Mind Mold(s)

“Limits, like fear, are often an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

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Somehow it’s been almost 4 months since I made the switch from training at a CrossFit affiliate to a “corporate” globo gym. Dang, that went fast. I wish I could say my mental adjustment went as swiftly. It took some time, some good questions (surround yourself!), and some self-reflection, to get on board with it all. I continue to gain insight into my fears and resistance to the change.

The dudes at Barbell Shrugged recently sat down – well, stood up – with Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement, who has lots of interesting ideas on movement – which is not to be confused with exercise! What has stuck with me this round are her thoughts on body casts – everyday objects in our lives that we use/wear without question and that literally shape us in ways most of us are unaware of. Things like shoes, pillows, even our chonies, have impact not only the way we move, but change our physical shape. Where my girls with bunions at?!

The conversation about body casts and our unquestioned buy-in on their use got me thinking about the other beliefs we hold onto without question; those “I am _____” or “I am not  _____” statements. I am an athlete. I am a good person. I am a healthy person. I am a smart person. But what does any of that really mean? How are you – how am I – extrapolating those ideas?

A few short months ago I would have used all of those aforementioned “I am” statements as arguments against working out at a globo gym:

The people that train at globo gyms are lazy.

They aren’t athletes.
They don’t know what they are doing.
Machines and mirrors are silly and useless.
I am better than all that.

I think it was Tim Ferriss who said, whenever I find myself thinking in absolutes, I look for the exceptions. Are any of those statements fact? And secondly, what does what other people are doing  have to do at all with MY training? Nothing. I mean, what others are doing in the gym, at work, in their relationships, in their lives – yep – none of my fucking business.

It’s funny how the change of venues has me noticing other casts in my life. Change begets change, right? What casts are limiting you? Which ones can you start shaking off? (Might I suggest you begin with the chonies…)

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Get it, Tina

18 July | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Wall walk x 2 UB
RR x 7
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Work |
A. Bottoms-up KB press 3 x 8 ea (20, 20, 25#) [:30]
B1. Single-unders 3 x 50
B2. Push-ups x 5 [:30]
C1. DB Incline bench 4 x 8 (25, 3@27.5#) [:30]
C2. DB row x 12 (25#) [1:00]
D. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 (115, 2@125#) [2:00]

Stretch | 10:00

19 July | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. Bike x 25:00
B. 5x:
BW only cross-over step-ups x 5 ea
SA BU FR KB walk (#acronymwins) x 30m ea (25, 30, 3@25#)
KBS x 10 (50, 4@60#)
C. Stepmill x 20:00
D. Hip CARs

Stretch | 15:00

20 July | Th
Mobility | 3x
Prone y raise x 10
Elbow plank w/ fwd taps x 10 ea
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Push-ups x 7
Slam balls x 7

Work | “Mathematics”
A. 3x: [BB only]
(RDL x 3) + (Row x 3) + (Press x 3)
(FS x 5) + (GM x 5) + (BS x 5)
B. Front squat 5 x 5 @23×1 (105, 115, 3@120#) [3:00]
C. KB FR lunges onto 45# plate 3 x 10 ea [1:00 btwn sides, took :30 because I fucked up a lil]
D1. Zercher squat 3 x 8 (85#) [:30]
D2. SA DB row x 10 ea (30#) [1:30]

Stretch | 10:00

21 July | F
Friday Hiking Club!
Mormon Trail + Fat Man’s Pass

22 July | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
SL elev HB x 12 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 2x
TGUs x 3 ea (45, 50#)

Work |
A. Bike x 30:00
B. 5x:
HSW
Cossack lunge x 10 ea
DUs x 30
C. Bike x 20:00
D. Shoulder CARs

Stretch | 10:00

23 July | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wall ball x 7 @14#
Slam ball x 7 @20#

Work |
A. GHR 3 x 10 ( – , 10, 10#) [as req’d]
B. DL 4 x 3 build (185, 195, 205, 215#) [3:00]
C. Snatch 10 x 2 (4@75, 3@85, 2@95, 85, 95#) [2:00]
D1. Good girls 3 x 10 (50, 60, 60#)
D2. Bad girls x 10 (50, 60, 50#) [1:00]
E. Cable pallof press 3 x 15 ea (40#) [1:00]


Tu | Feeling some progression on the BU presses. Failed on the 7th rep on the right with the 25# kettlebell… and couldn’t string more than a couple together on the right. But still an improvement from the 15#er. On the DB things I often feel, in hindsight, that I should have done more weight. I’m not sure what’s that about, but what it does tell me is to be mindful of how things feel while I am doing them. Am I cheating myself? Could I do more? Notes for next time. The RDLs were challenging. Musta been the hex plates #globojokes

W | Tuesday night dinner prep soundtrack was all about breath, and was fresh in my head when I hopped on the bike (all the step burrito’s were taken, so shook up the order of things a bit). Explored my breath and that was interesting – hadn’t noticed how much I like to mouth breath. There was a learning curve on the KB walk; took awareness not to death grip that KB. Felt better once I stopped.

Th | Haven’t gotten the best sleep this week – staying up too late on a school night attempting to get shit done – and was feeling it by the time Friday Eve training sesh rolled around. Also, The Pope talks about the lady times and their effect on strength; that felt like a real thing on the front squats. Here’s the footage of sets four and five, both at 120#:

The right side was the limiter on the FR lunges. The burn on the zerchers felt really nice; felt it a ton in the booty. Lots of trunk action on this one, too, front and rear.

Sa | Super sore in the booty and thighs rolling into the session. Part B had me breathing really good. Five rounds + fast forward + fuuuuh!…

Su | Rolled through and had some fun. Had a moment of getting on myself for not fighting for the last two DL reps, and for not getting under the snatches, but let go of that shit. Today was not a test day, well, except for testing the “girls”; so much padding and levers. No, I didn’t keep a straight face.

Why do I look like I got lost on my way to a barre workout?

Terms & Conditions

“I think there are many ways to live a good life. And that life looks very different for different people.” –Unknown

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More terms here

Save your breath, friends… I know you’d do the same for me.


17 June | Sa
Mobility | 3x
SL elev HB x 10 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
Banded clammies x 12 ea
Monstuh walks x 10 ea way

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ballin’ x 10
Ring row x 8
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work |
A1. Bottoms up TGU 3 x 3 ea (25, 30(L), 25, 30#)
A2. Quad hip extension x :20 ea [as req’d]
B1. GHR [roman chair] 3 x 10 [RI]
B2. RNT rev lunge x 10 ea @3111 [1:00]
C. Back squat 6 x 3 @22×1 (125, 2@135, 2@145, 150#) [3:00]
D. KB front rack lunges 3 x 8 ea (30# KBs) [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00

18 June | Su
Mobility | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Pope presses x 3 @ 4 breaths

Warm-up | 2x
Samurai squats x 5 ea @ 30#
SA press x 5 ea

Work | [The booty burn]
A. Row x 20:00
B. Bike x 25:00
C. 5x:
Step-ups x 5 ea
SA OH carry w/ suitcase carry x 20 m ea  (3@35/45, 2@30/45#)
FLR x :30

Stretch x 10:00

19 June | M
Warm-up | 3x
KBS + goblet squat + SA swing + snatch + RDL x 5 ea

Work |
A. 5x:
BB Press x 10 @33×1
Singles x 30
Monster walks x 10 ea
B. BTN press 5 x 5 @4112 (45, 50, 55,50, 50#) [2:00]
C1. SA DB bench press 4 x 10 (27.5, 25#) [RI]
C2. SA [seated] cable row x 6 @ 21×3 (30#) [1:00?]
D1. [SA?] DB snatch 4 x 6 ea (40#) [RI]
D2. Slam ball x 5 (20#) [1:00]

Handstands | 10:00

20 June | Tu
Mobility | 2x
Cossack lunges x 8 ea
Scap press x 10
Reaching dead bugs x 20
Pistol + hold x 3 ea

Work |
A. Bike x 30:00
B. 5x: (+/- 10:00)
Bear crawl x 20m
Windmills x 5 ea (35#)
SUs x 30
C. Leg extensions 3 x 15 (70#) [1:00]
C. Hip extensions [roman chair] 3 x 12 [1:00]
D. Prone hammie curls 3 x 10 (50, 60, 55#) [1:00]


Sa | Sometimes smaller is nice – at least when it comes to weight increments of the KBs. Feel the burn of the RNT lunges in my adductors and quads – is that the goal? After all the BS the lunges were intense, despite having lighter KBs than I’d typically grab. The only matching pair of KBs at Globo Mountain Ballpark Edition are the 30s; the struggle is that the 35# DBs have enormous head. Not sure how I’m gonna rack that… But I am sure I can figure it out.

Su | The row was surprisingly zen, and fuck did it burn my booty. Lots of fatigue in my really low back – more so on the right side. The mulitifidus? Not sure which muscles they actually are, but on the map of human anatomy that’s the region I’d point to.

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Dropped down the OH carry weight on the last two rounds as I was doing the neck strain thing #traptivated Felt really good sashaying out of the gym into the blast oven of the desert.

M | BTNs are crazy: feel all the activation, then dead stop fail. No mas! The DB snatch movement pattern is getting smoother as I’m finding it easier to keep shoulders and hips in alignment. Why does Globo Mountain Ballpark Edition have ONE slam balls, but 102 options of wall and medicine ball – which are both referred to as the latter?

Tu | Bike made me sweaty. Silent bear crawls fatigued e’rything. Some confusion on terms left me doing two “C” rounds. NBD

 

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