Going to Austin
Few things have taxed my max lifting capacity like a heavy Turkish Get Up. If I weren’t training for some upcoming meets, I’d be pushing the limits on the TGU, as well as the bent press and one armed snatch, with a frequency akin to changing my underwear. Not to deny the basics, as the power and Oly lifts are indeed from which to build the rest of our structure, but I love a good, multifaceted challenge, which the TGU can deliver with extra postage to boot (I’m not sure what that means, but it’s going to be my new tough-guy phrase. if I can get it into a popular rap song, I’ll know it will be an immortal adage. Your challenge today is to use the phrase “I’ll deliver, with extra postage to boot” in a sentence. Make sure it’s tough.). So here’s today’s workout:
Max TGU. Add a windmill at the top for an extra bonus.
The Carrying Combo: Hang Snatch/overhead walk/Full Clean/racked walk/Deadlift/farmer’s walk. 2 bars and a pair of FW handles. One bar for snatching, one for cleaning and then deadlift and carry the FW handles. Use your judgment for the weight, I won’t prescribe anything. BUT it should be a bit challenging, enough to make 6 reps slow ya down a little. So it goes like this:
Snatch: 6 reps, walk with the bar overhead 100 feet/Clean: 6 reps, walk racked for 100 feet/ Deads: 6 reps, carry the handles 100 feet. Repeat as many times as you can in 15 minutes. Yes, we have video of it (towards the end). By the way, if it is nice outside, take your gear outside and play!
Goin’ to Austin.
The second week in March will see way too many people converge on the small downtown of Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest Music Festival. The list of bands will take me hours of deciphering, but what I’m most excited about is the chance to get back into Hyde Park Gym and teach a workshop!
It’s a iron sanctuary,complete with platforms and squat racks galore, and I’m thrilled to be able to make new friends and hopefully leave a little Bodytribe lore within its walls. We’ll be discussing the spine and how to strengthen it without lying on the ground and emphasizing repeated bad posture through crunches or situps. We’ll be toying with the lifts of Yor, wherever that is, using the same techniques that made folks like Arthur Saxon solid foundations of spinal strength. When the strongest people throughout history rarely resorted to the floor-based nonsense we see perpetuated in most gyms, why shouldn’t we gleam a lesson or two from such examples?
By Friday night, I’m festivaled-out. Downtown Austin removes all chairs from their city during this week, making more room for the thousands of standing patrons in the hundreds of venues. Rarely will a venue have more than one band you’d want to see, so every hour it’s off to another venue to stand for another hour, repeated infinitum nauseum. By Friday night I ache for a chair, or curb or passed out sorority pledge to sit on, so if anyone has any ideas of what to do beyond this festival, please let me know.
If only I drank. Maybe that would help.