5th of July, 2012 — Workout — Pullups, Squats, and Pushups

Starting things off with some Horizontal Pulls.

Raining again so I can’t write my thoughts … grrr!

POST WORKOUT THOUGHTS:

My left shoulder is definitely feeling the strain today! It doesn’t help that I worked out after we just had a softball game either. Not sure why its my left shoulder though, I suppose it could be from batting, or not giving myself enough rest time from my last workout?

I’m still finding it hard to struggle with the Squat routine. Even with the added weight they’re still cake. Maybe I’m actually that close to the Master Step of One Leg Squat! I’m hoping so.

It’s nice to see progress in the Pullup routines though. I’m trying to keep my hands wide to hit my lats more, but am finding it a bit difficult while using the suspended rings. Either way, I love doing them ūüôā

Was going to do the HSPU routine this evening, but as I mentioned earlier my left shoulder was giving me a bit of caution. I think I’ll give it a few days to ‘heal’ up.

Diet’s not been the best the past week, and neither has the workouts. Holiday’s and the nice weather are an excellent test for me. I’m considering going basically vegetarian here for a while. Veggie’s have sufficient protein. I’m going to research it a bit more though before I jump on too hastily. Not sure how difficult it’s going to be to still have a mass gaining diet while not eating much meat. No way I can go full vegetarian though. I love my meats too much, but less of those red ones will give me much better health in the long run.

How’s your workouts been going? Leave me some comments on your struggles or achievements!¬†

P.s. HAPPY FREAKING FOURTH!!!

Warmup: Horizontal Pulls 

  • 10 Horizontal Pulls
  • 10 Horizontal Pulls

Set 1: Jackknife Pulls

  • 12 Jackknife Pulls

Set 2:

  • 12 Jackknife Pulls

Set 3:

  • 10 Jackknife Pulls

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Warmup: Full Squats

  • 12 Full Squats ( With Backpack full of 30lbs )
  • 12 Full Squats ( With Backpack full of 62lbs )

Set 1: Close Squats

  • 12 Close Squats ( With Backpack full of 62lbs )

Set 2:

  • 12 Close Squats ( With Backpack full of 62lbs )

Set 3:

  • 12 Close Squats ( With Backpack full of 62lbs )

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Warmup: Close Pushups

  • 12 Close Pushups
  • 12 Close Pushups

Set 1: Uneven Pushups

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

Set 2:

  • 9 Uneven Pushups ( Right )
  • 9 Uneven Pushups ( Left )

Set 3:

  • 9 Uneven Pushups ( Right )
  • 9 Uneven Pushups ( Left )
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3rd of July, 2012 — Workout — Pullups, Squats, Pushups, & Leg Raises

Man, between softball practice / games, hiking, and just general summer activities I’m finding my workout time’s are suffering a bit. Like in one of my previous post’s I had mentioned that I was considering consolidating my workouts into three days instead of the six that it’s currently at.

Starting today off with some Horizontal Pulls.

Started raining on me while working out so I was unable again to blog my thoughts while I was working out. Nonetheless, here was what was accomplished today:

Warmup: Horizontal Pulls

  • 10 Horizontal Pulls
  • 10 Horizontal Pulls

Set 1: Jackknife Pulls

  • 12 Jackknife Pulls

Set 2:

  • 10 Jackknife Pulls

Set 3:

  • 9 Jackknife Pulls

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Warmup: Full Squats

  • 12 Full Squats
  • 12 Full Squats

Set 1: Close Squats

  • 12 Close Squats

Set 2:

  • 12 Close Squats

Set 3:

  • 12 Close Squats

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Warmup: Close Pushups

  • 12 Close Pushups
  • 12 Close Pushups

Set 1: Uneven Pushups

  • 7 Uneven Pushups ( Right )
  • 7 Uneven Pushups ( Left )

Set 2:

  • 10 Uneven Pushups ( Right )
  • 10 Uneven Pushups ( Left )

Set 3:

  • 11 Uneven Pushups ( Right )
  • 11 Uneven Pushups ( Left )

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Warmup: Straight Leg Raises

  • 12 Straight Leg Raises
  • 12 Straight Leg Raises

Set 1: Hanging Knee Raises

  • 12 Hanging Knee Raises

Set 2:

  • 12 Hanging Knee Raises

Set 3:

  • 12 Hanging Knee Raises

28th of June, 2012 — Workout — Pullup, Squat, HSPU ( Net was down could’nt post! )

Hey all,

Sorry for the delay with some of my posts, but I’ve been out of town and my network was down while I was able to log things. I also need to update the progress page!

Here’s what was accomplished:

Warmup: Horizontal Pull

  • 10 Horizontal Pulls
  • 10 Horizontal Pulls

Set 1: Jackknife Pulls

  • 10 Jackknife Pulls

Set 2:

  • 9 Jackknife Pulls

Set 3:

  • 9 Jackknife Pulls

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Warmup: Half Squats

  • 15 Half Squats
  • 15 Half Squats

Set 1: Full Squats ( With backpack full of 62lbs )

  • 12 Full Squats

Set 2:

  • 12 Full Squats

Set 3:

  • 12 Full Squats

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Warmup: Crow Stands

  • 56s Crow Stand
  • 46s Crow Stand + 10s Crow Stand

Set 1: Wall Handstand

  • 30s Wall Handstand

Set 2:

  • 20s Wall Handstand + 10s Wall Handstand

Set 3:

  • 30s Wall Handstand

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

18th of June, 2012 — Workout — Pullups & Squats

BRUTAL — Only word I can think of to describe today’s workout. With being so busy ( excuse no. one ) I’ve not been able to keep up as well as I’d like in order to maintain a steady progression through these steps.

Here’s what was accomplished today though.

Warmup: Horizontal Pulls

  • 10 Horizontal Pulls
  • 10 Horizontal Pulls

Set 1:

  • 18¬†Horizontal Pulls

Set 2:

  • 14 Horizontal Pulls

Set 3:

  • 12 Horizontal Pulls

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Warmup: Half Squats

  • 25 Half Squats
  • 25 Half Squats

Set 1:

  • 50 Half Squats

Set 2:

  • 50 Half Squats

Set 3:

  • 50 Half Squats