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Workout Recap - Week of August 12, 2018

The good news is that I bounced back up to a five workout week. The bad news is that I skimped out on some of the difficulty in order to achieve that. Come to think of it, I feel like I mention such trade-offs rather frequently in these recap posts. It seems like a healthy habit to me. If you can achieve everything that you set your sites on without compromise or adversity along the way, that's probably a sign that your goals are too low. I'd rather hit the moon while aiming for the stars than be satisfied with just being a top shelf pervert (yes, that is a Jessica Jones reference).



Type: As Fast As Possible

50 Burpees

Time = 5:15

Bonus: none

And so, I kicked off my attempt to return to form with a simple meat grinder. It worked well enough for what it was, and the final time was adequate, to boot.


Type: Pass/Fail

One-armed Push Ups, feet together - 1 set of 7, each side (pass)

Pistol Squats - 1 set of 12, each side (pass)

Straight Leg Raises - 1 set of 30 (pass)

Bonus: 10 underhand horizontal rows

There isn't a whole hell of a lot to be said about this workout. Adding on a second set would've been ideal, but I didn't.


Type: As Fast As Possible

8 sets of:

10 Push Ups

15 Prisoner Squats

Time = 8:30

Bonus: 30 breath isometric forearm plank

As annoying as it is to not have a suitable place for doing pull ups, this was still a solid workout. I'd also forgotten how much planks can wear on you when you've got nothing to do but concentrate on continuing to hold them. That's the case for isometric holds as a whole, sure, but I think it's especially notable with simpler holds like planks or wall squats as opposed to something like a front lever, because the lower degree of difficulty for the hold itself leaves your mind so free to focus on every tiny aspect of what you're doing.


Type: Pass/Fail

Shoulder-width Handstand Push Ups - 1 set of 12 (pass)

Pistol Squats - 1 set of 10, each side (pass)

Bonus: 2 sets of 6 Superman push ups, 15 bridges

And here, I feel like we can see a distinct drop in the challenge level of the workout. It felt like I was just going through the motions rather than really attacking it.


Type: As Fast As Possible

50 Bridges

Time = 3:00

Bonus: none

For my weekend challenge, I wanted to do something different. That this was, to be sure, but it was something that I'd expected to be more difficult going in that it turned out to be. I could've done something aggressive as a bonus afterwards, but knowing that I'd had a bit of a light week in general, I decided to just take it for what it was and move on.

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