Workout Recap - Week of July 31, 2022

This was an up-and-down week, with an emphasis on the "down" parts. I had wanted to do three Muay Thai classes this week, but when I logged in on Saturday to register for the morning class (I had put it off to make sure that I'd feel up to it, since I was still a bit beat up the night before), it was no longer available. Alas, but I think I did well to make it to two (especially after the first went so poorly), so I'll just have to regather myself and aim to get back in there on Monday.

 

Monday

Type: Pass/Fail


Uneven Pull Ups - 1 set of 9, each side (pass)

Stand-to-stand Bridges, one wall touch on the way up - 1 set of 8 (pass)

Archer Push Ups - 1 set of 15, each side (pass)


Bonus: 100 seal jacks


Not much to say about this.


Tuesday

Muay Thai class


Well, this went terribly. I suppose it started off fairly with a better jump rope performance than I had last week, but after nearly kicking a pad-holder who wasn't ready for it and later having my plant foot slip out from under me on a round kick, I felt like shit. I'm still annoyed at how inconsistent I am about getting my hips to snap properly into my strikes, too, which didn't help matters. Just about the only good thing I can say is that bouncing back should be easy because it'd be hard to do any worse.


Thursday

Muay Thai class


This was my best class so far. Sure, that's a small sample size, but it was fun to work on something a little fancier than the basics for a change (about half of the padwork was working around spinning backfists, which aren't the most practical technique for self-defense [though, speaking about it later with a friend who's been doing karate for a long time did bring up a valid point that it's still good to practice them just in case you find yourself having to turn like that], but it's just a fun strike to do). More importantly, the main pad-holder I was working with also spiced things up by checking my defenses at random between/after sequences. I can't honestly say that I fended all that prodded off perfectly, but I did seem to retain enough composure to guard myself intelligently rather than just freezing up, which was exciting to see. I'm definitely not ready for sparring yet, but it was good to get a taste of some chaos instead of just going through a violent dance routine.


Friday

Type: Pass/Fail


Handstand Push Ups - 2 sets of 15 (pass)

Prisoner Squats - 2 sets of 40 (pass)

Hanging Straight Leg Raises - 2 sets of 10 (pass)


Bonus: 10 bridges


I had some soreness/swelling on my left instep this time, hence going a little easy on the squats in this routine. Aside from that, I think it'll be good to concentrate on strength-focused calisthenics for my non-class workouts, since those should work well enough for power/speed/conditioning.


Saturday

Type: Pass/Fail


Calf Raises - 1 set of 50 (pass)

Push Ups - 1 set of 50 (pass)

Pull Ups - 1 set of 25 (pass)

Calf Raises - 1 set of 50 (pass)


Bonus: none


I needed mini-sets for the push ups and pull ups, but they were condensed enough that I feel fine with counting each as passing for one set in total. This workout obviously doesn't jive with what I had just written for Friday, but honestly, the morning Muay Thai class being cancelled made me dip into the depression spell that I've been fighting off for the last several days, so I'm also fine with accepting this was a shit workout.

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