“The society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools. – Thucydidies

What do you think – does good exist without evil? Can a weak (hu)man, be a good (hu)man?

Jorden B argues that no, no he cannot, as a person is not moral if they are just harmless – if the option of demonstrating strength isn’t even on the table.

How about this – consider both definitions of the word “meek”:

Meek [mēk/]
1. quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.
2. one who carries a sword, and possesses the knowledge of how to use it, but chooses to keep it sheathed

Now consider these words from The Bible in light of them both:

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

If you want more considerations, listen to the whole conversation. And ask yourself, as I have been all week, am I choosing the heroic path, or am I erring on the side of the complacent coward? Are you keeping your life sheathed out of compliance, or by choice?

31 Jan | W
Warm-up | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Wall balls x 10
KB snatch x 3 ea

Work |
A. Stairs x 15:00
B. EMOM x 30:00, alternating:
Power clean x 3 (115#)
DUs x 30
C. McGill curl-up 3 x :45 ea [:15 btwn sides]

01 Feb | Th
A. Bike x 20:00
B. GHR 3 x 10
BS x 10
BB yumps x 5
C. BS 7 x 1 [tough] [3:00] (185, 195(PR!), 190, 190, 190, 185, 190#)
D. FS 3 x 5 [1:30] (125#)
E1. KB FR lunge 3 x 8 ea (30/35#) [RI]
E2. Side plank x :30 ea [1:30]

02 Feb | F
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides + rotation x 8
SL bird dogs x 10 ea
Popes x 15 ea
TVAs x 15

Work |
A1. ½ Kneeling BU KB press 4 x 7 ea (20#)
A2. GM x 10 (75#)
A3. SA row x 10 ea (30#)
B1. DB bench {neutral grip] 5 x 7 [1:30] (25#)
B2. Pendlay row x 10 [2:00] (75#)
C. Close-grip lat PDs 3 x 10 [1:00] (80,85, 90#)
D1. EZ Hammer curl bi’s 4 x 12 [1:00] (15#)
D2. Rope tri’s x 12 [1:00] (20#)

Stretch | 10:00

03 Feb | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Slam ball x 7 @20#
Banded RDLs x 10 ea
Banded rows x 10 ea

Work |
A. 4x:
Row x 2:00 (475, 481, 485, 479m)
KBS x 10 (45, 3@50#)
Push-ups x 10
B. DL 7 x 1 – tough [3:00] (5@205, 2@210#)
C. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Power snatch x 3 (75#)
DUs x 20 + jump squats x 5

Stretch | 5:00

04 Feb | Su
Mobility | 2x
Shoulda CARs x 3 ea
Cossacks x 8 ea (ooh boy these felt solid)
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:00
Wall balls x 10 @15#
Single arm KB snatch x 5 ea @ 30#

Work |
A. 10x: PC x 1 + Clean x 2 [2:00] (2@115, 2@120, 3@125, 2@130, 135#)
B. Jerk 10 x 2 [2:00] (push: 95, split: 3@105, 5@110, 115#)
C. Back squat 4 x 5 [2:00] (135, 140, 145, 150#)

Stretch | 10:00

W | The EMOM was fun, and harder than I thought it would be. And those McGill curl-ups are INTENSE. I like how much feedback you get regarding proper position. My neck would start to cramp, then I’d adjust and focus on the abs, and crazy enough my neck didn’t hurt anymore. 

Th | Old PR was 185, and dang that was easy peasy. Pretty excited about the new one. Two hundy (back squat) has been a club I’ve wanted to be a member of for a while; knocking on that door… Felt like I “should” have been able to go heavier on the front rack lunges, but ooh, those were rough, even with the conservative weight.

F | Excited that the neutral grip allowed me to get in some pressin’. Twenty-five was the limit where I could still push without not good feelings in the right shoulder; time to get that checked out. Pendlay’s felt nice and strong. It’s crazy to me how my biceps stop working at a certain point.

Sa | ‘A’ had me managing my breath; ‘B’ had me managing my head; ‘C’ was a little of both. Hardest part of the DL is that first inch off the floor. If that goes well, giddyup. If not… I tend not to fight for it – not gonna fuck up my back for a DL rep. But then, have I ever fucked myself up on a DL? No, I have not, so… 

Su | Turned away from the mirrors and, man, the cleans felt really good. Kept it conservative on the jerks because of the shoulder and because holy smokes my abz were working – or at least that’s where I was feeling fatigued. BACK SQUATS ARE FEELING AWESOME!!!


Makin’ Eyes

“The moment was all; The moment was enough.” -Virginia Woolf

[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.

Choice or Chains?

“Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed, and you haven’t been.” –Marcus Aurelius

Kids Getting Hurt might be my favorite thing on the internet right now. (Thanks, Matty Nice!) The (delayed) reactions caught on the record, also interesting; “Is this where I’m supposed to cry?” Nah, kiddos, let’s choose laughter.

On his latest podcast episode, Robb Wolf hit up Gretchen Rubin for a chat about The Four Tendencies. If you’re wondering what the fuck The Four Tendencies are, I don’t know what to tell you. I expected more outta you. That not helpful? Fine. I was just playin’ anyway.

The Four Tendencies is system that identifies different ways people react to expectations. My tendency is Rebel (though I lean a little to the Questioner). Rebel is the tendency of choice. No, not like the meat. That would be Prime.

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According to the framework, Rebels “resist all expectations, outer and inner alike. They act from a sense of choice, from freedom. They resist control, even self-control, and enjoy flouting rules and expectations. They sometimes frustrate others—and even themselves—because they resist any expectation, even one that’s self-imposed. Rebels resist habits, but they can embrace habit-like behaviors by tying their actions to their choices and their identity.”

I think that last line is particularly compelling for me, personally, as I can struggle with doing that to an extreme, chaining myself to one particular identity or another. As someone who is also resistant to change – not just expectation – that can be an issue. Listening to the podcast was a good reminder for me about the importance of owning that knowledge about myself, then taking a step back and looking at a things, people, a situation, and maybe a belief in a different light, from a different perspective.

“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, ‘What else could this mean?’” -Shannon L. Alder

So yeah, choice – it’s e’rywhere. What are you choosing at this moment? What are you chaining yourself to?

A: The sofa! It’s football season! (Or did we just go a little BDSM? Pick a safeword. I say “Trump” – if that doesn’t make your dick limp, I don’t know what will.)

Day 264/365 | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squat x 10
Reaching dead bugs x 20

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 5
KB snatch x 5 ea
KB RDL x 5 ea

Work |
A1. Deads 7 x 3 (4@ 185, 3@ 195#) [1:30]
A2. Half-kneeling DB press x 7 ea (25#) [1:30]
B1. Buenos dias 3 x 10 12 (75, 75, 65#) [1:30]
B2. Dbl DB row x 10 (25#) [1:30]
C1. [Cable] pallof press  3 x 12 (20, 25, 25#) [1:00]
C2. Bent-over reverse flies x 12 (10#) [1:00]

Home yoga | 25:00

21 Sept | Th
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
SL elev hip bridges x 10 ea
Reverse curl-ups – slow as a motherfucker x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall walk x just one!
Slam ball x 5
Kang squats x 10

Work |
A1. SL RDL 4 x 10 ea (45# KB) [:30]
A2. FS x 8 [BB only] x 8 [:30]
B. Concentric front squats 5 x 3 (105, 115, 3@ 120#) [3:00]
C. (Prone) Hamstring curl machina (45, 50, 45, 45#) 4 x 12 [1:30]
D1. Hanging bent-knee raise Dip holds 3 x 8 :40 [1:00]
D2. SA DB snatch x 5 ea (35#) [1:00]

23 Sept | Sa
Saturday Hike Club
Geronimo – National – Mormon loop | 6.5 mi

24 Sept | Su
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
Super bird dogs x 12 ea
TVAs x 15
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 7
KBS x 7
Push-ups x 7

Work |
A. 4x:
Single-unders x 50
SA DB bench x 5 ea (30#)
Chinese row x 5 ea (30, 25, 25#)
B. Push press 7 x 2 (2@ 95, 2@100, 2@105, 110#) [2:00]
C1. SA DB snatch 4 x 3 ea (35#) [right into]
C2. Sled push x 20m (+135, 3@ +160#) [2:00]

Stretch | 15:00

W | Deadlifts felt good. It’s crazy how much more I am feeling the pushing through the floor. Felt them a ton in my lats. Then to move onto the kneeling press. Ooh. Had to be mindful of hip positioning with those. Toughest move of the workout were the good mornings. Was curious about my form, but forgot my phone to captcha some footage. The reverse flies are also a weak spot. Ten seem light, but I do a neck thing when I go up to 15#ers, so… Ten it is… For right now.

Th | Pre-training status: feelin’ the posterior chain, particularly the low back and hammies. I enjoyed the sequencing of this session, part A was like a second warm-up. Ish. Those KB RDLs got my QL speaking on the left side. I notice that happens when I do the kangs, too. Noted. I am really feelin’ (both senses) the concentric lifts. And my lifters. Subbed dip holds because there is a serious lack of places to hang from at the globo gyms. DB snatches sure get my heart rate hard.

Sa | It was a nice day for a hike.

Su | It was a nice day to push a sled. I don’t know how much the sled weighs, nor did any of the employees manning the joint. So those numbers posted are the plate weight.