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Workout Recap - Week of March 8, 2020

Well, the whole COVID-19 situation sure escalated quickly during this week. I'm still healthy, as far as I can tell, but the dour mood and public service closures around where I live put a damper on certain plans. On the plus side, since my main workout area is my own house, I was still able to stay as active as ever without any fear of swapping sweat or less external fluids with random strangers. Yet another benefit of going with self-motivated calisthenics over getting a trainer at a gym.



Type: Pass/Fail

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

Fingertip Diamond Push Ups - 2 sets of 7 (pass)

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

Bonus: none

Whew, this was great. Getting that progress with my three-limb bridges pushed me to my limit for the arm-raised stances, but it felt great to pull it off.


Type: As Fast As Possible

4 sets of:

5 Uneven Pull Ups (each side)

10 Prisoner Squats

10 Handstand Push Ups

10 Bridges

Time = 11:15

Bonus: 20 breath isometric dead hang

After bailing out early on this routine a few times due to discomfort in my right forearm, I managed to get that fourth set in at last and added some squats along the way. Perhaps the squats gave my forearm enough time to recover between the pull ups and the handstand push ups. Perhaps I'd grown able to handle it even without them. Regardless, I'm quite pleased with how this one went.


Type: Pass/Fail

Uneven Handstand Push Ups - 1 set of 4, each side (pass)

3-limb Bridges - 1 set of 3, each combination (fail: 2 reps for right-arm-up)

L-Hang - 1 set of 37 breath isometric hold (pass)

Bonus: 2 sets of 4 bridge kips

Well, as estimated from Sunday, two was pretty much my limit for doing three-limb bridges with an arm up. I was able to squeeze out a third one with my left arm up by the barest margin, and it was just too much to do with my right arm up. Alas, but any time you can come away from flying too close to the sun without an injury, it's a learning experience.


Type: As Fast As Possible

10 sets of:

5 Pull Ups

10 Push Ups

15 Prisoner Squats

Time = 11:00

Bonus: none

And so I finally got back to doing ten sets of this classic. I was struggling to keep pushing myself for the last couple of sets, but it felt good to push through and hit those nice 50/100/150 total numbers again.


Type: As Fast As Possible

6 sets of:

6 Pull Ups

6 Burpees

6 Bridges

Time = 7:15

Bonus: 10 breath isometric one-arm dead hang (each side)

A set back on the completion time for this challenge compared to my previous go at it. That I was still sore from the previous day's workout is no excuse; it's just a sign that I should step up the intensity on a more regular basis. A disappointing end to a week of other setbacks and annoyances, but I'm sure I'll rebound.


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