I can’t believe I feel guilty about doing today’s workout. We modified the prescribed workout to make it slightly easier for the sake of the new recruits and because of the limited workspace. The prescribed workout was “Tabata Something Else.” Complete 32 intervals of 20 seconds of work followed by ten seconds of rest where the first 8 intervals are pull-ups, the second 8 are push-ups, the third 8 intervals are sit-ups, and finally, the last 8 intervals are squats. There is no rest between exercises. Post total reps from all 32 intervals to comments. Our version today was a little different. We added a minute rest between exercises and scored it in the traditional Tabata manner with the least number of reps done in a single 20 second effort. Basically we did “Tabata This!” without the rows. Still a scorcher by any normal standard but I am still feeling a little sad in retrospect for having taken those 3 extra minutes of rest.
Name / Sq/PlUp/PsUp/StUp / Total
Scott / 13/6/6/9 / 34
Keith / 16/4/6/8 / 34
Eric / 10/1/7/7 / 25
Bill / 1/4/7/8 / 20
Personally, I had PRs on the pullups and pushups. I have never been able to finish a full Tabata cycle of pushups without resorting to dropping to my knees or a cycle of pullups without getting down to one poor jumping pullup at the end. This just adds to the guilt I am feeling because, I wouldn’t have achieved the PRs today if we hadn’t taken those minute rests between the exercises. I had a strong kip going today (Thanks to Eva’s awesome video lesson!!!!) and did 5 pullups every set, but on the last 3 or 4 sets I couldn’t in good conscience count all 5 because the 3rd one would be a half pullup. I would rest and bang out 2 more good ones. The pushups started at 8 and dropped to 6. Squats started at 18 and dropped to 16. Situps started at 12 and dropped to 8. I find Tabatas are best done in groups. I always do better when there are other miserable people suffering around me. I seem to thrive in that environment.