College Football is Back!

With the return of college football this past weekend, I’ll leave this here.

Clemson Paw

GO TIGERS!!!

Okay, now on to this week’s training. Only a five day week for me. I felt like taking the whole weekend off with it being a holiday weekend. It’ll do my body good.

Fitness

27 August 2018

Row Conditioning

3 x 1000m with 90 seconds rest

4:31 – 4:13 – 4:05

3 Rds

In a 3 minute window, 3 minutes rest between rounds:

12/9/6 Power Cleans 135/155/185

15/12/9 Box Jumps 24″

Max Calorie Bike in remaining time

Scores – 29/30/35 Calories

AMRAP 13

60 DB Snatch 50#

50 Wallballs 20# 10ft

40 Calorie Row

30 Burpee Box Jumps

10 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Score – 167 reps (17 Burpee Box Jumps)

28 August 2018

Back Squat

5@135 – 5@135 – 5@225 – 5@275 – 3@295 – 3@325 – 3@355

Partner WOD (Split Work)

6 RFT:

25 foot DB walking lunge 50#

15 Hand Release Pushups

30 Double Unders

15 Toes to Bar

25 foot DB walking lunge

Time – 14:38

Partner WOD (3 people, each does the same work back to back to back)

30-24-18-12-6 Calorie Bike

10-8-6-4-2 Power Clean 155#

Time – 19:32

29 August 2018

EMOM 10

3 Squat Snatch 135#

AMRAP 20

250m run

20 Calorie Row

20 DB Snatch 50#

20 Wallballs 20# 10ft

Score – 3 Rounds

Strength Endurance

100 Strict Press 95#

30 August 2018

3 RFT (Rest equal to work per round):

12 KBS 70#

12 Ring Dips

12 Abmat Situps

12 Pullups

Time – 9:47 (1:50/1:57/2:13 per round)

Bike Conditioning

25-50-75-100 Calories for time – Rest 3 min between efforts

1:27 – 3:56 – 5:59 – 7:55

31 August 2018

Deadlift x 3

225-275-315-365-385-405-435

Bench Press x 3

135-185-205-225-245-265-275

For Time:

“Air Force”

20 Thrusters 95#

20 Sumo Deadlift High Pull 95#

20 Push Press 95#

20 Overhead Squats 95#

20 Front Squats 95#

EMOM 4 burpees

Time – 7:50

6 Rounds

30 Calorie Row

15 GHD Situps

Typhoon Week!

So here in South Korea this week we had the threat of severe weather from a typhoon making its way through the peninsula. There was a lot of worry and panic with people rushing to the stores to stock up on water and foods. I’m happy to say that in our immediate area things were nothing more than a bit of winds and some rain. No major damage occurred and from what I know no injuries were sustained. The only down side was that the gym was closed on Thursday due to preparations for the storm so I had a mandatory rest day. Oh well, it may have been good for me.

Fitness

Here’s how the week looked. Toward the end I was feeling tired and sluggish so some times and weights were slower and lighter than normal.

20 August 2018

Row Conditioning

750m x 6 with 1 minute rest between efforts

3:12 – 3:07 – 3:04 – 3:04 – 2:58 – 2:55

Every 1:15 for 10 Sets

1 Hang Power Clean – 1 Hang Squat Clean – 1 Push Jerk

135-135-155-155-185-185-205-205-225-245

4RFT

24 Calorie Bike

18 KBS 53#

12 Box Jumps 30″

Time – 13:49

Partner Workout

5 Rounds each, alternate rounds, if you drop the bar, 10 bar facing burpees

5 Front Squats 95#

10 Shoulder to Overhead 95#

10 Alternating Overhead Lunges 95#

Time – 10:06

21 August 2018 

Deadlift x 5

225-275-315-365-405-435

Every 3:00 for 5 rounds

15 Calorie Row

10 Thrusters 95#

8 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

21-15-9

Hand Release Pushups

Wall Balls 30# 10ft

Abmat Situp

Time – 5:54

22 August 2018 

EMOM 20

  1. 10 Bar Dips
  2. 2 Rope Climbs 15ft
  3. 40 Double Unders
  4. 10 GHD sit-ups
  5. Rest

Bike Conditioning

With a partner bike 15,000 meters, switching every 750 meters.

Time – 21:29

24 August 2018

Front Squat

135×5 – 185×5 – 225×5 – 255×5 – 275×5

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

Power Clean 115#

Bar Facing Burpees

Time – 10:18

Row Conditioning

2,000 meter row

Time – 8:25

25 August 2018

Push Press x 5

75-95-115-135-155-175

Partner Workout – Alternating rounds, untimed. 

20 Calorie Bike

40 Yard Sled Push (352# for 4 rounds, 488# on 5th round)

then 2 heavy 20 yard sled pushes

1) 622#

2) 737#

Core Work

10 GHD Sit-ups prior to each set of

2-4-6-8-10-8-6-4-2 Dual KB Deadlifts at 88#

Podcasts

Freedom

Do you listen to podcasts? I’ve found myself regularly listening to a few different ones over the last six months. There are so many different ones covering a host of different topics. I’d be willing to be there is a podcast out there for any topic you want to know about. Personally I listen to four Fitness and one Leadership podcasts regularly.

For the Fitness podcasts, I regularly listen to the Shrugged Collective (formerly Barbell Shrugged), Froning and Friends, Chasing Excellence with Ben Bergeron, and The Business of Fitness with Jason Kalipa. These offer a range of topics from general conversation and interviews with fitness personalities to knowledge about the latest and greatest research affecting the health and fitness field. I’ve learned quite a lot listening to these shows. Everything from effective ways to start and run a new fitness oriented business to how excellent coaches lead their athletes towards growth in their respective sports.

Regarding Leadership, The Jocko Podcast with Jocko Willink is the one I turn to. He is great at taking military leadership from both past and present and applying it to today’s business world. He often reads excerpts from books written by military leaders who recall great examples of supreme leadership. I often find myself wishing that the leaders of today’s military forces would listen to and apply the tactics he discusses so well on his show.

These shows have kept me great company during my time here in Korea. Make no mistake though, I’ll keep listening to them even after I return home. The information included is too good not to keep absorbing it. I’d love to know if you listen to podcasts and if so, which ones and why. Let me know!

Fitness 

Here’s the training I’ve done this week. High volume stuff.

13 August 2018

3RFT with 3 minutes rest between rounds:

25 Calorie Row

21 Burpees

15 Calorie Bike

12 Power Clean and Jerks 95#

Time – 22:50 (6 minutes rest included in that)

14 August 2018

Back Squat 4 sets of 5 reps (Reload Week)

135-185-225-275

Pull-up Skill Work

3 sets of 4 butterfly pull-ups

3 sets of 3 Chest to Bar pull-ups

AMRAP 5

10 Pushups

10 Goblet Squats 53#

Score – 6 +10

-rest 3 minutes-

AMRAP 5

10 Burpees

10 One Arm KB Thrusters 53#

Score – 3 Rounds

15 August 2018

Row Conditioning 

10x 500m with 1 minute rest between

2:11-2:04-2:01-2:00-1:58-1:56-1:56-1:55-1:55-1:53

Deadlift 3 sets of 5 (Deload Week)

135-225-275

Every 4:00 for 5 Rounds:

1k Bike

12 Deadlifts 155#

9 Hang Power Cleans 155#

6 Push Jerks 155#

16 August 2018

AMRAP 13

55 Calorie Row

55 Russian KBS

55 Burpees

55 Abmat Sit-ups

Score – 1 +27 Reps

4RFT (with a partner – you go, I go):

15/10 Calorie Bike

10 DB Push-ups

10 DB Bent Over Rows 55#

Time – 12:52

17 August 2018

Push Press x 3

75-95-125-135-155-175-185-205-215-225

EMOM 20

  1. 40 Double Unders
  2. 8 DB Thrusters 50#
  3. 10 Pull-ups
  4. 12 Box Jumps 24″
  5. Rest

Max Height Box Jump

30″ – 36″ – 42″

Bike Conditioning

5k for time – 7:33

4 Person Team

200 Burpees for Time – 7:01

18 August 2018

Squat Clean

95×3-135×3-185×3-215-225-245-265-275

For Time

50-40-30-20-10

Bike Calories

Wall Balls 20lb 10 ft

Row Calories

Time – 32:00

Core Work

5 sets of 10 GHD Sit-ups

Team of 3

90 Power Snatches 135#

Time – 5:00

Sharing a Better Man’s Words.

“In a country that most would struggle to find on a map, in a compound that few possess the courage to enter, men from my previous life took the fight to our enemy.

In that compound, they found men that pray five times a day for your destruction. Those men don’t know me, they don’t know you, and they don’t know America. They don’t understand our compassion, our freedoms, and our tolerance. I know it may seem as if those things are currently missing, but they remain, and I know they will return. Our capacity for them is boundless, and is only dwarfed by their hatred for you. They don’t care about your religious beliefs; they don’t care about your political opinions. They don’t care if you sit on the left or the right, liberal or conservative, pacifist or a warrior. They don’t care how much you believe in diversity, equality, or freedom of speech.

I’m sorry that you have never smelled the breath of a man who wants to kill you. I am sorry that you have never felt the alarm bells ringing in your body, the combination of fear and adrenaline, as you move towards the fight, instead of running from it. I am sorry you have never heard someone cry out for help, or cried out for help yourself, relying on the courage of others to bring you home. I am sorry you have never tasted the salt from your own tears, as you stand at flag draped coffins, burying men you were humbled to call your friends. I don’t wish those experiences on you, but I wish you had them. It would change the way you act, it would change the way you value, it would change the way you appreciate. You become quick to open your eyes, and slow to open your mouth.

Most will never understand the sacrifice required to keep men from that compound away from our doorstep, but it would not hurt you to try. It would not hurt you to take a moment to respect the sacrifices that others make on your behalf, whether they share your opinions or not. It would not hurt you to take a moment to think of the relentless drain on family, friends, and loved ones that are left behind. Ideas are not protected by words. Paper may outline the foundation and principles of this nation, but it is blood that protects it.

In that compound, a man you have never met gave everything he had, so that YOU, have the freedom to think, speak, and act however you choose. He went there for all of us, whether you loved him, or hated what he stood for. He went there to preserve the opportunity and privilege to believe, to be, and to become what we want. This country, every single person living inside of its borders and under the banner of its flag, owe that man. We owe that man everything. We owe him the respect that his sacrifice deserves.

Saying thank you is not enough.

We send our best, and lose them, in the fight against the worst this world has to offer. If you want to respect and honor their sacrifice, it needs to be more than words. You have to live it.

Take a minute and look around. Soak it in, all of it. The good, the bad, and the ugly. You have the choice, every day, as to which category you want to be in, and which direction you want to move. You have that choice, because the best among us, the best we have ever had to offer, fought, bled, and died for it.

Don’t ever forget it.” – A Debt That Cannot Be Repaid by Navy SEAL Andy Stumpf

One thing that being away from home has allowed me is a chance to do a lot of thinking, deep thinking. Today I stumbled upon these words again. This is not my first exposure to Mr. Stumpf’s words as I have followed his blog for a while. However, recently events that effect me personally have led me to questioning leadership surrounding me.

These words have allowed my tensions to ease a bit over my leadership dilemma. Re-reading these words have reminded me that I, and my family, are doing something so few do. We are sacrificing on behalf of others who have no idea what goes on in the military. We are sacrificing on behalf of so many who take for granted the freedoms and privileges they enjoy. We are sacrificing on behalf of a bunch of “adults” who act like children fighting over every single aspect of our society.

Mr. Stumpf hits my feelings on the head when he writes “It would change the way you act, it would change the way you value, it would change the way you appreciate. You become quick to open your eyes, and slow to open your mouth.” Unfortunately, in today’s world we have far too many people who need these changes.

My Music Genre of Choice

Freedom

As I sit here tonight writing this I’m listening to some of the newer country music albums I’ve purchased lately. Currently I’m playing Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore album. Throughout my life country music has always been my favorite, and to be honest, many people who I’ve encountered in my life often questioned why I like music that’s all about “losing the girl, the dog dying and trucks breaking down.” Those people always give me a chuckle because I know right then they’ve never actually listened to country music. I mean really listened to it.

You see, I look at country music as a genre capable of telling stories, generating emotions, and throwing a party. It’s an all inclusive genre nowadays. Artists create songs with amped up energy as well as songs meant to slow you down. Many artists create stories in their songs. There really is no limit to how a country artist can use his or her music. Yet a lot of people write it off as nothing but sad, sappy stuff. I honestly feel sorry for those people.

Another reason I enjoy country music is because I never feel like its hateful or degrading. In today’s world, there is so much negativity and violence in entertainment and media. I never have encountered a country music song that has an angry tone or encourages violence. To me it’s a genre focused solely on producing quality music. In today’s rap music for example, all too often artists don’t even use words that are found in a dictionary. Then some pop songs get away with using as little as 15 words on repeat and it becomes a hit. I just don’t get it. To me there was no thought or actual work put into such songs. With country music you will find songs with lots of different, real words found in a dictionary. It just seems to be a better representation of what music was meant to be. Country music also doesn’t use derogatory language like some other genres do. Personally, I think some of the “music” played today plays a role in how people treat each other. I believe violent, disrespectful music can lead to that type of behavior in people. In today’s societies, we just do not need that. So I stay with my country music that focuses on producing unifying and loving music.

Lastly, everyone has their own musical tastes, and you are entitled to it. I won’t argue that. But I enjoy country the most, and if you’re a good human being, I’ll never judge you based on your musical choice. So enjoy what you enjoy and I’ll do the same and we’ll all go on living happy lives.

Fitness

Now, onto the training from the week.

6 August 2018

Back Squat

135×5 – 225×5 – 275×5 – 295×3 – 315×3 – 365×1

AMRAP 8

6 Deadlifts 275#

6 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Score – 6+2 reps

6 Sets Untimed

15 DB Strict Press 35#

30 Calorie Bike

7 August 2018

Core Work

4×15 GHD Situps

Conditioning

3×4:00 rounds – rest 4:00 between efforts

400m Run

12/9/6 Calorie Bike

Max Effort Hand Release Pushups in remaining time

Scores – 33/30/33 HR Pushups

Row Conditioning

5 x 500m – rest 1 minute

2:09 – 2:05 – 2:05 – 2:02 – 2:02

8 August 2018

Row Conditioning

10-20-30-40-50 Calories – rest 90 seconds

:36 – 1:07 – 1:40 – 2:23 – 2:54

Olympic Lifting

Every 1:30 for 12:00 – Squat Clean/Front Squat/Split Jerk

135-165-185-185-205-205-225-245

EMOM 15

15 KBS 53#

10 T2B

5 HSPU (Scaled to 4-3-3-3-4)

Skillwork

150 Double Unders

Time – 3:53

Bike Conditioning

5k for time

Time – 8:41

10 August 2018

Overhead Squat

95×5 – 115×5 – 135×5 – 165×3 – 185×3 – 205×3 – 225×1 – 245×1 – 270×1(PR) – 275×1(PR)

3RFT

60 Double Unders

20 Air Squats

10 Sumo-deadlift High Pull 95#

Time – 6:40

Cardio/Core Conditioning

10-20-30-40-50 Calorie Row

30-25-20-15-10 GHD Situps

11 August 2018

Bench Press

95×10 – 135×10 – 185×5 – 205×5 – 225×5 – 245×5 – 265×3 – 275×1 – 295×1 – 315×1

Deadlift/DB Bicep Curl Supersets

135×10/35×10 – 185×10/35×10 – 225×10/35×10 – 275×5/35×5 – 315×5/35×5 – 365×5/35×5

For Time

21 Calorie Bike

21 Bar Facing Burpees

21 Power Cleans 165#

21 Bar Facing Burpees

21 Calorie Bike

Time – 10:10

3RFT

20 Calorie Row

20 Shoulder to Overhead 115#

Time – 7:14

EMOM 10

3 Strict Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Just the Training.

Not a lot happened this week in Korea, so all I have to share is my training for the week. Maybe over the coming week I’ll think of something to write about for you.

Fitness

23 July 2018

Snatch 

Find a heavy single

75-75-95-95-115-115-135-155-165-175-185

5RFT

5 Deadlifts 275#

10 Burpees

Time – 4:25

24 July 2018

Double Under EMOM 10

First 5 minutes – 40 DUs

Second 5 minutes – 50 DUs

Partner AMRAP 20

25 Calorie Bike

50 KBS 53#

25 Calorie Row

Score – 4 Rounds +95 reps

25 July 2018

Clean and Jerk

Find a heavy single

95-95-135-155-185-205-225-245-265-275

For Time

15-10-5

Power Cleans 135#

Ring Dips

Time – 3:38

Not for time

20-15-10-5 GHD situps

20 HR pushups after each set

26 July 2018

EMOM 10

6 Chest to Bar Pull-ups

For Time

7-5-3 HSPU

21-15-9 Box Jumps 24″

Time – 7:58

Bike Conditioning

5 Miles – 14:55

27 July 2018

8RFT

13 Deadlifts 185#

17 Wallballs 20lb 10ft

Row 500m

Time – 38:49

For Time

2k Bike

3 RDS

15 Power Snatch 95#

45 DUs

1500m Bike

2 RDS

15 Power Snatch 95#

45 DUS

1k Bike

1 RD

15 Power Snatch

45 DUs

Time – 27:28

28 July 2018

Back Squats

Reps of 10-10-10-5-5-5-5

135-185-225-275-315-365-385

Partner WOD – Split evenly

40 Calorie Bike w/ 225# deadlift hold each time

40 Push Press 95#

40 Front Squats

40 Weighted Sit-ups 20#

30 Calorie Bike

30 Push Press

30 Front Squats

30 Weighted Sit-ups

20 Calorie Bike

20 Push Press

20 Front Squats

20 Weighted Sit-ups

10 Calorie Bike

10 Push Press

10 Front Squats

10 Weighted Sit-ups

Time – 20:57

100 Triathlons and counting…

Family

Today is a huge day for my wife Kimberly. Today, she will race in her 100th career triathlon! She’s been racing triathlon for I believe something like 12 years (I may be wrong about that number). She took last year off to have our daughter Morgan, so I know she’s been looking forward to this season and accomplishing this goal. She’s been so dedicated to the sport of triathlon, she even takes jobs like swim coach and spin teacher just to keep training for her races. Her passion for this sport even leaked into me a bit while we were in Texas. She had me doing some of these races too! I have yet to do any since being in Georgia. This may have something to do with spending two summers overseas with my unit. So today, if you see the woman pictured below, give her a huge hug and high five as she just accomplished something amazing! Love you babe!

Kim Tri Photo
This photo made me want to date her. 

Fitness

Here’s the training I did this week. Monday through Friday only, resting this weekend.

16 July 2018

EMOM 12

2 Snatch – First 8 rounds at 135#, last 4 rounds at 155#.

For Time:

500m Row buy in, then:

2 Rounds-

15 OHS 115#

15 T2B

Time – 6:50

Bike Conditioning

10x 500m w/ 30 seconds rest between efforts

Total time- 12:15

17 July 2018

Deadlift

5×5 with my opposite grip

135-225-275-315-365

For Time-

500m Row

15 Strict Press 95#

10 C2B Pull-ups

500m Row

12 Strict Press

8 C2B

500m Row

9 Strict Press

6 C2B

Time – 10:51

3 Person Row Relay

6000m switching every 300m

Time – 26:05

18 July 2018

EMOM 12

2 Clean and Jerk @ 185# *I did Power Clean, Push Jerk, Squat Clean, Push Jerk

AMRAP 9

30 DUs

15 KBS 53#

15 HR Pushups

Score – 5 + 17 reps

EMOM 20

10 Calorie Air Bike

20 Abmat situps

19 July 2018

Back Squat

3 x 5

135-185-205 (All from floor)

In 3 Minutes: max effort bar facing burpees

Score – 34

5RFT

500m Row

20 Alt. Dumbell Snatches 50#

Time – 17:21

20 July 2018

Strict Press

8 x 5

95-105-115-125-135-145-155-165

6 RFT

15 Wallballs 20# 10 ft

30 Calorie Air Bike

Time – 18:31

Row Conditioning

250m-500m-750m-1000m-750m-500m-250m w/90 seconds rest

:57-1:57-2:55-3:55-2:56-1:54-:52