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Workout Recap - Week of July 26, 2020

It was a busy second half of last week and weekend for me, so I didn't finish strong. Plus, honestly, I was getting burned out on these routines, so I probably didn't fight too hard to close it out either.

In better news, I've got the beginnings of my Diablo 2 amazon class guide in progress (only 20 years after the game's release!), so I hope to do have that one and the assassin guide (since I did close out finally beating Hell Baal with an assassin on the 24th) posted during this week.

Aside from that, I'm not sure if I'm going to jump right back into doing my weekend challenge workouts. I'm planning to just go back to doing my regular pass/fails during this week to gauge where I'm at, now that I'm working with better posture, and I'll make a decision from there.



Type: To Form Failure

Horizontal sets with 30 second rest intervals:

Tight One-arm Forearm Planks - 10 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec Half Pull Ups - 13, 7, 4

Half Push Ups - 20, 20, 10

Reverse Flies - 30, 30, 26

Pike Push Ups - 25, 14, 11

Bonus: 3 sets of 3 slow pull ups

Going at those planks again, they felt far better this time. I'm on board with them as a posture training tool to get back into doing one-arm push ups, although I'm doing the planks with my raised arm pointing out forward instead of along my side because I think that's letting me get more of a straight squeeze along my back/waist.


Type: Pass/Fail

Pistol Squats - 2 sets of 6, each side (pass)

Bridges - 2 sets of 6 (pass)

Straight Leg Raises - 2 sets of 15 (pass)

Bonus: 5 push ups

I just wasn't up for doing the full form failure workout this day. That said, however, I do think I might recruit some of the movements from it when I get back into doing pass/fail workouts starting in August (in particular, hamstring curls caught my interest).


Type: To Form Failure

Horizontal sets with 30 second rest intervals:

Tight One-arm Forearm Planks - 10 sec, 10 sec, 10 sec Half Pull Ups - 15, 7, 5

Half Push Ups - 20, 20, 12

Reverse Flies - 30, 30, 30

Pike Push Ups - 25, 17, 12

Bonus: none

I'm finally hitting rep-caps deeper into some of these movements, which is probably part of the reason why the numbers are improving elsewhere, too. Honestly, I'm not sad to be putting these workouts behind me. Maybe it's just a matter of perspective, but the targets feel so much less concrete than with the sorts of workouts I was doing before, and unlike the lower body work, I didn't really pick up any movements here that I liked and wouldn't have thought of on my own. I do appreciate that my friend tried to help me out with improving my fitness, but it turned out to be very much an "it's not you, it's me" matter of taste. Alas, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.


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