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new newbie talkings

PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 2:08 pm
by Arthur
Dear Folks:

I'm a longtime watcher-on-the-sidelines here. I've messed around with the routine now and again, but I have awful, awful, terrible motivation. It's been at least two years since I've had any physicality in my life, and--although I've never been overweight--I'm squishier by the day. I'm one of those skinny-fat people you might have heard about. Remember Kyle from Road Trip (he's the one who only gets to go along because it's his car)? That's me, only older and shorter, and squishier.

So, mainly, I'm posting to say thank you all very much for all the information and the vicarious thrills; and secondly I'm posting in order to try and force myself to match the pot or fold. I really don't want to fold.

For the record, as of this afternoon, I can do four mixed-grip pullups (five, with a gun to my head, maybe) and fifteen pushups. I also managed eight pistols per leg (the only cool party-trick exercise left in my repertoire). Mind you, I'm noodley all over right now from that two minutes of effort I performed two hours ago.

My plan is strict, letter-of-the-law Level 1. Except I'd like to put pistols in for squats--one leg per set, I guess. I might also like to change Day 1 to 1-3-2. Once, a couple of months ago, I actually managed two consecutive weeks of exercise, and this change alone added five sets to my Day 1 (those pistols are slow, I guess). That's still pretty kosher, right? I can't think too hard about it, because I'm much more inclined to sit and think about stuff than to get up and do stuff. Witness all the talking I'm doing right now.

Thank you all! Gotta go!

Arthur

PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 3:05 pm
by volleyball_man
Welcome Arthur!

Are you motivated by kind, soft encouragement or by a good yelling?

Have fun!

PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:41 pm
by madmantu
If you want motivation start right now. http://www.rosstraining.com is hosting a body transformation contest but the pictures must be submitted by NOON on March 22nd! (Saturday) Give it a go.

Here is the link for the Body transformation thread http://www.rosstraining.com/forum/viewt ... c&start=75

There are people way out of shape as well as people in good shape joining the contest. It just might do you good. Give you some personal motivation.

Still keep an eye on Simplefit as well. I watch several forums and get many good ideas from a lot of them.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:25 am
by Arthur
See, I used to go to a Krav Maga school and get yelled at, and that worked pretty well. Before that it was wushu (which is where all the party tricks are), and that was a little more softly-spoken, mainly because I'm too big and white to be competitive so the coaches left me alone. That worked pretty well, too.

Now I don't go anywhere, so motivation must be found within, and I've discovered that my "within" is just not a fertile breeding ground for action. I have high hopes, though, since I'm actually posting, which is a big step for me.

Ah, Ross Enamait. That man has his ducks in a row. I've got his books, and it's his conditioning routines I'm hoping to use on my Tuesdays and Thursdays. But the thought of having my picture taken just makes me want to go back to bed and hide under the covers.

Is that you doing the straddle-planche in your avatar, Madmantu? My current long-term goal is a handstand, a real one. My other long-term goal is to someday have "planche" as a goal.

PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:24 am
by madmantu
Arthur wrote:Ah, Ross Enamait. That man has his ducks in a row. I've got his books, and it's his conditioning routines I'm hoping to use on my Tuesdays and Thursdays. But the thought of having my picture taken just makes me want to go back to bed and hide under the covers.

Is that you doing the straddle-planche in your avatar, Madmantu? My current long-term goal is a handstand, a real one. My other long-term goal is to someday have "planche" as a goal.


What better reason than having your before picture out there for everyone to see? Sounds like a good motivator to me. You are more than welcome to cover your face like other people have done.

And, no, thats not me in my avatar but I can perform a straddle planche. My goal is a full planche and hold it for a bit. My avatar simpley represents(for me) where i am with my planche.

I hope you get the motivation you need from somewhere.

Good luck man.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 4:53 am
by Arthur
Well, so far so good--I'm three weeks along and I haven't slept in or hurt myself. And now I have some numbers up on the Magic Log, and I'm starting to realize the motivational power of chasing numbers.

Speaking of numbers, I haven't been timing Day 2. I've gotten mixed feelings from this forum about that, plus my stopwatch became unhappy with its job during my first week. Basically, I've been chasing numbers on days 1 and 3, and doing Day 2 slowly and carefully, timing the three minutes rest with my alarm clock. I thought, in the future, I might add a movement or two to Day 2 (also a suggestion I got from this forum, I think), which would Elvis the numbers as well if I were timing, wouldn't it?

This week is a little weird because I'm house-sitting, and the only thing to pull on is a bare naked I-beam in the basement. I did Day 1 down there, and it was eye-opening how much harder it is to pull on an I-beam. Today is my Day 2, but I ran back to my place and did Day 3 instead (to get the numbers!) because I'll be leaving town tomorrow and there won't be any working out until next Monday at best.

I should have done Day 2. I wanted the numbers, though. I got under five minutes today, but for all I know I was unfairly advantaged by doing it early. I'm going to stick with Level 1 next week, do the whole week by the book, and see how it goes.

In short, am I missing anything by not timing Day 2? What extra movements do folks like to add to Day 2? And, as long as I'm asking, does anyone have a recommendation for "easy week" activity for someone on Level 1 (I mean, I know how to take it easy, but the official definition is "several levels below," if I remember right)?

Thanks all.

PostPosted: Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:43 pm
by ucffool
I wouldn't worry too much about timing day 2... I actually find my times going up (getting longer) after a few months on day 2, because I would slow everything down.
Also, to answer you question regarding your 'easy week', when I was on level 1 early on I did level 1 for my easy week, but aimed for my rounds/time from my FIRST ever week of simplefit... makes for an easier workout.
After that, I mixed it up more, usually doing yoga or tennis, something that is fun but still active.