Gravity Facts


“You can’t start a fire, Worrying about your little world falling apart.” -The Boss

how is yous

Continuing down the multitudes of you, you, you path I seem to be meandering, some recent questions were fired up from Hidden Brain. This week’s episode was a little bland – I struggled to relate to the real life examples they gave – but there were still some meaty bites in there.

The first piece I’ve been chewing on is called Odyssey Planning. Essentially, it’s developing 3 completely different variations of your 5-year plan, and then using those articulated alternatives to take action in a new direction. Again, combating this idea that there is one path, one plan, one self. I like it.

The other spark was that of “gravity problems” – problems that we get stuck on that really aren’t problems at all:

“If it’s not actionable, it’s not a problem, it’s a circumstance. Once you accept your gravity problem as, in fact, not a problem but a circumstance – maybe a difficult one, maybe a heart-breaking one – but just a fact, you free yourself to go do something you can do.” -Dave Evans, Designing Your Life

What would the titles of your three Odyssey Plans be? Do you have any gravity facts weighing you down?

Facts of Life from Jo Polniaczek

29 Aug | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Bird dogs x 12 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
TGUs x 2 ea @ 40, 45, 50#

Work |
A1. Seated SA press 5 x 8 ea (2 @27.5, 3 @25#)
A2. Cable row x 10 (70, 4 @60#) [1:00]
C1. Tricep (cable?) push-downs 4 x 15 (3 @40, 30#) [1:00]
C2. Hammer curls x 20 (10#) [1:00]
B. Concentric bench 5 x 5 (75, 3 @85, 90#) [3:00]
D. Easy bike x 15:00

31 Aug | Th
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
KB things x 5 ea: goblet – swing – SA swing – snatch – RTW – RDL

Work |
A. Row x 20:00 (4505m)
B. Wall walks 4 x 3 [2:00]
C1. Farmers carry 5 x 20m (50# KBs)
C2. Wall-pressing dead bugs x 20
C3. Cossack lunges x 5 ea OHWL x 10

Stretch | 15:00

01 Sept | F
Mobility | 3x
SL elev hip bridge x 12 ea
Prone Y raise x 16
Monster walks x 10 ea

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. TGUs x 16 (4 ea @40, 45, 50, 60#)
C1. Hip extensions 3 x 8
C2. Reverse DB fly x 12 (10, 2 @12.5#) [1:00]

Stretch-ish | 15:00

02 Sept | Sa
Work | Snatch Sesh @ DTP HQ
A. Snatch balance complex – 4 sets:
Pressing snatch balance x 2 (45, 55, 65, 65#)
Heaving snatch balance x 2 (65, 65, 75, 75#)
Snatch balance x 1 (80#)
B. Snatch high-pull 3 x 3 [across] (100#)
C. Segmented snatch 5 x 3 [build] (3 @75#, 2 @80#)

03 Sept | Su
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Wall rotation + slides x 10
Side clammie hold x :20 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Banded RDLs x 8 ea
DUs x 30
DLs x 3

Work |
C. Deadlifts 5 x 3 build (185, 190, 195, 200, 195#) [2:00]
D. Reverse Zercher lunges 3 x 5 ea (85#) [1:00]
A. Shoulder CARs 3 x 5ea
B. Hip CARs 3 x 5 ea

Stretch Home yoga | 20:00

04 Sept | M
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 10
SA KB snatch x 5 ea

Work |
A. Barbell complex x 5 sets: (BB only)
Row x 5
RDL x 5
FS x 5
Kang x 5
B. Cleans 10 x 2 building [2:00]
C. Good mornings 3 x 10 [1:30]
B/C. 3x:
Suitcase carry x 30m ea (50#)
XO step-ups x 10 ea
Handstand stills x max
D. Knee extension machina 3 x 12 (70#) [1:00]

Handstand play + stretch | 15:ish

Tu | Feeling really good post hike. Sore in the calves hips a little bit. Rearranged the workout sequence because they need more racks at Globo Mountain. Hammer curls: burn like a MF in the bi’s and make for veiny arms. Failed on the very last rep of the bench press; was a solid 5s iso hold.

Th | The row time passed surprisingly quick; really focused on my form – not cheating the release. Wall walks are still fun; performed the last 2 unbroken in an effort to better my first “step”. Cossacks didn’t feel great on the right side; not painful, just still feeling some fatigue from The Hump, so I subbed overhead walking variety.

F | Is there an advantage to using an incline bench for reverse flies? I just do them bent over… Bike felt really great. As did the get-ups. A nice session to head into the weekend with.

Sa | Kept it light and speedy on the snatch sesh, as it’s been a while. Things felt good. The last half of C my flexors were trying to be glutes, and made the last set power snatches for that reason. I need a glute switch. Some delicious post-workout hammie quivers – washed down with a burger and strawberry malt with the crew at Joe’s Farm Grill (which was also delicious! And holy smokes – those trees! <3).

Su | The weight felt smooth until that last attempted rep at 200#, and then they all felt harder. Not moving that datum much, but feel great – all three H’s – so, I say, “so what”.  

M | As I worked through the barbell complex my low back didn’t loosen up at all; it was feeling really sore when I ran the roller across it in warm-up and I noticed how tight it was whilst on the AM dog walk sesh. It was an easy call to scrap B & C for some recovery work.



“Here is the truth about self-discovery: it is never without cost.” -Angela Flournoy

Discovery meets Wildlife Wednesdays

Some revelations whilst shining a light on the shadows: totally cool with being an UGH, and some gifts come in ugly wrap.

18 Feb | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
PVC moves
DUs x 20
Slam balls x 7
Scap press x 10

Work | O-lifting – Week 6
A. Snatch high-pulls 2 x 5@100% (110#)
B. Segmented snatch [1″ – BTK – MT] 8 x 1 (75, 80, 4@85, 90, 95#)
C. High-hang snatch + OHS x 5 @80% (85#)

Stretch | yeeeees x 20:00

20 Feb | M
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Sl elev hip bridge x 10 ea
Side clammie hold x :25 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7
KB swing – snatch – goblet – SA swing – RDL x 5 ea
DUs x 30

Work | [From the archives]
A. Front squat 5 x 1 (145, 155, 160, 165, 170#)
Rest x 2:00 btwn
B. EMOM x 10:00 @ 50% of A:
1-1/4 front squat x 3 (85#)
C. TGUs x 15:00 (40# BB, Up on ea @ 70# KB)

So much stretching | … gon happen Tu-morrow

21 Feb | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Glute press x 10
COB hold x :20
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up |3x
AD x 15 cals
Wall walk x 2 UB
Single-arm banded rows x 10 ea

Work | 5x:
Row x 1:00
Front rack carry x 50 m (44# KBs)
Tire hits x 20
FLR x 1:00

Stretch | like a motherfucker

Sa | Coach cues midway through part B totally turned it around for me; I was cheating on the sweep by bringing my hips forward rather than using lats and mid-back to pull. The before and after was awesome. Noted for next time.

M | Not super excited to train, but the body felt good and the head needed it most; a job for TGUs fo’ sho’ yo.

Tu | I really like the response from the workouts that start with a heavy single barbell movement and move into an EMOM of a related movement at light weight. I’ve noticed no matter my headspace, it’s gets me to refocus my distracted mind. Tuesday’s workout was a nice way to alleviate some of the soreness in the booty and the legs from the many front squats. The front racks carries and “rest” are typically most challenging. The aftermath, according to poke-a-muscle, was that my lower traps (and mid-back) did lots of work today.

I got to wondering why we classify meat according to color. It turns out even my (m)eats are slow-twitch.

Year of the Lens

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” -Dorthea Lange


Ah, anyone else here enjoy looking back at it – the year in rear view? Reflecting upon what you learned; what you didn’t; what you let atrophy, by choice or by happenstance. Examining whether your aperture opened up or constricted. Checking your exposure. Oh man, there are so many photography metaphors, but then, that’s what I’m looking for (hint, hint, 2017)…

This interview with Anthony Bourdain, well, it provoked some (re)considerations. I’ve spent more than one summer afternoon hibernating from the heat with a Parts Unknown binge; that guy has a way of framing things. And he asks really good questions. His answers – and how and what he pulls together in response -proved to be just as insightful.

“The camera’s a liar. It only tells the part of the story we want you to see.” -Anthony Bourdain

27 Dec | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 250m
Barbell x 5 ea: clean – front squat – push press – back squat

Work | Courtesy of CrossFit Beo
Clean + Jerk:
x 2 + 1 @ 75%
x 1 @ 80%
x 1 @ 85%
x 1 @ 90%
x 2 @ 80% (135#)
“Fran” [modified] (10:26)
Thrusters @65#
Jumping pull-ups
Row for cals

29 Dec | Th
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Glute press x 10
Scap press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall ball x 7 @20#
DUs x 20
Banded rows x 10

Work [From the archives] | 10x
Back squat x 4 (4 @135#, 6 @ 145#)
Rest x 1:00
Wall taps x :30 (Sub: hip taps)
Rest x 1:00
Single-leg KB RDLs x 10 ea (44#)
Rest x 1:00
KB snatch x 5 (35#)
Rest x 1:00
5x: (4:29)
KBS x 15 @ 35#
DUs x 30

Mini-stretch | 7:00

30 Dec | F
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Prone y raise x 10
Banded clammies x 10 ea
Side plank + leg lift x :30 ea

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
AD x 30 cals
Sled pull x 100m (90#)
TGU x 1 ea (53#)
FLR x 1:00

Stretch | 10:00

31 Dec | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + slides x 10
Single-leg adductor squat x 10 ea
TVA drops x 15

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

Work | O-lifting – Bonus Week
Snatch balance 3 x 2 (75#)
Snatch pull 3 x 3 (115, 135, 145#)
Snatch + OHS 6 x 1 (75,85,85,85,95#, -)
Segmented snatch [1″ – BTK – ATK] 4 x 1 (85,85,95,90,90#)

Tu | Dropped in to a local affiliate hoping to get some time with a barbell… and got Franned. Hahaha! It was actually really great – I enjoyed their scaled version with the rowing. Warmed up with some cleaning and jerking. I’m happy with how the jerking is feeling these days; the marker is moving. And my cousin did so great! Looking forward to see if she catches the iron fev-uh.

Th | Felt the glutes doing work. The right shoulder hates wall runs, but is cool with the hip taps. So, taps it is. (And maybe it’s time to incorporate some Handsome Matty into the shoulder mix.) The KB snatches felt wonky. That would be because I did them without a swing. Holiday brains. Took some vids to check my form, so you can see for yo’self: 

F| <—Yes! Efff! So effing sore: glutes, hammies, mid-back. Felt way better post-workout. Check.

Sa | Can’t believe the level of soreness still from Thursday. The snatch pulls felt really great, but fatigue set in fast #likeaboss #funny

A Breather

“A desk is a dangerous place from which to view  the world.” -John le Carre

from the tent

Back to the office tomorrow. I’m so excited.

Rest day this week involved some swimming. I learn some things about my breathing when I get in a pool. This article was pretty informative for me; I’ve always pictured my diaphragm working in the opposite direction, contracted on the inhale. Hmm… So it’s like a plunger. Learned something new today.

Thought this BBS vid on box breathing was worth the time, too. I mean, the SEALs do it. What is it that Coach Sommer says? “If the best in the world are doing it to get stronger, why the fuck aren’t you?” Don’t quote me on that.

10 July | Su
Roll + Mobility | 3x
Wall press x 10
Glute press x 10
Single-arm plank x :30 ea
SL Elevated hip bridge x 12 ea

Recovery | Collecting some vitamin D in the cement pond

09 July | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 200m
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting Week 1
A. Clean pulls 3 x 3 (165#)
B1. 2-Position clean – floor, high-hang – 3 x 3 (115,115,105#)
B2. Rack jerk 3 x 3 (95,95,105#)
Cross chop 3 x 8 ea (15#)
Tricep pull downs x 100

Handstands + Stretch | 30:00

08 July | F
Warm-up | 3x
Run around the ‘nasium x 2
Slam balls x 5 (30#)
OH walking lunges x 10

Work | Recess
Barbell Complex:
Hang power clean
Push press/jerk/split jerk
Good mornings
Back squat
x 8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 (75,80,85…110#)

Stretch | 15:00

07 July | Th
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
Scap press x 10
Side plank + LL x :20 ea
TVA leg drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wall ball x 7
DUs x 20
BB rows x 10

Work | O-lifting – Week1
Heaving snatch balance 3 x 3 (70,75,75#)
1-1/4 OHS 3 x 3 (75,80,85#)
Segmented snatch 3 x 3 (75#)
3 sets:
Reverse curl-ups x 10
Side bend x 10 (25#)

Auxiliary | 3x
Rev row sit-backs x 6
Pistol sticks x 5 ea (2 sets)
Ring leg curls x 6

Stretch | 10:00

Thursday it just felt so great to mobilize and move! I dug into the difference between drop snatch, snatch balance, and the heaving snatch balance after the workout. So, the heaving snatch balance should be heavier. Got it. I didn’t feel like I moved particularly well, having to correct my quads from doing all the work on the OHS, and catching my right heel coming up on the segmented snatch, so I kept the lbs light and just focused on movement. Adding leg curls to the auxiliary work was not the best idea, in hindsight.

The determining factor of Friday’s workout was definitely the good morning. Once I got up around a hundy I struggled to maintain good position with my low back wanting to round.

Didn’t govern myself very well on Friday. I felt pretty fried Saturday morning and it showed.

Took some time for some self care last week. Check out this excellent demo on how to remove calluses! Razor blades are for noobs.



The Great Listen

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I’m all about the old people this week. It started with this interview of author Anne Bernays as part of the The Changing Lives of Women series on NPR. It contains so many insights in such a short interview! And the part about people become socially invisible once they reach a certain age stuck with me.

“People look at you differently. And they tend to, you know, call you little lady and treat you as if, like, you were dumb. I mean, it’s the attitude of a lot of young people to older people. Whereas, I feel like I’m still a teenager.”

Technology plays a role in this social invisibility, whether it’s the older generations lack of ability or desire to connect through it, or because the younger generations lacks the ability or desire to connect in an analogue way.

I think this project from Story Corp is pretty awesome. The Great Thanksgiving Listen encourages folks, especially youth, to sit down and have a conversation with an elder. Man, do I wish I had had something like this for each of my grandparents and my dad. There’s something about having a story in a person’s own voice that is so powerful. And it provokes conversations that might not happen on their own. You win this time, technology.

Who would you interview? Why not do it this week and be part of the greater conversation.

22 Nov | Su
Pillars | 3 rounds
Arch up x 10
Prone glute press x 10
SL Elevated glute bridge x 10 ea
Wall leg drop x 14

Warm-up | AD x 5:00
3 rounds:
Wall ball x 7
KBS x 7
DUs x 20

Work | Snatch pulls 7 x 2 @ 110% (115#)
Segment snatch + :02 pause above knee 7 x 2 @ 70% (70#)
3 sets:
Banded knee abduction + OH press x 10 ea
Reverse Fly x 10

Stretch real good | 20:00

20 Nov | F
Warm up | 3 rounds
Bench press x 10
Hanging shoulder protraction /retraction x 10
DUs x 30

Work | Bench press + chains 5 x 3 (95,105,105,105,110#) PR!
Rest x 3:00
EMOM x 12:00
Odds – KBS x 10 @ 53#
Evens – DUs x 30

Stretch Sesh

19 Nov | Th 
MFR | 5:00
Pillars | 3 rounds
Wall angle press x 10
Scaption press x 7 @:05 ea
GA squats x 8

Work | Recovery
EMOM x 30:00
1st: Beeinch x 3 + 20 DUs (65#)
2nd: OHS x 3 (65#)
3rd: AD

18 Nov | W 
Warm-up | 3 rounds:
Row – quick start x 4
Wall squats x 10

Work | CrossFit
3 sets:
Row x 150m (:30,:30,:30.1,30.8)
Slam ball x 5 (20#)
Rest x 2:00
4 sets:
External DB rotation x 8ea (5# plates)
Right into
Death March (26# KBs)
Rest x 2:00

Work | O-Lifting
C+ J 7 x 1 (115#)
Box squats 5 x 5 (75,95,115,115,115#)
3 sets:
SL Banded (outside) RDLs x 10ea
Reverse fly x 10 (7.5#)
Death March (26# KBs)

Stretch | 15:00

17 Nov | Tu
Pillars | 3 rounds
Flexed arm hang x :25
Prone glute press x 10
SL Elevated glute bride x 10 ea

Warm up | 3 rounds
Single-arm press x 10 ea
DU’s x 30
Banded rows x 10

Work | Press – 75# base
Rest x 3:00 btwn
5 @ 50% (45#)
5 @ 60% (45#)
3 @ 70% (55#)
3 @ 80% (60#)
3+ @ 90% (6 @ 70#)
4 sets:
GH raise x 7
right into
Monster walks x 12 ea
right into
Banded hip bridge x 12 reps
Rest x 1:30

Stretch 2.0 | 25:00

16 Nov | M
Pillars | 3 rounds
Plank raise x 6 @:10
Side plank clam x :40 ea
GA squat x 5
Super bird dog x 10 ea

Warm up | 3 rounds
RDL x 10 empty bar
Row x 200m
Single-arm banded rows x 10 ea

Work | Deadlift – 205# base
Rest x 3:00 btwn sets
5 @ 55% (115#)
5 @ 65% (130#)
5 @ 75% (155#)
3 @ 85% (175#)
1+ @ 95% (4 @ 195#)
4 sets:
Pendlay row x 10 reps @ 75#
right into
Single-arm press x 10 (26#)
Rest x 2:00
3 sets:
KB front rack lunge x whiteboard to ball wall (26# KBs)
right into
Hanging leg raise x 8 reps
Rest x 2:00

Stay Bendy | 20:00

Monday | Have you ever done a clammie side plank!? Holy crap. So. Much. Squeezing. The deadlifts felt good. The first pull on my last set felt pretty ugly, as did the last rep. They didn’t look SO bad in the vid…

Look at me, loading the bar like a noob! The Pendlay rows at that weight were a challenge. Really felt it in the mid-back. The font-rack lunges were easy with the left leg leading and hard with the right.

Tuesday | I was all kinds of sore in regions of the flutes I haven’t experienced such soreness before. Press went how it usually does; it’s easy until it’s not. Here’s the last set:

Looks like someone needs to be more cognizant of their posture, Hunchy. Again with the banded hip bridges – felt those a ton.

Wednesday | Double duty was fun; 5:00 class was an awesome crew and it was nice to have the energy of class to help push on the row. The box squats felt so much more… right than the first time, and I was able to put some weight on the bar.

with chains

Friday | Again with the new movements feeling better – the shoulder pro-retraction was so much easier to perform. Establishing pathways or something. Pretty excited that I PR’d my bench whilst using chains. Unexpected.

Sunday | An additional perk of remote coaching is the ability to access the gym most anytime. It was so very zen to be able to put on my music and just move the body. And some of Phoenix’s finest swung by to make sure the garage door was open intentionally. Thoughtful.

And on the nutrition front…

Ah, cuffing season




Burn, Baby, Burn

rebel tendencies
If I had to assign a motto to my Rebel Tendency it would be this

Choice, freedom, and expression of authentic self, those are the paramount ideals for the Rebel Tendency, according to the latest episode of The Happier Podcast. Most of what they said about the Rebels, I could relate to.

There’s a handy quiz on the site now to help you determine your dominant tendency, should you have any doubts. Or, if you just like a good quiz. Know thyself.

What’s your dominant Tendency and if you had to assign it a motto, what would it be?

14 Nov | Sa
Warm-up | 3 x
Row x :45
Wall balls x 10
DUs x 20

Work | O-Lifting
Push Press 7 x 3 + 2 Segmented Jerks @60% 1RM (80#)
4 rounds:
Windmills x 10 ea (26,26,26,35#)
Pallof Press – front, outside leg x 10 ea
Reverse Fly x 10 (5+2.5# plates)

13 Nov | F
Warm-up | 3 x
Row x 1:00
Back Squat x 10 – empty barbell
KBS x 10 (35#)

Work | Back Squat 5 x 2 (125,135,145,150,155#)
3 sets:
RFESS x 6 @3030 (10# DBs)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
Front Squat x 5 @110#
Rest x 4:00
AD x 5:00 for cals (79)

12 Nov | Th
Pillars | 3 sets
Super Bird Dog x 10
Plank w/ reach through x 7 ea
Hip Hikes x 10 ea

Work | Recovery
7 rounds
Row x 1:00
TGU x 1 ea (35#)
AD x 1:00
Wall press dead bug things x 1:00

11 Nov | W
Pillars | 3 sets
Wall Press x 10
Prone Glute Press x 10
Cossack Lunge x 10
Leg Drop a manos x 10
Scaption Press x 7 @:05ea

Warm-up | 3 sets
Row x :45
Wall balls x 10
DUs x 30

Work | O-Lifting
Snatch grip Deadlift 4 x 1 (145#)
Segment Snatch 5 x 2 (55#)
4 sets:
Pallof Vertical Press x 10
Banded Single-leg RDL x 10ea (whoa!)
Hanging Shoulder Pro/Re-traction

10 Nov | Tu
Pillars | 3 sets
Hanging leg raise 2(x 5)
Side plank clam x :30
Arch up x 8
Elevated S-L glute bridge x 8

Warm-up | 3 sets
Single arm press x 10ea
DU’s x 30
Banded rows x 10

Work | Press – 75# base
5 @ 55%  (45#)
5 @ 55% (45#)
5 @ 65% (50#)
5 @ 75% (55#)
5+ @ 85% (8, 65#)
4 sets:
GH raise x 5 reps
right into
Monster walks x 12 steps ea way
right into
Banded hip bridge x 12 reps
Rest x 1:30

Monday | Afternoon Americano(s) on fasting days are a bad idea.

Wednesday | Banded SL RDLs are a new favorite. As are the Drop Snatch + Segment Snatch combo.

Thursday | I wanted to stop every round. But I didn’t. Not such a rebel after all…

Friday & Saturday | Things felt good. I dig the windmills.