RD 2 + RD 3
That’s more like it! I felt fresh today and I still had Monday’s (crap) workout on the mind, so I decided to give it another shot. This time around, every rep was solid! I’m happy to say I think I’ve finally struck upon a nice balance - and balance is key - between the intensity of my workouts and the quality and quantity of my rest. I’ve found what, for me, amounts to the perfectly therapeutic dose. Now it’s just a matter of fine-tuning.
Ego can be motivating in a case like this, when you set a goal that you just can’t bear not to hit, but you’ve got to balance that with a willingness to take it easy if and when you get run down. There are still the occasional setbacks - a tweaked muscle or a tough day that you just can’t shake - but overall, I’ve been enjoying nice, slow, steady progress lately and it makes me feel like I might really be onto something! That’s the best feeling!
I went at least partially off-script Friday and it looks like I just wasn’t able to recover from the super-heavy lunges and sprints in just a weekend. Monday’s workout never fully got off the ground. The weight felt heavy, as expected, but I struggled just to keep it stable. After the third failed single, I finally caved and called it a day. Time to take an extra rest day or two and come back at it (hopefully) reinvigorated. Blech.
dumbbell walking lunges
dumbbell overhead presses
+ a few box jumps, handstand push-up singles, and a few minutes punching a punching bag
Just a play day at the gym. For the first time, I finished the 5 x 12 lunges as an unbroken set with 55# dumbbells. I can remember when 45# seemed like an unreachable goal. It’s my grip that gives out these days before my legs do. Next time, I’m sure I won’t be able to RESIST going for 60#.
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 - 25:09
Those front squats and bench presses felt… leisurely? Not sure how they ended up in the programming but I’ll take it. It was like an extended warm-up. I was pretty proud I was able to finish this one with a taped-up hand (no substitutions for the pull-ups)!
5 RFT - 25:04 including at least a couple of minutes of hand-taping time
I wanted to finish the whole workout without lifting straps and I got to almost the end of round #4 before my palm tore (ouch). Maybe I have a funny grip but deadlifts just tear my hands up! I taped it up and plugged on. This was one of those no-fun workouts. I really wasn’t in the mood and never quite got up to speed, so the name of the game was to keep your head down and finish. Done.
RD 2 + RD 3 (identical)
I sort of love and hate squat clusters every time they come around. I recently upped my back squat 1RM, so this was the first time attempting this workout at this weight, right at the tippy top of what I can manage. It was really tough - like, I don’t know if I can finish this tough - but woohoo! I did it!