On Repeat

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Prepping for some fresh Game of Thrones by recalling my favorite lines from the last episode: Little Finger dropping some strategy…

Also fitting words having just witnessed the CrossFit Games finale – Mat Fraser on repeat! I wonder how many scenarios he ran through in preparation.

Beyond the Baelish bombs, this episode of Hidden Brain played in my head more than once this past week, as it was a real fight to find my work flow. A contributing factor might be the summer intern – so many (really-good-and-thought-provoking-but-incredibly-distracting!) questions. But, I also attribute the rapidity with which people fire-off emails – and expect a response – to the interference.

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A repeat

I think we all get how distracting being “connected” can be. The new perspective that intrigued me was the message that the phone, the email, the social media itself isn’t necessarily the concern –  it’s our anticipation of them all. Those looping thoughts running in the background, “Has Susan RSVPed to the lunch-n-learn we’re having five weeks from Thursday?”, “Did Joanie see that link I shared which clearly demonstrates publicly my superiority on that thing we were talking about in private?”, “I wonder how likes my post-workout cheese grater hands have accumulated in the last 4 minutes?”. I exaggerate, but you know the ones; those back-burner thoughts that we often aren’t conscious of, that prevent us from taking our thoughts to the next level and getting into “deep work” mode.

I also thought the part about changing your physical environment in order to cut out the distractions was meaty. I’ve never felt more justified in wanting a “deep work” cabin in the woods to disappear to.

It might take some time before I can build my own Olson & Kundig. In the interim, I’m going to explore finding my own place to escape to – who’s got suggestions?! Do you have a place to which you disappear to focus and get shit done? What about that space allows you to do so?


01 Aug | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squat x 10
Glute press x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7
Wall walk x 2 UB
Ring rows x7

Work |
A. KB windmills 3 x 8 ea (35, 3@40#) [:30 btwn sides]
B1. Singles 3 x 50
B2. Push-ups x 6 [:30]
C. BTN press 6,6,4,4 @41×2 (BB, 50, 55, 55#) [3:00]
D1. DB bench 4 x8 (2@27.5, 2@30#) [:30]
D2. Dbl DB row x 12 (25#) [1:00]
E. Snatch-grip DB RDLs 3 x 12 (55, 2@60#)

Stretch | 10:00

02 Aug | W
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg elev hip bridge x 10 ea
Elbow plank + forward tap x 10 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work |
A. Row x 20:00
B. Bike x 15:00
C. 5x: (29:17)
SA KB BU FR carry x 30m ea (25#)
SA OH carry x 30m (45#)
Bear crawl x 30m
D. Step mill x 15:00

Stretch | 10:00

04 Aug | F
Friday Hike Club!
Two Bit Peak

05 Aug | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossack lunges x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wallballah x 10
ATYs x 5 ea

Work | [Fave w/ globo mods]
A. 5x:
Box squats x 5 (115#)
SL hip thrust x 10 ea (20, 3 @22.5#)
Hip extensions x 10 [2:00]
B. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
Slam ball x 10 (20#)
Dbl KB push press x 10 (30#ers) + sit-ups x 5

Stretch | 15:00

06 Aug | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Reaching DBs x !:00

Warm-up | 3x
SA KBS – press – RDL x 5 ea
DUs x 20

Work | [Repeat re-mix]
A1. Hanging straight-leg raise 4 x 8 perfect reps – no swing
A2. Cable pallof press x 15 ea (40#) [1:00]
B1. Chin-over-bar holds 3 x :25 [1:00]
B2. Dip hold x :30 [1:00]
B3. Pistols x 5 ea [1:00]
C. TGUs x 15:00 (2ea @40, 3ea @45, 5ea @50#)

Stretch | 15:00


Tu | Tuesdays are for chests, apparently; benches and dumb bell usage at capacity. Went for 4 sets on the windmills because I forgot to video one. Strict OH pressing is humbling, especially at tempo. They felt good, but the last reps on each were hard. Failed on #4 on the last set; didn’t get it past my pony. Bench felt strong, as did the rows. All the things were turned on by then, and coupled with the sweat and the mirrors, I felt jacked and I am sure that makes the weight feel lighter. Subbed DBs on the RDLs as all the BB were in being used.

W | Some cursing on part C; but I found the grove and kept going. I can’t believe how much I feel the bear crawls in my abs! Correct position = game changer.

F | Monsoons are rad. And make for really sweaty morning after hikes.

Sa | Been a while since I’d done box squats. Took some vid to make sure my form was on point. Modified the barbell hip thrusts to SL versions, because (A) the latter are harder – though the load is significantly lighter so maybe I fucked up the intended stimulus… (B) The smaller diameter of the hex plates makes the, uh, mount on the hip thrusts less convenient. I know, laaaame excuse.

The EMOM was challenging – really had to focus on recovering my breath the last 5 rounds or so. Opted for KBs as the head of the DBs @ 30# are out of control… 

Su | Trunk sesh because oh man, those box squats got me sore. The holds felt strong, as did the TGUs.

Future Past

“The mind is a curious thing. The reason why we sometimes find ourselves in awe of moments as they are happening is because the mind never lives in the present, the body does. But the mind shifts between what the body has left behind and what’s yet to come.” -Sidd Long

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Pygmalion & Galatea  | The myth and the painting, by Jean-Léon Gérôme. Can you guess who is who? #alessoninLats #dabootyofthesuperiorplane

Check out the opening segment of this episode of Modern Love on the differences in the way men and women write about – and think about – love. Is your view into the future and/or the past?


21 Mar | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Chin-over-bar holds x :20
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
BB press x 8
DUs x 20

Work | 10x
Bench x 3 (85#)
Rest x 1:00
Body row x 6
Rest x 1:00
-and den-
Single-leg hip bridges x 12 ea (20, 25, 30, 30#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
-and zen-
AD x 10:00

22 Mar | W
Warm-up | Oly prep

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
Sled push x 100m (215#)
Farmers carries x 100m (53#ers)
AD x 20 cals

Stretch | 10:00

24 Mar | F
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Hanging straight-let raise x 8

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Banded row x 10
DUs x 20

Work | EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
DB snatch x 3 ea (35#) + slam balls x 3 (30#)
Row x :30
-then-
Alternating TGUs x 10:00 (44, 53, bottoms-up 26#)

25 Mar | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 8
Supinated BB row x 8
Wall walk + taps x 10
DUs x 20

Work | O-lifting
Snatch + hang snatch x 10 sets [Across – medium weight – technique] (95#)
Rack jerk 10 x 1 (125#)

Mini-stretch | 10:00


Light week – going by feel. The sled work on Wednesday was legit hard – lots of heavy breathing – or effort to manage it.

First time ever doing the single-arm dumbbell snatches. Focused on keeping the shoulders in alignment per the M&M #nofire

Warming up for Saturday Oly I was totally able to trace the tightness from my back to hip as I moved into a squat – which lead me to turn those snatches into powers. Collecting data…

The adductors! The fab five muscles make up what we know as groin musculature and often undervalued in terms of the role in performance and human movement and often overlooked as well. They attach to the inner portions of the thigh and also to the pelvis at different locations. The longus, brevis and magnus attach more anteriorly whereas the pectineus and gracilis attach more posteriorly and part of the anterior oblique subsystem and lateral subsystem, and powerful muscles with many aspects of stabilization especially during walking. They are also direct antagonists to glute max, TFL and glute medius. These son-a-bitches can either be facilitated or inhibited depending on many factors. —————————————————– For example , if the glutes are on vacation and not functioning properly (happens all the time), The hamstrings often take over the primary work of the glutes to extend the hip. This creates strain particularly on adductors to adduct the hip because the glutes are inhibited. The most common groin pulls are (pectineus, adductor longus/brevis). They are also analogous to tibialis posterior and peroneal's roll and stabilizing the ankle during frontal plane movement, and my fav, also involved in eccentric deceleration and aspects of rotation. —————————————————– If adductors are dysfunctionally or chronically tight, they will always battle with the glutes or other musculature and won't allow the pelvis to get out of large anterior tilt with internal rotation and will cause issues throughout the chain and even create knee pain as well. In most cases the adductors are overworking (facilitated). Release adductors if you have a hip pain,knee pain and groin pain, but first find out why they are overworking in the first place. #muscles #movement #performance #anatomy #strength #awesome #flex #coach #knowledge #gains #instadaily #picoftheday #glutes #squats #athlete #results #rehab #lifting #science #lifestyle #gym #workout #training #strong #bodybuilding #powerlifting #fitness #exercise #health #followme

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Jolly AF

“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” -George Carlin

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24 Dec | Eve
Warm-up | 3x
DUs x 30
Slam balls x 5
Wall slides x 10

Work | O-lifting
Snatch balance 3 x 3 (65#)
OHS [pause @ bottom] 4 x 2 (85, 95#…)
Snatch pull + hang snatch 6 x 1 (75, 85, 85, 90#…)

23 Dec | Eve Eve
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Banded clammies x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Push-ups x 7
V-ups x 7
Pistol x 1 ea

Work [Favorite] | 7x:
Bench press x 3 (85#)
Right into
Slam balls x 5 @ 20# (30#)
Rest x 2:00 (?)
5x:
Incline SA KB BP (ha!) x 5 ea (26# +2.5)
Right into
Hang power snatch (85#)
Rest x 2:00
3x:
Row x 300m
AD x 15 cals
Zercher lunge x 5 ea @ 75#-ish (85#)

Stretch’n’ convos | 15:00


F | Upped the lbs on the balls, as the goal was to be breathing heavy. Check. Really felt the glutes by the time we got ’round to the zerchers.

Sa | Quick session before hopping on a flight to Iowa. The hip felt good – zero pain/hesitation! The back fatigued quickly, I’m guessing due to all the work it did Friday.

The Space Between

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

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Today’s quote brought to you by the JRE, on accountability, recognizing your role(s), and picking up scents (and 421 other things because it’s the JRE). It pairs nicely with scotch and this article on how the manner in which we express our emotions (or don’t) affects our health; for example, the difference between being with anger vs just being angry.

Anyone else humming DMB? I’ll take responsibility for the earworm…


04 Nov | F
Warm-up | Row x 500m
3x:
BB row x 8
BB RDL x 8
KBS x 8

Work | 10x
Back squat x 2 @ challenging weight (155, 160, 8 @ #165)
Rest 2:00
-then-
3x:
BB bicep curls x 10
Rest x 1:00
Tricep push-downs x 20
Rest x 1:00
-then-
Death march 3 x 20 steps (26# KBs)
Rest x 1:30

Stay bendy | 15:00

03 Nov | Th
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
COB holds x :20
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall balls x 7
Banded rows x10 ea

Work | EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Clean + FS + FS @ 115#
DUs x 40
– Rest x 4:00 –
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Wall walk + taps x 10
Slam balls x 7 @ 30#
– Rest x 4:00 –
TGUs x 10:00 (44,53, bottoms up @ 26#)

Stretchin’ wit da beeyoches | 20:00

02 Nov | W
Mobility| 3x
Wall rotation + slides x 10
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 12 ea
VA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 200m
DUs x 30
Fun with the pipes

Work | O-lifting
Clean pulls 4 x 2 (175, 185, 185, 195#)
Hang clean + high-hang clean 6 x 1 (3 @125, 2 @130, 135#)
3x:
Single-arm seated press x 6 ea (26#)
Side plank + leg lift x :45 (knees/hips/shoulders aligned, stacked + open, squeezing the flutes like a mother bitch)
Stretch | 15:00


Tu | Being with anger meets whisky for dinner: not very nutrient-dense, but makes for good stories. 

W | Heeeby weights felt good. 

Th | Rain coming down + overhead doors up = a glorious perk of the new digs. I swear I’m gonna slam ball(s) until my ass is as close to hitting rubber as possible on my snatch. I’m coming for you 120#. 

F | Last time I did this workout at 150#; felt really good today at 165#. Notes for next time.

Unmasked

Man is least himself when he talks in his own personGive him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” – Oscar Wilde

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Padded bra as vessel of truth…?

It turns out using your under things as a sleep mask might be the best place for them… Why naked sleep is better sleep, or additional reasons to justify your nighttime nekkedness.


17 Oct | Tu
Warm-up | 2x
Run x 200m
KBS x 5
Goblet squat x 5

Work | 6:00 Class
Back squat 3 x 5 (135, 145, 155#)
4x:
Row/AD x 20cals
KBS x 10 (44#)
Box jumps x 5 (24″)

Stretch | 15:00

16 Oct | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 12
Elbow plank + reach thru x 10 ea
Hanging leg raise x 8(2)

Warm-up | 3x
Run x 200m
Palms-up BB row x 10
KBS x 10

Work | Back squat x 1 (145, 155, 165, 175, 185#)
EMOM x 10:00:
1-1/4 Back squat x 3 @ 50% (90#)
-then-
EMOM x 10:00:
Slam ball x 10 (20#)

Stretch | 20:00

15 Oct | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00 (focus on the knees and he-ips)
DUs x 30
Banded shoulder rolls x 10 each direction

Work | O-lifting – Week 7
Pause clean DLs 3 x 4 (165, 165, 175#)
Tall clean + clean 4 x 2 (95, 105, 105, 115#)
Rack jerk 8 x 1 (2 @105, 4 @115, 2 @110#)
3x:
Ring leg curls x 10
Reverse row sit-backs x 6

Stretch | 15:00


Sa | Tight low back, right side. All good minus the jerks, which felt slow and heavy.

Su | One-an-a-quarters and some slam balls. Yeeees. Felt good. Saving my OH lockout skills for Monyay’s Grace.

M | Raincheck on the Grace; required a rest day. Took it

Tu | Felt every muscle in my booty and hammies traversing the stairs into and out of work. The class workout was some much needed recovery. The BS felt sooo good, solid. Fired up in a very good way.

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Adding protein to your morning hot cereal is a terrible idea. Trust me, you won’t wanna stick it in your mouth. Protein powder in water: good – or at least chuggable. Baaab’s Creamy Hot Cereal: so tasty. Together: like a cement mixer that won’t get you drunk.

Really focused on the sleeps this week and the timing and quantity of quality eats. 

Nurture Your Nature

“Your life and destiny are determined to a large extent by your participation in the outcome.” ― Paul Stanley

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Julie’s genes likely contribute to her a strong, uh, hand game

I seem to be on a podcast sharing run. That’s not changing today. I suggest you take a listen to this one: The Garage Gym Athlete’s Podcast with the Max El-Hag. I really like hearing what that guy has to say, and not just because of the way he pronounces “strength”. The interview covers a lot of territory, including, but not limited to, the evolution of CrossFit as a sport, the head game of personal growth, and how our individual genetic make-up predisposes us to be good at something and the importance of recognizing what that thing is.

Own it, Julie.


27 July | W
Mobility | Did some

Warm-up | 2x
Row x 1:00
DUs x 30
OH walking lunges

Work | O-lifting – Week 5
Mid-hang snatch pulls 4 x 2 (115, 125, 135, 145#)
Tall muscle snatch + mid-hang muscle snatch 4 x 2 (55#)
Snatch + OHS 8 x 1 (4@85, 3@90, 1@95#)
Med ball drops 3 x 8 (14#)

Static stretching | IDGAF what those bastards say, it’s nice. Do/did it anyway

26 July | Tu
Warm up | 3x
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#)
4x:
Pendlay row x 10 reps @ 75#
right into
Seated single-arm press x 10 (20#)
Rest x 2:00
3x:
KB front rack lunge x whiteboard to ball wall (35# KBs)
right into
Hanging leg raise x 8 reps
Rest x 2:00

A very sweaty stretch | 20:00

25 July | M
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Side plank clammie holds x :40
TVA leg drops x 15

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

Workout | [from the archives]
Front squat 5×1 (125,135,145,150, 150#)
– then –
EMOM x10:00:
1-1/4 front squat x3 @50% of “A” (75#)
– then –
EMOM x10:00, rotating:
Slam ball x 10 (30#)
Wall walk x 1 + 10 hip taps x2

Stretch | 20:00


M | The squat session felt good. Funny how those wun-an-a-quatta squats add up by that last minute. Some shoulder things going on with the inverted hip and shoulder taps. Regular wall walks were good, so doubled-up on those instead.

Tu | The DLs felt strong; helps to be sore from the previous days squats, easy to feel the booty in action. The front rack lunges left me breathing like sprints. 

W | Felt so much better than last Wednesday going into the workout. Much less muscle soreness, and my head was in a very good place. Focused on elbow position on the pulls. Muscle snatches, still not my wheelhouse, but better than it did last week.

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El Tigre pointed out the similarities between the muscle snatch and the paint-the-fence. Next time: headbands

 The snatch paired with the OHS felt solid, just a leeeedle bit slow. Here’s a vid of my last set, which was more of a power snatch + OHS:

 

(De)Populate Your Mountain

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That friend who just can’t get enough of you

The evolution of relationships is fascinating. Check out this article by Tim Urban, “10 Types of Odd Friendships You’re Probably Part Of“. The Friendship Mountain, who do you need to push off?

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Quadrant 1: Off the bed, not off the mountain

21 July | Th
Mobility | 3x
Wall press x 10
Scap press x 10
SL Elev hip bridge x 10 ea

Warm-it-up (but it’s already sweaty) | 3x
Row x 1:00
OH walking lunges x 10
DUs x 30
Lose ya shorts x 1

Work | O-Lifting Week 4
Snatch balance 5 x 2 (65, 70, 75, 75, 80#)
High-hang snatch 5 x 2 (75, 70, 70, 75, 75#)
Snatch 5 x 2 (75, 80, 85#…)
3x:
Planted hollow body holds x max (2:00, 1:02, 1:07)
Supermans x 10

19 July | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
AD x 15 cals
Goblet squat x 5
TGUs x 2 (35#)

Work [from the archives]  | 3x
Body row x 8
GHR x 10
Rest x 1:00
-then-
RDLs 4 x 4 @5050 (115, 125, 135, 135#)
Rest 2:00
-then-
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Death march x :30 (20#ers)
Handstand hold x max (:20. Still.)

Stretch | 20:00

18 July | M 
Mobility | 3x
Side plank + LL x :20 ea
Cobra x :30
SL elevated squat x 10 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
BB step-ups x 10
BB row x 10
KBS x 10

Work [favorite] | 5x:
Front squat x 5 @ 70% 1RM (115#)
Back squats x 5
Rest x 2:00
-then-
Single leg hip thrust 4 x 12 (15#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn sides
-then-
Row x 10:00, every 2:00 slam balls x 10 (2170m, 20#)


M | Fuck. That was a lot of work. On every set of the squats I thought I wasn’t going to be able to complete it. But then I did. Good practice for me. The start of the row was mentally a little rough, my brain didn’t wanna do it. But by the halfway mark the rowing actually felt nice, once I recovered from slamming the balls. Moving forward I need to always pick up the 30# slam ball. 

 Tu | Much medius soreness. And quads and hamstrangs. After giving a little too much before O-lifting last week, I stuck with a little lighter lbs on the RDLs and on the death march.

 Th | Really intermittent sleep this week; needed a rest day Wednesday. The griddle wasn’t super hot on Thursday either, but the snatches felt good. But how is it that I can do a snatch balance at 80#, but when I got to the full snatches I was working to get 85#? Merely all those reps fatiguing my snatch muscles?

My stretch and sleep games were weak this week. Haaay, homophone.

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Goals: sleep viking. But not at a desk