Happiness is not a reward — it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment — it is a result.
–Robert Green Ingersoll
Information Overload: I’ve alluded to this before, most recently in this post — but at some point you’ve got to convert that myriad of information you’ve gathered into action; put theory to practice, as it were. Sooner or later it’s got to be you and 6 AM and the harsh clank of steel plates and the stench of stale sweat and a body that would just as soon crawl back in bed as to do a single rep of any damn thing at all. At some point, you’ve got to become comfortable ordering Paleo when out to eat with your buds. This is where “your health” either gets done or simply remains stuck in the realm of conjecture.
In this presentation, Clay Shirky explains the dynamics of the information avalanche. As Clay explains, the amount of available information won’t subside anytime soon; you’ve either got to learn to deal with (effectively filter) it, or be crushed (read, stupefied into inaction) by the sheer volume. On top of that (and as I’ve stated before in this blog), the information is, for the most part (and, again, only if effectively filtered) credible, of high quality, and it’s cheap, too. Hell, for the most part, it’s free for the asking. It’s what you do with that information, though, that really matters.
The Day’s Workout
Very simple, very effective, and very, very quick. 4 full rounds of the following, at weight, in 25 minutes:
- Front Squat + Front Push Press combo x 5’s
- Ballistic Regular-grip Pullups x 5’s
A couple of notes: the front squat/front push-press combo is performed in the manner of a thruster (Crossfit style), albeit broken into two separate lifts — more along the lines of a clean and jerk — without the clean. Whereas the Crossfit thruster is one, fluid movement, I prefer to go much heavier than to allow (due to hand and elbow positioning, mostly) for the “Crossfit” thruster version. However, I do appreciate the Crossfit intent — a full-body, ass-kickin’ workout from a well-designed exercise.
The ballistic pullups are done at body weight with the hands coming totally free from the bar at the completion of the explosive concentric phase of the lift, as if I were trying to launch myself up through the ceiling. The free-fall “catch” is with the elbows at approximately 45° and with a “fast as possible” deceleration to the full extension, reset position.
And a very important note: be mindful not to clobber yourself with a self-inflicted, barbell uppercut to the jaw while performing the front push-press. Or if you choose not to be mindful, at least wear a damn mouthpiece. Or keep your yap shut tight, ya mouth-breather. Suffering little humiliations like having the 6 AM geriatric crowd hover around you in a solace-circle as you “clear the cobwebs” and scan for the bits and jagged shards of teeth that you just know are scattered about the gym — things like this are what keep me humble, I suppose. After 30-odd years in the game (30 years?????), you’d think I’d know better. My aching jaw and sensitive teeth remind me that, nope, apparently not.