[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

 

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Weak Spots

“Up to a point a person’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and changes in the world about them. Then there comes a time when it lies within their grasp to shape the clay of their life into the sort of thing they wish it to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune or the quirks of fate. Everyone has the power to say, ‘This I am today. That I shall be tomorrow.'”- Louis L’Amour

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Shawn Huckins, James Beard: The Fuck?

Mr. L’Amour’s words seem a fitting reminder for today’s elections, and conjure up some counter points to the content of my current read, The Sports Gene. More on that once I’ve completed it. So far the highlights have been the 5:1 muscle ratio bookshelf analogy and the narrator’s impersonations of quotations from other researchers. (Is it a “read” if it’s an audio book? Normally I’d say no, but tonight nothing makes a lick of sense.)


08 Nov | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Adductor squat x 10 ea
Single-leg elevated glute bridge x 10 ea
Single-arm plank x :20 ea

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

Work | Press 7 x 5 [across] (3 @65, eeked out 1 @70, 3 @ 65#)
right into
DUs x 20
Rest x 2:00
-then-
RFESS 5 x 8 ea (35# KBs)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
-and-
3x: GHR x 8 (15#)
right into
Push-ups x 8
Rest x :20

Stretch ‘n’ Share | 20:00

07 Nov | M
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Prone Y raise x 10
Glute press x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall ball x 10
Banded row x 10

Work | Back squat 7 x 5 (135, 145,145, 155, 155, 160 (4), 155#)
Rest x 2:00
5x:
KBS x 5 @44#, right into
KB row x 10 ea (26#), right into
DUs x 50 (UB, UB, 49, 49, UB)
Rest x 1:30

Stretch + Handstand walkin’ | 20:00

05 Nov | Sa
Mobility | 3x
GA squat  x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Plank + fwd tap x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
DUs x 30
Shoulder roll with the bands x 10 ea direction

Work | Lifting
Snatch balance [build] 4 x 2 (70, 75#)
Snatch-grip pause DL [BTK, focus on lats] 3 x 3 (135, 145, 155#)
High-hang snatch + 1-1/4 OHS 6 x 1 (85, 95#…)
Med ball drops 3 x 10 (14, 14, 20#)

Some stretching.


Sa | Felt like I was landing nice and low on the snatch. Video proved otherwise.

M | In the morning hours I tested the back with a short-ish hike, about 4 miles, up South Mountain. Seems like that’s about the mileage threshold. The evening squats felt good and strong. Arbitrarily wanted to hit 165# on the last set, but fuck me legs were terrrd. The single-arm rows got really challenging at set 4 on the left side, which is not the jacked up side, having to reset before each rep to get that lat to do the work. DUs: 50 is the new 40 – pushing the datum.

Tu | Press is a weak spot (queue the Detroit Cobras). Sixty-five got sticky on the last rep, seventy was neck straining on rep three. Dafuq?  The 35# KBs were the lightest available due to TGU class workout, so… gave it a go. And was pleasantly surprised. On my way to 1/3 BW in each mitt for… what was that Rx rep scheme again?

The Continuum

“I like my coffee like I like my nights: dark, endless, and impossible to sleep through.” -Isn’t

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The weekend had me turning over this conversation  with Gloria Steinem – on  friendships, chosen family and love(s).

“The one thing that I learned from this was that people suddenly started to say things to me like, “At last you’ve met the love of your life,” as if there were one love in our lives…I think there are different loves in our lives… I mean, why make a hierarchy out of the people we love?”

Oh, that’s so beautiful I get the tears. And who else wants to know more about Wilma Mankiller?


23 Oct | Su
Mobilty | 3x
GA squats x 12
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 12 ea
BB row x 10
Side plank + leg lift x :20 ea

Work | Rotating x 30:00:
Sled pull x 100m (115#)
OH BB carry x 50m (75#)
AD x 30 cals
Row x 400m
Reaching dead-bugs x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00

22 Oct | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall ball x 7
Single-arm press x 10 ea

Work | Front squat 5 x 1 (135, 145, 155, 160, 155#)
EMOM x 10:00:
1-1/4 Front squat x 3 @ 50% (80#)
-then-
AD 30/30’s x 10:00

Stretch | 15:00

21 Oct | F
Mobility | 3x
Adductor squats x 10 ea
COB holds x :20
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 8

Warm-up | Row + Poly Vinyl Chloride

Work | Class Barbell Complex
EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
Clean + high-hang clean (95, 105, 115#…)
Snatch | high-hang snatch (5 @75#, 5 @80#)
Get bendy | 20:00

19 Oct | W
Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
DUs x 30
Banded shoulder rolls x 10 ea direction
OH walking lunges x 10

Work | O-lifting – Week 8
Snatch-grip DL – snatch pull – snatch 6 x 1 (95#)
High-hang snatch 4 x 1 (90, 95, 95, 100#)
Good mornings 3 x 10 (75#)
ISO front squats 4 x 10s

Stretch | 15:00


W | Snatches felt really good, nice and snappy. Worked up to my 1RM on the high-hangs.

F | Moved through.

Sa | Ooh those 30/30’s!

Su | Check. Post work-out beer that tasted like coffee, courtesy of Kamanda. My kind of continuum. 

 

Mind Traps

“How you gon’ win when you ain’t right within?” – Lauren Hill

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Getting Your Head Right from my girl, Kate.


09 June | Th
Warm-up |3x
AD x 1:00
WB x 7
BB row x 10
Side plank + leg lift x :20 ea

Work | EMOM x16:00
Evens: KBS x 8 (3@ white, 5@ red)
Odds: DUs x :20
-Rest x 4:00-
6 sets:
GH raise x 5
Rest x 1:00
Banded rows x 10
Rest x 1:00

Auxiliary | 3x
Rev row sit backs x 6
Front scale x 2, pause, Pistol x 3 ea
Back scale x 2
Stretch | 20:00

08 June | W
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
BB back squat x 8
BB press x 8

Work | Oh-lifting
Back squat + chains 5 x 3 (155,155,165,165,170#)
Snatch-grip DL 3 x 3 (125,145,145#)
3 sets:
Push Press Hold-outs x 1 (1:06 @85#, :58 @95#, :53 @105#)
Samurai squats x 5 ea (35,44,44#)

07 June | Tu
Work | 6:00 class workout
Bench Press 4 x 4 @ 22×2 (65,85,65,65#)
Rest x 3:00 btwn
3 sets:
Rev Zerchers x 6 ea (75,85,95#)
Rest x 1:00
DUs x 50 (UB)
Rest x 2:00

Stretch | 15:00


Tu | Man, the tempo bee-inch was frustrating. Just getting the position cause some pull in my tricep and lat. Need to reconnect with Raymundo.

W | All the squats are feeling really good. Why do I always wanna keep the booty high up on the snatch-grip DLs? Dropped my ass a little on those and that helped keep the work in the rear region. Those press holds are awesome! So much shaking.

Th | All the things felt good. On the GHR, does it matter that it feels super easy, even when doing all the squeezing? I picked up a 10# plate and held it behind my head to make it more challenging. And to make it look cool. I mean, without a reverse hack one has to get creative in demonstrating goofy looking shit.

Did the auxiliary pistoles without hold up my toes with my hands. Little wins.

that time I held the baby
Highlight of the week, no doubt. Just blowing up some balloons and hangin’ with the dopest baby in the ‘nasium

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

 

Pull the Trigger

“Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.”— Albert Camus

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Make it Count | Dan Quintana

30 March | W
Pillars | 3x
Wall rotations + press x 10
Glute press x 12
GA squat x 8

Warm-up | 4x
AD x 1:00
BB RDL x 10
DUs x 20

Work | O-lifting
Snatch-grip deadlift 4 x 4 (115,135#…)
3 sets : Mid-hang snatch pull x 3 + High-hang snatch + OHS (65#)
3 sets:
Floor seated SA press x 6 ea (22.5#)
Wall-pressing dead bugs x 30
Banded shoulder rolls x 8 ea direction


Lots of volume on that second part; good-bye grip! The back is feeling tight today, and I’m crabby as fuck… so a recovery it is for Friday Eve.

Sex Trophies

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen R. Covey

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So many friends are pregnant and having babies or have recently built a baby. If you need to know how to build a baby click here. (It’s a really cool infographic, not porn. We all know what happens to your brain – and as a result, your penis – on streaming porn. Ain’t none of it good. Old school porn is where it’s at. Wait, why are we talking about porn? Gutter.)

Back to the tiny humans… My friend Thomas just became an uncle.

Baby Judy
That’s baby Judy in the really cute jammies. That’s Thomas in the beard.

Babies are cool. They seem to like ice cream just as much as I do:


17 December | Wednesday

Warm-up | 3 rounds:
2:00 row
2x Wall walk

Workout |
3×8 Snatch-grip deadlift (95, 115, 115#)
3:00 rest
3 sets:
Ring rows x6
:30 rest
Ring dip hold xAMSAP (:23, :23, :28)
:30 rest
Farmer’s walk x100m (53, 70, 70# KBs)
2:00 rest

Stretch | 20:00ish


Confession: I am feeling a bit beat up this week. The hips are hurting a skosh, though I haven’t been able to nail down what it was. Kickboxing? Maybe just a bit more volume? Whatever the case it’s a good, if not unwelcomed, reminder that I gotta stay on top of my stretching and strengthening exercise for the region. Now, onto Wednesday’s workout…

The snatch-grip was tricky and I ended up staying way lighter on the deadlifts than I had anticipated. Eight reps is a lot. Zing zows felt really strong, though I was a bit disappointed with my hold times. The farmer’s walks I did in the gymnasium for a couple reasons: it was frigid outside (Like sixty degrees! No lies.) and the 6:00 class was huge and I was lovin’ the energy. Anyway, I am not sure how many gym lengths equates to 100m, but essentially I started at the end of the black matt near the restrooms, walked to the overhead door, and back. Worked up to the big bells, but oh man, my grip was donezo, but the third set.

Listened to the latest Science with Sarah segment on The Paleo View and learned about the nasty shit that’s in most canned coconut milk (which I drink my fair share of): guar gum. I found some online that is free of the stuff, but, really? I must look into some local grass-fed dairy options, if they exist.

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