Moving Mix Tape

“If you don’t bite you can’t eat.” -Carl Paoli talking theft on Barbell Shrugged

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A proper mix tape can’t hurt, bro

I spent a good chunk of my “free time” this week/end unpacking from the move. Lemme tell ya, this has already taken me longer than anticipated – searching for some Mary Poppins type voodoo to move it along a little. Until then, at least there are podcasts.

Here’s a selection of my weekend mix tape for your listening pleasure:

Mind Muscle Project – The After Show #59 >>> On how CrossFit HQ’s drug testing seems shadyAF followed by a dude that has me thinking it’d be good to do some quiet running

Training Think Tank – Q&A Part IV | Enjoy your fucking brownies, folks! Max references Bruce Lipton’s, The Biology of Belief, and poses the question of how thinking ‘I’m a fat piece of shit’ vs ‘I’m fueling my muscles’ might impact your stress hormone profile post-brownie – not to mention flavuh

Waking Up – Facing the Crowd | Words are not violence.
“We use our words so as not to kill each other.” –Greg Lukianoff

Training Think Tank – Q&A Part III | Recovery: you’re missing the basics (It’s not about the stim) and the cost of high-level performance for teens in any sport followed by some teenage El-Haag background

MTN RDY – Colin O’Brady | From everybody’s default fitness test – the triathalon – to a world record-setting run at the Explorer’s Grand Slam. I am so curious about the logistics behind this, and the training involved

Case File | If you can’t get to sleep, this wont’ help

Any podcast recommendations out there? And will someone please invent an app that lets a listener share a snippet of a podcast?! How does this not exist already? Or does it…?


09 Oct | M
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Elbow plank + reach thru x 10 ea
Popes x 15 ea

Work |
A. [BB only – quality movements] 4x:
Row x 10
Press x 10
OHS x10
Good mornings x 10
Rest x 1:00
B. SL hip bridge holds 4 x :30 ea [:30 btwn legs]
C. Pin front squats 5 x 2 (125, 4 @130#) [3:00]
D. SA push press 3 x 8 ea (30, 2 @35#) [1:00]
E. Close-grip high seated cable rows 3 x 15 (2 @55, 65#) [1:00]

Stretch | 7:00

11 Oct | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Bird doggies x 10 ea
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Warm up | 2x
BU TGU x 2 @25#
Samurai squats x 3 ea @35#
Windmills x 5 ea @ 30#

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. Row x 10:00
C. 4x:
Step-ups x 5 ea
SA FR carry x 20m ea (40#)
DUs x 20 30
D. Stepmill x 15:00

12 Oct | Th
Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7 @15#
Banded rows x 10 ea
Wall walk x 2 UB

Work |
A. 4x:
KB Z press x 10 ea (25#)
KB row x 5 ea (30, 3 @35#)
KB snatch x 3 ea (35, 3 @40#) [1:30]
B. Incline bench 5 sets @22×1 5, 5, 3, 3, 2 (60, 60, 65, 70, 75#) [3:00]
C1. SA DB push press 3 x 5 ea (30, 2 @35#) [1:00]
C2. [Dbl DB] RDL x 8 (55, 2 @60#ers) [2:00]
D1. Wall-pressing dead bugs 3 x 20
D2. BU KB FR carry x 30m ea (25#) [none-zo]

Stretch | 10:00

14 Oct | Sa
Mobility + Warm-up | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Hip CARs x 3 ea
Chin-over-bar hold x :20
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Hanging leg raise x 8

Work | Repeat
5x [BB only]:
Row x 5
RDL x 5
FS x 5
Kang x 5
B. Cleans 10 x 2 (95, tall, 105, 115, tall, 3 @125, 2 @130#) [2:00]
C. Good mornings 3 x 10 (65, 70, 70#) [1:30]
D. Leg extension machina 3 x 12 (60, 65, 65#) [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00

15 Oct | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Wall slides x 10
Hollow rocks x :20

Work | Repeat
A1. Press 7 x 5 (2 @60, 4 @65, 70#)
A2. DUs x 20 [2:00]
B. 5x:
KB goblet x 6 @ 33×1 (35#)
Jump lunges x 10
FLR x :30
C. Bike x 20:00


M | Broke up the OH movements by sneaking the buenos dias before the OHS because holy overhead pressing; adaptation or fucking it up, Morgunz? Hmmm…

I see what you did there with the holds and then the pin squats… #bootyblast

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Dug the single arm push presses. Interesting to see how one side braces compared to the other. Subbed seated cable rows because someone had set up camp at the lat station.

W | No notes. Felt nice.

Th | Feeling the focus of the recent training: much back fatigue. Z presses were challenging at the rep scheme. The single-arm snatches felt slow; took vid to investigate. They were fine. All in your head, Mo-gunz. Bench: so much room for improvement. Crazy how different incline feels to standard. Still figuring out the barbell situation at the indie gymnasium – used one that felt heavier and thicker. Could have also just been in my head. Really liked part C. D was fun, too; laughed at my retard left side with the BU KBs.

Sa | Got to wear my lifters.

Su | Pre-workout weigh-in: 152.8 lbs. Huh. Press felt good – really connected and pushing through the ground. That part B felt like AD sprints. Ooh burn. 

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Altered States

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”
–Lord Byron, “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage”

but first the chonies
But first, hand over them thermal skins

Changed my state this weekend >>> Your brain on nature


02 Oct | M
Work |
A. Row x 15:00 Stepmill x 20:00
B. 5x:
KB FR carry x 20m (35/40#)
Sled push x 20m (+90#)
SL hip bridge x 15 ea (elevated)
C. Bike x 20:00

03 Oct | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea
Cossacks x 8 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:00
WB x 7
Push-ups x 5

Work |
A1. DB bench 4 x 10 (30#) [right into]
A2. Pull-up machina x 10 (2@ 48, 2@ 48/54#) [1:30]
B. Bench 5 sets @22×1 5,5,3,3,2 (75, 75, 75, 80. 85#) [3:00]
C1. BTN seated press 3 x 5 (50, 50, 55#) [1:00]
C2. Chinese row x 10 ea (20#) [1:00]
D. Hanging bent-knee raise 3 x 8 (hetero-leg) [1:00]

Stretch | 12:00

04 Oct | W
Get a lil sweaty | 3x
Row x 1:00
Banded RDLs x 8 e
DUs x 30

Work |
A. Deficit Deads (25# plate) 5 x 2 (185, 4@ 195#) [3:00]
B. HPC x 2 + PP x 1 x 10 sets (7@ 105, 3@110#) [2:00]
C1. Back squat 3 x 5 @70% (130#) [right into]
C2. GH hip extension x 10 [1:30]

Stretch | 10:00

07 Oct | Sa
Inner Basin to Weatherford Trail
8.8 mi

08 Oct | Su
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 10 ea
Prone y x 10
Glute press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam balls x 7 @ 20#
KBS x 7 @ 40#

Work | From the archives
A. TGUs 3 x 3 ea (40, 45, 50-55-60#)
B. Reverse zerchers 3 x 8 ea (75, 80, 80#) [1:00 btwn legs]
C1. SA DB Z press 4 x 6 ea (25#) [right into]
C2. Dbl DB row x 8 @2113 (25#) [1:30]

Stretch | 10:00


M | Subbed the stepmill for the erg because of hip flexion. Right side bugging a little from the move. Part B: I see what you did there. Booty burning by the last 5 reps of hip bridges. I would like to conduct a test. Remove all the TVs from the globo and see what occurs…

Tu | Dang starting with pull-ups = prefatigued. BTN press felt stronger than anticipated. Typically aren’t those harder from a seated position than from standing, no? This whole workout was a good practice in preventing straining neck face.

W | An hour of barbell fun! Deficit deadlifts felt really good; why do those weights feel so much easier standing on plate? More/different muscle recruitment? The push press was the limiting factor on the second part, and after all those pull-ups on Tuesday, it’s hard to straighten my arms today. The squats felt solid. No GHD to Roman extensions.

Sa | Favorite.

As you approach the point where Inner Basin Trail hooks up to the Weatherford Trail you get a pretty sweet view – from top down The Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater, Sugarloaf Peak, The Fairy-tail Forest.

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Su | Feeling a little hungover from my nature high, and a lack of sleep. But more than worth the exchange. Rolled through an oldie but a goodie. That part C was…

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Herd

 

Mask Off

“I don’t believe in dressing up reality. I don’t believe in using makeup to make things look smoother.” – Lou Reed


13 May | Sa
Mobilize | 3x
Scap press x 10
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Pope press’n’squeeze x 4 breaths
Hollow rocks x 10 [Not so good at these]

Work |[Brrr crawl]
A. Treadmill walk x 45:00
B. 4x:
Bear crawl x 20m
Reverse flys x 10 (10#)
SUs x 40

Stretch | 10:00

14 May | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 10 + SA snatch x 5 ea
Slam balls x 7

Work | [Snappy snatches]
A. Hip extension 3 x 10; Rest x as req’d
B. BB only 3 x 3 ea: Snatch-grip RDL – Row – HP snatch – BTN press – Back squat
C. HP snatch 10 x 2 (2@75, 5@85, 3@90#); Rest x 2:00
D. Cable pallof press 3 x 10 ea (30, 30, 40#)

16 May | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 12
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Work |[Why are heavy carries so fun]
A. Bike x 30:00
B. Row x 15:00 (3,450m)
C. 5x: (NFT, but 10:00 OTN)
Single-arm rack carry x 30m ea (40,45, 3 @50#)
Jump lunges x 10
Forward leaning rest x :30

Stretch | 15:00


Sa | Check. Not a huge fan of the treadmill. Or a small one. But I did it anyway. And learned about how dudes in India want their wives to breastfeed them. Fah-reaks!

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We’re all just a bunch of

Also, mirrors are not only great for checking your form (yep, pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve done bear crawls with my tank dropped and shins parallel to the floor), but they also make for trippy workout surveillance vids:

Su | Wasn’t sure if the hip extensions were on a machine, or the GHD. Did the latter; they are way more challenging that GHRs. Worked barbell only snatch balance and heaving snatch balance between sets on C; things felt really nice. The upper glutes *pauses to search for the proper anatomical term*… *additional pause while I feel up ma glutes*… I think the mins, maybe the meds. Yeah, those guys are sore from the include treadmill, if I had to guess.

Tu | Might have shorted myself on the carries #littlegymproblems Will verify next time that I get the right, um… stimulus.

So What

“Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, ‘So what.’ That’s one of my favorite things to say.” – Andy Warhol

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No words today. Just some slam bass and lyrics. Say what?!


05 May | F
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Single-leg bird dogs x 10 ea
Wall-pressing dead bugs x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
KB – Swings x 5
Single-arm swings x 5 ea
Goblet squats x 3
Snatch x 3
RTW x 5 ea
RDL x 5 ea

Work |
A. TGU x 3 ea x 4 sets (45#); Rest x :30
B1. Back extensions x 10; right into
B2. RNT rev lunge x 10 ea @3111; Rest x 1:00
C. Front squat 5 x 3 @22×1 (3@115#, 2@125#); Rest x 3:00
D. Snatch-grip RDL [3] x 6 @3111 (95#); Rest x 1:30

06 May | Sa
MFR | 10:00

Mobility | 3x
Single-leg adductor squats x 8 ea (18” box)
Prone y raise x 8 (hip tuck, abs engaged)
Pope clammies x 15 ea (fire)

Work |
Bike x 10:00
5x: Row x 300m + cable tris x 10 (40#)
Bike x 10:00
5x: Row x 300m + SA DB press x 5 ea (25#) + slam ball x 7 (20#)
Bike x 10:00

07 May | Su
Mobilization | 3x
GA squats x 10 (wider stance)
Scap press x 10
Pope clammies x 12 ea
Side plank + leg lift (knee) x :20 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
SA KB press x 5 ea @25#
Slam ball x 5 @ 20#

Work |
A1. TGU 3 x 3 ea (44#)
A2. GHR x 10
B. [Single-arm] Front rack KB lunge onto 45# plate 3 x 8 ea (26, 35, 44#); Rest x 1:30
C. Power snatch 10 x 2 (2@75, 3@85, 2@90, 3@95#); Rest x 2:00
D1. Kneeling BU KB press 3 x 8 ea (18#); Rest x 1:00
D2. Single-arm seated cable row X 6 ea @21×2 (30#): Rest x 1:00


F | Those get-ups added up. Really liked those reverse lunges. Front squats felt good once I stopped watching myself in the mirror and focused on feeling the movement. The footage totally revealed I was cheating the time at the bottom. Again. The RDLs were tricky with the different barbells; the gnarling is located closer to the center so there was some grip slip… All in all a decent training session; the right hip is bugging a little bit.

Sa | Spent extra time working out some spots with the foam roller and lacrosse ball. Explored a few warm-up moves from the Pope featured in this vlog:

It’s fun to see behind the curtain, all the pre-lifting work that goes down. My hip was bugging pretty good, but the mobility drills seemed to get things toasty. By the time I got to the slam balls (the hole being the test) things were moving without issue.

The last round on the bike I had company next to me; I was jamming out to some music but the dude’s stride kept catching my attention. I realized that while I had constant pressure on the pedal, he seem to bounce out of the bottom. If I drew a diagram mine would look like a circle and his would look two vertical lines going opposite one another, up then down. Interesting… still pondering, is it a learned movement pattern, compensation, lazy glutes, did he not have waffles for breakfast? These are big questions, people.

Su | Needed one of those NBA towel kids to help me out during the get-ups in the “Functional” area of Globo Mountain. Slippery suckers. Added the “single arm” to the lunges because they only had one of each weight of KBs. The snatches felt so much nicer (snappier) than last time, but I also found a 15 kilo bar, which made all the difference with the grip. Left side was sticky on the “D”…

In Contrast

“Put light against light – you have nothing. Put dark against dark – you have nothing. It’s the contrast of light and dark that give the other one meaning.” -Bob Ross

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And here we have some contrast, of style or talent,  you be the judge. This is a work by Asger Jorn of the Situationist movement, I think. Hey, we’re not just butts and barbells around here, nah meh? (But mostly we are…)

And here’s an interesting podcast on how we think of our current selves in contrast to our future selves and how that fucks up our decision-making skills. I believe we call that projection bias.

And in case I deterred you with the duck up there, here’s some additional contrast:

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Past self vs future self

02 Sep | F
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
SL Elev glute bridge x 10ea
TVA drops x 10

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
KB front rack carry x O-head to green rig; Farmers carry return (44#ers)
AD x 1:00
1-1/4 Back squat x 3 (90#)
HS walk x 10 meters (+10 UB!)
Row x 1:00

01 Sep | Th
Warm-up| 3x
Rope work x :30
KBS x 5
BB RDLs x 5

Work | 6:00 class
Deadlift 4 x 3 (185, 185, 195, 195#)
Rest x 2:00
2-Position clean 10 x 1 (95, 95, 105#…)
-then-
6-Minute Abs! (10# plate)

Stretch | 15:00

Goodbye, August | W
Warm-up |3x
Row x 1:00
Wall ball x 7
DUs x 20
Goblet squat x 5

Work | O-lifting – Week 1
Snatch-grip push press + OHS 5 x 2 across (100#)
3x:
Good mornings  x 3 (95#)
DB row x 12 (30#)
-then-
Front squat 3 x 5 (115#)
Iso-hold bench press 3 x 6-10s

Stretch/Talk it out | 20:00

30 Aug | Tu
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 12
Prone Y raise x 16
Reverse curl-ups x 12

Warm-up | 3x:
OH walking lunges x 12
AD x 1:00
Palms-up BB row x 10

Work | 4x:
RDLs x 4 @5050 (125,135#…)
Rest x 1:00
Body row x 8
Rest x 1:00
-then-
SL hip thrusts 4 x 12 (15#)
Rest x 1:00 between the legs
-then-
AD x 10:00
E’ry 2:00, HS walk attempts x 3

Stretch | 15:00


Ah contrast. I was feeling so awesome before and during the Humphrey’s hike…

The intention this week was to do some moving and see what the response was in the hip-/back-/ass-on-the-funky-side region. So, yeah, did that. Really wanting to squat, but we had a reverse “Bump N’ Grind” situation: my mind was telling me yes, but my body, my booody was telling me no! So, what can I do to work da booty (okay, and the body) that isn’t squatting? Pulled some things from the archives… And things are feeling better, but some tightness remains in the back and in the hip when in the R-Kelly position.

Every time there’s a “rest a minute between legs” in my workout, my mind puts a “my” after the preposition and the gutter brain takes it from there…

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Gonna give Oly a try tomorrow. We’ll see if I’m walking funny after…

 

Press On

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On, has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race.” -Calvin Coolidge

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Iguana: The motherfucking saga continues…

21 Aug | Su
Mobility | 3x
Elbow plank + reach thru x 10 ea
Single-leg adductor sqaut x 10 ea
Banded hip bridges x 1:00

Work | x 25:00, rotating:
KB front rack carry x O-head to green rig (44#ers)
AD x 1:00
Sumo DL x 5 (155#)
HS walk x 10 meters (+10′ UB!)
Row x 1:00

Auxiliary | 3x
Reverse row sit-backs x 8
Leg curls in da rings x 8

Stretch | 20:00

20 Aug | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall press + rotation x 10
GA squats x 12
Hip hikes x 12 ea
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
KBS x 10
DUs x 30
Row x 1:00
Singe-arm banded rows x 10 ea

Work | O-lifting
2-Position snatch [hang-ground] 3 x 3 (65, 70, 70#)
1-1/4 OHS 3 x 3 (75, 85, 85#)
Halting snatch-grip DL [3s pause @ mid-thigh] 4 x 2 (135, 135, 135, 145#)
Side bridge 3 x max

Stretch | 15:00


The griddle wasn’t hot on Saturday. Rolled through. And then on Sunday… What I thought to be a recovery workout turned out to be some serious work, with those heavy front-rack carries. And I may have uncovered a kick-up approach that seems to get me to actually walk on the HS walks: staggered hand placement. Sunday’s soundtrack brought to you by the Love Me Nots: 

Nurture Your Nature

“Your life and destiny are determined to a large extent by your participation in the outcome.” ― Paul Stanley

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Julie’s genes likely contribute to her a strong, uh, hand game

I seem to be on a podcast sharing run. That’s not changing today. I suggest you take a listen to this one: The Garage Gym Athlete’s Podcast with the Max El-Hag. I really like hearing what that guy has to say, and not just because of the way he pronounces “strength”. The interview covers a lot of territory, including, but not limited to, the evolution of CrossFit as a sport, the head game of personal growth, and how our individual genetic make-up predisposes us to be good at something and the importance of recognizing what that thing is.

Own it, Julie.


27 July | W
Mobility | Did some

Warm-up | 2x
Row x 1:00
DUs x 30
OH walking lunges

Work | O-lifting – Week 5
Mid-hang snatch pulls 4 x 2 (115, 125, 135, 145#)
Tall muscle snatch + mid-hang muscle snatch 4 x 2 (55#)
Snatch + OHS 8 x 1 (4@85, 3@90, 1@95#)
Med ball drops 3 x 8 (14#)

Static stretching | IDGAF what those bastards say, it’s nice. Do/did it anyway

26 July | Tu
Warm up | 3x
RDL x 10 empty bar
Row x 200m
Single-arm banded rows x 10 ea

Work | Deadlift – 205# base
Rest x 3:00 btwn sets
5 @ 55% (115#)
5 @ 65% (130#)
5 @ 75% (155#)
3 @ 85% (175#)
1+ @ 95% (4 @ 195#)
4x:
Pendlay row x 10 reps @ 75#
right into
Seated single-arm press x 10 (20#)
Rest x 2:00
3x:
KB front rack lunge x whiteboard to ball wall (35# KBs)
right into
Hanging leg raise x 8 reps
Rest x 2:00

A very sweaty stretch | 20:00

25 July | M
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Side plank clammie holds x :40
TVA leg drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
BB lunges x 12
BB row x 10

Workout | [from the archives]
Front squat 5×1 (125,135,145,150, 150#)
– then –
EMOM x10:00:
1-1/4 front squat x3 @50% of “A” (75#)
– then –
EMOM x10:00, rotating:
Slam ball x 10 (30#)
Wall walk x 1 + 10 hip taps x2

Stretch | 20:00


M | The squat session felt good. Funny how those wun-an-a-quatta squats add up by that last minute. Some shoulder things going on with the inverted hip and shoulder taps. Regular wall walks were good, so doubled-up on those instead.

Tu | The DLs felt strong; helps to be sore from the previous days squats, easy to feel the booty in action. The front rack lunges left me breathing like sprints. 

W | Felt so much better than last Wednesday going into the workout. Much less muscle soreness, and my head was in a very good place. Focused on elbow position on the pulls. Muscle snatches, still not my wheelhouse, but better than it did last week.

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El Tigre pointed out the similarities between the muscle snatch and the paint-the-fence. Next time: headbands

 The snatch paired with the OHS felt solid, just a leeeedle bit slow. Here’s a vid of my last set, which was more of a power snatch + OHS: