Workout Recap - Week of October 9, 2022
This was an interest week, since I got to mix in more workouts from my previous way of strength-training than usual. Nothing too notable happened aside from that (at least as far as the scope of this blog post need be concerned).
I'll likely be off from training on Thursday this week, but I can use that to fit in a self-workout.
Uneven Pull Ups - 1 set of 8, each side (pass)
Stand-to-stand Bridges, one wall touch on the way up - 1 set of 8 (pass) Pistol Squats - 1 set of 6, each side (pass)
One-arm Push Ups - 1 set of 4, each side (pass)
Bonus: 5 hanging V-raises
This was my first time attempting so many strength-focused exercises in close succession in a while (not since late August), and it showed. I was able to get through it, sure, but my technique, comfort, etc. were off enough that I felt unsure about a few reps of each movement. I'm taking this as a sign that I should be more aggressive in scattering some strength-training movements in throughout my days, since being stronger can only help me be better at fighting.
Muay Thai class
Both of my favorite padholders were in the class today, and both wanted to work with me, so we did a triad, and it was very enjoyable. I felt some progress with my left round kicks, too, which likely contributed to that feeling. The emphasis was on getting cleaner with the basics, which is something that I'm always fond of, but we still got to finish with some rapid boxing as a nice burn-out. All in all, this was probably one of the most fun classes I've had since starting.
Muay Thai class
Today was mostly about chasing people down to maintain pressure after creating space with a teep; not a topic that I think is very relevant to my desires (if I'm doing a teep to create separation, it's probably to either deploy a weapon or retreat), but it's always good to learn more in order to be prepared to defend against it, plus it was practice for body control and coordination to transition into various follow-up attacks. We finished things off with a couple rounds of body punches (body cross and then body cross>body rear hook), and my padholder joked about feeling tenderized by the end. Granted, that was probably because a skilled boxer also joined us for those rounds, but I'd like to imagine I played some part in contributing to however much of that feeling was true. Not that I want to hurt my training partners, of course, but I do want to be able to hit hard.
Pull Ups - 1 set of 12 (pass)
Bridges - 1 set of 20 (pass) Close Squats - 1 set of 25 (pass)
Handstand Push Ups - 1 set of 15 (pass)
Bonus: 15 breath isometric knuckle handstand
I was feeling fatigued from some of the stuff I had to take time off of training for, so I dialed back the intensity on this one to use it more as a healing stimulant. It seems like it served that purpose, or at least it didn't do much to the contrary, since I felt much better the next day. Good enough for what it was, and not worthy of much discussion beyond that.