Workout Wednesday

Okay. Today was good.

I’ll admit, I slept really well last night. And we were just a little ahead of schedule this morning. (Does it really matter? Not at all!)

But today I did five sets, in 21 minutes. I hit 750/1000. I did 100 sit-ups and push-ups and plank jump-ins (they are the worst) and hop heel clicks. I did 150 squats. I did 200 jumping jacks. In 21 minutes, with some rest in there.

On Friday, I did 750 and it took forever. It was also the middle of the afternoon and hot out. But here’s the table difference:

EXERCISEFRIWED
Jumping Jacks50*440*5
Squats30*530*5
Hop/Jump25*420*5
Sit-Ups25*420*5
Push-Ups25*420*5
Plank Jump-Ins25*420*5
TOTALS750750

So, I don’t know what difference sets versus reps make, if it does, in this kind of workout. I paused more doing 25 sit-ups, I got more in my head on Friday. I did not rest nearly as much this morning. But does time of day change things that much? Caffeine? Having eaten? Humidity? I don’t know.

What I do know is that I’ll be working to normalize five sets, and pushing hard to stick to 22 minutes, maximum.

I’m glad I’m tracking this stuff. Fun fact! I started doing this in May, and really tracking things in June. Here’s my workout two months ago, and my workout today:

20-Jun19-Aug
Jumping Jacks60200
Squats18150
Hop/Jump18100
Sit-Ups36100
Push-Ups18100
Plank Jump-Ins18100
TOTAL168750

And you know what? In both of these workouts, I did more than nothing. But man, progress feels good!

Friday Freakout! 750!

I have been doing bodyweight exercises, building reps and sets to get to 1,000 reps. (I think if you go here, it’s the most recent post about it.) I have struggled, uh, the entire time with doing the exercise consistently–my worst streak of not doing any bodyweight was four days, until earlier this week, when it was five. So today, even though I did not get up early, I took my time and worked out.

And I got to 750. And probably no one cares except me, but guys, I did 100 sit-ups. I am proud of myself. And I’m not going to blow this lead by eating like a moron tonight! I am breaking the weight loss plateau I’ve been on for three weeks. It’s happening! Believe it!

Workout Wednesday

Let’s talk about timing.

Right now, this is my day’s bodyweight workout:

EXERCISEREPSSETSTOTAL
Jumping Jacks404160
Squats304120
Hop Heel Clicks20480
Sit-Ups20480
Push-Ups20480
Plank Jump-Ins20480
Grand Total600

This works well right now. I’m trying to build endurance, and rest less frequently between (or, in the case of sit-ups generally and the third set particularly, within) sets, because I’ll lose myself in thought and also, not exercising is always better than exercising. I’m trying to get down to the workout above in 20 minutes.

And right now, I’m hitting about 21’10”, on average. I wonder if that’s all right–it’s the difference of 70 seconds–but I have gotten faster since I’ve started timing things.

The faster pace is for two reasons, I’d bet. One: I’m doing eighty sit-ups in a workout right now, which I’m pretty dang proud of. But I’d like to have better flow, and better control–I bet there’s something different about doing 20 sit-ups in a row versus 5 and 5 and 6 and 4 with little bursts of rest between. And two: I really want to hit a thousand, but keep my morning schedule in tact.

Hitting 1,000 looks like this, by the way:

EXERCISEREPSSETSTOTAL
Jumping Jacks505250
Squats305150
Hop Heel Clicks305150
Sit-Ups305150
Push-Ups305150
Plank Jump-Ins305150
1000

If I can get all that done in 30 minutes, I’ll be happy. So here’s the steps I am going to take by the end of the year to accomplish this:

  1. Get down to 20 minutes on four sets.
  2. Increase the number of reps to 25.
  3. Get down to 22 minutes on four sets.
  4. Increase the number of sets to 5.
  5. Increases the reps of jumping jacks to 50.
  6. Get up to five sets, 50×5 and 30x5x5.

I believe I can do this, except as I finish the second set! But it’s an achievable goal, I believe.

Now if I could only find a replacement for plank jump-ins, because I hate them. Any suggestions, fitness folks who may have stumbled upon this blog?

Workout Wednesday (6/24/2020)

So here’s progress:

So June 6 was the first day I did actual sets–I’m working on sixes right now. If I can do any, I can do six more. So June 6, I did three sets, give or take.

By continuing to do this every day after walking–with a couple days here and there where I did nothing–by June 19, I got up to four sets of jumping jacks, and four sets of squats, and three sets of hop heel clocks and plank jump-ins and push-ups and sit-ups, 18 each.

It’s not hard to go from a total 144, my first goal in June, to hitting 500 in total, which is my last goal for this month.

… I will also note two things. I’m writing this on Monday, and I did not do bodyweight today. I also haven’t written yet. It’s easier to do in the morning, before breakfast, rather than later in the day. That affects my count, and my morale. But I can get right back in it. I hit 408, dang it!

The other thing to note is that I’m trying to get to a specific goal right now–four sets on each exercise (30 for jumping jacks, 24 for squats, 18 for the rest, giving a total of 504)–and I may hit it before I post this. I may not. I struggle with sustaining the practice. I keep wanting to go higher and higher rather than getting used to the constant work.