Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wednesday's Workout

A fantastic one today.

Strength Skill:
  • Deadlifts (5-5-3-3-3)
I wrote about the history of the "Health Lift" yesterday, and lo and behold, deadlifts were on today's menu. I must be psychic.

Although I still harbor a bit of skittishness stemming from my back issues, I really enjoy deadlifts. I love the straightforwardness of the movement: Load your hammies, tighten your midsection, grab a heavy barbell, and stand up with it.

After a couple of sets, I took of my shoes and did the rest barefoot. I find that as I add more weight to my lifts, my knees tend to cave inward instead of bracing outward, and going shoeless helped remind me to push off my heels and avoid shifting my weight towards my instep. It worked, and I managed to keep my knees from buckling in.

It's weird to reflect on how much joy I derive from little things like that.

  • 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
  • 10 Games-standard push-ups
  • 9 chest-to-bar pull-ups
  • 9 Games-standard push-ups
  • 8 chest-to-bar pull-ups
  • 8 Games-standard push-ups
  • 7 chest-to-bar pull-ups
  • 7 Games-standard push-ups
  • 6 chest-to-bar pull-ups
  • 6 Games-standard push-ups
  • 5 chest-to-bar pull-ups
  • 5 Games-standard push-ups
  • 4 chest-to-bar pull-ups
  • 4 Games-standard push-ups
  • 3 chest-to-bar pull-ups
  • 3 Games-standard push-ups
  • 2 chest-to-bar pull-ups
  • 2 Games-standard push-ups
  • 1 chest-to-bar pull-ups
  • 1 Games-standard push-ups
Stupidly, at the beginning, I thought this workout was going to be too easy. After all, I love fast bodyweight workouts. I ended up cranking through the first two rounds of chest-to-bar pull-ups uninterrupted, and gutting out all the push-ups without taking any mid-set breaks.

Still, there's a world of difference between pull-ups and chest-to-bar pull-ups, and between push-ups and Games-standard push-ups. The delta may be a matter of just a few inches, but those few inches are murder. Sweet, sweet murder.

Result: 5:51 as RXed.