Makin’ Eyes

“The moment was all; The moment was enough.” -Virginia Woolf

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[Eyes Wide Shut] Francesco Guardi, The Ridotta in Venice with Masked Figures Conversing
It’s all connected; we’re all connected >>> Positive resonance + the importance of eye contact

Lazy blog post season is in full effect. This might change now that the lights are up, I’m fully stocked with whisky and nog, and have The Holiday, Love Actually, and Bridget Jones looping on the wall-mounted screen. (So fucking basic.) Or it might not. The possibilities are endless…

In the spirit of the season – but not because of it – I’ve been on a Jorden B. Petersen Podcast binge. Pretty interesting stuff, despite my tendency to resist all things Biblical, but I haven’t put finger to keyboard about them yet. Consider that my Chekov’s gun… Ha!

Okay, now to the serious business: What’s your favorite holiday flick and how do you like to watch it? For example: Die Hard in nothing but tall socks with a bottle of Fireball.


28 Nov | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 2:00
Wall ball x 10
SA KB snatch x 5 ea

Work |
A. 4x:
SL DB RDL x 8 (35, 3@ 40#)
½ Kneeling SA press x 8 (25#)
RNT reverse lunge x 8 ea
B. Back squat 5 x 3 [4:00] (145, 2@ 155, 3# 160#)
C. Front squat 3 x 5 [2:00] (115, 2@ 125#)
D. Stepmill x 15:00

29 Nov | W
Work | [See Friday]
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 5x:
Sled push x 20m
Sled pull x 20m
Farmers carry x 20m
SA FR carry x 20m ea
C. Stepmill x 15:00

01 Dec | F
Mobility | 2x
Wall slides x 10
Scap press x 10
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Glute press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00 TGUs
B. 5x:
Sled push x 20m (135#)
Sled pull x 20m
Farmers carry x 20m (50/55, 55/60#…)
SA FR carry x 20m ea (40, 45#…)
C. Stepmill x 15:00

Stretch | 10:00

02 Dec | Sa
Warm-up + Mob | 3x
Banded RDLs x 10 ea
Banded rows x 8 ea
Windmills x 5 ea @ 25#

Work |
A. 5x:
Row x 300m
Push-ups x 5
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Bench 5 x 5 {3:00] Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 [2:00] (95, 105, 105#)
C1. SA DB Incline bench 3 x 10 {RI] Push press 3 x 5 (75#)
C2. Pendlay row x 10 [2:00] (65#)
D1. Pull-up machine 3 x 10 [1:00] COB hold x :30 [:30] (30, 21, 24)
D2. Deeeips x 10 [1:00] Dip hold x :30 [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00

03 Dec | Su
A. Row x 20:00 (4477m, 2:18)
B. Stepmill x 15:00
C. 5x:
Wall walk x 1
DUs x 30
Lateral step-ups x 10 ea
D. Bici x 15:00

Stretch ‘n’ savor | 10:00


Tu | Right shoulder is bothering me a little bit so I went light on the presses. Squats felt great even without lifters. Gym’s been craysay busy so I had to just snag the rack whilst it was free.

W | Hopped on the bike, but was just not feeling it…

F | Picked up on Wednesday’s workout, but subbed TGUs for the bike because I was feeling like a brat. The sled and carries felt good.

Sa | Shoulder all jacked from sleeping wonky with holiday visitors. The pressing was a no go. Did my best to adapt movements. What would my grade be, TG?

Su | Was sure that row was gonna suck; it was actually awesome! Found a breathing groove, closed my ojos, and cued the gym jams in my earbuds. No lower back fatigue, nada. And those lateral step-ups sure are feeling stronger and less awkward. It’s interesting how the cadence of the stepmill – I keep it at a pace where I am not holding on to the rails at all, and I am not mouth-breathing, usually level 7 or 8 – can help me check that I pressing(stepping) well, without any knee cave and using the flutes. I can not say as much for the dude next to me. No judgement #pantsablaze

I know I’ve been short on protein and veggies the last week or so with all the holiday festivities. Filled the fridge with cruciferous shit and meat, so stocked up there, too, and back in bidnass.

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And Then

“When one thought ends, right before the next thought begins, there is a tiny gap called ‘now.’ Over time we learn to expand that gap.” –Spring Washam

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In a former life this would have been “It’s five o’clock somewhere”

I’ve found myself stressed the fucked out the last few weeks; feverishly working through a task with a running list in my head of all the other shit I have to do. And then, and then, and then…

And then I realized how I was creating all this stress myself.

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Check out this podcast episode of On Being with Ellen Langer, “The Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness”. It covered many things I enjoy – like how much we are led by language, in the way we communicate with others and in our internal dialogue. Example time. Rather than asking yourself “Can I [do that thing]?” instead try, “How can I [do that thing]?”. Not only does it change your answer, it changes what you are willing to consider; it leads to multitudes rather than an end. I also really liked Langer’s suggestion of looking for evidence of the opposite – with a situation, an idea, a problem. How could it be otherwise? Where is the evidence of the other? Whatever you look for, you will find.

I suggest downloading the unedited versions of the podcast; the awkward moments that naturally happen in conversations… keepin’ it real.


07 Nov | Tu
Two Bit Peak

08 Nov | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Elbow plank + fwd taps x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Work |
A1. (KB) RDL 4 x 5 ea [RI] (2@50, 2@55#)
A2. KBS x 10 [RI]
A3. Goblet squat x 5 [1:30]
B. BS 5 x 5 [3-4:00] (135, 135, 140, 140, 145#)
C. Box step-ups 4 x 8 ea [1:00 btwn legs]
D1. Leg extension 3 x 12 [1:00] (60, 60, 65#)
D2. (Prone) hamstring curl [1:00] (60, 60, 70#)

09 Nov| Th
Work |
A. Row x 15:00 (3353m / 2:14.7 split)
B. Bike x 15:00
C. 5x:
Bear crawl x 20m (30m)
Lateral step-ups x 5 ea
DUs x 20 + singles x 20
D. Step x 20:00

Stretch | 13:00

10 Nov | F
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks s 8 ea
Chin-over-bar holds x :20
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Banded RDLs x 8 ea
Banded rows x 8 ea

Work | [Archive Buffet]
A1. DL 8 x 3 [1:00] (195#)
A2. Death march x 10 steps [2:00] (2@30, 5@35#ers)
B. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
Slam ball x 10 (20#)
DB push press x 10 + sit-ups x 5 (25#ers)

MOB | 2x
Shoulder + hip CARs x 3 ea
Scorpions x 5 ea

11 Nov | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Popes x 15 ea
Hollow body hold x :20

Work | [FTA/Fave]
A. Alternating TGUs 3 x 3 ea (40, 45, 1ea @50, 55, 60#)
B. Reverse zerchers 3 x 8 ea [1:00 btwn legs] (80, 85, 85#)
C1. DB Z press 4 x 6 ea [RI] (22.5, 25, 25#)
C2. Dbl DB row x 8 @2113 [1:30] (25#ers)
D. 5x:
Goblet squat x 6 @33×1 (35#)
Jump lunges x 10
FLR x :30 [:30]

Stretch + PTH practice | 10:00


W | For future reference, when program calls for hammie curls – workout at Globo Mountain. Hamstring machine situation at Tang is mediocre. Back squats. Can’t believe how great they feel.

Th | If I were to give this workout a title it would be, “Fuuuuuuh: I’m sweaty”. Why are bear crawls so intense? And why does the stepmill make me so effing sweaty? Dude at the globo noticed the CARs in my warm-up and introduced me to PAILs and RAILs. Just the very tip so far…

F | Where are my triceps?

Sa | Feeling Friday’s work in my upper mid back.

Going to test the 12-hour eating window again and it’s all Rhonda Patrick’s fault.

Interesting stuff. We’ll see what is gained, or lost, or a wash…

[Un]settle(d)

 “Every situation has two handles.” – Epitectus

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I’ve been thinking a lot about relationships lately/endlessly. (High-fucking-fives to all the over-thinkers!) Aren’t long-term relationships a series of trade-offs, really; trading x for y? Security for happiness? Freedom for offspring? A lifestyle upgrade for a clean house and all the sex you want? Fill in your own blanks. No judgement.

At some point, we agree to settle for the another person. (Well, or not. But that’s for another time, friends.) It’s been my experience in conversation that people generally don’t like that term; no one likes to think they “settled”. Maybe why you’ve never heard of this dating site. (Though it might also be that font.) Dan Savage puts it so much better than I can here. How about those lie-selves? Do you think there’s a certain amount of generous pretending in all relationships?

And then there’s Esther. Perel. And the kinder, gentler argument of “compromise” (and the accent helps to, yes?) That’s nicer to take…

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Perel did a listener Q&A sesh on The Tim Ferriss Show and man, did she shed some light on why online dating doesn’t typically work. Not just because people hate your branding! Ha! Take notes around 23:30… Well, I did. And throw away your lists. I really like how she talks about letting the story develop and unfold, and letting go of expectation.

I’m not sure what my point is here, other than to trade a little of your time for a couple good reads and a quiz – What’s Your Love Style?

I got romantic. Twice. Anyone else keep taking those things ’til you get what you want? No, me neither. But really, what’s your style? If you could pick one of the types, which one would you have selected? Why? Do you appreciate one over another?


17 Oct | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Cossacks x 10 ea (only 2x thru)
Slam balls x 7 @ 20#

Work | New favorite
A. 5x: [BB only]
RDL x 5
Row x 5
Press x 5
Good morning x 5
Back squat x 5
Rest as req’d
B. Back squat 5 x 5 [across] [4:00] (140, 4 @145#)
C1. Zercher reverse lunges 3 x 5 10 ea [1:00] (85, 75, 75#)
C2. Zercher lunges x 5 ea [1:00]
D. SL KB RDL 3 x 10 ea [1:00 btwn legs] (45, 50, 50#)
E. (Cable) face pulls 3 x 15 [1:00] (30, 40, 40#)

18 Oct | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
Scap press x 10
Popes x 12 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. Row x 10:00
C. 4x:
Lateral step-ups x 5 ea
SA KB FR carry x 20 m ea (40, 4@ 45#)
HS holds x :30
Cossack lunges x 10 ea
D. Stepmill x 15:00

20 Oct | Th
Mobility | 2x
Wall rotations + press x 10 ea
Banded clammies x 10 ea

Warm-up | 2x:
Bike x 2:00
KB RDL x 8 ea
DUs x 20

Work |
A1. GHR 3 x 10
A2. DB rev fly x 10 (10#)
A3. DL x 5, press x 5, good mornings x 10 (75#)
B. DL 5 x 3 [3:00] (185, 3@ 195, 200#)
C. Snatch-grip pause DLs [3s mid-thigh, ATK, mid-shin] 3 x 4 (85, 2@ 90#)
D1. [Cable] pallof x 15 ea [1:00] (20#)
D2. Push-ups x AMRAP -1 [1:00] (10, 10, 10)

Stretch | 10:00

21 Oct | Sa
Mobility | 3x
SL elev hip bridge x 12 ea
Prone Y raise x 12
Elbow plank w/ fwd tap x 10 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea

Work |
A. Bike x 15:00
B. 5x:
Sled push x 30m (+135#)
DB snatch x 3 ea (35#)
Lateral box step-ups x 5 ea
C. Alternating TGUs x 12:00 (40, 45, 50, BU: 25, 30#)
D. Stepmill x 15:00

Stretch | 10:00

22 Oct | Su
Work |
A1. Jump rope 4 x :30 (DUs)
A2. RNT rev lunge x 10 ea
A3. FS x 10 [BB only]
B. BS 5 x 5 @ 22×1 [3:00] (115, 120, 125, 130, 130#)
C1. 1-1/4 front squats 3 x 5 [1:00] (105, 95, 95#)
C2. DB row x 10 ea [1:00]
D1. Cable tri’s 3 x 15 [1:00] (40#)
D2. DB curls x 10 [1:00] (15, 17.5, 17.5#)

Stretch | On grass


Tu | The squats were hard, but I think I could have done them at 150#. The stupid globo racks didn’t allow for the regular zerchers, so I make them all reverse. Can’t stop me with your silly globo racks! Dug the RDLs and really felt the face pulls.

W | So. Much. Soreness. In da booty and ham(mies). Front rack carries are friggin’ awesome – really felt those in the abs and braced breathing efforts. Killed the handstand holds. Hmm… all this back work perhaps?

Th | The soreness continues. DLs felt good. I was surprised at how two hunnit felt from the ground. That’s usually the hardest part. Probably sandbagged those some – same with D2, the push-ups. Why…? The snatch grip DLs were hard being under tension for that long. I like using straps. Been noticing people with the globo editions of those; I’ll keep the Grizzlies.

Sa | Oh man, that round “B” was something. Things felt good. Making freeeinds.

Su | An over-planned weekend left me short on the clock with the Sunday hours at Globo Mountain. After an express foam roam and mobility sesh, I turned part “A” into a warm-up with DUs instead of regular yumps. Fire up dat CNS. Check. Why was I so conservative on those back squats to start!?! Next time, start those bishes at 130, Morgan. They felt solid. All the squats there was a new awareness of bracing in my trunk – feeling my abs engage. Not sure if I was just sore so felt it more or what. The front squats were rough but likely made more so because I totally missed that there was a part C2 there. This is what happens when we hurry…

“Hurrying and delaying are alike ways of trying to resist the present.” -Alan Watts

 

Turnover

“Did you know… If you turn your phone on silent and flip it screen side down your problems go away until you flip it back over.” – Andrew Serrano

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Technically it’s a bear claw

26 Sept | M
Work |
A. Row x 30:00 (6510m)
B. 5x:
Bear crawl x 20m
Step-ups x 5 ea
Handstand holds +20 taps
C. Stepmill x 15:00

Stretch | 15:00

27 Sept | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Reaching DBs x 1:00

Warm-up | 2x
Wall walk + taps x 5 ea
KB swing – snatch – RDL x 5 ea

Work |
A. Alternating TGUs 4 x 3 ea (40, 2@ 50, 55#)
B. 3x:
Row x 300m
FLR + taps x 10 ea
Ring dip holds x :10
D1. SA DB bench 4 x 6 ea (3@ 30, 35#) [right into]
C2. Dbl DB row 8 @2113 (30, 3@ 25#) [1:30]
C1. SA DB press 3 x 8 ea (2@ 25, 30# L:7, R:6) [1:00]
D2. Banded rows x 12 [1:30]

28 Sept | W
Mobility | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Hip CARs x 2 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall walk x 1
KBS x 10
SL RDL x 5

Work | [Favorite]
A1. SL KB RDL 3 x 10 ea (40, 2@ 45#)
A2. Snatch x 3 ea (40#)
A3. Swing x 15 (40, 2@ 45#)
B. Deads [build] 5 x 3 (185, 3@ 195, 205#) [3:00]
C. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 (85, 95, 105#) [2:00]
D. Marching pallofs 3 x 20 (5#) [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00


M | Went into this one with my eye on that row; it was surprisingly enjoyable. My focus was: your nose is for breathing and your mouth is for… eating. Worked to stay aware of my breath, and not rushing the release. My split time was 2:18. Last round of bear crawls I went back to the breath; that shit was winding me more than I think it should have. Braced breathing, man that did the trick. The right shoulder wasn’t feeling the taps on the handstands. Worked on kicking up and staying in place, using my fingers as a guide. The end.

Tu | The KB work in the warm-up felt slow and not snappy. Found some rings for part B! But those fuckers were mounted really wide, which made the already challenging holds, really tricky. Fucked up the sequence and reps on C and D. Feeling like fatty this week.

W | The KB work bugged my lower back a little. The remainder of the workout felt really good, though. Those marching pallofs were totally humbling. It was crazy to feel the stability shift from side-to-side; strength on one, less so on the other.

Th | Much soreness in the booty today. Gunz, that’s a lot of area to cover, could you narrow it down? Absolutely. I am here to help. Find your hip dips (Fellas, grab your lady for demo, if she’s down). Now slide your fingertips toward your coinslot about three inches. There.

The remainder of this week’s training sessions composed of moving all day whilst packing, moving all day whilst loading, unloading, and unpacking, and moving all day whilst unpacking and cursing myself for having so much crap. Moving. Turnover. Get it? Pretty NEAT. Bahaha! Fuck, I am on fire…

Looking forward to a training session IN the gymnasium today.

And look at this! Back when I was introduced to turnover related to the barbell…

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Those knees are suspect

Choice or Chains?

“Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed, and you haven’t been.” –Marcus Aurelius

Kids Getting Hurt might be my favorite thing on the internet right now. (Thanks, Matty Nice!) The (delayed) reactions caught on the record, also interesting; “Is this where I’m supposed to cry?” Nah, kiddos, let’s choose laughter.

On his latest podcast episode, Robb Wolf hit up Gretchen Rubin for a chat about The Four Tendencies. If you’re wondering what the fuck The Four Tendencies are, I don’t know what to tell you. I expected more outta you. That not helpful? Fine. I was just playin’ anyway.

The Four Tendencies is system that identifies different ways people react to expectations. My tendency is Rebel (though I lean a little to the Questioner). Rebel is the tendency of choice. No, not like the meat. That would be Prime.

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According to the framework, Rebels “resist all expectations, outer and inner alike. They act from a sense of choice, from freedom. They resist control, even self-control, and enjoy flouting rules and expectations. They sometimes frustrate others—and even themselves—because they resist any expectation, even one that’s self-imposed. Rebels resist habits, but they can embrace habit-like behaviors by tying their actions to their choices and their identity.”

I think that last line is particularly compelling for me, personally, as I can struggle with doing that to an extreme, chaining myself to one particular identity or another. As someone who is also resistant to change – not just expectation – that can be an issue. Listening to the podcast was a good reminder for me about the importance of owning that knowledge about myself, then taking a step back and looking at a things, people, a situation, and maybe a belief in a different light, from a different perspective.

“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, ‘What else could this mean?’” -Shannon L. Alder

So yeah, choice – it’s e’rywhere. What are you choosing at this moment? What are you chaining yourself to?

A: The sofa! It’s football season! (Or did we just go a little BDSM? Pick a safeword. I say “Trump” – if that doesn’t make your dick limp, I don’t know what will.)


Day 264/365 | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squat x 10
Reaching dead bugs x 20

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 5
KB snatch x 5 ea
KB RDL x 5 ea

Work |
A1. Deads 7 x 3 (4@ 185, 3@ 195#) [1:30]
A2. Half-kneeling DB press x 7 ea (25#) [1:30]
B1. Buenos dias 3 x 10 12 (75, 75, 65#) [1:30]
B2. Dbl DB row x 10 (25#) [1:30]
C1. [Cable] pallof press  3 x 12 (20, 25, 25#) [1:00]
C2. Bent-over reverse flies x 12 (10#) [1:00]

Home yoga | 25:00

21 Sept | Th
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
SL elev hip bridges x 10 ea
Reverse curl-ups – slow as a motherfucker x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall walk x just one!
Slam ball x 5
Kang squats x 10

Work |
A1. SL RDL 4 x 10 ea (45# KB) [:30]
A2. FS x 8 [BB only] x 8 [:30]
B. Concentric front squats 5 x 3 (105, 115, 3@ 120#) [3:00]
C. (Prone) Hamstring curl machina (45, 50, 45, 45#) 4 x 12 [1:30]
D1. Hanging bent-knee raise Dip holds 3 x 8 :40 [1:00]
D2. SA DB snatch x 5 ea (35#) [1:00]

23 Sept | Sa
Saturday Hike Club
Geronimo – National – Mormon loop | 6.5 mi

24 Sept | Su
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
Super bird dogs x 12 ea
TVAs x 15
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 7
KBS x 7
Push-ups x 7

Work |
A. 4x:
Single-unders x 50
SA DB bench x 5 ea (30#)
Chinese row x 5 ea (30, 25, 25#)
B. Push press 7 x 2 (2@ 95, 2@100, 2@105, 110#) [2:00]
C1. SA DB snatch 4 x 3 ea (35#) [right into]
C2. Sled push x 20m (+135, 3@ +160#) [2:00]

Stretch | 15:00


W | Deadlifts felt good. It’s crazy how much more I am feeling the pushing through the floor. Felt them a ton in my lats. Then to move onto the kneeling press. Ooh. Had to be mindful of hip positioning with those. Toughest move of the workout were the good mornings. Was curious about my form, but forgot my phone to captcha some footage. The reverse flies are also a weak spot. Ten seem light, but I do a neck thing when I go up to 15#ers, so… Ten it is… For right now.

Th | Pre-training status: feelin’ the posterior chain, particularly the low back and hammies. I enjoyed the sequencing of this session, part A was like a second warm-up. Ish. Those KB RDLs got my QL speaking on the left side. I notice that happens when I do the kangs, too. Noted. I am really feelin’ (both senses) the concentric lifts. And my lifters. Subbed dip holds because there is a serious lack of places to hang from at the globo gyms. DB snatches sure get my heart rate hard.

Sa | It was a nice day for a hike.

Su | It was a nice day to push a sled. I don’t know how much the sled weighs, nor did any of the employees manning the joint. So those numbers posted are the plate weight.
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Your Mom

“A long time ago I learned not to explain things to people. It misleads them into thinking they’re entitled to know everything I do.” – Lisa Kleypas

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I think ‘your mom’ falls on the efficient axis (would we call that “easy”…?), but in the event you have a stiff crowd, here are some better ways to end a conversation.

Or you can shut it down before the conversation begins by soliciting someone for complimentary professional assistance via Instagram message, without so much as an introductory, ‘hello’. True story.

Complaining: another way to end it.


28 May | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
Monster walks x 10 ea direction
SA plank x :20

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KB: swing – snatch – RDL
Slam ball x 5 @20#

Work |
A. SL Glute bridge hold [bench] 3 x :30 ea [:30]
B. GHD hip extensions 3 x 10
C. Power clean 10 x 2 (2@115, 2@125, 3@130, 2@135, 130#) [2:00]
D. SL RDL 3 x 10 ea (44, 44, 53#)

29 May | M
Warm-up | 3x
KB things @ 35#
BB RDL – PU row – BTN press x 5 ea
DUs x 20

Work | [Second favorite kind of cardio]
A. 10 x 3 ea (2@65, 8@75#) [1:00]
RDL – Hang power snatch – Back squat – BTN push press
B. EMOM x 10:00, rotating: (12:00)
Bench x 3 (4@80, 2@85#)
DUs x 30 (all UB except the bonus round)

Super stretch | 20:00

30 May | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Bird doggies x 10 ea
Elbow plank + fwd reach x 10
Pope clammies x 15 ea

Warm-up | Swung around a 40# KB

Work | [Archive + mod]
A. Bike x 20:00
B. Row x 10:00 (only about 3:00 with my eyes closed)
C. 5x: (NFT, but… 10:15)
Goblet squat x 6 @33×1 (40#)
Jump lunge x 10
Wall walk + taps x 10

Stretch | 10:00


Su | Pre-gamed my workout with some Postino action with The Engineer and The Scientist. Maybe a little too close to my training, but look, I survived. Not my best workout, but a good burn – no pain. Adjusted the GHD machine following filming and found a better position. Hip extensions are way harder than the GHRs. I left my lifters on for the RDLs, and ooh did they make those feel nice!

M | Oh man, I really liked A, though it surprised me with how much it got me breathing. I was shooting for 5 sets at 85, which did not happen. The limiter was the hang power snatch. My technique felt decent, but I could not get a grip on the barbell. There were lots of bodies in the gym and it was pretty humid in there. Is that an excuse or an explanation…? Need to get myself a fanny pack for chalk. I was satisfied with how everything felt and my DUs were smooth and speedy, which seems to be a good indication that the body – or at least the CNS – is happy (okay, rested).

Tu | Really felt the row in the flutes. Part C had me sucking wind pretty good. Was accidentally an asshole in the turf area when a dude impeded my clearly demarcated area rather than picking up equipment that someone left that was in his way. I think I threw some shade as I took 15 seconds to move said equipment so he could monster walk further than 3” away from me. I’ve been calling these oblivious fuckers “landmines” in my head, but I am beginning to think I should call them “triggers”… 

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.