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Losing motivation

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:03 pm
by Xtina
This is the first time I've posted to this forum.

I've been doing this workout for about 6 weeks now, and I've noticed significant changes in my body, especially in my arms. I love the simplicity. The problem is, level one is still too hard for me. I admit, I have a hard time doing a full 20 min on day one, but last week I put in the full 20, so I'm making a genuine effort on that. Despite that, I still can't do all of day 3. The leap between doing two pull ups and five pushups to 10 pull ups and 21 push ups is just too great. Oh, and I'm still cheating on pull ups. I'm doing chin ups (underhand grip) and I can do about 4 without trouble. Number 5 is almost impossible though.

I'm wondering if part of the problem is that I'm a girl. I've never been in good shape, but I'm also not out of the normal weight bracket for my height. I have a very small frame too. I cheat on the pull ups, but I try to hold out on push ups until I really can't do anymore real ones. Then I switch to girl push ups. I don't like doing that though, because I don't think it works my abs as much, and I'm already cheating on the pull up. Oh, and the squats...yeah, I can do those no problem. My legs haven't been sore since week 2.

I'm going to start posting my progress to gain motivation, but thought that a simple question in the general area might help.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:06 pm
by dgkimpton
You are doing your pull-ups in sets right?

Do 3 and then take a minute break, then try for another 3, then break. Until you get to 10 total?

Just checking...

I'm wondering if part of the problem is that I'm a girl.

I sincerely doubt it - girls can do it too - check out the vids at crossfit.com if you don't believe me!

You're doing great!

PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2007 10:13 pm
by aussiechick
Hi Xtina

Conrats on doing the program for 6 weeks that is an accomplishment in itself.

I am only a newbie myself, today was only my fourth workout and I did L1D1 again. So I am no expert and I'm sure Kevin and others with be able to give you lots of good advice.

However, I am a girl too and yes the blokes do have an advantage over us because we don't have as much natural upperbody strength. The fact that you can do 4 chinups is excellent! I am quite a bit overweight and I cannot do 1, I use a step and give myself a leg up while still trying to use my back muscles as much as possible so that I will progress.

Also with the pushups I am doing them on my knees, with my hands on a 12" step. So you see you aren't the only one :)

The day 1 workouts are the toughest for me too, I guess its the endurance factor and I am certainly getting a cardio workout out of it too. As for the day 3 workouts I think the idea is to take rest breaks as needed, ie do your four chinups then rest a minute or so and do another 3-4 until you reach 10 then move onto the pushups etc. You record your total time including rest breaks and then you can see your progress as your times get better. That is how I understand it anyway.

The fact that you are seeing changes in your body proves that this program is working for you. I like reading other peoples workout logs etc to see how everyone is making this program work for them, perhaps you can get some ideas and inspiration that way.

Best of luck with it and keep up the great work.

Bec

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:27 am
by Xtina
Thanks! The idea of using a step seems good. I wish I had a small bench near my pull up bar. Eh well. Thanks for the positive encouragement, maybe I'm not doing so bad after all. Yesterday I took breaks in between pullups, but there's no way I could have timed it because I jumped on here after the first rep and did all my typing.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:56 am
by Admin
Hi Xtina,

Great to have you posting. As mentioned above you do not want to go to failure with push ups pull ups whatever you always want to stay 2-3 under failure you will progress more quickly this way.

If the workout requires you to do 5 push ups and you are able to do 4 at one time if you went all out ideally you would do the workout like this.

2 push ups
rest 1-3 min
2 push ups
rest 1-3 min
1 push up

Right now you you need to concentrate on developing more strength.
Also look at subbing some of your pull ups for body rows.

Best of luck and let us know how it goes!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:07 am
by Bri3626
Looks like your doing good. One thing to remember. Pound for pound woman's power output is usually a lot higher. In other words, if you had the muscle mass of a male, all other things being equal you would probably outdo him.

Keep pluggin away! That's my major goal also heh.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:48 am
by volleyball_man
Hi XTina

I - like you have pullups as my obsticle. So I let them be my goal. I am content to stay at level one until I can complete it - with real pullups.

Don't be hard on yourself!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:32 am
by Xtina
Admin wrote:Hi Xtina,

Great to have you posting. As mentioned above you do not want to go to failure with push ups pull ups whatever you always want to stay 2-3 under failure you will progress more quickly this way.

If the workout requires you to do 5 push ups and you are able to do 4 at one time if you went all out ideally you would do the workout like this.

2 push ups
rest 1-3 min
2 push ups
rest 1-3 min
1 push up

Right now you you need to concentrate on developing more strength.
Also look at subbing some of your pull ups for body rows.

Best of luck and let us know how it goes!


That's really helpful (and the rest of you guys as well). I'll start changing the way I work out now, and hopefully will progress a little faster. I guess I shouldn't be so hard on myself. I have to remember that for the first 2 or three weeks of the workout I didn't have a pullup bar, so I didn't do the whole thing. So really I've only been at it for like 3 weeks...2 if you don't count the rest week.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 8:51 am
by Admin
The only important thing is that you do not give up and keep trying

doing this instead of pull ups for a while might really help
http://www.ringtraining.com/images/bodyrow01.jpg

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 12:32 pm
by dgkimpton
Those body rows are freakin hard for me... harder than the pull-ups, but I have a friend that finds them way easier... I guess it's just a per person thing...

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 6:48 pm
by Admin
you can easily scale them by changing the angle of your body my grandma can do them if she is close to vertical but when you are horizontal they are no walk in the park

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:14 pm
by Xtina
Ok, I feel really stupid right now. Remember how I said I've been doing this workout for six weeks? Well, today I showed the site to a co-worker and it was the first time I noticed that day 3 does not say "five rounds." I've been doing five rounds of day 3 this whole time. This brings to mind a few questions:

A) Just how illiterate am I?
B) Why am I not better at this then?

Also, no wonder I found day 3 to be so difficult!

As to the body row, that looks like a lot of fun. I bet my husband would kill me if I asked him to install rings in the house....

Can I get some working video links that will help me make sure my form is right with each exercise?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:20 pm
by Admin
Should be animated gifs and videos here

http://www.simplefit.org/details.html

you do not need to "install" rings you can just use them with your pull up bar or you can do make shift rows with a towel like here http://www.fitstep.com/Misc/Newsletter- ... towel1.jpg
if you are using a door gym make sure you are pulling against the cantilever

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:31 pm
by Xtina
thanks, I had read that page before, but didn't realize that the headings were links. I guess i have been doing them right. My squat form could change a bit.

I don't understand what you mean by pulling against the cantilever...

PostPosted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 7:54 pm
by Admin
If you are using rings or a towel with a door gym if you pull one way it may fall if you pull the other way it makes it more secure.