Immutable Forces

“I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget invisibility is a superpower.” – Banksy

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99% Invisible >>> What do “the others” see?


07 Sept | Th
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Elbow plank + fwd reach x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 7 @16#
Ring rows x 7
KBS x 7 @35#

Work | From the archives
A1. Front squat 4 x 5 (115#)
A2. RNT x 10 ea
A3. GHRs ( -, 10, 10#) [2:00]
B. EMOM x 10:00: KBS x 10 @ 50#
C1. DB bi’s 3 x 20 (15#) [1:00]
C2. Cable tri’s x 20 (30#) [1:00]

Stretch | 15:00

08 Sept | F
[AM] Friday Hike Club | Two Bit Peak
[PM] Home yoga | Vinyasa Flow for the Noobs

09 Sept | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossack lunge x 8 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-it-up | TGUs

Work | From the archives
A. Bike x 30:00
B. 5x:
SA KB FR carry x 30m ea (40#)
Samurai squats x 4 ea (35#)
FLR x :30 [:30]
C. Stepmill x 15:00

Foam roller face | 15:00

10 Sept | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
DUs x 20
ATYs x 5 ea

Work | Archives a la carte
A1. Chin-over-bar hold x :30 [1:00]
A2. Dip hold x :30 [1:00]
B. BTN press 4 x 5 @ 41×2 (50, 55, 50, 50#) [3:00]
C1. KB RDL 5 x 12 ea (45#) [1:00]
C2. KB snatch x 5 ea (40, 45, 40, 40, 40#) [1:00]
D. Cable pallofs 4 x 12 ea (30, 40, 40, 40#) [1:00]

Handstands at home | NFT


Th | Really like the KB EMOMs.

F | Ooh sore from the FS. Recovery things today.

Sa | Ooh sore from all the things. Just put in some work and got the body moving. Not sure why I’m feeling a little beat up this week; Sleeps were solid. Eats, too. Not on the crazy bus. Just listening to my body… Peaks and valleys. Ebbs and flows. Peanut butter and… everything.

Su | Tested hand positioning on the BTNs, and that one-count at the bottom. Yep, it’s way harder when that’s not zero. The heavier KB snatch wasn’t snappy so dropped it back down in lbs and maintained.

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Which One

“We have two ears and one mouth, and we should use them in that proportion.” -Epitectus

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And how will I know you’ll listen?  Which one are you choosing?

And this cracked my up. But if you had to pick one…


09 Aug | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + slides x 10
Cossack lunges x 8 ea
TVAs x 15
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wall ball x 7
SA KB press x 4 ea

Work | Repeat Remix
A. HHPC – HHPC – TC – FS @115#
B1. DB snatch 7 x 3 ea (35#) [right into]
B2. SL hip bridge x 10 ea (20#) [1:00]
C. Lat pull-downs 4 x 10 (80, 4@70#) [1:00]

Stretch-ish | 10:00

10 Aug | Th
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10
Pistols x 2 ea

Work | Repeat-ish
A. Row x 20:00
B. Bike x 20:00
C. 5x:
Cross-over step-ups x 7 ea
Handstand holds
Samurai squats x 3 ea @35#
D. Step mill x 15:00

Stretch | 10:00

11 Aug | F
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Work | Repeat
A. TGUs 3 x 3 ea (35, 45, 50, 60#)
C1. SA DB Z press 4 x 6 ea (25, 3@27.5#)
C2. Db row x 8 @2113 (25#)
B. Reverse Zerchers 3 x 8 ea (80#) [1:00 btwn legs]
D. 5x:
Goblet squat x 6 @33×1
Jump lunges x 10
FLR x :30

12 Aug | Sa
Shaw Butte Hike
5.5 mi

13 Aug | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wall balls x 10
A-Y-Ts x 5 ea

Work | Repeat-ish
A1. Press 7 x 5 (65#)
A2. DUs x 20 [2:00]
B. 5x:
Goblet squat x 6 @33×1 (35#)
Jump lunges x 10
FLR x :30

Stretch | 10:00


W | I had planned on doing deadlifts, but then last minute decided to do some tall cleans and front squats because they are fun and I haven’t done them at Globo Mountain Ballpark edition. Rolled through the rest of the session. I think I was fighting a bug on the front end of the week – had some seriously low energy. But, better by mid-week.

Th | I dig these cardio sammich format workouts – I mean, for cardio. The the last 8:00 of rowing – involves a countdown that goes something like this:
“More than halfway done!”
*Closes eyes for what feels like 2:00 – nope, that was 34 seconds
*Focuses on fast drive, extending recovery
“Oh look! Five minutes! I can do anything for 5:00!”
“Oh look! Four minutes! I can do anything for 4:00!”
“Oh look! Three minutes! I can do anything for 3:00!”
“Last 90 seconds like you’re on the water… go!”
“Fuck. I love rowing.”
“But let’s not do this again soon, or at least for, like 10 days.”

F | Felt good. Scaled back because of the hike planned for the following morning. The goal is no tricky hip business before or after The Anniversary Hike this year.

Sa | Rescheduled The Hump hike due to t-storms, so we stuck around PHX and hiked surrounded by monsoon-y weather instead. It was pretty great.

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The Start at Shaw Butte

Su | Press felt strong; really felt the pushing through the ground. Part B is the closest thing to AD sprints I’ve found at the globo… so far.

Staring It in the Face

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

Regardless of where you stand, the images taken from Friday’s Presidential Inauguration are a pretty telling lesson in body language and facial expressions. The Not Face seen ’round the world.

If images of the new POTUS make you screw up your face, I totally get it. May I suggest installing Make America Kittens Again. Here to help, friends.


20 Jan | F
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Scap press x 10
Banded clammies x 12 ea
Side plank + leg lift x :30 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 8
ing rows x 8
Box jumps x 5
Row x 150m

Work | Class MAP session
A | x 10:00 @ 85%
Wall ball x 15 UB
Slam ball x 5 (20#)
Slam ball TGU x 2 ea (30#)
– Rest x 3:00 –
B | x 10:00 @ 85%
DUs x 30
Bear crawl/crab walk
Ring row x 10
– Rest x 3:00 –
C | x 10:00 @ 85%
Sit-ups x 10
Box jump w/ step down x 10
Run x 200m

21 Jan | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
KB moves
Slam balls x 5
DUs x 20

Work | O-lifting – Week 2
A | 4x: (135#)
Clean pull from blocks [BTK] x 3
right into
Clean high-pull from blocks [BTK] x 3
right into
Clean high-pull w/ foot transitions [floor] x 1
B | 4x: [PAP]
Sled push + sprint
C| 3x:
Samurai squats x 10 (35#)
Fwd banded shoulder rolls x 10

Some stretch


F | Shoulda been a rest day. Feeling pretty spent from this week’s work. The body is feeling great, but the CNS… left on read. LOVED the slam ball TGUs! So revealing. The toughest sequences were the TGUs to the wall balls, and the crawling around on the floor to the ring rows. The running felt nice, actually.

Sa | Pulled lighter weight because, yes, I need a rest day. The last movement on part A was… Awkward. What foot transitions? Ha.

This week’s JRE has convinced me to give a restricted eating window a try. Per Joe’s convo with Dr, Rhonda, limiting your eating window to 10-12 hours, 5 days a week can increase muscle mass. Curious, I want to test that. I’ve installed and set up the Zero fasting app… Stay tuned for updates, if you’re into that kinda thing.

Joe & Rhonda cover a lot of great shit in that podcast. The conversation went together like kitties and tots (or maple and bacon, if you prefer) with the article Ali shared on the blog last week about cultivating discipline over motivation.

Rogan brings up the idea of allowing yourself to “fuck-off” on the little shit and how that merely builds a foundation for not getting shit done when it counts; “the way a person does one thing is the way they do everything” kind of thing. (Like when you need to be designing casework details, but instead you’re writing a blog post.) Rhonda continues with how this can operate in a similar way, but with lies.

This got me circling back to the new POTUS and his choice of words and actions. It will be, um, interesting to see he goes from here.

 

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?)

The Positive Pivot

“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” -George R. R. Martin

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Lift Each Other Up by Libby Vander Ploeg

Have a listen here to Christmas Abbott talking perseverance, quirks, and choosing your favorite kid. I like hearing what Christmas has to say, and not just because her accent is adorbs. She’s incredibly relatable, inspiring in all her endeavors, and seems to come at every situation from a place of positivity.

She’s got a pretty great Instagram feed, sending out plenty of good vibes, like these words from the great Maya Angelou:disculpe-01.png

On a loosely related note, we got to chatting at the gymnasium about “content” and how we judge the value of it. If someone puts up an intelligent, thoughtful post but pairs it with an image of their body, does that in some way diminish what they have to say? If so, why? Would it matter what kind of body they were presenting? If it were a man, not a woman? If they were of a certain age or race? Would that somehow make it more or less acceptable? More or less valid?

Sometimes it seems like we’re existing in a time of exclusion, of dichotomies, in the either/or’s. What I appreciate about the content that women like Christmas Abbott are putting out there is that they’re all about inclusion, and demonstrate that we can be both – intellectual and sexual, driven and patient, strong and compassionate. As Christmas put it, your wins are my wins. While I don’t currently have any offspring, I do care about posterity (in addition to posteriors) and I think the better message to be sending to our young humans is one of inclusion and multitudes. We don’t need to be one thing, we can be many things.

More ampersands.


18 Sept | Su
Mobility | 3x
Cossack lunge x 8 ea
Scap press [lentimente] x 10
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 10
Palms-fwd BB row x 8
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting from W
1-1/4 OHS 4 x 2 (95, 105, 105(vid), 110#)
Clean high pulls 3 x 3 (125, 135,, 145#)
Halting clean deadlift [4s @ below the knee, and just shy of full extension] 3 x 4 (145, 135, 135#)
Isometric abduction w/ ext. rotation 3 x 10s

17 Sep | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
DUs x 30
OH walking lunges x 14

Work | O-Lifting – Week 3
BTN Snatch-grip push press 5 x 2 (85, 85, 95, 100, 105#)
Clean + jerk 10 x 1 (115, 115, 125#…)
Samurai squats 3 x 8 ea (35#)
Front squat  ISO holds 3 x 10s

Stretch | 20:00

­16 Sep | F
Work | Recess Class
The Bear Complex, 5x:
[Power clean – Front squat – Push press – Back squat – BTN Push press] x 7 (75, 85, 90, 95, 100#)

Stretch | 20:00


Friday’s Bear felt good, though I 86’d the BTN presses upon advice from Ali – saving the back for Saturday. I really like that barbell complex; it challenges the body and the head, provided you buy in.

O-lifting went well, though it seems like I’ve been going light forever, when it’s actually only been a few weeks. Looking forward to being able to push again. Did you see that post on pain from The Wolf Brigade? It’s the one with the mace on the beach. That was a helpful reminder Saturday.

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Barbell in the AM & refreshing pool in the PM makes a pretty stellar combo. I hope that excessively manicured shrub doesn’t degrade my content

Made up some Oh Lifting homework on Sunday. Having watched some 1-1/4 OHS on the interwebs before heading to the gymnasium, I was curious to see if I did the curved booty back thing I saw a lot of, so I took a vid…

… Yep, I do it. And I’m not so sure that I’m breaking parallel there, either. Coachable moments.

Weapons

“Temper is a weapon we hold by the blade.” J.M. Barrie

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Technically it’s a “Corinthian Helmet”. Is it a weapon if you wear it… on  your face?

Our office has an FNG that flies off the handle about the stupidest shit. It’s very entertaining, but generates a lot of stress. He prides himself on taking karate classes and having self defense skills, but all I can think when I see him lose his shit is, there is nothing about this guy that’s an effective weapon.

Joe Rogan’s interview with Miesha Tate touched on this – and lots of other great shit, as it’s nearly three hours long. It’s interesting the personality (or persona?) differences between Tate and Rhonda Rousey. The latter always seems so angry and fired up, while Tate seems chill even to the point of seeming disinterested. I liked hearing her take on how that affects her performance in the cage, her thoughts on Rousey’s defeat and decision to take a year off rather than “getting the taste of loss outta her mouth”, and her high school wrestling stories. And I fully support Miesha’s stance on chocolate flavored things being bullshit.


12 May | Th
Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting
Back squat 5 x 3 (140,150,160,160,165#)
Snatch-grip DL 2 x 2 (155#)
4 sets:
Hollow body hold x :45
Samurai squats x 8 (35#)

Stretch | 20:00

10 May | Tu
Pillars | 3x
Reverse tables x 5 @ 5s ea
Arch up x 8
TVA leg drops x 15
Pike pulses x 7

Warm-up | 3x
TGUs x 2 ea (35#)
AD x 1:00
Candlesticks x 2 ea (SL!)

Work | 4x
Sled x 200m (135,115#)
SA KB row x 8 ea (15# DBs)
Buenos dias x 8 (75#)
AD x 15 cals

Stretch | 20:00

09 May | M
Warm-up |3x
BB front squats x 10
Row x 1:00
OHW lunges x 20

Work | Front squat + chains 5 x 3 (135,145,155, 165,160#)
Rev Zercher lunches 3 x 8 (65,70,70#)
EMOM x 10:00:
KBS x 10 (53#)
Reaching dead bugs 4 x 1:00
Rest x 1:00 btwn


Monday | The Zerchers sure wake up the booty.

Tuesday | Was listening to a podcast at work which inspired me to try the pike pulses, a move from Gymnastic Bodies, in my warm up.

Sweet baby Jesus, those are hard. Sat there just trying to get my feet off the floor for a while. Like a jedi virgin trying to use the force. Ended up sitting on a 15# plate which allowed me to actually get my feet off the ground. Hadn’t tried the SL candlesticks in a while and I was excited that I was able to do them this time. Had done Tuesday’s session using heavier weight on the sled pulls in the past, but I was feeling it in my flexors instead of my glutes, so I shed some lbs. Feeling pretty sore in the glutes, hammies, and quads. Still searching for my sleep groove.

Thursday | The O-lifting sesh went well. Amanda was my partner and kept me honest on taking full rest, spotting the wall, and breaking parallel on the squats. Again with the power of the grounding. Hollow body holds: the name confuses me, but the movement makes all the abs hurt so, okay! DJ rolled in at shift change with a piece for show and tell: a fancy new bow. Pretty fucking rad, and I can see how one could kill some meat with that.

Sat down and got all the math laid out for the carb cycling plan. Just need to get in the bod pod and find out how much of me is “lean body mass”.

Check out this chic carb-cycling (and turn on the volume):

A video posted by Bread Face (@breadfaceblog) on Feb 21, 2016 at 5:32pm PST

 

Hard Things

“Silence is so accurate.” – Mark Rothko

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That’s the FNG on the left there. No it’s not! He only talks about himself. Ha! #accurate

I was really intrigued by this week’s Note to Self podcast, which essentially was about engaging in uncomfortable conversation. It reminded me of that New York Times piece about how to fall in love with anyone, the one with all the great questions. Why is it that we sometimes fail to ask the most important questions, and/or that we make those questions so much harder than they have to be?

The NTS convo focused on sexual kinks, and an app that was developed to help get couples talking about theirs. The conversation had my mind going off on so many tangents: religion, relationships, technology, sex, have you seen the movie “Kinsey”?! I think I like that technology is helping to serve as a catalyst for a deeper conversation (or, per the couple in the podcast, pulling back the curtain for their golden shower bliss) but it makes me a little sad that it’s needed in the first place.

Hard conversations. Let’s all have more of them!


05 March | Sa
Work | O-lifting
Hang power clean 5 x 2 (105,105,115#…)
Snatch + OHS 5 x 1(65,65,75,75,85#)
Box squats 4 x 3 (95,115#…)
3 sets:
Box jumps x 2
Lunging pallof press x 10 ea
Chinese row x 10 ea

Get bendy | 20:00

04 March | F
Warm-up | x4
Banded clammies x 10 ea
Prone glute press x 10
AD x 1:00

Work | Wednesday’s O-lifting-ish
Tall jerks 5 x 2 (55,60,65#…)
Back squat + chains 5 x 2 (155,165,170#…)
3 sets:
Samurai squats x 5 ea (35#)
Death march (25# DBs)
Wall-pressing dead bugs x1:00

Some stretching + homework | 15:00


I missed O-lifting on Wednesday, so I sneaked it in on Friday, minus some of the volume on the lifts. Practiced anchoring my feet on the back squat per the link on the website a week (or two) ago. I have definitely NOT been anchoring my feet correctly. I thought I felt grounded before, but that whole pinkie toe drive was a game changer. Lots of feels in the glutes during the samurai squats and the death marches.

Saturday’s O-lifting class felt really good; fast on the cleans and snatches. I think I’m getting better at positioning for the box squats. They are fucking hard, but man do I like how they feel the next day.

Maybe went a little too heavy on Saturday and had to skip the Sunday hike. Next week, Peralta.