My Pleasure

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01 May | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KB RDL x 5 ea
Goblet x 5
KB snatch x 5 ea

Work | FTA
A1. SA press 5 x 5 [RI] (2@25, 3@27.5#)
A2. Good morning x 10 [1:00] (75#)
B1. Zercher squats 3 x 5 [1:00] (2@115, 125#)
B2. KBS x 7 [1:00] (60#)
C. Bike x 20:00

03 May | Th
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossacks x 8 ea
Scap press x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:30
Wall balls x 10
DUs x 20

Work |
A. Sumo DL 7 x 2 [3:00] (205, 215, 2@225, 1 rep @235 (PR), 2@225#)
B. RFESS 5 x 8 ea [:30 btwn sides] (15, 2@17.5, 20, 22.5#)
C. SL hip bridge hold 3 x :30 ea [:15 btwn sides]
D. EMOM x 10:00, DUs x 40 30

04 May | F
Mobility/Warm-up/Holy fuck this took me longer than I had planned | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Hip CARs x 3 ea
TGUs x 2 ea (40, 45, 50#)

Work |
A1. COB negatives 5 4 x 4 @ 33_1
A2. Push-ups x 10 (last 2 rnds on my knees)
A3. SA press x 5 ea [2:00] (2@25, 2@20#)
B. Seated cable rows 5 x 10 [1:00] (70, 4@60#)
C1. Face pulls 4 x 12 (20, 3@30#)
C2. Bi’s x 12 (ea) [1:00] (15, 17.5 2@15#)
D. Row Stairs x 10:00, alternating easy + challenging pace OTM

05 May | Sa
Camelback – Cholla Trail

06 May | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
SA plank hold x :20 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up |
Bike x 10:00, e’ry 3:00:
Push-ups x 5
DUs x 30

Work | [Fave Buffet]
A. 4x:
Box squats x 5 (125#)
SL HB x 10 ea
GHR x 10 [2:00] (15#)
B. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Slam balls x 10 (20#)
DB push press x 10 (20#ers) + sit-ups x 5

Stretch | 10:00


Tu | Workout felt good. Pressing on the right side weak out of the bottom. Man, KBS feels good, as do dem zerchers.

Th | Sumos felt gooood. PR! Hammies sore from Tuesday. Don’t think I’ve ever felt the split squats so much in my glutes and hammies – solid. The DUs felt awkward and clunky and I was squeezing my shoulders, so I dropped some reps. The movement felt better by the completion of the EMOM. Just a little rusty… and maybe a little fucked up from heels all week.

F | Weak. As. Fuck. Not happy at all with how this workout felt. Eeked out four rounds on part A; felt awful, and not in a challenging way, in a nothing wants to work way. Where my lats at on part B. And felt like my body with two halves on the rower. So much so that I stopped and did intervals on the stairs. Here’s to tomorrow being a new day. And to setting up some shoulder PT.

Sa | Was the person starting up Camelback at the time I am usually gone and sipping coffee in the sun. The company was worth it. It’s good to mix it up.

Su | Feeling the RFESS in the booty. Didn’t want to work out. Did it anyway. The day turned around.

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Something Smells

“Beware the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world.” – Ben Okri

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I have a zit that shows up only when I am crazy stressed out. This week it made an appearance. Not that I needed anyone to tell me – hey, you seem like you’re stressed. Since we’re turning the page on the calendar this week, I am using that as a marker to reset my shit, too. May is gonna be all about me – self-care and getting my priorities re-aligned. Starting with sleep (Did you listen to this podcast? Listen to that podcast.) and nutrition (all the veggies and protein), and then onto workouts (Doing whatever the fuck TG tells me to. Thanks for the mirror, man.) and the knife (No, I am not going _____ ). Fuck, I love a plan.


26 Apr | Th
Warm-up | Just the usual MFR and pre-warm movements

Work |
A. 4x:
Goblet squat x 7 (35, 40, 45, 45#)
RNT [pulling knee in] x 7 ea
BB only BS x 7
B. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (135, 145, 3@155#)
C1. 1-1/4 FS 3 x 5 [1:00] (95#)
C2. SL KB RDL x 10 ea [1:00] (45#)
D. McGills 3 x :45 ea [:15 btwn]
E. Stairs x 15:00

28 Apr | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossacks x 10
Scap press x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10
WW + taps x 10

Work |
A. Stairs x 12:00
B1. Supinated snatch-grip DL 7 x 5 [right into] (125#)
B2. Wall walk + taps x 20 [2:00]
C1. SA BU ½ kneeling KB press x 7 ea [1:00] (20#)
C2. GHR x 10 [1:00] (15#)
D. Pull-up negatives 4 x 3 @30×3 [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00

29 Apr | Su
Vortex Sunday | Devil’s Bridge + West Fork Trails with The Scientista (+/- 11 mi)


Th | Work’s been crazy demanding this week; really pushed myself to get in the gym. Workout felt fine, but I fought to stay in the moment with every rep. Ran out of time on part E, and maybe the lack of focus won there, too.

Sa | Solid night of sleep had me ready and wanting to get in the gym. Workout felt good. Kept the DLs a little light with the back. The pressing and negatives were a little tough. Had K-Rad on the platform next to me EMOM-ing which was really nice, especially considering the headspace I’ve had.

Su | I found something to do in Sedona, other than run from all the “cute shops” and crowds. The weather was perfect, the trails were beautiful and fragrant with blooms, and the stout that followed was crazy good, though I only was able to drink half because 9% and driving. Next time you’re in Camp Verde, check out the brewery. The ambiance is unforgettable and the Elote Pork Nachos are… worth stopping in The Dirty Verde for.

May gonna be like…

May is Fire
The Plan (Actually it’s “The Bookworm,” by Hermann Fenner-Behmer, from 1906)

Only sub coffee for tea, peonies for tulips, add a set of spotted paws, aaand sub my face and bod…

Smelly Spongebob Sunday
Just a joke from the trail. It all started with my squeaky water shoe…

 

Amputations

 “There is risk, known and unknown, in all aspects of life. We often consider the loss of life the only serious risk. Unless we are genuinely aware, we calculate the danger arising from our own physical and emotional states and from external conditions based on incomplete information. If we believe we can manage those risks, we accept them. Whether these choices are born of delusion or reality comes out in the end.” -Mark Twight

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South Kaibab Trail | Grand Canyon, AZ [image ©Morgunz]
“I can’t wait for you to experience The Canyon,” my friend says to me on our drive up to THE Canyon – The Grand Canyon – for what will be her ninth effort, and my first time.

“On my first hike, I came out with a list of shit I wasn’t going to do anymore – relationships, obligations, I totally re-prioritized my life.”

Isn’t it crazy how nature has a way of putting shit in order. And how doing challenging things with people – old friends, new friends, strangers you leap frog up the mountain with – can really connect you, with yourself, with each other?

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Well, I am fresh off the completion of our trek, and while my thoughts aren’t consolidated, I can certainly see how The Canyon really will “ruin” a person, in the very best of ways… Stay handy with the knife, indeed.


02 Apr | M
Warm-up | 3x
KBS x 10 @45#
SA banded rows x 10 ea
SL banded RDL x 10 ea

Work | [FTA]
A. 5x:
Jump lunge x 12
SA DB KB Snatch x 3 ea (40#)
Goblet squat x 8 (40#)
Scap PUs x 10
B. 5x (Press x 1 + PP x 3) [2:00] (75, 80, 80, 75, 80, 80#)
C1. SA seated cable row 4 x 8 @22×2 [1:00] (25#)
C2. SL glute bridge x 12 ea [1:00]
*D1. DB bis 3 x 12 [1:00] (15, 20 , 20#)
*D2. Cable tris x 12 [1:00] (25, 20, 20#)
*add-on

04 Apr | W
Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:30
Wall ball x 10
SA KB press x 5 ea (25#)

Work | [Fave]
A. 5x:
FS x 5 @ 75% (125#)
BS x 5 [2:00]
C. Reverse zercher lunges 4 x 8 ea [1:00 btwn sides] (75, 4@80#)
D. 3x:
Slam ball x 5 @ 20#
SA DB KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
Row x 200m

07 Apr | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Monster walks x 10 ea
Wall slides x 10
Scap press x 10
Banded clammies x 10 ea

Work |
A. 4x:
½ Kneeling SA BU press x 7 ea (20, 25#)
KBS x 10 (50#)
BB row x 10
B. 7x:
PC x 3
PJ x 3
FS x 3 [1:00] (95#)
C. Zercher squats 3 x 5 [1:00] (115#)
D. Barbell roll-outs 3 x 10 McGills 3 x :45 ea [:15 btwn]

09 Apr | M
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Prone y raise x 1-0
Reverse curl-ups x 10
Pistoles x 2 ea

Work |
A. 3x:
Snatch-grip RDL x 3
Bent-over row x 3
Hang PSn x 3
OHS x 3
BS x 3
B. 10x:
PSn x 1 + OHS x 1 [2:00] (75, 80, 3@85, 5@90#)
C Clean pulls 5 x 3 [1:30] (175, 180, 185#)
D1. FS 3 x 5 [1:00] (115, 120, 125#)
D2. Dbl DB row x 10 [1:00] (30#ers)
E. McGills 3 x :45 ea [:15 btwn]

12 Apr | Th
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Scap press x 10
Reaching DBs x :45

Work |
TGUs x 15:00
Stairs x 10:00
Stretch x 10:00

14 Apr | Sa
The Grand Canyon | South Kaibab to Bright Angel Trail
+/- 17.3 miles
Accumulated elevation: 9,188′


M | Dang, part A got my heart going. Faves. Strict press was rough. I can tell I haven’t been doing much OH pressing, and the injured(?), janky(?), but mine, my right shoulder was the limiter

W | Didn’t feel like working out, so I picked a favorite workout from the archives and got to work. Pretty sure 125 isn’t 75% anymore; perhaps should test that… But the volume of this one had me feeling it. Took it easy, with less intensity on part C, as that’s what I had to give today. Subbed KB for DB on the snatches because they make me feel strong and powerful. And KBs are so much cooler than DBs. 

Sa | BU press felt good; got four reps on the R and 5 on the L on that last round at 25# before I had to drop back to 20# or have some shit form; I picked the first. The push press/jerk was the limiter on the BB complex. Dang that was some fun cardio. Zerchers felt awesome. Roll-outs bucked my back bad, so subbed McGills. Cool?

M | It felt good to lift. The snatches felt a little awkward; after speaking with TG gotta rememba the speeds. Same with the clean pulls, steady off the off the floor, speed it up after the knees. The pulls felt strong.

Th | Got in a little movement before I move a lot on Saturday…

Sa | By the numbers (creepy, but handy, iPhone stats):

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I think the actual trail distance was 17.3 mi
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Interesting to to see where the pace dropped off. Was that the steep part or where I took the most pics? Hmm…

Like You Mean It

 

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” -Voltaire

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In a search for motivation I added some new patches to the gym bag. Between stitches/bleeding out I caught up on my YouTube subscriptions. I thought this pair of vids complimented one another nicely, and helped me appreciate where I am at right now a little more.

 


27 Mar | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Work |
A. 4x:
Row x 1:00
OHWL x 10 ea
PUs x 5
B. FS 7 x 5 [3:00] (135, 3@140, 2@145, 150#)
C1. Plate DB lunge 3 x 8 ea [RI] (25#ers)
C2. SL RDL x 5 ea [1:00] (45#)
D. Hanging bent-knee leg raise 3 x 12 [:30]

28 Mar | W
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
TGU x 2
Reaching DBs x :45

Work |
A. Stairs x 15:00
B. 5x:
DB bench x 10 (25#ers)
Dbl DB row x 10
DUs x 30
Rest x 1:00

30 Mar | F
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Hip hikes x 15 ea
COB hold x :20
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. 3x:
SL hip bridge x 15 ea
KBS x 10 (45#)
½ kneeling BU KB press x 5 ea (20, 25, 25#)
B. BS 5 x 3 [med lbs – fast] [3:00] (165#)
C. McGills 3 x :55ea [:15 btwn sides]
D. Stairs x 20:00

Stretch | 17:00

31 Mar | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Thoracic rotations x 10 ea
Cossacks x 8 ea
Scap press x 8
Hollow rocks/hold x :20

Work | [FTA]
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 5x:
Lateral box stups x 10
Wall walk x 2
FR KB carry x L ea (40#)
C. Row x 15:00 (3261m/2:18 split)
D. Bike x 10:00

01 Apr | Su
Hike | (Not That) Tom’s Thumb


Tu | I am feeling very unmotivated to go to the gym. Going through a phase… Was really sore considering I was coming off two days of rest. Felt the FS in my quaaaaads… wht-t-t-t?!? And then part C was rough.

W | Not sure if it’s that I don’t like bench day or if I don’t like these new shorter workouts we’re testing; I think B. DUs kicked my ass this day.

F | Felt good. I’ve been feeling squishy lately but getting the opposite feedback from regulars at the globo the last few days – telling me I am looking lean. Clearly they are liars, or blind, or blind liars. Did I ask for your feedback, anyway?

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Sa | Sometimes the row is smooth; other times you close your eyes and resist the urge to stop e’ry 37 seconds. Today was the latter, but it felt good when I was done.

Su | It’s always nice to get outdoors with good company, paws, and a PB+J.

Entanglements

“All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel… Think about it. There’s escaping from the wolves, fighting the wolves, capturing the wolves, taming the wolves. Being thrown to the wolves, or throwing others to the wolves so the wolves will eat them instead of you. Running with the wolf pack. Turning into a wolf. Best of all, turning into the head wolf. No other decent stories exist.” – Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

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Kate MacDowell, Romulus and Remus

Where are your moral entanglements? (How) Have you acquired your license(s)? >>> The Hunting Collective with Aubrey Marcus

Thanks for the recommendation, DJeazy.


12 Mar | M
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
SL KB RDL x 8 ea @35#
Goblet squat x 5
SA KB snatch x 5 ea

Work |
A1. SA press 5 x 5, right into (25#)
A2. Good mornings x 10 [1:00?] (75#)
B1. Zercher squat 3 x 5 [1:00] (115#)
B2. KBS x 5 7 [1:00] (60#)
C. Bike x 20:00
D. MFR + balls to your feeties

13 Mar | Tu
Work |
A. Stairs x 15:00
B. DL 5 x 2 [3:00] (205, 3@215, 220#)
C1. Sled push 4 x L (135#)
C2. Farmers carry x 7 (50/55#)
D. McGills 4 x :45 [:15 btwn sides]

Stretch | 10:00

17 Mar | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Scap press x 10
TVAs x 15

Warm-up | TGUs x 10:00 (worked up to 55#ea)

Work | [Fave]
A1. BS 10 x 4 [1:00] (145#)
A2. Wall walk + taps x 10 ea [1:00]
B1. KB RDL 5 x 10 ea [1:00] (40#)
B2. KB snatch x 5 ea [1:00] (40#)
C. 5x for time:
KBS x 15
DUs x 30

Stretch | 10:00

18 Mar | Su
Hiking in The Sups


M | Still feeling those zercher squats. And that lighting in the rower area for the gym. I admit its more fun doing SA snatches when you see your reflection looking jacked – and your muscles firing. I did seven KBS because I just didn’t read my workout clearly.

Asked a dude how long he was going to be on the platform. He came back at me with a “Are you going to workout seriously? Because, I am, ya know, just kinda screwing around so you can use it if you want to <laughs>…” 

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Tu | Mind was tired. Got the body to the gym. It was crazy how “easy” that 215 came off the floor. It was like squeezing the trigger – the ‘bang’ surprised me. Sled felt great as did the McGills.

Sa | This was rough and I bargained with myself right from the start. How about I just take out the the taps. Maybe I’ll just do five rounds. Yes, I did this despite having chosen this one from the archives myself. The last couple times I’ve done this one I’ve 86’d part C; did that again. This isn’t CrossFit after all; no need to win the workout to compromise the plan. Excuses? Nah. It’ll be okay.

Su | This. More. Of. This.

Been reflecting on the week, appreciating what I did well, and finding where I can do it better (which wasn’t a tough task). On the small scale, I didn’t get all my workouts consolidated to the work week as I had hoped, but I did get make time to do the things I wanted to over the weekend. Zooming out, I am recognizing how I can craft my creative process to be a little more gangsta (see previous post).

 

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

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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. 

Dropping the Anvil

“Results are obtained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.” – Peter F. Drucker

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Have, Do, Be >>> Tim Ferriss with Terry Crews

One “truth” dropped in the podcast episode up there that’s resonating with me right now is the idea that we truly do get what we want in life. The argument being, if you wanted something different (than you have) you would change it.

I’ve been carrying a metaphorical anvil around with me for a while now… easily 4 years. Yes. Years. What started as a tool that shaped me slowly evolved into a load holding me back; one I carried by choice. I’m finally dropping that anvil and seeing where it takes me. Fuck, I might end up flung off a cliff, but hey, at least I won’t be holding that fucking anvil.

What’s your anvil look like? What keeps you holding on?


19 Dec | Tu
Warm-up | 3x
Slam balls x 5
Wall walk x 1
DUs x 30

Work |
A. TGUs x 15:00
B. Barbell EMOM
C. KB EMOM

20 Dec | W
Workout |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 4x:
Hip extensions x 10 (10#)
RNT x 5 ea (@3111)
BS x 5
C. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (3@145, 2@155#)
D. FS 3 x 5 [1:30] (115, 125#)
E. Wall-pressing dead bugs 3 x 20 [:30]

Bonus round | 3x
Bicep curls x 10 [1:00] (20#ers)
Tricep push-downs x 15 [1:00] (20#)

23 Dec | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Cossacks x 10 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
Hanging leg raise x 10

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. 5x:
Sled push x 30m (+135#)
Farmers carry x 30m (55/60#)
KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
C. Stairs x 15:00
D. Row x 10:00

24 Dec | Su
Mobilizer | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Prone y raise x 10
TVAs x 15

Work |
A. Stairs x 15:00 Bike x 20:00
B. 3x:
RDL x 5
Press x 5
Good morning x 5
C. [+lbs] DL 5 x 4 [3:00] (185, 2@195, 2@200#)
D. Snatch-grip RDL 3 x 8 [1:30] (95, 105, 110#)
E. Zercher squats 3 x 7 [1:30] (95, 100, 105#)

Stretch | 15:00

26 Dec | Tu
Warm-up | Holbert Trail @ S Mtn

Work|
A. Stairs x 15:00
B. 3x:
RDL x 5
Good morning x 5
BS x 5
C. FS 5 x 5 [3:00] (125, 130, 3@135#)
D. Close-grip cable row (lat-pull downs?) 4 x 12 [1:30] (75, 3@85#)

Stretch | 7:00


Tu | Totally let my emotions get in my way workout. Faaack. What did you learn…? 

W | Oh those barbell head games. Building confidence…

Sa | Enjoyed the sesh; that sled combo got my heart pumping. Bruised up my wrists really good on the snatches; evidentally, I need to work on my form.

Su | Really feeling the zercher squats these days. The stairs were occupied so I hit the wheels instead. Things felt good, and slept really good.

When you bake (uh, and sample!) cookies all day, so you do a quick check to see if you’ve got gainz yet…
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Tu | Dang those front squats felt strong. Felt fatigue in my mid—back. Added 10# on the close-grip lat pull-downs and fuuuuuh… that made all the difference #leanback