Issues

Wednesday tends to be recovery day, at least for those of us who spit blood and eat nails on Monday and Tuesday.  But I didn’t post yesterday’s workout, and too many of you who I see regulary skipped Monday (AHEM!), so I don’t feel that far behind.

Tuesday was pretty simple: increase pressing ability.

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Max overhead band presses. Like any other max, work through some sets of triples and doubles until you’re down to singles.  But overhead presses with bands get tough quick, so watch the increment jumps.

Lockouts from chains.  Or pins, but i like being able to not worry about the bounce when I lower the bar sans a lot of control.  Set the chains so the bar is somewhere above eye level but below top of the head, unless you find that you have a different sticking point. 3-5 reps, 4 sets.

Bench press. 3 sets of 6 reps.  Haven’t done good ol’ rep sets for a while.  See how it feels.

Burpees/dips. 1 minute of each. 2 sets. This ought to finish you off.

Don’t worry, if you’re dying for some GPP wrk, that’s what today was supposed to be for (which might be tomorrow, if you doing yesterday’s workout today…. does that make sense?)  A nice recovery day workout.  15 minutes of the following:

Light driving buelers/2-hand alternating mills/sled drag. 8 per side/8 per side/200 feet, as many time as you can in 15 minutes.

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Issues and our love for them 

We’ve got `issues.’  There seems to be an increase in `issues.’  Like fleas or lice, folks seem to carrying around these unwanted yet tolerated mental or emotional parasites and are in the perpetual search for the spiritual version of Advantage to dab on their necks and be done with it.

What turn of vernacular made having `issues’ a bad thing?  There never seems to be a singular version of it either.  Never has someone pointed to a loved one, crazy person or the family member that fits both bills and said `that person has an issue.’  Apparently `issues’ exist as a collective, like the Borg, and resistance might not be futile, but certainly a challenge.

Unlike boogers, which are annoying, gross to some (fun to others), but otherwise harmless, except when they fall into your salad while you’re on a date, `issues’ can’t just be picked, blown into a tissue or swallowed. `Issues’ seems to be the nice way of saying `problems,’ and when someone is said to have them, there is often a parenthetical understanding of `… and they should do something about it.’

If we apply a cognitive pick axe to anyone, we’ll find them, with the possible exceptions of Burt Reynolds, who can do no wrong, and Jamie Foxx, who I believe is a robot.  `Issues’ do not define us, but how we understand them, express them and deal with them are strong indicators of who we are and what we’re made of.

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You, the `gentle reader’ as Miss Manners might call you, are surely wondering where the heck I’m going with this.  Or you might still be thinking of boogers in your salad without remembering anything from the last paragraph.  Well, here’s my point…

`Issues’ can be the quickest obstacle to health.  A workout or good eating plan are usually the first to get the axe when `issues’ seem to get bigger than our ability to handle them.  On an immediate basis, this may be needed prioritizing, but not for any length of time.  If health takes a back seat to dealing with your `issues,’ guess what?

You’ve got a whole new batch of `issues.’

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