As I am wont to do on occasion, I'm going to open this workout recap post by talking about something that has nothing to do with exercise. I've now gotten reviews from purchasers on each of my ebooks, one for Deceit on Smashwords and one for Saraphel on Amazon. To my immense joy, they've both been very positive reviews, too, with a combined average score of 4.5/5. I've no idea if there's any way for me to get in touch with either of the reviewers directly (at the very least, I couldn't find a way to do so through the respective stores), so I'll have to settle for expressing my gratitude here.
Kinderlein/Stormswift: My heartfelt thanks to both of you for taking the time to read my books and post your reviews of them. As I say in the closings of the books, I hope you enjoyed reading them even more than I did writing them, and to answer what both of you said, I do in fact have plans to potentially expand both of them into series. However, it'll likely be quite some time before I can get around to completing either one, and they'll be series by virtue of taking place in the same setting rather than direct sequels. And of course, in the meantime, I'd encourage you to take a look at my other book, if you haven't done so already. In fact, I'm planning to run a coupon code for them during December, so if you can wait a week, you can get 50% off!
Type: As Fast As Possible
7 sets of:
7 Pull Ups
Time = 9:00
Bonus: 1 pull up, 1 burpee
As mentioned last week, I shifted my weekend challenge workout to Sunday for this week. Aside from the obvious criticism of always wanting a better time, I was pretty happy with how this one went. Nothing about it stuck out as being especially notable, but I was just nice and tough and satisfying.
Type:As Many Reps As Possible
3 sets of 50 second intervals with 10 seconds of rest of:
Prisoner Squats (total = 87)
Diamond Push Ups (total = 69)
Bridges (total = 42)
High Knees (total = 159)
Bonus: 5 pull ups
Oh boy. It's been a long time since I've done 50 second intervals, and I was gassed the fuck out by the end of the second set. I forced myself to survive through a third set, of course, but my per-set splits were categorically awful in that last set compared to the previous two. I'll definitely take that as a sign that my endurance is still a notable weakness, which is kind of funny, because I used to be the type of athlete who had poor maximum output but excellent endurance. My, how the times change.
One-armed Push Ups, feet together - 1 set of 6, each side (pass)
Stand-to-stand Bridges, one wall touch on the way up - 1 set of 6 (pass)
Hanging V-Raises - 1 set of 12 (pass)
Bonus: 4 sets of 3 half-Aztec push ups
Steady Eddie, this week. While progress is always preferred, this was aimed at holding my ground and checking how my body would respond in terms of cumulative workout soreness.
Type: As Fast As Possible
5 sets of:
5 Pull Ups
10 Push Ups
15 Prisoner Squats
Time = 4:45
Bonus: 10 chin ups
Doing this workout in less than 1 minute per set always feels great. Could I be even faster? I'm sure that I could, but surpassing that benchmark is still worthy of celebrating.
Shoulder-width Handstand Push Ups - 1 set of 16 (pass)
Towel Pull Ups - 1 set of 12 (pass)
Pistol Squats, both hands behind me - 1 set of 6, each side (pass)
Bonus: 2 sets of 3 two-way suicide jumps, 5 burpees
My Saturdays shouldn't be quite so jam-packed now that the US college football regular season is over, so I'll hopefully be able to find time for two set workouts again. That said, this was an improvement from the last time that I did a similar routine, and that's all that can be asked for.