Dem Rules, Dat Bush

“Doing one thing is a way of not doing everything else.” -Kaveh Akbar

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Tell me, where the fuck did the weekend go? I’m not sure it’s that I have so many ideas, or just so much I wanna do. Either way, it’s time to get out the blade and trim that rose bush. And remind myself: I make the rules.


16 May | W
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
KBS x 5
SA snatch x 5 ea @35#
SL KB RDL x 5 ea @35#

Work |
A. 3x:
RNT Reverse lunge (out) x 5 ea
KBS x 10 (50#)
SA KB press x 3 ea (25, 30, 30#)
FS x 10
Rest x 1:00
B. FS 5 x 3 [1:00] (125, 135, 3@140#)
C. RDL 3 x 7 [1:00] (115, 125, 135#)

PT homework | 3x ea
A. Bicep Opener 5, 5, 5, 5 (5#)
B. Elbow to shoulder planks x 10
C. KB arm bar x 5 ea (35#)

17 May | Th
Work |
A. Row x 10:00 (2280m)
B. Bike x 10:00
C. 5x:
Cossacks x 10 ea
HS holds x :30
DB push press snatch x 3 ea (30, 4@35#)
D. Stairs x 12:00

Stretch | 10:00

19 May | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Bike x 1:30
Wall baller x 10 @15#
Scap press x 10

Work |
A. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Power cleans x 3 (5@115, 5@120#)
DUs x 30 (all UB except #4; last set went until I hiccuped @ 55)
B. Wall walks x 10 for time (3:48)
C. Alternating TGUs x 10:00 15:00 (35, 40, 45, #@50, 55, BU: 25, 30#)

PT homework |
A. Bicep Opener 3 x 5, 5, 5, 5 (5#) [1:00]
B1. Elbow to shoulder planks 3 x 10
B2. KB arm bar x 5 ea (30#) [1:00]

20 May | Su
Warm-up | 3x
Banded RDLs x 8 ea
Banded rows x 8 ea
Slam balls x 8 @20#

Work |
A. 7 x BTN push press x 3 + OHS x 1 [2:00] (2@75, 2@85, 2@95, 105#)
B. Segmented clean pulls 6 x 3 [3:00] (3@155, 3@165#)
C. Zercher squat 4 x 5 [1:00] (105, 2@115, 120#)
D. Stairs x 10:00


M | Found out my shoulder woes are just a flared up delt. Whew. Doc Z’s Rx:

Tu | We’ll call this new benchmark workout “The Stand(ard)”:
Tuesday Benchmark NFTW | This was a nice quick workout. And it felt good. Amazed by how much better my shoulder feels already.

Th | Felt good during this one, too; That five rounds made me sweat. Did you mean SA DB PP? I did snatched because I have never been assigned SA DB PP before. And that seemed like a low rep scheme… Did I fuck that up?

Sa | Wanted to workout Friday but after work I was so freaking tired. Checked my app, and yep. 5 hours of sleep both Wed and Thursday nights. So, no workout for me. 8.5 hours of glorious sleep instead. This no doubt made Saturday’s workout more of a win. Was pleased with how smooth DUs felt – been a couple weeks since they’ve felt that way [verify]. Noticed on my WW vids that I need to get my hands under my shoulders more. TGUs felt so good. Really, really please with how my shoulder is feeling. That delt is definitely simmering down.

Su | Did some barbell things. They felt good.

Goals this week: Get my brain off junk food

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07 May | M
Mobility | 3x
Bird dogs x 10 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Hollow body hold x :20

Work | [FTA]
A. 4x:
Row x 1:00
Jump lunge x 10
Push-ups x 5
B. FS 7 x 3 [3:00] (125, 2@135, 4@140#)
C1. DB FC lunge onto a 45 3 x 8 [RI] (20, 20, 25#ers)
C2. SL RDL x 5 ea [1:00] (45, 45 50#)
D. Hanging bent-knee leg raise 3 x 12 [:30]

10 May | Th
Warm-up | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Scap press x 8
KB goblet – swing – snatch – RDL  x 3 ea

Work |
A. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Row x :30
Push-ups x 5 + sit-ups x 10
B. BS 5 x 5 [3:00] (135, 145, 155, 165, 4 reps @175#)
C. (Rev) Zercher lunge onto a plate 3 x 8 ea [1:00 btwn] (80, 85, 85#)
D1. Sled push 4 x L [RI] (+135#)
D2. Jump lunges x 20 [1:00]

11 May | F
Mobility | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reverse curl-ups x 10
Zombie scap rolls x 3 ea direction

Work |
A. 3x:
Bike x 2:00
½-Kneeling BU KB press x 7 ea (20, 25, 25#)
Banded rows x 10
B. EMOM x 20:00, alternating:
Slam balls x 7 (20#)
Power snatch x 3 (3@75, 85, 6@80#)
C. Side bridge 3 x :30 [:15 btwn]

12 May | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Samurai skwats x 3 ea (35#)
Windmills x 5 ea (35#)
Pistoles x 2 ea

Work |
A. 3x:
Pendlay row x 10 (75#)
(SA) KB PP x 5 (35#)
Air skwat x 10
KB snatch x 5 ea (35#)
B. Work x 30:00, rotating (6 rds)
KB FR carry x L (30/35#)
Step-ups x 10
SL HB x 10
TGU x 2 ea (40, 5@45, +1ea @50#)

Stretch x 17:00

13 May | Su
Mobility | 3x
Wall slides x 10
Monster walks x 10 ea
GA squats x 10
Banded wall-pressing dead bugs x 8 ea

Work |
A. 3x:
RDL x 5
Bent-over row x 10
FS x 5
Press x 5
Hang snatch x 5
B. Power snatch + OHS x 10 [2:00] (4@80, 3@85, 3@90#)
C. Clean pulls 5 x 3 [2:00] (2@155, 165, 2@175#)
D. 1-1/4 BS 3 x 5 [1:30] (120#)


M | Push-ups felt a little weak, but I focused on bracing, leading with my chest on the decent and trying to keep my quads off the floor until I had to. Front squats felt fine. Grip was dead on the hanging knee raise. Crazy how much back engagement there is in that…

Th | Was pleased with how back squats felt, kinda conservative on the way up to set 5. Did the zerchers in the way I usually do them (reverse, no plate) because I wasn’t as attentive to my program details as I should have been. Wanted to called it after part C, but didn’t. And dang that part D turned out to be a real burner. Very nice.

F | Looking forward to getting some answers on Monday about my shoulder; the presses are easier on my banged up shoulder. What the heck. The EMOM was fun, and good for my spirits. Side bridges were harder than I remember, but of course they were… because I had to remember them. Been a while. Funny how that works.

Sa | Haha! Both A and B were harder than I thought they’d be. So much sweat. Took it light on the FR carries because my shoulder bugs when I add the lbs, so there was less belly breathing than would normally occur. So much burn in my flutes this week.

Su | Barbell sesh was fun and felt good. Worked on my positioning over the bar, engaging my lats, and bring my hips to the bar not the other way around. Played around with my grip. On the pulls I focused on the speed up after the knees. Lots of feeling in my glutes. The one-anna-quarters were intense.

Would You Rather…

“We are constantly trying to hold it all together. If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens.” -Michael A. Singer

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Lately, the work week evenings have felt like a less fun version of Would You Rather – with the choices being the go to gym or getting a full night of sleep. I like going to the gym – it feels good to move, silences the noise, and helps me relax. But not sleeping makes we wanna [see image above]…

So yeah, I am working on finding the balance, adjusting things to make it work. It’s funny how things get set in your head as fixed and inevitable, until a spark of change reawakens your super powers and you realize all of it, it’s all a matter of choice.

Besides, in the end, no matter what “Rather” you choose, we all have the same outcome:

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Giovanni Paolo Cimerlini – The Aviary of Death

So, would you rather…
Sit or stand?
Burden your family in old age or be pushed off a cliff?
Sleep or ____ [pick a thing you really like to do, sometimes in bed, often at night, and hopefully again in the morning]?

And here’s a SFW game of “Would You Rather“…


21 Feb | W
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
Slam ball x 5 @20#
KB RDL x 8 ea @40#

Work |
A. Power clean 6 x 1 [1:00] (125, 5@135#)
B. EMOM x 20:00, rotating:
Power clean x 3 (2@115, remainder @120#)
DUs x 30
C. Back squat 3 x 5 [fast out the bottom] (145, 150, 155#)

23 Feb | F
Mobility | 3x
Cossacks x 8 ea
Bird dogs x 12 ea
SA plank x :20 ea
Curl-ups x 10

Warm-up | 3x
Wall ball x 10 @15#
Banded RDLs x 8 ea
SA banded rows x 12

Work |
A. Front squat 5 x 3 [build – 3:00] (140, 150, 155, 145, 150#)
B1. Zercher squat 3 x 5 [1:00] (105, 105, 110#)
B2. KBS x 5 [1:00] (55#)
C. Alternating TGUs x 10:00 (40, 45, 50, BU@25#)
D. Wall-pressing dead bugs 3 x 20 reps [:30]

24 Feb | Sa
Warm-up | 3x
Row x 1:00
SB x 5
SA KB snatch x 5 ea

Work | FTA
A. 4x:
RDL x 3
Bent over row x 3
Muscle snatch x 3
BTN PP x 3
Good morning x 3
B. (Sumo) DL 7 x 2 [2:00] (185, 6@195#)
C. Power snatch 7 x 2 (+ OHS x 2) [2:00] (2@75, 3@80, 2@85#)
D. GHR 3 x 12 [1:00] (10#)

25 Feb | Su
Mobility-Warm-up things | 3x
Hip hikes x 15 ea
Prone y raise x 10
Reaching DBs x 1:00
Windmills x 5 ea
Samurai squats x 3 ea
Thoracic rotations x 12 ea

Work | FTA
A. Stairs x 20:00
B. Bike x 25:00
C. 5x:
Wall walk x 1
DUs x 30
Lateral box step-ups x 5 ea
Row x 10:00

Stretch | 10:00

26 Feb | M
Work |
A. 4x:
RNT reverse lunges (out) x 7 ea
BB row x 10
BS x 8
B. Back squat 10 x 3 [2:00] (2@155, 2@160, 3@165, 3@170#)
C1. Snatch-grip DL 3 x 5 [1:00] (125, 135, 155#)
C2. SL HB x 12 ea [1:00]
D. McGills 6 x :20 ea [:10 btwn sides]


Feeling pretty good; weighed-in for the first time since *stops to search blog* (mid-October) and my current relationship with gravity is 165# which is cool. I seem to naturally want to be between 155-165. We’ll see how things shift; I’ll be training for The Canyon and Pat’s Run in April.

Didn’t do a great job of logging notes on my sessions this week. Will do better next. Monday felt really great; I think in a “Would You Rather” battle between back squats and brownies, the back squats would win. Whaaah… Here’s some footage:

Diggin’ the McGills. I can feel the PRs lining up…