Physical and Spiritual Respiration and Your WOD

In response to a post by my virtual buddy Andrew, I wrote the following comment which I believe is a very important thing to keep in mind, both spiritually and physically.  Or maybe not.  I could be wrong.  Anyway, dig it and let me know what you think.

FYI, when I mention “the prophetess of the 2nd Key” I’m referring to the High Priestess of the Tarot (picture at right).


Robert Mitchell
Dec 04, 2015 @ 10:47:43

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The prophetess of the 2nd Key sits between the pillars of Mercy and Severity, and her wisdom lies in knowing when to be severe and when to be merciful (with oneself and others). This oscillation is like breathing, and breathing is life. Cessation of respiration is death. I advise breathing life and respiration into your “dead” regimen. You might have some 20 min days, some 1 hour days, the occasional 90 minute day, and some days off. And two weeks per year you should do absolutely nothing but eat, sleep, and veg out.

My regimen: Temple rites (LBRP, LUX, and meditation) 7 days/week at dawn. Fall & Winter I train once/day and take off Thurs & Sun. Spring I take off Sun only and work out twice on Sat (one AM and one PM). Ditto for Summer except no Sat doubles. Workouts are about an hour, longer on Fri and Sat, shorter on Weds. Full week off between Christmas and New Years, another full week around July 4th, and sometimes a third week off around Labor Day.

I do not claim to be all-wise, so please take or leave this info. I hope not, but I admit the possibility that I could be completely full of shit. Have a great weekend!


20151204_070312.jpgAnd now for your WOD — a 30 minute, upper-body-crushing, all-out, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workout:

  • Set timer for rounds of :30/:10.  Work for the :30 and use the :10 to transition to next exercise and/or rest.
  • For the first 27 rounds, cycle through the following resistance band exercises: Squat/Rev. Flys, Push-ups, Lunges/Press.
  • For the final 18 rounds, max power punches and hand strikes vs. heavy bag.


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