“When someone cares they make an effort, not excuses.” – every coach ever.
The other night while training with codename pixie, I remembered the only thing I could promise almost 10 weeks ago when she agreed to join my gym, “you won’t get shredded like some instagram model, but you will get stronger.”
In the passing weeks my prophecy has been fulfilled. But, then again the only way to fail my one simple measure of succeeding would be to just never show up. Something that I’m sad to say has happened a lot in the last dozen years spent training would be fighters and former athletes. (One day I would be excited to write more about the days of training with fighters that we seeking infamy and the mindset it requires.) Back to the topic of the day: The workout for this day was a first; where our different goals for training had some layover: She had a photo-shoot and me with my own super serious ninja training that can’t be neglected. Hah, or more accurately I was just excited that the pixie had been diligently training and finally has built up to working in with my workout.
Hopefully the WOD makes enough sense: Enter the pain cave and challenge yourself with things you hate… and add just a bit of complementary movements. Since I’m the person that writing the program and know I’d give up pizza before doing an entire work out of sled push/drags.
Warm up five minutes of jump rope and PVC pipe cleans
Row: 500meters; 350meters; 200meters
Dips: 21; 15; 9
Sled pushes 70lbs x 4
2 x 15 toes to bars
2 x 20 decline sit-ups
3 x 3 minute rounds of bag work
In closing this was a much more fun workout than usual, mainly because having a friend catch up with your higher volume of training give you hope to keep pushing yourself. Also it helps to remember when bringing your friend along to train in your regularly scheduled crucibles address physical dysfunctions first (they maybe unaware of), then use all the sweet fitness gypsy methods to get them up to snuff before adding a bar or bounding drill to their workout. So, that looks a lot like working on mobility, unilateral(I.e. Lunge) and eventually bilateral(squat) exercises to learn how coordinated the person is. Of course we all want our friend to do pistols and handstand pushups, but apparently making sure their able to move in such dynamic ways
I strongly believe weight training should be used in these process for most clients that are looking to accomplish a goal. Because the caveman logic I use is get strong first; reap the rewards of being able is compared to that was
“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”
After a long week of saying goodbye to coworkers going on to bigger things, canceling trips, injuring myself midweek training, and not to mention recording the very first Savage Science Podcast (way way way harder than I thought. Seriously in the comments whoever has advice on how to format a philosophy of training show please share or get with me.)
So to go into the Monday workout: I recklessly wanted to tax my hip-flexors and ability to stabilize though my trunk w/
5 x 12 overhead squat (OHS), 95 lbs
5×7(ea) deep lunges,
5×15(ea) step up, 36in
100 Russian twist, 40lbs kb
What I discovered while doing so much unilateral work is that coming soon my body will be ready to handle a lot more bounding drills while at this heavy weight (223lbs/92kg). The reason I think this is important is because you have to learn how to be kind to your body and knowing that thrashing yourself is never a great decision when preparing for a new challenge.
So the workouts continue to be mentally easier than what I remember my body can do, but at the same time this isn’t finding my one rep max on back squat, bench press and deadlift like I’ve been doing for so long.
“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But, I can’t accept not trying.”
– Michael Jordan
I have to admit I possess a strange compulsion where I am overcome with extreme anxiety if I haven’t pursued something outside of my comfort zone. As many readers that have taken the step off that ledge may know: it is by fat the most terrifying and addicting thing you can do for yourself. So, allow me to play back a recent series of events to explain the title and offer a twist to why the work out I completed is effective for my on going ninja training…
So the only time you shouldn’t train is very simple when you’re injured, sleep deprived, or under the influence. I was 2 of the 3 and decided to rationalize it away the true reason: I was feeling emboldened after socializing at a bar/club on Friday night and watched one of my favorite bands perform. But, I was feeling really guilty that I missed my afternoon workout and have been skimping on the cardio work.
So I decide it being 3a.m. was good enough time to get my really sweet workout in that involved grip endurance (needs improvement), core strength and flexion, and a technical lift (the snatch was chosen, not at random) so instead of the high rep work out I suggested to a friend; I considered the short/nonexistent rest intervals the NWT (Ninja Warrior Trial) offer so AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) it is! And, try not to die given condition at the time. Spoiler alert I survived and it certainly showed how difficult this is going to be at my current weight. I believe more grip work, sprinting, and jumps are coming
But, even though I didn’t do nearly as well as I would hoped; that’s why this is training. Not, brag about how sweet you used to be and let powerful Nostalgia undeservedly carry your ego.
10 Deadlifts 48kg
5 Squat Snatch 48kg
As a friend of mine once said, “If the first one was too easy.”
I generally enjoy thinking of my week in terms of how many yoga sessions, magic tournaments, and cups of coffee can I squeeze into 168 hours. Lost? Confused yet? Where’s my mediocre work out I’m going to have to scale? You might be asking yourself; don’t worry I’m trying to channel a much more talented writer, dare say friend (Mark Nestico), to consider why this work out was important enough to write about.
The point is as much like the half-moon position I held during yoga class today it takes a lot of steps before you begin to understand balance. So, to myriad of concessions I make so I can balance a happy and well lived life… that also coincides with my goal of not completely failing at a ninja warrior trial; or at least while knowing 23% percent of my week is literally just sitting at a computer working (granted I do have a kneeling chair); that percentage is not even considering how much time I’m commuting, eating (editor’s note a lot), and most notably when not at the gym (hopefully not cycling) at a table playing MTG (Magic the Gathering).
So yeah there’s a common theme on my mind is: Wow I have weak ass hip flexors and over-tightened hamstrings! If you didn’t share in that same thought, translation, I sit a lot; and that’s affecting my ability to sprint and jump in cartoonish fashion. And, wanted to put a few words to paper to bring this to other readers attention if you share in the same lifestyle choice. To remedy that I’m hipster enough to go to yoga 3 times a week; take up every opportunity to catch up with people for coffee (often its a walking meeting); and being mindful how much grinding am I doing for MTG. 2 positives and being aware of a negative that I don’t intend on giving up to the goal, or balance if you will. Just a thought to entertain before the WOD
20 Goblet Squat 1.5POODs
20 Threaded Lunges 1.5POODs
15 Overhead Squat 47kg
5 Turkish Get-ups .5POODs
25 Kettlebell Swings 1.5POODs
This is likely best used as a daily snapchat/vine/ or IG post
My intention is to light a fire under my own bum to train like the reckless youth I once was: explosive, anaerobic, interval training beast!
Of course this inaugural post should pay mention to why I don’t train like that currently: it wasn’t even because of competitions and training injuries, but just taking an office job plus car accident. Something not very glamorous but usually all it takes to 180 how one trains. Granted I was given comprehensive pre/ and rehabilitative protocols that I value and used to build on, but like many athletes will know changing your training schedule rarely leaves much time in the day for some of your other routines *reads* goodbye muay thai, jujitsu, and obstacle course racing.
But, like my recent twitter post has proclaimed I have become the strongest that I’ve ever been and at the same time weaker than ever. (Thanks to absolute and relative strength definitions) Strength is great! I feel healthier and more resilient than ever, but I want to be able to teach my body to muscle up, wall flip, and spar for hours again! So here’s to discovering middle ground.
Lastly to payoff the N number of people clicked this link for a work out I may have promised. at least until April 19th 2016 I’m foregoing the mantra “If the bar ain’t bending, you just pretending.” And, set to rebuild from the ground up and balance my strength and endurance training to become a more dynamic athlete. If this is kept up with any regularity anyone should be able to copy paste this series tag and have an almost legit 8 week program
“Start slow to train faster”
Warm up: Shoulder passes and 20 stair climbing
3 rounds of
5 strict pull ups
10 knees to elbows