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Workout Recap - Week of March 24, 2019

I blew my load on navel-gazing for today with the earlier post on musing about the greater implications of dice probability distributions, so I'll keep the introduction most succinct for this workout recap. It was a pretty solid week overall, although my ass is burning from the last couple days of it (even prior to the pistol squats that I just did for today's workout). All in all, I'm happy with how it turned out.



Type: Pass/Fail

One-armed Push Ups, feet together - 1 set of 11, each side (pass)

T&A Pull Ups - 1 set of 9, each side (pass)

Pistol Squats, both hands behind me - 1 set of 9, each side (pass)

Bonus: 2 sets of 6 half-Aztec push ups, 7 pull ups

Seeing as I derided my autopilot workout at the start of last week, it seems appropriate to have done a more difficult version of it to start this week. It was good to hit some significant rep numbers, but I think doing more sets of fewer individual reps (but a higher total for the workout) does more good for my endurance.


Type: As Fast As Possible

5 sets of:

5 Pull Ups

10 Push Ups

15 Prisoner Squats

Time = 4:30

Bonus: none

I'd initially thought to do ten sets for this workout as a follow-up on last Friday, but I had a lot that I was dealing with in my private life around the start of this week. As such, I didn't want to spend a whole hell of a lot of time on a workout for this day, even with how quick my workouts tend to be. This got me in and out quickly yet efficiently, and that was good enough for today.


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: none

See the previous day's comments for the reason why I skipped doing a bonus with this workout. However, the mental approach to a pass/fail workout tends to be very meditative, as opposed to the more frantic nature of working against a timer. Since I felt like I could use a break to settle my mind, I didn't try to cut the meat of it short.


Type: As Many Reps As Possible

12 minutes of 50 second intervals with 10 seconds rest of:

Pull Ups (total = 48)

Lunges (total = 46, each side)

Spider Push Ups (total = 36, each side)

Straight Leg Raises (total = 78)

Bonus: 5 bridges

In contrast to the previous two, this was a celebration of having made choices to get my life back on track. The overall performance here was fantastic, advancing slightly on the similar workout from last week's Tuesday in the repeated motions and getting comparable results for the other two. In particular, I think it's great that I can crank out nearly 50 pull ups in a mere 2.5 minutes. It'd take me longer if I was just doing pull ups, obviously, but it's remarkable nonetheless, seeing as most of the people I know would probably struggle to do 50 pull ups in a whole day. I'm not a special athlete by any means, but it's good to feel confident in my fitness.


Type: As Fast As Possible

7 sets of:

7 Burpees

7 Bridges

Time = 8:00

Bonus: 1 burpee, 1 bridge, 7 chin ups

This is a slightly worse time than I had for my last attempt at this weekend challenge, but it's still a solid performance overall, especially considering that I stayed up far too late during the previous night and waited so long after my previous meal to do it that my stomach was growling. Expecting optimal performance in suboptimal conditions rarely works out, while accepting good performance despite suboptimal conditions is reasonable.

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