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Postby Robert DeWitt » Sun May 06, 2007 2:08 pm

So on day 3 when it says
for time
20 pull-ups
41 push-ups
41 squats

do i try to do that staright or take a break,like do 5 pullups,20 pushups 20 squats take a short break and go back at it.
Hope the question doesnt seem stupid,but if i was going to start at level 4 there is no way at the moment i could do 20 pullups straight on day 3.
Again thanks for your help
p.s. I think Im gonna really enjoy this
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Postby dgkimpton » Mon May 07, 2007 4:33 am

From what I understood it is to do 20 pull-ups in as many chunks as you need, then do the push-ups breaking it into pieces as you need, then the same for the squats.

Something somewhere on this site mentioned taking a 3 minute break between the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats but I can't find it now - was I dreaming?

Now, I'm a beginner too, but this was my understanding. Hopefully one of the clever guys can weigh in with certainty.
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Postby coine » Mon May 07, 2007 8:28 am

The way I'm doing it is to do the work in the proper order but with as many breaks as I want. So for level 4 I would do sets of 5 pull ups 4 times (reaching 20) and taking short breaks between each set. I broke up the pushups into sets of 10 each and a set of 11 at the end. Since the squats are easy for me I didn't break them up at all.

I challenged myself by trying to keep the breaks short. In the beginning I paused the stopwatch for breaks but since I stopped doing that I've been doing a lot more work in less time.

I'm not sure what the proper way of breaking up the work is, but I try to finish all of the pull ups (with breaks) before switching to the next exercise.
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Postby samjackson » Mon May 07, 2007 2:46 pm

The reason for the rest intervals is to avoid doing any single excercise (like pull-ups) to the point of muscle failure. Instead, break up the excercise into sets of 3-5 with 3-5 minutes rest in between.

All of the serious strength trainers advocate this methodology for increasing the maximum number of reps you can do, for that given excercise. Another thing you may want to try, and this is from Jeff Martone, is everytime you walk under (or near) your pull up station, do a pull-up. Just one, everytime. You may be suprised by how many extra pull-ups you'll do in a day, how that will help increase your rep count. I just did one now. :D
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Postby scumdogg » Mon May 07, 2007 3:15 pm

That's great advice sam. I wonder if they'll let me install a pullup bar at work??? :wink:
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Postby Admin » Mon May 07, 2007 3:31 pm

If you look around carefully I bet there is already stuff at you work, also a towel over a pipe rafter or tree branch is a good "stealth station"
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Postby Robert DeWitt » Mon May 07, 2007 4:34 pm

Hey everyone thanks for all the advice.i think Im gonna really enjoy thsi workout.Is it alright that this is the only strength training that I do.Like I said earlier running is most impt to me.
I hope to be able to keep up the workouts but my wife and I are expecting our first baby in 3 weeks so Im sure Im gonna be busy,Im so nervous and excited at the same time.
Again thanks for the replys
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Postby Admin » Mon May 07, 2007 5:42 pm


And yes you will be busy and tired ;)
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