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“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” -Robert H. Schuller

I’m not sure I’m going to connect all the dots in this post. Basically, I have some shit I want to get done, and I’ve spent entirely enough time with my own thoughts this weekend. But here goes…

A section of my current read created some imagery that has been ruminating in my mind. The author, discussing the ability of shifting from the subjective to the objective in terms of self, compared that skill to that of zippered costumes:

“By stepping outside ourselves, we gain perspective. We become objectively aware of our costumes rather than subjective fused with them. We realize we can take them off, discard those that are worn out or no longer fit, and even create new ones. That’s the paradox of selflessness – by periodically losing our minds we stand a better chance of finding ourselves.” – Kotler & Wheal, Stealing Fire

I’m not gonna dig deep in the consciousness stuff, I’ve just alice-in-wonderlanded in it myself. But this idea of the subject-object shift came up in a podcast I really enjoyed recently. Idn’t that funny how that works?

The guests in this episode of The Paleo Solution Podcast discuss subject-object awareness as it is applied in movement – specificaly BJJ – and in education and critical thinking. Some of the conversation reminded me of parts of Sam Harris’s, The Pleasure’s of Drowning, so check that out if you listen and are hungry for more.

Is your preparation actually preparing you for the real thing? Are you kata-ing/air-punching at life? Are you applying what you learn? Which illusion are you choosing?


15 Aug | Tu
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Glute press x 10
Elbow plank + fwd reach x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Slam balls x 5
Ring rows x 7
Wall walk + 7 taps ea

Work |
A1. Press 5 x 7 @32×2 – BB only [1:00]
A2. Dbl DB row (25, 2@27.5, 2@30#) [1:00]
B. Palms-up snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 (75, 85, 85#) [2:00]
C1. DUs 3 x 50
C2. Push-ups x 5 [:30]
C3. Farmer’s carry x 20m (50# KBs)
D1. DB curls 3 x 20 (15#) [as req.d +/-1:00]
D2. Tricep push-downs x 20 (30#) [as req’d +/-1:00]

19 Aug | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Hip CARs x 3 ea

Bonus Mob | 3x

Hip hikes x 15 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 4x
TGU x 2 ea (35, 45, 50, 60#)

Work |
A. Bike x 25:00
B. Row x 16:00, rotating OTM easy, comfortably tough
C. 4x:
Windmill x 5 ea (35#)
Cossack lunges x 10 ea
DUs x 20

Stretch | 15:00

20 Aug | Su
Mobility | 3x
SL elev hip bridge x 12 ea
Chin-over-bar-hold x :20
Hanging straight-leg raise x 8

Warm-up | 2x
FS + BS x 3 ea
Slam ball x 5
Row x !:00

Work | From the archives
A. 5x: FS x 5 + BS x 5 @75% FS (120#) [2:00]
B. FR rev KB lunges 4 @ 6 ea (30#ers) [1:00 btwn legs]
C. 3x:
Slam ball x 5 (20#)
Snatch x 5 @ 45#
Row x 200m (:52, :51, :49)

Stretch whilst making friends | 15:00


Tu | All swole and veiny from the curls. Way too many office donuts.

Sa | TGU warm-up to remind myself I am capable of things. Man, that row burned by flutes hard.

Su | Shockingly sore in between the scapula while mob-ing to start. Where’s that from? Perhaps holding on to some tension there. Felt really good to work it out. The squats felt good, but holy “cardio”. The reverse lunges – not heavy in weight, but right in terms of the neural drive. I was feeling the Saturday Cossacks during those. Was super fun to snatch at Globo Mountain, even if it was just the BB. During stretch I learned Christina works in finance, is going to Austin on Wednesday, works primarily with men, sat at a desk for 10 years, and got her outfit on sale from Old Navy. All without even trying!

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Which One

“We have two ears and one mouth, and we should use them in that proportion.” -Epitectus

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And how will I know you’ll listen?  Which one are you choosing?

And this cracked my up. But if you had to pick one…


09 Aug | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + slides x 10
Cossack lunges x 8 ea
TVAs x 15
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wall ball x 7
SA KB press x 4 ea

Work | Repeat Remix
A. HHPC – HHPC – TC – FS @115#
B1. DB snatch 7 x 3 ea (35#) [right into]
B2. SL hip bridge x 10 ea (20#) [1:00]
C. Lat pull-downs 4 x 10 (80, 4@70#) [1:00]

Stretch-ish | 10:00

10 Aug | Th
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10
Pistols x 2 ea

Work | Repeat-ish
A. Row x 20:00
B. Bike x 20:00
C. 5x:
Cross-over step-ups x 7 ea
Handstand holds
Samurai squats x 3 ea @35#
D. Step mill x 15:00

Stretch | 10:00

11 Aug | F
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Work | Repeat
A. TGUs 3 x 3 ea (35, 45, 50, 60#)
C1. SA DB Z press 4 x 6 ea (25, 3@27.5#)
C2. Db row x 8 @2113 (25#)
B. Reverse Zerchers 3 x 8 ea (80#) [1:00 btwn legs]
D. 5x:
Goblet squat x 6 @33×1
Jump lunges x 10
FLR x :30

12 Aug | Sa
Shaw Butte Hike
5.5 mi

13 Aug | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wall balls x 10
A-Y-Ts x 5 ea

Work | Repeat-ish
A1. Press 7 x 5 (65#)
A2. DUs x 20 [2:00]
B. 5x:
Goblet squat x 6 @33×1 (35#)
Jump lunges x 10
FLR x :30

Stretch | 10:00


W | I had planned on doing deadlifts, but then last minute decided to do some tall cleans and front squats because they are fun and I haven’t done them at Globo Mountain Ballpark edition. Rolled through the rest of the session. I think I was fighting a bug on the front end of the week – had some seriously low energy. But, better by mid-week.

Th | I dig these cardio sammich format workouts – I mean, for cardio. The the last 8:00 of rowing – involves a countdown that goes something like this:
“More than halfway done!”
*Closes eyes for what feels like 2:00 – nope, that was 34 seconds
*Focuses on fast drive, extending recovery
“Oh look! Five minutes! I can do anything for 5:00!”
“Oh look! Four minutes! I can do anything for 4:00!”
“Oh look! Three minutes! I can do anything for 3:00!”
“Last 90 seconds like you’re on the water… go!”
“Fuck. I love rowing.”
“But let’s not do this again soon, or at least for, like 10 days.”

F | Felt good. Scaled back because of the hike planned for the following morning. The goal is no tricky hip business before or after The Anniversary Hike this year.

Sa | Rescheduled The Hump hike due to t-storms, so we stuck around PHX and hiked surrounded by monsoon-y weather instead. It was pretty great.

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The Start at Shaw Butte

Su | Press felt strong; really felt the pushing through the ground. Part B is the closest thing to AD sprints I’ve found at the globo… so far.

Null and Voids

“Every day I wonder how many things I am dead wrong about.” -Jim Harrison

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Sometimes the podcast that begins as a mere soundtrack for dinner prep ends up covering the kitchen white board. This one was like that for me. Robb Wolf has commented that science is like a sign reading, “until further notice…” – with a pause at the “end” there, not a period. What have you changed positions on? What are you holding out on? Why?


12 June | M
Mobility | 3x
SL adductor squat x 10
Scap press x 10
TVAs x 15

Work |
A1. DUs 3 x 30
A2. SA OH carry x 20m ea (45#) [:15]
A3. Dbl KB RDL x 8 (35#) [:15]
A4. [SA] DB snatch x 8 ea (35#) [:15 btwn sides]
B. Seated hamstring curls 3 x 10 12 (80,85,85#) [1:00]
C. Bike x 40:00 (7.2 mi)

Stretch | 15:00

13 June | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS – SA KBS – Sn – RDL x 5 ea
Slam ball x 5 @ 20#

Work |
A. SL glute bridge hold 3 x :30 ea [:30]
B. GHD hip extensions 3 x 10 [1:00]
C. 10x: HPC x 2 [subbed TC for second rep] + FS x 1 (2@105, 3@115, 5@125#) [2:00]
D. Zercher rev lunge 3 x 5 ea (85#) [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00

14 June | W
Mobility | 3x
Prone y raise x 10
Bird dogs x 10
Hollow rock x :30
Scorpions x 5 ea

Warm-up | 3x
TGUs (35, 45, 50, 60#) 

Work | Double EMOM
A. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
DL x 3 (185#)
BTN push press x 3 (95#)
B. EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Don’t-be-a-douche-bags (Seated cable rows) x 10 (50,3@60#)
DUs x 30

Stretch | 15:00


M | The lack of awareness at the globo is amazing. I’m learning that in order to claim my turf and equipment it’s gotta be something like a cereal box fortress.

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First line of defense: leave yo shit e’rywhere. And you don’t even have to pick up after yourself

DUs were not my best; gonna blame the turf… and my traps. The gams felt a little fatigued -from the Sunday hike, I would wager. Kept my heart rate right around 128-130 BPM during the bike work.

Tu | The GB holds are revealing – oh look how that hip wants to drop, how that quad wants to take over the work, how you want to press that hand into the floor… Also noted how much harder hip extensions are than GHRs. I can easily bang out 12-15 reps with a plate with the GHRs. The last 2 reps of 10 on the body weight extensions take focus not to cheat.

The barbell work was fun and felt good. Changed the second hang to a tall clean. I let the etiquette (what etiquette?) at the globo get to me a little bit, but working on just walking the walk and letting that shit go. The Zercher work always brings the burn.

W| I can always throw in some bicep curls if I feel like bro-ing out, si? #accessorize My plan was to try to perform the DLs at 205# – they’ve been feeling strong, especially the push through the floor. But Tuesday’s workout was in full effect, thus the lighter load.

Weak Spots

“Up to a point a person’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and changes in the world about them. Then there comes a time when it lies within their grasp to shape the clay of their life into the sort of thing they wish it to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune or the quirks of fate. Everyone has the power to say, ‘This I am today. That I shall be tomorrow.'”- Louis L’Amour

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Shawn Huckins, James Beard: The Fuck?

Mr. L’Amour’s words seem a fitting reminder for today’s elections, and conjure up some counter points to the content of my current read, The Sports Gene. More on that once I’ve completed it. So far the highlights have been the 5:1 muscle ratio bookshelf analogy and the narrator’s impersonations of quotations from other researchers. (Is it a “read” if it’s an audio book? Normally I’d say no, but tonight nothing makes a lick of sense.)


08 Nov | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Adductor squat x 10 ea
Single-leg elevated glute bridge x 10 ea
Single-arm plank x :20 ea

Warm-up | 3x:
AD x 1:00
Wall walk x 1
V-up x 10

Work | Press 7 x 5 [across] (3 @65, eeked out 1 @70, 3 @ 65#)
right into
DUs x 20
Rest x 2:00
-then-
RFESS 5 x 8 ea (35# KBs)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
-and-
3x: GHR x 8 (15#)
right into
Push-ups x 8
Rest x :20

Stretch ‘n’ Share | 20:00

07 Nov | M
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Prone Y raise x 10
Glute press x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall ball x 10
Banded row x 10

Work | Back squat 7 x 5 (135, 145,145, 155, 155, 160 (4), 155#)
Rest x 2:00
5x:
KBS x 5 @44#, right into
KB row x 10 ea (26#), right into
DUs x 50 (UB, UB, 49, 49, UB)
Rest x 1:30

Stretch + Handstand walkin’ | 20:00

05 Nov | Sa
Mobility | 3x
GA squat  x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Plank + fwd tap x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
DUs x 30
Shoulder roll with the bands x 10 ea direction

Work | Lifting
Snatch balance [build] 4 x 2 (70, 75#)
Snatch-grip pause DL [BTK, focus on lats] 3 x 3 (135, 145, 155#)
High-hang snatch + 1-1/4 OHS 6 x 1 (85, 95#…)
Med ball drops 3 x 10 (14, 14, 20#)

Some stretching.


Sa | Felt like I was landing nice and low on the snatch. Video proved otherwise.

M | In the morning hours I tested the back with a short-ish hike, about 4 miles, up South Mountain. Seems like that’s about the mileage threshold. The evening squats felt good and strong. Arbitrarily wanted to hit 165# on the last set, but fuck me legs were terrrd. The single-arm rows got really challenging at set 4 on the left side, which is not the jacked up side, having to reset before each rep to get that lat to do the work. DUs: 50 is the new 40 – pushing the datum.

Tu | Press is a weak spot (queue the Detroit Cobras). Sixty-five got sticky on the last rep, seventy was neck straining on rep three. Dafuq?  The 35# KBs were the lightest available due to TGU class workout, so… gave it a go. And was pleasantly surprised. On my way to 1/3 BW in each mitt for… what was that Rx rep scheme again?

Heart-Breathers

“When jarred, unavoidably, by circumstance, revert at once to yourself, and don’t lose the rhythm more than you can help. You’ll have a better grasp of harmony if you keep going back to it.” -Marcus Aurelius

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Saturday morning cartoon rhythm: interrupted.

You ever have days/weeks that just scatter the fuck outta your brain; you can’t focus, you can’t seem to be any one place? After lots of (taste-)testing for something to help aid the return to center, I’ve finally found my method: weird breathing and practicing some gratitude. Not nearly as fun as whisky, and with way less entertaining stories. But it usually does such a good job that I wind up on the other end of things, all fuzzy with clarity.

It turns out both of these things are actual “things”! Check out these articles from The Huffington Post Center for Gratitude: Heart-Breathing and Dimorphous Feels for more words on the matter(s).


29 Sep | Th
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
Reverse tables x 8
Hanging leg raise x 8

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 200m
TGU x 2

Work | 4x:
Single-arm press x 8 ea (25#)
Rest x 1:00
Single- arm  Chinese row x 10 ea (20#)
Rest x 1:00
3x:
Single-leg RDLs x 8 ea (35#)
Rest x 1:00
BB step-ups x 8 ea (65, 75, 65#)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
AD 30/30s x 12:00

Pressing the parts against apparatus while discussing #PugLivesMatter | 20:00

28 Sep | W
Mob it up | 3x
Single-leg elev adductors squat x 8 ea
Single-leg elev hip bridge x 10 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Palms-up BB row x 8
BB RDL x 10

Work | O-lifting
Heavy snatch balance 3 x 2 (95#)
Snatch balance 4 x 2 (80, 80, 85#…)
Halting clean deadlift [5s pause @ top of pull position – shoulders o/ bb] 3 x 3 (155, 175#…)
Front squat 4 x 3 (125, 135#…)

Stretch | 20:00

27 Sep | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Wall press x 5
Jog x 200m
KBS x 10

Work | Study Hall Class workout (so much silence)
EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
Wall walk x 1 w/ shoulder taps x 4
Dead bugs x :30
DUs x :30

Stretch | 20:00


Tuesday’s class workout was nice, but let’s get right to it. O-lifting was fucking fantastic! A coincidence that I got to the gymnasium in time to get warmed up? I think not. The sequence of the snatch balances was super helpful. I was really happy my speed under the bar, and moving outta the bottom felt easy. The halting DLs were a good sub for the ISO work – so much time under tension. The front squats were challenging after all that other work.

Thursday’s notes mostly revolved around the sprints. Talk about dimorphous expressions: so painful and so much fun. Adjusted the weight on the BB step-ups as soon as the oh-my-quad feedback fired up. Booty, Morgan. Or is it backyard? Yes.

The Basic Six

“If you’re already laying down, the wave doesn’t even have to crash.” -Greg Walsh

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The Six C*%! Needs of Well-Being


26 Sep | M
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
Scap press x 10
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Single arm KBS x 5 ea
Push-ups x 7

Work | EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
Bench x 3 @ 80# + DUs x 40
1-1/4 Back squats x 3 @ 85#
AD x 1:00

Stretch whilst enjoying the rain + company | 20:00

24 Sep | Sa
Warm-up | AD + DUs + mobility moves

Work | O-lifting
Snatch 10 x 1 [across] (85#)
Clean 10 x 1 [across] (130#)
Jerk 10 x 1 [across] (105#)

Stretch | 20:00


Still some soreness in the lats on Saturday, and still working on getting to the gymnasium early enough to be warmed–up and ready to lift when class starts. Some tightness in the hip at the bottom of the snatch so those stayed lighter. Focused on speed and widening my stance in the catch. The cleans felt really solid. The jerks were light with the sore lats; like I couldn’t get those guys to fire as fast as I wanted. Really want to push my comfort level on that overhead stuff. Once the body is feeling ready for 100%+ effort again.

Monday’s workout made me wanna vom. Felt good. 

When you’ve been working on your gains and someone “compliments” you on disappearing…

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Dem glasses do

La Lingua

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.” -Mark Twain

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Romaleos, please

Having recently finished The Five Love Languages via Audible (feels a little like cheating, and I still prefer to feel the pages between my fingers, so full disclosure), I found this conversation about the book to be a nice digestif. The book made a lot sense to me, despite the extraneous church and marriage noise. I found myself reflecting upon close relationships, past and present, seeing if I could extrapolate which of the languages friends, family, and exes use(d) to express their love. I also wonder if there’s a correlation between “touch”ers and pet lovers; the whole tactile connection and all.

It turns out unsolicited dick pics – not a language of love. No wonder that didn’t work out.


11 Sep | Su
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + press x 10
Banded rows x 10
Super bird dogs x 10 ea
Hanging knee raise x 10 (straight legs last set)

Work | EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
Bench press x 3 @ 75# + DUs x 30
1-1/4 Back squat x 3 @ 85#
AD x 1:00

Stretch | 20:00

10 Sep | Sa
Work | O-lifting – Week 2
Muscle snatch 5 x 2
Snatch 5 x 2
Clean 5 x 2
Rack Jerk 5 x 2
Isometric holds: back squat 4 x 8-10s
AD x 25:00, OH walking lunges x 20 e’ery 5:00

09 Sep | F
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
SL Elev hip bridge x 12 ea
Reverse curl-ups (slow + squeeze) x 10

Warm-up | Row x 500m
3x:
BB row x 8
BB RDL x 8
KBS x 8 (53#)

Work | 10x
Back squat x 2 @ challenging weight (145,150#…)
Rest 2:00
-then-
3x:
BB bicep curls x 10
Rest x 1:00
Tricep push-downs x 20
Rest x 1:00
-then-
Death march 3 x 20 steps (20# DBs)
Rest x 1:30


Took an extra rest day this week. Fighting something… Hmmm. Was ready to get back at it Friday. The squats felt good. I focused on breathing – sip, sip – and driving the elbows forward on the up. Wondering where my 25’s at for the death marches; guess I need to get after it with the 30’s  😉

Saturday was a detour. High heels all week at work + sleep tweaks + death marches (?) = a fired up mid-back that gets it’s revenge during muscle snatches. Scratched the barbell workout and hopped on the bike.

With the back feeling much better, did some movements on Sunday. Spent some extra time on the foam roller. Thankful the back seems to have recovered as quickly as it did. Stepped on the scale just to check-in. A buck fiddy-two.