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Workout Recap - Week of August 11, 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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