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Workout Recap - Week of September 1, 2019

I'm at a loss for what to talk about today. I suppose I can mention that there's another author out there who also uses the name Ash Adler. Any future releases by my hand will be mentioned here, so if you have some doubt about which Ash Adler is responsible for a certain work, you can check about it here. Not that I hold anything against this person, but you should have a means of telling us apart.



Type: Pass/Fail

Fingertip Push Ups - 2 sets of 8 (pass)

Skin-the-Cats - 2 sets of 7 (pass)

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

Bonus: none

Since my pull ups are one of my strongest movements at the moment, I saw no harm in continuing with substituting in skin-the-cats to put the focus on my hands and forearms instead of my biceps and back. As for the shift from pistol squats back to shrimp squats, my thought was to take a temporary step back on the extraneous balance elements to let me focus on the core of the movement. I'll ramp things back up with them in due time, but I feel like it can be good to sometimes take a step back and reaffirm the fundamentals.


Type: As Fast As Possible

4 sets of:

10 Bridges

15 Push Ups

15 Straight Leg Raises

20 Mountain Climbers, each side

Time = 9:15

Bonus: none

This was something of a self-imposed challenge to see how much I could do on the floor. Switching between prone and supine positions each step along the way was just a fun coincidence.


Type: Pass/Fail

Close Handstand Push Ups - 2 sets of 8 (pass)

Bridge Kips - 2 sets of 8 (pass)

Skin-the-Cats - 2 sets of 8 (pass)

Bonus: 2 sets of 6 Superman push ups

I tried to make an effort to get my arms involved while doing these bridge kips. I think my difficulty with that is because I'm used to leading with my hips while bridging and just letting my arms follow the motion. Granted, the long-term goal would be to kip up with just waist/leg explosion, but I think it'd be foolish to try jumping straight to that without first working through a more traditional kip.


Type: As Fast As Possible

5 sets of:

5 Pull Ups

10 Push Ups

15 Prisoner Squats

Time = 4:30

Bonus: none

Nothing much to be said about this one, since it was just about pulling out a quick workout when I found myself with a lot less available time than I'd anticipated.


Type: As Fast As Possible

100 Burpees

Time = 12:00

Bonus: none

While I've had a number of better performances in this challenge, this was an improvement what I did last time. Trying to beat personal records with every workout would be like a football team thinking about winning a championship with every game they play. There's a time to think like that, but first you've got to focus on the game that's right in front of you. Similarly, I don't focus on beating my personal records. I'm ecstatic when it happens, but my focus is on beating what I did the last time. In this case, I managed that, so as far as I'm concerned, it was a good result.


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