Workout Recap - Week of July 21, 2019

July 28, 2019

This week featured an extension of my nebulous, ill-defined discomfort that wasn't quite an injury.  After lingering around my left shoulder for a while, it moved up to my neck, which was especially stiff on Wednesday and Thursday.  It seemed to relent after that, though, and it's gone now, so I'm hoping that my body found a way to deal with the cause on its own.  It was a really weird experience, because I don't think that I did anything to set it off, and it felt distinctly different from an actual muscle injury. 



Type: Pass/Fail


Kneeling Fingertip Push Ups - 2 sets of 18 (pass)

One-arm Dead Hangs - 2 sets of 11 breaths, each side (pass)

Cossack Squats - 2 sets of 6, each side (pass)


Bonus: 6 bridge kips, 6 burpees


I didn't feel up doing a weekend challenge workout on this day because of my shoulder, so I did my usual weekend pass/fail routine instead.  As shown, the discomfort didn't really hold me back.  It just made everything feel awkward and forced me to go slow between reps for the bonus exercises.




Type: As Fast As Possible


6 sets of:

6 Pull Ups

6 Burpees

6 Bridges


Time = 7:45


Bonus: none


I tried to make up for the skipped challenge on this day.  As I'd expected, my shoulder did slow me down a bit, hence the poor time.  At least I did it, though, and thus freed myself to move on.




Type: Pass/Fail


Close Handstand Push Ups - 2 sets of 7 (pass)

Kneeling Fingertip Push Ups - 2 sets of 17 (pass)

Pull Ups - 2 sets of 12 (pass)


Bonus: 2 sets of 3 two-way suicide jumps


My shoulder was fine by now, but my neck was stiff as hell.  The handstand push ups were as much inversion as I could handle with it, so I made a judgment call to just focus on my upper body in lieu of bridges and skin-the-cats.  The pull ups felt a bit weird (probably because of the upper back involvement), but all in all, I'm satisfied with how this went.




Type: As Fast As Possible


4 sets of:

5 Uneven Pull Ups, each side

10 Hindu Push Ups

15 Prisoner Squats


Time = 8:45


Bonus: 5 bridge kips


I didn't want to think too much, but I did want to push myself harder than just doing five sets of 5 pull ups/10 push ups/15 squats.  This kicked up the ante significantly while still letting me get into a meditative rhythm from not needing to focus on counting.




Type: Pass/Fail


Kneeling Fingertip Push Ups - 2 sets of 20 (pass)

One-arm Dead Hangs - 2 sets of 11 breaths, each side (pass)

Cossack Squats - 2 sets of 7, each side (pass)


Bonus: 6 bridge kips, 6 chin ups


Just to test myself before going into another challenge workout, I decided do this instead.  Considering it has some notable improvements compared to where I started the week, I'm pleased.


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