…I feel like a wet seed wild in the hot blind earth…
That’s William Faulkner, whose birthday was Sunday. And who, together with Cormac McCarthy, have produced all the literature I’ll ever really need. All else, while nice enough, is simply superfluous.
And speaking of “a hot wild seed in the blind earth”, check out this picture that my good friend, Tico Ramirez, dug up from God-knows-where:
Funny story about that 77 number I’m sporting here. Seems as if I was on a big Red Grange kick at the time (possibly my first meaningful foray into history?), and figured that if Red could be a stud running back, and sport an oh-so-cool, iconic 77, well then so the hell could I. I badgered the living crap out of our head coach until he relented and let me wear a number that, due to my being a running back, required me to get a “referee waver” (or some such) prior to each game. I definitely remember there being a per-game performance clause attached to my wearing that particular number; smart coach. Properly correlated and applied, incentives give us something to bite into, something to focus upon, and provide just the right nudge when the going gets tough.
Sprint repeats? Check. Deadlifts? Check. Ring muscle-ups? Ugh…
So this past week — and continuing with the touchstones theme that I covered here — I decided to check-in on my deadlift and ring muscle-up performance. At a body weight of 210 lbs, I cranked-out a crisp 7 reps at 435. Not bad, for me, at least, on sprint and cycling-weary legs. Muscle-ups on the rings, though, were another story. My touchstone here is three, with no jump-assist, and with good, smooth form. That I required jump assist on every rep indicates that I need to get back on the rings, and that straight bar muscle-ups (which I can fairly well knock out) just don’t compare in level of difficulty. But, hey — no failures, only feedback, right? Did it matter that on this particular day I decided to couple power snatches and ring muscle-ups in a super-set format for multiple rounds? Nah, I don’t think so. The press-up and lock-out portion of the move was fine — what killed me was the pull-up; felt like I was pulling up through a tub of molasses. The prescription? A slow build-up back to full-on ring muscle-ups. I should be back is the saddle by this November 10th — my 47th birthday 🙂 Incentive? Like fine wine, I want to continually get better at the finer aspects of fitness.
The Sunday MetCon
Another great day to get out of the gym and onto the track/field.
- 5 x 30 second all-out sprint for distance (approximately 200 meters). Full recovery between sprints. Hit drop-off on the 5th sprint. Then:
Strangely I find straight-bar MUs much harder than MUs on the rings. Glad to see rope-climbing in the mix!
Keith, been a while!
I’m with Asclepius. I can always knock out some ring muscle ups (although sometimes turning my hands out at the bottom is a fail), but bar muscle ups are always harder. I like to tell myself it’s because my calves are so skinny that I have less of a counter weight …
Bar MUs being easier for me may be because I rely less upon skill, and more on just grunt strength. I say that tongue-in-cheek, though there is probably much truth in that statement.
I’m so jealous of all the stuff you get to play with when you do these sprint workouts, when I try to rig something up at my gym I look like a crazy person running from station to station haha.
Nice style of writing and training. I wouldn’t mind trying a few different things out myself
Just curious,210 lbs is big! how tall are you? just trying to figure out where my full potential lies as i seem to respond to the same type of workouts as you. I have always been very adaptable to all sorts of training and done well at them all but never really excelled or gotten great results from doing the same lifting routine for years ( i.e. Leangains RPT method for almost 2 years now) i have gotten stronger with the program but have not really gained any muscle that i can tell and actually have lost a lot of mass from doing this routine while body fat has remained the same- now i’m sure that is do too my own errors but my point is i need to find something else that works better for me. I love doing physical things and love your workouts. Anyways been a long time reader just thought I’d finally stop by and comment out of curiosity. Thanks!
Thanks for jumping in the mix, Jared. I’m 5’11, btw…which I am more than willing to “fudge”, and call a straight-up 6 foot 😉
Well I know what you mean I am “5’10” when I am feeling confident haha. Anyways love what you do and am very envious of your job. Always wanted to do something like it just don’t have the resources to do so. Maybe some day though.
Thanks for the good words, brother.