Makin’ Eyes

“The moment was all; The moment was enough.” -Virginia Woolf

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[Eyes Wide Shut] Francesco Guardi, The Ridotta in Venice with Masked Figures Conversing
It’s all connected; we’re all connected >>> Positive resonance + the importance of eye contact

Lazy blog post season is in full effect. This might change now that the lights are up, I’m fully stocked with whisky and nog, and have The Holiday, Love Actually, and Bridget Jones looping on the wall-mounted screen. (So fucking basic.) Or it might not. The possibilities are endless…

In the spirit of the season – but not because of it – I’ve been on a Jorden B. Petersen Podcast binge. Pretty interesting stuff, despite my tendency to resist all things Biblical, but I haven’t put finger to keyboard about them yet. Consider that my Chekov’s gun… Ha!

Okay, now to the serious business: What’s your favorite holiday flick and how do you like to watch it? For example: Die Hard in nothing but tall socks with a bottle of Fireball.


28 Nov | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 2:00
Wall ball x 10
SA KB snatch x 5 ea

Work |
A. 4x:
SL DB RDL x 8 (35, 3@ 40#)
½ Kneeling SA press x 8 (25#)
RNT reverse lunge x 8 ea
B. Back squat 5 x 3 [4:00] (145, 2@ 155, 3# 160#)
C. Front squat 3 x 5 [2:00] (115, 2@ 125#)
D. Stepmill x 15:00

29 Nov | W
Work | [See Friday]
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 5x:
Sled push x 20m
Sled pull x 20m
Farmers carry x 20m
SA FR carry x 20m ea
C. Stepmill x 15:00

01 Dec | F
Mobility | 2x
Wall slides x 10
Scap press x 10
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Glute press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00 TGUs
B. 5x:
Sled push x 20m (135#)
Sled pull x 20m
Farmers carry x 20m (50/55, 55/60#…)
SA FR carry x 20m ea (40, 45#…)
C. Stepmill x 15:00

Stretch | 10:00

02 Dec | Sa
Warm-up + Mob | 3x
Banded RDLs x 10 ea
Banded rows x 8 ea
Windmills x 5 ea @ 25#

Work |
A. 5x:
Row x 300m
Push-ups x 5
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Bench 5 x 5 {3:00] Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 [2:00] (95, 105, 105#)
C1. SA DB Incline bench 3 x 10 {RI] Push press 3 x 5 (75#)
C2. Pendlay row x 10 [2:00] (65#)
D1. Pull-up machine 3 x 10 [1:00] COB hold x :30 [:30] (30, 21, 24)
D2. Deeeips x 10 [1:00] Dip hold x :30 [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00

03 Dec | Su
A. Row x 20:00 (4477m, 2:18)
B. Stepmill x 15:00
C. 5x:
Wall walk x 1
DUs x 30
Lateral step-ups x 10 ea
D. Bici x 15:00

Stretch ‘n’ savor | 10:00


Tu | Right shoulder is bothering me a little bit so I went light on the presses. Squats felt great even without lifters. Gym’s been craysay busy so I had to just snag the rack whilst it was free.

W | Hopped on the bike, but was just not feeling it…

F | Picked up on Wednesday’s workout, but subbed TGUs for the bike because I was feeling like a brat. The sled and carries felt good.

Sa | Shoulder all jacked from sleeping wonky with holiday visitors. The pressing was a no go. Did my best to adapt movements. What would my grade be, TG?

Su | Was sure that row was gonna suck; it was actually awesome! Found a breathing groove, closed my ojos, and cued the gym jams in my earbuds. No lower back fatigue, nada. And those lateral step-ups sure are feeling stronger and less awkward. It’s interesting how the cadence of the stepmill – I keep it at a pace where I am not holding on to the rails at all, and I am not mouth-breathing, usually level 7 or 8 – can help me check that I pressing(stepping) well, without any knee cave and using the flutes. I can not say as much for the dude next to me. No judgement #pantsablaze

I know I’ve been short on protein and veggies the last week or so with all the holiday festivities. Filled the fridge with cruciferous shit and meat, so stocked up there, too, and back in bidnass.

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Choice or Chains?

“Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed, and you haven’t been.” –Marcus Aurelius

Kids Getting Hurt might be my favorite thing on the internet right now. (Thanks, Matty Nice!) The (delayed) reactions caught on the record, also interesting; “Is this where I’m supposed to cry?” Nah, kiddos, let’s choose laughter.

On his latest podcast episode, Robb Wolf hit up Gretchen Rubin for a chat about The Four Tendencies. If you’re wondering what the fuck The Four Tendencies are, I don’t know what to tell you. I expected more outta you. That not helpful? Fine. I was just playin’ anyway.

The Four Tendencies is system that identifies different ways people react to expectations. My tendency is Rebel (though I lean a little to the Questioner). Rebel is the tendency of choice. No, not like the meat. That would be Prime.

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According to the framework, Rebels “resist all expectations, outer and inner alike. They act from a sense of choice, from freedom. They resist control, even self-control, and enjoy flouting rules and expectations. They sometimes frustrate others—and even themselves—because they resist any expectation, even one that’s self-imposed. Rebels resist habits, but they can embrace habit-like behaviors by tying their actions to their choices and their identity.”

I think that last line is particularly compelling for me, personally, as I can struggle with doing that to an extreme, chaining myself to one particular identity or another. As someone who is also resistant to change – not just expectation – that can be an issue. Listening to the podcast was a good reminder for me about the importance of owning that knowledge about myself, then taking a step back and looking at a things, people, a situation, and maybe a belief in a different light, from a different perspective.

“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, ‘What else could this mean?’” -Shannon L. Alder

So yeah, choice – it’s e’rywhere. What are you choosing at this moment? What are you chaining yourself to?

A: The sofa! It’s football season! (Or did we just go a little BDSM? Pick a safeword. I say “Trump” – if that doesn’t make your dick limp, I don’t know what will.)


Day 264/365 | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squat x 10
Reaching dead bugs x 20

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 5
KB snatch x 5 ea
KB RDL x 5 ea

Work |
A1. Deads 7 x 3 (4@ 185, 3@ 195#) [1:30]
A2. Half-kneeling DB press x 7 ea (25#) [1:30]
B1. Buenos dias 3 x 10 12 (75, 75, 65#) [1:30]
B2. Dbl DB row x 10 (25#) [1:30]
C1. [Cable] pallof press  3 x 12 (20, 25, 25#) [1:00]
C2. Bent-over reverse flies x 12 (10#) [1:00]

Home yoga | 25:00

21 Sept | Th
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
SL elev hip bridges x 10 ea
Reverse curl-ups – slow as a motherfucker x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall walk x just one!
Slam ball x 5
Kang squats x 10

Work |
A1. SL RDL 4 x 10 ea (45# KB) [:30]
A2. FS x 8 [BB only] x 8 [:30]
B. Concentric front squats 5 x 3 (105, 115, 3@ 120#) [3:00]
C. (Prone) Hamstring curl machina (45, 50, 45, 45#) 4 x 12 [1:30]
D1. Hanging bent-knee raise Dip holds 3 x 8 :40 [1:00]
D2. SA DB snatch x 5 ea (35#) [1:00]

23 Sept | Sa
Saturday Hike Club
Geronimo – National – Mormon loop | 6.5 mi

24 Sept | Su
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
Super bird dogs x 12 ea
TVAs x 15
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 7
KBS x 7
Push-ups x 7

Work |
A. 4x:
Single-unders x 50
SA DB bench x 5 ea (30#)
Chinese row x 5 ea (30, 25, 25#)
B. Push press 7 x 2 (2@ 95, 2@100, 2@105, 110#) [2:00]
C1. SA DB snatch 4 x 3 ea (35#) [right into]
C2. Sled push x 20m (+135, 3@ +160#) [2:00]

Stretch | 15:00


W | Deadlifts felt good. It’s crazy how much more I am feeling the pushing through the floor. Felt them a ton in my lats. Then to move onto the kneeling press. Ooh. Had to be mindful of hip positioning with those. Toughest move of the workout were the good mornings. Was curious about my form, but forgot my phone to captcha some footage. The reverse flies are also a weak spot. Ten seem light, but I do a neck thing when I go up to 15#ers, so… Ten it is… For right now.

Th | Pre-training status: feelin’ the posterior chain, particularly the low back and hammies. I enjoyed the sequencing of this session, part A was like a second warm-up. Ish. Those KB RDLs got my QL speaking on the left side. I notice that happens when I do the kangs, too. Noted. I am really feelin’ (both senses) the concentric lifts. And my lifters. Subbed dip holds because there is a serious lack of places to hang from at the globo gyms. DB snatches sure get my heart rate hard.

Sa | It was a nice day for a hike.

Su | It was a nice day to push a sled. I don’t know how much the sled weighs, nor did any of the employees manning the joint. So those numbers posted are the plate weight.
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Immutable Forces

“I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget invisibility is a superpower.” – Banksy

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99% Invisible >>> What do “the others” see?


07 Sept | Th
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Elbow plank + fwd reach x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 7 @16#
Ring rows x 7
KBS x 7 @35#

Work | From the archives
A1. Front squat 4 x 5 (115#)
A2. RNT x 10 ea
A3. GHRs ( -, 10, 10#) [2:00]
B. EMOM x 10:00: KBS x 10 @ 50#
C1. DB bi’s 3 x 20 (15#) [1:00]
C2. Cable tri’s x 20 (30#) [1:00]

Stretch | 15:00

08 Sept | F
[AM] Friday Hike Club | Two Bit Peak
[PM] Home yoga | Vinyasa Flow for the Noobs

09 Sept | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossack lunge x 8 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-it-up | TGUs

Work | From the archives
A. Bike x 30:00
B. 5x:
SA KB FR carry x 30m ea (40#)
Samurai squats x 4 ea (35#)
FLR x :30 [:30]
C. Stepmill x 15:00

Foam roller face | 15:00

10 Sept | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
DUs x 20
ATYs x 5 ea

Work | Archives a la carte
A1. Chin-over-bar hold x :30 [1:00]
A2. Dip hold x :30 [1:00]
B. BTN press 4 x 5 @ 41×2 (50, 55, 50, 50#) [3:00]
C1. KB RDL 5 x 12 ea (45#) [1:00]
C2. KB snatch x 5 ea (40, 45, 40, 40, 40#) [1:00]
D. Cable pallofs 4 x 12 ea (30, 40, 40, 40#) [1:00]

Handstands at home | NFT


Th | Really like the KB EMOMs.

F | Ooh sore from the FS. Recovery things today.

Sa | Ooh sore from all the things. Just put in some work and got the body moving. Not sure why I’m feeling a little beat up this week; Sleeps were solid. Eats, too. Not on the crazy bus. Just listening to my body… Peaks and valleys. Ebbs and flows. Peanut butter and… everything.

Su | Tested hand positioning on the BTNs, and that one-count at the bottom. Yep, it’s way harder when that’s not zero. The heavier KB snatch wasn’t snappy so dropped it back down in lbs and maintained.

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.

Owned

“My heart has always beat thunderstorms instead of blood.” -Gabriel Gadfly

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Lips | Christo Dagorov

I got owned by work today and didn’t get a chance to finish my thoughts on the post I was planning to share with you today, friends. So, instead, as a nod to all the storming, you get a monsoon-y quote and some words to suck on. (Too much? Welcome to summer in the desert.)

The Moment
by Margaret Atwood

The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can’t breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.


12 July | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
SL elev hip bridge x 12 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Get a little sweaty | 3x
Ring rows x 7
Wall walks x 2 UB

Work |
A. Row x 20:00
B. Bike x 20:00
C. 5x:
Box step-ups x 5 ea
Handstand hold x :30
SA carry x 30m ea (rotated SC @50#/OH @45#)
D. Stair climber Stepmill x 15:00

13 July | Th
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
Wall-pressing dead bugs x 1:00

Warm-up | 2x
KBS – SA sn – SL RDL x 5 ea

Work |
B. Bench 5 x 5 @23×1 (3@75, 2@70#) [3:00]
A. 5x:
Row x 300m (+/- 1:17)
Dip hold x :30
DUs x 30
C1. Pull-up machina 3 x 10 (70#)
C2. Dips x 5 (40, 50, 50#) [1:30]
D. 3x:
SL hip thrust x 10 ea (25#)
Crossover step-ups x 5 ea (15#ers)
BU KB press x 5 ea (15, 20, 20#)

Stretch | 20:00

14 July | F
Mobility | 3x
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Hip CARs x 3
Shoulder CARs x 3

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00 40:00
B. Row x 20:00
5x:
HS hold x :30
DB RDL x 10 (50#ers)
Brrr crawl x 20m FLR x :45
C. Step mill x 12:00

Stretch | 20:00

15 July | Sa
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
Hollow rocks x :30

Warm-up | TGUs x 10:00

Work |
A. 4x:
Front squat x 5 (115#)
RNT x 10 ea @3111
GHRs x 10
B. EMOM x 10:00: KBS x 10 (50#)
C1. DB bicep curls 4 x 10 ea [1:00]
C2. Cable tri’s x 12 (40, 3@50#) [1:00]

16 July | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Ring rows x 7
Slam balls x 5 @20#

Work |
A. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
Hang clean – tall clean – jerk (3@95, 3@105, 4@115#)
DUs x 30
B1. Seated cable rows 4 x 10 @23×1 (50#) [1:00]
B2. Cable pallofs x 10 ea (40#) [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00


W | Weird rapid heart rate on the bike – too much coffee? Abs on the suitcase carry had me woke. Worked on a slower more controlled mount to HS – starting with hands on floor.

Th | Bench felt weak, but it’s been a while… not a whole lot of forward pressing in my life right now. Same with the pull-ups. They made me a little grumpy. “Hmm, what’s that about?”, she asks herself. Favorite segment (not that I need to hand out awards for my workouts) was the D. The crossover step-ups were sweet and revealing. Also, made you look globo-ers.

F | Subbed time on the bike for the erg due to some lower back fatigue. Subbed FLR for the bear crawl because the turf area was bangin’ (or other appropriate slang term).

Sa | Sore in some new regions of the glutes from the crossover’s I do believe…

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Still haven’t tried any of the globo good/bad girls… Who needs dem bishes, anyway

New ritual: 10-minute morning yoga before getting meditated. I might be in it for the handstands, and the shorts, but it sure has been a nice way to kick of the day.