“If excuses bore the cost of the advancement they halt, they would be far fewer, and many would be far further.”
“There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.” Louis XIV
Here is another fantastic article of his that gets directly to the point and will hopefully provide some simple clarity for those of you that routinely require the playing of the world’s smallest violin.
Please take a few minutes to read, and accompany the meal with a tall glass of self-awareness.
4 x 8 @ (up to) 60% of 1RM
Rest as needed between sets. If a set requires interruption, or is unable to be completed at initial weight, make as minor an adjustment as needed to perform the next uninterrupted. When scheme is listed as “4 x 8″, it always refers to “Sets” x “Reps”.
Then, 4 high-quality, aggressive rounds:
Alternate rotational movement by round as desired. Lateral slam ball/ Medicine ball throw/ catch: 15lb. W, 20lb.M. Kettlebell kayak: 1/4 BW.
And then, as many reps as possible in 3 minutes of:
“Prison” Abmat sit-up
In the “prison” situp, we interlock our fingers and keep both hands behind the head. Reps count when shoulders and elbows touch the ground simultaneously. Keep your ass on the ground throughout.
*Airplane push-up: Simply begin and end with chest/ guts on the ground and hands and hips off the ground.
**Our “kayak” is a full-range Russian Twist and involves trunk rotation and a touch of the implement to the ground on both sides of the body. Today, L + R side touch= 1 rep.
Either a great refresher, or a great introduction- Kelly Starrett gets back to basics and details some excellent concepts to help us maintain our hard-working bodies. Take the 7 minutes and watch.
‘We live on nothing, but trash and low self-respect. And the view of our careless lives- no worth, neglect. Personalized science, experiment ourselves to death. Gotta get in touch with what we need- self-love, respect.
Mind, body, and soul, mine to control. Self-evaluation says no contamination. All I truly own are my body and a ton of respect. Cultivate my health, keep the negative in check.
My life I love I will not burn. I am how I live, I have learned. The body is the window to the soul- your careless ways, will take their toll.
Consuming and polluting our consciousness, walking in step with all the wrong leads, leads us to death. Unhealthy lifestyles, organs corroded by waste. Trusting the system, leads to human decay.
Feel so good, filled with love. Sickness an addiction, making the connection.
Confidence building as I purify myself. You can have your Twinkies, I’ll keep my health.’
“Temple”- Four Walls Falling/ Taylor Steele, 1992.
Even more relevant and intelligent today than it was in 1992.
Enjoy, and think.
“Effort is an expendable currency; Drain the well when the opportunity presents, for it cannot be saved, stored, or taken with you.”
(Few regrets have ever come from trying too hard.)
We are very pleased to share that Greg Walsh is interviewed in the current issue of Post Magazine. Locally, it is available at these locations. Outside the Rochester, NY area, it may be ordered through the Post website. Enjoy!
Just a quick thank you to our friends at CrossFit Football for using a great photo from Wolf Brigade alongside their 10/19/14 training.
“Send me their sons and prodigal daughters,
Render up to me their lost and stray.
Give lust and life to our dances, flight to our fancies,
Give me courage for my passions and my pain…”
Someone once asked me why people need to scream to get their point across in music.
“Passion” isn’t neat and clean and quiet. “Obsession” doesn’t usually play well with others and do as its told. Sometimes chaos is the only path to catharsis; sometimes making more noise than you need to is the only way to be heard at all.
Scream your fuckin’ throat red, break something that doesn’t need to be broken, push yourself so hard that your eyes go blurry; Much stranger than WANTING to or NEEDING to is never feeling the fire that DRIVES you to…
Why are volume and intensity sometimes used to articulate a point or send a strong message? If you really have to ask, you may never understand…
8, 6, 4, 2, 2, 2, 2
Weight increases each set (denoted by commas), and reps are divided evenly L to R. Today, 1 clean + 1 Thruster = 1 rep; Complete the clean (including a full stand-up), and then begin the Thruster.
Start conservatively and end as heavy as possible.
Then, 4 rounds of:
10 minutes Airdyne (3 minutes forward + 2 minutes arms-only x 2)
We have learned the hard way, and continue to learn, that we are in an era of “Do”, and much less an era of “Learn to do” when it comes to “Functional fitness”. That simple fact makes the way we operate our facility and conduct our training more of a challenge than being a growing brand in the fitness industry is in the first place.
There are right ways and wrong ways to train people, and then there are those that choose to do neither. We choose the right way. It’s not the quickest way, it’s definitely not the easiest way, and it is often not the funnest way. But it’s right. Detail-oriented training- from the beginning and day-in and day-out afterwards- leads to a strong, versatile skill set, it leads to long-term progress… It favors safety and quality over convenience, and develops the mental fortitude to endure things outside and above a haphazard conditioning workout.
For all the truly amazing things that CrossFit has done over the past 12 years, the current incarnation of it has left its bastard children to fend for themselves and fight over scraps at an overcrowded dinner table, and created a culture of mediocrity in a field that should be anything but. The ease of franchise- but lack of experience- and need for members to fill over-equipped facilities has led to an inattention to detail at the upstart level that has made attention to detail such as ours the exception, and not the rule. We’ve seen the impatience with those that just want to “Get after it”, and not learn the fundamentals… We’ve seen those that, after training other places, struggle with the basics but don’t want to slow down and hammer them. And thankfully, we’ve also taken in many that have decided details are fun, and know that there’s more to training than the time on a clock, or the weight on a bar.
We have less members than many of the sub-par CrossFit gyms in our area. Do we need members to keep the doors open? Sure. Are we willing to follow the herd, throw out a Groupon or two, let anyone with enough money to train for a month jump cold into a class that involves hard work, heavy weights, and challenging body positions, or put a diluted brand name above our door to recruit them? No.
We choose to grow the right way. It’s not the quickest way, it’s definitely not the easiest way, and it is often not the funnest way. But it’s right.
“A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” James Crook
A friend of mine died yesterday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on a remote trail near his home in the Hollywood Hills. It is unfortunately not the first and probably not the last time I will see someone I knew, respected, and related to make such a choice, and will subsequently watch myself think the entire situation into the ground.
In this instance, my friend was a counter-culture pioneer. He concepted and launched wacky, underground clothing brands and grew them from nothing into something- all along the way championing, commiserating with, and even employing many of the misfits and weirdos his brands catered to. He played in great bands, he thought and operated exclusively outside the box, he was driven by discontent, and ultimately (like many of us that never have and never will walk a conventional path) was likely driven mad by it.
The groundedness and relentlessness it requires to stay balanced while constantly swimming upstream, running through the mud, and dusting yourself off after each and every fall, year after year, are lessons that he had learned the hard way times-over, and had almost certainly taken a toll.
Even in my comparatively limited capacity I can relate to the forging (as opposed to the following…) of a path as being an often dangerous game, accompanied by the potential for both great risk and great reward, and demanding a price to play that most are unable and unwilling to pay.
Only a loss of conviction and purpose can allow pain and weakness to gain a foothold; Consider discouragement and discomfort mortal enemies, think of them as a disease. Treat their entry into your life with hostility, and fight them as if they were an intruder in your home;
If you relent, even for a second, the darkness will win…
And it will hold on tight.
We’ve been asked some interesting questions since we put this site up in 2009, and felt it was time to share! We’ve compiled some of the odd ones, the informative ones, and simply the ones we had fun answering into our new Frequently Asked Questions section.
If you’re curious about Wolf Brigade (or simply wondering what people send to our contact email in the middle of the night), please give it a read-through! It will give some insight into both how we do things, and our sense of humor…
Great insight/ reminder from writer Adam Farrah. Replace “Paleo eating and living” with anything challenging that you choose to pursue, and it rings just as true… strength training, martial arts, writing, coaching…
There will forever be those that attempt to drag you down to their level, simply because they are unwilling to put in the effort needed to rise to yours… Never let it happen. -FTW-
The unique look, feel, methods, and details that have drawn so many to Wolf Brigade are products of my eclectic, turbulent, and somewhat unusual background; The weaving together of many of those pieces has created the stand-out product we now offer.
For the curious, some of those origins are narrated in words and pictures here: War of Attrition.
Our group path is fitness, strength & conditioning, and the achievement of a mindset that allows us to transfer the physical and mental skills we earn in training into our day-to-day walk through life. We’ve all found our way here by different road, and we all take different things with us when we leave.
If there is one take-away that transcends previous background or current application, it is simply the acknowledgement that our character is what defines us, while our pursuit of physicality simply assists its development. Training is our vehicle, not our destination.
Greg Walsh, 2014.
Common sense is a dinosaur, public courtesy seems not far behind.
All we can do is look back and laugh.
Well, that’s not all we can do…