lateral box step-ups x 10
Wall walk x 2
FR KB carry x 20m ea (45#)
C. Row x 15:00 (11:30)
D. Bike x 10:00 (20:00)

17 Dec | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Hip CARs x 3 ea
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. Stepmill x 12:00
B. 3x:
RDL x 5
(BTN) press x 5
Good mornings x 5
C. Deadlifts 5 x 5 [3:00] (185, 4@190#)
D. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 8 [1:30] (80, 90, 100#)
E. Reverse Zercher lunge 3 x 8 ea [1:30] (75#)


Tu | Shoulder not having the pressing.

W | Hollow holds were freaking hard to keep in position.

F | Squats felt really great. Really feeling those GHDs in the booty meat and hammies.

Sa | The lateral movements are feeling a lot more stable than when I first began them. My low back and adductor started buggin’ (and increasing as I went) on the row so I stopped and subbed some extra time on the bike.

Su | Feeling all the work in the adductors and booty going in. Subbed behind-the-neck for the strict press as the latter bugged my shoulder. Deadlifts felt good, and winded me pretty good. Might have been the first time I’ve ever felt the snatch-grip RDLs so much in my caboose and strangs.

Moving Mix Tape

“If you don’t bite you can’t eat.” -Carl Paoli talking theft on Barbell Shrugged

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A proper mix tape can’t hurt, bro

I spent a good chunk of my “free time” this week/end unpacking from the move. Lemme tell ya, this has already taken me longer than anticipated – searching for some Mary Poppins type voodoo to move it along a little. Until then, at least there are podcasts.

Here’s a selection of my weekend mix tape for your listening pleasure:

Mind Muscle Project – The After Show #59 >>> On how CrossFit HQ’s drug testing seems shadyAF followed by a dude that has me thinking it’d be good to do some quiet running

Training Think Tank – Q&A Part IV | Enjoy your fucking brownies, folks! Max references Bruce Lipton’s, The Biology of Belief, and poses the question of how thinking ‘I’m a fat piece of shit’ vs ‘I’m fueling my muscles’ might impact your stress hormone profile post-brownie – not to mention flavuh

Waking Up – Facing the Crowd | Words are not violence.
“We use our words so as not to kill each other.” –Greg Lukianoff

Training Think Tank – Q&A Part III | Recovery: you’re missing the basics (It’s not about the stim) and the cost of high-level performance for teens in any sport followed by some teenage El-Haag background

MTN RDY – Colin O’Brady | From everybody’s default fitness test – the triathalon – to a world record-setting run at the Explorer’s Grand Slam. I am so curious about the logistics behind this, and the training involved

Case File | If you can’t get to sleep, this won’t help

Any podcast recommendations out there? And will someone please invent an app that lets a listener share a snippet of a podcast?! How does this not exist already? Or does it…?


09 Oct | M
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Elbow plank + reach thru x 10 ea
Popes x 15 ea

Work |
A. [BB only – quality movements] 4x:
Row x 10
Press x 10
OHS x10
Good mornings x 10
Rest x 1:00
B. SL hip bridge holds 4 x :30 ea [:30 btwn legs]
C. Pin front squats 5 x 2 (125, 4 @130#) [3:00]
D. SA push press 3 x 8 ea (30, 2 @35#) [1:00]
E. Close-grip high seated cable rows 3 x 15 (2 @55, 65#) [1:00]

Stretch | 7:00

11 Oct | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Bird doggies x 10 ea
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Warm up | 2x
BU TGU x 2 @25#
Samurai squats x 3 ea @35#
Windmills x 5 ea @ 30#

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. Row x 10:00
C. 4x:
Step-ups x 5 ea
SA FR carry x 20m ea (40#)
DUs x 20 30
D. Stepmill x 15:00

12 Oct | Th
Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7 @15#
Banded rows x 10 ea
Wall walk x 2 UB

Work |
A. 4x:
KB Z press x 10 ea (25#)
KB row x 5 ea (30, 3 @35#)
KB snatch x 3 ea (35, 3 @40#) [1:30]
B. Incline bench 5 sets @22×1 5, 5, 3, 3, 2 (60, 60, 65, 70, 75#) [3:00]
C1. SA DB push press 3 x 5 ea (30, 2 @35#) [1:00]
C2. [Dbl DB] RDL x 8 (55, 2 @60#ers) [2:00]
D1. Wall-pressing dead bugs 3 x 20
D2. BU KB FR carry x 30m ea (25#) [none-zo]

Stretch | 10:00

14 Oct | Sa
Mobility + Warm-up | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Hip CARs x 3 ea
Chin-over-bar hold x :20
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Hanging leg raise x 8

Work | Repeat
5x [BB only]:
Row x 5
RDL x 5
FS x 5
Kang x 5
B. Cleans 10 x 2 (95, tall, 105, 115, tall, 3 @125, 2 @130#) [2:00]
C. Good mornings 3 x 10 (65, 70, 70#) [1:30]
D. Leg extension machina 3 x 12 (60, 65, 65#) [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00

15 Oct | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Wall slides x 10
Hollow rocks x :20

Work | Repeat
A1. Press 7 x 5 (2 @60, 4 @65, 70#)
A2. DUs x 20 [2:00]
B. 5x:
KB goblet x 6 @ 33×1 (35#)
Jump lunges x 10
FLR x :30
C. Bike x 20:00


M | Broke up the OH movements by sneaking the buenos dias before the OHS because holy overhead pressing; adaptation or fucking it up, Morgunz? Hmmm…

I see what you did there with the holds and then the pin squats… #bootyblast

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Dug the single arm push presses. Interesting to see how one side braces compared to the other. Subbed seated cable rows because someone had set up camp at the lat station.

W | No notes. Felt nice.

Th | Feeling the focus of the recent training: much back fatigue. Z presses were challenging at the rep scheme. The single-arm snatches felt slow; took vid to investigate. They were fine. All in your head, Mo-gunz. Bench: so much room for improvement. Crazy how different incline feels to standard. Still figuring out the barbell situation at the indie gymnasium – used one that felt heavier and thicker. Could have also just been in my head. Really liked part C. D was fun, too; laughed at my retard left side with the BU KBs.

Sa | Got to wear my lifters.

Su | Pre-workout weigh-in: 152.8 lbs. Huh. Press felt good – really connected and pushing through the ground. That part B felt like AD sprints. Ooh burn. 

Ka-Boom!

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This has nothing to do with anything here, but I can’t stop laughing. Solidarity, sista!


15 March | Tu
Pillars | 3x
Wall rotations + press x 10
GA squat x 10
Banded clammies x 15 ea

Work | 5 rounds:
AD x 1:00
Sled pull x 100m @ 115#
Row x 1:00
Farmer’s carry x 100m (44#ers)
Banded hip bridges x 1:00

Stretch | 10:00

π | M
Pillars | 3x
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 8 ea
Plank + reach thru x 8 ea
Hip hikes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 10
DUs x 30

Work | Deadlift 5 x 1 (175,185,195,205,210#)
3 sets:
RFESS x 8 @30×1 (10# DBs)
Right into
AD x 1:00
Rest x 3:00
-then-
Banded dead bugs 4 x 1:00
Rest x 1:00 btwn


Tuesday just did a recovery-ish session. Was up ’till the wee hours for work, so just rolled through. 

Monday’s DLs felt pretty good. How can 205# feel pretty easy and 210# feel like [something way really heavier]? Here are the vids:

The RFESS + AD combo was fun times; lots of burning in the legs and flutes + heavy breathing.

stuck at 205
When your RF of the RFESS is trying to do the work

Pretty sore from all the ab work on Saturday, which made it really easy to feel the dead bugs. Doing it with Cons feels like you have some bricks strapped to ya feet.

 

Hard Things

“Silence is so accurate.” – Mark Rothko

lets talk
That’s the FNG on the left there. No it’s not! He only talks about himself. Ha! #accurate

I was really intrigued by this week’s Note to Self podcast, which essentially was about engaging in uncomfortable conversation. It reminded me of that New York Times piece about how to fall in love with anyone, the one with all the great questions. Why is it that we sometimes fail to ask the most important questions, and/or that we make those questions so much harder than they have to be?

The NTS convo focused on sexual kinks, and an app that was developed to help get couples talking about theirs. The conversation had my mind going off on so many tangents: religion, relationships, technology, sex, have you seen the movie “Kinsey”?! I think I like that technology is helping to serve as a catalyst for a deeper conversation (or, per the couple in the podcast, pulling back the curtain for their golden shower bliss) but it makes me a little sad that it’s needed in the first place.

Hard conversations. Let’s all have more of them!


05 March | Sa
Work | O-lifting
Hang power clean 5 x 2 (105,105,115#…)
Snatch + OHS 5 x 1(65,65,75,75,85#)
Box squats 4 x 3 (95,115#…)
3 sets:
Box jumps x 2
Lunging pallof press x 10 ea
Chinese row x 10 ea

Get bendy | 20:00

04 March | F
Warm-up | x4
Banded clammies x 10 ea
Prone glute press x 10
AD x 1:00

Work | Wednesday’s O-lifting-ish
Tall jerks 5 x 2 (55,60,65#…)
Back squat + chains 5 x 2 (155,165,170#…)
3 sets:
Samurai squats x 5 ea (35#)
Death march (25# DBs)
Wall-pressing dead bugs x1:00

Some stretching + homework | 15:00


I missed O-lifting on Wednesday, so I sneaked it in on Friday, minus some of the volume on the lifts. Practiced anchoring my feet on the back squat per the link on the website a week (or two) ago. I have definitely NOT been anchoring my feet correctly. I thought I felt grounded before, but that whole pinkie toe drive was a game changer. Lots of feels in the glutes during the samurai squats and the death marches.

Saturday’s O-lifting class felt really good; fast on the cleans and snatches. I think I’m getting better at positioning for the box squats. They are fucking hard, but man do I like how they feel the next day.

Maybe went a little too heavy on Saturday and had to skip the Sunday hike. Next week, Peralta.

Spirit Animals

“There is a beast inside of man that should be exercised – not exorcised.” -Anton LaVey

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Image by Sue Demetriou

While I like to imagine that my spirit animal is “a sleek black panther covered in maple syrup shaking in slow motion”, according to Primal Astrology, I’m a Tarantula. I’d agree that I’m a tactile person, with a tendency to become detached, who doesn’t mind walking a different path, and  has a fucking great sense of humor. And who is very modest.

What’s your spirit animal? And would you agree with it’s characteristics?

Ooh, and I can’t take credit for that incredible mental image of the panther. That’s all Neko Case. Love her!


03 August | Monday
MFR buns ‘n’ hammies | 5:00
Warm-up | 3 rounds:
Bear crawl xLength of gym
Bench press x10 empty bar
Ring rows x10

Work | Bench press 5×1 (80, 85, 90, 95, 100#)
Rest x3:00 btwn sets
3 rounds:
Incline bench press x10 @ 50% (55#)
Rest x1:00
Bear crawl x length of gym
Rest x:30
Death march x length of gym (25# DBs)
Rest x2:00

Stretch | 20:00
45DNC (10)

02 August | Sunday
Rest Day
Dog Walk + Stretch

01 August | Saturday
O-lifting Class
Warm-up | 100 DUs
Mobility stuff

Work | Clean High Pull + Hang Tall 5×1-1 Clean @65-75% (95, 95, 95, 105,105#)
Clean & Jerk 15×1 @65% (105#)
Pause Clean Deadlift 5×2 @100% (155#)
Back Squat 5×5 @ 75-85% (115, 125, 125, 125, 125#)

Stretch | 20:00+
Light MFR
45DNC (10)

31 July | Friday
MFR | 6:00
Warm-up | 3 rounds:
PVC OH walking lunges x20
Body rows x10
Wall ball x8

Work | 5 sets:
Zercher reverse lunge x6 ea (45, 45, 45, 55, 55#)
Rest x1:00 btwn legs
Single-leg hip thrust 4×12 ea
Rest x1:00 btwn legs
Banded dead bugs 4×1:00
Rest x:30

Stretch | 20:00
45DNC! (10)


Friday | The reverse zerchers provide evidence that one side moves differently than the other; shits strong & stable on the one side – on the other I wanna do this funny hip tilt thing. I’m a little obsessed with the hip thrusts – such a tiny movement but so… much… squeezing… Love the banded dead bugs too. My ablets were pretty sore from Oly class on Wednesday. I guess snatching is easier when you use those suckers.

Saturday | The buns are super from the thrusts, which made the pause DLs awesome. Yep, the glutes and hammies are engaged -check. Hadn’t jerked in a while… Mmm … There’s a jerk joke there… But the movement overhead felt good. I got frustrated with myself on the back squat. I’m feeling it in my hip flexors -especially on the right side – more than I should be. Which means I am still not getting/keeping that glute involved. I am SUPER pumped about Oly class. The energy in the gym is just fantastic and it sets a fucking awesome tone for the rest of the weekend.

After having made the decision to try to complete the Nutrition Challenge without indulging in a cheat meal, cupcakes were presented at a soiree Saturday afternoon, along with some vino. NBD. I had a fantastic time – the company couldn’t have been better – and it was just lovely. What cheat meal?

It’s interesting, I think it can be pretty common for us to think, oh man, I don’t want to be the weirdo at the event not eating this or that, or that people will comment on what you’re shoving in your face. The fact is people are self-involved, they aren’t watching what you eat. And if they are, that’s their issue, not yours!

the silent rant
The silent rant

Sunday | Sore in the midback, hammies, and glutes. Shoulder feels great – I’d  say a 9 out of 10. The glute/inner thigh is like a 7 or 8. Things are feeling much better than they were a few weeks ago!

Monday | The benches felt strong! Using two 45# bumpers on the incline really put the load in my triceps, or at least that’s how it felt. I love having a prescribed warm-up, it’s so luxurious. The marches with the 25#ers was challenging. I liked it.

08-03-01

Architecture & Acronyms

“Architects are pretty much high-class whores. We can turn down projects the way they can turn down some clients, but we both have to say yes to someone to stay in business” – Phillip Johnson

Coming off of vacation like…

some chins

So, let’s pull up some Good Fucking Design Advice to light a fire…

Classic Black GFDA_L_rev

(I modified that a little fucking bit, because all-nighters – I don’t fucking think so.)


16 July | Thursday
Recovery Sesh
30:00 Rotating OTM:
Row
Banded Dead Bugs
Bear Crawls
AD

Stretch Class 2.0 | 20:00

THE 45-DAY NUTRITION CHALLENGE! Day 02 (10)

15 July | Wednesday
MFR | 6:00
Warm-up| 3 rds:
KBS x10 (35#)
Wall walk x1
DUs x20
Mobility moves

Workout | Back squat 5×3 (125,135,115,115,115#)
Rest x3:00
Single-leg hip thrust 3×12 ea
Rest x1:00 btwn legs
Handstand walk practice x10:00

Stretch Class | 20:00

THE 45-DAY NUTRITION CHALLENGE! Day 01 (10)

14 July | Tuesday
MFR | 6:00
Warm-up | 3 rounds:
(Wall) balls x10
Walking lunges x10
DUs x20
Mobility moves

Training | 6 rounds:
Jump rope singles x:30
AD x1:00
Band-assisted dead bugs x1:00
TGU x1 ea side
Banded squat x:30

Stretch Class | 20:00


Tuesday | I need to practice the reverse yump roping. Awkward. The band-assisted dead bugs are legit; I like that you have to work on breathing through them. I don’t think I was doing the band-assisted squats properly as I wasn’t feeling them anywhere. Though the rig and I had some special moments.

Wednesday | Really pumped for the nutrition challenge. The toughest part of Day 01 was drinking my body weight in ounces of water. Hmm. Sentence structure… Also, I’ve got to streamline the food logging process, though I am sure it will get easier as it becomes habit. As far as the workout went, the back squats didn’t feel great on the right glute/adductor region. Hip thrusts felt good though. And it had been a while since I’d attempted handstand walks. I felt really strong inverted for some reason. I’m gonna start just hanging out in my casa upside down.

Thursday | Loved the recovery session! The dead bug- bear crawl combo was fantastic.

The only thing left on my list for the 45DNC (acronyms are the best) are the “before” pics.

before pics
Maybe we’ll save the chaps for the “afters”

I really love how the 45DNC is set up. It’s not about perfection but about building better habits. And that there isn’t any partner penalty bullshit, other than if someone quits. It’s better to post a zero and move on that to say fuck it and DNF. Can’t wait to see what Day 45 brings for the group!

07-16-01
I am going to be able to take a fancy trip with all the money I’m gonna save drinking water instead of coffee