24th of September, 2012 — Workout — Full Pullups & 1/2 One-Leg Squats

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend, I know I sure did. Today’s workout was overall OK, increased my rep count, but I dont know, I just wasn’t really into working out today like I usually am. I know that’s not an excuse, so I cranked out a decent set today – worst part was, I was actually looking forward to working out after work today! I had been waiting for it all day, but after I finished up my Jump Roping today, I honestly almost said ‘Screw it.’ The little whiner cropped up! Hate that little dude.

I know I would’ve regretted it if I hadn’t got to it today though. Can’t quite pin it down to what caused me to all of a sudden lose interest. I know my Jump Rope rhythm was a bit off today, so that might’ve discouraged me a bit? Who knows – leave me some comments if you were having any struggles today with your workout or motivation.

I know thats definitely the reason why I cut down my rounds with my Jump Rope today, the rhythm was just a bit off and I kept catching the rope on my feet. I actually smacked my back with the rope today which caused a nice big red line across my back, and pissed me off! I really need my heavy bag, I miss taking my aggression out on that thing 🙂

Was glad to get one more rep for the Full Pullups today though, quite a struggle though. The progress on the Pullup progressions has slowed a bit. I need to remember to remain calm and consistent, perseverance and proper form will conquer.

The 1/2 One-Leg Squats are coming along nice. Was my first time getting three sets of 12 reps with both legs, which felt good. Not sure if its because I didnt do any Uneven Squats as part of my warmup, and instead, went with two sets of Close Squats. Made sure to focus on keeping proper form and maintaining slow consistent movements throughout.

For not wanting to workout, I’d say today’s workout was a success though. Guess it’s never really a bad day when I workout. I’m usually highly motivated though – Ah well, suppose that’s good because if I had ‘normal’ motivation I might’ve been able to let the ‘whiner’ talk me out of a good session today 🙂

-B

Sets 1-6: 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

  • 10 Full Pulls

Set 2:

  • 8 Full Pulls

Set 3:

  • 9.75 Full Pulls

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Warmup: Close Squats

  • 12 Close Squats
  • 12 Close Squats

Set 1: 1/2 One-Leg Squats

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

Set 2:

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

Set 3:

  • Twelve 1/2 One-Leg Squats ( Left )
  • Twelve 1/2 One-Leg Squats ( Right )
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3rd May, 2012 — Workout — Leg Raises

Man those last 10 reps of the 3rd set in the warmup were brutal! I’m glad I stuck it out and maintained good form throughout, my legs were shaking. Before i did these I was going over the notes in the book, and it said take four seconds to go down — I must’ve missed that the first skim over — That definitely intensified it for being a warmup. I’m glad to see the Straight Leg Raises are two up pause one two down again.

On the second round of set 1, I pushed myself at the end, because it was starting to get hard around rep 6. I’m not quite sure why I went to 11 — I guess I just like that burn, you know what I’m talking about 🙂 ?

So I’m halfway through Set 2, and in the back of my mind It’s telling me to quit because the book said to do 2-3 work sets and I’ve met that after this last 10. But as soon as I had that thought the other side of me, who wasn’t a quitter or a whiner, took over. The internal battles are the strongest I feel. There’s no way you will succeed if you aren’t capable of beating down the whiner inside. Everyone has the capability — Think of something you’re good at, and imagine how many times the whiner inside tried to derail your progress. The other side of you took over either consciously or subconsciously and it prevailed. Now be conscious about it and don’t quit!

Warmup:

  • 25 Flat Frog Raises
  • 25 Flat Frog Raises
  • 25 Flat Frog Raises
  • 5 Straight Leg Raises

Set 1:

  • 10 Straight Leg Raises
  • 11 Straight Leg Raises

Set 2:

  • 10 Straight Leg Raises
  • 11 Straight Leg Raises

Set 3:

  • 10 Straight Leg Raises
  • 10 Straight Leg Raises