For The Record

“Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another.”― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

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A recent conversation that may or may not have revolved around the CrossFit Open and how much consternation it gives a certain someone (who may or may not be me) reminded me of several important things:
1. It is very important to surround yourself with people who will call you on your bullshit.
2. Text messages are handy for many things, conversations are not one of them.
3. Key & Peele are funny motherfuckers.

22 Feb | W
Warm-up | 3x
Slam balls x 5
Pipe work
DUs x 20

Work | Oly – Week 7 [Remember this one*]
*A1. Pressing heaving snatch balance 3 x 2 [build] (65, 70, 65#…)
*A2. Heaving snatch balance x 2 [add lbs as req’d] (75, 65#…)
*A3. Snatch balance x 1 (65#)
B. Front squats 5 x 1 [build] (subbed back squats; 155, 165, 175, 185, 195#)
C. Clean + jerk 5 x 1 [build] (125, 135, 140, 140, 145#)

23 Feb | Th
Warm-up | MFR, PVC work, and throwing shade

Work | [From the archives]
Bench press 7 x 3 (85#), right into
Hang power clean x 3 (tall cleans @105#)
Rest x 2:00
Incline single-arm DB bench press 5 x 5 ea (30#), right into
Hang power snatch x 2 (75#, thick barbell)
Rest x 2:00
Zercher lunges 4 x 5 ea @ 75#, right into
Bench hip bridge x 15 ea
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 10:00

24 Feb | F
Warm-up | 3x
Cossack lunge x 8 ea
DUs x 20
Walk walk x 1
BB palms-up row x 10

Work | [From the archives]
Front squat x 5 @50% (115#)
Back squat x 5
Rest x 2:00
Banded RDLs x 12 ea (green)
Rest x 1:00
Banded hamstring curls x 10 ea (blue – hip bones into floor)
Assault bike x 10:00, every 2:00 slam balls x 10 (20#)

Stretch | 10:00

25 Feb | Sa
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 12 ea
Scap press x 10
Wall rotation + slide x 10

Warm-up | 3x
KBS x 10
Wall walk + shrugs
AYTs x 5 ea
DUs in the sun x 20

Work | O-lifting
Rack jerk 5 x 2 (115, 125, 135#…)
Clean high-pulls 4 x 3 (125, 135, 155, 165#)
Clean + jerk 6 x 1 (115, 125, 135, 140, 140#)

26 Feb | Su
MFR | 10:00
Work | EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
DL – TC – FS – J (115#)
DUs x 40
GHR x 10 (15#)
GHD sit-ups x 10
Rest x 1:00

Stretch | 15:00

W | Really liked the sequence of part A; going from the s-l-o-w pressing under to the quick movements made my brain hurt. I want to try these again soon and see how they go. Subbed back squats for part B because of all the reps of the front version on Monday. Did some weird things with disengaging my abs during the jerk; not sure if it was fatigue, a search for tension, or just one of those days, but it did improve with reps.

Th | Was a pleasure to work out with the dumbbells; using the 30’s rather than having to scale back to the 26# KB. I asked (Just One) Chainz Calvada to record me from the rear on the Zerchers; looking to see about that right knee, whether it was caving in, and also just seeing any differences in movement pattern from the left to the right.

F | The Open makes my eyes bleed. No entiendo. But then, I don’t need to. Eyes on my own plate. Damn them slam balls feel nice.

Sa | Weird jerks again.

Su | The state of Sunday, according to Kolding, Morgan & Loll (Law Firm or Squad?):
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Breaths, Brains & Beliefs

“Your life is an advertisement for your beliefs. You can never force it on anyone who isn’t interested. If they want what you have, they will come to you. Let your life be the evidence; let it speak for you.” -Emily Maroutian

Beliefs of the Archer

“Take three breaths and get back to it.” A cue I’ve repeated under my breath with some frequency the last few weeks, not while pushing through a workout, but instead as I step into the coaching world. I knew I had a lot to learn, but pulling back the curtain and attempting the doing has been, at times, overwhelming. There is so much more to it than I could have imagined! (A common realization when you’re learning something new, right? Yet, still somehow surprising.) It’s so exciting! … And terrifying.


The acts of learning, listening, growing, teaching, all require an open mind. As I attempt to do all those things, how do I let go of what I think I know to make room for new ideas? I am reminded of Manson’s Law of Avoidance here: we resist anything that threatens our identity. So true. Vegetarians are wrong and CrossFit is dumb; Grass-fed cow is tasty AF and if you want to be better get your disengaged glutes on the Strength & Conditioning gains train. Obvs.


The theme of keeping an open mind has been recurrent this week. The Universe delivers. Actually, that should be “the pulvinar nuclei deliver”. Hold that thought…

It turns out our brains are liars, sort of; in a white lie kind of way. Our brain functions to give us maximum fulfillment. And it does that by reinforcing our established beliefs. I “stumbled upon” forty-two articles on maintaining an open mind because my brain recognized my hunger for them and filtered my intake accordingly. Sorry, Universe. It’s crazy how much our ability to learn and discern information is tied to our beliefs and values.

“If you want someone to accept information that contradicts what they already know, you have to find a story they can buy into. That requires bridging the narrative they’ve already constructed to a new one that is both true and allows them to remain the kind of person they believe themselves to be.” – Christie Aschwanden

All this cognition is paramount in determining the achievement (or not) of your goals, according to this week’s MMPP. The Aussies’ guest, Dr. John Demartini, comes across a little cray at first, but redeems himself by owning that wig of his, and, at least in my book, by avoiding speaking in absolutes: unbiased like a boss. Similar to Manson’s Law, Demartini argues that we will resist what we perceive as road blocks and embrace what understand to be incremental steps in the achievement of our goals. As he puts it, “We resist what’s IN our way, and accept what is ON our way.” So then, in the teaching/coaching/burning-and-growing (say it like the Ah-noldt), we must be able to connect the what (it is we are doing) to the why (it aligns with our beliefs/goals**) to the how (it will get us where we want to go).

Whoa. This shit blows my mind wide open… sip, sip, sip.

**Part of the conversation is about conflicting actions and goals, and incongruency in perceived and actual beliefs – the values we aspire to have; the beliefs we feel we “should” give priority. You know, how on dating profiles everyone says they love to travel and read, that is,  until you inquire into the book they’re reading or the last place they explored. Uhhh… #speechless

Demartini has an online “quiz” (yeeeeees) to help you decipher what your actual values are. Check it.

13 Feb | M
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
Single-leg elev hip bridge x 10 ea
Hanging [straight] leg raises x 8 (use abs, not momentum)

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
KB swings and snatches x 5 ea
Banded rows x 10

Work | [From the archives]
RDL x 4 @5050 (125, 135, 145, 145#)
Rest x 1:00
Single-arm seated press x 8 ea (26#)
Rest x 1:00
Barbell hip thrusts 4 x 12 (145, 145, 155, 155#)
Rest x 1:00
Shiny new assault bike sprints x 10:00,
Work x :20
Rest x :40

14 Feb | Tu
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 12 ea
Elbow plank + fwd tap x 10 ea
V-ups x 10

Warm-up | 2x
Row x 1:00
Banded rows x 10
SL banded RDLs

Work | EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
Bench x 5 @ 75#
DUs x 40
AD x 1:00

15 Feb | W
Warm-up | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Scap press x 10
Elevated wall slides x 10
DUs x 20
KBS x 10

Work | O-lifting
A1. Clean pull 4 x 2 [build] (155, 165, 175, 175#)
A2. Clean high pull x 2
B. Clean + jerk [build] heavy single in 5 sets (115, 125, 135, 145, 155, 155# (clean only – PR city)
C. Clean + jerk 1 x 5 @85% (135#)

Stretch | 10:00

M | The hip and low back are bugging so I’m taking a break from the squatting. It’s hard to isolate the variables, but I am pretty sure the kicker was the Peralta hike last Sunday, which is a bummer because it wasn’t anything crazy! Just a casual morning hike. Apparently my parts disagree. Though I also think the hip and back are a litmus for my stress/excitement levels. It’s funny how positive things cause the stress too. Don’t wanna shade this joint in negativity.

Tu | I will remain calm and get in as much of my own training time in as I can whilst learning new things. Repeat x 100.

W | Was unsure whether or not I’d join in the Oly workout; this being the consideration:

Absolute answers

Wrapped up my warm-up and rolled in. Things felt good – ‘no’ to the pain pregunta – so I rolled in. Even the heavy C+J’s felt good. Raymundo noted my trunk shifting on every one of the jerks though. His thought is that I’m lacking stability on the right side so I twist to the left to find it. We’re going to investigate.

Back to Oly, PR’d my clean @155#. Missed the jerk. Here’s me being an 85% jerk… and pressing out at the top. Fuuu…

Handsome Matty’s post has me taking note of my heart rate for the next week or so to establish a baseline.

The Space Between

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning


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Today’s quote brought to you by the JRE, on accountability, recognizing your role(s), and picking up scents (and 421 other things because it’s the JRE). It pairs nicely with scotch and this article on how the manner in which we express our emotions (or don’t) affects our health; for example, the difference between being with anger vs just being angry.

Anyone else humming DMB? I’ll take responsibility for the earworm…

04 Nov | F
Warm-up | Row x 500m
BB row x 8
BB RDL x 8
KBS x 8

Work | 10x
Back squat x 2 @ challenging weight (155, 160, 8 @ #165)
Rest 2:00
BB bicep curls x 10
Rest x 1:00
Tricep push-downs x 20
Rest x 1:00
Death march 3 x 20 steps (26# KBs)
Rest x 1:30

Stay bendy | 15:00

03 Nov | Th
Mobility | 3x
GA squats x 10
COB holds x :20
Reverse curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
AD x 1:00
Wall balls x 7
Banded rows x10 ea

Work | EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Clean + FS + FS @ 115#
DUs x 40
– Rest x 4:00 –
EMOM x 10:00, rotating:
Wall walk + taps x 10
Slam balls x 7 @ 30#
– Rest x 4:00 –
TGUs x 10:00 (44,53, bottoms up @ 26#)

Stretchin’ wit da beeyoches | 20:00

02 Nov | W
Mobility| 3x
Wall rotation + slides x 10
Single-leg elevated hip bridge x 12 ea
VA drops x 15

Warm-up | 3x
Row x 200m
DUs x 30
Fun with the pipes

Work | O-lifting
Clean pulls 4 x 2 (175, 185, 185, 195#)
Hang clean + high-hang clean 6 x 1 (3 @125, 2 @130, 135#)
Single-arm seated press x 6 ea (26#)
Side plank + leg lift x :45 (knees/hips/shoulders aligned, stacked + open, squeezing the flutes like a mother bitch)
Stretch | 15:00

Tu | Being with anger meets whisky for dinner: not very nutrient-dense, but makes for good stories. 

W | Heeeby weights felt good. 

Th | Rain coming down + overhead doors up = a glorious perk of the new digs. I swear I’m gonna slam ball(s) until my ass is as close to hitting rubber as possible on my snatch. I’m coming for you 120#. 

F | Last time I did this workout at 150#; felt really good today at 165#. Notes for next time.

Practice Like You Play

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


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
Single leg hip thrust 3 x 15 ea (20,15,15,15# DB)
Rest x 1:00 between legs
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. 

Questions & Answers

“Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” – Voltaire


01 May | Su
Hike with the DTP Crew!
Siphon Draw @ Flatiron

30 April | Sa
Pillars | 3x
Wall press x 10
Plank + reach thru x 8 ea
Scaption x 8
Reaching dead bugs x 1:00

Work-ish | 4x
AD x 5:00
Wall walk x 1 + 10 taps at the top
SL RDL x 8 ea
Bicep curls x 12 ea

Stretch + Mob | 20:00

28 April| Th
Mobility, AD & Stretch | 45:00

Friday eve was spent pant-less, watching A Christmas Story, whilst having needles penetrate a few layers of skin…

I know, but it was all very zen, so… acceptable.

Saturday I did some recovering on my new favorite AD – the one with the luxurious seat and tight pedals. Mmm, girl. Had some pain come into play on my right shoulder when I tried the taps on the wall walks. Thought maybe I could position my way out of it, but nearly performed a faceplant dismount when it happened again on the second round, just took those babies out. Looks like I have some more QT with Raymundo in my future.

Sunday’s hike was outstanding.

da hike-01
The green arrows indicate where the group foto was taken
da crew
The group foto

I love the evolution of conversation from start to finish on challenging hikes. How it covers some ground, just like the body, moving from jokes & catching up to life philosophy to why it seems like the more you know yourself, the harder it can be connect with some people, then back to how delicious coffee is and how selfies are surely an indication that the world is going to shit, and how the fuck can we stop this madness. So many questions and answers.

Flex Your Flux

Big Five by James Jean | Some lion-rhino-beast-jaguar-elephant shit

I really liked the article posted on DTP’s site last week. The one right herrr. I really love the message of the article – well, the Chinese philosophers – not only because it resonates with my belief of my own experience, but because it’s also just so fucking poetic. Who we are is in constant flux, from day-to-day, from moment-to-moment.

“Live with a constant awareness of the ever-changing world and your ever-shifting self. Train your mind to stay open and constantly take into account all the complex stuff that is you.” -Puett & Gross-Loh

It turns out science is on the side of Confucius. This article is all about findings from research comparing the fixed mindset vs the growth mindset. How the idea of conforming/restricting ourselves to fit within what we believe ourselves to be compares to the outcomes when we allowing our idea of self to adapt as we grow and learn.

“Why waste time proving over and over how great you are, when you could be getting better? Why hide deficiencies instead of overcoming them? Why look for friends or partners who will just shore up your self-esteem instead of ones who will also challenge you to grow? And why seek out the tried and true, instead of experiences that will stretch you?” -Carol Dweck

I’ve noticed that my mindset can vary depending on the sphere; I’m willing to take risks here, but less so over here. Reading this stuff is a good reminder, that mindset is like a movement pattern, it can be modified and trained.

16 April | Sa
Get moving | 3x
GA squats x 10
SL Elev squat x 8 ea
Scaption x 8
K2E x 8

Work | EMOM x 30:00, rotating:
Power clean x 3 + FS @ 95#
DUs x 30
Wall walk x 2

Stretch | 20:00

Came in the gym Saturday morning with the intention to just roll through. Did that. Excellent sleep Saturday night and rest day Sunday has me set up for a good start to the week. 

One of the points that stuck with me from The College of Chinese Wisdom, was the section on the practice of “as if” rituals – deviating from our normative behaviors to break from unproductive patterns. Deliberately acting out of character.


This week my personal “as if” is gonna be not watching TV/internet (Do we still call it TV when it’s streaming? These are hard questions.) As my list of ‘want-to-read’s grows, I need to shut off the fucking Netflix. Read and chill. Less poetic, more productive.


“Sympathy’s easy. You have sympathy for starving children swatting at flies on the late-night commercials. Sympathy is easy because it comes from a position of power. Empathy is getting down on your knees and looking someone else in the eye and realizing you could be them, and that all that separates you is luck.” – Dennis Lahane

Just like you
Click image for source

Recognize the fishbowl you live in.

And that we all come from the same place. So, more empathy, more engagement, less eyebrows.

(Those were my two favorite ear snacks this week. I’m leaving it to you to have to listen and draw the parallels yourself. Mu-ah!)

13 Sept | Su
Rest Day
Protein: 103g

12 Sept | Sa
MFR | 5:00
Mobility | 15:00
Work | Snatch 1RM
x5 @65% (65#)
x5 @70# (70#)
x3 @75% (75#)
x3 @80% (80#)
x2 @85-90% (85#)
x1,1,1 (100, 100, 95# (PR), 100)
Snatch pulls 3×3 @110% (105#)

Stretch | 20:00
Protein: pig ears + chocolate cake

11 Sept | F
Mobility | 10:00
Warm-up | 3 rounds:
AD x1:00
RDL x10
Front squat x10
Push-ups x5

Work | 30:00 EMOM!!!
Evens: power clean x3 reps @65#
at 10:00 + weight (85#)
at 20:00 + weight (105#)
Odds: push-ups x5 + AD x:30

Stretch Sesh | 20:ish
Protein: 106g

10 Sept | Th
MFR | 5:00
Warm-up | Mobility + DUs

Work | C&J x1 (125,135,135#)
Front Squat 3×3 @85% (130#)

Stretch | 15:00
Protein: 147g

09 Sept | W
Rest Day

08 Sept | Tu
MFR + Mobility | 15:00
Warm-up | 3 rounds
Bench press x10
Pull-up scap work x5-8
Jog x200m

Work | Bench press 4×1 (95,105,110,110#)
Rest x3:00
– then –
5 sets:
Hanging leg raises x5 perfect reps
Right into
GH raise x5
Rest x1:30

Stretch | 20:00
Protein: 140g

Tuesday | So many bench vids. Here’s the heaviest one I completed. Yep, still 105#:

And here’s an attempt at 110#:

Wednesday | Stayed up way too late Tuesday night and paid for it ALL day Wednesday. And then ended up taking a rest day because of how crappy I felt. This week I am re-committing myself to the sleep.

Thursday | Sore abs from hanging leg raises. I like that. The clean part of the C&J felt great. I haven’t done a heavy jerk in a while – and having missed the last two weeks of Oly class, well, that didn’t help. The barbell is plenty high enough. “Just” need to get my ass under it.

Friday | Feeling some tightness in the back on the right side. Despite that Friday was pretty great. I felt good and you know how I feel about the EMOMs.

Saturday | Fuck yeah snatch PR!

PR dance
Nailed it

Not making giant leaps over here, but I’ll take 5# jumps, no doubt. Celebrated with Jorden at Crudo. Okay, maybe we had ladies night dinner plans, but why not turn it into a celebration. 

Sunday | Fuck. Yes. Football.