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“Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.” -Robert H. Schuller

I’m not sure I’m going to connect all the dots in this post. Basically, I have some shit I want to get done, and I’ve spent entirely enough time with my own thoughts this weekend. But here goes…

A section of my current read created some imagery that has been ruminating in my mind. The author, discussing the ability of shifting from the subjective to the objective in terms of self, compared that skill to that of zippered costumes:

“By stepping outside ourselves, we gain perspective. We become objectively aware of our costumes rather than subjective fused with them. We realize we can take them off, discard those that are worn out or no longer fit, and even create new ones. That’s the paradox of selflessness – by periodically losing our minds we stand a better chance of finding ourselves.” – Kotler & Wheal, Stealing Fire

I’m not gonna dig deep in the consciousness stuff, I’ve just alice-in-wonderlanded in it myself. But this idea of the subject-object shift came up in a podcast I really enjoyed recently. Idn’t that funny how that works?

The guests in this episode of The Paleo Solution Podcast discuss subject-object awareness as it is applied in movement – specificaly BJJ – and in education and critical thinking. Some of the conversation reminded me of parts of Sam Harris’s, The Pleasure’s of Drowning, so check that out if you listen and are hungry for more.

Is your preparation actually preparing you for the real thing? Are you kata-ing/air-punching at life? Are you applying what you learn? Which illusion are you choosing?


15 Aug | Tu
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Glute press x 10
Elbow plank + fwd reach x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Slam balls x 5
Ring rows x 7
Wall walk + 7 taps ea

Work |
A1. Press 5 x 7 @32×2 – BB only [1:00]
A2. Dbl DB row (25, 2@27.5, 2@30#) [1:00]
B. Palms-up snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 (75, 85, 85#) [2:00]
C1. DUs 3 x 50
C2. Push-ups x 5 [:30]
C3. Farmer’s carry x 20m (50# KBs)
D1. DB curls 3 x 20 (15#) [as req.d +/-1:00]
D2. Tricep push-downs x 20 (30#) [as req’d +/-1:00]

19 Aug | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Hip CARs x 3 ea

Bonus Mob | 3x

Hip hikes x 15 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 4x
TGU x 2 ea (35, 45, 50, 60#)

Work |
A. Bike x 25:00
B. Row x 16:00, rotating OTM easy, comfortably tough
C. 4x:
Windmill x 5 ea (35#)
Cossack lunges x 10 ea
DUs x 20

Stretch | 15:00

20 Aug | Su
Mobility | 3x
SL elev hip bridge x 12 ea
Chin-over-bar-hold x :20
Hanging straight-leg raise x 8

Warm-up | 2x
FS + BS x 3 ea
Slam ball x 5
Row x !:00

Work | From the archives
A. 5x: FS x 5 + BS x 5 @75% FS (120#) [2:00]
B. FR rev KB lunges 4 @ 6 ea (30#ers) [1:00 btwn legs]
C. 3x:
Slam ball x 5 (20#)
Snatch x 5 @ 45#
Row x 200m (:52, :51, :49)

Stretch whilst making friends | 15:00


Tu | All swole and veiny from the curls. Way too many office donuts.

Sa | TGU warm-up to remind myself I am capable of things. Man, that row burned by flutes hard.

Su | Shockingly sore in between the scapula while mob-ing to start. Where’s that from? Perhaps holding on to some tension there. Felt really good to work it out. The squats felt good, but holy “cardio”. The reverse lunges – not heavy in weight, but right in terms of the neural drive. I was feeling the Saturday Cossacks during those. Was super fun to snatch at Globo Mountain, even if it was just the BB. During stretch I learned Christina works in finance, is going to Austin on Wednesday, works primarily with men, sat at a desk for 10 years, and got her outfit on sale from Old Navy. All without even trying!

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Mind Mold(s)

“Limits, like fear, are often an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

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Somehow it’s been almost 4 months since I made the switch from training at a CrossFit affiliate to a “corporate” globo gym. Dang, that went fast. I wish I could say my mental adjustment went as swiftly. It took some time, some good questions (surround yourself!), and some self-reflection, to get on board with it all. I continue to gain insight into my fears and resistance to the change.

The dudes at Barbell Shrugged recently sat down – well, stood up – with Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement, who has lots of interesting ideas on movement – which is not to be confused with exercise! What has stuck with me this round are her thoughts on body casts – everyday objects in our lives that we use/wear without question and that literally shape us in ways most of us are unaware of. Things like shoes, pillows, even our chonies, have impact not only the way we move, but change our physical shape. Where my girls with bunions at?!

The conversation about body casts and our unquestioned buy-in on their use got me thinking about the other beliefs we hold onto without question; those “I am _____” or “I am not  _____” statements. I am an athlete. I am a good person. I am a healthy person. I am a smart person. But what does any of that really mean? How are you – how am I – extrapolating those ideas?

A few short months ago I would have used all of those aforementioned “I am” statements as arguments against working out at a globo gym:

The people that train at globo gyms are lazy.

They aren’t athletes.
They don’t know what they are doing.
Machines and mirrors are silly and useless.
I am better than all that.

I think it was Tim Ferriss who said, whenever I find myself thinking in absolutes, I look for the exceptions. Are any of those statements fact? And secondly, what does what other people are doing  have to do at all with MY training? Nothing. I mean, what others are doing in the gym, at work, in their relationships, in their lives – yep – none of my fucking business.

It’s funny how the change of venues has me noticing other casts in my life. Change begets change, right? What casts are limiting you? Which ones can you start shaking off? (Might I suggest you begin with the chonies…)

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Get it, Tina

18 July | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Wall walk x 2 UB
RR x 7
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Work |
A. Bottoms-up KB press 3 x 8 ea (20, 20, 25#) [:30]
B1. Single-unders 3 x 50
B2. Push-ups x 5 [:30]
C1. DB Incline bench 4 x 8 (25, 3@27.5#) [:30]
C2. DB row x 12 (25#) [1:00]
D. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 10 (115, 2@125#) [2:00]

Stretch | 10:00

19 July | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. Bike x 25:00
B. 5x:
BW only cross-over step-ups x 5 ea
SA BU FR KB walk (#acronymwins) x 30m ea (25, 30, 3@25#)
KBS x 10 (50, 4@60#)
C. Stepmill x 20:00
D. Hip CARs

Stretch | 15:00

20 July | Th
Mobility | 3x
Prone y raise x 10
Elbow plank w/ fwd taps x 10 ea
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Push-ups x 7
Slam balls x 7

Work | “Mathematics”
A. 3x: [BB only]
(RDL x 3) + (Row x 3) + (Press x 3)
(FS x 5) + (GM x 5) + (BS x 5)
B. Front squat 5 x 5 @23×1 (105, 115, 3@120#) [3:00]
C. KB FR lunges onto 45# plate 3 x 10 ea [1:00 btwn sides, took :30 because I fucked up a lil]
D1. Zercher squat 3 x 8 (85#) [:30]
D2. SA DB row x 10 ea (30#) [1:30]

Stretch | 10:00

21 July | F
Friday Hiking Club!
Mormon Trail + Fat Man’s Pass

22 July | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
SL elev HB x 12 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 2x
TGUs x 3 ea (45, 50#)

Work |
A. Bike x 30:00
B. 5x:
HSW
Cossack lunge x 10 ea
DUs x 30
C. Bike x 20:00
D. Shoulder CARs

Stretch | 10:00

23 July | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Wall ball x 7 @14#
Slam ball x 7 @20#

Work |
A. GHR 3 x 10 ( – , 10, 10#) [as req’d]
B. DL 4 x 3 build (185, 195, 205, 215#) [3:00]
C. Snatch 10 x 2 (4@75, 3@85, 2@95, 85, 95#) [2:00]
D1. Good girls 3 x 10 (50, 60, 60#)
D2. Bad girls x 10 (50, 60, 50#) [1:00]
E. Cable pallof press 3 x 15 ea (40#) [1:00]


Tu | Feeling some progression on the BU presses. Failed on the 7th rep on the right with the 25# kettlebell… and couldn’t string more than a couple together on the right. But still an improvement from the 15#er. On the DB things I often feel, in hindsight, that I should have done more weight. I’m not sure what’s that about, but what it does tell me is to be mindful of how things feel while I am doing them. Am I cheating myself? Could I do more? Notes for next time. The RDLs were challenging. Musta been the hex plates #globojokes

W | Tuesday night dinner prep soundtrack was all about breath, and was fresh in my head when I hopped on the bike (all the step burrito’s were taken, so shook up the order of things a bit). Explored my breath and that was interesting – hadn’t noticed how much I like to mouth breath. There was a learning curve on the KB walk; took awareness not to death grip that KB. Felt better once I stopped.

Th | Haven’t gotten the best sleep this week – staying up too late on a school night attempting to get shit done – and was feeling it by the time Friday Eve training sesh rolled around. Also, The Pope talks about the lady times and their effect on strength; that felt like a real thing on the front squats. Here’s the footage of sets four and five, both at 120#:

The right side was the limiter on the FR lunges. The burn on the zerchers felt really nice; felt it a ton in the booty. Lots of trunk action on this one, too, front and rear.

Sa | Super sore in the booty and thighs rolling into the session. Part B had me breathing really good. Five rounds + fast forward + fuuuuh!…

Su | Rolled through and had some fun. Had a moment of getting on myself for not fighting for the last two DL reps, and for not getting under the snatches, but let go of that shit. Today was not a test day, well, except for testing the “girls”; so much padding and levers. No, I didn’t keep a straight face.

Why do I look like I got lost on my way to a barre workout?

Save As

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612: Accept that you have less control than you want | Paul + Wendy Projects 

My assigned Thursday workout scared me. I believe it to be true that I suck at pulling and pushing, so the thought of eeking out some bench press and strict pull-ups, well, I certainly wasn’t “handstands and pistols” kinda pumped about it.

As I stepped up to the rig to add a second assistance band for the pulling portion, I asked myself how I’d worked to change “this” – “this” being that “Motherfucker-I-still-don’t-have-dead-hangs/dread-at-working-through-something-I’m-seriously-terrible-at” feeling?

My answer was honest, but not the one I’d like to be able to give in response: not much. I hadn’t been working on it. Going through the motions (by, say, overhead pressing some light lbs you know you can nail, shrouded in the safety of the “proper form” umbrella – which is absolutely important, but also an easy scapegoat) isn’t the same as working toward something, Gunz. You know this.

And that, my friends, is how six banded pull-ups lead me to question my existence, over a few rounds of scotch.

The end.

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Haha! Just jokes! Though I did call it a night at the gymnasium. Revelations are exhausting; as is watching a group of clueless souls follow a mind-blowing 1-10-1-10… prescribed back squat rep scheme in the “XF” class. Know when to say when, indeed. Or when to ask questions…)

Walking away from that failed Thursday workout, I realized that I need to reacquaint myself with my fears. And instead of conveniently forgetting them, keep them on-deck, and use them bitches for my benefit.

This nugget from Max at the TTT sure was helpful. I like how he describes himself as being “intimate” with is fears, applying a positive connotation with something many of us like to keep in the shadows.

Along the lines of finding and acknowledging our hidden drivers, this read by James Clear on the schemas is pretty great too; our underlying beliefs persist – and have the potential to seriously hold us back.

How would you re-tell the legend of “The War of the Ghosts”? What are your “Save As” Schemas that shape your narrative?

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Sweet baby Jesus, save me from myself

11 Mar | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall walk x 1 + taps x 10
Palm-ups BB row x 10
Slam balls x 7 @ 20#

Work | Solo Oly
A1. Pressing snatch balance 4 x 2 (70, 70, 70, 75#)
A2. Heaving snatch balance x 2
A3. Snatch balance x 1
B. Snatch 10 x 2 (85, 90, 90, 95, 95, 95, singles @ 95, 100, 105, 110# [PR])

12 Mar | Su
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Side plan + leg lift (aligned AF) x :20

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x  7
Single-arm banded rows x 10 ea
DUs x 20

Work | [Do over Thursday]
5x:
Incline bench x 3 (80, 80, 85, 85, 90#)
Rest x 1:00
Banded pull-ups x 6 (blue + green)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
AD 30/30s x 20:00

Stretch | 15:00

13 Mar | M
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Single-arm DB press x 8 (15#)
DUs x 20

Work | 10x:
Back squat x 5 (115, 2 @125, 3 @ 135, 4 @ 140#)
Rest x 1:00
Wall walk x 2
Rest x 1:00
-then-
5x:
1-1/4 Front squats x 3 (95#)
Rest x 1:00
Banded hammies x 5 ea (blue)
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00


Saturday | That transition from pressing to heaving is trippy as fuck – getting my lats to fire fast. Baby PR on the snatch. Since it’s Open season we might be tempted to call that a squat snatch. Laaaaawd. 

Sunday | A second attempt of Thursday’s workout. Felt much better. I want some science on why the AD rides so differently from the assault bike: the OG AD has me feelin’ it in my hammies and my quads, not ALL quad like on the ass(ault) bike – ironically named. Hmm.

Pull-ups are my nemesis, but just like with the last one… I will conquer you, nemesis! Here’s some footage and analysis to start the siege:

Monday | Walked away from the back squats wondering if I should have done the sets across and/or heavier. I was expecting to feel more fatigued by the last set than I did. That second sip of air is like a switch to the glutes. I’m thinking it must keep me more up right and then those guys stay engaged better…? But I might merely be suffering from delusional cognitive bias. Tricky.

Commas

“Sometimes all we need is a three-breath moment of clarity,
to remember who we are,
why we’re there,
and what comes next.”
Greg Walsh

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The best thing on the internet. Period.

Continuity, cohesion, and complacency


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27 Feb | M
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | AD x 10:00
E’ry 3:00 perform PU BB row x 8 + DUs x 30

Work | 4x:
Single-arm seated press x 10 ea (20#)
Rest x 1:00
COB x 5 @ 30×3 (Failed on 4 set 4, 3 set 5)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
RFESS 3 x 10 ea (25, 30, 30#)
Rest x 1:00 btwn legs
-then-
4x:
Handstand walk x 15′ (last set :20 static hold)
Row x 150m (:33, :32, :33, :34)
Rest x 1:00

28 Feb | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Single-leg adductor squat x 10 ea
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Warm-up | AD x 10:00
Ee’ry 3:00 do KB things x 5 ea + DUs x 20

Work | [Favorite – “The Babe”]
4x:
Box squats x 5 (115#)
Hip thrusts x 10 (125, 135, 135, 135#)
GH raise x 10
Rest x 2:00
-then-
EMOM x 10:00
KBS x 10 (53#)

01 Mar | W
Warm-up | PVC and DUs

Work | O-lifting – “The Closed”
Muscle snatch [build] 4 x 2 (55, 65, 75, 85#)
Snatch balance + OHS [light + fast] x 3 sets (75, 85, 85#)
Snatch 10 x 2 [across] (85 & 95#)
Pistol and handstand progressions (ran out of clock) 


M | What aerobic capacity? The HS to row sprints were fun times.

Tu | Up the lbs on the box squats next time. Didn’t push today because tomorrow is Oly. 

W | Woke up with my meat wings (some people call those lats) sore to the max. Morning Afternoon All day DOMS from Monday’s pressing and tempo holds got me like:

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Oh hey! It’s J! But silent #yourwelcome

Probably should have taken a rest day as it’s been something like 10 days in a row on the workouts. Yes, I do know better. But, I was eager to give the lifted kicks a try, and absolutely needed some MFR on the lats. Hit a wall pretty quickly after the muscles snatches – it’s hard to lock out fast when it hurts like hell to straighten your arms. Thursday is a rest day.

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.

Going HAM

“As a voter you throw your penny, you throw it into the sea. But you can be thunderous in your own life. Be good to the eight people around you. Goodness is viral…” -Henry Rollins


27 Jan | F
Mobility | 3x
Glute press x 10
Prone y raise x 10
Reaching dead bugs x :45

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall walk
RDL x 8
BB row x 8

Work [from the archives] | 8x:
Deadlift x 3 (185#)
Rest x 1:00
Death march x 10 steps (35# KBs)
Rest x 2:00
-then-
EMOM x 10:00
KB snatch x 5 ea (35, 44, 44, 44, 44#)
AD x :30

28 Jan | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
PVC moves
DUs x 30
Slam balls x 8

Work | O-lifting
Clean pulls 2 x 4@115% [across] (175, 175, 185, 185#)
Sled + sprint x 5 [PAP] (4@235, 280#)
Snatch + OHS [find the bottom and chill there] 6 x 1 (75, 75, 85, 85, 95, 90#) 

No stretch | Sub meeting


F | Yes.

Sa | Nothing to report. At some point so much feedback simply becomes noise.

Pillows

“Don’t believe everything you think.” -BJ Miller, MD

So then that’s Dr. BJ, amiright?

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Explosions 2.0 by Ken Hermann

Dropping bombs with DJ Khaled


05 Jan | Th
Mo-buhl-eyes |3x
Cossack lunge x 8 ea
Cobra x 8
Hanging leg raise x 8

Warm-up | AD x 5:00
A-Y-Ts 3 x 5 ea

Work | “A”
3x: Run x 400 m
Pendlay row x 10 (65#)
KB push press x 10 (did the Zerchers here @ 75#)
-Rest x 2:00-
“B”
4x: KB snatch x 3 ea + 5 swings + 5 RDL ea (44#)
Zercher squats x 10 (did the KB push press here x 35#ers)
-Rest x 2:00-
“C”
5x: Single-leg banded hammie curls x 5 ea (blue)
Pallof press x 12 ea (red)

Stretch | 10:00

06 Jan | F
Moblity | 3x
GA squat x 10
Scap press x 10
Moster walks x 10 ea

Warm-it up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Banded rows x 12 ea
V-ups x 10

Work | Chin-over-bar holds 3 x 20s, rest x 1:00
Ring dip holds 3 x 15-20s, rest x 1:00 (15s)
Pistols 3 x 5 ea, rest x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00

07 Jan | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Wall slides x 10
Side clammie holds x 30s ea

Warm-up | 3x
Slam balls x 5 @ 30#
Wall walk x 2 UB
DUs x 30

Work | O-lifting – Week 1
Snatch x heavy single (85, 95, 95 , 105, 105, 110, 115#)

Auxiliary | 3x
Reverse row sit-backs x 6
Ring leg curls x 10
Handstand walks for distance (12′ PR)


Th | Totally fucked up the components of the workout, switching the Zerchers and the push press. A blossoming sinus infection reminded me of the importance of breathing #mouthbreather. Digging the KB work. And was surprised at how much I got the shakes during the Pallof work, which I did split with rig facing leg forward. 

F | Was thankful for the lighter day; had it been any more work, I’d have taken a rest day. The ring dip holds are really challenging; fought for 15 seconds each round. Phase II sinus crap turned then pistols into a cardio session. 

Sa | Wasn’t a spicy day with the barbell; failing at 95# was a pretty good indicator. Had the air brakes in full effect. I don’t get it; I’m mobile enough to get low with a load overhead; why am I not able to get there in the receiving position with the snatch? Many more reps to come. And lifting shoes. Here’s a compilation of the heavy singles:

Was perusing for some old lifting vids and stumbled upon some pics from the last nutrition challenge. Thought it’d be fun to take some currents and compare. The lighting and threads are different, but I think I see the delta; I certainly know I feel it.

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Top: 45-Nutrition Challenge “befores” (July 2015) Middle: 45DNC “afters” (Aug 2015) Bottom: Today (It’s January of 2017 – welcome!)

Fortunately, my sinuses have not exploded through my face and are feeling better; I’m excited for the week ahead – training and the others.