Moving Mix Tape

“If you don’t bite you can’t eat.” -Carl Paoli talking theft on Barbell Shrugged

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A proper mix tape can’t hurt, bro

I spent a good chunk of my “free time” this week/end unpacking from the move. Lemme tell ya, this has already taken me longer than anticipated – searching for some Mary Poppins type voodoo to move it along a little. Until then, at least there are podcasts.

Here’s a selection of my weekend mix tape for your listening pleasure:

Mind Muscle Project – The After Show #59 >>> On how CrossFit HQ’s drug testing seems shadyAF followed by a dude that has me thinking it’d be good to do some quiet running

Training Think Tank – Q&A Part IV | Enjoy your fucking brownies, folks! Max references Bruce Lipton’s, The Biology of Belief, and poses the question of how thinking ‘I’m a fat piece of shit’ vs ‘I’m fueling my muscles’ might impact your stress hormone profile post-brownie – not to mention flavuh

Waking Up – Facing the Crowd | Words are not violence.
“We use our words so as not to kill each other.” –Greg Lukianoff

Training Think Tank – Q&A Part III | Recovery: you’re missing the basics (It’s not about the stim) and the cost of high-level performance for teens in any sport followed by some teenage El-Haag background

MTN RDY – Colin O’Brady | From everybody’s default fitness test – the triathalon – to a world record-setting run at the Explorer’s Grand Slam. I am so curious about the logistics behind this, and the training involved

Case File | If you can’t get to sleep, this won’t help

Any podcast recommendations out there? And will someone please invent an app that lets a listener share a snippet of a podcast?! How does this not exist already? Or does it…?


09 Oct | M
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Elbow plank + reach thru x 10 ea
Popes x 15 ea

Work |
A. [BB only – quality movements] 4x:
Row x 10
Press x 10
OHS x10
Good mornings x 10
Rest x 1:00
B. SL hip bridge holds 4 x :30 ea [:30 btwn legs]
C. Pin front squats 5 x 2 (125, 4 @130#) [3:00]
D. SA push press 3 x 8 ea (30, 2 @35#) [1:00]
E. Close-grip high seated cable rows 3 x 15 (2 @55, 65#) [1:00]

Stretch | 7:00

11 Oct | W
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Bird doggies x 10 ea
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Warm up | 2x
BU TGU x 2 @25#
Samurai squats x 3 ea @35#
Windmills x 5 ea @ 30#

Work |
A. Bike x 20:00
B. Row x 10:00
C. 4x:
Step-ups x 5 ea
SA FR carry x 20m ea (40#)
DUs x 20 30
D. Stepmill x 15:00

12 Oct | Th
Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7 @15#
Banded rows x 10 ea
Wall walk x 2 UB

Work |
A. 4x:
KB Z press x 10 ea (25#)
KB row x 5 ea (30, 3 @35#)
KB snatch x 3 ea (35, 3 @40#) [1:30]
B. Incline bench 5 sets @22×1 5, 5, 3, 3, 2 (60, 60, 65, 70, 75#) [3:00]
C1. SA DB push press 3 x 5 ea (30, 2 @35#) [1:00]
C2. [Dbl DB] RDL x 8 (55, 2 @60#ers) [2:00]
D1. Wall-pressing dead bugs 3 x 20
D2. BU KB FR carry x 30m ea (25#) [none-zo]

Stretch | 10:00

14 Oct | Sa
Mobility + Warm-up | 3x
Shoulder CARs x 3 ea
Hip CARs x 3 ea
Chin-over-bar hold x :20
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Hanging leg raise x 8

Work | Repeat
5x [BB only]:
Row x 5
RDL x 5
FS x 5
Kang x 5
B. Cleans 10 x 2 (95, tall, 105, 115, tall, 3 @125, 2 @130#) [2:00]
C. Good mornings 3 x 10 (65, 70, 70#) [1:30]
D. Leg extension machina 3 x 12 (60, 65, 65#) [1:00]

Stretch | 10:00

15 Oct | Su
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Wall slides x 10
Hollow rocks x :20

Work | Repeat
A1. Press 7 x 5 (2 @60, 4 @65, 70#)
A2. DUs x 20 [2:00]
B. 5x:
KB goblet x 6 @ 33×1 (35#)
Jump lunges x 10
FLR x :30
C. Bike x 20:00


M | Broke up the OH movements by sneaking the buenos dias before the OHS because holy overhead pressing; adaptation or fucking it up, Morgunz? Hmmm…

I see what you did there with the holds and then the pin squats… #bootyblast

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Dug the single arm push presses. Interesting to see how one side braces compared to the other. Subbed seated cable rows because someone had set up camp at the lat station.

W | No notes. Felt nice.

Th | Feeling the focus of the recent training: much back fatigue. Z presses were challenging at the rep scheme. The single-arm snatches felt slow; took vid to investigate. They were fine. All in your head, Mo-gunz. Bench: so much room for improvement. Crazy how different incline feels to standard. Still figuring out the barbell situation at the indie gymnasium – used one that felt heavier and thicker. Could have also just been in my head. Really liked part C. D was fun, too; laughed at my retard left side with the BU KBs.

Sa | Got to wear my lifters.

Su | Pre-workout weigh-in: 152.8 lbs. Huh. Press felt good – really connected and pushing through the ground. That part B felt like AD sprints. Ooh burn. 

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The Seesaw

“I need solitude to empty my mind of people, then I need people to empty my mind of me.” -Vaziki Nada

I’m gonna call this the next level teeter totter, assuming the challenge of the game remains to throw your opponent from their perch…

A timely listen courtesy of Invisibilia: Are emotions something that happen to us, or are they constructs that then create our experiences? What if they’re actually the stimulus – not the response – many of us believe them to be? And can we experience an emotion we don’t have a concept of?

If that segment sends you flying, here are some positive concepts to soften the landing.


05 June | M
Mobility | 2x
SL Elev HB x 10 ea
Scap press x 10
Pope clammies x 15 ea
Hollow rocks x :30

Work | [Repeat]
A. Bike x 10:00
B. 5x: Row x 300m + cable tris x 12 (40#)
C. Bike x 10:00
D. 5x: Row x 300m + SA KB press x 5 ea + HS hold
E. Bike x 10:00

Essential stretch | 10:00

09 June | F
Mobility | 3x
Cossack lunge x 12
Wall slides x 10
Popes x 15 ea
Reaching DBs x :45

Warm-up | TGUs 3 x 3 ea (40, 45, 50, 1 ea @60#)

Work | [Rebel]
A. Back squat 5 x 1 (145, 155, 165, 165, 170#)
B. EMOM x 10:00:
1-1/4 BS x 3 @ 50% of A (80#)

10 June | Sa
Mobility | 3x
GA squat x 10
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
DUs x 30
Ring rows x 8

Work |[Return]
A. Thoracic rotations 3 x 12 ea [:30]
B. Rotating x 10:00 (5)
Row x 250m
Push-up x 5
KBS x 10 (50#)
C1. SA DB Z press 4 x 6 ea (25#) [RI]
C2. Dbl DB row x 8 @2113 (27.5#) [1:30]
D1. Dip 3 x 8 @3111 (60, 60, 50#)
D2. Pull-up 3.3.3 [:15, 1:30]


M | The head didn’t feel like training, but I did it anyway. Kept the pace on the erg @1:13 on the dot every round. Felt nice and recovered by the time I got back to it each round, with exception of the last two rounds in part D.

F | Not feeling like hitting the gym, so I placated myself with some faves. Not that I want to get in the habit of this, but it got me back in, felt good, and I had fun. I am a little confused about failing with the hex plates so I stayed conservative on my back squat. Weighed in 3 lbs lighter than last week at 160 el bees. 

Sa | Yep, still diggin’ the Z press. The dbl row is like strict press – ALL the muscle recruitment from head to toe – total shakes (though I fucked up and did then with DBs instead of KBs). Failed on the very last rep of the pull-ups, so I guess I did that right.

Su | Recharging outdoors:

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Horton Springs Trail | 7.5 miles of butterscotch (Ponderosas) & butterflies

Behind the Scenes

“Sometimes it’s a little better to travel than to have arrived.” -Robert M. Pirsig

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Arrival at failure or a power pose?

Fair warning, I’m gonna do that thing where I string some seemingly random threads together. Yes! I’m making you an afghan blanket just like grandma used to make. It’s for the summer-in-the-desert Netflix and AC chill. We all know it’s best done sans pants and when the blower kicks on, that ish gets drafty. Brrr!

Oh man, off to a good start, Gunz.

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My weekend ‘flix binge

Let me set it up. The internet went down last week at my office. Then the server. And the phones. The daily dose of streaming music had yet to make my daily moments of gratitude…. Until about noon on day 1 of downage (let’s make that a word). When the only sound in the room is the click of your mouse and the voice of a well-meaning but over-sharing coworker, you become hungry for any noise rapido.

I’m pretty sure this is the only time I will ever say this: Facebook (and unlimited data) to the rescue. The first thing in my feed was this conversation with My Girl Kate (Galliett – not actually my girl, but we’re vibing in a limbic resonance kinda way, at least one-directionally):

Isn’t it interesting, the split screen comparison of the backdrops of each human… Hmm. What’s that say about each? *eye brows* Anyway, I really like what Kate had to say, in particular on the matter of our human desires to go “right to do the handstand” in life – resisting or disregarding all the tedious, boring, crucial, delicious (choose your adjective and your mindset) work it takes leading up to it. The dudes at BBS touched on it this week, too, the “rush to greatness” and the desire to just do the cool stuff. I think we can call that Insta-itis. Friends, I get the fever, too.

The allure of all the shiny, shiny shit on Instagram got me thinking about a dude whose work I was introduced to in a theory of architecture class during grad school, Guy Debord. His work, The Society of the Spectacle, is all about “the gaze”. Courtesy of Wikipedia (which does a way better job of summarizing it than I can. Throw them some bones):

“Debord traces the development of a modern society in which authentic social life has been replaced with its representation: ‘All that once was directly lived has become mere representation.’ Debord argues that the history of social life can be understood as ‘the decline of being into having, and having into merely appearing.’ This condition, according to Debord, is the ‘historical moment at which the commodity completes its colonization of social life.’”

Sounds like the moment is now. Though maybe it’s best we converse on the matter. Maybe over a scratch meal…?

My last random thread (Fuuu… that’s gonna be one comfy blankie) is about the eats, the value of home-cooking. Did you know last year Americans spent more money in restaurants than they did on groceries. (Right. This means zero grounds for bitching about the cost of groceries.) I couldn’t agree more with Tamarkin’s take on meal delivery services, but man, there’s so much more that “goes to waste” when you’re not involved in the process (note that rabbit hole, those of us who gather our meats and veggies from a retailer). Similar to the joys of suffering through a workout, the task of creating with others fosters more that the “thing”, it feeds that connection to your people. It’s like time under tension, but with food. Shared effort for the win.

I’ll leave you with this behind the scenes from the man with the bongos, who totally gets why a person might wanna keep an afghan (little “a” friends) handy on the front porch.


02 June | F
AM | Friday Hike Club!
Piestewa Peak

PM | Globo Mountain
Mobility | 3x
Cossack lunge x 12
Scap press x 10
Rev curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam balls x 7
AYTs x 5 EA

Train | [Repeat]
A. Deadlift 7 x 3 (185, 4@195, 2@200#) [2:00]
B1. SA DB snatch 7 x 3 ea (35, 2@40, 3 @45#) [RI]
B2. SL hip bridge x 10 ea (5@20, 2@17.5#) [1:00]
C. Lat pull downs 4 x 10 (60, 3@70#) [1:00]

Stretch | 15:00

03 June | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
GA squat x 10
Pope clammies x 15 ea
TVAs x 15

Train |
A1. Row 3 x 300m [RI]
A2. FLR + taps x 12 [RI]
A3. KBS x 5 (44#)
B. 10 x PC + HPC x 2 (3@115, 4@125, 3@115#) [As req’d]
C1. [Cable] Pallof press 3 x 12 (40#)
C2. Kneeling BU KB press x 6 ea (24, 20, 18#)

04 June | Su
Mobility | 3x
OHWL x 10
Hip CARs
Glute press x 10
Prone Y raise (abs – check) x 10

Train |
A. Row x 15:00 (Pretty comfy pace, 3457m)
B. Seated hammie curls 4 x 12 (80#) [1:00]
C. Heeeip extensions 4 x 12
D. Zercher reverse lunges 3 x 8 ea (75, 85, 85#) [1:00 btwn legs]
E. Bike or treadmill x 20:00 (bici)


F | Morning hike was pretty fucking sweet. Felt good! Was pleasantly surprised with my capacity and recovery.

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National Day of the Donut… Taco… Pancakes

PM sesh… The DLs felt really strong and easy off the floor. As noted previously, part B is pretty nice cardio. I dropped weight on the SL hip bridges when I noticed I wasn’t able to completely open the hip at the top (a point the emphasized) on the left side. Did the pull-downs with the long bar grip. Yep, felt em.

Decided to hit the scale in the ladies locker room. Results: 163.3. It’s just a number, but I think I’m still gonna do Friday weigh-ins for a while #collectingdata

Questions: I would like to put on some muscle. What do I need to delta to make this happen? What am I missing? Why are my priorities not reflected back? Why does “D-backs” sound like “D-bags” e’rytime? How do they make coffee that has notes of peanut butter and chocolate? And does that still make it Paleo? 

Sa | My butt is real sore from the repeat workout. The cleans felt nice and speedy, so much so that I wanted to see how they felt out the bottom. Dropped some lbs and finished the last 3 sets with a tall clean. I was feeling very “technically proficient” compared to my compadres in the “functional training area”. Do you even know what you’re trying to accomplish there, bruh?

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The KnBUKB press (Nailin’ the acronyms – next up greeting cards and paint colors) are pretty solid on the right and crap on the left. Workin’ on it, man.

Su | Low back spoke to me a little during the row… Hike? Deadlift? The combo? But things felt fine on the extensions and lunges. How the eff do people hangout in the hammie trap between sets?!? I lept outta that contraption as soon as I fucking could each round. Fire! Mirrors are totally helpful during the Zerchers.

La Lingua

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.” -Mark Twain

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Romaleos, please

Having recently finished The Five Love Languages via Audible (feels a little like cheating, and I still prefer to feel the pages between my fingers, so full disclosure), I found this conversation about the book to be a nice digestif. The book made a lot sense to me, despite the extraneous church and marriage noise. I found myself reflecting upon close relationships, past and present, seeing if I could extrapolate which of the languages friends, family, and exes use(d) to express their love. I also wonder if there’s a correlation between “touch”ers and pet lovers; the whole tactile connection and all.

It turns out unsolicited dick pics – not a language of love. No wonder that didn’t work out.


11 Sep | Su
Mobility | 3x
Wall rotation + press x 10
Banded rows x 10
Super bird dogs x 10 ea
Hanging knee raise x 10 (straight legs last set)

Work | EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
Bench press x 3 @ 75# + DUs x 30
1-1/4 Back squat x 3 @ 85#
AD x 1:00

Stretch | 20:00

10 Sep | Sa
Work | O-lifting – Week 2
Muscle snatch 5 x 2
Snatch 5 x 2
Clean 5 x 2
Rack Jerk 5 x 2
Isometric holds: back squat 4 x 8-10s
AD x 25:00, OH walking lunges x 20 e’ery 5:00

09 Sep | F
Mobility | 3x
Scap press x 10
SL Elev hip bridge x 12 ea
Reverse curl-ups (slow + squeeze) x 10

Warm-up | Row x 500m
3x:
BB row x 8
BB RDL x 8
KBS x 8 (53#)

Work | 10x
Back squat x 2 @ challenging weight (145,150#…)
Rest 2:00
-then-
3x:
BB bicep curls x 10
Rest x 1:00
Tricep push-downs x 20
Rest x 1:00
-then-
Death march 3 x 20 steps (20# DBs)
Rest x 1:30


Took an extra rest day this week. Fighting something… Hmmm. Was ready to get back at it Friday. The squats felt good. I focused on breathing – sip, sip – and driving the elbows forward on the up. Wondering where my 25’s at for the death marches; guess I need to get after it with the 30’s  😉

Saturday was a detour. High heels all week at work + sleep tweaks + death marches (?) = a fired up mid-back that gets it’s revenge during muscle snatches. Scratched the barbell workout and hopped on the bike.

With the back feeling much better, did some movements on Sunday. Spent some extra time on the foam roller. Thankful the back seems to have recovered as quickly as it did. Stepped on the scale just to check-in. A buck fiddy-two.

Practice Like You Play

“No matter the situation, never let your emotions overpower your intelligence.” -Jean Houston

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Found this article pretty interesting, “The Importance of Psychological Arousal in Athletes”, especially coming off Saturday’s 1RM testing. If there is no time for reading, take a scroll down and check out that image of Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of flow. On the nose.


25 June | Sa
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
OH lunges x 20
Palms-up BB row x 10

Warm-up like you mean it | Fail

Work | O-Lifting
Snatch x heavy single (100#)
Clean and jerk x heavy single (135,140#)

Auxiliary | 3x
Pistol Pause Candlesticks x 5 ea

Get Bendy | 20:00

23 June | Th
Mobility | 3x:
A-T-Y’s x 5
Banded rows x 12
Banded clammies x 12
Side plank + LL x :20 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 7 ( use the 20#er more)
Push-ups x 7
Sit-ups x 10

Work | 4x:
Seated DB press x10 (25, 20# DBs)
Rest x 1:00
Chin over bar hold x 5 @30×3 (jump, hold x 3s, lower x 3s)
Rest x 1:00
-then-
Single leg hip thrust 3 x 15 ea (20,15,15,15# DB)
Rest x 1:00 between legs
-then-
4x:
HS walk x 15 ft (3 attempts, 7′ max.)
Row x 150m (37,36,34,35s)
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 20:00


Th | Feeling new areas of muscle soreness in my back, especially on either side of my spine above the bra line. The chin-over-bar holds were a challenge, with all the pushing and pulling of late; rep five on the last two rounds I had some scap wings. Couldn’t pull those suckers in. Entered the pain intensity cave on the single-leg hip bridges. Hats off to you, fitness comp chics. (Felt those a a TON in the regions of the booty the day after.) The HS walk + row combo was fun times. 

Sa | Things to work on: consistent warm-up + set-up, the mental arousal, and keeping at the technique; transitioning that difficult task into a simpler one, like Mr. Mitchell was pointing out in the article before the jump. I’m frustrated with my lifting #s. I’ve been feeling so good and yet, the numbers remain stuck. 

Down another 5lbs (One-fiddy-four). This must be the Hawthorne Effect or something; by just observing I am changing my behavior. I’m thinking some time off the grid will remedy that. 

“I want to start a fire”

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Not really. Unless we’re talking a campfire. That sounds nice… Listen to Episode #56 for some context

Sometimes you just need to laugh. Mortified Nation is the answer. Recently took a listen to the podcast version, also hilarious. I particularly enjoyed the 3-part series on Forbidden Crushes. The “Vice” Principal, indeed… Did you keep a diary as a kid? Do you ever reread them? It’s funny to look back with a wider lens, to recall when the little things were the big things and how much all that has changed. Or not. The drive to just make out all the time, still strong in this one.


16 May | M
Pillars | 3x
Wall press x 10
Prone glute press x 10
Super bird dogs x 10 ea

Warm-up | 3x
Wall balls x 7
Push-ups x 7
Sit-ups x 10

Work | EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Snatch x 3 (3 @ 65#, remainder @ 75#)
Bench x 3 (80#)
– Rest x 4:00 –
EMOM x 10:00:
KBS x 10 (53#)

Auxiliary | 3x
Rev row sit backs x 6
Rest x 1:00
Pistoles x 3 ea

14 May | Sa
Warm-up | Mob + AD + DUs

Work | O-lifting
Clean 5 x 3 @ 60% (85#)
Clean + Jerk 5 x 3 @ 67.85% <— Reverse math! (95#)
Clean pulls 4 x 2 (165,175#…)
3 sets:
Vertical jumps x 3
Pendlay row x 5 (65#)
3 sets:
Plank hold x 1:00
Handstand press outs x 3
Scales + 5s hold  x 5 ea leg, both directions

Straaatch aka Spooning aka Savoring | 20:00


Saturday | The body is feeling good and so are the movements! The volume on the C+ J’s was quite a thing, despite the light load. More weight on the barbell next time on the Pendlay rows. The Meow Crew got to chatting after class about stretching and how some people hate it. We decided th0se people are crazy. 

“If the best in the world are stretching their asses off to get stronger, why aren’t you?” -Coach Sommers

Wore my test pants out with the amigas in the evening; the white ones without any extra. A little more room around the middle than before, whilst maintaining the snugness in the leg and booty regions. Measurable data.

Monday | Weighed in before class because I keep thinking I am going to do a measured carb-cycling run. Then I start logging my food and want to poke my eyes out, so… Either way, I was a hundret-fiddy-nine el bees. 

The workout felt nice. No notes required. The auxiliary work. Okay, am I the only one here who has been spelling/saying that word incorrectly for… hmm… ever?! Right up there with ‘for all intents and purposes’. And ‘Worcestershire sauce. Anyway, on the, say it with me now, awg-ZIL-yuh-ree portion, I performed the pistols from the box, working on not needing to hold my foot up with my manos.