On Repeat

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Prepping for some fresh Game of Thrones by recalling my favorite lines from the last episode: Little Finger dropping some strategy…

Also fitting words having just witnessed the CrossFit Games finale – Mat Fraser on repeat! I wonder how many scenarios he ran through in preparation.

Beyond the Baelish bombs, this episode of Hidden Brain played in my head more than once this past week, as it was a real fight to find my work flow. A contributing factor might be the summer intern – so many (really-good-and-thought-provoking-but-incredibly-distracting!) questions. But, I also attribute the rapidity with which people fire-off emails – and expect a response – to the interference.

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A repeat

I think we all get how distracting being “connected” can be. The new perspective that intrigued me was the message that the phone, the email, the social media itself isn’t necessarily the concern –  it’s our anticipation of them all. Those looping thoughts running in the background, “Has Susan RSVPed to the lunch-n-learn we’re having five weeks from Thursday?”, “Did Joanie see that link I shared which clearly demonstrates publicly my superiority on that thing we were talking about in private?”, “I wonder how likes my post-workout cheese grater hands have accumulated in the last 4 minutes?”. I exaggerate, but you know the ones; those back-burner thoughts that we often aren’t conscious of, that prevent us from taking our thoughts to the next level and getting into “deep work” mode.

I also thought the part about changing your physical environment in order to cut out the distractions was meaty. I’ve never felt more justified in wanting a “deep work” cabin in the woods to disappear to.

It might take some time before I can build my own Olson & Kundig. In the interim, I’m going to explore finding my own place to escape to – who’s got suggestions?! Do you have a place to which you disappear to focus and get shit done? What about that space allows you to do so?


01 Aug | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squat x 10
Glute press x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7
Wall walk x 2 UB
Ring rows x7

Work |
A. KB windmills 3 x 8 ea (35, 3@40#) [:30 btwn sides]
B1. Singles 3 x 50
B2. Push-ups x 6 [:30]
C. BTN press 6,6,4,4 @41×2 (BB, 50, 55, 55#) [3:00]
D1. DB bench 4 x8 (2@27.5, 2@30#) [:30]
D2. Dbl DB row x 12 (25#) [1:00]
E. Snatch-grip DB RDLs 3 x 12 (55, 2@60#)

Stretch | 10:00

02 Aug | W
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg elev hip bridge x 10 ea
Elbow plank + forward tap x 10 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work |
A. Row x 20:00
B. Bike x 15:00
C. 5x: (29:17)
SA KB BU FR carry x 30m ea (25#)
SA OH carry x 30m (45#)
Bear crawl x 30m
D. Step mill x 15:00

Stretch | 10:00

04 Aug | F
Friday Hike Club!
Two Bit Peak

05 Aug | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossack lunges x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wallballah x 10
ATYs x 5 ea

Work | [Fave w/ globo mods]
A. 5x:
Box squats x 5 (115#)
SL hip thrust x 10 ea (20, 3 @22.5#)
Hip extensions x 10 [2:00]
B. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
Slam ball x 10 (20#)
Dbl KB push press x 10 (30#ers) + sit-ups x 5

Stretch | 15:00

06 Aug | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Reaching DBs x !:00

Warm-up | 3x
SA KBS – press – RDL x 5 ea
DUs x 20

Work | [Repeat re-mix]
A1. Hanging straight-leg raise 4 x 8 perfect reps – no swing
A2. Cable pallof press x 15 ea (40#) [1:00]
B1. Chin-over-bar holds 3 x :25 [1:00]
B2. Dip hold x :30 [1:00]
B3. Pistols x 5 ea [1:00]
C. TGUs x 15:00 (2ea @40, 3ea @45, 5ea @50#)

Stretch | 15:00


Tu | Tuesdays are for chests, apparently; benches and dumb bell usage at capacity. Went for 4 sets on the windmills because I forgot to video one. Strict OH pressing is humbling, especially at tempo. They felt good, but the last reps on each were hard. Failed on #4 on the last set; didn’t get it past my pony. Bench felt strong, as did the rows. All the things were turned on by then, and coupled with the sweat and the mirrors, I felt jacked and I am sure that makes the weight feel lighter. Subbed DBs on the RDLs as all the BB were in being used.

W | Some cursing on part C; but I found the grove and kept going. I can’t believe how much I feel the bear crawls in my abs! Correct position = game changer.

F | Monsoons are rad. And make for really sweaty morning after hikes.

Sa | Been a while since I’d done box squats. Took some vid to make sure my form was on point. Modified the barbell hip thrusts to SL versions, because (A) the latter are harder – though the load is significantly lighter so maybe I fucked up the intended stimulus… (B) The smaller diameter of the hex plates makes the, uh, mount on the hip thrusts less convenient. I know, laaaame excuse.

The EMOM was challenging – really had to focus on recovering my breath the last 5 rounds or so. Opted for KBs as the head of the DBs @ 30# are out of control… 

Su | Trunk sesh because oh man, those box squats got me sore. The holds felt strong, as did the TGUs.

Owned

“My heart has always beat thunderstorms instead of blood.” -Gabriel Gadfly

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Lips | Christo Dagorov

I got owned by work today and didn’t get a chance to finish my thoughts on the post I was planning to share with you today, friends. So, instead, as a nod to all the storming, you get a monsoon-y quote and some words to suck on. (Too much? Welcome to summer in the desert.)

The Moment
by Margaret Atwood

The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
knowing at last how you got there,
and say, I own this,

is the same moment when the trees unloose
their soft arms from around you,
the birds take back their language,
the cliffs fissure and collapse,
the air moves back from you like a wave
and you can’t breathe.

No, they whisper. You own nothing.
You were a visitor, time after time
climbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.
We never belonged to you.
You never found us.
It was always the other way round.


12 July | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
SL elev hip bridge x 12 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Get a little sweaty | 3x
Ring rows x 7
Wall walks x 2 UB

Work |
A. Row x 20:00
B. Bike x 20:00
C. 5x:
Box step-ups x 5 ea
Handstand hold x :30
SA carry x 30m ea (rotated SC @50#/OH @45#)
D. Stair climber Stepmill x 15:00

13 July | Th
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
Wall-pressing dead bugs x 1:00

Warm-up | 2x
KBS – SA sn – SL RDL x 5 ea

Work |
B. Bench 5 x 5 @23×1 (3@75, 2@70#) [3:00]
A. 5x:
Row x 300m (+/- 1:17)
Dip hold x :30
DUs x 30
C1. Pull-up machina 3 x 10 (70#)
C2. Dips x 5 (40, 50, 50#) [1:30]
D. 3x:
SL hip thrust x 10 ea (25#)
Crossover step-ups x 5 ea (15#ers)
BU KB press x 5 ea (15, 20, 20#)

Stretch | 20:00

14 July | F
Mobility | 3x
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Hip CARs x 3
Shoulder CARs x 3

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00 40:00
B. Row x 20:00
5x:
HS hold x :30
DB RDL x 10 (50#ers)
Brrr crawl x 20m FLR x :45
C. Step mill x 12:00

Stretch | 20:00

15 July | Sa
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
Hollow rocks x :30

Warm-up | TGUs x 10:00

Work |
A. 4x:
Front squat x 5 (115#)
RNT x 10 ea @3111
GHRs x 10
B. EMOM x 10:00: KBS x 10 (50#)
C1. DB bicep curls 4 x 10 ea [1:00]
C2. Cable tri’s x 12 (40, 3@50#) [1:00]

16 July | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Ring rows x 7
Slam balls x 5 @20#

Work |
A. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
Hang clean – tall clean – jerk (3@95, 3@105, 4@115#)
DUs x 30
B1. Seated cable rows 4 x 10 @23×1 (50#) [1:00]
B2. Cable pallofs x 10 ea (40#) [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00


W | Weird rapid heart rate on the bike – too much coffee? Abs on the suitcase carry had me woke. Worked on a slower more controlled mount to HS – starting with hands on floor.

Th | Bench felt weak, but it’s been a while… not a whole lot of forward pressing in my life right now. Same with the pull-ups. They made me a little grumpy. “Hmm, what’s that about?”, she asks herself. Favorite segment (not that I need to hand out awards for my workouts) was the D. The crossover step-ups were sweet and revealing. Also, made you look globo-ers.

F | Subbed time on the bike for the erg due to some lower back fatigue. Subbed FLR for the bear crawl because the turf area was bangin’ (or other appropriate slang term).

Sa | Sore in some new regions of the glutes from the crossover’s I do believe…

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Still haven’t tried any of the globo good/bad girls… Who needs dem bishes, anyway

New ritual: 10-minute morning yoga before getting meditated. I might be in it for the handstands, and the shorts, but it sure has been a nice way to kick of the day.

Terms & Conditions

“I think there are many ways to live a good life. And that life looks very different for different people.” –Unknown

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More terms here

Save your breath, friends… I know you’d do the same for me.


17 June | Sa
Mobility | 3x
SL elev HB x 10 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
Banded clammies x 12 ea
Monstuh walks x 10 ea way

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ballin’ x 10
Ring row x 8
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work |
A1. Bottoms up TGU 3 x 3 ea (25, 30(L), 25, 30#)
A2. Quad hip extension x :20 ea [as req’d]
B1. GHR [roman chair] 3 x 10 [RI]
B2. RNT rev lunge x 10 ea @3111 [1:00]
C. Back squat 6 x 3 @22×1 (125, 2@135, 2@145, 150#) [3:00]
D. KB front rack lunges 3 x 8 ea (30# KBs) [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00

18 June | Su
Mobility | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Pope presses x 3 @ 4 breaths

Warm-up | 2x
Samurai squats x 5 ea @ 30#
SA press x 5 ea

Work | [The booty burn]
A. Row x 20:00
B. Bike x 25:00
C. 5x:
Step-ups x 5 ea
SA OH carry w/ suitcase carry x 20 m ea  (3@35/45, 2@30/45#)
FLR x :30

Stretch x 10:00

19 June | M
Warm-up | 3x
KBS + goblet squat + SA swing + snatch + RDL x 5 ea

Work |
A. 5x:
BB Press x 10 @33×1
Singles x 30
Monster walks x 10 ea
B. BTN press 5 x 5 @4112 (45, 50, 55,50, 50#) [2:00]
C1. SA DB bench press 4 x 10 (27.5, 25#) [RI]
C2. SA [seated] cable row x 6 @ 21×3 (30#) [1:00?]
D1. [SA?] DB snatch 4 x 6 ea (40#) [RI]
D2. Slam ball x 5 (20#) [1:00]

Handstands | 10:00

20 June | Tu
Mobility | 2x
Cossack lunges x 8 ea
Scap press x 10
Reaching dead bugs x 20
Pistol + hold x 3 ea

Work |
A. Bike x 30:00
B. 5x: (+/- 10:00)
Bear crawl x 20m
Windmills x 5 ea (35#)
SUs x 30
C. Leg extensions 3 x 15 (70#) [1:00]
C. Hip extensions [roman chair] 3 x 12 [1:00]
D. Prone hammie curls 3 x 10 (50, 60, 55#) [1:00]


Sa | Sometimes smaller is nice – at least when it comes to weight increments of the KBs. Feel the burn of the RNT lunges in my adductors and quads – is that the goal? After all the BS the lunges were intense, despite having lighter KBs than I’d typically grab. The only matching pair of KBs at Globo Mountain Ballpark Edition are the 30s; the struggle is that the 35# DBs have enormous head. Not sure how I’m gonna rack that… But I am sure I can figure it out.

Su | The row was surprisingly zen, and fuck did it burn my booty. Lots of fatigue in my really low back – more so on the right side. The mulitifidus? Not sure which muscles they actually are, but on the map of human anatomy that’s the region I’d point to.

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Dropped down the OH carry weight on the last two rounds as I was doing the neck strain thing #traptivated Felt really good sashaying out of the gym into the blast oven of the desert.

M | BTNs are crazy: feel all the activation, then dead stop fail. No mas! The DB snatch movement pattern is getting smoother as I’m finding it easier to keep shoulders and hips in alignment. Why does Globo Mountain Ballpark Edition have ONE slam balls, but 102 options of wall and medicine ball – which are both referred to as the latter?

Tu | Bike made me sweaty. Silent bear crawls fatigued e’rything. Some confusion on terms left me doing two “C” rounds. NBD

 

Succession

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” -Einstein

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Death and The Maiden | Pierre-Eugène-Emile Hébert

This week’s c-a-r-d-i-o time was spent ruminating on The Tim Ferris Show with Esther Perel. While the title reveals the focus of their discussion, the nearly two-hour conversation touches on a variety of topics, as is often the case on Ferriss’s podcast. I thought Esther’s differentiation of “revival vs survival” of traumatic events and her elaboration on “eroticism as the antidote to death” were really illuminating. It’s an engaging conversation, but then, perhaps I’m sucker for conversations on conversations – and on relationships and how they (and in turn, we) shape our experiences. Aside from all that Esther is a great storyteller! And not just because I’m also a sucker for an accent.

The podcast reminded me of this scene in Mad Men for a few reason. What is it that you want to say/tell? What’s in a definition?

And as the comments that follow the audio of the podcast reveal, it might leave you with more questions than answers – the good ones always do…


23 May | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Elbow plank + reach thru x 10 ea
Bird dogs x 12 ea
TVAs x 15

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

Work |
A1. Bottoms-up TGUs 3 x 3 ea [RI] (25, 25, 30#)
A2. Quad hip ext holds x :20 ea [As req’d]
B1. RNT rev lunge 3 x 10 @32×1
B2. BB [only] front squat x 10 [1:00]
C. Front squat @22×1 5,4,3 (115#) 5,4,3 (125, 120#) [3:00]
D. Snatch-grip RDL 4 x 8 @31×0 [2:00] (95, 3@105#)

24 May | W
Rolling + MFR | 10:00

Work |
A. Treadmill x 30:00 (Incline 5 @ 3.8)
B. Hip CARs x 10:00
C. 3x: HS hold x :30 + shoulder CARs x 3 ea

Stretch | 15:00
25 May | Th
Mobilize | 3x
Wall rotations + slides x 10
Single-leg elev HB x 12 ea
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Work |
A. Thoracic rotations 3 x 12 ea [:30]
B. 10:00, rotating: (4 + 250)
Row x 250m
Push-ups x 5
Body rows x 10
C1. SA DB “Z” press [alt] 4 x 6 ea [RI] (25#)
C2. Dbl DB row 8 @2113 [1:30] (25, 3@27.5#)
D1. DB Incline bench, alt. 3 x 8 @2111 [RI] (27.5#)
D2. Pull-up machina 3.3.3. [:15, 1:30] (50, 40, 40, 50#)

Stretch | 15:00

27 May | Sa
Fire | 3x
Cossack lunge x 12
Scap press x 10
Glute press x 10
Pope clammies x 15

Flow | 3x
Wall balls x 10
Ring rows on the TRX x 8
Samurai squats x 3 ea

Work |
A1. Kneeling BU KB press 3 x 6 ea [:15] (20#)
A2. Suitcase carry x 20m ea [:15] (45, 50, 50#)
A3. Star plank x :15 ea (from knee x :20 ea)
A4. SA FR carry x 20m ea [1:00] (50, 60(R side), 50#)
B. 5x: Bike x 5:00 @80% then x 3:00 @recovery pace

Stretch | 15:00


Tu | A & B felt good. The front squats were not my best; on the 4th rep at 125 I really caved forward. Suspecting the mirrors – focusing on the visuals rather than feeling the movement – I turned directions in the rack and the last two sets on the second wave went much better. The barbells at the ballpark are slippery fuckers and make the snatch-grip tricky even with straps. Regardless, I really felt those in the upper glutes.

W | By the time it was time for training on Wednesday evening, oh man, the soreness from previous day’s work had started to show itself – sore adductors, booty, quads, in that order. The lighter load was nice. The CARs felt pleasant (the internet tells me that’s “Controlled Articulation Rotations” for those of you thinking about talking tow trucks right now, as was I). The shoulder ones felt really good; the hip ones… I am not sure I was doing them right. Other than the bear pose I didn’t feel any stretch or opening up. Maybe it was just the encore presentation, and when I try them again I’ll find the way.

Th | Really, really liked the Z presses. When I watch the footage of myself on the pull-up machine I really see my traps fire, but I swear when I perform them I feel the initiation in my back. That finish at the top though – tricky with the bent knees… I want my feet in front of me. Maybe I should practice #Mayhemism

Sa | The cossack lunges during mobility felt the strongest they have in a while. I did not have barbell over my head – this shit amazes me:

Failed at the star plank; they totally jack my lower back on the “bottom” side. Did them from my knee which felt like cheating but still so. much. squeezing (and shaking) in the flutes so can’t be all bad. Not sure how that helps what is weak that prevents me from doing it straight-legged though…#notesforTommy

Curious how I could measure 80% for 5:00 at a time, I used the heart rate grips periodically during the bike intervals. I’m accustomed to PRE for AD sprints but this is new, so just testing shit out. During the 80% intervals my heart rate was between 135-140 and during the recovery segments it was between 106-108. It was funny how much my music could help or hinder my RPMs! Also, have you ever paid attention to the lyrics to Pumped Up Kicks – totally dark and fucked up. No wonder I like it.

Inspired Curiosity

 “… When you just sit in silence the wind blows through you, the sun shines in you and you realize you are not your body, you are everything.” -Anita Krizzan

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What’s your favorite color? But shouldn’t it be called the Emotion Wheel?

I’ve been crushing on all things Training Think Tank this week. Despite not giving the slightest of fucks about The CrossFit Games myself, their series The Road to The Games 2017 is entertaining and an excellent source of laughs and gym jams. (And where I eyed the Feeling Wheel for the first time, pinned up behind Max’s desk, which inspired some curiosity on this end – what’s that about and why is it so prominently placed…?) I have been such a groupie that I maybe even bought a tank to rep at Globo Mountain. Future selfie.

In that light, I share with you this episode of The Aussies, interviewing the Mastermind behind TTT, Max-El Haag. They cover aspects of training, like stepping away from the barbell and doing weird shit in order to get better with the barbell (#globocycle), intensity as a distraction and why staying present in your movement is so fucking hard, and lessons on nutrition (I’ll leave you to discover that gem of a quote on your own). But my favorite parts on the conversation were on the other stuff – on training beyond the body, and on not compromising your own nature and instead figuring out how it can serve you.

 “I don’t want that to be true; how do I make that not true tomorrow?” -Max El-Haag

What are you training today?


17 May | W
Mobiilty | 2x
Single-leg elev hip bridges x 10 ea
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea
Pope clammies x 15 ea

Warm-up | 2x
Wall balls x 10
KBS x 7
KB press x 5 ea
KB RDL x 7 ea

Work | [So Much Yes]
A1. TGUs 4 x 3 ea (35, 40, 45, 50#); Rest x :30
A2. Doggie hip ext. holds x :15 ea; Rest x :30
B1. GHR [roman chair] 3 x 10 ( – ,10,10#); Right into
B2. RNT rev lunge x 10 ea @3111; Resss x 1:00
C. Back squat 5 x 3 @22×1 (115, 125, 125, 135, 140#); Rest x 3:00
D. KB FR lunge 3 x 10 ea (30#ers); Rest x 1:00


18 May | Th

Warm-up | 2x
Wall walk x 2
KB things

Work | 5x:
Single-arm KB carry x 25m ea (2 OH @45#, 3 SC #60#)
Deadlift x 5 @165#
Handstand holds x 3
Row x 1:00

Stretch | 10:00

20 May | Sa
Mobilize It | 3x
GA squat x 10
Scap press x 10
Pope clammies x 15
Pistol holds x :15 ea

Get Toasty | 3x
Row x 1:00
DUs x 20
Palms-up BB row x 8

Work | [Assembled from the archives]
A1. DB RDLs 5 x 8 (55, 60, 60, 65, 65#); Rest x 1:00
A2. Captains x 20; Rest x 1:00
B. Seated cable rows 4 x 10 (60#); Rest x 1:00
C. Seated hammies 3 x 10 (70, 75, 80#); Rest x 1:00
D. EMOM x 10:00 KBS x 7 (60#) + push-ups x 5

Stretch | 15:00


W | Um, get-ups and back squats. Not sure it gets much more up my alley than that. Really had fun with this workout. The most awkward of the session award goes to RNT lunges; that 3s drop be trick-aaay. I was really happy with how the back squats felt; no bad pain anywhere. Worked the heart beat hold with a plate drill between sets as that’s where I find I “give” when I don’t keep my abs braced or fill up the cavity.

Questions for The Sheriff:  This Globo Mountain doesn’t have more than a 30# pair of kettle bells. Would it be better to grab heavier dumbbells, or do single arm or goblet grip with a heavier KB – for the loaded lunges?

Th | Subbed the walk for an indoor jacked + tanned-ish. Must locate a sled and an AD #MorgunzideFidness

Sa | Feeling really good. 

Su | How to recover, brought to you by neature: 

DTP at CBQ
DTP does CBQ | Cibecue Falls, AZ
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Cool waters, blue skies, good people… and a waterfall finish