Sheathed

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

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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/]
adjective
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.”

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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!!!

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Begin(ner) Again

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” -Margaret Thatcher

New things shaking up the balance of chaos and order in life right now; I’d forgotten what it’s like to be a beginner at something – which obviously means I need to pursue it more. I’ve been mulling over this talk from B. Petersen (thanks, TG).  Timely considerations on the power of humans to posit and go after the potential in life, and the sacrifices we make in order to do so. And that question about earning the right to identify with an idea, testing it in your own life to see what of it, well, yeah… begin again.


09 Jan | Tu
Mobility | 10:00

Work |
A. Stairs x 15:00
B. Bike x 15:00
C. 5x:
SA FR carry x 30m ea (40#)
KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
Hollow rocks x :15
Cossacks x 20
D. Stairs x 10:00

10 Jan | W
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Rev curl-ups x 10

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. Good mornings 4 x 10
RNT x 5 ea
1-1/4 BS x 5
C. FS 5 x 3 [3:00] (145, 4@150#)
D. Zercher squats 3 x 7 [1:30] (105, 105, 110#)
E. Pallofs 3 x 20 [1:00] (20#)

12 Jan | F
Mobility | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Popes x 15 ea
WP DBs x 1:00
COB hold x:20
Hip CARs x 3 ea

Work |
A1. ½ Kneeling BU SA press 4 x 7 ea (18#)
A2. RNT reverse lunge [band pulling out] x 8 ea
A3. Rope x :45 [1:00]
B1. DB Incline bench 5 x 7 [1:30] (22.5, 25, 30, 3@25#)
B2. Pendlay row x 10 [2:00] (65, 70, 3@75#)
C. Wide-grip lat pull-downs 4 x 10 [1:00] (70, 75, 75, 80#)
D. Hanging knee raise 3 x 12 [as req’d]

13 Jan | Sa
Mobility | 3x
SL elev HB x 10 ea
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:00
Wall ball x 10
Slam ball x 5

Work |
A. 10x: PC x 2 + Jerk x 1 [across] [2:00] (115#)
B. Snatch-grip DL 5 x 3 [3:00] (155#)
C. GHR 3 x 12 (10#)
D1. DB bi’s 4 x12 [1:00] (20#)
D2. Tricep PDs x 12 [1:00] (20#)

Stretch | some

14 Jan | Su
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Windmill x 5 ea

Work |
Bike x 15:00
Home yoga x 60:00

15 Jan | M
Mob + warm-up | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Wall walk + taps x 10

Work |
A. 5x :
Rope x 1:00
SA DB snatch x 5 ea (35, 4@40#)
TGU x 2 ea (45#)
Scap Pus x 10
B. Push press 5 x 3 [2:00] (85, 90, 95, 100, 100#)
C1. Pull-up machine 4 x 8 [1:00] (70, 70, 70, 80#)
C2. Dip x 8 hold x :45 [1:00]
D. Plank + alternating LL x :40 [:30]


Tu | Serious DOMs from Sunday, especially in the high and ousside boo-tay. Snatches felt super snappy, but then that’s moderate lbs, so… math. Part C = abz.

W | Front squats felt really good, as did the zerchers.

F | The RNTs with the band pulling out were crazy, especially on the left side. Couldn’t get into position with the 30# DBs on the bench, that right shoulder is still having it’s moments, but provided I kept the lbs down a bit, there wasn’t any pain. I think the lat machine is the busiest one in the joint; but hooray for Friday night! I got it all to myself. The hanging from the bar on D shot my grip before my abz, fo sho.

Sa | Jerks were the limiter on the barbell. Having been doing many jerks… and I could tell! But the cleans felt really great, though that’s pretty light for ma cleans. REALLY felt the DLs in the glutes, and then every contraction of my hammies on the GHR after. Those. Were. Painful. (In a good way.) Right side is the limiter on the bi’s – wanted to stop working on the last couple reps of the last two rounds. Made some faces and that did the trick.

Su | Started a cardio workout, had a thing, ended up getting in some movement with an hour long YouTube home yoga flow.

M | Part A had me sweaty as hell; singles are not my forte. Push press felt good, the shoulder really forced me to utilize the dip. Shoulder wasn’t having the dips, so made it into a hold. The new-to-me planks were work, lots of activation in the trunk.

Edge Conditions

“People get really interesting when they start to rattle the bars of their cages.” Alain de Bottom

Ever notice a lot of interesting shit happens at the edges of things? Sunrise and set, transitions from ends to new beginnings, the conversations happening on the side, or better yet, what’s not being said? Just some of the thoughts provoked by this podcast with the dude over at Wolf Brigade. What are you learning from the periphery of your training/(in)actions?


07 Dec | W
Mobility | 3x
Prone glute press x 10
Scap press x 10
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall slides x 10
Single-arm banded rows x 10 ea
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – Week 6
Clean pull 5 x 2 (165,175,175,185,185#)
Push press + jerk 5 x 1 (95,105,115,115,115#)
Jerk 5 x 1 (125,130,135,135,135#)
Tricep push-downs x 100

06 Dec | Tu
Mobility | 3x
SL elev hip bridge x 12 ea
COB hold x :20
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
BB RDL x 10
BB row x 10

Work | 8x:
Deadlift x 3 (3 @185, 5 @195#)
Rest x 1:00
Death march x 10 steps (35# KBs)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
Row x :30

Stretch | for real.


Tu | The hip/crotch/upper-inner thigh (do you need more descriptors?) region felt good once I got going, though the movement pattern on the right side felt a little janky on the death marches. KB snatches keep it real – no cheatin’ that movement without repercussions. The row sprint paired with those were some fun times.

W | The jerks felt the best they’ve felt, maybe ever; fast, solid, and with a good finish. (One can’t just walk away from a jerk joke.) Felt like I was able to fire away and take my head out of the equation a bit.

Ahh, some of the periphery at the ‘nasium be profound; some be more like…

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The “Other(s)”

“All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.” – Blaise Pascal

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The Golden Rule: Do Unto Others…

Black Mirror, “Men Against Fire”. Watch it. If perception is reality, what’s augmenting your view?


12 Nov | Sa
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 12
Prone y raise x 12
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
BB row x 10
DUs x 20

Work | O-lifting – Week 2
Pause snatch [2s @ +1″ and mid-thigh] 10 x 1 (75, 80, 80, 85, 4 @ 90, 95#…)
BTN snatch-grip seated press 3 x 2 (55, 60, 65, 70#)
3x:
Reverse row sit-backs x 6
Hollow holds (bent-knee) to fatigue (1:07, 1:10, :47)

Stretch | 20:00

11 Nov | F
Mobility | Things x 10:00

Warm-up | TGUs

Work |4x:
Jog x 400m
Bench x 5 (75#)
Single-arm KB row x 10 ea (26#)
-then-
Rotating x 30:00:
Prowler push x 30m (150#)
Single-arm OH carry x 30m ea direction (44, 35, 26#…)
KB snatch x 3 ea @ 35#

09 Nov | W
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10 s-l-o-w-l-y
GA squat x 10
Reaching dead bugs x :40

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 200m
DUs x 30
PVC moves

Work | O-lifting – Week, uhhhh, 2…? Affirmative.
Clean high-pulls 4 x 2 (155#)
Rack jerk 6 x 1 [across] (125#)
Pin front squats 4 x 3 (115, 3 @125#)
Single-arm KB OHS 3 x 3 (26#er) 

Straaatch | 20:00


W | Booty status at the start of the session: all kinds of sore. The first opportunity to work from jerk blocks! That’s some handy shit for gauging one’s dip. Also makes putting the bar down fun. Like dropping a mic; very dramatic.

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The big finisher

F | Man this workout was pretty humbling. The prowler push followed by the OH carries fatigued my upper back and shoulders fast, thus the reduction in KB size each round. I’m pretty sure the first 1/3 of the time I wasn’t in the proper position pushing the sled. And warming up with TGUs, not sure that was the best idea either. Learning moments. And fall weather, prowler pushes, and the super moon make for a pretty sweet Venn diagram of a workout. The middle gooey part.

Sa | Worked on opening up my stance in the catch position on the snatches. Helped immensely. No air brakes, well, less air brakes. I think I’m protecting that hip, but the wider stance feels good, so hopefully changing that pattern will set things in better motion. Speaking of brakes, it’s so funny how that happens with pressing. Sixty-five felt challenging, but not crazy… seventy got about 1″ off my back. 

Here’s some footage of the air brakes. Commentary courtesy of Smart Ryan:

Unmasked

Man is least himself when he talks in his own personGive him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” – Oscar Wilde

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Padded bra as vessel of truth…?

It turns out using your under things as a sleep mask might be the best place for them… Why naked sleep is better sleep, or additional reasons to justify your nighttime nekkedness.


17 Oct | Tu
Warm-up | 2x
Run x 200m
KBS x 5
Goblet squat x 5

Work | 6:00 Class
Back squat 3 x 5 (135, 145, 155#)
4x:
Row/AD x 20cals
KBS x 10 (44#)
Box jumps x 5 (24″)

Stretch | 15:00

16 Oct | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 12
Elbow plank + reach thru x 10 ea
Hanging leg raise x 8(2)

Warm-up | 3x
Run x 200m
Palms-up BB row x 10
KBS x 10

Work | Back squat x 1 (145, 155, 165, 175, 185#)
EMOM x 10:00:
1-1/4 Back squat x 3 @ 50% (90#)
-then-
EMOM x 10:00:
Slam ball x 10 (20#)

Stretch | 20:00

15 Oct | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00 (focus on the knees and he-ips)
DUs x 30
Banded shoulder rolls x 10 each direction

Work | O-lifting – Week 7
Pause clean DLs 3 x 4 (165, 165, 175#)
Tall clean + clean 4 x 2 (95, 105, 105, 115#)
Rack jerk 8 x 1 (2 @105, 4 @115, 2 @110#)
3x:
Ring leg curls x 10
Reverse row sit-backs x 6

Stretch | 15:00


Sa | Tight low back, right side. All good minus the jerks, which felt slow and heavy.

Su | One-an-a-quarters and some slam balls. Yeeees. Felt good. Saving my OH lockout skills for Monyay’s Grace.

M | Raincheck on the Grace; required a rest day. Took it

Tu | Felt every muscle in my booty and hammies traversing the stairs into and out of work. The class workout was some much needed recovery. The BS felt sooo good, solid. Fired up in a very good way.

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Adding protein to your morning hot cereal is a terrible idea. Trust me, you won’t wanna stick it in your mouth. Protein powder in water: good – or at least chuggable. Baaab’s Creamy Hot Cereal: so tasty. Together: like a cement mixer that won’t get you drunk.

Really focused on the sleeps this week and the timing and quantity of quality eats. 

The Basic Six

“If you’re already laying down, the wave doesn’t even have to crash.” -Greg Walsh

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The Six C*%! Needs of Well-Being


26 Sep | M
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
Scap press x 10
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Single arm KBS x 5 ea
Push-ups x 7

Work | EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
Bench x 3 @ 80# + DUs x 40
1-1/4 Back squats x 3 @ 85#
AD x 1:00

Stretch whilst enjoying the rain + company | 20:00

24 Sep | Sa
Warm-up | AD + DUs + mobility moves

Work | O-lifting
Snatch 10 x 1 [across] (85#)
Clean 10 x 1 [across] (130#)
Jerk 10 x 1 [across] (105#)

Stretch | 20:00


Still some soreness in the lats on Saturday, and still working on getting to the gymnasium early enough to be warmed–up and ready to lift when class starts. Some tightness in the hip at the bottom of the snatch so those stayed lighter. Focused on speed and widening my stance in the catch. The cleans felt really solid. The jerks were light with the sore lats; like I couldn’t get those guys to fire as fast as I wanted. Really want to push my comfort level on that overhead stuff. Once the body is feeling ready for 100%+ effort again.

Monday’s workout made me wanna vom. Felt good. 

When you’ve been working on your gains and someone “compliments” you on disappearing…

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Dem glasses do

Whadya Mean?

“I don’t exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it.” – J.D. Salinger

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Applicable across all the spheres of life

In the interest of full disclosure, I am not a KISS fan, and up until a week ago I didn’t know who the fuck Paul Stanley is. Then I had a listen to his conversation with Joe Rogan (see below). I’m a sucker for a discussion on communication. It’s crazy how casually we can throw our words around, and equally so how selective we can be about picking them up from others. Use your words.

I liked the exchange Rogan and Stanley have on therapy, growing up a “freak”, why self-help books don’t work, clear communication (!), and why we all need friends who will tell us when we’re being an idiot. Especially important during these presidential election/Pokemon Go times.


Goodbye, July | Su
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + press x 10
Scap press x 10
Prone glute press x 10
Side plank + LL hold x :25
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
BB RDLs x 10
Banded rows x 10
PUs x 7

Work | 4x:
Wide-grip bench x 3 (80, 85, 85, 85#)
Rest x :30
Chinese row x 10 ea (20#)
Rest x 2:00
3x:
Reverse zercher lunge x  10 ea (75, 85, 95#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
5x:
AD sprint x :20
Rest x 2:00

30 July | Sa
Warm-up | Uh huh

Work | O-lifting – Week 4
Front Squat – build to a heavy single (135,145, 150, 155 (PR), 160#)
FS isometric holds 3 x 2 @10s ea w/ 5s rest btwn reps
Rack jerks  4 x 2 @ 55-70% (95 ,95 ,105, 105#)
3x:
SA BB lawnmower pulls x 10 ea (60, 60, 75#)
Med ball wall sit + twist x 16-20 reps (10, 14, 20#)

Handstand shapes + Rev row sit backs 3 x 6

Stretch | 15:00


Sa | Took back-to-back rest days then PR’d my front squat. Hmm. And I really think I have 160 in me, which is a mental marker because it’d be over body weight. The iso holds and jerks felt good, too. The last segment just felt awkward, but I’ll chalk it up to new movements.

Su | Session felt good; soreness in the upper back between the blades from Saturday. Zerchered so hard I couldn’t feel my thumbs during the sprints. Those AD sprints felt really solid, which caught me off guard after the O-lifting iso’s. But maybe the two are unrelated. Please discuss.

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Going skins in the gymnasium because so much sweat