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612: Accept that you have less control than you want | Paul + Wendy Projects 

My assigned Thursday workout scared me. I believe it to be true that I suck at pulling and pushing, so the thought of eeking out some bench press and strict pull-ups, well, I certainly wasn’t “handstands and pistols” kinda pumped about it.

As I stepped up to the rig to add a second assistance band for the pulling portion, I asked myself how I’d worked to change “this” – “this” being that “Motherfucker-I-still-don’t-have-dead-hangs/dread-at-working-through-something-I’m-seriously-terrible-at” feeling?

My answer was honest, but not the one I’d like to be able to give in response: not much. I hadn’t been working on it. Going through the motions (by, say, overhead pressing some light lbs you know you can nail, shrouded in the safety of the “proper form” umbrella – which is absolutely important, but also an easy scapegoat) isn’t the same as working toward something, Gunz. You know this.

And that, my friends, is how six banded pull-ups lead me to question my existence, over a few rounds of scotch.

The end.

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Haha! Just jokes! Though I did call it a night at the gymnasium. Revelations are exhausting; as is watching a group of clueless souls follow a mind-blowing 1-10-1-10… prescribed back squat rep scheme in the “XF” class. Know when to say when, indeed. Or when to ask questions…)

Walking away from that failed Thursday workout, I realized that I need to reacquaint myself with my fears. And instead of conveniently forgetting them, keep them on-deck, and use them bitches for my benefit.

This nugget from Max at the TTT sure was helpful. I like how he describes himself as being “intimate” with is fears, applying a positive connotation with something many of us like to keep in the shadows.

Along the lines of finding and acknowledging our hidden drivers, this read by James Clear on the schemas is pretty great too; our underlying beliefs persist – and have the potential to seriously hold us back.

How would you re-tell the legend of “The War of the Ghosts”? What are your “Save As” Schemas that shape your narrative?

Save me from myself
Sweet baby Jesus, save me from myself

11 Mar | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall walk x 1 + taps x 10
Palm-ups BB row x 10
Slam balls x 7 @ 20#

Work | Solo Oly
A1. Pressing snatch balance 4 x 2 (70, 70, 70, 75#)
A2. Heaving snatch balance x 2
A3. Snatch balance x 1
B. Snatch 10 x 2 (85, 90, 90, 95, 95, 95, singles @ 95, 100, 105, 110# [PR])

12 Mar | Su
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Side plan + leg lift (aligned AF) x :20

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x  7
Single-arm banded rows x 10 ea
DUs x 20

Work | [Do over Thursday]
5x:
Incline bench x 3 (80, 80, 85, 85, 90#)
Rest x 1:00
Banded pull-ups x 6 (blue + green)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
AD 30/30s x 20:00

Stretch | 15:00

13 Mar | M
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Single-arm DB press x 8 (15#)
DUs x 20

Work | 10x:
Back squat x 5 (115, 2 @125, 3 @ 135, 4 @ 140#)
Rest x 1:00
Wall walk x 2
Rest x 1:00
-then-
5x:
1-1/4 Front squats x 3 (95#)
Rest x 1:00
Banded hammies x 5 ea (blue)
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00


Saturday | That transition from pressing to heaving is trippy as fuck – getting my lats to fire fast. Baby PR on the snatch. Since it’s Open season we might be tempted to call that a squat snatch. Laaaaawd. 

Sunday | A second attempt of Thursday’s workout. Felt much better. I want some science on why the AD rides so differently from the assault bike: the OG AD has me feelin’ it in my hammies and my quads, not ALL quad like on the ass(ault) bike – ironically named. Hmm.

Pull-ups are my nemesis, but just like with the last one… I will conquer you, nemesis! Here’s some footage and analysis to start the siege:

Monday | Walked away from the back squats wondering if I should have done the sets across and/or heavier. I was expecting to feel more fatigued by the last set than I did. That second sip of air is like a switch to the glutes. I’m thinking it must keep me more up right and then those guys stay engaged better…? But I might merely be suffering from delusional cognitive bias. Tricky.

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Bone-In

“Always wear shoes that are good for running or fighting.” -Joe Strummer

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I believe Amy Winehouse made popular the terminology for the third kind of essential footwear…

And that brings us to this stimulating discussion with the Robb Wolf and clinical psychologist, Marianne Brandon, on how evolutionary theory can help us understand our desires to bone, and in particular, how the loss of our instincts when it comes to sex is impacting our relationship & sexual satisfaction.

If this were a book instead of a blog, here are the three sections that would be underlined in no. 2 (the note-worthy bits):

  • How masculinity and, perhaps emasculation, and is affecting our sexual relationships. (For more on that, check out this flick.)
  • How acknowledging the role of our evolutionary wiring can help remove the moral component and guilt than can be associated with our primal instincts, whether we’re talking about the bodily urge to consume the highly palatable foods, or the conflicting urges of novelty and security when it comes to sex in/and our relationships.
  • How movement – feeling and being connected mentally with one’s body – is a first step in reconnecting with our sexual instincts.

So yet again, it’s all connected, always changing, and the solution to the “problem” generally lies somewhere between the extremes.


16 Dec | F
Warm-up | AD x 5:00
3x:
Single-arm press x 5 ea
Banded rows x 10
Plate squats x 5

Work | Chin-over-bar holds 3 x :20, rest x 1:00
Ring dip holds 3 x :20, rest x 1:00
Pistols 3 x 5 ea, rest x 1:00
Wall walks 3 x 3 [slow + unbroken], rest x 1:00 (yes?)

Stretch it out | 20:00

15 Dec | F Eve
Mobility | 3x
Glute press x 10
Single-arm plank x :25 ea
Banded clammies x 12 ea
Banded glute bridges x :45

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall walk + 5 lateral walks ea way
Palms-up BB row x 8

Work | NFT
3x:
AD x 15 cals
KB row x 10 ea (26#)
HS walk x 10′ (7′ max.)
-Rest x 2:00-
4x:
KB clean + press + snatch + 5 swings – ea side (35#)
Zercher squat x 5 (95#)
-Rest x 2:00-
Single-leg banded hamstring curls 5 x 3-5 ea (blue)

Stretch | 10:00


Th | Despite having written it on the whiteboard correctly, I mis-read the assignment and did 5 rounds of the first part (likely 6 because I lost count and did an extra round to be sure), and only 3 of the last. I thought I was getting off easy on the hammies. The single arm KBS were interesting because my torso really wanted to twist when I was using my left hand, which I’d like to investigate.

F | WOD (word of the day, obvs, because we drink the bean ’round here not the kool-aid): Post-activation potentiation in contrasting sets. Okay, that’s more of a phrase.

Now to the training: ring holds were a challenge for real, with the instigation of the shoulder shrug occurring at about the 15s mark. Experimented with body position, which helped some by the third set.

CMU exterior walls comes in handing when stringing together wall walks. The goal “bottom” position was for my body to be parallel to the floor, which was about 3 rows of block up, or +/- 24″. I found at about row 4 (+32″) I had to slow way down and try to get lower, but… didn’t hit the goal point each time. So close. We’ll see next go around. Stringing them together made them much more challenging. Hello, breath.