Garden Gifts

There are days that walk through me
and I cannot hold them.
So I fall in love with the man in the moon.
He makes the tide uncover me. Then takes off
his glasses and explains, ‘I’ve brought you
this gift: the starkness of my hands and
the crater of my mouth.’

-Katherine Larson, The Gardens in Tunisia”

arsenault for you


12 Feb | M
Work | FTA
A. 4x:
Cossacks x 10 ea
SL HB hold x :40 ea
Reverse fly x 10 (10#)
B. FS 5 x 3 [3:00] (135, 2@145, 150, 145#)
C. 1-1/4 BS 3 x 4 [1:30] (105#)
D1. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 [!:00] (95, 105, 105#)
D2. BTN PP x 5 [1:00] (65, 75, 85#)

14 Feb | W
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 10 @45#
ATYs x 5 ea

Work |
A1. Seated SA DB press 5 x 8 ea [1:00] (25#)
A2. Pendlay row x 10 [1:30] (80#)
B. Neutral-grip DB bench 4 x 8 [1:30] (25#)
C. PU machine 3 x 10 [1:00] (60#)
D. Pallofs 3 x 15 ea [:30 btwn sides] (20#)

17 Feb | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Wall slides x 10
Elbow plank + fwd reach x 10 ea
Rev curl-ups x 8

Work |
A. 4x:
Row x 300m (1:16, 1:17, 1:16, !:15)
Dip hold x :30
COB hold x :25 (failed on the last round at 10s, jumped back up for 10… and then 5)
B. 4x:
Sled walk (135#)
McGills x :45 ea
DB bis x 15 ea (17.5#)
C. Stairs x 20:00

Stretch + handstands | 15:00

18 Feb | Su
Mobility | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Hip CARs x 3 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:30
Wall balls x 10 @15#
KBS x 10 @45#

Work |
A. Sumo DLs 7 x 2 – build [3:00] (185, 195, 205, 2@215, 2@225#)
B. Front-rack fwd lunge on a plate 3 x 10 ea [2:00] (35/40#)
C. 5x:
DUs x 30
Sit-ups x 10
Jump lunge x 10

19 Feb | M
Warm-up |2x
Mob things
Thoracic rotations x 8 ea
Pistols x 3 ea

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. Row x 10:00 (2175m)
C. 4x:
HSW x 10m
Step-ups x 5 ea
Side bridge x :30 ea
D. Bike x 20:00
E. Row x 10:00 (2157m)


M | Held the HBs for the full forty. Boom. Lots of shaking and very uncomfy. I anticipate feeling those tomorrow. And the day after. Squats felt good; definitely feeling yesterday’s during today’s.

W | Right shoulder limiter on the presses and bench. Pull-ups were a challenge, aaand mildly frustrating due to grip.

Sa | Felt sore and slow. But much better after.

Is being called a cunt supposed to be offensive? Huh. Sounds powerful to me…
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uddenly I feel like I should watch American Beauty.

Su | According to this blog it’s been… before this blog that I’ve done sumo-style as a lift (not part of a met-con). I really liked them; really felt the movement in my legs and booty rather than my lats/back. Cool. My 1RM for standard DL is 225… and the last two sets sumo at that weight felt strong, and left much in the tank. Cool. Did I say that already? All excited after the DLs… and then got slapped in the face by the front-rack. Ooh those are mean. 😉

M | Really sore booty. The movement felt good. Zen rowing.

 

 

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Account Ability

“I don’t pay attention to the world ending. It has ended for me many times, and begun again in the morning.” -Nayirrah Waheed

add it up

If you left your shit laying around somewhere it might get taken, whose fault is that? The asshole who swiped it. Meh. What about the fool who left it laying there…?

If you made plans to do an early morning thing with a group of friends, but then chose  one too many cocktails the night before, where would you place the blame for cancelling last minute on your friends? What words would you choose? Did you “have” to cancel, or did you “choose” to flake out? Did the “night kick your ass” or did know how it was going to end before it started?

I’m not angry, but let’s call it what it is, am I right?


27 Dec | W
Warm-up | 3x
Banded RDLs x 8 ea
Banded rows x 10 ea
Windmills x 5 ea @30#
Pistols x 2 ea

Work |
A. 5x:
Row x 2:00
PUs x 5
Scap PUs x 10
B1. Push-ups 5 x 5 + KBS x 5 [1:00] (60#)
B2. RDLs x 10 [1:00] (55#ers)
C. Hanging knee raise 3 x 15 [:30] (15, 10+5, 5+5+1+1+1+1+1)

29 Dec | F
Warm-up | 3x
Messed around with TGU variations x 10:00

Work |
A. Stairs x 15:00
B. Bike x 15:00
C. 5x:
Farmer carry x 30m (55/60#)
SA OH carry x 30m ea
BU carry x 30m (25#)
Hollow rocks x :15
D. Stairs x 10:00

30 Dec | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Slam balls x 7 @ 20#
Monster walks x 10 ea direction
Barbell rows x 7

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 4x:
Hip extensions x 10 (10#)
RNT x 5 ea
BS x 5
C. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (3@145, 150, 155#)
D. 1-1/4 FS 3 x 5 [1:30] (105#)
E. (Cable?) Pallof press 3 x 20 reps (20#)

Stretch | 13:00

31 Dec | Su
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Popes x 12 ea

Work | [From the archives]
A1. SL KB RDL 3 x 10 ea (40, 45, 45#)
A2. SA KB snatch x 3 ea KB goblet squat x 6 @ 33×1 (35#)
A3. KBS x 15 (45#)
B. DL 5 x 3 [3:00] (195, 200, 3@ 205#)
C. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 [2:00] (105#)
D. Marching pallofs 4 x 20 [1:00] (5#)

Stretch | Home yoga

01 Jan | M
Boulder Canyon Trail – The Sups | 10 mi


W | Grip was donezo by C.

F | Shoulder wasn’t feeling good getting the KB in the overhead position on part C, so modified with bottoms-up carries. Dang, carries are no joke. Upped the levels on the stairs on the final round.

Sa | Squats felt good, though it took a little work to get my flexors to stop trying to do all the work. Got it done though. Those buck twenty-fivers… fuck that’s a lot of time under tension. Burrrrrrn.

Su | The notes from the last time I did this workout reflect that part A really fatigued my back. Same same today, though I modified A2 because of this angry shoulder of mine. Here’s some footage (ne’rmind the phone faceplant at the beginning there):

Deadlifts felt good; laughed at myself trying to rationalize why I should just stay at 195#… Was mindful of the glute engagement during the RDLs. Those marching pallofs are nuts. Lots of head-shaking. 

Inside Snakes

“There are no weight classes in the jungle. The salmon never eats the bear.” – Brandon Lilly

lex drewinski tony and cleoBeen listening in on some interesting conversations about the differences between us bishes and bros…
Adam & Eve: Self-Consciousness, Evil and Death
Women are Not Small Men


12 Dec | Tu
Work |
A. 5x:
Row x 2:00
Push-ups x 5
Scap push-ups x 10
B1. DB bench 5 x 10 [1:00] DBL DB row @ 2113 5 x 8 [1:00] (25#)
B2. DB RDL x 10 [1:00] (50#ers)
C. Wall pressing DBs 4 x 20 [:30]

13 Dec | W
Mob | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Hollow hold x :20

Work |
B. Bike x 15:00
A. Stairs x 15:00
C. 5x:
Farmer’s carry x 30m (50/55, 4@55/60#)
SA OH carry x 30m ea (40, 4@45#)
Side bridge x :25 ea
D. Stairs x 10:00 (upped the level)

15 Dec | F
Warm-up | 3x
KBS x 10 @ 45#
Banded RDLs x 10 ea
DUs x 30

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 4x: (or 5x)
GHD x 10 (10#)
RNT x 5 ea
BS x 5
C. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (135, 145, 155, 160, 160#)
D. Zercher squats 3 x 5 [1:30] (95, 105, 105#)
E. Wall-pressing dead bugs 3 x 20 reps [:30]

Stretch | 10:00

16 Dec | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall press x 10
Chin-over-bar hold x :20
Popes x 15 ea
Scorpions x  5 ea (2x)

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 5x:
Lateral box step-ups x 10
Wall walk x 2
FR KB carry x 20m ea (45#)
C. Row x 15:00 (11:30)
D. Bike x 10:00 (20:00)

17 Dec | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Hip CARs x 3 ea
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. Stepmill x 12:00
B. 3x:
RDL x 5
(BTN) press x 5
Good mornings x 5
C. Deadlifts 5 x 5 [3:00] (185, 4@190#)
D. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 8 [1:30] (80, 90, 100#)
E. Reverse Zercher lunge 3 x 8 ea [1:30] (75#)


Tu | Shoulder not having the pressing.

W | Hollow holds were freaking hard to keep in position.

F | Squats felt really great. Really feeling those GHDs in the booty meat and hammies.

Sa | The lateral movements are feeling a lot more stable than when I first began them. My low back and adductor started buggin’ (and increasing as I went) on the row so I stopped and subbed some extra time on the bike.

Su | Feeling all the work in the adductors and booty going in. Subbed behind-the-neck for the strict press as the latter bugged my shoulder. Deadlifts felt good, and winded me pretty good. Might have been the first time I’ve ever felt the snatch-grip RDLs so much in my caboose and strangs.

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.

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…

Noob knees
Those knees are suspect