Gravity Facts

 

“You can’t start a fire, Worrying about your little world falling apart.” -The Boss

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Continuing down the multitudes of you, you, you path I seem to be meandering, some recent questions were fired up from Hidden Brain. This week’s episode was a little bland – I struggled to relate to the real life examples they gave – but there were still some meaty bites in there.

The first piece I’ve been chewing on is called Odyssey Planning. Essentially, it’s developing 3 completely different variations of your 5-year plan, and then using those articulated alternatives to take action in a new direction. Again, combating this idea that there is one path, one plan, one self. I like it.

The other spark was that of “gravity problems” – problems that we get stuck on that really aren’t problems at all:

“If it’s not actionable, it’s not a problem, it’s a circumstance. Once you accept your gravity problem as, in fact, not a problem but a circumstance – maybe a difficult one, maybe a heart-breaking one – but just a fact, you free yourself to go do something you can do.” -Dave Evans, Designing Your Life

What would the titles of your three Odyssey Plans be? Do you have any gravity facts weighing you down?

Facts of Life from Jo Polniaczek


29 Aug | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Bird dogs x 12 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
TGUs x 2 ea @ 40, 45, 50#

Work |
A1. Seated SA press 5 x 8 ea (2 @27.5, 3 @25#)
A2. Cable row x 10 (70, 4 @60#) [1:00]
C1. Tricep (cable?) push-downs 4 x 15 (3 @40, 30#) [1:00]
C2. Hammer curls x 20 (10#) [1:00]
B. Concentric bench 5 x 5 (75, 3 @85, 90#) [3:00]
D. Easy bike x 15:00

31 Aug | Th
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Scap press x 10
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
KB things x 5 ea: goblet – swing – SA swing – snatch – RTW – RDL

Work |
A. Row x 20:00 (4505m)
B. Wall walks 4 x 3 [2:00]
C1. Farmers carry 5 x 20m (50# KBs)
C2. Wall-pressing dead bugs x 20
C3. Cossack lunges x 5 ea OHWL x 10

Stretch | 15:00

01 Sept | F
Mobility | 3x
SL elev hip bridge x 12 ea
Prone Y raise x 16
Monster walks x 10 ea

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. TGUs x 16 (4 ea @40, 45, 50, 60#)
C1. Hip extensions 3 x 8
C2. Reverse DB fly x 12 (10, 2 @12.5#) [1:00]

Stretch-ish | 15:00

02 Sept | Sa
Work | Snatch Sesh @ DTP HQ
A. Snatch balance complex – 4 sets:
Pressing snatch balance x 2 (45, 55, 65, 65#)
Heaving snatch balance x 2 (65, 65, 75, 75#)
Snatch balance x 1 (80#)
B. Snatch high-pull 3 x 3 [across] (100#)
C. Segmented snatch 5 x 3 [build] (3 @75#, 2 @80#)

03 Sept | Su
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Wall rotation + slides x 10
Side clammie hold x :20 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Banded RDLs x 8 ea
DUs x 30
DLs x 3

Work |
C. Deadlifts 5 x 3 build (185, 190, 195, 200, 195#) [2:00]
D. Reverse Zercher lunges 3 x 5 ea (85#) [1:00]
A. Shoulder CARs 3 x 5ea
B. Hip CARs 3 x 5 ea

Stretch Home yoga | 20:00

04 Sept | M
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 10
SA KB snatch x 5 ea

Work |
A. Barbell complex x 5 sets: (BB only)
Row x 5
RDL x 5
FS x 5
Kang x 5
B. Cleans 10 x 2 building [2:00]
C. Good mornings 3 x 10 [1:30]
B/C. 3x:
Suitcase carry x 30m ea (50#)
XO step-ups x 10 ea
Handstand stills x max
D. Knee extension machina 3 x 12 (70#) [1:00]

Handstand play + stretch | 15:ish


Tu | Feeling really good post hike. Sore in the calves hips a little bit. Rearranged the workout sequence because they need more racks at Globo Mountain. Hammer curls: burn like a MF in the bi’s and make for veiny arms. Failed on the very last rep of the bench press; was a solid 5s iso hold.

Th | The row time passed surprisingly quick; really focused on my form – not cheating the release. Wall walks are still fun; performed the last 2 unbroken in an effort to better my first “step”. Cossacks didn’t feel great on the right side; not painful, just still feeling some fatigue from The Hump, so I subbed overhead walking variety.

F | Is there an advantage to using an incline bench for reverse flies? I just do them bent over… Bike felt really great. As did the get-ups. A nice session to head into the weekend with.

Sa | Kept it light and speedy on the snatch sesh, as it’s been a while. Things felt good. The last half of C my flexors were trying to be glutes, and made the last set power snatches for that reason. I need a glute switch. Some delicious post-workout hammie quivers – washed down with a burger and strawberry malt with the crew at Joe’s Farm Grill (which was also delicious! And holy smokes – those trees! <3).

Su | The weight felt smooth until that last attempted rep at 200#, and then they all felt harder. Not moving that datum much, but feel great – all three H’s – so, I say, “so what”.  

M | As I worked through the barbell complex my low back didn’t loosen up at all; it was feeling really sore when I ran the roller across it in warm-up and I noticed how tight it was whilst on the AM dog walk sesh. It was an easy call to scrap B & C for some recovery work.

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UGHs

“Here is the truth about self-discovery: it is never without cost.” -Angela Flournoy

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Discovery meets Wildlife Wednesdays

Some revelations whilst shining a light on the shadows: totally cool with being an UGH, and some gifts come in ugly wrap.


18 Feb | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
PVC moves
DUs x 20
Slam balls x 7
Scap press x 10

Work | O-lifting – Week 6
A. Snatch high-pulls 2 x 5@100% (110#)
B. Segmented snatch [1″ – BTK – MT] 8 x 1 (75, 80, 4@85, 90, 95#)
C. High-hang snatch + OHS x 5 @80% (85#)

Stretch | yeeeees x 20:00

20 Feb | M
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Sl elev hip bridge x 10 ea
Side clammie hold x :25 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7
KB swing – snatch – goblet – SA swing – RDL x 5 ea
DUs x 30

Work | [From the archives]
A. Front squat 5 x 1 (145, 155, 160, 165, 170#)
Rest x 2:00 btwn
B. EMOM x 10:00 @ 50% of A:
1-1/4 front squat x 3 (85#)
C. TGUs x 15:00 (40# BB, Up on ea @ 70# KB)

So much stretching | … gon happen Tu-morrow

21 Feb | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Glute press x 10
COB hold x :20
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up |3x
AD x 15 cals
Wall walk x 2 UB
Single-arm banded rows x 10 ea

Work | 5x:
Row x 1:00
Front rack carry x 50 m (44# KBs)
Tire hits x 20
FLR x 1:00

Stretch | like a motherfucker


Sa | Coach cues midway through part B totally turned it around for me; I was cheating on the sweep by bringing my hips forward rather than using lats and mid-back to pull. The before and after was awesome. Noted for next time.

M | Not super excited to train, but the body felt good and the head needed it most; a job for TGUs fo’ sho’ yo.

Tu | I really like the response from the workouts that start with a heavy single barbell movement and move into an EMOM of a related movement at light weight. I’ve noticed no matter my headspace, it’s gets me to refocus my distracted mind. Tuesday’s workout was a nice way to alleviate some of the soreness in the booty and the legs from the many front squats. The front racks carries and “rest” are typically most challenging. The aftermath, according to poke-a-muscle, was that my lower traps (and mid-back) did lots of work today.

I got to wondering why we classify meat according to color. It turns out even my (m)eats are slow-twitch.

Mental Muscles

“There are some jokes you cannot understand until you have been a fool many, many years and thought yourself finally cured, and then found out that you had just become a different kind of fool.” -Robert Anton Wilson

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27 Questions


09 Jan | M
Mobility | 3x
Glewt activator sqwaaats x 10
Elbow plank + reach thru x 10 ea
Plate hold x :20

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 7 @ 20#
BB RDL x 10
BB palms-up row x 10
Row x 100m

Work | “A”
Back squat 7 x 2 @ +/- 70% 1RM (145#)
Rest x 2:00
“B”
Death march 5 x 10 (35# KBs), right into
Banded tricep push-downs x 10 (blue), right into
Row x 250m (:55, :55, :56, :54, :55)
Rest x 1:00
“C”
Banded hamstrang curls 3 x 5 ea (blue)

Handstand walks for fun + some stretch, but mostly chats | 10:00

10 Jan | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Cossack lunges x 8 ea
Scorpions x 5 ea
Bird dogs x 8 ea
Reaching dbl dead bugs  x 10

Warm-up | 3x
DUs x 30
Slam balls x 7
Banded OH press x 7 ea

Work [Booty 5000] | “A”
Bench press 7 x 3 (85#), right into
Hang power clean x 3 (tall cleans @105#)
Rest x 2:00
“B”
Incline single-arm KB bench press 5 x 5 ea (26#), right into
Hang power snatch x 2 (75#)
Rest x 2:00
“C”
Zercher lunges 4 x 5 ea @ 75#, right into
Bench hip bridge x 15 ea
Rest x 1:00

11 Jan | W
Warm-up | Weak. Some DUs

Work | O-lifting – Week 2 – Testing Post-Activation Potentiation
“A”
Pause snatch pull [1″ – BTK – mid-thigh – pop!] 4 x 2, right into
Snatch high-pull x 1 (115#)
“B”
High-hang clean 4 x 1 (2@ 125, 2@ 135#)
“C” [PAP]
Front squat 3 x 3 @ 80% of 1RM C+J, right into (125/65#)
Front squat 3 x 3 @ 50% of 80% [move fucking fast!]


M | The squats felt really good. Looked like I had a hint of ass wink primarily on the first rep. Not sure about my ROM on the hammie curls; it feels a little short. Added some handstand walks at the end because they felt so effortless on Saturday and I wanted to test that.

Tu | Check. All ladies bars in use; subbed a big one (heh!) for the duration. This made for some fun re-gripping on the snatches. Might have to do that again.

W | So much booty soreness from Tuesday’s sesh. On the back end of that workout I was questioning whether I’d used enough weight on the forward pressing components. The soreness in my lats and chest reminds me it’s not just about the lbs.

Cue of the Day from the Skipper: Stand up straight, arms at your side, feel squat distance apart. Now lean forward and come up on your toes, paying attention to what muscles are engaging as you do this. Lean backwards doing the same. Now go back and forth, and feel the transition from quad to glute. Now consider the top of your pull and how these two relate.

Excited to test the PAP this cycle. Despite not falling on to the fast twitch portion of the continuum, maybe AT ALL, testing will be fun. Already has me considering how it is I think about exploding out of the bottom. Are you actually moving fast or are thinking you’re moving fast? Let’s do both.

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Year of the Lens

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” -Dorthea Lange

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Ah, anyone else here enjoy looking back at it – the year in rear view? Reflecting upon what you learned; what you didn’t; what you let atrophy, by choice or by happenstance. Examining whether your aperture opened up or constricted. Checking your exposure. Oh man, there are so many photography metaphors, but then, that’s what I’m looking for (hint, hint, 2017)…

This interview with Anthony Bourdain, well, it provoked some (re)considerations. I’ve spent more than one summer afternoon hibernating from the heat with a Parts Unknown binge; that guy has a way of framing things. And he asks really good questions. His answers – and how and what he pulls together in response -proved to be just as insightful.

“The camera’s a liar. It only tells the part of the story we want you to see.” -Anthony Bourdain


27 Dec | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 250m
Barbell x 5 ea: clean – front squat – push press – back squat

Work | Courtesy of CrossFit Beo
Clean + Jerk:
x 2 + 1 @ 75%
x 1 @ 80%
x 1 @ 85%
x 1 @ 90%
x 2 @ 80% (135#)
-then-
“Fran” [modified] (10:26)
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Thrusters @65#
Jumping pull-ups
Row for cals

29 Dec | Th
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Glute press x 10
Scap press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall ball x 7 @20#
DUs x 20
Banded rows x 10

Work [From the archives] | 10x
Back squat x 4 (4 @135#, 6 @ 145#)
Rest x 1:00
Wall taps x :30 (Sub: hip taps)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
5x:
Single-leg KB RDLs x 10 ea (44#)
Rest x 1:00
KB snatch x 5 (35#)
Rest x 1:00
5x: (4:29)
KBS x 15 @ 35#
DUs x 30

Mini-stretch | 7:00

30 Dec | F
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Prone y raise x 10
Banded clammies x 10 ea
Side plank + leg lift x :30 ea

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
AD x 30 cals
Sled pull x 100m (90#)
TGU x 1 ea (53#)
FLR x 1:00

Stretch | 10:00

31 Dec | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + slides x 10
Single-leg adductor squat x 10 ea
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Slam balls x 7
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – Bonus Week
Snatch balance 3 x 2 (75#)
Snatch pull 3 x 3 (115, 135, 145#)
Snatch + OHS 6 x 1 (75,85,85,85,95#, -)
Segmented snatch [1″ – BTK – ATK] 4 x 1 (85,85,95,90,90#)


Tu | Dropped in to a local affiliate hoping to get some time with a barbell… and got Franned. Hahaha! It was actually really great – I enjoyed their scaled version with the rowing. Warmed up with some cleaning and jerking. I’m happy with how the jerking is feeling these days; the marker is moving. And my cousin did so great! Looking forward to see if she catches the iron fev-uh.

Th | Felt the glutes doing work. The right shoulder hates wall runs, but is cool with the hip taps. So, taps it is. (And maybe it’s time to incorporate some Handsome Matty into the shoulder mix.) The KB snatches felt wonky. That would be because I did them without a swing. Holiday brains. Took some vids to check my form, so you can see for yo’self: 

F| <—Yes! Efff! So effing sore: glutes, hammies, mid-back. Felt way better post-workout. Check.

Sa | Can’t believe the level of soreness still from Thursday. The snatch pulls felt really great, but fatigue set in fast #likeaboss #funny

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 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. 

 

Glistening Bollocks

“I want to taste and glory in each day, and never be afraid to experience pain; and never shut myself up in a numb corner of nonfeeling, or stop questioning and criticizing life and take the easy way out. To learn and think: to think and live; to live and learn: this always with new insight, new understanding, and new love.” -Sylvia Plath

And to lighten things up a bit from the weight of the bell jar there, here’s a solid read on The Pursuit of Happiness.


09  Oct | Su
Mobility | 3x
Chin-over-bar holds x :20
Cossack lunge x 8 ea
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 10
BB pres x 5
Palms fwd BB row x 10
BB sit-ups x 10

Work | EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
Incline bench x 3 (75#) + DUs x 30
1-1/4 OHS x 3 (80#)
Assault bike x 1:00
-then-
4x:
DB row x 12 ea (25#)
Rest x 1:00
Banded T’s x 10 (Yella)
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00

08 Oct | Sa
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Wall rotation + press x 10
Single-leg elev hip bridge x 10 ea
TVA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
DUs x 30
Banded rows x 10

Work | O-lifting – Week 6
Muscle snatch 4 x 2 (65#)
Snatch balance 8 x 1 [build] (4 sets @ 70#)
3x:
Snatch high-pull x 2 (115#)
Snatch x 2 (75, 75, 85#)
-then-
ISO back squats 4 x 10s

07 Oct | F
Mobility | 3x
Single-leg adductor squat x 8 ea
Scap press x 10
Prone glute press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work | x 30:00, rotating:
Carries x 100m (44#ers: see notes)
AD x 1:00
Sumo DL x 5 (155#)
HSW x 12′ (10′ UB max)
Row x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00

06 Oct | Th
Mobility | 3x
GA skwaat x 10
Elbow plank + reach thru x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Hanging leg raise x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 10
Single-arm press x 7 ea

Work [Favorite] | 4x:
Box squats x 5 (115#)
Hip thrusts x 10 (115#)
GH raise x 10 (15#)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
TGUs x 15:00 (44,53#)

Stretch | 15:00


Booty blast Thursday (!) made for a Recovery Friday. The lighter sumos helped alleviate some of the soreness in the region where the ‘strangs meet the glutes. The carries were uncomfortable as designed; switched from front rack to OH + suitcase after three rounds – kept losing my shoulder position. After two rounds of the OH/suitcase combo went to farmer’s style, because I was doing the neck strain thing. Perhaps it would have been better to just use lighter KBs from the start and maintain the front rack carries…?

Saturdays Oly: Tight mid-back. Man, snatches felt so awesome last week! Couldn’t get the back to fire on the snatch balance; s-l-o-w, bent elbows. Stopped after 4 attempts when it was clear it wasn’t gonna happen. Rolled through the remainder of the workout keeping it on the lighter side. Felt those ISO holds the rest of the day #CNSdonezo

Came in on Sunday with the intention to just foam roll. Decided to EMOM, too. 

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Post-EMOM Sunday feels. And a true story