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Workout Recap - Week of October 4, 2020

There was a major blindspot in my experience with Diablo-style games, which was Path of Exile. Seeing as it's free to play (and only about $60 USD to get the most useful specialized stash tabs), I started trying it out. I still want to play it more before writing a review because it does have a fairly extensive amount of endgame content, but I can say upfront that I don't think it's a better game that Diablo 2. It certainly has certain aspects that are better, but even without the headache of online-only play that leaves you ever at the mercy of lag and server shutdowns/crashes, it comes up short of that benchmark.

More relevant to this post, I'm balancing turning up the load on my workouts with being conservative about the total load, so only four workouts this week. I'm quite pleased about how they went, though, and I look forward to doing more very soon.



Type: Pass/Fail

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

Diamond Push Ups - 2 sets of 10 (pass)

Bridges - 2 sets of 15 (pass)

Bonus: none

Ticking up to diamond push ups, and they felt solid. I think I can also start ramping up the bridge work, too.


Type: As Fast As Possible

6 sets of:

6 Burpees

6 Bridges

Time = 5:30

Bonus: 1 burpee, 1 bridge, 1 bridge kip

That looks like a nice finish time, on pace with my old personal record, on an average seconds/rep basis. That means I've got some room for improvement (since I should be more efficient at lower total rep counts), but I'm also taking it as a promising sign that I'm moving in the right direction.


Type: Pass/Fail

Pull Ups - 2 sets of 11 (pass)

Handstand Push Ups - 2 sets of 15 (pass)

Hanging Bent Leg Raises - 2 sets of 13 (pass)

Bonus: none

More gradual progress with these movements. Nothing to write home about, but it's always welcome.


Type: Pass/Fail

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

Diamond Push Ups - 2 sets of 12 (pass)

Closing Bridges - 2 sets of 3 (pass)

Bonus: none

And more gradual progress here, too. These closing bridges felt notably more controlled than I remember them being. I'm not sure if it's because of better posture, better hip alignment, purely psychological nonsense, or something else, but I'll take it.


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