Workout Recap - Week of February 18, 2018
Settling into a new place yet again, along with a few particularly long days in the middle of the week, conspired to keep me down a bit again on the exercise front, but I feel like I stepped things up from last week, so there's that. On the plus side, this place has a pool, so I've been having some fun trying to remember how to swim again. It's probably not the greatest idea to do that after a tiring workout, but it just feels so good to take a cool dip under the hot sun after getting all sweaty that I don't mind doing little more than treading water in there. Besides, I've been the only person at the pool both times that I've used it so far, so it's not like I've got an audience to embarrass myself in front of. At least not yet, since I've been spreading the word that the water isn't as frigidly cold as rumors indicated.
Type: As Fast As Possible
5 sets of:
5 Handstand Push Ups
15 Prisoner Squats
Time = 8:15
Bonus: 2 sets of 10 fingertip push ups
Lacking something convenient to do pull ups on is atrophying my biceps, but at least I can still do handstand- and bridge-work for maintenance on my back and shoulders. There's really no good excuse for not at least doing some Australian pull ups, though. Hotel room tables are sturdy enough for that.
Shoulder-width Handstand Push Ups – 1 set of 10 (pass)
Stand-to-Stand Bridges, one wall touch on the way up – 1 set of 8 (pass)
Pistol Squats, both hands behind me – 1 set of 7 (pass)
Straight Leg Raises – 1 set of 20 (pass)
Bonus: 4 sets of 3 Superman push ups
Honestly, there isn't much to say about this one. It was an incredibly forgettable workout.
One-Armed Push Ups, Feet Together – 2 sets of 5, each side (pass) Pistol Squats, both hands behind me – 2 sets of 5, each side (pass) Bridges – 2 sets of 15 (pass)
Ah, not only was this my first workout by the pool, but it was also my first workout outdoors and my first workout on a surface other than carpet (I did about half of it on grass and half of it on that sort of grouted amalgamation of stone chips that sometimes gets used as a cheap alternative to engineered concrete). I was surprised by how much I had to think about where I was looking, especially with the bridges, because it proved eerily natural to keep looking at the sun. I don't really trust the little poolside structure (since there's bird shit all over/around it and the wooden parts seem like they'd be prone to giving splinters), and I don't want to use random walls of other hotel tenants, so I'm stuck with just groundwork for the time being. If I develop some calluses for working on the stony surface, I'll start mixing in some timed workouts, but for now, it'll be strictly pass/fail in an attempt to avoid getting any road rash.
One-Armed Push Ups, Feet Together – 2 sets of 6, each side (pass) Pistol Squats, both hands behind me – 2 sets of 5, each side (pass) Bridges – 2 sets of 15 (pass)
Bonus: 4 sets of 3 plyometric push ups, 7 burpees, swimming
Just another poolside workout. Aside from progressing in the number of push ups from the previous one, I also progressed in doing the entire workout on the stony surface, including the burpees (though I took those more slowly than I had to, just to be mindful of not scraping my feet over the ground during the kick back into the plank position). It helped that I went out earlier today, so the stones hadn't been baking under a full day of scorching sunlight yet. The pool's water was much colder, though, likely for the same reason, but I didn't mind. I like being cold.