Tardiness with this recap post notwithstanding, I'm quite happy with how this week went. I had some measurable progress from my last week (for a certain definition of "measurable", at any rate), and I managed to fit in a five workouts despite having dedicated even more time to helping my friend (it helped that the help was something we'd planned in advance in this case). Now, if only I could get around to also posting a review for a book I finished recently, I'd be golden.
Shoulder-width Handstand Push Ups - 1 set of 13 (pass)
Towel Pull Ups - 1 set of 10 (pass)
Pistol Squats, both hands behind me - 1 set of 5, each side (pass)
Bonus: 4 sets of 3 half-Aztec push ups, 7 burpees
My main goal with this workout was gauging my grip endurance during the towel pull ups, and I liked where I was at with that. My secondary goal was to also gauge how well I could handle higher numbers of handstand push ups in a single set, which also turned out well. I had a slight moment of disorientation after getting back on my feet, but it passed in a blink or two, so I'm not worried about needing to put any special focus on acclimatizing to inversion.
Type: As Many Reps As Possible
3 sets of 30 second intervals with 10 seconds of rest of:
Pull Ups (total = 30)
Push Ups (total = 57)
Bridges (total = 31)
Lunges (total = 26)
Hanging Knee Raises (total = 64)
Side Lunges (total = 38)
Bonus: 10 straight leg raises
This workout got me pumped. HIIT workouts are usually funny like that, because they're incredibly exhausting at the time (which is kind of the point, yes, I know) but are still reliable for a boost of energy afterwards. Aside from that, I was very happy with the pull up and push up totals. The bridges could've been better, but I felt a little out of practice with them, so that's probably a matter of getting more repetition under my belt. The rest was about what I expected.
One-armed Push Ups, feet together - 2 sets of 4, each side (pass)
Stand-to-stand Bridges, one wall touch on the way up - 2 sets of 4 (pass)
Hanging V-Raises - 2 sets of 6 (pass)
Bonus: 4 sets of 3 half-Aztec push ups
It'd been a while since I'd done these movements, so I was conservative with the target numbers. Honestly, I can't think of anything else to say about this one, but even just getting it done was a success compared to last week.
Type: As Fast As Possible
5 sets of:
5 Pull Ups
10 Push Ups
15 Prisoner Squats
Time = 4:30
Bonus: 15 breath isometric towel dead hang
Averaging less than one minute per set is just fantastic for this. Nothing more needs to be said.
Type: As Fast As Possible
7 sets of:
7 Pull Ups
Bonus: 1 pull up, 1 bridge
A fine finish to a fine week. I'd needed some more bridging practice anyway, as noted earlier, so it was a nice coincidence for this workout to come up in the weekend challenge rotation. I still ran out of steam on the last couple of sets, but rather than feeling bad about it, I'm choosing to see it as a sign of potential for future improvement.