Results & Deterrents

“Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it.” -Richard Feynman

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I think Feynman’s quote could apply to the work many of us do, architects included. Strip it down and we’re here to create shelter. But ideally, if not accidentally, the work we do accomplishes much more than that, both in process and fruition.

The Facebook group of a local historic ‘hood recently blew up with comments over one, newly completed single-family residence. The catalyst for the feedback seemed to be it’s modern, wannabe minimalist appearance coupled with a nearly $850k asking price. Surely that comes with a panther, no? I really liked how fired up people were. It was fun sifting through the comments, hearing what the “general pop” had to say. Personally, I tend to be leery of too many “big moves” in a project. Yes, they can be sexy, but sometimes they smell of trickery, intentional or not, serving as shiny distractions from lack of thought and development elsewhere. Never trust a frosted brownie.

I really enjoyed this documentary, Freedom of Space. Our built work, public space, and community would all be enriched if more people would be so engaged – with the space we occupy, with our own bodies and the exploration of their movement, and with one another – outside Facebook, in the flesh. It’s also a good reminder to the leaders tasked with creating these spaces, the professionals in the field of architecture, to recall or (re)consider what it is we are seeking to accomplish when we “do it”.

Freedom Of Space : Skateboard Culture and the Public Space from Functional Films INC on Vimeo.


14 Mar | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Adductor squats x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
KB swing – squat – snatch – RDL x 5 ea
Push-ups x 7

Work | 7x
BB RDL x 10 ea (75, 75, 85, 80, 80, 80, 80#)
Rest x 1:00
Single-arm DB press x 5 ea (25, 6 @30#)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
Russian DB step-ups x 12 ea (25#ers)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
AD x 1:00 for max. meters (.2 mi)

15 Mar | W
Warm-up | 3x
DUs x 30
KB swing – squat – snatch x 5 ea
BB row x 5
BB press x 5

Work | O-lifting
Clean + jerk 10 x 3 (105, 3 @ 115, 6 @120#)
Clean pulls [heavy – no straps] 5 x 2 (3 @175, 2 @185#)

18 Mar | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + slide x 10
GA squat x 10
Elbow plank w/ fwd tap x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
KBS x 10
Wall walk variations

Work | AD x 30:00
Every 5:00 mark KBS x 10 @ 53#

Stretch | 10:00


Tu | The left side felt significantly less stable on the BB RDLs. Took vid and noticed I open my hips up a little bit outward from the planted foot. Grip was rough on the RDLs even with straps; got even spicier on the Russian step ups. The AD display wasn’t working so I rode the assault bike, which I learned after the fact was set to display in meters. The conversion equals about 320m, but man, that’s a ballpark. Retest.

W | Ten sets of three… cardio. Nice sounds on the pulls click-click, bphhh.

Sa | Totally jacked my lower back whilst pre-gaming Oly with some housecleaning. It’s not the 200# barbell that will get you; it’s maneuvering the coffee table to defurminate the floors that will.

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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…

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.

Boredom

” ‘I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless, it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say, ‘I’m bored.’ ” – Louis C.K.

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The boredom selfie

Do you ever think about all the stupid shit we concern ourselves with that our ancestors never had time to consider? We’ve built ourselves so much “efficiency”, it will no doubt be our demise. Tasks that are actually important, like maintaining the fabric of the clan or, sheeeit, even feeding ourselves are rushed by to get right to the leisure; diabetes-in-a-box for dinner so we can spend more time in front of a screen, not talking to one another. Weird.

I myself don’t suffer from boredom. Perhaps, growing up in an extremely quiet small town forced me to be creative and entertain myself from a young age. Or maybe, it’s just that I am easily entertained; all that over-thinking is helpful like that. In the words of my young, but wise cousin Britt, “I’m fine with myself.” [Sidenote: I go back to that phrase of his a lot. He was referring to the fact he was standing on a bourgie pier, my aunt’s enormous hot pink handbag dangling from his elbow, but I find it to have a multitude of applications.]

This week’s Freakonomics podcast is all about boredom. Did you know the word didn’t come into usage until the 18th century!? Fascinating. Take a listen. When it comes to experiencing boredom, how do you handle it? Are you fine with(in) yourself, or do you search for the nearest electrical outlet?


01 Nov | Su
Active Rest Day

31 Oct | Sa
O-Lifting
Clean pulls 4 x 3 @110% (145,155,165,165#)
Tall Jerks 7 x 2 @40% (65#)
3 rounds:
Banded kneeling Press aka “John Wayne’s” x 10ea (20#)
Windmills x 5ea (26#)
S-L RDL x 10ea (35#)

Stretch

30 Oct | F
Rest

29 Oct | Th
MFR | 20:00
Work | Recovery
Rotating for 25:00
AD x 1:00
Row x 1:00
Run x 200m
Banded Dead Bugs x 1:00
Lacrosse ball to the face shoulder x 1:00

Stretch | 20:00

28 Oct | W
Morning:
Tower Summit @ Dixie Peak
+/- 3 miles

Lunch:
Pillars | x 3
Reverse table 2(x10)
Glute press x 10
Scaption x 8@:05
Hollow rocks x :30

Warm-up | x 3
TGU x 2 each side
AD x 1:00
Candle sticks x 2 each side
Row x 1:00

Work | x 5
Sled walk x 200m (135#)
RFESS x 8 each side (15# DBs)
Good mornings x 8
AD x 10 cals

Stretch 2.0 | 25:00

Happy Hour:
Olé
Deadlift 4 x 2 (165,185,195,195#)
Snatch Segment DLs 3 x 4 (65#)
4 sets:
Kneeling Pallof Press x 10
Quad Shoulder Tap x 10 ea
Rev Fly x 10 (5#)

27 Oct | Tu
Rest

26 Oct | M
Pillars | x 3
Hanging leg raise 2(x7)
Banded walks x 12
Prone Y raise 2(x8)

Warm up | 3 rounds
RDL x 10 empty bar
Row x 200m
DB reverse fly x 10 reps
Work | Deadlift x 5 sets – 210# base
Rest x 3:00
5 @ 45% (95#)
5 @ 55% (115#)
5 @ 65% (135#)
5 @ 75% (160#)
5+ @ 85% (8 @180#)
– then –
AD sprints 5 x :20
Rest x 1:30 btwn

Stretch | 20:00

25 Oct | Su
Rest Day

24 Oct | Sa
Pillars | x3
Leg drops x 15
Reverse curl-ups x 5
GA Squats x 6
Super bird Dogs x 6ea

Warm up | AD + DUs

Work | Olé

23 Oct | F
Warm-up | 3 rounds
Lunges x 20 steps
Ring rows x 10
Sit-ups x 10

Work | 3 Sets
Deficit Zercher lunges x 10 ea (55#)
Rest x 1:00
Chin-up negatives x 5
Rest x 3:00
3 Sets:
Reverse flys x 15 (5# plates)
DB biceps curls x10 (15#)
Rest x 1:30

Stretch | 20:00


(A week ago) Saturday | Ass: SAF in a good way
Shoulder: SAF in a bad way
No O-Lifting for this chick today.

(Ditto) Sunday | Glutes still SAF. In unrelated news, I was told I look like Sandy B at the laundromat. She must have a movie coming out.

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I’m not sure I see the resemblance…
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Ne’ermind. Totally get it.

Monday-Friday | It was a rough week and I took really shitty notes. Either my back, my tricep, or my hip was “speaking to me” all week. Frustrating. What was that you were saying about how the happenings IN the gymnasium reflect the happenings OUTside of the gymnasium? Funny how that works.

Saturday | I ❤ Oly. Those John Waynes! Mind (and glutes) blown.

Sunday | Hip is feeling better than it did Saturday. But not good enough to try a hike. Just walked the doggie and cleaned the house. Cleaning the house counts as active rest, right? The way I do it, it does, no doubt.

Gonna work on my sleep position. I’ve been slacking on that and maybe that’s what’s triggering the hip and tricep stuff. I don’t know. But I’ll give it a try.

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October was a ride. Going to take advantage of the challenge extension. Hour six of the 24 hour Sunday fast.

 

All the Things

“… And I wasn’t the only slave to my nesting instinct.  The people I know who used to sit in the bathroom with pornography, now they sit in the bathroom with their IKEA furniture catalogue.” -Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

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The weather has finally taken a turn here in Phoenix; the nights are getting cool(er) and the sun moves a little lower across the sky, it’s rays dialed back in their intensity. And what’s the perfect pairing with this lovely Fall-ish weather, other than coffee, of course? Boots.

The last couple weeks I’ve found myself wanting to spend all the money! Boots, hoodies, fancy underwear! Because, yes, I am sure a $200 bra would change my life, if not my breast size. Damn you, Agent Provocateur.

In addition to winterizing the closet, I’ve been thinking a new sofa would make this place shine. And with family coming into town over Thanksgiving I should really upgrade the linens. And the rug…

I strive to stay on the minimalist end of the consumptive scale. So, I ask myself, what the fuck is going on here? Why does a quick visit to Amazon for Aeropress filters turn into the equivalent of a $300 at-home barista station?

Well, it turns out it’s called The Diderot Effect and James Clear provides some pretty great ideas of how to combat it. Going a month without buying something new seems like a great way to start. Like a 45-Day Challenge for my bank account.

Fortunately, living small, currently in about 650 square feet, inherently keeps the amount of “stuff” one can buy in check. I love the message of this article, “Buying Begets Buying; How Stuff Has Consumed the Average American’s Life”, which is like the coordinating undies, if you will, to this TEDtalk from Graham Hill:

I think I’ll start my spending-free month this weekend, watching Fight Club, curled up on my old, comfy sofa, with the paws and a fancy cup of coffee.


22 Oct | Th
Rest Day

21 Oct | W
MFR | 5:00
Pillars | x2
Banded walk x12
Clammies x12
Wall Rotations 2(x8)
Rev Table 2(x10)

Warm-up | 3 rounds
Row x1:00
DUs x30

Work | Olé
TNG Cleans
1×4 @70% (100#)
1×4 @75% (105#)
2×3 @80% (110#)
2×3 @85% (120#)

Fatigue Jerks
5 burpees + 1 Jerk
6×1 @85% (115#)

Stretch | 20:00

20 Oct | Tu
MFR | 5:00
Pillars | x3
Hanging legs raises 2(x7)
Reverse curl-ups x7
Scaption Press x8 @:05ea
Cobra x6 @:10ea

Warm up | x3
Front squat x10
Single-arm band rows x10 ea
KBS x15 @35#

Work | Front squat – 135# base
5 @ 55% (75#)
5 @ 65% (90#)
5 @ 75% (100#)
3 @ 85% (115#)
1+ @ 95% (2 @130#)
– then –
5 rounds:
Single-leg RDL x10 (35# KB)
Front squat x10 @ 50% (75#)
Cho Plank PUs x:30
Rest x1:30

Stretch | 20:00

19 Oct | M
MFR | 7:00
Pillars | 3 rounds:
TVA Leg Drop x15
Banded Leg Walks x12
Elbow Plank w/ Reach Through x6
Super-Bird Dog x6
GA Squats x5

Work | EMOM x20:00
Evens: power clean x3 @75# (95# @10:00)
Odds: DUs x30 (UB)
– Rest x5:00 –
EMOM x 20:00 12:00
Evens: DB push press x3 @35# + wall walk x1
Odds: Slam ball x8 @30#

Stretch | 20:00


Monday | I see what you did there. That first EMOM was just to tire me out for the second, yeah? It worked really well. The shoulder started to bother me on the wall walks, and the glute on the slam balls, so I cut it short.

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When you tryina do your thang and focus on the workout but there are (partially) nekked mens in the gymnasium

Tuesday | All the front squats felt good, but by the last two rounds of 10, ooh, was I feeling it in my mid-back, under the blades. I feel like I’ve made some progress on the singe-leg RDLs. I’m much more stable and have upped the KB size. I’m not sure about those Cho planks. I don’t really feel them anywhere. What’s the deal?

Wednesday | The cleans felt fast and strong, just how I like my men. Wait. What? I enjoyed the fatigue jerks, though I would argue all jerks cause fatigue. What I liked about the post-burpee jerks is that it eliminated some of the head game – no over-thinking this shit. Also, I think it kinda got me fired up to drop.

I don’t know if Oly is actually changing my body, but I FEEL like it is. And like El Hefe says, perception is reality.