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Newbie with questions :)

PostPosted: Thu Jul 29, 2010 6:25 pm
by GuySie
Hi guys,

I'm readying up to start seriously following simplefit and have a few questions. Basic stats: I'm 29 years old, 173cm tall and currently weigh 68kg at about 20% bodyfat. I had severe asthma in my youth and couldn't do any physical exercise, and even when my asthma lessened I just never got into it. So basically I'm starting out from absolute scratch. I've picked up a zero-to-hero running scheme a few weeks ago and am following the program, running 3x a week, which is going well. I can run for an 8 minute stretch now, while the first week in I was almost dead after 2. But running won't help me convert that fat to muscle, which is where simplefit comes in.

I've been trying out the bodyweight exercises, but it's still very early for me. I had to sub jump-ups and even the push-ups are of the 'girly' variety. Still, I managed to do my first chin-up ever this week and you wouldn't believe how huge the grin on my face was :D. I figure I can now give the SF workout a real shot.

My questions:
- I run monday, wednesday and friday and I'd want to do the SF workout on the other days, i.e. tuesday, thursday and saturday/sunday. Is it okay to combine them this way? The running scheme says that as a beginner I really need to rest my body on the off days, is the SF workout different enough from running that it still counts as a rest day? And does the running not interfere with SF? Or should I really keep my rest days and do the running and the SF workout on the same day? I don't want to overstress my n00b body and injure myself early in the game.
- On the D1 workout, what should I do if I can't do another chin-up but I think I still have some push-ups/squats left in me? i.e. does the workout end when I can't do 1 part of the round, or if I can't do any part of the round? If I can't do a proper chin-up anymore after a few rounds, should I substitute a jump-up? Or stick to substitutes altogether until I can do enough chin-ups to fill the 20m with rounds?

Thanks for your help!

Re: Newbie with questions :)

PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:03 am
by cheapo
I'm in a rush this morning, but I want to respond before the long weekend. Don't want to leave an eager neophyte hanging!

1. I would think running one day and SimpleFit the next would be manageable, but so would doing them on the same day. In fact, if your runs aren't very long, they could serve as a warm-up for SF. Only you can judge how much work your body can endure. Try things out. If it's too much, rejig your program, ie. leave SF until a little later, decrease the number of times you run per week, etc.

2. On Day 1, 2 and 3, do as many reps without substitutions as possible, then carry on with substitutions.

Welcome aboard and good luck!

Re: Newbie with questions :)

PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:07 am
by scumdogg
Hi GuySie, welcome to simplefit and the board. First off, congratulations on your first pullup! Nothing quite compares to that feeling of "I did it!". Now for your questions:

1. I think you pretty much answered your own question when you said you didn't want to overstress your "n00b" body :) If you were not physically active before simplefit then you'll probably need those rest days to recover and let your knees and tendons adapt to the new stresses, at least at the beginning. The only person who'll really be able to tell if you can do both at the same time is you, so why not try doing both for a couple weeks and see how it goes? Start by trying to run on the same day you do simplefit, preferably not before or after your simplefit workout (so if you simplefit in the morning, go for a run in the evening) If you start to notice pain in your knees or anywhere else or your energy levels dropping, then scale back the running to once or twice a week. Play around with it until you find something that matches your recovery level and lifestyle. Also remember, the rest days aren't just about letting your body have a break, it also gives your mind a break so that you can feel more energized for the next workout.

2. If you can't do another chin, don't stop, keep going with subs until your 20 min. are up. I always used body rows as subs since I felt they helped me achieve full pullups better than negatives, but that's just me.

Re: Newbie with questions :)

PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:08 am
by scumdogg
Cheapo beat me to it! Great advice by the way :lol:

Re: Newbie with questions :)

PostPosted: Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:08 pm
by GuySie
Thanks for the help guys!

It's the trying things out that I'm a bit afraid of, as my inexperience also means that I don't know how to quite interpret the signals my body might send me - beyond gutwrenching pain, that is.
e.g. what I previously thought was my legs giving up and being too tired to run turned out to be nothing more than what runners call 'feeling the burn' :roll: It's all new for me. But I'll give it my best shot.

Ran 4x8 minutes today, but that totalled me physically (and the scheme is only going up) so I think the warmup idea won't work. I think I'll try to do SF in the morning and run in the evening, or vice versa. Whatever feels best :)