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Workout Recap - Week of April 10, 2022

I skipped out on a weekend challenge workout due to dealing with tax paperwork this weekend. Aside from that, though, I'm pretty pleased with how this week's workouts went. While there's clearly still room for improvement (as always), I was generally amped up during the workout and fatigued in a relaxing and satisfying way afterwards.



Type: As Fast As Possible

4 sets of:

10 Pull Ups

10 Burpees

15 Mountain Climbers (each side)

15 Sit Ups

Time = 10:45

Bonus: 10 breath isometric towel dead hang

A good improvement on this repeat from last week, I'd say. It was still a grind, but dropping my completion time by more than 10% is always a welcome result.


Type: As Fast As Possible

4 sets of:

10 Handstand Push Ups

10 Burpees

20 Mountain Climbers (each side)

15 Straight Leg Raises

Time = 8:45

Bonus: 2 sets of 7 pull ups

This was as good a time as I could've hoped for realistically, given my current fitness level. I felt long and strong through the power movements (despite my stubby arms), and the stamina-drainers went down in smooth fashion. All in all, nothing to complain about, aside from that I wasn't faster.


Type: Pass/Fail

Uneven Pull Ups - 2 sets of 6, each side (pass)

Stand-to-stand Bridges, one wall touch on the way up - 2 sets of 6 (pass)

One-arm Push Ups, feet together - 2 sets of 3, each side (pass)

Bonus: 4 sets of 3 plyometric push ups, 15 breath isometric headstand

A strong showing, leaving me primed to start increasing the rep count for my one-arm push ups and possibly the uneven pull ups as well. Getting a bit of neck conditioning in the bonus is also a welcome touch.


Type: Pass/Fail

Handstand Push Ups - 2 sets of 15 (pass)

Pistol Squats - 2 sets of 5, each side (pass)

Isometric L-hang Hip Twists - 2 sets of 5, each side (pass)

Bonus: 2 sets of 3 two-way suicide jumps, 5 windshield wipers

My pistol squats far feeling so good that it's hard to imagine they were so awkward just a couple of weeks ago. Informed by that, I went back to normal handstand push ups to make sure that I'm feeling good with the full range of motion (since close handstand push ups have a different sort of challenge in the low position) before transitioning to uneven handstand push ups.


Type: Pass/Fail

Isometric Towel Flex Hangs - 3 sets of 10 breaths (pass)

Front Neck Plank, hips grounded - 3 sets of 10 breaths (pass)

Back Neck Plank, hips grounded - 3 sets of 10 breaths (pass)

Bonus: 25 calf raises, 20 breath isometric headstand

Since my mind was feeling so drained, I opted to do some meditative secondary-muscle work instead of a typical challenge workout. I like how it went, and I'm planning on sprinkling more of this type of work into my days in general going forward.



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