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Workout Recap - Week of August 18, 2019

No performance exists in a vacuum. External circumstances and chance have a bearing on, well, almost everything, to some extent. That said, the individual is also rarely without some influence, too. This is all a fancy way of saying that, while there were external factors involved in the poor performance I had on my weekend challenge workout, I could've done things differently do avoid, mitigate, or overcome them, and I didn't.

On a more positive note, I've got a recipe lined up to share this week, and there are a few reviews that I expect to be ready to write up soon, so the current streak of nothing but workout recaps will be broken.



Type: Pass/Fail

Fingertip Push Ups - 1 set of 9 (pass)

Uneven Pull Ups - 1 set of 10, each side (pass)

Pistol Squats, both hands behind me - 1 set of 7, each side (pass)

Bonus: 2 sets of 6 Superman push ups

As mentioned in my last recap, I had some time-consuming plans for this day, so I just did a pre-breakfast quickie. Had I a less solitary personal life, that might've been true in more ways than one, but alas. As it stands, this was a nice bit of dynamic finger-focused work.


Type: As Fast As Possible

4 sets of:

10 Burpees

15 Diamond Push Ups

20 Mountain Climbers, each side

Time = 9:00

Bonus: 5 chin ups

Since I saw my burpee weakness last week, this was a step towards correcting it. My triceps made their displeasure felt for the rest of the week. I'm taking that as a sign to load them more frequently, because any fitness enthusiast has to have some degree of masochism in them.


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)

Interval Pull Ups - 1 set of 5 (pass)

Bonus: 4 sets of 3 two-way suicide jumps

I made the mistake of jumping into this workout without checking my records, hence the reduced reps of the handstand push ups compared to last week's Wednesday. Nevertheless, those interval pull ups are brutal. It's amazing how much of an increase in difficulty there is just from adding four brief isometric holds to the movement.


Type: As Many Reps As Possible

12 minutes of 30 second intervals with 10 seconds rest of:

Burpees (total = 24)

Spiderman Push Ups (total = 22, each side)

Mountain Climbers (total = 112, each side)

Chin Ups (total = 35)

Side Lunges (total = 42, each side)

Speed Rows (total = 182, each side)

Bonus: 5 bridges

I had some trepidation as I approached this workout, but I'm really happy with the final results. The push ups and chin ups could've been a little higher, if I have to be critical about it, but considering I was trying to focus on burpee endurance, taking a couple extra breaths in those segments in return for going all-out on the burpees seems like a fair trade.


Type: As Fast As Possible

7 sets of:

7 Pull Ups

7 Burpees

Time = 8:30

Bonus: 1 pull up, 1 burpee

This was disappointing, on the other hand. I should've done better, and I'll have to aim to make that potential a reality on my next go at it.


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