17th of September, 2012 — Workout — Full Pullups & 1/2 One-Leg Squats

Forgot to post this last night, was fairly busy after I had worked out. Dont want you guys to think I forgot about you!

Not much to write about ( that I remember today at least ), other than the 1/2 One-Leg Squat were beating me up yesterday. Oooh, I was also psyched that I was able to get the 24 Wide Grip Pulls for my warmup finally – One step closer to that V! Check back for today workout later, its one of my favorite days. Have to maintain that proper form, and good things will happen. I like doing the Full Pullups though, not a fan of the half steps.

Also I cranked out nine round of Jump Roping. I’m getting that down real well.

-B

Sets 1-9: Jump Rope

  • 3 Min Jump Rope

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Warmup: Wide Grip Pullups

  • 12 Wide Grip Pullups
  • 12 Wide Grip Pullups

Set 1: Full Pullups

  • 9 Full Pulls

Set 2:

  • 9 Full Pulls

Set 3:

  • 8 Full Pulls

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Warmup: Close & Uneven Squats

  • 12 Close Squats
  • 12 Uneven Squats ( Left )
  • 12 Uneven Squats ( Right )

Set 1: 1/2 One-Leg Squats

  • Ten 1/2 One-Leg Squats ( Left )
  • Ten 1/2 One-Leg Squats ( Right )

Set 2:

  • Twelve 1/2 One-Leg Squats ( Left )
  • Twelve 1/2 One-Leg Squats ( Right )

Set 3:

  • Eight 1/2 One-Leg Squats ( Left )
  • Eight 1/2 One-Leg Squats ( Right )
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Something I wanted to share with you guys

So I’m reading this book called “Gates of Fire” and, first off, I love the Spartans. One of the most fascinating groups of people I’ve learned about. Anyway there was an excellent quote in the book that I felt compelled to share with you guys.

‘The Spartans say that any army my win while it still has its legs under it; the real test comes when all strength is fled and the men must produce victory on will alone.’

Just filled me with … I dont even know what honestly.  Keep in mind that next time you’re struggling on your last reps of the set, that that’s when the real test to your determination and will power is. It was inspiring to me, and like I said, I felt compelled to share it with you guys. Stay strong convicts!

-B

14th of September, 2012 — Workout — 1/2 One-Arm Pushups & Partial Straight Leg Raises

Not too much time to write out my thoughts for todays workout, other than those Partial Straight Leg Raises  are pretty rough. I may go back to the Hanging Frog Raises for another week or so. Made progress with them, but the form wasn’t perfect. I was swaying a bit, and the momentum helped me I’m thinking.

1/2 One-Arm Pushups were solid though. Getting stronger every time I do them 🙂

Enjoy your weekends folks.

Sets 1-8: Jump Rope

  • 3 Min Jump Rope

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Warmup: Decline Close Pushups

  • 12 Decline Close Pushups
  • 12 Decline Close Pushups

Set 1: 1/2 One-Arm Pushups

  • Seven 1/2 One-Arm Pushups

Set 2:

  • Eight 1/2 One-Arm Pushups

Set 3:

  • Nine 1/2 One-Arm Pushups

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Warmup: Hanging Bent & Frog Raises

  • 12 Hanging Bent Leg Raises
  • 12 Hanging Frog Raises

Set 1: Partial Straight Leg Raises

  • 7 Partial Straight Leg Raises

Set 2:

  • 6 Partial Straight Leg Raises

Set 3:

  • 6 Partial Straight Leg Raises

13th of September, 2012 — Workout — Half HSPU, Half Pullups & Half One-Leg Squats

Whats up everybody?! You’d best be getting your calisthenics on this evening ( unless today’s your day off ).  Today’s workout had a little addition of the Half Hand Stand Pushup workout today – I was slacking a bit yesterday. I kind of regret it though, because it cut into my strength for my Pullup routine that was on schedule for today.

My stamina and wrist strength is improving for my Jump Rope warmups though which is nice. Didnt really start to feel it in my wrist until the seventh round. Stamina wise, I felt I could’ve gone for a few more rounds. Think the temperature had a bit to play with that though, it was fairly warm, but there was an excellent breeze today to offset it.

What kind of cardio do you to?

I forgot how much I missed doing the Half Hand Stand Pushups though! My balance is getting better and better – I know i keep saying it, but I need to become more consistent with those damn’d things. I feel as though if I had kept consistent I’d be able to do them without the tree support. Oh well, I managed to break my record reps today though which is a nice feeling. Like I mentioned though, I feel as though it cut into my shoulders a bit too much and hindered my Pullup workouts today – well the Wide Grip Pull’s at least.

Half One-Leg Squats are getting better every time, not only the balance, but also the feeling in my knee’s. The quads are getting so much stronger and more defined every week. I haven’t had defined quads since I did soccer in High School, so its a nice feeling. It wasn’t really a priority for me before, I was too focused on ab’s, shoulders and chest – the ‘Glamour’ muscles if you will. Thankfully I grew out of that, and realize that its an all around fitness level that I wish to achieve – So far so good I’d have to say.

I really love doing Pullups though. I want that sick nasty V for a back. Nothing monstrous, but I find they’re one of the hardest for me to get defined and larger. I know a lot of it is diet, and I’m currently not following a diet that will lower my Body Fat %, but I need to build the muscle before I can cut the fat down to be able to see it!

Tell me about something your proud of today with regards to your workout!

-B

Sets 1-8: Jump Rope

  • 3 Min Jump Rope

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Warmup: Close & Uneven Squats

  • 12 Close Squats
  • 12 Uneven Squats ( Left )
  • 12 Uneven Squats ( Right )

Set 1: Half One-Leg Squats

  • 8 Half One-Leg Squats ( Left )
  • 8 Half One-Leg Squats ( Right )

Set 2:

  • 8 Half One-Leg Squats ( Left )
  • 8 Half One-Leg Squats ( Right )

Set 3:

  • 10 Half One-Leg Squats ( Left )
  • 10 Half One-Leg Squats ( Right )

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Warmup: Crow & Wall Handstands

  • 30s Crow Stand
  • 30s Wall Handstand

Set 1: Half HSPU

  • 10 Half HSPU

Set 2:

  • 8 Half HSPU

Set 3:

  • 9 Half HSPU

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Warmup: Wide Grip Pulls

  • 12 Wide Grip Pulls

Set 1: Half Pulls

  • 12 Half Pulls

Set 2:

  • 12 Half Pulls

11th of September, 2012 — Workout — 1/2 One-Arm Pushups & Partial Straight Leg Raises

Don’t have much time this evening to write out my thoughts, but I will say the damn Partial Straight Leg Raises were much harder than I figured they would be. Was kind of shocked to say the least, that the max reps I could crank out was six!

A quick note on the 1/2 One-Arm Pushups, I’m still doing these with my legs out wide. I’m going to continue to do this until I can crank out 12 of them, then move my feet in. Going to prolong the Pushup progression, but what else do I’ve to do 🙂 ?!

Ah well, give me something to conquer now! Catch you guys tomorrow – Leave me something encouraging!

Sets 1-8: Jump Rope

  • 3 Min Jump Rope

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Warmup: Decline Wide Grip & Uneven Pushups

  • 12 Decline Wide Grip Pushups
  • 12 Uneven Pushups ( Left )
  • 12 Uneven Pushups ( Right )

Set 1: 1/2 One-Arm Pushups:

  • Six 1/2 One-Arm Pushups ( Left )
  • Six 1/2 One-Arm Pushups ( Right )

Set 2:

  • Seven 1/2 One-Arm Pushups ( Left )
  • Seven 1/2 One-Arm Pushups ( Right )

Set 3:

  • Seven 1/2 One-Arm Pushups ( Left )
  • Seven 1/2 One-Arm Pushups ( Right )

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Warmup: Hanging Bent Leg & Frog Raises

  • 12 Hanging Bent Leg Raises
  • 12 Hanging Frog Raises

Set 1: Partial Straight Leg Raises

  • 5 Partial Straight Leg Raises

Set 2:

  • 6 Partial Straight Leg Raises

Set 3:

  • 5 Partial Straight Leg Raises

10th of September, 2012 — Workout — Half Pullups & Half One-Leg Squats

Decided to try to shoot for 10 rounds of the Jump Rope today, but my right wrist just couldnt take it today. I started getting sloppy and kept catching my feet. Eight rounds is pretty solid amount though I’d have to say. Was a bit windy today, which adds to the fun of jumping rope 🙂

Had to cut the Squats down a set, my right knee is still hurting a bit. The bruise goes from the middle of my shin to the middle of my quad. Pretty gnarly colors and such. I’m thinking another week or two and I’ll be rockin’ it at 100%. I’d say I’m about 90% at the moment, also noticed some slight abdominal pains while doing the Close Squats. Kind of weird because my abs are not used much – more for stabilizing I’d say.

Either way, was nice to get a good set of Pullups in. I did a quick measurement of my chest today, and my Lat’s must be getting bigger because they’ve gone up a little bit from my last measurement. Was a bit bummed I couldnt get 12 reps for both sets of the warmup ( Wide Grip Pullups ) today though. I figured it was going to be a bit of a struggle after that first set. I was honestly surprised to be able to get the full 12 reps for all three working sets of Half Pullups. Nice feeling. I still want to get the timing down a bit better with the Half Pullups, because I feel as though I’m rushing them a bit to get all 12 reps. Sometimes my body sway’s a bit too much for my liking. Alas, it’s my first day back to them in over a week though, so I can’t be complaining too much!

Happy overall with what was accomplished today – with the circumstances. Man I missed working out though! I was going crazy, my poor girlfriend had to listen to me whining about it – true to her nature, she said she had “ZERO pity” on me, which is understandable. A very valuable lesson I learned this year.

What was your favorite part of your workout today?
Do you feel as though you pushed yourself hard enough?

Sets 1-8: Jump Rope

  • 3 Min Jump Rope

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Warmup: Wide Grip Pullups

  • 12 Wide Grip Pullups
  • 10 Wide Grip Pullups

Set 1: Half Pullups

  • 12 Half Pulls

Set 2:

  • 12 Half Pulls

Set 3:

  • 12 Half Pulls

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Warmup: Close & Uneven Squats

  • 12 Close Squats
  • 12 Uneven Squats ( Left )
  • 12 Uneven Squats ( Right )

Set 1: Half One-Leg Squats

  • 6 Half One-Leg Squats ( Left )
  • 6 Half One-Leg Squats ( Right )

Set 2:

  • 7 Half One-Leg Squats ( Left )
  • 7 Half One-Leg Squats ( Right )

7th of September, 2012 — Workout — Pushups & Hanging Frog Raises

HOLY CRAP HAVE I MISSED YOU CONVICTS – SUPER MOTIVATED TODAY!! My body’s not completely healed, still some knee & quad issues, but my mind’s been going crazy for working out. I trust you guys haven’t been slacking in my absence … right?! If so, today’s the last day for that!

As I just mentioned, my leg’s are still a bit screwy, so I had to wear my knee brace, and take it a lot slower than normal for my Jump Rope warmups. Nonetheless, I still cranked out an excellent workout today.

After the first set of Hanging Knee Raises, I was a bit skeptical if my lower obliques kinda got pinched by the seat belt during my excitement last week. Thankfully, the workouts today didnt work them too intensely, actually hardly at all. Either way, like I was saying, the first set of the Hanging Knee Raises made my abs burn much more than I had expected. I anticipated a bit of struggle for the workout today as its been a week since I’ve done anything intense. I did a few things during the week just to test the waters out, but today I felt as though I would be able to crank out a decent workout. All should be OK for starting back with the routine next week starting Monday.

As for the Pushups, nothing too crazy with those today. The combo of hanging for the abdominal workouts & the seat belt ( saving my life ) burns on my shoulder put a bit of a strain on it, so I didnt go for the normal routine. Just wanted to get 12 solid reps of various exercises, to get my body used to it again. Still pushed myself to a decent pump today. A little side note on the MAX Regular Pushups, I had tried to MAX out earlier in the week. I havent done my MAX reps since I’ve started doing Convict Conditioning, and I wanted to do a little workout without pushing myself too much – figured doing one set of MAX reps would be fun, and I wanted to see how much I’ve improved since my p90X days. I was able to crank out 55 Regular Pushups before my form started getting sloppy, so I was pretty happy with that I suppose – Not too shabby for training for strength / size gains instead of endurance as I had prior.

P.S. Dave my friend, don’t fret buddy I’ll get to those questions you asked on some of my other posts!

How’s your workouts been going?
Whats giving you motivation this week?
Likewise, is there anything that you feel is holding you back?

Sets 1-6: Jump Rope

  • 3 Min Jump Rope

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Warmup: Decline Wide Grip Pushups & Decline “Planche” Pushups

  • 12 Decline Wide Grip Pushups
  • 12 Decline “Planche” Pushups

Set 1: Decline Close Pushups

  • 12 Decline Close Pushups

Set 2: Uneven Pushups

  • 12 Uneven Pushups ( Left )
  • 12 Uneven Pushups ( Right )

Set 3: Regular Pushups ( MAX reps )

  • 36 Regular Pushups

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Warmup: Hanging Knee & Hanging Bent Leg Raises

  • 12 Hanging Knee Raises
  • 12 Hanging Bent Leg Raises

Set 1: Hanging Frog Raises

  • 12 Hanging Frog Raises

Set 2: 

  • 12 Hanging Frog Raises

Set 3:

  • 12 Hanging Frog Raises