Workout Recap - Week of August 2, 2020
Well, I should've known better than to make promises while also talking about being too busy with other things to tend to things here. Between those distractions and vetting my information for accuracy and completeness, the Diablo 2 amazon guide is taking longer to finish than I'd anticipated. I will get to it, though, and I'm hoping the groundwork of doing that will help the other class guides go smoother.
More relevantly, I was happy to get back to a full load of five workouts this week. I went on the light side with them to make sure that I could focus on maintaining good form without falling into old muscle memory habits, but I'll scale them up as I go. No bonus or challenge this weekend, since it was a back-to-basics focus.
Pull Ups - 2 sets of 5 (pass)
Push Ups - 2 sets of 10 (pass)
Close Squats - 2 sets of 10 (pass)
The squats were an odd fit here, since I do normal squats as part of my warmups but didn't want to jump all the way to pistol squats when I was still doing foundational work for other movements. Close squats seemed like a fair compromise.
Handstand - 2 sets of 50 breath isometric hold (pass)
Bridges - 2 sets of 10 (pass)
Straight Leg Raises - 2 sets of 15 (pass)
I think improving my normal posture will pay major dividends for advancing my inversions, because I was able to hold a free handstand for a moment at the end of each handstand set with some sense of being in control of it. Exciting progress!
Hamstring Curls - 2 sets of 5 (pass)
Push Ups - 2 sets of 11 (pass)
Straight Leg Raises - 2 sets of 16 (pass)
Hamstring curls fit in quite nicely with the rest of these movements, and doing them with fixed rep target instead of the more ambiguous "keep going until I feel my form slip" termination criteria helped me attack them with more confidence. I'm definitely looking forward to making them more of a fixture.
Handstand Push Ups - 2 sets of 6 (pass)
Pull Ups - 2 sets of 6 (pass)
Bridges - 2 sets of 11 (pass)
Working on that gradual progress across the board. My improvements at balance/control during the handstand push ups was palpable, so if nothing else, I'm glad to have taken the last couple of months to shake things up for that gain.
Push Ups - 2 sets of 12 (pass)
Straight Leg Raises - 2 sets of 17 (pass)
Close Squats - 2 sets of 12 (pass)
And moving forward with these as well. I'm going to start taking greater steps forward in increasing the rep targets next week, but I'd wanted to get some feel for how much harder each additional rep would be with the new circumstances before being too aggressive about that.