Lachman, Chicago and Workout of the Week #33

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Last week I was in Chicago on business.  Thursday was cloudy, misting rain and 40º F.  I could’ve easily stayed inside and called for lunch delivery.  But my hosts wanted Gene & Jude’s, and since the place is world famous, who was I to say “No”?  Gene & Jude’s it was, and I have to admit it was a good dog.  Fresh cut fries piled on top of an old-school hot dog trimmed with mustard, onions, relish and sweet peppers.  What’s not to like?  As long as you don’t eat it every day, right?

Then, after work, I went into the city to meet a friend — who just so happened to be in Chicago at the same time! — and have a kale salad and a slice of pizza at Parlor.  A skyline worthy of Ridley Scott,  good food and great company — what’s not to love?  That I could do every day!

I almost always take a book when I travel. Nothing like a good book for conjuring wonderment out of waiting for planes, trams, taxis and shuttles.  This trip’s book was The Quest for Hermes Trismegistus by Gary Lachman.  Although I consider myself well versed on the subject matter, Gary impressed me with small details I wasn’t aware of and expanded my view with his unique insight into where Hermeticism began and where it’s headed.  His list of sources is alone worth the price of admission.  I added half a dozen of his sources to my Alibris wish list.  Excellent book. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Thrice Great One.  You don’t read a book like this one every day!

I’m definitely going to be reading a great deal more Lachman in the months and years ahead.  But will he read mine?  I sure hope so!

And without further delay, below find the Cabal Fang Workout of the Week.

Cabal Fang Workout of the Week #33

  • High Intensity Circuit Training.  Make 4 exercise stations using tires, mallets, medicine ball, etc.  Set your timer to beep every 40 – 60 seconds.  Allowing about 12 seconds to transition, that means you’ll be working each station for 28 – 48 seconds with 12 second breaks between.  If you pick 40 second rounds, do 6 cycles, 50 seconds do 5, 6o seconds do 6.  This will keep your workout around 16 minutes.  If you’re doing this with your group, add sufficient stations such that everybody has a slot.  If you don’t have enough gear, just insert some calisthenics.   And you’ll need to modify the round lengths and cycles to suit the needs of the group of course.
  • Journaling.  Are you keeping a training log and journal?  If you aren’t doing that, you’re really missing out on one of the easiest and yet most powerful personal improvement methods known to humankind.  Get yourself a book you like — spiral bound, leather, fancy, cheap, doesn’t matter — and make entries as close to daily as you can.  Include your workouts, your mood, what’s bothering you, what’s inspiring you, you name it.  Start doing it today!



One response to “Lachman, Chicago and Workout of the Week #33

  1. Pingback: Workout of the Week #58 | Robert Mitchell Jr.

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