Account Ability

“I don’t pay attention to the world ending. It has ended for me many times, and begun again in the morning.” -Nayirrah Waheed

add it up

If you left your shit laying around somewhere it might get taken, whose fault is that? The asshole who swiped it. Meh. What about the fool who left it laying there…?

If you made plans to do an early morning thing with a group of friends, but then chose  one too many cocktails the night before, where would you place the blame for cancelling last minute on your friends? What words would you choose? Did you “have” to cancel, or did you “choose” to flake out? Did the “night kick your ass” or did know how it was going to end before it started?

I’m not angry, but let’s call it what it is, am I right?


27 Dec | W
Warm-up | 3x
Banded RDLs x 8 ea
Banded rows x 10 ea
Windmills x 5 ea @30#
Pistols x 2 ea

Work |
A. 5x:
Row x 2:00
PUs x 5
Scap PUs x 10
B1. Push-ups 5 x 5 + KBS x 5 [1:00] (60#)
B2. RDLs x 10 [1:00] (55#ers)
C. Hanging knee raise 3 x 15 [:30] (15, 10+5, 5+5+1+1+1+1+1)

29 Dec | F
Warm-up | 3x
Messed around with TGU variations x 10:00

Work |
A. Stairs x 15:00
B. Bike x 15:00
C. 5x:
Farmer carry x 30m (55/60#)
SA OH carry x 30m ea
BU carry x 30m (25#)
Hollow rocks x :15
D. Stairs x 10:00

30 Dec | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Slam balls x 7 @ 20#
Monster walks x 10 ea direction
Barbell rows x 7

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 4x:
Hip extensions x 10 (10#)
RNT x 5 ea
BS x 5
C. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (3@145, 150, 155#)
D. 1-1/4 FS 3 x 5 [1:30] (105#)
E. (Cable?) Pallof press 3 x 20 reps (20#)

Stretch | 13:00

31 Dec | Su
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Popes x 12 ea

Work | [From the archives]
A1. SL KB RDL 3 x 10 ea (40, 45, 45#)
A2. SA KB snatch x 3 ea KB goblet squat x 6 @ 33×1 (35#)
A3. KBS x 15 (45#)
B. DL 5 x 3 [3:00] (195, 200, 3@ 205#)
C. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 [2:00] (105#)
D. Marching pallofs 4 x 20 [1:00] (5#)

Stretch | Home yoga

01 Jan | M
Boulder Canyon Trail – The Sups | 10 mi


W | Grip was donezo by C.

F | Shoulder wasn’t feeling good getting the KB in the overhead position on part C, so modified with bottoms-up carries. Dang, carries are no joke. Upped the levels on the stairs on the final round.

Sa | Squats felt good, though it took a little work to get my flexors to stop trying to do all the work. Got it done though. Those buck twenty-fivers… fuck that’s a lot of time under tension. Burrrrrrn.

Su | The notes from the last time I did this workout reflect that part A really fatigued my back. Same same today, though I modified A2 because of this angry shoulder of mine. Here’s some footage (ne’rmind the phone faceplant at the beginning there):

Deadlifts felt good; laughed at myself trying to rationalize why I should just stay at 195#… Was mindful of the glute engagement during the RDLs. Those marching pallofs are nuts. Lots of head-shaking. 

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Pillows

“Don’t believe everything you think.” -BJ Miller, MD

So then that’s Dr. BJ, amiright?

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Explosions 2.0 by Ken Hermann

Dropping bombs with DJ Khaled


05 Jan | Th
Mo-buhl-eyes |3x
Cossack lunge x 8 ea
Cobra x 8
Hanging leg raise x 8

Warm-up | AD x 5:00
A-Y-Ts 3 x 5 ea

Work | “A”
3x: Run x 400 m
Pendlay row x 10 (65#)
KB push press x 10 (did the Zerchers here @ 75#)
-Rest x 2:00-
“B”
4x: KB snatch x 3 ea + 5 swings + 5 RDL ea (44#)
Zercher squats x 10 (did the KB push press here x 35#ers)
-Rest x 2:00-
“C”
5x: Single-leg banded hammie curls x 5 ea (blue)
Pallof press x 12 ea (red)

Stretch | 10:00

06 Jan | F
Moblity | 3x
GA squat x 10
Scap press x 10
Moster walks x 10 ea

Warm-it up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Banded rows x 12 ea
V-ups x 10

Work | Chin-over-bar holds 3 x 20s, rest x 1:00
Ring dip holds 3 x 15-20s, rest x 1:00 (15s)
Pistols 3 x 5 ea, rest x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00

07 Jan | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Wall slides x 10
Side clammie holds x 30s ea

Warm-up | 3x
Slam balls x 5 @ 30#
Wall walk x 2 UB
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – Week 1
Snatch x heavy single (85, 95, 95 , 105, 105, 110, 115#)

Auxiliary | 3x
Reverse row sit-backs x 6
Ring leg curls x 10
Handstand walks for distance (12′ PR)


Th | Totally fucked up the components of the workout, switching the Zerchers and the push press. A blossoming sinus infection reminded me of the importance of breathing #mouthbreather. Digging the KB work. And was surprised at how much I got the shakes during the Pallof work, which I did split with rig facing leg forward. 

F | Was thankful for the lighter day; had it been any more work, I’d have taken a rest day. The ring dip holds are really challenging; fought for 15 seconds each round. Phase II sinus crap turned then pistols into a cardio session. 

Sa | Wasn’t a spicy day with the barbell; failing at 95# was a pretty good indicator. Had the air brakes in full effect. I don’t get it; I’m mobile enough to get low with a load overhead; why am I not able to get there in the receiving position with the snatch? Many more reps to come. And lifting shoes. Here’s a compilation of the heavy singles:

Was perusing for some old lifting vids and stumbled upon some pics from the last nutrition challenge. Thought it’d be fun to take some currents and compare. The lighting and threads are different, but I think I see the delta; I certainly know I feel it.

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Top: 45-Nutrition Challenge “befores” (July 2015) Middle: 45DNC “afters” (Aug 2015) Bottom: Today (It’s January of 2017 – welcome!)

Fortunately, my sinuses have not exploded through my face and are feeling better; I’m excited for the week ahead – training and the others.

Bone-In

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

b-o-n-e

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.

Life Paths

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir

6 miles with this beast
That time (this morning) Bo thought I was trying to kill him. I think 6 miles is this old man’s new max

Being a sucker for horoscopes, quizzes and personality tests, I was delighted to find another one, Numerology Life Paths. According to the calculator, I’m a Life Path 1. There are a couple threads that resonate in there; the part about being super critical and that details (especially door details) bore the fuck out of me (oh, maybe they weren’t being literal). But man, I wish I felt like I had that much drive and competitive spirit. Maybe I just need some different goals. Hmm.

How does your Life Path line up? Any bulls-eyes or all bullshit?


06 June | M
AM| hike @ South Mtn
+/- 6 miles

PM | 6:00 class workout
Warm-up | 3x
DUs x 30
Wall squats x 5
OH lunge x 10

Work |Front squat 4 x 5 @32×1 (95,105,110,110#)
Rest x 3:00 btwn
-then-
6 x (KBS x 5 + KB snatch x 3 ea + KBS x 5) (35/44#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn

Stretch | 20:00

04 June | Sa

Work | O-lifting
Snatch balance 5 x 2 (55,60,65#…)
3-Position snatch x 10 (2 @55, 3 @65, 5 @70#)
Tabata hollow body hold, push-ups

Stretch | 15:00


Saturday | Felt good.

Monday |  The tempo front squats felt really great. The kettlebell complex, well, a thick handle in a hot gym...
tumblr_lo4tx49zna1qakh43o1_500_largeWith the slippery grip and some hesitation with the shoulder, I got pretty frustrated. Didn’t get the response, mentally or physically, intended.