“Most of one’s life is one prolonged effort to prevent oneself thinking.”

Aldous Huxley

Ah, another “normal” week of catch-where-catch-can, and impromptu workout sessions.   If you want to stay in the game though, and maintain a thriving career, and an active family life to boot, this is the way it has to be done.  Unless, of course, you follow the Body By Science protocol.  But more on that in my next post.  For now , though, the past week’s worth of “gettin’ it done“.

Tuesday morning, YMCA

After reading that great “The Cred” article on Monday, how could I not do some variation of the exercise on Tuesday? I worked my way up to doing 14 total near-max DB single split-snatches (split creds?) + DB Split-Jerks with alternating arms – a single with the left arm, pause, a single with the right arm, etc. I worked my way up to the singles by performing one set of 5’s with each arm, then one set of 3’s, then one set of doubles. I really felt this by later that same afternoon; truly, I felt taxed to the max.

Thursday morning, YMCA

My original intent on this morning was to hit some front squats, power cleans and push-jerks. The best laid plans of mice and men though, sometimes get frigged-up, or so the quote (paraphrased) goes. I got on the road late, and even with a long list of early AM traffic violations left in my wake, still managed to get to the gym about 15 minutes later that I’d like. Well, now, what to do? Hmmmm, well, how about something easy to set up, but very taxing and that can be pumped-out in a very short period of time. How about something in the strength-speed modality? That, to me, sounds like some form of deadlift/pull and/or overhead work. This is what I wound up performing:

  1. Clean Grip Low Pulls from the floor x 3
  2. BTN Push-Press x 3 (x 2 on the last 2 sets)

Superset fashion, for 4 rounds after a less than stellar, abbreviated warm-up.

Friday afternoon, home

What we lack in hills, we more than make up for in coastal wind
What we lack in hills, we more than make up for in coastal wind

Where does one draw the line between “workout” and “play”? For my purposes, there is no distinct line drawn; all activity (even non-physical stress) induces some amount of fatigue that must be accounted for.  But for the purposes of what is worthy of a blog post, well, that’s another matter. Friday afternoon’s activity consisted mostly of what I’d consider “play”, but it did wind-up inducing a good bit of fatigue. I did about and hour’s worth of fixie intervals – some (due to the wind) at a pretty high intensity level.  As well, and throughout the day, I noodled around with various kettlebell exercises (swings, snatches, presses – some single-arm, some dual) and some of these “mirco workouts” were pretty intense. I have absolutely no way to quantify the sets, reps and tempo here, and this is why I usually don’t report this kind of a thing; it’s just too damn nebulous to quantify. The only reason I report it now is to let you know that I do quite a bit of this kind of stuff throughout the week that, for the purposes of blogging, I’d categorize as intense “play”, and leave it at that. I’d highly suggest you incorporate scattering the same manner of “play” throughout your week as well. Not everything workout-wise ought to be of a manner that can be tabulated and quantified.

Saturday morning, home: an impromptu Tabata session

A few things precipitated this impromptu workout, namely, (1) the anticipation of a mini road trip later that day, including dinner at the Magnolia Grill, in Durham, NC  *and a big thank you, by the way, goes out to Alex, of A Paleo Journey to Health, for the fine-dining recommendation*  (2) lack of time, and (3) drenched fields due to an overnight series of storms. Now, since I get “itchy” and difficult to be around (or so I’m told) in situations where I’m confined for a long period of time (as in a road trip) without having first taxed my body somewhat (to the point where I can at least justify the confinement as “recovery” and actually relax), I knew I needed to bust-out some kind of a workout (hard play?) so as to get that pent-up energy out of my system. Normally in a situation like this, I’d just dash on over to the ECU sporting complex and knockout some sprints, stadium step runs or some such. Then the idea of an at-home Tabata session hit me. Perfect! Short, to the point, and, as anyone who has done a full-out Tabata session knows, taxing, to say the least. I wound up performing a double Tabata session (1 “Tabata session” being equal to 8 total 20 sec on/10 sec off “sets”, or 4 total minutes). Think you can’t get a total, gut-check workout in in under 10 minutes? Think again, my friend. Here’s what ensued:

1. Sprints (on neighborhood streets, complete with taken-aback neighbors, and WTF?? looks) x 6 rounds

2. Bodyweight dips x 4 rounds

3. Kettlebell swings x 6 rounds

Each “round” of the above was done in the Tabata protocol of 20 seconds “on” (i.e., a 20 second sprint), followed by a 10 second rest; immediately followed, of course, by another 20 second “on” period. Believe me, 10 seconds will never seem so short a period until you attempt a full intensity Tabata session.

In health,



  1. Amen; 10 seconds never seems so short–or 20 seconds, so long!

    Like Einstein, the pretty girl, and the hot stove. 😀



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