Workout Recap - Week of August 11, 2019

August 20, 2019

I felt like doing something a little special with this week's routines, so I made it a full week of challenges and pass/fail workouts.  Two-by-two was simple enough to see, and a proverbial coin flip turned up a pass/fail workout for the tie-breaker.


As for the delay in posting the recap, chalk it up to an atypically busy Sunday, which was a fun day.



Type: Pass/Fail


Fingertip Push Ups - 2 sets of 6 (pass)

One-arm Dead Hangs - 2 sets of 11 breath isometric holds, each side (pass)

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


Bonus: 7 bridge kips


Truth be told, I can't think of anything special to say about this workout, other than that it still feels remarkable to look at that and think of it as being routine.




Type: As Fast As Possible


6 sets of:

6 Pull Ups

6 Burpees

6 Bridges


Time = 7:30


Bonus: 1 uneven pull up (each side)


I debated whether to go with this or with a deluge of burpees, but the latter seemed too much like dueling a windmill.  I had my chance for the month, circumstances took an unfortunate turn, too bad.  As for what I did do here, I think it highlighted that burpees have become my weakest link between those three movements, because I was cranking out the pull ups and bridges much more readily.  Granted, burpees are a more exhausting movement by nature, but I plan to make them a focal point for improvement.




Type: Pass/Fail


Close Handstand Push Ups - 1 set of 9 (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: 7 bridge kips


I'm getting better at getting my legs involved in my kipping.  On my cleanest reps, it's like I'm just floating up and landing on my feet.  I still need to pay attention to involving my arms more to build towards kipping fully up to standing, though.




Type: Pass/Fail


Fingertip Push Ups - 2 sets of 7 (pass)

One-arm Dead Hangs - 2 sets of 11 breath isometric holds, each side (pass)

Cossack Squats - 2 sets of 8, each side (pass)


Bonus: none


At some point in the past, I lost my pull up bar calluses.  Since then, even though I'm doing greater reps in a single set than before with normal pull ups, it's been more of a struggle to just hold a hang.  It's been an odd experience, truth be told, but I'm determined to work through it and come out better.




Type: As Fast As Possible


7 sets of:

7 Burpees

7 Bridges


Time = 8:15


Bonus: 1 burpee, 1 bridge


Given that I had identified my burpee stamina as being in need of improvement earlier this week, this feels like a fairly solid finish time for this challenge.  I want to do better, of course, but this was a decent step.


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