[Mis]Fortunes

“I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent – no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you.” – Seneca

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05 Dec | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam balls x 7 @ 20#

Work |
A. 3x: (BB only?)
RDL x 3
Row x 3
Power snatch x 3
BTN push press x 3
Good mornings x 3
B. Deadlift 7 x 2 [2:00] (3@195, 3@200, 205#)
C. Power snatch 7 x 2 [2:00] (3@75, 2@80, 2@85#)
D. GHD 3 x 10 [1:00] (10, 15, 15#)

Stretch | 10:00

06 Dec | W
Mobility | 2x
Wall slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Reaching DBs x 1:00

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 7
KBS x 10
Banded rows x 10 ea

Work |
A. 4x:
Cossacks x 10 ea
SL HB x :40 ea (2x)
Reverse fly x 10 (10#)
B. Front squat 5 x 3 [3:00] (125, 130, 135, 140, 140#)
C. 1-¼ Back squats 3 x 4 [1:30] (105#)
D2. BTN push press x 5 [1:00] (75, 80, 85#)
D1. DB RDL 3 x 10 [1:00] (50#ers)

07 Dec | Th
Mobility | 2x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Hollow rocks x :20

Work |
A. Bike x 15:00
B. 5x:
Sled push x 30m (+135#)
Samurai squats x 3 ea (35#)
HS holds
C. Alternating TGUs x 15:00 (40, 45, 50, 55#/BU 25, 30#)
D. Stepmill x 15:00

09 Dec | Sa
Mobility | 2x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Swimmers x 6
TVAs x 15
Popes x 15 ea

Work |
A. Steps x 15:00
B. 5x:
RDL x 5
Press Row x 5
Good mornings x 5
Back squat x 5
C1. Deads 5 x 5 [1:00] (185#)
C2. SA DB push press x 5 ea [1:00] (25, 30, 3@35#)
D. Close-grip cable lat PDs 4 x 12 [1:30] (55, 65, 70, 75#)

Stretch | 10:00

10 Dec | Su
Hike | Flatiron
5.5 mi | +2900’


Tu | Was part A supposed to be with plate, building? Hmm, maybe I fucked that up with just the barbell. Deadlifts felt good; I really want to work to push past that mental mind fuck that happens at two hundy. The weight felt easy off the floor, so WTH, cabesa. The power snatches felt good, but maybe a little slow. Only have the big barbells to work with in globoland, so that’s kind interesting with the grip on the snatches. Good thing I got some long filanges…

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W | The hip bridges blew up my low, low back on the right side; stopped at round three. But those front squats felt great!! Legs had the shakes heading into the one-an-a-quarters… so I really felt those guys. Mixed up the order of the “D”. Was careful on the presses with that damn shoulder. But no pain; a little tightness.

Th | Cardio day felt sneaky like a leg day. Friday status: sore in lots of places.

Sa | Shoulder didn’t like the presses; subbed rows without an issue. The deadlifts… ooh cardio. Lots of work in the abs and lats on the pull-downs. Per instructions: will add to the stack to start next go ‘round.

Su | Couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day to be outdoors, but then, I think I say that after every hike… 

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Every visit there are new finds. One of them this trip was enormous bird poop (both the bird and the poop) on the sheer face of the northern face of the adjacent ridge. We waited for it’s creator to return, but no dice.

The desert was beautiful, the trail fairly busy, the company easy (not like that!), and the physical effort a break outta the box. Building. Not a box. The lesson of the day was: bananas. Always carry bananas. Even if you gotta dangle them off something.

Damn, that’s some catchy shit.

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Timeless

“I have late night conversations with the moon, he tells me about the sun and I tell him about you.” -S.L. Gray

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Nature’s euphoria in full effect

Have you ever noticed how experience plays with time? How time can somehow speed up and slow down, all at once? Or how – as a friend recently pointed out around mile 8 of a backpacking trip – when you’re from a small town and you return for a visit, people often express their disbelief at the amount of time that has passed, how it, “seems like just yesterday”… And you think to yourself, “Not really, Laurie. You just haven’t done anything.”

And have you ever really looked at the Milky Way?

Just a few fragments from some overnights in nature. Another one was the suggestion from Matty Fresh to check out the movie Wild. So I did, and really enjoyed it. Yielded all the feels, but didn’t make me feel any less bummed to back on the grid.

The soundtrack doesn’t suck either…


13 – 15 Nov | M-W
Havasupai Trail | +/- 28 miles

17 Nov | F
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam ball x 5 @ 20#

Work | From the Oly archives
A. BB only [movement quality] 4x:
Row x 10
Press x 10
Good morning x 10
OHS x 10
B. Clean pulls 4 x 2 (165, 175, 175, 185#)
C. Rack jerk [across] 6 x 1 (115#)
D. Pin FS 4 x 3 (115#)
E. SA KB OHS 3 x 3 (25, 30, 35#)

18 Nov | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Glute press x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
½ Kneeling BU KB press x 5 ea @20#
Band RDLs x 10 ea
Band SA rows x 10 ea

Work | From the archives
A. Bike x 30:00
B. 5x:
HS walk/hold WW + taps x 10 ea
Cossacks x 10 ea
DUs x 30
C. Stepmill x 20:00

Home yoga | 20:00


M-W | Do you know how creepy your iPhone is – that it tracks you all the friggin’ time? Yep. (I recognize how this line of questioning is that of an old person, but seriously – what the fuck.) And then it throws this info into some shit “Health” app you didn’t ask for either, so you think it’s doing you favors. One of several things I learning on my first backpacking experience. I am stoked with how great I felt throughout. The turquoise waterfalls, red striated cliffs and the bottomless darkness of the night sky, all glittery with stars – nature’s recovery techniques…

Definitely need to get a different pack – one that doesn’t hang of my traps. Also, fuck extra clothes; I didn’t bring many, but I brought more than I needed. 

F | Not feeling super stoked about being back on the grid, nor back inside a gym, but… did it anyway. Had some ass wink on the OHS; widened my stance and focused on bracing and that did the trick. The cleans and jerks felt good, but like I haven’t don’t a whole lot of them lately. Truth. Oly is tricky solo. Need to vid e’ry set but my phone was full of waterfalls. Think I was positioned too far forward on the pulls. FS felt good, made my booty sore. The KB OHS felt solid.

Sa | Must get headphones. Workout felt good.

 

And Then

“When one thought ends, right before the next thought begins, there is a tiny gap called ‘now.’ Over time we learn to expand that gap.” –Spring Washam

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In a former life this would have been “It’s five o’clock somewhere”

I’ve found myself stressed the fucked out the last few weeks; feverishly working through a task with a running list in my head of all the other shit I have to do. And then, and then, and then…

And then I realized how I was creating all this stress myself.

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Check out this podcast episode of On Being with Ellen Langer, “The Science of Mindlessness and Mindfulness”. It covered many things I enjoy – like how much we are led by language, in the way we communicate with others and in our internal dialogue. Example time. Rather than asking yourself “Can I [do that thing]?” instead try, “How can I [do that thing]?”. Not only does it change your answer, it changes what you are willing to consider; it leads to multitudes rather than an end. I also really liked Langer’s suggestion of looking for evidence of the opposite – with a situation, an idea, a problem. How could it be otherwise? Where is the evidence of the other? Whatever you look for, you will find.

I suggest downloading the unedited versions of the podcast; the awkward moments that naturally happen in conversations… keepin’ it real.


07 Nov | Tu
Two Bit Peak

08 Nov | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + slides x 10
GA squats x 10
Elbow plank + fwd taps x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Work |
A1. (KB) RDL 4 x 5 ea [RI] (2@50, 2@55#)
A2. KBS x 10 [RI]
A3. Goblet squat x 5 [1:30]
B. BS 5 x 5 [3-4:00] (135, 135, 140, 140, 145#)
C. Box step-ups 4 x 8 ea [1:00 btwn legs]
D1. Leg extension 3 x 12 [1:00] (60, 60, 65#)
D2. (Prone) hamstring curl [1:00] (60, 60, 70#)

09 Nov| Th
Work |
A. Row x 15:00 (3353m / 2:14.7 split)
B. Bike x 15:00
C. 5x:
Bear crawl x 20m (30m)
Lateral step-ups x 5 ea
DUs x 20 + singles x 20
D. Step x 20:00

Stretch | 13:00

10 Nov | F
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks s 8 ea
Chin-over-bar holds x :20
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Banded RDLs x 8 ea
Banded rows x 8 ea

Work | [Archive Buffet]
A1. DL 8 x 3 [1:00] (195#)
A2. Death march x 10 steps [2:00] (2@30, 5@35#ers)
B. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
Slam ball x 10 (20#)
DB push press x 10 + sit-ups x 5 (25#ers)

MOB | 2x
Shoulder + hip CARs x 3 ea
Scorpions x 5 ea

11 Nov | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Popes x 15 ea
Hollow body hold x :20

Work | [FTA/Fave]
A. Alternating TGUs 3 x 3 ea (40, 45, 1ea @50, 55, 60#)
B. Reverse zerchers 3 x 8 ea [1:00 btwn legs] (80, 85, 85#)
C1. DB Z press 4 x 6 ea [RI] (22.5, 25, 25#)
C2. Dbl DB row x 8 @2113 [1:30] (25#ers)
D. 5x:
Goblet squat x 6 @33×1 (35#)
Jump lunges x 10
FLR x :30 [:30]

Stretch + PTH practice | 10:00


W | For future reference, when program calls for hammie curls – workout at Globo Mountain. Hamstring machine situation at Tang is mediocre. Back squats. Can’t believe how great they feel.

Th | If I were to give this workout a title it would be, “Fuuuuuuh: I’m sweaty”. Why are bear crawls so intense? And why does the stepmill make me so effing sweaty? Dude at the globo noticed the CARs in my warm-up and introduced me to PAILs and RAILs. Just the very tip so far…

F | Where are my triceps?

Sa | Feeling Friday’s work in my upper mid back.

Going to test the 12-hour eating window again and it’s all Rhonda Patrick’s fault.

Interesting stuff. We’ll see what is gained, or lost, or a wash…

Altered States

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”
–Lord Byron, “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage”

but first the chonies
But first, hand over them thermal skins

Changed my state this weekend >>> Your brain on nature


02 Oct | M
Work |
A. Row x 15:00 Stepmill x 20:00
B. 5x:
KB FR carry x 20m (35/40#)
Sled push x 20m (+90#)
SL hip bridge x 15 ea (elevated)
C. Bike x 20:00

03 Oct | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea
Cossacks x 8 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:00
WB x 7
Push-ups x 5

Work |
A1. DB bench 4 x 10 (30#) [right into]
A2. Pull-up machina x 10 (2@ 48, 2@ 48/54#) [1:30]
B. Bench 5 sets @22×1 5,5,3,3,2 (75, 75, 75, 80. 85#) [3:00]
C1. BTN seated press 3 x 5 (50, 50, 55#) [1:00]
C2. Chinese row x 10 ea (20#) [1:00]
D. Hanging bent-knee raise 3 x 8 (hetero-leg) [1:00]

Stretch | 12:00

04 Oct | W
Get a lil sweaty | 3x
Row x 1:00
Banded RDLs x 8 e
DUs x 30

Work |
A. Deficit Deads (25# plate) 5 x 2 (185, 4@ 195#) [3:00]
B. HPC x 2 + PP x 1 x 10 sets (7@ 105, 3@110#) [2:00]
C1. Back squat 3 x 5 @70% (130#) [right into]
C2. GH hip extension x 10 [1:30]

Stretch | 10:00

07 Oct | Sa
Inner Basin to Weatherford Trail
8.8 mi

08 Oct | Su
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 10 ea
Prone y x 10
Glute press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam balls x 7 @ 20#
KBS x 7 @ 40#

Work | From the archives
A. TGUs 3 x 3 ea (40, 45, 50-55-60#)
B. Reverse zerchers 3 x 8 ea (75, 80, 80#) [1:00 btwn legs]
C1. SA DB Z press 4 x 6 ea (25#) [right into]
C2. Dbl DB row x 8 @2113 (25#) [1:30]

Stretch | 10:00


M | Subbed the stepmill for the erg because of hip flexion. Right side bugging a little from the move. Part B: I see what you did there. Booty burning by the last 5 reps of hip bridges. I would like to conduct a test. Remove all the TVs from the globo and see what occurs…

Tu | Dang starting with pull-ups = prefatigued. BTN press felt stronger than anticipated. Typically aren’t those harder from a seated position than from standing, no? This whole workout was a good practice in preventing straining neck face.

W | An hour of barbell fun! Deficit deadlifts felt really good; why do those weights feel so much easier standing on plate? More/different muscle recruitment? The push press was the limiting factor on the second part, and after all those pull-ups on Tuesday, it’s hard to straighten my arms today. The squats felt solid. No GHD to Roman extensions.

Sa | Favorite.

As you approach the point where Inner Basin Trail hooks up to the Weatherford Trail you get a pretty sweet view – from top down The Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater, Sugarloaf Peak, The Fairy-tail Forest.

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Su | Feeling a little hungover from my nature high, and a lack of sleep. But more than worth the exchange. Rolled through an oldie but a goodie. That part C was…

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Herd

 

Choice or Chains?

“Choose not to be harmed and you won’t feel harmed. Don’t feel harmed, and you haven’t been.” –Marcus Aurelius

Kids Getting Hurt might be my favorite thing on the internet right now. (Thanks, Matty Nice!) The (delayed) reactions caught on the record, also interesting; “Is this where I’m supposed to cry?” Nah, kiddos, let’s choose laughter.

On his latest podcast episode, Robb Wolf hit up Gretchen Rubin for a chat about The Four Tendencies. If you’re wondering what the fuck The Four Tendencies are, I don’t know what to tell you. I expected more outta you. That not helpful? Fine. I was just playin’ anyway.

The Four Tendencies is system that identifies different ways people react to expectations. My tendency is Rebel (though I lean a little to the Questioner). Rebel is the tendency of choice. No, not like the meat. That would be Prime.

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According to the framework, Rebels “resist all expectations, outer and inner alike. They act from a sense of choice, from freedom. They resist control, even self-control, and enjoy flouting rules and expectations. They sometimes frustrate others—and even themselves—because they resist any expectation, even one that’s self-imposed. Rebels resist habits, but they can embrace habit-like behaviors by tying their actions to their choices and their identity.”

I think that last line is particularly compelling for me, personally, as I can struggle with doing that to an extreme, chaining myself to one particular identity or another. As someone who is also resistant to change – not just expectation – that can be an issue. Listening to the podcast was a good reminder for me about the importance of owning that knowledge about myself, then taking a step back and looking at a things, people, a situation, and maybe a belief in a different light, from a different perspective.

“Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, ‘What else could this mean?’” -Shannon L. Alder

So yeah, choice – it’s e’rywhere. What are you choosing at this moment? What are you chaining yourself to?

A: The sofa! It’s football season! (Or did we just go a little BDSM? Pick a safeword. I say “Trump” – if that doesn’t make your dick limp, I don’t know what will.)


Day 264/365 | W
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squat x 10
Reaching dead bugs x 20

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 5
KB snatch x 5 ea
KB RDL x 5 ea

Work |
A1. Deads 7 x 3 (4@ 185, 3@ 195#) [1:30]
A2. Half-kneeling DB press x 7 ea (25#) [1:30]
B1. Buenos dias 3 x 10 12 (75, 75, 65#) [1:30]
B2. Dbl DB row x 10 (25#) [1:30]
C1. [Cable] pallof press  3 x 12 (20, 25, 25#) [1:00]
C2. Bent-over reverse flies x 12 (10#) [1:00]

Home yoga | 25:00

21 Sept | Th
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
SL elev hip bridges x 10 ea
Reverse curl-ups – slow as a motherfucker x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall walk x just one!
Slam ball x 5
Kang squats x 10

Work |
A1. SL RDL 4 x 10 ea (45# KB) [:30]
A2. FS x 8 [BB only] x 8 [:30]
B. Concentric front squats 5 x 3 (105, 115, 3@ 120#) [3:00]
C. (Prone) Hamstring curl machina (45, 50, 45, 45#) 4 x 12 [1:30]
D1. Hanging bent-knee raise Dip holds 3 x 8 :40 [1:00]
D2. SA DB snatch x 5 ea (35#) [1:00]

23 Sept | Sa
Saturday Hike Club
Geronimo – National – Mormon loop | 6.5 mi

24 Sept | Su
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
Super bird dogs x 12 ea
TVAs x 15
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 7
KBS x 7
Push-ups x 7

Work |
A. 4x:
Single-unders x 50
SA DB bench x 5 ea (30#)
Chinese row x 5 ea (30, 25, 25#)
B. Push press 7 x 2 (2@ 95, 2@100, 2@105, 110#) [2:00]
C1. SA DB snatch 4 x 3 ea (35#) [right into]
C2. Sled push x 20m (+135, 3@ +160#) [2:00]

Stretch | 15:00


W | Deadlifts felt good. It’s crazy how much more I am feeling the pushing through the floor. Felt them a ton in my lats. Then to move onto the kneeling press. Ooh. Had to be mindful of hip positioning with those. Toughest move of the workout were the good mornings. Was curious about my form, but forgot my phone to captcha some footage. The reverse flies are also a weak spot. Ten seem light, but I do a neck thing when I go up to 15#ers, so… Ten it is… For right now.

Th | Pre-training status: feelin’ the posterior chain, particularly the low back and hammies. I enjoyed the sequencing of this session, part A was like a second warm-up. Ish. Those KB RDLs got my QL speaking on the left side. I notice that happens when I do the kangs, too. Noted. I am really feelin’ (both senses) the concentric lifts. And my lifters. Subbed dip holds because there is a serious lack of places to hang from at the globo gyms. DB snatches sure get my heart rate hard.

Sa | It was a nice day for a hike.

Su | It was a nice day to push a sled. I don’t know how much the sled weighs, nor did any of the employees manning the joint. So those numbers posted are the plate weight.
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Immutable Forces

“I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget invisibility is a superpower.” – Banksy

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99% Invisible >>> What do “the others” see?


07 Sept | Th
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Elbow plank + fwd reach x 10 ea
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 7 @16#
Ring rows x 7
KBS x 7 @35#

Work | From the archives
A1. Front squat 4 x 5 (115#)
A2. RNT x 10 ea
A3. GHRs ( -, 10, 10#) [2:00]
B. EMOM x 10:00: KBS x 10 @ 50#
C1. DB bi’s 3 x 20 (15#) [1:00]
C2. Cable tri’s x 20 (30#) [1:00]

Stretch | 15:00

08 Sept | F
[AM] Friday Hike Club | Two Bit Peak
[PM] Home yoga | Vinyasa Flow for the Noobs

09 Sept | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossack lunge x 8 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-it-up | TGUs

Work | From the archives
A. Bike x 30:00
B. 5x:
SA KB FR carry x 30m ea (40#)
Samurai squats x 4 ea (35#)
FLR x :30 [:30]
C. Stepmill x 15:00

Foam roller face | 15:00

10 Sept | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
DUs x 20
ATYs x 5 ea

Work | Archives a la carte
A1. Chin-over-bar hold x :30 [1:00]
A2. Dip hold x :30 [1:00]
B. BTN press 4 x 5 @ 41×2 (50, 55, 50, 50#) [3:00]
C1. KB RDL 5 x 12 ea (45#) [1:00]
C2. KB snatch x 5 ea (40, 45, 40, 40, 40#) [1:00]
D. Cable pallofs 4 x 12 ea (30, 40, 40, 40#) [1:00]

Handstands at home | NFT


Th | Really like the KB EMOMs.

F | Ooh sore from the FS. Recovery things today.

Sa | Ooh sore from all the things. Just put in some work and got the body moving. Not sure why I’m feeling a little beat up this week; Sleeps were solid. Eats, too. Not on the crazy bus. Just listening to my body… Peaks and valleys. Ebbs and flows. Peanut butter and… everything.

Su | Tested hand positioning on the BTNs, and that one-count at the bottom. Yep, it’s way harder when that’s not zero. The heavier KB snatch wasn’t snappy so dropped it back down in lbs and maintained.

fearsome > fearless

“You must understand fear so you can manipulate it. Fear is like fire. You can make it work for you: it can warm you in the winter, cook your food when you’re hungry, give you light when you are in the dark, and produce energy. Let it go out of control and it can hurt you, even kill you… Fear is a friend of exceptional people.” – Cus D’Amato

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Alexis Diaz | To be defeated by life is worse than to be defeated by death

21 Aug | M
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Wall slides x 10
TVAs x 15

Work | From the archives
A. Bike x 10:00
B. 5x: Row x 300m + Push-ups x 10
C. Bike x 10:00
D. 5x: Row x 300m + Chinese row x 5 ea (22.5#) + Jump lunges x 20 OHWL x 20
E. Bike x 10:00

Stretch, but mostly drinking water | 5:00

23 Aug | W
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10
Popes x 15 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7 @16#
KBS x 7
KB press x 4 ea

Work |
A. 3x BB only:
RDL x 3
Row x 3
Press x 3
FS x 5
Kang squat x 5
B. Back squat 5 x 5 @32×1 (130#) [3:00]
C. KB FR onto a 4” platform 3 x 10 (30#ers) [1:00 btwn legs]
D1. RDL x 10 (100, 110, 110#) [:30]
D2. Windmills (35, 40, 40#) [1:30]

Stretch | 10:00

24 Aug | Th
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Wall rotation + slide x 10
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall walk + 10 taps
Ring rows x 7
Slam ball x 5

Work |
A1. Half-kneeling BU KB press 4 x 8 ea (15, 20, 20#) [:30]
A2. Pendlay row x 12 (60#) [1:30]
B. Concentric bench 5 x 5 (75, 85, 95, 3@90#) [3:00]
C1. Pull-up machina 3 x 10 (60#) [1:00]
C2. Dips x 10 (60#) [1:00]
D. 3x:
SA HP snatch x 5 ea (35#)
Farmer’s carry x 20m (50# KBs)
Bear crawl x 20m

Stretch | 10:00

26 Aug | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Frisk squats x 3
Glute press x 10
Reaching dead bugs x 20

Work | Pre-Hump
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 3x:
Cossack lunge x 10 ea Cross-over step-ups
Handstand stills x AMSAP
DUs x 20
C. Bike x 25:00
D. EMOM x 10:00: KBS x 7 + push-ups x 5

Stretch | 15:00

27 Aug | Su
The Hump(hrey’s)
9.5 mi


M | Unreal sore from Sunday’s squats. I see how that whole hypertrophy training works der, with all the reps. Rolled through an archived workout to alleviate some of that soreness. Subbed overhead walking for the jumping lunges. Random workout observations:  row cadence is tricky when someone is rowing right next to you.

W | New moves: kang squat. Felt those lots in the posterior chain and hammies. Back squats felt good; lots of “finding the glutes” on  reps 4 & 5 – and keeping it explosive on the up – kept me at 130#. The front racks onto a plate – is that core stability work? That’s where I felt it – like keeping the chain connected.

Th | The concentric bench were interesting, and perhaps made easier because the safety supports were a little high (if I put them lower the barbell would have bench resting on my chest). Bench isn’t a strength of mine, so being able to do 3 sets of 5 at 90# surprised me. Reduced time under tension – since you are starting at the bottom? The pull-ups were hard, but felt really good, positionally – as did the dips. Ooh dem bear crawls….

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Sa | No sooner do I yammer on about the body feeling fucking amazing, then my right hip flexor decides to pretend it’s a glute. Hey, dude! (ya just know it’s a dude) You’re a tiny little guy; you’re not sized to pick up that kinda work. Anyway, that’s why I dropped part “D” and dropped the cossacks (those did NOT feel nice on the right side). Spent some additional time mobilizing that right flexor. We will see what tomorrow brings.

Su | Oh, The Hump. What a great hike! The weather was lovely; no storms, some picture-perfect fluffy clouds, and chilly at the top. Due to some navigational detours I got a later jump than I had planned, but, man, that didn’t take away from the experience at all. Until about 11,000’ up I felt fantastic, breathing good, but not a big deal. But man, shortly after passing the 11,100’ marker it got rough. From the saddle to the summit was very challenging. It took 2:30 to summit and about that (2:15) to descent with a good half hour at the top, taking in the general splendor aaand snacks! The cereal treat bar – Rice Krispies, but sub Cap’n Crunch (Right!? Fuck yeah! Or so I thought…) may not have been the best idea. Shortly thereafter I was pretty sure I was gonna vomit. Buuut I didn’t. Also got a gnarly headache which didn’t resolve itself as quickly as the upset tummy. In hindsight, I’m gonna attribute them both to the altitude.

And if you ever wonder what’s the faster way to go from zen to murder, my answer would be the commute from Flagstaff to Phoenix on Sunday afternoon. The solution: mix tapes and some dirty spice from Late for the Train #tipsfromSavage