OK. Here I am at last on level 5. I expect this to be a long grind, but am excited to be here and looking forward to seeing incremental progress.
I probably took it a little easy this week to focus strongly on form and staying comfortable with the higher reps (and, frankly, I'm not adverse to starting with a little higher times so there is lots of room for the motivation of seeing the numbers get better as the weeks drag on).
L5D1 - 17 rounds
L5D2 - 8:03
L5D3 - 11:10
Alternating chin-up and pull-up sets on all days. I approached this level with a bit of trepidation, but everything felt OK, at least at this slower pace. Moving from 2 to 3 pull-ups per set for L5D1 is just a 50% increase by count, but feels like a bigger step because there is always a little momentum on the first one. Sets of 3 are quite a bit harder than sets of 2, but feel more honest.
The L5D2 step up from L4D2 seems more incremental than D1 or D3. Interestingly I think the push-ups now feel about as challenging as the pull-ups, which hasn't been the case for the previous levels. The squats are still relatively easy.
L5D3 chin-up/pull-ups were sets of 7,5,4,3,4,3. My L4 routine was 6-4-3-2-3-2 so just had to add 1 to each set to go from 20 to 26. Key now is lowering the rest times between sets.
L5D3 push-ups were 14-14-13-10. There is room both for speeding them up and decreasing rest times between sets. I'll also probably need to move down to just 3 sets (maybe 18-17-16) to get the time under 5:00.
I started level four, many weeks ago, at D1-21 sets, D2-6:23, and D3-7:53. So, I'm starting quite a bit farther down this time around.