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Workout Recap - Week of December 31, 2017

January 6, 2018

Because I'd ended up not doing much strength-focused work last week, I decided to dedicate the bulk of this week's exercises to that style.  Unfortunately, I ended up with an awful time for my weekend challenge workout, but I think that was more because of being negligent in paying attention to my nutrition during the week than it was because of that decision.

Sunday

 

Type: Pass/Fail

 

Shoulder-width Handstand Push Ups - 2 sets of 10 (pass)

T&A Pull Ups - 2 sets of 7, each side (pass)

Pistol Squats, Both Hands Behind Me - 2 sets of 4, each side (pass)

 

Bonus: 4 sets of 3 two-way suicide jumps, 2 sets of 5 breath one-armed dead hangs (each side)

 

As mentioned during last week's recap, I've been making some real and significant progress with my unilateral work on pull ups.  The road to doing one-armed pull ups is long and difficult for sure, but that's fine.  I'm not in any rush to turn into a professional rock climber or to compete on a Ninja Warrior-type show, after all.  It's just something that I want to do because I think it'd be pretty badass, so I can take my time with getting there.

 

Tuesday

 

Type: Pass/Fail

 

Shoulder-width Handstand Push Ups - 2 sets of 10 (pass)

Hanging V-Raises - 2 sets of 10 (pass)

Pistol Squats, Both Hands Behind Me - 2 sets of 5 (pass)

 

Bonus: 4 sets of 3 Superman push ups, 5 burpees

 

Yes, that's progress with those pistol squats.  Now that I feel like my form is clean enough to begin improving the rep count, I expect to make further progress at a decent rate, since I seem to be predisposed towards having a strong lower body.

 

Wednesday

 

Type: Pass/Fail

 

1-Armed Push Ups, Feet Together - 2 sets of 8, each side (pass)

Stand-to-stand Bridges (with one touch of a wall on the way up)  - 2 sets of 8 (pass)

Hanging V-Raises - 2 sets of 10 (pass)

 

Bonus: 4 sets of 3 Superman push ups, 10 breath one-armed dead hangs (each side)

 

Pretty much a standard Wednesday workout, really.

 

Friday

 

Type: Pass/Fail

 

1-Armed Push Ups, Feet Together - 1 set of 8, each side (pass)

Stand-to-stand Bridges (with one touch of a wall on the way up)  - 1 set of 8 (pass)

T&A Pull Ups - 1 set of 7, each side (pass)

 

Bonus: 4 sets of 3 two-way suicide jumps

 

Just a quickie today.  I've been trying to squeeze in a lot of stuff this week, so I just things a bit short.

 

Saturday

 

Type: As Fast As Possible

 

7 sets of:

7 Pull Ups

7 Burpees

 

Time = 8:15

 

Bonus: 1 pull up, 1 burpee

 

So, yeah, as mentioned in the intro, this was a rather horrible performance.  I started out well enough (three sets done in 2:15, five sets done in 4:45), but then I just ran out of breath in a bad way.  It was definitely a disappointment, but to put a positive spin on it, I'd rather have a flat performance like this during one of these 7 set challenges than have it happen during the 100 burpee challenge (coming up next weekend).  Not that there's really any meaningful difference between them, since all of my weekend challenges happen on a more or less monthly basis, but it just feels less disappointing for some irrational reason.

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