Better Meat

“If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em” – Jeffrey Dahmer

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R. Crumb illustrates “cardio”

Robb Wolf is making the podcast rounds promo-ing his new book, Wired To Eat – which is currently on my coffee table waiting to be consumed. His chat with The Aussies pulled ahead of the pack by one of their standard closing question: If you could interview anyone (alive) who would it be? Wolf’s response: a tag team interview with Jenna Jameson and Jane Goodall. So paleo.

But seriously, the books sounds like an interesting read, or listen – for the duration of a 45-minute stint on a bike, perhaps. It even features some hands-on testing! Everyone’s favorite subject: but what about me?

If you are not amused by the ‘meat’ pic… Scram! Just kidding. Here’s one that involves more of the protein you’ll actually eat. Like chew. And swallow – for the gainz. Click the image source to check the whole article. Knowledge is power. And power takes up more than half a bike seat.

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“More Protein, Better Protein” by Diana Rogers, RD, of Sustainable Dish

And if all that’s nice, but you’re hungry for some fitspo, I got you. Courtesy of Jocko:


26 Apr | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Banded clammies x 15 ea
TVAs x 15

Work | “Cardio Glaze” – makes ya high like a donut
Bike x 10:00
5x: Row x 300m + push-ups x 10
Bike x 10:00
5x: Row x 300m + Chinese row x 5 ea (25#) + jump lunges x 20
Bike x 10:00

Stretch sesh | Quit yer bitchin’, Sara!

27 Apr | Th
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg elev hip bridge x 10 ea
Side plank + leg lift (still with the knee) x :20 ea
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Work | “Observations”
A1. SL hip bridge hold 3 x :30 ea; Right into
A2. TGU x 3 (45#); Rest x 1:00
B1. Hip extensions 3 x 12 (25, 20, 10#); Right into
B2. Rev lunge x 5 ea (30, 25, 25#)
C. Deadlift 5 x 3 (185, 4 @195#); Rest x 3:00
D1. Box step-ups x 10 ea; Right into
D2. DUs x 40

28 Apr | F
Mobility | 3x
Cossack lunge x 8
Prone Y raise x 10
Glute press x 10

Work | “Whiskey Dick”
A. Bike x 45:00
B. 5x:
Handstand hold x :30
Jump rope x 30 singles
Quad hip extension hold x :20 ea
Step-ups x 10 ea (18”)


Tu | Didn’t want to show up. But I did – and got really into it.  I see what you did there – mixing up the bike with the rows. Was really happy with how the push-ups felt. Tried to not let my quads touch the floor which seemed to help keep me in position. The rows felt retarded on my left side – on my right I can fill the muscles engage in sequence – not the case on my left side. Feels like I am pulling from my trap and neck. My low-back began to bug the last 2 rounds of rowing. 

I still experience the occasional “what the fuck is going on here” moments at the globo…

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Start

But increasingly feelings like this cat in a bowl…

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Finish

Played around with some wall stands and position work during the stretch. Couldn’t help but listen in on a PT sesh during my stretch. Sara – I’m pretty sure no ‘h’ – prefers whining to working.

Th | I think I got “A” wrong – ended up doing 18 TGUs in total. Is that right? I’d pulled the 50# KB anticipating doing the last round with that, but fuuuuuh no! The hip extensions with weight got heavy fast; really felt them in my very low back. My right hammie was bugging a little throughout the workout. Were the step-ups supposed to be weighted? Noticed I was doing the pike thing whilst jumping rope. I feel like there’s a little kink in the chain somewhere…

F | Decided to name the workouts for fun times. Today’s is named thus as sitting on that bike for 45:00 puts my crotch to sleep… but also makes me sweaty. Felt a little self-conscious on the handstands at the globo (seriously it’s a little strange with the game crowds there) but focused on my own shit and did the work. Totally couldn’t do single jumps with the rope! Haha! Forgot to film, so no off-your-seat footage to share.

Sorcery

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Know your sources. Where’s that coming from…?

The last couple weeks have presented me with many opportunities to be an observer… of some new surroundings (gym anthropology) and of myself. Truth be told all of life gives us that chance, right? But are we paying attention? And are we open to seeing the full spectrum of things presented to us?

I really liked this article Raymundo shared with the DTP crew, Every Movement Is a Skill, If You’re Listening. That’s not actually the title – it’s a way better one! Read it and tell me I’m wrong. It reminded me of a recent exchange between The Aussies about movement and how it is – and isn’t – like porn: it’s not about how it looks (okay, it’s a little about how it looks), it’s about how it feels.

So let’s rearview: you gotta be open to it (new methodology – globo and that other thing) and engaged in the process enough to feel it, not excessively focused on what it looks like in the mirror(s) or from inside your box. You get all that?

Of course you did.

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Surely a better method to lure passengers off over-sold flights #sorcery

And speaking of new things, here’s my new favorite channel – MegSquats:

Oh man, I have the best sources. How about the single-leg squats!? Gimme some… (See workout notes below.)


11 Apr | Tu
Warm-up | Orient thyself
Row x 500m
Bike x 8:00

Work | [Doing it anyway]
A1.  BB incline bench 5 x 5 (75#); Rest x 1:00
A2.  Single leg RDL x 10 ea (44#); Rest x 1:00
B1.  DB bench 3 x 5 (30#); Rest x 1:00
B2.  Rev DB fly’s x 10 (12.5#); Rest x 1:00

Stretch + roll | 15:00

12 Apr | W
Warm-up | Row x 500m
3x:
PVC things
DUs x 30

Work | [with Mr. Megs]
A. DL 7 x 3 (185, 6@ 195#); Rest x 2:00
B1. Single-arm DB snatch 7 x 3 ea (35, 35, 5@ 40#); Right into
B2. Single-leg hip bridge x 10 ea (20#); Rest x 1:00
C. Lat pull-downs 4 x 10 (70, 90, 80, 60#); Rest x 1:00

Straaatch | 10:00

13 Apr | Th
Warm-up | 3x
DUs x 30
KBS – goblet – ‘round da – snatch x 5 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work | [I don’t always do 5 rounds, but when I do, I do 6]
A1. [Seated] Single-arm DB press x 5 ea (25, 2@ 27.5, 3@ 30#)
Rest x 1:00
A2. Chinese row x 10 (15, 5@ 17.5#)
Rest x 1:00
B. EMOM x 10:00
KBS x 7 (60#) + push-ups x 5
C. Bike x 20:00

Stretch + mob | 10:00

15 Apr | Sa
Mobility |3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | Bike x 5:00

Work | [TTW Things start making sense…]
A. RDLs 7 x 5 (125#); Rest x 1:00
B1. DB Bi’s 4 x 20 (17.5, 15, 15, 15#)
Rest x 1:00
B2. Tricep push-downs x 12 (Rope grip, 25#)
Rest x 1:00
C. [Seated] Hamstring curls 3 x 10 (70, 90, 90#)
Rest x 1:00
D. Leg extension 3 x 10 (70#)
Rest x 1:00

Bonus: TGUs x 10:00 (50#)

Stretch | 20:00


Tu | So uncomfortable…

W | The RDL into hip bridges had me (and the Zor-cerer… Yep. That WAS dumb!) breathing nicely and all kinds of day-after sore (speaking for myself on that last part). Exploring the pull-downs, thus the all-over-the-board on the lbs. Got too heavy and started repping all janky-like so I backed off and refocused on feeling the initiation of the movement and where I felt it down and up the chain as the movement progressed. Also… abz.

Th | The swings felt fantastic and the reflections (So. Many. Mirrors. And sneaking lighting that makes you look jaaacked! Magic tricks, indeed.) were fun. I really enjoyed blowing the dust off my gym jams for the “cardio” portion.

Sa | I am perplexed and excited by all the contraptions for squatting at the globo. Aaand I eyed a floor-mount for landmines! I’m digging all this new stuff to try. The tri’s and bi’s really revealed asymmetry in movement and how/where I feel them. The leg extensions and curls… slayed me! I’m am beginning to recognize how the globo cycle has the ability to add to the toolbox, not taking away from the work I’ve already put in. And man was it fun to wrap up with some of my favorites – the TGU – after doing new things! 

In addition to new digs, people, and methods, I also performed some internet searches I’d not imagined I’d be doing a mere 6 mos ago. Like “seated or laying hamstring curl machine”  or “proper form cable tricep push-downs“. Sources matter – so much contradictory info – so I need to flush out the “Catalyst Athletics” of globo reads.

Lastly, AD hunting on the CL got me like…

Future Past

“The mind is a curious thing. The reason why we sometimes find ourselves in awe of moments as they are happening is because the mind never lives in the present, the body does. But the mind shifts between what the body has left behind and what’s yet to come.” -Sidd Long

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Pygmalion & Galatea  | The myth and the painting, by Jean-Léon Gérôme. Can you guess who is who? #alessoninLats #dabootyofthesuperiorplane

Check out the opening segment of this episode of Modern Love on the differences in the way men and women write about – and think about – love. Is your view into the future and/or the past?


21 Mar | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Chin-over-bar holds x :20
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
BB press x 8
DUs x 20

Work | 10x
Bench x 3 (85#)
Rest x 1:00
Body row x 6
Rest x 1:00
-and den-
Single-leg hip bridges x 12 ea (20, 25, 30, 30#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
-and zen-
AD x 10:00

22 Mar | W
Warm-up | Oly prep

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
Sled push x 100m (215#)
Farmers carries x 100m (53#ers)
AD x 20 cals

Stretch | 10:00

24 Mar | F
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Hanging straight-let raise x 8

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Banded row x 10
DUs x 20

Work | EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
DB snatch x 3 ea (35#) + slam balls x 3 (30#)
Row x :30
-then-
Alternating TGUs x 10:00 (44, 53, bottoms-up 26#)

25 Mar | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 8
Supinated BB row x 8
Wall walk + taps x 10
DUs x 20

Work | O-lifting
Snatch + hang snatch x 10 sets [Across – medium weight – technique] (95#)
Rack jerk 10 x 1 (125#)

Mini-stretch | 10:00


Light week – going by feel. The sled work on Wednesday was legit hard – lots of heavy breathing – or effort to manage it.

First time ever doing the single-arm dumbbell snatches. Focused on keeping the shoulders in alignment per the M&M #nofire

Warming up for Saturday Oly I was totally able to trace the tightness from my back to hip as I moved into a squat – which lead me to turn those snatches into powers. Collecting data…

The adductors! The fab five muscles make up what we know as groin musculature and often undervalued in terms of the role in performance and human movement and often overlooked as well. They attach to the inner portions of the thigh and also to the pelvis at different locations. The longus, brevis and magnus attach more anteriorly whereas the pectineus and gracilis attach more posteriorly and part of the anterior oblique subsystem and lateral subsystem, and powerful muscles with many aspects of stabilization especially during walking. They are also direct antagonists to glute max, TFL and glute medius. These son-a-bitches can either be facilitated or inhibited depending on many factors. —————————————————– For example , if the glutes are on vacation and not functioning properly (happens all the time), The hamstrings often take over the primary work of the glutes to extend the hip. This creates strain particularly on adductors to adduct the hip because the glutes are inhibited. The most common groin pulls are (pectineus, adductor longus/brevis). They are also analogous to tibialis posterior and peroneal's roll and stabilizing the ankle during frontal plane movement, and my fav, also involved in eccentric deceleration and aspects of rotation. —————————————————– If adductors are dysfunctionally or chronically tight, they will always battle with the glutes or other musculature and won't allow the pelvis to get out of large anterior tilt with internal rotation and will cause issues throughout the chain and even create knee pain as well. In most cases the adductors are overworking (facilitated). Release adductors if you have a hip pain,knee pain and groin pain, but first find out why they are overworking in the first place. #muscles #movement #performance #anatomy #strength #awesome #flex #coach #knowledge #gains #instadaily #picoftheday #glutes #squats #athlete #results #rehab #lifting #science #lifestyle #gym #workout #training #strong #bodybuilding #powerlifting #fitness #exercise #health #followme

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Cadence

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives you the test first, the lesson afterwards.” -Vern Law

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Valery Shchekoldin: Uliyanovsk, 1978 

Starting off the work week sequence with this conversation between Tim Ferriss and Mark Bittman because it left me in a solid state on the flip side. I particularly liked the part on Mr. Bittman’s interview style. I wonder what the social media would look like, or fuck, what conversations would sound like if we all had just a skoach more curiosity, and more generosity for listening…?


10 Dec | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Slam balls x 7
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – Week Seeex
OHS w/ 2s pause at the bottom 10 x 1 [across] (95#)
Hang snatch 10 x 1 [across] (85#)
Snatch 5 x 1 [across]
Single-leg RDLs 3 x 8 ea

Stretch | 10:00

09 Dec | F
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 12
Elbow plank + reach across x 10 ea
Scorpions x 5 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 10
Wall walk x 1
Chinese row x 7 ea

Work | Back squat 5 x 5 (135,140,140,140,145#)
Rest x 2:00 btwn
5x:
Single-leg hip thrust x 12 ea (26#)
Right into
Monster walks x 10 ea way
Rest x 1:00
-then-
Turkish get-ups x 10:00 (worked up to 53#)

Stretch | 20:00


F | Dooode, some single-leg work revelations: that right glute/hammie moves so differently than the left. It be cray. Or fancy in a bad way. Stayed conservative on the lbs on the squats as to not Dexter my hip. First set was a lot of flexor, but remedied that on the remainders. Two sips (of air) at the top makes all the difference #bracethatbish 

Sa | Only got through the hangs – ran outta time. Cadence… And space(ing). Work in progress on the receiving position, but it certainly feels a lot better. The brakes seem to kick in when I get fah-tee-gua’d. (That means when I’m tired, get it?)

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‘Nog Nite 2016 is in the books! Bring on the Holiday Beat…

The Space Between

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Word.

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Today’s quote brought to you by the JRE, on accountability, recognizing your role(s), and picking up scents (and 421 other things because it’s the JRE). It pairs nicely with scotch and this article on how the manner in which we express our emotions (or don’t) affects our health; for example, the difference between being with anger vs just being angry.

Anyone else humming DMB? I’ll take responsibility for the earworm…


04 Nov | F
Warm-up | Row x 500m
3x:
BB row x 8
BB RDL x 8
KBS x 8

Work | 10x
Back squat x 2 @ challenging weight (155, 160, 8 @ #165)
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 (26# KBs)
Rest x 1:30

Stay bendy | 15:00

03 Nov | Th
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
COB holds x :20
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall balls x 7
Banded rows x10 ea

Work | EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Clean + FS + FS @ 115#
DUs x 40
– Rest x 4:00 –
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Wall walk + taps x 10
Slam balls x 7 @ 30#
– Rest x 4:00 –
TGUs x 10:00 (44,53, bottoms up @ 26#)

Stretchin’ wit da beeyoches | 20:00

02 Nov | W
Mobility| 3x
Wall rotation + slides x 10
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 12 ea
VA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 200m
DUs x 30
Fun with the pipes

Work | O-lifting
Clean pulls 4 x 2 (175, 185, 185, 195#)
Hang clean + high-hang clean 6 x 1 (3 @125, 2 @130, 135#)
3x:
Single-arm seated press x 6 ea (26#)
Side plank + leg lift x :45 (knees/hips/shoulders aligned, stacked + open, squeezing the flutes like a mother bitch)
Stretch | 15:00


Tu | Being with anger meets whisky for dinner: not very nutrient-dense, but makes for good stories. 

W | Heeeby weights felt good. 

Th | Rain coming down + overhead doors up = a glorious perk of the new digs. I swear I’m gonna slam ball(s) until my ass is as close to hitting rubber as possible on my snatch. I’m coming for you 120#. 

F | Last time I did this workout at 150#; felt really good today at 165#. Notes for next time.

Glistening Bollocks

“I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb corner of nonfeeling, or stop questioning and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always with new insight, new understanding, and new love.” -Sylvia Plath

And to lighten things up a bit from the weight of the bell jar there, here’s a solid read on The Pursuit of Happiness.


09  Oct | Su
Mobility | 3x
Chin-over-bar holds x :20
Cossack lunge x 8 ea
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 10
BB pres x 5
Palms fwd BB row x 10
BB sit-ups x 10

Work | EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
Incline bench x 3 (75#) + DUs x 30
1-1/4 OHS x 3 (80#)
Assault bike x 1:00
-then-
4x:
DB row x 12 ea (25#)
Rest x 1:00
Banded T’s x 10 (Yella)
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00

08 Oct | Sa
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Wall rotation + press x 10
Single-leg elev hip bridge x 10 ea
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
DUs x 30
Banded rows x 10

Work | O-lifting – Week 6
Muscle snatch 4 x 2 (65#)
Snatch balance 8 x 1 [build] (4 sets @ 70#)
3x:
Snatch high-pull x 2 (115#)
Snatch x 2 (75, 75, 85#)
-then-
ISO back squats 4 x 10s

07 Oct | F
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg adductor squat x 8 ea
Scap press x 10
Prone glute press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
Carries x 100m (44#ers: see notes)
AD x 1:00
Sumo DL x 5 (155#)
HSW x 12′ (10′ UB max)
Row x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00

06 Oct | Th
Mobility | 3x
GA skwaat x 10
Elbow plank + reach thru x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Hanging leg raise x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 10
Single-arm press x 7 ea

Work [Favorite] | 4x:
Box squats x 5 (115#)
Hip thrusts x 10 (115#)
GH raise x 10 (15#)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
TGUs x 15:00 (44,53#)

Stretch | 15:00


Booty blast Thursday (!) made for a Recovery Friday. The lighter sumos helped alleviate some of the soreness in the region where the ‘strangs meet the glutes. The carries were uncomfortable as designed; switched from front rack to OH + suitcase after three rounds – kept losing my shoulder position. After two rounds of the OH/suitcase combo went to farmer’s style, because I was doing the neck strain thing. Perhaps it would have been better to just use lighter KBs from the start and maintain the front rack carries…?

Saturdays Oly: Tight mid-back. Man, snatches felt so awesome last week! Couldn’t get the back to fire on the snatch balance; s-l-o-w, bent elbows. Stopped after 4 attempts when it was clear it wasn’t gonna happen. Rolled through the remainder of the workout keeping it on the lighter side. Felt those ISO holds the rest of the day #CNSdonezo

Came in on Sunday with the intention to just foam roll. Decided to EMOM, too. 

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Post-EMOM Sunday feels. And a true story

Sustain Your Struggle

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” -James A. Froude

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I really like how this article approaches the question, “What do you want out of your life?”. Investigating the shadow side and the trade-offs of what one seeks to gain…


07 Sep | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 8
COB holds x :20
Glute press x 10
Side plank + LL x :35

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 200m
Wall balls x 10
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting
Clean shrug [mid-hang] 3 x 3 (165#)
2-Position clean [floor-high hang] + push jerk + jerk x 3 (115, 115, 120#)
3x:
Alternating supermans 3 x 10-30ish to exhaustion
ISO scapular wall hold 3 x 8-10s

Straaatch | Uh-huh

05 Sep | M
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + press x 10
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea
SL Elev adductor squat x 10 ea
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
DUs x 20
SA KBS x 10
SA DB row x 10ea

Work | 4x
Box squats x 5 (115, 125#…)
Banded hip thrusts x 1:00
GHR x 10 (15# plate)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
TGUs x 15:00 (53#)

Stretch | 15:00

03 Sep | Sa
Warm-up | Some mobility + DUs

Work | O-lifting
Snatch 5 x 2 (85, 90, 90, 95, 95#)
Clean pulls 4 x 3 (135, 145, 155, 155#)
High-hang cleans 3 x 2 (110#)
Iso lunges 4 x 10s ea

Stretch + MFR | 20:00


The parts felt really good for Oh-lifting. It was nice to kick it off with snatches first, not fatigued for a change (though I understand the benefit of doing them thus). They felt really solid.

Monday’s box squats and the TGUs felt solid, as did O-lifting sesh.