Workout Recap - Week of January 26, 2020

February 2, 2020

After a couple of lighter weeks to get other parts of my life under control, it was good to get back into the full swing of a five workout week.  Fortunately, it doesn't seem like I suffered too much for that slacking.  Since most performance is driven by a solid base to work from, I decided to put a soft focus on my lower body this week, hence the high amount of pistol squatting compared to normal.



Type: Pass/Fail


One-arm Pull Up Negatives - 2 sets of 4, each side (pass)

Fingertip Push Ups - 2 sets of 18 (pass)

Pistol Squats, both hands behind me - 2 sets of 9, each side (pass)


Bonus: 2 sets of 3 two-way suicide jumps, 1 3-limb bridge cycle (each combination)


It may have just been one more pistol squat than I was doing previously for double sets, but adding on that ninth rep was no joke.  I'll need to hold it there for a little longer before I can feel safe about pushing up to a full ten.  Even so, it's only a matter of time before I get comfortable with that, and I'm not sure what the next step should be from there.  I suppose doing pistol squats with my hands on my head (similar to bilateral prisoner squats) would be reasonable, although whether it'd actually be harder will need to be seen if/when I actually try them.




Type: As Fast As Possible


4 sets of:

5 Towel Pull Ups

3 One-arm Push Ups (each side)

5 Pistol Squats (each side)


Time = 12:15


Bonus: 8 pull ups


I had debated just doing my standard 5 pull up/10 push up/15 prisoner squat routine here, but I decided to see how it'd go if I pushed each movement to a more extreme level.  It was hard, but at the same time, it felt good.  I might consider swapping out the towel pull ups for either archer pull ups or uneven pull ups, but otherwise, I can definitely see myself doing this routine again.




Type: Pass/Fail


Close Handstand Push Ups - 2 sets of 12 (pass)

3-limb Bridges - 2 sets of 1, each combination (pass)

L-Hang - 2 sets of 25 breath isometric hold (pass)


Bonus: 8 bridge kips, 5 handstand push ups


Ah, finally moving from isometric three-limb bridges to actually doing the full motion.  I'm not going to lie; it was shaky on the way up for each combination aside from no right leg, and going down was closer to a controlled fall than is ideal.  However, I got through it, and I look forward to doing better with them next time.




Type: As Fast As Possible


3 sets of:

11/8/5 Pistol Squats (each side)

21/15/9 Diamond Push Ups

21/15/9 Mountain Climbers (each side)


Time = 9:30


Bonus: 3 one-armed push ups with feet together (each side)


Another beefy pile of pistol squats against a timer here, though with simpler movements to compliment them because my obliques were still a bit sore from Wednesday.  It's always a bit hard to judge my performance when I'm doing a workout that I haven't done before, but I felt alright about how this one went.  Not great, but better than just scraping by.




Type: As Fast As Possible


7 sets of:

7 Pull Ups

7 Bridges


Time = 6:15


Bonus: 1 pull up, 1 bridge


This wasn't the best time I've ever put up for this challenge, but it was better than my most recent performance, which is always good to see.  I could try making some excuses about what I was consuming earlier in the day, but ultimately, I have to own the results.  And really, it was still good, considering it was within 10% of my personal best.  That's within what I'd consider as a reasonable margin of deviation, so no excuses are needed.


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