Inspired Curiosity

 “… When you just sit in silence the wind blows through you, the sun shines in you and you realize you are not your body, you are everything.” -Anita Krizzan

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What’s your favorite color? But shouldn’t it be called the Emotion Wheel?

I’ve been crushing on all things Training Think Tank this week. Despite not giving the slightest of fucks about The CrossFit Games myself, their series The Road to The Games 2017 is entertaining and an excellent source of laughs and gym jams. (And where I eyed the Feeling Wheel for the first time, pinned up behind Max’s desk, which inspired some curiosity on this end – what’s that about and why is it so prominently placed…?) I have been such a groupie that I maybe even bought a tank to rep at Globo Mountain. Future selfie.

In that light, I share with you this episode of The Aussies, interviewing the Mastermind behind TTT, Max-El Haag. They cover aspects of training, like stepping away from the barbell and doing weird shit in order to get better with the barbell (#globocycle), intensity as a distraction and why staying present in your movement is so fucking hard, and lessons on nutrition (I’ll leave you to discover that gem of a quote on your own). But my favorite parts on the conversation were on the other stuff – on training beyond the body, and on not compromising your own nature and instead figuring out how it can serve you.

 “I don’t want that to be true; how do I make that not true tomorrow?” -Max El-Haag

What are you training today?


17 May | W
Mobiilty | 2x
Single-leg elev hip bridges x 10 ea
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea
Pope clammies x 15 ea

Warm-up | 2x
Wall balls x 10
KBS x 7
KB press x 5 ea
KB RDL x 7 ea

Work | [So Much Yes]
A1. TGUs 4 x 3 ea (35, 40, 45, 50#); Rest x :30
A2. Doggie hip ext. holds x :15 ea; Rest x :30
B1. GHR [roman chair] 3 x 10 ( – ,10,10#); Right into
B2. RNT rev lunge x 10 ea @3111; Resss x 1:00
C. Back squat 5 x 3 @22×1 (115, 125, 125, 135, 140#); Rest x 3:00
D. KB FR lunge 3 x 10 ea (30#ers); Rest x 1:00


18 May | Th

Warm-up | 2x
Wall walk x 2
KB things

Work | 5x:
Single-arm KB carry x 25m ea (2 OH @45#, 3 SC #60#)
Deadlift x 5 @165#
Handstand holds x 3
Row x 1:00

Stretch | 10:00

20 May | Sa
Mobilize It | 3x
GA squat x 10
Scap press x 10
Pope clammies x 15
Pistol holds x :15 ea

Get Toasty | 3x
Row x 1:00
DUs x 20
Palms-up BB row x 8

Work | [Assembled from the archives]
A1. DB RDLs 5 x 8 (55, 60, 60, 65, 65#); Rest x 1:00
A2. Captains x 20; Rest x 1:00
B. Seated cable rows 4 x 10 (60#); Rest x 1:00
C. Seated hammies 3 x 10 (70, 75, 80#); Rest x 1:00
D. EMOM x 10:00 KBS x 7 (60#) + push-ups x 5

Stretch | 15:00


W | Um, get-ups and back squats. Not sure it gets much more up my alley than that. Really had fun with this workout. The most awkward of the session award goes to RNT lunges; that 3s drop be trick-aaay. I was really happy with how the back squats felt; no bad pain anywhere. Worked the heart beat hold with a plate drill between sets as that’s where I find I “give” when I don’t keep my abs braced or fill up the cavity.

Questions for The Sheriff:  This Globo Mountain doesn’t have more than a 30# pair of kettle bells. Would it be better to grab heavier dumbbells, or do single arm or goblet grip with a heavier KB – for the loaded lunges?

Th | Subbed the walk for an indoor jacked + tanned-ish. Must locate a sled and an AD #MorgunzideFidness

Sa | Feeling really good. 

Su | How to recover, brought to you by neature: 

DTP at CBQ
DTP does CBQ | Cibecue Falls, AZ
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Cool waters, blue skies, good people… and a waterfall finish

 

Better Meat

“If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em” – Jeffrey Dahmer

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R. Crumb illustrates “cardio”

Robb Wolf is making the podcast rounds promo-ing his new book, Wired To Eat – which is currently on my coffee table waiting to be consumed. His chat with The Aussies pulled ahead of the pack by one of their standard closing question: If you could interview anyone (alive) who would it be? Wolf’s response: a tag team interview with Jenna Jameson and Jane Goodall. So paleo.

But seriously, the books sounds like an interesting read, or listen – for the duration of a 45-minute stint on a bike, perhaps. It even features some hands-on testing! Everyone’s favorite subject: but what about me?

If you are not amused by the ‘meat’ pic… Scram! Just kidding. Here’s one that involves more of the protein you’ll actually eat. Like chew. And swallow – for the gainz. Click the image source to check the whole article. Knowledge is power. And power takes up more than half a bike seat.

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“More Protein, Better Protein” by Diana Rogers, RD, of Sustainable Dish

And if all that’s nice, but you’re hungry for some fitspo, I got you. Courtesy of Jocko:


26 Apr | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Banded clammies x 15 ea
TVAs x 15

Work | “Cardio Glaze” – makes ya high like a donut
Bike x 10:00
5x: Row x 300m + push-ups x 10
Bike x 10:00
5x: Row x 300m + Chinese row x 5 ea (25#) + jump lunges x 20
Bike x 10:00

Stretch sesh | Quit yer bitchin’, Sara!

27 Apr | Th
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg elev hip bridge x 10 ea
Side plank + leg lift (still with the knee) x :20 ea
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Work | “Observations”
A1. SL hip bridge hold 3 x :30 ea; Right into
A2. TGU x 3 (45#); Rest x 1:00
B1. Hip extensions 3 x 12 (25, 20, 10#); Right into
B2. Rev lunge x 5 ea (30, 25, 25#)
C. Deadlift 5 x 3 (185, 4 @195#); Rest x 3:00
D1. Box step-ups x 10 ea; Right into
D2. DUs x 40

28 Apr | F
Mobility | 3x
Cossack lunge x 8
Prone Y raise x 10
Glute press x 10

Work | “Whiskey Dick”
A. Bike x 45:00
B. 5x:
Handstand hold x :30
Jump rope x 30 singles
Quad hip extension hold x :20 ea
Step-ups x 10 ea (18”)


Tu | Didn’t want to show up. But I did – and got really into it.  I see what you did there – mixing up the bike with the rows. Was really happy with how the push-ups felt. Tried to not let my quads touch the floor which seemed to help keep me in position. The rows felt retarded on my left side – on my right I can fill the muscles engage in sequence – not the case on my left side. Feels like I am pulling from my trap and neck. My low-back began to bug the last 2 rounds of rowing. 

I still experience the occasional “what the fuck is going on here” moments at the globo…

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Start

But increasingly feelings like this cat in a bowl…

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Finish

Played around with some wall stands and position work during the stretch. Couldn’t help but listen in on a PT sesh during my stretch. Sara – I’m pretty sure no ‘h’ – prefers whining to working.

Th | I think I got “A” wrong – ended up doing 18 TGUs in total. Is that right? I’d pulled the 50# KB anticipating doing the last round with that, but fuuuuuh no! The hip extensions with weight got heavy fast; really felt them in my very low back. My right hammie was bugging a little throughout the workout. Were the step-ups supposed to be weighted? Noticed I was doing the pike thing whilst jumping rope. I feel like there’s a little kink in the chain somewhere…

F | Decided to name the workouts for fun times. Today’s is named thus as sitting on that bike for 45:00 puts my crotch to sleep… but also makes me sweaty. Felt a little self-conscious on the handstands at the globo (seriously it’s a little strange with the game crowds there) but focused on my own shit and did the work. Totally couldn’t do single jumps with the rope! Haha! Forgot to film, so no off-your-seat footage to share.

Sorcery

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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…

Tunnel Vision

“Sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel is a train.” -Chuck Barkley

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Our reality: the theater of the mind

The scarcity mindset can fuck up your shit; stay aware, friends.


28 Mar | Tu
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
TVAs x15

Warm-up | 3x
KBS x 10
Banded row x 10 ea
SA press x 8 ea

Work | EMOM x 30:00 21:00, rotating:
TGU x 1 ea (44, 53#)
DUs x 30
AD x 1:00

Stretch with Savage and Boogie | 15:00

31 Mar | F
Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
AYT’s x 5 ea
Wall wall + hold + taps

Work | 7x
Single-arm DB press x 5 ea (20, 25, 30#…), right into
Banded row x 10, right into
Reverse flys x 10 (10#ers)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
Banded hammies 3 x 8 ea (blue)
-then-
AD x 20:00, e’ry 5:00 perform:
Pallof press x 12 ea (red)
Wall walk + hip taps x 10

Full stretch | 20:00

01 April | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Side clammie hold x :20 ea
Monster walks x 10 ea + way
Reaching dead-bugs x :45

Warm-up | 3x
Supinated BB row x 8
BB RDLs x 8
DUs x 20

Work | [From the archives]
x 30:00, rotating:
Carries x 100m (front rack/cross 35#s, farmers/suitcase 53#s)
AD x 1:00
RDLs x 10 (95#)
Handstand hold (still) x :30
Row x 1:00

Lacrosse ball + MFR | 10:00

02 Apr | Su
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
Single-leg elev hip bridge x 10 ea
Hanging (straight) leg raise x 8

Warm-up | 3x
Banded RDLs x 6 ea
KBS x 10 @ 44#
DUs x 20

Work | 8x:
DL x 3 (185#)
Rest x 1:00
Death march x 10 steps (2 @ 25# DBs, remainder w/ 35#s)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
Row x :30
-then-
3x: BB bi’s x 10 (40#)
Rest x 1:00
Tricep push-downs x 20 (blue)
Rest x 1:00

Brunch | 90:00


Tu | Not feeling it; fought my head the entire time in the gym.

W | Came in for Oly, warmed-up, but the hip/back was not having it. Called it.

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F | Just wanted to move. Things felt good, but still can’t load that right side at the bottom of the squat. PT with Handsome Matty set for Monday. The extra ankle strap on the banded hammies REALLY helps (me to) feel it in my hammies and boo-tay. The reverse flys look really easy on tape, but man did I feel the burn mid-back during (and two days later). Check out this compelling footage:

Sa + Su | Continuing to get in some movement, whilst avoiding the squat.

Edge Conditions

“People get really interesting when they start to rattle the bars of their cages.” Alain de Bottom

Drowning in my own shadow . . . 가끔 슬픔에 푹 빠져버리는 것도 좋지 #drowning #shadow #sorrow

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Ever notice a lot of interesting shit happens at the edges of things? Sunrise and set, transitions from ends to new beginnings, the conversations happening on the side, or better yet, what’s not being said? Just some of the thoughts provoked by this podcast with the dude over at Wolf Brigade. What are you learning from the periphery of your training/(in)actions?


07 Dec | W
Mobility | 3x
Prone glute press x 10
Scap press x 10
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall slides x 10
Single-arm banded rows x 10 ea
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – Week 6
Clean pull 5 x 2 (165,175,175,185,185#)
Push press + jerk 5 x 1 (95,105,115,115,115#)
Jerk 5 x 1 (125,130,135,135,135#)
Tricep push-downs x 100

06 Dec | Tu
Mobility | 3x
SL elev hip bridge x 12 ea
COB hold x :20
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
BB RDL x 10
BB row x 10

Work | 8x:
Deadlift x 3 (3 @185, 5 @195#)
Rest x 1:00
Death march x 10 steps (35# KBs)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
Row x :30

Stretch | for real.


Tu | The hip/crotch/upper-inner thigh (do you need more descriptors?) region felt good once I got going, though the movement pattern on the right side felt a little janky on the death marches. KB snatches keep it real – no cheatin’ that movement without repercussions. The row sprint paired with those were some fun times.

W | The jerks felt the best they’ve felt, maybe ever; fast, solid, and with a good finish. (One can’t just walk away from a jerk joke.) Felt like I was able to fire away and take my head out of the equation a bit.

Ahh, some of the periphery at the ‘nasium be profound; some be more like…

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In Contrast

“Put light against light – you have nothing. Put dark against dark – you have nothing. It’s the contrast of light and dark that give the other one meaning.” -Bob Ross

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And here we have some contrast, of style or talent,  you be the judge. This is a work by Asger Jorn of the Situationist movement, I think. Hey, we’re not just butts and barbells around here, nah meh? (But mostly we are…)

And here’s an interesting podcast on how we think of our current selves in contrast to our future selves and how that fucks up our decision-making skills. I believe we call that projection bias.

And in case I deterred you with the duck up there, here’s some additional contrast:

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Past self vs future self

02 Sep | F
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
SL Elev glute bridge x 10ea
TVA drops x 10

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
KB front rack carry x O-head to green rig; Farmers carry return (44#ers)
AD x 1:00
1-1/4 Back squat x 3 (90#)
HS walk x 10 meters (+10 UB!)
Row x 1:00

01 Sep | Th
Warm-up| 3x
Rope work x :30
KBS x 5
BB RDLs x 5

Work | 6:00 class
Deadlift 4 x 3 (185, 185, 195, 195#)
Rest x 2:00
2-Position clean 10 x 1 (95, 95, 105#…)
-then-
6-Minute Abs! (10# plate)

Stretch | 15:00

Goodbye, August | W
Warm-up |3x
Row x 1:00
Wall ball x 7
DUs x 20
Goblet squat x 5

Work | O-lifting – Week 1
Snatch-grip push press + OHS 5 x 2 across (100#)
3x:
Good mornings  x 3 (95#)
DB row x 12 (30#)
-then-
Front squat 3 x 5 (115#)
Iso-hold bench press 3 x 6-10s

Stretch/Talk it out | 20:00

30 Aug | Tu
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 12
Prone Y raise x 16
Reverse curl-ups x 12

Warm-up | 3x:
OH walking lunges x 12
AD x 1:00
Palms-up BB row x 10

Work | 4x:
RDLs x 4 @5050 (125,135#…)
Rest x 1:00
Body row x 8
Rest x 1:00
-then-
SL hip thrusts 4 x 12 (15#)
Rest x 1:00 between the legs
-then-
AD x 10:00
E’ry 2:00, HS walk attempts x 3

Stretch | 15:00


Ah contrast. I was feeling so awesome before and during the Humphrey’s hike…

The intention this week was to do some moving and see what the response was in the hip-/back-/ass-on-the-funky-side region. So, yeah, did that. Really wanting to squat, but we had a reverse “Bump N’ Grind” situation: my mind was telling me yes, but my body, my booody was telling me no! So, what can I do to work da booty (okay, and the body) that isn’t squatting? Pulled some things from the archives… And things are feeling better, but some tightness remains in the back and in the hip when in the R-Kelly position.

Every time there’s a “rest a minute between legs” in my workout, my mind puts a “my” after the preposition and the gutter brain takes it from there…

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Gonna give Oly a try tomorrow. We’ll see if I’m walking funny after…

 

Nurture Your Nature

“Your life and destiny are determined to a large extent by your participation in the outcome.” ― Paul Stanley

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Julie’s genes likely contribute to her a strong, uh, hand game

I seem to be on a podcast sharing run. That’s not changing today. I suggest you take a listen to this one: The Garage Gym Athlete’s Podcast with the Max El-Hag. I really like hearing what that guy has to say, and not just because of the way he pronounces “strength”. The interview covers a lot of territory, including, but not limited to, the evolution of CrossFit as a sport, the head game of personal growth, and how our individual genetic make-up predisposes us to be good at something and the importance of recognizing what that thing is.

Own it, Julie.


27 July | W
Mobility | Did some

Warm-up | 2x
Row x 1:00
DUs x 30
OH walking lunges

Work | O-lifting – Week 5
Mid-hang snatch pulls 4 x 2 (115, 125, 135, 145#)
Tall muscle snatch + mid-hang muscle snatch 4 x 2 (55#)
Snatch + OHS 8 x 1 (4@85, 3@90, 1@95#)
Med ball drops 3 x 8 (14#)

Static stretching | IDGAF what those bastards say, it’s nice. Do/did it anyway

26 July | Tu
Warm up | 3x
RDL x 10 empty bar
Row x 200m
Single-arm banded rows x 10 ea

Work | Deadlift – 205# base
Rest x 3:00 btwn sets
5 @ 55% (115#)
5 @ 65% (130#)
5 @ 75% (155#)
3 @ 85% (175#)
1+ @ 95% (4 @ 195#)
4x:
Pendlay row x 10 reps @ 75#
right into
Seated single-arm press x 10 (20#)
Rest x 2:00
3x:
KB front rack lunge x whiteboard to ball wall (35# KBs)
right into
Hanging leg raise x 8 reps
Rest x 2:00

A very sweaty stretch | 20:00

25 July | M
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Side plank clammie holds x :40
TVA leg drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
BB lunges x 12
BB row x 10

Workout | [from the archives]
Front squat 5×1 (125,135,145,150, 150#)
– then –
EMOM x10:00:
1-1/4 front squat x3 @50% of “A” (75#)
– then –
EMOM x10:00, rotating:
Slam ball x 10 (30#)
Wall walk x 1 + 10 hip taps x2

Stretch | 20:00


M | The squat session felt good. Funny how those wun-an-a-quatta squats add up by that last minute. Some shoulder things going on with the inverted hip and shoulder taps. Regular wall walks were good, so doubled-up on those instead.

Tu | The DLs felt strong; helps to be sore from the previous days squats, easy to feel the booty in action. The front rack lunges left me breathing like sprints. 

W | Felt so much better than last Wednesday going into the workout. Much less muscle soreness, and my head was in a very good place. Focused on elbow position on the pulls. Muscle snatches, still not my wheelhouse, but better than it did last week.

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El Tigre pointed out the similarities between the muscle snatch and the paint-the-fence. Next time: headbands

 The snatch paired with the OHS felt solid, just a leeeedle bit slow. Here’s a vid of my last set, which was more of a power snatch + OHS: