Unseated

“There’s no the answer. What we need is variety. The best position is the next position.” -Galen Cranz, on the best kind of chair

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Creative seating solutions

After two weeks on my ass (at a desk in my rad new office space), I’m back standing. It feels glorious. Or at least not like I have restless leg syndrome anymore. Thankfully the new work environs is position variation friendly.  In case you’re curious, as was I, here’s a podcast on how we wound up seated in the first place >>> 99% Invisible – Edge Of Your Seat


17 Jan | W
Mobility | 2x
Cossacks x 10 ea
SA floor-facing plank x :20 ea
Popes x 15 ea
Pistols x 3 ea

Work |
A. Sterrrz x 15:00
B. Bike x 15:00
C. 5x:
Front rack KB carry x 30m (35/40#)
Box step-ups x 10 ea (20# DBs in the FC position)
DUs x 30
D. Sterrrz x 15:00, last 5:00 up level at ea min.

18 Jan | Th
Mobility| 3x
Bird dawgs x 10 ea
Glute press x 10
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. GH hip extensions 4 x 10 (10#)
RNT (out) x 5 ea
BS + jump x 5
C. BS 5 x 4 [3:00] (4@155, 160#)
D. 1-1/4 FS 3 x 5 [1:30] (105#)
E. Yump lunges 3 x 20 [1:00]

19 Jan | F
Warm-up | 3x
Banded RDLs x 10 ea
Banded row x 10 ea
Slam balls x 7

Work |
A1. ½ Kneeling SA (BU) press 4 x 7ea (18, 2@20, 25#)
A2. KBS x 10 (50#)
A3. Alt DB SA snatch x 3 ea [1:00] (35#)
B1. BB bench SA Z press 5 x 7 [1:30] (20, 3@22.5#)
B2. Chinese row x 10 ea [2:00] (25#)
C. Close-grip lat PDs 4 x 10 [1:00] (80, 3@85#)
D1. DB bis 4 x 12 [1:00] (15, 3@20#)
D2. Tricep PDs x 12 [1:00] (20#)

20 Jan | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Monster walks x 10 ea direction
COB hold x :20
Samurai squats x 3 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea

Work
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 5x:
Rev sled walk x L (+135#)
Reg sled walk x L
DBL OH carry x L (30# DBs)
HS hold + hip taps x :30
C. Stairs x 15:00
D. Bike x 10:00

21 Jan | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:00
Wall ball x 10
Slam balls x 5

Work |
A. 10x: Power snatch x 2 + OHS x 1 [2:00] (4@85, 2@90, 2@85, 90, 95#)
B. Clean pulls 5 x 3 @ 115% (180#)
C. GHR 3 x 12 [1:00] (10, 15, 15#)
D1. Bi’s 4 x 12 [1:00] (17.5#)
D2. Tri’s s 12 [1:00] (20#)


W | The 45# KB bugged my shoulder so went “light” but the carries were still uncomfortable, despite the “easy” weight. Dang, dumbbells with the step-ups added some intensity. I see what you did there with the DUs followed by the racks. Last minute on part D was at level 12, no manos on the rail. That 60s put the day in perspective

Th | Man, these longer work days are kicking my ass, a skoatch. Reminding myself it’s just adjusting some habits, but still dialing that in. The workout felt good. I was shooting to do the BS at 165; the first set at 155 felt heavy, but less so on the second. The last set had me realizing I could have added 5 for at least the last two, sets. Hmmm. The 1-1/4 were intense and, yep, felt like I was going to fall on my face during the jump lunges. But I did not. Those are the closest things to AD sprints in terms of the burn at the globo, at least so far…

F | Can start with more lbs on the half-kneeling press and single-arm snatches. The shoulder wasn’t having the bench. Chinese row took a round to get the right things online, but then… ooh yeah. Upped the weight on the pull-downs. Failed on the last rep of the bis on sets 3 and 4 on the right side; assisted with a little help from my friend (the left hand).

Really felt Thursday’s session going in, especially in the upper, outer booty. See super accurate anatomical sketch below:
Seeing starsSa | Have I done double OH carries before? Likely. Those were intense, especially when you factor in the hip taps that followed. Fatigued EMOM-style with part B.

Su | The barbell session was fun; felt a little rusty, but that makes sense. They only have the girthy 45 pound barbells at the globo, but that bother me less than in the past. Form on the second snatch got a little shitty about midway through (thus the dip back in lbs) but I narrowed my grip a little bit and things felt snappy again. Took a few reps to get in the groove on the pulls. Cues for next time: spread the knees (you know what I’m sayin). Experimented a little on the height of the GHR, and upped the lbs. Man do those suckers light my hammies up. Very nice…

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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.

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.

Dirty Birds & Dollar Stores

“You know what’s better than chicken? Everything.” – Power Athlete keeping it real.

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John Cooper Clarke, Evidently Chickentown

Recently, I was chatting with a non-gym friend about the change of my gymnasium environs from that of a CrossFit affiliate to the globo style.

He politely asked me how it was going, blind to the differences between the two, other than the Kool-aid and the mirrors. When I explained that most days I was really cool with the change of venues – recognizing the opportunities the shift in training has to offer, finding enough familiarity to hit the ground running, and appreciating ALL the amenities and ALL the cleanliness (yes, I will use your shower accouterments, towel service and sauna, thank you!) – some days, oh some days I reminisce for the warehouse. (This is where I refer to my own words on the matter.)

My friends response went something like this, “Ahhh, it’s like you’ve been a hoarder for years and you suddenly realized everything is covered in cat shit and filled with knick knacks from the dollar store.” Um… Yeah… Actually, no.

But his statement got me thinking. It is about taking a step back from what you’ve become accustomed to, and viewing what’s in front of you with fresh eyes. (Anyone else feel like they’re constantly checking themselves on that front? Anyone?) I think what my friend was trying to say is that the only difference between the two gyms, is my perception of what I believe them each to be. Man, I’ve got smart friends!

And here’s a great related read that touches on some of those old beliefs currently getting rewritten in my repertoire. Do any of them sound familiar with you?


29 Apr | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
ATYs x 5 ea
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. 5x:
BB press x 10 @33×1
Rope singles x 30
Monster walks x 10 ea
B. BTN press 4 x 5 @4112 (55 – fail on 5, 4 @50#): Rest x 2:00
C1. Half-kneeling bottoms-up KB press 4 x 6 (20#); right into
C2. Single-arm front rack carry x 20m ea (40, 3 @45#)
D1. [Single-arm?] DB snatch 3 x 6 (30, 35, 40#); right into
D2.Single arm bench @2121 (25, 30 – fail on 4R, 27.5# – fail on 6R)

Stretch | 10:00

30 Apr | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam balls x 5
DUs x 20

Work |
A. Power clean singles x 10 (135, 135, 140, 140, 145, 140#…)
B. Clean pulls 4 x 3 (175, 185#…); Rest x 3:00
C1. Cable pallof 4 x 10 ea (40, 45#…); right into
C2. FLR x :30

Stretch | 10:00

04 May | Th
Mobilize | 3x
GA squats x 10 ea
Elbow plank + fwd reach x 10 ea
Rev curl-ups x 10

Work | “Burns + Grows” [fave]
A. Bike x 20:00
B. Row x 10:00
C. 5x: Goblet squats x 6 @33×1(35#)
Jump lunge x 10 (ea)
Bear crawl x 20m [sub: FLR x :30]

Full stretch | 20:00


Sa | Conducted some pre-workout research regarding the tempo work, as I needed a refresher. Notes resulting from research – some shit just ain’t for keyboards:

tempo is for sketching
Did I get it correct? Sure felt correct

Hope I didn’t fuck up the tempo work. Was still a total tard with the single-under coordination…

Totally cracked myself up attempting them. Right side was sticky with the BTN’s. Dropped down to fiddy so I didn’t do the neck strain thing. Bottoms-up is humbling; watching the footage, looks like I could improve my technique, keeping my elbow in alignment.

Su | The power cleans felt off; slow elbows, which isn’t normally an issue. The pulls felt good. Dug the pallofs and plank action. Footage reveals I need to commit to the lunge on the pallofs; was doing more of a quarter squat thing.

Th | Holy crap that part “C” was fun times. Looks like I could get lower in the lunge on the jumping lunges as well as work on keeping my body in vertical alignment – no lean. Wanted to go heavier on the KB but still some weird shit going on at the bottom on my right side, and the 35#er allowed me to do the movement minus the weird shit. Subbed the FLR for the crawls as the alley way behind the benches was occupied by bros. Would really like to give this a shot with the crawls in the future.

RSN – that’s acronym for Random Site Note – the crew at BBS totally featured battle ropes this week – something I’ve seen a ton of at the new gym… Curious.

Residuals

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The thing we tell ourselves… What are you rehearsing?


26 Nov | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Slam balls x 7
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – Week 4
2-Position snatch [below the knee, mid-thigh] (85#)
Buenos dias 3 x 6 (95#)
OHS pin squat 3 x 3 (85, 95, 95#)
3x:
Samurai squats x 5 ea (35#)
right into
FLR x max effort (1:15, 1:05, :57)
rest as req’d

Stretch | 10:00

25 Nov | F
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg elevated adductor squat x 10 ea
Single-arm plank x :20 ea
Reaching TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Palms-up BB row x 10
Buenos dias x 10
Wall walk x 2

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
Carries [OH, dbl KB front-rack, suitcase] x 100m (35#ers, 53#)
AD x 1:00
Sumo DLs @ 155# x 5
Handstand walk x 12′ [or 3 attempts]
Row x 1:00

24 Nov | The Giving of the Thanks
Dishes x All day

23 Nov | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotations + slides x 10
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 12 ea
Reaching dead bugs x 20 ea

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
DUs x 30
Hip mobility moves

Work | Oh-the-lifting – Week 4
Behind-the-neck rack jerks 10 x 1 [build] (85, 95, 105, 105, 110, 115, 115, 120, 125, 130#)
Split squats 3 x 4 (95#)
Segment clean [2s pause @ knee] 5 x 2 (105, 115#…)

Stretch/real talk | 15:00

22 Nov | Tu
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 12
Scap press x 8
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Slam balls x 7
Push-ups x 7
(Pony) Tail flingers  (GHD sit-ups) x 10

Work | EMOM x 14:00, rotating:
Bench x 3 @ 80# + DUs x 30
Hang snatch + OHS x 3
-Rest x 4:00-
EMOM x 14:00, rotating:
Tall cleans x 3 @105#
Row x 100m

Stretch x 15:00

21 Nov | M
Mobility |3x:
Wall-pressing TVAs x 15
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 10 ea
Side plank clammie x :40 ea

Warm-up | 3x:
Wall slides x 10
Wall balls x 10
Wall walk + lateral tick tock x 1
OH walking lunches x 20

Work | “B”
Zercher squats 5 x 7 (95, 95, 105, 110, 110, 110#)
Rest x 1:00
“C”
KBS 5 x 10 @ 44#
Rest x 1:00
“A”
8x:
Single arm press x 8 ea (5@ 26#, 5@ 21#)
Rest x 1:00
Chinese row x 10 ea (26#)
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 20:00


M | Rearranged the order of the workout because no dumbbells and all the KBs taken. Man, to have a dick and/or lots of muscles so the brahs would buy some. First time doing zercher squats and they were fun times: super uncomfy in the elbow pits and breathing. Lots of booty, quad, back and abs. Should have taken vid of my KBS to compare to the blog link today #notesfornexttime #sidebyside. That was a lot of pushing and pulling. Left side was the limiter on both movements. Just realized as I’m typing this that I did KB rows instead of Chinese rows. Hmm, where’s my head at? Three guesses…

Tu | Busy day at work (but my Friday for the week!) and no gameplan for a workout means one from the archives… and of course, an EMOM – or two.

W | Pissed off hip, but a well-timed holiday day off tomorrow. The BTN jerks felt awesome; mmm, that bar path. Split squats did the trick pre-fatiguing the boo-tay on the segmented cleans. Gotta work on transitioning my feet wider at the bottom. Wide bottom(s), bishes!

Th | A person feels entitled to eat way more ham and sticky toffee cake when you got sore abs from all those jerks. New holiday pre-gaming programming – check.

F | Hip speaking; rolled thru.

Sa | Per last week’s vids, I changed my set-up on the snatch a bit; I didn’t realize how much I was letting my chest drop. The result felt solid – fast and able to open up the stance at the bottom (less air brakes)- though from the hang, less so. Here’s some footage:

Those OHS pin squats were something; tricky getting in the proper position, but once you were there… they felt like heroin. Or what I imagine heroin to feel like. (I might be exaggerating, but they did felt nice. Besides aren’t the holidays all about over-doing it?)