31st May, 2012 — Workout — Horizontal Pulls & Supported Squats

Not much to write about for today’s workout. I made sure that I did the Supported Squats during the rest time between the Horizontal Pull sets. I can see progress with the Horizontal Pulls which is nice, I’m thinking I’ll finish this week up with the Supported Squats before I move onto the next step – I feel like I’ve ‘outgrown’ that step already. Doesn’t seem to give me any trouble going to 40 reps. I was also considering putting on a backpack full of books or something just to give it a bit more weight – only if I can’t get the Beginner phase of the next step though.

Check back tomorrow for the video, and have a wonderful evening 🙂

-B

Warmup: Horizontal Pulls

  • 10 Horizontal Pulls
  • 10 Horizontal Pulls

Set 1:

  • 12 Horizontal Pulls

Set 2:

  • 12 Horizontal Pulls

Set 3:

  • 10.5 Horizontal Pulls

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Warmup: Supported Squats

  • 20 Supported Squats
  • 19 Supported Squats ( Man I lost count! )

Set 1:

  • 40 Supported Squats
Set 2:
  • 40 Supported Squats
Set 3:
  • 42 Supported Squats

30th May, 2012 — Workout — HSPU & Bridge

Well today’s workout is one of my least favorite, but it’s still important to get done. I only say its my least favorite because I’m on the very basic steps of it and they’re super boring!

Ah well, no use complaining – If I just finish them up, the faster I’ll be able to move onto the next step – WOO HOO!!! ( I had a little bit too much caffeine after work today 🙂 )

Starting things off with the good old Wall Headstands.

I’m thinking I don’t even need to use the wall anymore with these Wall Headstands – must mean my core / balance is improving 🙂 Always nice to see any sort of progress. Again with most of my workouts I’m taking 120 second rests between sets, except this time I only did 30 second rests for the warmup.

First round of Crow Stands, I feel after the 40 second mark, so I killed that video and re-filmed with the full minute length. It’s tweaking my right wrist a bit, so I’m not positive I’ll be able to get all three sets at 60 seconds. I don’t want to injure myself as that’d derail my progress a bit.

On the second set I failed two times around the 30 second mark, so I reset the timer / video for both of those and by the time it came to the third attempt I could only make it to 45 seconds. I’ll take it either way though. This last set I’ll get the 60 seconds, and hopefully beyond! I’m a sucker for perfection, so when I fall from losing balance, and not being tired I feel as though I have to reset. Could hurt me in the long run, but as of now that’s how I play. I mean it’s only my third or fourth time attempting these, so I might be moving too quickly for my own good, I just can’t stand not progressing and pushing myself to see what I can achieve!

WHAT DRIVES YOU?

BRUTAL! I had a little stumble on the last set again around the 30 second mark, but one I reset, I mustered up all of my focus to crank out the last set with 60 seconds! Definitely not easy though, the last 20 or so seconds my legs started to slip and my shoulders were burning.

ROUND II

Short Bridges are an excellent lower back warmup for myself. When I was younger I had a fairly physically demanding job for a youngster and never paid much attention to my ‘form.’ Resulting in almost monthly occurrences of a strained lower back, so its crucial for me as an adult to keep good form, and strengthen those muscles. I’ve become super conscious of my posture, especially while sitting as my job now has a lot of that.

Warmup: Wall Headstand

  • 120 Seconds
  • 60 Seconds

Set 1: Crow Stands

  • 60 Seconds

Set 2:

  • 45 Seconds

Set 3:

  • 60 Seconds

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Warmup: Short Bridges

  • 50 Short Bridges
  • 50 Short Bridges

Set 1: Straight Bridges

  • 25 Straight Bridges

Set 2:

  • 20 Straight Bridges

Set 3:

  • 20 Straight Bridges

29th May, 2012 — Workout — Pushups & Leg Raises

*** A not from my five-year old Niece: 432    120965rt   45vbghhhytf                     munchkin ****

Another Pushup & Leg Raise day to start my workweek back from Memorial Day.

Feeling pretty good after the warmup of 50 Full Pushups, feeling like I can get 20 Close Pushups in one of today’s sets. I’m thinking of just going for it first set because I’ll have the most endurance for it.

Again, like with most of my workouts I’m taking 120 second rests between sets and 150 second rests between work sets.

Well as you can see, I was only able to complete 17 Close Pushups, but I’m no discouraged because I know that It’ll only be a few more workouts before I’m strong enough to crank out three sets of 20. Are you feeling any discouragement today? If so, embrace it and use it to fuel you onto your next level of progress. 

For this last work set of Close Pushups, I’m going to see if I can do them on the railing of the deck, based upon a suggestion from my little nephew. Check out the video for the action! 

ROUND II

We’ve this little kitten that keeps coming around, must’ve been abandoned or something. I’m not sure if she’ll make a guest appearance in my video this evening yet. She keeps creeping around watching me.

I was trying to get to 25 Straight Leg Raises with the second work set, but after coming back up on that 23rd rep, I knew my form was going to be shot if I kept trying. I’ll be able to get them soon!

Overall good workout today. Seeing some progress, albeit slow, it’s still there 🙂 Check back tomorrow for the video and tomorrows workout.

Warmup: Full Pushups

  • 20 Full Pushups
  • 20 Full Pushups

Set 1: Close Pushups

  • 17 Close Pushups

Set 2: 

  • 13 Close Pushups

Set 3:

  • 10 Close Pushups

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Warmup: Straight Leg Raises

  • 10 Straight Leg Raises
  • 10 Straight Leg Raises

Set 1:

  • 20 Straight Leg Raises

Set 2:

  • 23 Straight Leg Raises

Set 3:

  • 20 Straight Leg Raises