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Workout Recap - Week of April 28, 2019

This was an exciting week for me. I hit a couple of aggressive performance targets at work near the start of the week. I made arrangements to start up a lunchtime TTRPG group (with a couple of new players, so it may flame out quickly if the actual thing doesn't turn out to suit them, but I always go into those situations with hope). I finished up transcribing the full spell list from the AD&D 2nd Edition player's handbook into my retroclone document. I had a strong performance for my weekend challenge workout. And while it was unfortunate that my online RPG session on Saturday night ended up effectively being an undramatic TPK, the players seemed hot to get a new party together to get back into the campaign. That was a pleasant surprise, because I'd been under the impression that they were becoming disengaged.

All in all, it was one of the best weeks I've had in a recent memory. Here's to hoping the next one can top it.



Type: Pass/Fail

One-armed Push Ups, feet together - 2 sets of 10, each side (pass)

T&A Pull Ups - 2 sets of 7, each side (pass)

Pistol Squats, both hands behind me - 2 sets of 7, each side (pass)

Bonus: 2 sets of 6 Superman push ups, 5 pull ups

More steady progress, this time on the squatting front. I have feeling that the next step in my push up progression is going to be to do them with one foot off the ground as well, but I need a snappy name for that.


Type: As Many Reps As Possible

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

Chin Ups (total = 44)

Burpees (total = 36)

Side Lunges (total = 70)

Speed Rows (total = 296)

Bonus: 5 pull ups

I was really happy with this. Sure, the chin up total was a little lower than in my similar workout last week, but there's no contest between burpees and divebomb push ups when it comes to devouring endurance, and switching in speed rows for mountain climbers meant fewer opportunities for my arm flexors to recover from fatigue while out of focus. Averaging over 14 burpees per minute in return is phenomenal. That would put me on pace for a 7-minute hundred burpee time, which is in the area of what serious CrossFit athletes do. I'm not expecting that for next week's challenge (there's a world of difference between three segments of 50 seconds woven between other movements and a focus on just doing burpees, not to mention that I do harder burpees than the CrossFit standard), but showing a glimpse of that potential is still great.


Type: Pass/Fail

Close Handstand Push Ups - 1 set of 8 (pass)

Stand-to-stand Bridges, one wall touch on the way up - 1 set of 10 (pass)

Skin-the-cats - 1 set of 7 (pass)

Bonus: 2 sets of 6 Superman push ups

Of course, the drawback of that last workout was that my hamstrings were fucking sore afterwards. I cut this workout down to a single set to reduce the chances of aggravating them further.


Type: As Fast As Possible

5 sets of:

5 Pull Ups

10 Push Ups

15 Prisoner Squats

Time = 4:30

Bonus: none

On the plus side, my hamstrings were feeling better. On the minus side, I had some unusual tenderness in my lower back. This felt like a reasonable workout to do while keeping things on the light side, since there are so few exercises that don't at least put some stabilizing loads on the waist.


Type: As Fast As Possible

7 sets of:

7 Pull Ups

7 Burpees

Time = 7:00

Bonus: 1 pull up, 1 burpee, 10 sit ups

Personal record times are always fantastic. Nothing more needs to be said.

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