Behind the Scenes

“Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to have arrived.” -Robert M. Pirsig

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Arrival at failure or a power pose?

Fair warning, I’m gonna do that thing where I string some seemingly random threads together. Yes! I’m making you an afghan blanket just like grandma used to make. It’s for the summer-in-the-desert Netflix and AC chill. We all know it’s best done sans pants and when the blower kicks on, that ish gets drafty. Brrr!

Oh man, off to a good start, Gunz.

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My weekend ‘flix binge

Let me set it up. The internet went down last week at my office. Then the server. And the phones. The daily dose of streaming music had yet to make my daily moments of gratitude…. Until about noon on day 1 of downage (let’s make that a word). When the only sound in the room is the click of your mouse and the voice of a well-meaning but over-sharing coworker, you become hungry for any noise rapido.

I’m pretty sure this is the only time I will ever say this: Facebook (and unlimited data) to the rescue. The first thing in my feed was this conversation with My Girl Kate (Galliett – not actually my girl, but we’re vibing in a limbic resonance kinda way, at least one-directionally):

Isn’t it interesting, the split screen comparison of the backdrops of each human… Hmm. What’s that say about each? *eye brows* Anyway, I really like what Kate had to say, in particular on the matter of our human desires to go “right to do the handstand” in life – resisting or disregarding all the tedious, boring, crucial, delicious (choose your adjective and your mindset) work it takes leading up to it. The dudes at BBS touched on it this week, too, the “rush to greatness” and the desire to just do the cool stuff. I think we can call that Insta-itis. Friends, I get the fever, too.

The allure of all the shiny, shiny shit on Instagram got me thinking about a dude whose work I was introduced to in a theory of architecture class during grad school, Guy Debord. His work, The Society of the Spectacle, is all about “the gaze”. Courtesy of Wikipedia (which does a way better job of summarizing it than I can. Throw them some bones):

“Debord traces the development of a modern society in which authentic social life has been replaced with its representation: ‘All that once was directly lived has become mere representation.’ Debord argues that the history of social life can be understood as ‘the decline of being into having, and having into merely appearing.’ This condition, according to Debord, is the ‘historical moment at which the commodity completes its colonization of social life.’”

Sounds like the moment is now. Though maybe it’s best we converse on the matter. Maybe over a scratch meal…?

My last random thread (Fuuu… that’s gonna be one comfy blankie) is about the eats, the value of home-cooking. Did you know last year Americans spent more money in restaurants than they did on groceries. (Right. This means zero grounds for bitching about the cost of groceries.) I couldn’t agree more with Tamarkin’s take on meal delivery services, but man, there’s so much more that “goes to waste” when you’re not involved in the process (note that rabbit hole, those of us who gather our meats and veggies from a retailer). Similar to the joys of suffering through a workout, the task of creating with others fosters more that the “thing”, it feeds that connection to your people. It’s like time under tension, but with food. Shared effort for the win.

I’ll leave you with this behind the scenes from the man with the bongos, who totally gets why a person might wanna keep an afghan (little “a” friends) handy on the front porch.


02 June | F
AM | Friday Hike Club!
Piestewa Peak

PM | Globo Mountain
Mobility | 3x
Cossack lunge x 12
Scap press x 10
Rev curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam balls x 7
AYTs x 5 EA

Train | [Repeat]
A. Deadlift 7 x 3 (185, 4@195, 2@200#) [2:00]
B1. SA DB snatch 7 x 3 ea (35, 2@40, 3 @45#) [RI]
B2. SL hip bridge x 10 ea (5@20, 2@17.5#) [1:00]
C. Lat pull downs 4 x 10 (60, 3@70#) [1:00]

Stretch | 15:00

03 June | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squat x 10
Pope clammies x 15 ea
TVAs x 15

Train |
A1. Row 3 x 300m [RI]
A2. FLR + taps x 12 [RI]
A3. KBS x 5 (44#)
B. 10 x PC + HPC x 2 (3@115, 4@125, 3@115#) [As req’d]
C1. [Cable] Pallof press 3 x 12 (40#)
C2. Kneeling BU KB press x 6 ea (24, 20, 18#)

04 June | Su
Mobility | 3x
OHWL x 10
Hip CARs
Glute press x 10
Prone Y raise (abs – check) x 10

Train |
A. Row x 15:00 (Pretty comfy pace, 3457m)
B. Seated hammie curls 4 x 12 (80#) [1:00]
C. Heeeip extensions 4 x 12
D. Zercher reverse lunges 3 x 8 ea (75, 85, 85#) [1:00 btwn legs]
E. Bike or treadmill x 20:00 (bici)


F | Morning hike was pretty fucking sweet. Felt good! Was pleasantly surprised with my capacity and recovery.

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National Day of the Donut… Taco… Pancakes

PM sesh… The DLs felt really strong and easy off the floor. As noted previously, part B is pretty nice cardio. I dropped weight on the SL hip bridges when I noticed I wasn’t able to completely open the hip at the top (a point the emphasized) on the left side. Did the pull-downs with the long bar grip. Yep, felt em.

Decided to hit the scale in the ladies locker room. Results: 163.3. It’s just a number, but I think I’m still gonna do Friday weigh-ins for a while #collectingdata

Questions: I would like to put on some muscle. What do I need to delta to make this happen? What am I missing? Why are my priorities not reflected back? Why does “D-backs” sound like “D-bags” e’rytime? How do they make coffee that has notes of peanut butter and chocolate? And does that still make it Paleo? 

Sa | My butt is real sore from the repeat workout. The cleans felt nice and speedy, so much so that I wanted to see how they felt out the bottom. Dropped some lbs and finished the last 3 sets with a tall clean. I was feeling very “technically proficient” compared to my compadres in the “functional training area”. Do you even know what you’re trying to accomplish there, bruh?

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The KnBUKB press (Nailin’ the acronyms – next up greeting cards and paint colors) are pretty solid on the right and crap on the left. Workin’ on it, man.

Su | Low back spoke to me a little during the row… Hike? Deadlift? The combo? But things felt fine on the extensions and lunges. How the eff do people hangout in the hammie trap between sets?!? I lept outta that contraption as soon as I fucking could each round. Fire! Mirrors are totally helpful during the Zerchers.

Your Mom

“A long time ago I learned not to explain things to people. It misleads them into thinking they’re entitled to know everything I do.” – Lisa Kleypas

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I think ‘your mom’ falls on the efficient axis (would we call that “easy”…?), but in the event you have a stiff crowd, here are some better ways to end a conversation.

Or you can shut it down before the conversation begins by soliciting someone for complimentary professional assistance via Instagram message, without so much as an introductory, ‘hello’. True story.

Complaining: another way to end it.


28 May | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
Monster walks x 10 ea direction
SA plank x :20

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KB: swing – snatch – RDL
Slam ball x 5 @20#

Work |
A. SL Glute bridge hold [bench] 3 x :30 ea [:30]
B. GHD hip extensions 3 x 10
C. Power clean 10 x 2 (2@115, 2@125, 3@130, 2@135, 130#) [2:00]
D. SL RDL 3 x 10 ea (44, 44, 53#)

29 May | M
Warm-up | 3x
KB things @ 35#
BB RDL – PU row – BTN press x 5 ea
DUs x 20

Work | [Second favorite kind of cardio]
A. 10 x 3 ea (2@65, 8@75#) [1:00]
RDL – Hang power snatch – Back squat – BTN push press
B. EMOM x 10:00, rotating: (12:00)
Bench x 3 (4@80, 2@85#)
DUs x 30 (all UB except the bonus round)

Super stretch | 20:00

30 May | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Bird doggies x 10 ea
Elbow plank + fwd reach x 10
Pope clammies x 15 ea

Warm-up | Swung around a 40# KB

Work | [Archive + mod]
A. Bike x 20:00
B. Row x 10:00 (only about 3:00 with my eyes closed)
C. 5x: (NFT, but… 10:15)
Goblet squat x 6 @33×1 (40#)
Jump lunge x 10
Wall walk + taps x 10

Stretch | 10:00


Su | Pre-gamed my workout with some Postino action with The Engineer and The Scientist. Maybe a little too close to my training, but look, I survived. Not my best workout, but a good burn – no pain. Adjusted the GHD machine following filming and found a better position. Hip extensions are way harder than the GHRs. I left my lifters on for the RDLs, and ooh did they make those feel nice!

M | Oh man, I really liked A, though it surprised me with how much it got me breathing. I was shooting for 5 sets at 85, which did not happen. The limiter was the hang power snatch. My technique felt decent, but I could not get a grip on the barbell. There were lots of bodies in the gym and it was pretty humid in there. Is that an excuse or an explanation…? Need to get myself a fanny pack for chalk. I was satisfied with how everything felt and my DUs were smooth and speedy, which seems to be a good indication that the body – or at least the CNS – is happy (okay, rested).

Tu | Really felt the row in the flutes. Part C had me sucking wind pretty good. Was accidentally an asshole in the turf area when a dude impeded my clearly demarcated area rather than picking up equipment that someone left that was in his way. I think I threw some shade as I took 15 seconds to move said equipment so he could monster walk further than 3” away from me. I’ve been calling these oblivious fuckers “landmines” in my head, but I am beginning to think I should call them “triggers”… 

Witness Marks

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” – Kurt Vonnegut

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Delicate Dependencies by Crystal Morey

Recently got my grill shined up. The dental hygienist – who’s been cleaning people’s teeth for 34 years – asked how old I was when I wore braces. I asked how she could tell, because it sure isn’t perfect alignment of my teeth (No, I don’t wanna reel that one in! Stop asking #flavorsaver) She said there were subtle marks where the wires had subtly scored my teeth. It got me thinking about people, and how we are an accumulation of witness marks. It makes me curious about what people pick up on. And who we pretend to be.


22 Apr | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Glute press x 10
Wall slides x 10
Elbow plank + side reach x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
OH walking lunges x 16
DUs x 20

Work |
A. Single-leg glute bridge hold x :30; Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
B. Back squat 4 x 5 @22×1 (125, 3 @130#); Rest x 3:00
C1. Pull-up 4 x 10 (3 @60, 70# of assistance); Rest x 1:00
C2. Dip x 10 (see C1 notes); Rest x 1:00
D. Bike x 20:00

Stretch | 15:00

23 Apr | Su
Warm-up | Row x 500m
Kettlebell swings

Work | First workout at Marina Heights!
A. Power snatch [light and fast] 10 x 2 (85#); Rest x 2:00
B. Clean pulls @110 % 3 x 3 (175#); Rest x 2:00
C1. Leg extensions 4 x 15 (65#); Rest x 1:00
C2 [Seated] Hamstring curls x 10 (3@110, 120#); Rest x 1:00

24 Apr | M
Pre-warm-up-for-all-the-hyphens | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Slow-like-old-people-fucking scap presses x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
KBS x 10
DUs x 30

Work | [from the archives]
A1. Front squats 10 x 2 (125#); Rest x 1:00
A2. Wall runs x :30 (10 ea): Rest x 1:00
B1. Single-leg KB RDLs x 10 ea (50#); Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
B2. KB snatch x 5 ea (35, 3 @40#); Rest x 1:00
C. 5x: KBS x 15 + DUs x 30 [for time]

Stretch | 15:00


Sa | Hip bridge holds are no joke. And make for edge-of-your-seat video footage. But seriously, try them and see how good you are at keeping your hips level. The back squats were fun with a mirror. Not sure the last set was “x1” out the bottom… or a full 2-count either. The pull-up machine is gonna lead to some gainz, I am sure of it.

Su | New places of soreness in the lats and booty today.

Had fun testing the barbell at the globo, thank you. Felt super weak with the snatches until it occurred to me that I was using a 20 kilo barbell. Ahh. The fifth set finally felt nice and smooth and fast like they’re intended to be. The pulls felt slow but seemed okay via instant replay, so I stayed at 175#. The machines at Marina Heights are a little different than the ones at the ball park; your seat moves with the contraction. Check out the rocketship.

The leg extensions were SO intense after the barbell work; the curls less so. Also, Marina Heights has stall bars… Forgot to check on the sled.

M | Kinda weird working out at the ball park when there’s a game going on – think fishbowl. The whole place breathes a roar when the plays are good. The modern Colosseum. Rolled through the workout. Cut out “C” due to time restrictions. Lame.

Feeling chubby in the middle; time to reel in the eats and unplug.

Auto Create

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” – Albert Einstein

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[Top] My drawing of a moose. Obviously! [Bottom] Indeed. An AutoDraw interpretation of my creation. The AI knows me better than I know myself

Dear 2017, I am totally digging all the unfolding information you’re putting forth on consciousness. Is it just me or does it seem like that arena is expanding in leaps? Eh. Maybe it’s just my own timeline for crossing the threshold – like the new gym digs, and soon-to-be new work digs. Check out this article on creativity and consciousness. Have you heard of the big five personality traits? I had not. To which of the five do you gravitate most?

On gravity, I’m seriously into the visuals in this vid about, hmm, creating in space:

Space Sex is Serious Business from Tom McCarten on Vimeo.


17 Apr | M
Mobility | 2x
Wall slides x 10
Single-leg elevated hip bridges x 10 ea
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea

Work | “Cardio”
Bike x 15:00
Row x 15:00 (3475m)
-then-
5x:
Wall-facing handstand holds x :20 (oops – did :30)
[OHW] lunges x 20
DUs x 20

Stretch | 20:00

19 Apr | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Single-leg elevated hip bridges x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 2x
KBS – single-arm – snatch – RDL x 5 ea
DUs x 30
Pistols x 3 ea

Work |
A1. DB RDLs 5 x 8 (4 @55#, 6-fuck that dude stole the 60’s… 65#)
Rest x 1:00
A2. Captain Morgans x 20
Rest x 1:00
B. Seated cable rows 4 x 10 (60, 70 rep 7, 60, 60#); Rest x 1:00
C. 5x:
GHR x 10
DUs x 30
FLR x :30

Bonus round: Bike x 20:00

20 Apr | Th
Pre-Warm-up | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Scap press x 10
Reaching dead bug x 5 ea + 5

Warm-up | 3x
KBS – snatch – goblet – round the’s – RDL x 5 ea

Work | [From the archives #butglobo]
A. Back squat 7 x 2 (145#); Rest x 2:00
B1. Death march x 10 (30# DBs); Right into
B2. [Cable] Tricep push-downs (40# – rope grip); Right into
B3. Row x 250m (59, 57, 58, 57, 55s); Rest x 1:00
C. Laying hamstring curls 3 x 10 (50#); Rest x 1:00


M | Mondays are prime time at the globo. The warm-up/mobility area was crowded. Gotta find another corner to pull some warm-up antics in; I am certain I can do that. Biking for 15:00 – no sweat. Well, sweat, yes, but nothing like rowing for 15:00. The low back bugged around minute 8:00; proceeded with caution and all feels well today. Fingers crossed there’s no new signage up regarding wall walks…

W | Doing DUs with the gym’s featherweight ropes is tricky, but that’s cool. Having straps and a rope with me allowed me to take up all the floor space for the Captains. This was the GHD version I used:

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A roman chair – pairs well with the helmet, I wonder 

But next time I am totally gonna try these:

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Do we call thees the really good girls, or the gym gems…?

Th | Warmed up, then explored the hack squat machine. Decided to try out the squat rack. Had to adjust my step-back a teeensy bit, but mostly found it awesome to have a mirror straight ahead. Thank you Mountainside Fitness for your “Look Jacked” lighting package. The squats felt good, a little heavy, but that’s to be expected. Fought for that last round on the erg; machine calibration or what – last time I did this workout I was right around fiddy-five seconds for all five rounds. Wrapped up with the laying hammie machine… Holy Fuck. My strangs have not experienced this level of fire in memory.

Back in the groove with the time-restricted eating window. Feeling the fast.

Hippie Shit

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know
 
if you will risk
 
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me
what planets are
 
squaring your moon…
I want to know
if you have touched
the centre of your own sorrow
if you have been opened
by life’s betrayals
or have become shriveled and closed
from fear of further pain.

I want to know
if you can sit with pain
mine or your own
without moving to hide it
or fade it
or fix it.

I want to know
if you can be with joy
mine or your own
if you can dance with wildness
and let the ecstasy fill you
 
to the tips of your fingers and toes
without cautioning us
to be careful
to be realistic
to remember the limitations
of being human.

It doesn’t interest me
if the story you are telling me
is true.
I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.
If you can be faithless
and therefore trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see Beauty
even when it is not pretty
every day.
And if you can source your own life
from its presence.

I want to know
if you can live with failure
yours and mine
and still stand at the edge of the lake
and shout to the silver of the full moon,
“Yes.”

It doesn’t interest me
to know where you live
or how much money you have.
I want to know if you can get up
after the night of grief and despair
weary and bruised to the bone
and do what needs to be done
to feed the children.

It doesn’t interest me
who you know
or how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand
in the centre of the fire
with me
and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me
where or what or with whom
you have studied.
I want to know
 
what sustains you
from the inside
when all else falls away.

I want to know
if you can be alone
 
with yourself
and if you truly like
the company you keep
in the empty moments.

-Oriah, The Invitation

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06 Mar | M
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + press x 10
SL elev hip bridge x 10 ea
COB hold x :20
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 10
BB RDL x 10
BB row x 10
DUs x 30

Work | Back squat 7 x 2 @ 70% (155#)
Rest x 2:00
5x:
Death march x 10 (30# DBs) right into
Tricep push-downs x 10 (bleu) right into
Row x 250m (:55, :54, :55, :55, :55)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
Banded hamstring curls 3 x 8-10 ea (blew)

Stretch | Chat

07 Mar | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg adductor squat x 10 ea
Prone y raise (weighted) x 10
Glute press x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
KB swing – twirl – squat – snatch – RDL x 5 ea

Work | 10x
Back squat 1-1/4 x 3 @ +/-50% (95#)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
EMOM x 20:00
DUs x :20
Power clean x 3 (TNG -105, 6@115#, 3@125#)

08 Mar | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
Scap press x 10
Reaching DBs x :30

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 10
DUs x 20

Work | O-lifting!
Clean pull 3 x 3 [build] (155, 175, 185#)
Clean + high-hang clean x 5 (115, 125, 135, 135, 140#)
Tall jerk x 5 [across] (75#)


M | Or should that be 2 x 7 @ 70%… Hmm. Matters of nomenclature. The death marches are different with dumbbells; I feel them more intensely in the glutes than with the KBs. Is this a ROM thing? The row – I can definitely tell I’ve been working with the barbell more than anything else. 

Tu | Not too sore from Monday’s squats… until I started warming up for Tuesday’s! Focused on maintaining tension through the entire set. However, upon review of the movement stardard (after the fact – timing is everything) I was coming up out of the bottom more than I should have. Notes for next time.

W | Lifting is the best. Learning to transition my feet in lifters. 

Attempted to do the assigned Thursday workout – rolled, mobilized, warmed-up, did first of five rounds… and left. Gym juju or just over due for a rest day? Hmm. Will get after it tonight.

Loaded

“Ideas pull the trigger, but instinct loads the gun.” – Don Marquis

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03 Mar | F
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
Prone y raise – weighted x 10
Single-arm plank x :20 ea

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall walk x 1 w/ shrugs
Banded rows x 10
Hanging straight-leg raise – no swing x 8

Work | [From the archives]
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Clean + FS + FS (115#)
DUs x 40
-Rest x 4:00-
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Wall walk + 10 taps
Slam balls x 7 @30#
-Rest x 4:00-
TGUs x 10:00 (44, 53, bottom’s up 26#)
Stretch | 10:00

04 Mar | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Cossack lunge x 8 ea
Scap press x10
Reverse curl-ups x 7
KBS things x 5 ea
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – For Reps
A. Muscle clean 4 x 2 [build] (95, 105#…)
B. BTN jerk 4 x 3 [light + fast] (105, 115, 125, 125#)
C. Clean + jerk 10 x 2 [across] (115#)
D. Pistol + handstands (  )

Stretch | 10:00


F | Rolled through.

Sa | Worked on widening my grip on the reps of the clean and jerks. Those guys have been off the last couple weeks. Ali noticed the timing was off at the catch with my long arms. So I worked on widening my grip to shorten the OH distance. Pistols in lifting shoes might be the greatest thing ever. Nailed a couple balanced on a KB, which was also fun, but not in lifting shoes.

Commas

“Sometimes all we need is a three-breath moment of clarity,
to remember who we are,
why we’re there,
and what comes next.”
Greg Walsh

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The best thing on the internet. Period.

Continuity, cohesion, and complacency


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27 Feb | M
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | AD x 10:00
E’ry 3:00 perform PU BB row x 8 + DUs x 30

Work | 4x:
Single-arm seated press x 10 ea (20#)
Rest x 1:00
COB x 5 @ 30×3 (Failed on 4 set 4, 3 set 5)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
RFESS 3 x 10 ea (25, 30, 30#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
-then-
4x:
Handstand walk x 15′ (last set :20 static hold)
Row x 150m (:33, :32, :33, :34)
Rest x 1:00

28 Feb | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Single-leg adductor squat x 10 ea
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Warm-up | AD x 10:00

Ee’ry 3:00 do KB things x 5 ea + DUs x 20
Work | [Favorite – “The Babe”]
4x:
Box squats x 5 (115#)
Hip thrusts x 10 (125, 135, 135, 135#)
GH raise x 10
Rest x 2:00
-then-
EMOM x 10:00
KBS x 10 (53#)

01 Mar | W
Warm-up | PVC and DUs

Work | O-lifting – “The Closed”
Muscle snatch [build] 4 x 2 (55, 65, 75, 85#)
Snatch balance + OHS [light + fast] x 3 sets (75, 85, 85#)
Snatch 10 x 2 [across] (85 & 95#)
Pistol and handstand progressions (ran out of clock) 


M | What aerobic capacity? The HS to row sprints were fun times.

Tu | Up the lbs on the box squats next time. Didn’t push today because tomorrow is Oly. 

W | Woke up with my meat wings (some people call those lats) sore to the max. Morning Afternoon All day DOMS from Monday’s pressing and tempo holds got me like: 

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Oh hey! It’s J! But silent #yourwelcome

Probably should have taken a rest day as it’s been something like 10 days in a row on the workouts. Yes, I do know better. But, I was eager to give the lifted kicks a try, and absolutely needed some MFR on the lats. Hit a wall pretty quickly after the muscles snatches – it’s hard to lock out fast when it hurts like hell to straighten your arms. Thursday is a rest day.