Press Day

Warm-up - 

GPP complexes 45/65
3 sets of 10 OH DB strict press (light to medium)

Workout - 5 rounds of:

10 pushups (strict)
15 stab DB chest flys AHAP
20 bench dips
rest 2 min.

Post strings of pushups and bench dips, plus weight of stab flys to comments.


Daily Extras - 

Perform 3 bouts of as many continuous mins of plank holds as you are able. Rest 1 min between each bout.


Workout Notes:

  • 1 GPP complex is comprised of 25 individual reps over 5 separate movements. You must not put the bar down (you may tap it) once you lift it until all 25 reps are completed. 
  • Strict presses are light to medium weight. Just warming the shoulders up here.
  • Weight those pushups if needed. You should struggle to get 10.
  • Straighter legs are better on dips.
  • The 2 minute rest is a part of each round.

I'm a little late to the game on reading this book. I started it yesterday and am about half-way through it. I listen to many books on my rides. 

In this book, Dr. Frankl recounts unspeakably horrible experiences he suffered while being held prisoner in Nazi death camps.

His observations and stories are extraordinary because as he recounts his horrifying experiences from several perspectives (a human, brother, spouse, son, patriot, doctor, observer, etc), he reveals the lessons he learned for survival (physical, mental, emotional & spiritual).

Here are the two which struck me the hardest - so far:

  • We cannot avoid suffering. We MUST NOT avoid suffering. Our primary drive in life is NOT to find what is pleasurable (as Freud postulated). Instead, our primary drive is to find MEANING. If we can find meaning, even in our suffering, we can choose how to cope with it and learn to move forward. There was even a little line in there that said something like (can't find so going from memory here), humankind cannot know pleasure without pain. And that the more we learn to cope with pain, the more pleasure we can ultimately recognize and receive. This blew me away, especially since I heard it in the middle of a 25 mile push - into the wind. HA!

The second lesson hit me hard. Not sure why. I've been thinking about it all day. Mainly because I can't imagine the horror and/or the magnitude of it. Stack that on top of him being so - blissful? (maybe the wrong word here) - and I can't wrap my mind around it. It also makes me realize I can (should?) respond a little better to my own relatively silly life situations.  

  • He wrote, that one of the most freeing moments of his life occurred on the day of his internment to Auschwitz. After arriving at Auschwitz by train everyone's heart skipped a beat upon seeing the wooden signs announcing their arrival at the camp - they had heard about that place. 1500 captives were cooped up in a shed as they were all slowly and painstakingly processed. "Processed" meant that all prisoners would begin by filing past a senior SS officer who with "careless ease" pointed each man or woman either to the R, or to the L (90% were sent to the L). The sinister meaning of this simple gesture (finger point) was unknown to him at the the time.

He was pointed to the R. He and all others in his group were then stripped forever of every earthly possession and marched into the showers. Were they to be cleaned or gassed? It was confusing because the crematorium also had the word "bath" engraved above the doors. For him and a minority of the others it was a real bath followed by a full day of physical abuse and psychological horrors. At a certain moment, after being stripped of everything including his hair, he was able to detach himself from his former life. While standing in a room freezing and naked, surrounded by other freezing & naked prisoners (they were each systematically removed from the room - not from earshot - and beaten extensively), he was overcome by a "grim sense of humor." He realized that he no longer had anything to lose. In that moment, he felt free. 

Can you imagine? 


Nope. She doesn't look pregnant from this angle either! (Ash S.)