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Workout Recap - Week of February 17, 2019

Confession time: I've been watching Gotham like a madman on Netflix recently. It's not a well-written show on the whole, and I'm not a big Batman fan by any means, but there are just so many incredible performances by the actors that it's still fun to watch. In particular, Robin Lord Taylor (Penguin) and Cory Michael Smith (Riddler) must have chronically sore backs from how hard they carry every scene they're in, and in no particular order, Jada Pinkett Smith (Fish Mooney), Donal Logue (Harvey Bullock), Morena Baccarin (Lee Thompkins), and Cameron Monaghan (Jerome Valeska/Xander Wilde) are also consistently fantastic. Ben McKenzie (Jim Gordon) comes off as being a stiff hypocritical prick most of the time, though I think the character plays a large part in that, because I loved his out-of-character moments. Sadly, David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne), Sean Pertwee (Alfred Pennyworth), Alexander Siddig (Ra's Al Ghul), and the Sirens (Eric Richards, Jessica Lucas, Camren Bicondova) are underwhelming more often than not, doubly sad since they also get a lot of scenes just among themselves, but all in all, the good tends to outweigh the bad.

This has nothing to do with my workouts, but it might explain why I haven't done any other types of posts lately despite being on the cusp of some.



Type: Pass/Fail

One-armed Push Ups, feet together - 2 sets of 8, each side (pass)

T&A Pull Ups - 2 sets of 6, each side (pass) Pistol Squats, both hands behind me - 2 sets of 6, each side (pass)

Bonus: 2 sets of 6 half-Aztec push ups, 10 bridges

Another week of doing one more rep on those push ups. I feel like I've always had a harder time of developing my upper body than my lower body, so it's quite incredible that I'm close to finishing off that progression (my final target is two sets of ten reps).


Type: As Fast As Possible

3 sets of:

15 Bridges

15 Push Ups

40 High Knees

Time = 6:45

Bonus: 11 pull ups

After how much success I've had with pull ups and burpees as focal points in recent weeks, I threw in this workout to set my eye on improving my bridging.


Type: Pass/Fail

Close Handstand Push Ups - 2 sets of 5 (pass)

Stand-to-stand Bridges, one wall touch on the way up - 2 sets of 8 (pass) Hanging V-raises - 2 sets of 10 (pass)

Bonus: 2 sets of 3 two-way suicide jumps, 5 hammer pull ups

Similar to Sunday's workout, this was again about adding one more rep to my (handstand) push ups. I did it, but I think I should hold steady on the quantity for a week or two to continue building my balance with the close hand spacing. Even with "close" defined as just enough for the tips of my thumbs to touch when I stretch them towards each other, it's still precarious.


Type: As Fast As Possible

3 sets of:

8 Pull Ups

10 Tuck Jumps

15 Push Ups

20 Mountain Climbers

15 Prisoner Squats

20 High Knees

Time = 6:15

Bonus: 10 chin ups

I can't say much about this other than that I was blown away by the finish time. Even though I was sucking some serious wind by the end, I guess having such small individual sets allowed me to progress to different muscle groups before fatigue could really set in on any single step.


Type: As Fast As Possible

7 sets of:

7 Burpees

7 Bridges

Time = 7:45

Bonus: 1 burpee, 1 bridge, 12 sit ups

This was a great performance.

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