Back to Basis

“Walking is good, fighting is better, fucking is best.” -Tormund Giantsbane on staying warm

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This week’s share took me for a turn. I was interested in hearing Ben Greenfield on the BBS podcast because of it’s title, “Blood, Biomarker, Genetic Testing… and Poop“. And it was very interesting… all the blood, poop, gut biome testing, light exposure on all sorts of body parts, sleeping with rocks, the use of psychedelics – all very fascinating. But the highlight for me was [Spoiler Alert] after nearly 42 minutes of talking about dialing it all in, fine tuning and testing, the conversation comes full circle and back to the basics: it starts with sleep, stress, skull sweat, and sex. (Okay, I added the last one, but it needed to be said.)

That third one – the novelty of learning – stayed with me. Man, it’s easy to get up caught up in the hamster wheel and to sideline the training of the gray matter. And to forget just how much fun it is – doin’ it.

How will you train your neural pathways this week? Me, I’m gonna start with Coffeebreak Portuguese, Revit, and some Dick & Jane – reading is fun!


13 Sept | W
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wall balls x 10
Reaching dead-bugs x 1:00

Work |
A. 5x: [easy pace – quality movement]
OHS x 6 [BB only] @4112
Singles DUs x 30 [1:00]
B. Pin front squats 5 x 3 (115, 120, 125, 125(3), 120#) [3:00]
C. BTN snatch-grip push press (105, 110, 115, 115#) 4 x 2 [1:30]
D. Seated SA cable rows 3 x 15 ea (30#) [1:00]

Finisher | A lil stretch, a lil handstand position work

14 Sept | Th
Work |
A. Row x 10:00
B. DUs x 5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50 [UB]
(5-10-15-20-25-30-25-35-40-43-44-45-49-50 in 15:33)
C. Prone hamstring curl machina 4 x 15 (60, 55(10), 50(10), 45#) [1:30]
D1. Cable tricep push-downs 4 x 15 (2@ 40, 2@ 30#) [1:00]
D2. DB curls x 10 ea (17.5#) [1:00]
E. Bike x 20:00

15 Sept | F
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
TVAs x 15

Work |
A1. Seated SA press 5 x 8 ea (25, 27.5, 3@ 30#) [1:00]
A2. Pendlay row x 8 (2 @70, 3@ 75#) [2:00]
B. Concentric bench 5 x 5 (2@ 85, 3@ 90#) [3:00]
C. EMOM x 10:00: wall walks
D. Star side planks (knee) 3 x 10 leg lifts [:30 btwn sides]

Stretch | 15:00

16 Sept | Sa
Work |
A. Step mill x 20:00
B. 10x [build if it feels good]: RDL – HPC – Jerk – BS (2@ 95, 3@ 105, 5@ 115#)
C. 5x:
Sled push x 30m (90# of plates)
Offset carry x 30m (OH – 35#, SC – 40#)
Cossack lunges x 10 ea
D. Bike x 20:00

Home yoga for bendiness |15:00

17 Sept | Su
Mobility | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 4 ea
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Monster walks x 10 ea

Work |
A. 4x:
Row x 150m
FLR + taps x 14 ea
Side star plank (knee) x 5 LL ea
B. Alternating TGUs x 20:00

Sauna | 20:00


W | I really enjoyed this session at the Globo Mountain. Mixing things up a teeny bit, I cut out my usual mobility to start, got to and through the warm-up efficiently, and then on to the good stuff: the workout. According to my handy training blog (you are here) the last time I did OHS was the first of March. This session was certainly a first in front of mirrors… um, with the o’head squats. They felt good, especially by the last round. Switched the yumps to DUs because (A) knocking 30 out isn’t hard for me (Unless they’re in succession. See also: Thursday) and (B) I find them to be fun.

The pin squats were fun times. The globo squat racks are actually good for something! The second set at 125 got a little ugly – really fought to keep my chest from collapsing and to drive the knees out. Shedding a few lbs from the barbell improved my position and was still challenging.

Globo barbell slipperyAF on the push press. Held back a bit due to new environs for this movement.

The demo vid featuring the big sweaty man was very helpful with form on the SA rows. Thanks, coach! Felt them big time in my lats and delts – more so than when I was doing ’em my way.

Th | Ooh feeling dem SA cable rows in the delts. How is it that I run into door frames on such a frequent basis? So swole.

The row felt really nice. The half flight simulator caused much anger. All I could do was laugh at myself. Came to the conclusion that if I sped those fuckers up, I’d pike less and voila! Unbroken.

Where do I start with the hamstring machine…? Do I even have hamstrangs, bruh? I am excited to find them, build them, and ride them all the way to PR city. (No, these are not things that keep me up at night, but improvement in all the areas is nice.)

F | Man, this workout felt good. Found my groove (or stability at the bottom) on the concentric bench; they felt really right, especially the last two sets. Wall walks felt solidAF. The star planks made me sweat profusely. Definitely struggled to lock out without the assistance of the base knee on the ground, let alone to lift a leg. Caught myself doing concentration face. You know you’re working when there’s a little tongue… just the tip.

Been keeping up my home yoga in the morning. Just a quick 10:00 – I really enjoy it.

Sa | Needed a sled so used that as an excuse to check out the independent globo in my hood. I really liked it. Not as clean and shiny as Globo Mountain, but they had nice barbells, bumper plates and everything but a GHD. And a platform which I was hoping to test out…

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Maybe next time. Didn’t want to interrupt the stretch sesh 😎

My right hip was feeling a little sore – according to the internet in the tensor faciae latae (Mmm… sounds like a coffee bevvie). The TFL… I discovered this by performing some pistols between sets on part B, because pistols in lifters are the best things ever! Okay, back to bidness. The barbell was fun, especially the jerks. By the time I got to the sled rounds, however, dat overhead was fah-tea-goo-ah’d. First attempted 45 OH with a 50 in the suitcase. Nope. Dropped down each by 5# on each. Nope. Another five. Just right – still felt like work. Really felt the sled in my flutes.

Lastly, wasn’t feeling much in my hammies on the front end of my workout. About 2 hours after I showered though.. Ooh. So sore. But not up by my butt where I expected, but down closer to my knees.

Su | Super sore in the back, booty, and hammies. Rolled through. Worked up to 50# on the get-ups, and finishes with bottoms-up at 30# which might be a PR… Tested the steam room at Globo Mountain which was REALLY nice. Gonna do that again.

Oh man. Lots to say this week. Especially for someone who is gonna take a break from blogging…

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Commas

“Sometimes all we need is a three-breath moment of clarity,
to remember who we are,
why we’re there,
and what comes next.”
Greg Walsh

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The best thing on the internet. Period.

Continuity, cohesion, and complacency


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27 Feb | M
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | AD x 10:00
E’ry 3:00 perform PU BB row x 8 + DUs x 30

Work | 4x:
Single-arm seated press x 10 ea (20#)
Rest x 1:00
COB x 5 @ 30×3 (Failed on 4 set 4, 3 set 5)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
RFESS 3 x 10 ea (25, 30, 30#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
-then-
4x:
Handstand walk x 15′ (last set :20 static hold)
Row x 150m (:33, :32, :33, :34)
Rest x 1:00

28 Feb | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Single-leg adductor squat x 10 ea
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Warm-up | AD x 10:00
Ee’ry 3:00 do KB things x 5 ea + DUs x 20

Work | [Favorite – “The Babe”]
4x:
Box squats x 5 (115#)
Hip thrusts x 10 (125, 135, 135, 135#)
GH raise x 10
Rest x 2:00
-then-
EMOM x 10:00
KBS x 10 (53#)

01 Mar | W
Warm-up | PVC and DUs

Work | O-lifting – “The Closed”
Muscle snatch [build] 4 x 2 (55, 65, 75, 85#)
Snatch balance + OHS [light + fast] x 3 sets (75, 85, 85#)
Snatch 10 x 2 [across] (85 & 95#)
Pistol and handstand progressions (ran out of clock) 


M | What aerobic capacity? The HS to row sprints were fun times.

Tu | Up the lbs on the box squats next time. Didn’t push today because tomorrow is Oly. 

W | Woke up with my meat wings (some people call those lats) sore to the max. Morning Afternoon All day DOMS from Monday’s pressing and tempo holds got me like:

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Oh hey! It’s J! But silent #yourwelcome

Probably should have taken a rest day as it’s been something like 10 days in a row on the workouts. Yes, I do know better. But, I was eager to give the lifted kicks a try, and absolutely needed some MFR on the lats. Hit a wall pretty quickly after the muscles snatches – it’s hard to lock out fast when it hurts like hell to straighten your arms. Thursday is a rest day.

Comfort Food

“People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster.” -James Baldwin

say-grace

Anomalous Observations : the thing that doesn’t fit with any of your beliefs; that which pushes you to develop a better theory because you have something else you have to explain.


30 Jan | M
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
COB hold x :20
Reverse curl-ups x 8

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall ball x 7
Banded rows x10

Work | [From the archives]
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Clean – FS – FS (115, 120#…)
DUs x 40
– Rest x 4:00 –
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Wall walk + hip taps x 10
Slam balls x 7 (30#)
– Rest x 4:00 –
TGUs x 10:00 (53# KB, 30# slam ball)

31 Jan | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Adductor squats x 10 ea
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 10 ea
Single-arm plank x :20

Warm-up | KB complex

Work | [From the archives]
7x | Press x 5 [across] (65#)
Right into,
Alternating tire hits x 20
Rest x 2:00
5x | RFESS x 8 ea (3 @26#, 2 @35#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
3x | GHR x 8 (15#)
Right into,
Push-ups x 8
Right into,
GHD x8
Rest x :30

Stretch | 15:00

01 Feb | W
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KB complex
DUs x 20

Work | O-lifting
OHS 4 x 3 + snatch balance x 3 (95/65, 105/65#…)
Clean high pull 3 x 3 + high hang clean x 2 (115/115, 135/125#…)
4x: Hollow body hold x :20, rest x :10
Hollow body rocks x :20, rest x :10


M | These are cool. And useful if you get shot in one arm during the resistance but still need to tend to the fence. (And if you squint a little you’ll see Matty Nice…)

04 WB 1-Hand Tire Smash Switch from Hanlon Studios Photography on Vimeo.

I attempted them with the 8lb hammer but the transition from around to over the head… tricky. Need to shorten the lever.

W | Oly vibes were strong, though the OHS were not. This is not surprising considering the seven sets of pressing on Tuesday. Not the best sequencing, Morgan. I want to re-test part ‘A’ down the road. 

The open is coming…

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When someone lets a ‘squat clean’ slip 

Going HAM

“As a voter you throw your penny, you throw it into the sea. But you can be thunderous in your own life. Be good to the eight people around you. Goodness is viral…” -Henry Rollins


27 Jan | F
Mobility | 3x
Glute press x 10
Prone y raise x 10
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall walk
RDL x 8
BB row x 8

Work [from the archives] | 8x:
Deadlift x 3 (185#)
Rest x 1:00
Death march x 10 steps (35# KBs)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
EMOM x 10:00
KB snatch x 5 ea (35, 44, 44, 44, 44#)
AD x :30

28 Jan | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
PVC moves
DUs x 30
Slam balls x 8

Work | O-lifting
Clean pulls 2 x 4@115% [across] (175, 175, 185, 185#)
Sled + sprint x 5 [PAP] (4@235, 280#)
Snatch + OHS [find the bottom and chill there] 6 x 1 (75, 75, 85, 85, 95, 90#) 

No stretch | Sub meeting


F | Yes.

Sa | Nothing to report. At some point so much feedback simply becomes noise.

Jolly AF

“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” -George Carlin

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24 Dec | Eve
Warm-up | 3x
DUs x 30
Slam balls x 5
Wall slides x 10

Work | O-lifting
Snatch balance 3 x 3 (65#)
OHS [pause @ bottom] 4 x 2 (85, 95#…)
Snatch pull + hang snatch 6 x 1 (75, 85, 85, 90#…)

23 Dec | Eve Eve
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Banded clammies x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Push-ups x 7
V-ups x 7
Pistol x 1 ea

Work [Favorite] | 7x:
Bench press x 3 (85#)
Right into
Slam balls x 5 @ 20# (30#)
Rest x 2:00 (?)
5x:
Incline SA KB BP (ha!) x 5 ea (26# +2.5)
Right into
Hang power snatch (85#)
Rest x 2:00
3x:
Row x 300m
AD x 15 cals
Zercher lunge x 5 ea @ 75#-ish (85#)

Stretch’n’ convos | 15:00


F | Upped the lbs on the balls, as the goal was to be breathing heavy. Check. Really felt the glutes by the time we got ’round to the zerchers.

Sa | Quick session before hopping on a flight to Iowa. The hip felt good – zero pain/hesitation! The back fatigued quickly, I’m guessing due to all the work it did Friday.

Cadence

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives you the test first, the lesson afterwards.” -Vern Law

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Valery Shchekoldin: Uliyanovsk, 1978 

Starting off the work week sequence with this conversation between Tim Ferriss and Mark Bittman because it left me in a solid state on the flip side. I particularly liked the part on Mr. Bittman’s interview style. I wonder what the social media would look like, or fuck, what conversations would sound like if we all had just a skoach more curiosity, and more generosity for listening…?


10 Dec | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Slam balls x 7
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – Week Seeex
OHS w/ 2s pause at the bottom 10 x 1 [across] (95#)
Hang snatch 10 x 1 [across] (85#)
Snatch 5 x 1 [across]
Single-leg RDLs 3 x 8 ea

Stretch | 10:00

09 Dec | F
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 12
Elbow plank + reach across x 10 ea
Scorpions x 5 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 10
Wall walk x 1
Chinese row x 7 ea

Work | Back squat 5 x 5 (135,140,140,140,145#)
Rest x 2:00 btwn
5x:
Single-leg hip thrust x 12 ea (26#)
Right into
Monster walks x 10 ea way
Rest x 1:00
-then-
Turkish get-ups x 10:00 (worked up to 53#)

Stretch | 20:00


F | Dooode, some single-leg work revelations: that right glute/hammie moves so differently than the left. It be cray. Or fancy in a bad way. Stayed conservative on the lbs on the squats as to not Dexter my hip. First set was a lot of flexor, but remedied that on the remainders. Two sips (of air) at the top makes all the difference #bracethatbish 

Sa | Only got through the hangs – ran outta time. Cadence… And space(ing). Work in progress on the receiving position, but it certainly feels a lot better. The brakes seem to kick in when I get fah-tee-gua’d. (That means when I’m tired, get it?)

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‘Nog Nite 2016 is in the books! Bring on the Holiday Beat…

Residuals

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The thing we tell ourselves… What are you rehearsing?


26 Nov | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Slam balls x 7
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – Week 4
2-Position snatch [below the knee, mid-thigh] (85#)
Buenos dias 3 x 6 (95#)
OHS pin squat 3 x 3 (85, 95, 95#)
3x:
Samurai squats x 5 ea (35#)
right into
FLR x max effort (1:15, 1:05, :57)
rest as req’d

Stretch | 10:00

25 Nov | F
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg elevated adductor squat x 10 ea
Single-arm plank x :20 ea
Reaching TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Palms-up BB row x 10
Buenos dias x 10
Wall walk x 2

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
Carries [OH, dbl KB front-rack, suitcase] x 100m (35#ers, 53#)
AD x 1:00
Sumo DLs @ 155# x 5
Handstand walk x 12′ [or 3 attempts]
Row x 1:00

24 Nov | The Giving of the Thanks
Dishes x All day

23 Nov | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotations + slides x 10
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 12 ea
Reaching dead bugs x 20 ea

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
DUs x 30
Hip mobility moves

Work | Oh-the-lifting – Week 4
Behind-the-neck rack jerks 10 x 1 [build] (85, 95, 105, 105, 110, 115, 115, 120, 125, 130#)
Split squats 3 x 4 (95#)
Segment clean [2s pause @ knee] 5 x 2 (105, 115#…)

Stretch/real talk | 15:00

22 Nov | Tu
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 12
Scap press x 8
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Slam balls x 7
Push-ups x 7
(Pony) Tail flingers  (GHD sit-ups) x 10

Work | EMOM x 14:00, rotating:
Bench x 3 @ 80# + DUs x 30
Hang snatch + OHS x 3
-Rest x 4:00-
EMOM x 14:00, rotating:
Tall cleans x 3 @105#
Row x 100m

Stretch x 15:00

21 Nov | M
Mobility |3x:
Wall-pressing TVAs x 15
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 10 ea
Side plank clammie x :40 ea

Warm-up | 3x:
Wall slides x 10
Wall balls x 10
Wall walk + lateral tick tock x 1
OH walking lunches x 20

Work | “B”
Zercher squats 5 x 7 (95, 95, 105, 110, 110, 110#)
Rest x 1:00
“C”
KBS 5 x 10 @ 44#
Rest x 1:00
“A”
8x:
Single arm press x 8 ea (5@ 26#, 5@ 21#)
Rest x 1:00
Chinese row x 10 ea (26#)
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 20:00


M | Rearranged the order of the workout because no dumbbells and all the KBs taken. Man, to have a dick and/or lots of muscles so the brahs would buy some. First time doing zercher squats and they were fun times: super uncomfy in the elbow pits and breathing. Lots of booty, quad, back and abs. Should have taken vid of my KBS to compare to the blog link today #notesfornexttime #sidebyside. That was a lot of pushing and pulling. Left side was the limiter on both movements. Just realized as I’m typing this that I did KB rows instead of Chinese rows. Hmm, where’s my head at? Three guesses…

Tu | Busy day at work (but my Friday for the week!) and no gameplan for a workout means one from the archives… and of course, an EMOM – or two.

W | Pissed off hip, but a well-timed holiday day off tomorrow. The BTN jerks felt awesome; mmm, that bar path. Split squats did the trick pre-fatiguing the boo-tay on the segmented cleans. Gotta work on transitioning my feet wider at the bottom. Wide bottom(s), bishes!

Th | A person feels entitled to eat way more ham and sticky toffee cake when you got sore abs from all those jerks. New holiday pre-gaming programming – check.

F | Hip speaking; rolled thru.

Sa | Per last week’s vids, I changed my set-up on the snatch a bit; I didn’t realize how much I was letting my chest drop. The result felt solid – fast and able to open up the stance at the bottom (less air brakes)- though from the hang, less so. Here’s some footage:

Those OHS pin squats were something; tricky getting in the proper position, but once you were there… they felt like heroin. Or what I imagine heroin to feel like. (I might be exaggerating, but they did felt nice. Besides aren’t the holidays all about over-doing it?)