Sorcery

Attention squared
Know your sources. Where’s that coming from…?

The last couple weeks have presented me with many opportunities to be an observer… of some new surroundings (gym anthropology) and of myself. Truth be told all of life gives us that chance, right? But are we paying attention? And are we open to seeing the full spectrum of things presented to us?

I really liked this article Raymundo shared with the DTP crew, Every Movement Is a Skill, If You’re Listening. That’s not actually the title – it’s a way better one! Read it and tell me I’m wrong. It reminded me of a recent exchange between The Aussies about movement and how it is – and isn’t – like porn: it’s not about how it looks (okay, it’s a little about how it looks), it’s about how it feels.

So let’s rearview: you gotta be open to it (new methodology – globo and that other thing) and engaged in the process enough to feel it, not excessively focused on what it looks like in the mirror(s) or from inside your box. You get all that?

Of course you did.

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Surely a better method to lure passengers off over-sold flights #sorcery

And speaking of new things, here’s my new favorite channel – MegSquats:

Oh man, I have the best sources. How about the single-leg squats!? Gimme some… (See workout notes below.)


11 Apr | Tu
Warm-up | Orient thyself
Row x 500m
Bike x 8:00

Work | [Doing it anyway]
A1.  BB incline bench 5 x 5 (75#); Rest x 1:00
A2.  Single leg RDL x 10 ea (44#); Rest x 1:00
B1.  DB bench 3 x 5 (30#); Rest x 1:00
B2.  Rev DB fly’s x 10 (12.5#); Rest x 1:00

Stretch + roll | 15:00

12 Apr | W
Warm-up | Row x 500m
3x:
PVC things
DUs x 30

Work | [with Mr. Megs]
A. DL 7 x 3 (185, 6@ 195#); Rest x 2:00
B1. Single-arm DB snatch 7 x 3 ea (35, 35, 5@ 40#); Right into
B2. Single-leg hip bridge x 10 ea (20#); Rest x 1:00
C. Lat pull-downs 4 x 10 (70, 90, 80, 60#); Rest x 1:00

Straaatch | 10:00

13 Apr | Th
Warm-up | 3x
DUs x 30
KBS – goblet – ‘round da – snatch x 5 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work | [I don’t always do 5 rounds, but when I do, I do 6]
A1. [Seated] Single-arm DB press x 5 ea (25, 2@ 27.5, 3@ 30#)
Rest x 1:00
A2. Chinese row x 10 (15, 5@ 17.5#)
Rest x 1:00
B. EMOM x 10:00
KBS x 7 (60#) + push-ups x 5
C. Bike x 20:00

Stretch + mob | 10:00

15 Apr | Sa
Mobility |3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | Bike x 5:00

Work | [TTW Things start making sense…]
A. RDLs 7 x 5 (125#); Rest x 1:00
B1. DB Bi’s 4 x 20 (17.5, 15, 15, 15#)
Rest x 1:00
B2. Tricep push-downs x 12 (Rope grip, 25#)
Rest x 1:00
C. [Seated] Hamstring curls 3 x 10 (70, 90, 90#)
Rest x 1:00
D. Leg extension 3 x 10 (70#)
Rest x 1:00

Bonus: TGUs x 10:00 (50#)

Stretch | 20:00


Tu | So uncomfortable…

W | The RDL into hip bridges had me (and the Zor-cerer… Yep. That WAS dumb!) breathing nicely and all kinds of day-after sore (speaking for myself on that last part). Exploring the pull-downs, thus the all-over-the-board on the lbs. Got too heavy and started repping all janky-like so I backed off and refocused on feeling the initiation of the movement and where I felt it down and up the chain as the movement progressed. Also… abz.

Th | The swings felt fantastic and the reflections (So. Many. Mirrors. And sneaking lighting that makes you look jaaacked! Magic tricks, indeed.) were fun. I really enjoyed blowing the dust off my gym jams for the “cardio” portion.

Sa | I am perplexed and excited by all the contraptions for squatting at the globo. Aaand I eyed a floor-mount for landmines! I’m digging all this new stuff to try. The tri’s and bi’s really revealed asymmetry in movement and how/where I feel them. The leg extensions and curls… slayed me! I’m am beginning to recognize how the globo cycle has the ability to add to the toolbox, not taking away from the work I’ve already put in. And man was it fun to wrap up with some of my favorites – the TGU – after doing new things! 

In addition to new digs, people, and methods, I also performed some internet searches I’d not imagined I’d be doing a mere 6 mos ago. Like “seated or laying hamstring curl machine”  or “proper form cable tricep push-downs“. Sources matter – so much contradictory info – so I need to flush out the “Catalyst Athletics” of globo reads.

Lastly, AD hunting on the CL got me like…

Moves Like Prey

“It’s different nowadays; happiness is something that people seem to think is their right. There’s no worry about starvation, or having a roof over your head, or being invaded. So they worry about whether they are happy or not. I suppose that’s some kind of progress.” -Henning Mankell

You know the system is FOOKed when people find this offensive…

 

But don’t think twice about supporting (spending their skrilla on) this…

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From “Super Size: The Dizzying Grandeur of 21st Century Agriculture”

Here’s some (info) ammo for the next attack from that one vegan we all know; the one with the “animals are my friends and I don’t eat my friends” approach. (A) That’s cool, but I eat mine, and they are delicious (and nutritious) AF. (B) And lest you forget we’re all in the circle…

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20 Nov | Su
3-anna-half-ish miles of active recovery on the mountain to the south

19 Nov | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg elevated adductor squat x 10 ea
Chin-over-bar hold x :20
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 200m
Slam balls x 7
Wall slides x 10
DUs x 30 or for as long as my pants stay up

Work | O-lifting – Week 3
Muscle snatch 5 x 2 (75#)
Snatch + 1-1/4 OHS [across] 5 x 1 (95#)
Snatch-grip RDL [across] 3 x 3 (145#)
Ring leg curls 3 x 10

17 Nov | Th
Mobilize | 10:00

Work [Recovery] | EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
Bench press x 3 @80# + DUs x 30
OHS x 3 @75#
AD x 1:00
-then-
3x | GHR x 10 (10#)
Handstand walks x 3 attempts


Th | I know I should be able to write my own recovery workout, but fuck if I could figure anything out by the end of the day. An EMOM sounded nice, so I inquired about Ali’s recipe:

The Skipper’s EMOM Recipe:
•1 part something you enjoy
•1 part skillz you need to work on
•1 part elevate your heart rate

I ended up going with a combo that I’ve been throwing in the mix kinda frequently as Pappas agreed on it. Partners: so high-maintenance.

Sa | Snatches: from red light last week (air brakes) to yellow light on the catch. Widened my stance a bit. Felt really good, but by the looks of it there’s still lots of air there between the booty and the mat.

I hear some people argue static stretching is a waste of time, but I really like it after training. It’s the coffee after hiking; the reading after yard work; the spooning after sex. It’s a little time to chill out and consolidate the day’s work, in whatever capacity that may have been. Or a chance to hear some epic one-liners from Kay-tay. Either way, in the week to come, I’d like to find my corner of the new digs and come back to that.

Fear[less]

 Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

-Dylan Thomas

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What does fear look like…?

It’s staying in a job that’s no longer fulfilling; it’s grasping at that relationship instead of cutting that brah (or bish) loose; it’s listening to your head instead of your gut; it’s nodding and smiling instead of asking the question; it’s getting defensive when the question is asked of you.

And, it’s an Olympic gold medalist shrouded in the American flag.


16 Nov | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Prone Y raise x 10
TVA drops x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
DUs x 30
Banded shoulder things

Work | O-lifting – Week Tres
Clean pulls [build] 5 x 1 (125, 135, 155, 175, 195#)
Clean pulls [across] 5 x 1 (195#)
Clean [build] 5 x 1 (115, 125, 135, 145#…)
Clean [across] 5 x 1 (145, 145, 140#…)
Tall jerks [build] 5 x 1 (65, 70, 75#…)
Rack jerks [across] 5 x 1 (125, 130, 130, 125#…)

15 Nov | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Elbow plank + reach across x 10 ea
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Hanging leg raise x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall walk x 2
Single-arm press x 7 ea

Work | 10x:
Back squat x 4 (5@ 135#, 5@ 145#)
Rest x 1:00
Wall run x :30 (Lateral walks after round 2)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
5x:
Single-leg RDL x 10 ea (44#)
Rest x 1:00
KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
5x: (5:36)
KBS x 15 @ 35#
DUs x 30

14 Nov | M
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg adductor squat x 12 ea
Scap press x 10 (deliberate AF)
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 10
Single arm banded rows x 10 ea
Pistoles x 2 ea

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
AD x 20 cals
Row x 1:00
Lunges x 10 (front rack KB reverse w/ 2 x 35#ers… pppt)
Single-leg hip thrusts x 10 ea (18# KB)

Stretch | 20:00


M | Hip a little stiff and sore; maybe from the Sunday hike, maybe from accumulated workload, maybe from dodging my fears of how that work meeting was gonna go (it went fucking great!). It was smart then that I added ‘front rack KB reverse’ to the lunges right…?

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Tu | Ooh, that was some work. Modified the wall runs to lateral walks because of the shoulder. Something about the extension after the shoulder tap not being in the right position, it feels like it’s pinching something. Felt fine as long as I kept the arm extended and locked out, thus the lateral walks. 

W | Surprised at how fast the movements felt with the barbell considering all the work yesterday. The cleans felt dandy; getting out of the bottom like a boss, comparatively. The jerks felt nice and fast, no shoulder pain or hesitation. Tall jerks, not my wheelhouse, but, man, do they help trigger the speed.

In Motion

“The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth of the hole.” -The Gun

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[Pepi Merisio – Grandma Splitting Wood On The Steps, 1952] Get it, Granny
So many things in motion; it’s exciting times! Recent maneuvering in my work sphere has me rediscovering the catharsis of hand-drafting; the focused action that lets you lose your mind, in a good way.

My design school mentor used technical drawing as a first move with any project. His method was straightforward: find your inspiration (often a building plan), place it on your site, and literally copy that shit with your hands and a lead holder. It’s amazing the things you pick up from doing this – scale, the gesture, the procession.

What I like most about this method are the unknowns – the things you pick up that don’t reveal themselves until later on in the timeline – the slope of a roof-line, a collection of columns, the way light patterns a surface. It’s essentially trusting that the time you invest now will benefit you in some way down the road, whether you recognize it or not. For me it parallels the idea of “acting out the narrative” that Jami Tikkanen brought up with the Aussies this week. Check it.

My latest copy job is courtesy of the greats Enric Miralles and Carme Pinos and their Olympic Archery Range in Barcelona. Check that, too.

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Mmm, girl

27 Oct | Th
Mobility | 3x
Adductor squat x 8 ea
Reverse table x 8
Hanging leg raises x 8

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
OHWL x 10
BB good mornings x 10
BB row x 10

Work [Favorite] | 5x
Front squat x 5 @ 75% 1RM (120#)
Back squats x 5
Rest x 2:00
-then-
Front rack KB reverse lunges 4 x 6 ea (35# KBs)
Rest x 1:00 between legs -then-
3x: [6:18]
Slam balls x 5 (30#)
Snatches x 5 @ 65#
Row x 200m

Express stretch | 10:00

26 Oct | W
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 8
Super bird dogs x 8 ea
Hollow rocks + solid arch x 8

Warm-up | Row + PVC things

Work | O-lifting – Week 8
C+J 1RM disguised as EMOM x 12:00, rotating:
Clean + jerk x 1 (115, 125, 135, 145 (PR), 150, 150#)
DUs x 25
-then-
EMOM x 12:00, rotating,
KBS x 10 (53#)
Sit-ups x 10

Stretch | 15:00

24 Oct | M
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + press x 10
Glute press x 10
TVA’s x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 10
GHR x 7
Banded rows x 10

Work | 4x:
RDLs x 4 @5050 (135, 135, 145#…)
Rest x 1:00
Single-arm seated DB press x 8 ea (25#)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
Single-leg hip thrusts x 12 (15, 20, 20, 25#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
-then-
Assault bike x 10:00, e’ry 2:00 perform a horseshoe*

Stretch | 15:00


*Horseshoe: walk up the wall, 5 steps laterally, walk down the wall, walk up the wall, 5 steps laterally the other direction, walk down the wall. Get it? Right hip is still nagging me a little bit. Protein bars for dinner FTW.

Clean + jerk felt really good and I got a 10# PR there. PR’d my clean with 150#, but just couldn’t nail the jerk. But I know it’s there… So  yeah, EMOMs – the new method for establishing 1RMs. 

The front-to-back squat sets were interesting; good feedback on what parts “stick”. So much abs on the front and all the booty on the back version. Here’s some footage of the first set:

The slam ball, snatch, row was not fast. I’m out of practice with the CrossFit workouts; there was zero touch’n’go on the snatches.

Dreamer’s Dilemma

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The Dreamer’s Dilemma

Mulling over this excessively lengthy, but thought (and action!)-provoking read. It talks about the trade-offs that occur when we exchange human experiences for virtual ones, the digital dilemma.

“Every hour I spent online was not spent in the physical world. Every minute I was engrossed in a virtual interaction I was not involved in a human encounter. Every second absorbed in some trivia was a second less for any form of reflection, or calm, or spirituality.” -Andrew Sullivan


03 Oct | M
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Single-arm plank x :20 ea
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall ball x 7
GHR x 7

Work | Back squat 10 x 2 (145, 145, 155#…)
Rest x 2:00
3x:
BB bi’s x 10
Rest x 1:00
BB skullcrushers x 10
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 10:00

02 Oct | Su
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + press x 10
Prone glute press x 10
Side plank + leg-lift hold x :40 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7
Single-arm press x 7 ea
KBS x 10

Work | Double EMOM in the rain
EMOM x 10:00
Bench press x 3 + hang power snatch to OHS x 3 (75#)
-Rest x 4:00-
EMOM x 10:00
Power clean x 3 (95#) + row x 100m
-then-
3x:
Reverse row sit-backs x 6
Ring leg curls x 8
Bobisdottirs x 20
Rest 2:00

Stretch whilst getting eaten by ‘squitos | 10:00

01 Oct | Sa
Mobilty | 3x
Single-leg adductor squat x 8 ea
Single-leg elev hip bridge x 10 ea
Scap press x 10
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Banded rows x 10
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – Week 5
Snatch-grip RDLs 4 x 4 (115, 125, 135#…)
3x:
Clean DL + clean high-pull x 2 (115, 125#…)
Unicorn clean x 1
-then-
Push press hold x 4 (15s @105#, 15s @115#, 15s @120#, 125#, 24s @120#)
Tricep push-downs x 100

Release | 20:00


Saturday stats:

  • Warm-up | Yes! two O-ly’s in a row #streak
  • RDLs | Yes
  • Clean combo | Ooh yes
  • OH holds | Man, I just wasn’t able to push press that barbell OH at 125#! The push holds themselves felt really strong. Visualizing and creating torque… Looking forward to seeing the response tomorrow.
  • Tri’s for the guys | Mmm Hmmm

Sunday’s glorious rainstorms called for some EMOMs with the o’head door open and some chill tunes complementing the sound of the rain on the roof. Tested my side plank+ leg lift holds without the assistance of the from-the-knee position. Tried a couple times on each side, but couldn’t get stable. I noticed my hip position was different so I’ll work on that from the knee and re-test down the road.

I’d planned on a threesome of EMOMs – Saturday’s class workout. Misinterpreted the writing on the wall and did ALL the work, EVERY minute, rather than rotating. By the time I got to the third scheduled EMOM (deadlifts + push presses) my right QL was speaking to me so I stopped, satisfied and pretty spent from the 20:00 of work. C’mon, Morgan. (Yes, I do know better.)

Finished with some auxiliary moves, stretched, and called it a day. The Bobisdottirs are just my attempts to channel my inner-Annie…

Well that got surprisingly hard – FAST 😜 Squeeez dat butt! #saturdayglutework #accessorywork

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They weren’t very challenging, so I’m not sure if I wasn’t in the proper position, or if all the glute work is paying off. Mmm, girl, yes!

Monday’s workout felt short, but solid. I thought I was taking it easy doing BW on the BS, but last time I did it with less. My back is still tight so Tuesday’s looking like a nice round of recovery work.

Before & Afters

“It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.” -Epictectus

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Warning by Antoni Muntadas

I had to listen to The Aussie’s chat with Julien Pineau a couple times, just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I then proceeded to assume all the positions that came to mind to test my version of the torque. I might have been doing the dinner dishes while listening, so the rubber gloves made it a little weird. But I’m not above weird. 


15 Sep | Th
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
SL elevated hip bridge x 10 ea
Hanging leg raise x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 20 cals
SA press x 5 ea
GHR x 7
Banded rows x 10

Work | RFESS 3 x8 ea @32×1 (10# DBs)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
3x:
RDL x 5 (115#)
Rest x 1:00
BB hip thrust x 8 (135#)
Rest x 1:00
4x:
Handstand walk x 15′ (got about 7′ max, w? 3 attempts ea)
Row x 150m (34, 33, 32, 33s)
Rest x 1:00

13 Sep | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 8 ea
SL elevated adductor squat x 8 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 8

Work | EMOM x 12:00, rotating:
Front squat x 5 @ 75#
Row x 150m
-Rest x 4:00-
EMOM x 12:00, rotating:
OHS x 3 @ 65#
Slam balls x 8 (30#)
-Rest x 4:00-
EMOM x 12:00, rotating:
AD x 1:00
KBS x 10 (53#)

Solo stretch whilst zenning out to mix tape | 20:00

12 Sep | M
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 12
Scap press [d-e-l-i-b-e-r-a-t-e] x 10
TVA drops x 15

Work | 30:00, rotating:
Farmers carry x 100m
AD x 1:00
Row x 1:00
GHR x 10
Reaching dead-bugs x 1:00


Started the week off light, checking in with the back and the hip. Yep, still there. Pretty much rode that wave the rest of the week. The back seems to be recovered, though during stretch I notice my range of motion during some of the twisting positions is limited a bit. I’m jumping in on the class today to test if O-lifting is an option for Saturday. 

In Contrast

“Put light against light – you have nothing. Put dark against dark – you have nothing. It’s the contrast of light and dark that give the other one meaning.” -Bob Ross

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And here we have some contrast, of style or talent,  you be the judge. This is a work by Asger Jorn of the Situationist movement, I think. Hey, we’re not just butts and barbells around here, nah meh? (But mostly we are…)

And here’s an interesting podcast on how we think of our current selves in contrast to our future selves and how that fucks up our decision-making skills. I believe we call that projection bias.

And in case I deterred you with the duck up there, here’s some additional contrast:

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Past self vs future self

02 Sep | F
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
SL Elev glute bridge x 10ea
TVA drops x 10

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
KB front rack carry x O-head to green rig; Farmers carry return (44#ers)
AD x 1:00
1-1/4 Back squat x 3 (90#)
HS walk x 10 meters (+10 UB!)
Row x 1:00

01 Sep | Th
Warm-up| 3x
Rope work x :30
KBS x 5
BB RDLs x 5

Work | 6:00 class
Deadlift 4 x 3 (185, 185, 195, 195#)
Rest x 2:00
2-Position clean 10 x 1 (95, 95, 105#…)
-then-
6-Minute Abs! (10# plate)

Stretch | 15:00

Goodbye, August | W
Warm-up |3x
Row x 1:00
Wall ball x 7
DUs x 20
Goblet squat x 5

Work | O-lifting – Week 1
Snatch-grip push press + OHS 5 x 2 across (100#)
3x:
Good mornings  x 3 (95#)
DB row x 12 (30#)
-then-
Front squat 3 x 5 (115#)
Iso-hold bench press 3 x 6-10s

Stretch/Talk it out | 20:00

30 Aug | Tu
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 12
Prone Y raise x 16
Reverse curl-ups x 12

Warm-up | 3x:
OH walking lunges x 12
AD x 1:00
Palms-up BB row x 10

Work | 4x:
RDLs x 4 @5050 (125,135#…)
Rest x 1:00
Body row x 8
Rest x 1:00
-then-
SL hip thrusts 4 x 12 (15#)
Rest x 1:00 between the legs
-then-
AD x 10:00
E’ry 2:00, HS walk attempts x 3

Stretch | 15:00


Ah contrast. I was feeling so awesome before and during the Humphrey’s hike…

The intention this week was to do some moving and see what the response was in the hip-/back-/ass-on-the-funky-side region. So, yeah, did that. Really wanting to squat, but we had a reverse “Bump N’ Grind” situation: my mind was telling me yes, but my body, my booody was telling me no! So, what can I do to work da booty (okay, and the body) that isn’t squatting? Pulled some things from the archives… And things are feeling better, but some tightness remains in the back and in the hip when in the R-Kelly position.

Every time there’s a “rest a minute between legs” in my workout, my mind puts a “my” after the preposition and the gutter brain takes it from there…

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Gonna give Oly a try tomorrow. We’ll see if I’m walking funny after…