23rd of June, 2012 — Workout — Pushups, Leg Raises, HSPU, & Bridges

Today I’m going to get a few of the workouts that I’ve missed over the past week or so. I’m considering consolidating the exercises into a Mon / Wed / Fri workout series for the sake of it being summer and I want to go out and enjoy the weather! I keep finding it harder and harder to turn down requests from friends and family to partake in activities because by the time I’m done working out after work they’re finishing up.

Anyway … Starting things off with my favorite – Pushups.

Feeling pretty strong today so far. The warmup went off with no issues, although there was a car accident right outside of my apartment so there’s that.

Again, with all my workouts, I’m taking 120s rest between sets.

I like these Uneven Pushups, I’m not too sure why though. They don’t seem to be doing much for me at the moment, although I’m only on the Beginner standard. I’m going to have to go purchase a basketball though for these, as I’m only using text books today.

I also don’t have my olympic rings at the place I’m at today, so I’m going to have to try to do the Hanging Knee Raises with a pullup bar. It won’t be as effective, but nonetheless an ab workout.

I much rather prefer the pullup bar method – It could be that because when I use the rings, I’m holding onto the knots that hold the rings up, and those kill my hands from squeezing so hard on them. While using the pullup bar though, I’m able to get a nice grip on the bar and it seems to ease the pain in my hands.

Let me tell you what those Crow Stands are brutal for not having done them in almost two weeks. I couldn’t believe when I checked my log’s that it bad been since the sixth of June last time I did the HSPU series. Talk about slacking off … Kind of made me mad at myself honestly. No way I’m going to be able to progress if I can’t stay consistent with them.

During my rest time’s I’m trying to get at least the warmups for the next exercise done so I can get finished up early and be able to enjoy the day.

Doing all of these hangs, pushups, handstand’s is for sure putting a workout on my shoulders today. I’m not sure if it was such a good idea to do this series together like this as they all seem to work the relatively same muscle groups.

These Wall Handstands are so much fun though. I can’t wait ’til I’m able to balance them and stand longer with them. Something about being upside down like that that’s enjoyable for me. Can you do walk on your hands?

The Angled Bridges aren’t too shabby. I can definitely feel it working my lower back and strengthening the muscles surrounding the spine. It’s actually quite refreshing, as I’ve never had those muscles specifically targeted and worked. I’m getting stronger RAWR!!!

I’m thinking that I could’ve completed all 12 reps if I hadn’t done so much with my wrists already today. Those Crow Stands and Wall Handstands take their toll on my wrists. Maybe that’s why I haven’t done these workouts in a couple of weeks … I’m going to stick with that. But no more excuses!

HOWS YOUR WORKOUT TODAY?! — Leave me some comments on what you accomplished today

Warmup: 

  • 12 Full Pushups ( 20lbs )
  • 12 Close Pushups ( 20lbs )

Set 1: Uneven Pushups

  • 5 Uneven Pushups ( Left )
  • 5 Uneven Pushups ( Right )

Set 2:

  • 5 Uneven Pushups ( Left )
  • 5 Uneven Pushups ( Right )

Set 3:

  • 5 Uneven Pushups ( Left )
  • 5 Uneven Pushups ( Right )
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Warmup: Straight Leg Raise
  • 20 Straight Leg Raises
  • 20 Straight Leg Raises
Set 1: Hanging Knee Raises
  • 10 Hanging Knee Raises
Set 2:
  • 12 Hanging Knee Raises
Set 3:
  • 12 Hanging Knee Raises

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Warmup: Crow Stands

  • 30s Crow Stands
  • 60s Crow Stands
Set 1: Wall Handstands
  • 30s Wall Handstand
Set 2:
  • 30s Wall Handstand
Set 3:
  • 35s Wall Handstand
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Warmup: Straight Bridges
  • 12 Straight Bridges
  • 12 Straight Bridges
Set 1: Angled Bridges
  • 8 Angled Bridges
Set 2:
  • 8 Angled Bridges
Set 3:
  • 8 Angled Bridges
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