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Simplefit Newbie

PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:05 am
by mac
Hello everyone,

I'm new to Simplefit and pretty enthusiastic about being able to workout without any weights at home. I've tried a month of P90X but could not keep eating crazy amounts of food due to the expenses (I live with my aunt and she couldn't afford all that food) and somehow ended up not continuing with it. So now here I am, hoping I can stick with Simplefit with its minimum requirements of only having a pull up bar. I plan to work with: 1) Perfect Pushup Rotating Pushup stands 2) IronGym Extreme Door frame Pullup Bar

Will that equipment do the trick?

Also, what steps do I take if I want to bulk up? I'm 5'6" and 155lbs

I understand that there's a muscle building program but I'd like to know if I can get the same results as someone who goes to a gym and lifts weights? Any help would be appreciated! :D

Cheers,
Mac

P.S. I hope I posted this in the right section. I apologize in advance if this isn't the right section.

Re: Simplefit Newbie

PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:16 pm
by Bri3626
A lot depends on your genetics Mac and your ability to gain weight. Technically there are three body types. Endomorph, Mesomorph, and Ectomorph. Endos gain weight very easily (think powerlifter), Meso's (think bodybuilder) are inbetween but tend to be more muscular, and Ectos (think basketball players) tend to be the skinny folks. There are a ton of mixes inbetween but thats essentially it. Now if you eat a mass of calories and do nothing you'll gain weight. You eat a mass of calories and lift heavy weights chances are good you'll gain weight. But thats all possibilities. There are a lot of factors at work here.

First question is why do you want to "bulk up"? When I was a teen and joined the marine corps I had the same thought process because I thought that was the ideal. I'm basically an ectomorph and a very hard gainer. I ate 5000 calories a day at one point in the hopes to have the arnold mass but never happened. Point is I never really got fit. I worked out like crazy but somehow fitness eluded me. Sounds crazy but when I had the thought process to just get massive I never really stuck to a program or had goals to improve my fitness levels. I just kept switching back and forth. I blinked a couple times and all of a sudden I'm 40 something.

I've learned over the years that what I really want is to be as fit as I can be. Simplefit started me on that path. If all you want is to gain mass then I would recommend powerlifting and eating as many calories as you can. But, be forewarned, the mass you get may not be the mass you want. Everything is relative to your body type and ability to process it. Now if you want to be lean, muscular, and have the capacity to accomplish just about anything you want physically you found a great starting point. Simplefit can take you well into realms of fitness most people would never imagine and it's a damn good feeling to walk into a gym and workout at a level of intensity that almost no one there is even coming close to achieving. The people in Gold's gym stare at me like I'm nuts heh. At work they all want to know if I'm trying to kill myself and then stare at me like I'm nuts. I just smile and work harder.

The other thing to remember also is that all of us have to age and as you get older that mass effect you were trying to achieve as a young man isn't likely to help you much into middle age or older.

Knowing why you want to bulk up is likely your answer. Really think about that. Are you doing it to look good, feed your ego, feel good about yourself, get the girls, or maybe because young men are brainwashed into thinking that mass is more important? You may have other reasons but those seem to be the most common ones. I would look at it in terms of how fit you are. If you can bench press 300 lbs. does it matter what you weigh? If you can crank out 50 pullups does it matter? At what point do you consider yourself "bulked-up"? 160 lbs? 250lbs?

At 5'6" you most likely are not going to put a whole lot of "healthy" weight on but you will be amazed at how muscular you can look when you're shorter. As you do this program look into your fitness levels versus "bulking up". Make your goals from that standpoint and always work towards doing more and/or better at each workout. Soon I think you will find that "bulking" isn't so important to you and fitness is. That is the key to lifelong fitness and an overall wellbeing. Just my humble opinion.

Re: Simplefit Newbie

PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:58 pm
by mac
Bri3626 wrote:At 5'6" you most likely are not going to put a whole lot of "healthy" weight on but you will be amazed at how muscular you can look when you're shorter. As you do this program look into your fitness levels versus "bulking up". Make your goals from that standpoint and always work towards doing more and/or better at each workout. Soon I think you will find that "bulking" isn't so important to you and fitness is. That is the key to lifelong fitness and an overall wellbeing. Just my humble opinion.


Thank you for the detailed reply. As I was reading it, something clicked and I understood what you were saying about bulking up vs. being fit. Honestly, if I had to lay it out, my main goals would be for fitness (and to feel fit) as well as to fit into my clothes well. The first motivation of feeling fit comes from when I was around 18 (I'm 22 now) and I used to train in Muay Thai daily (except weekends). I felt like I could do a lot of things and I was really physically fit and that confidence and power I felt was really something I loved having. After moving to a totally new country the year after I was unable to find a gym that was both affordable and offered good training so I stopped. I'm not an active person by nature so I quickly got back to being a couch potato and although I was physically fit I eventually lost that fitness.

From the three types you mentioned I think I'm an Ectomorph and I think I'm naturally supposed to be skinny. The thing is, after having moved to the current country that I'm in, I've been eating a lot more as a result of larger serving sizes and the widespread availability of junk food. In combination with my habits of being inactive I gained weight and I'm now 155lbs compared to the 145-148lbs that I was previously. Now I'm just working on changing my unhealthy habits one step at a time. I've been a smoker since I was 14 and recently quit the habit for good and I haven't touched a cigarette in the last 3-4 months (but still not exercising). Now I'm working on making it a habit to be more active and Simplefit seems like a great solution that won't cost me any money. My second motivation of fitting into my clothes well is just what it sounds like. I normally wear small sizes for my shirts because I want them to be form fitting without being tight but I'd like broader shoulders and perhaps a nice v-shaped torso just so my clothes hang off me nicely. Perhaps "bulking up" was the wrong term to use because what I really meant was that I want to be muscular in certain parts and cut in other parts. Does this make sense? If I could describe what I want my body to look like I'd probably say Jason Statham would be my reference. I know he has all kinds of crazy workouts though...am I being too ambitious?

Re: Simplefit Newbie

PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:12 pm
by Bri3626
not at all. Look at Cheapo's logs. As you become more and more fit your genetics will determine your size and how you look. I think you will be pleasantly suprised at the results. Heh it's actually kinda scary how close he looks to Jason Stathom physically. The thing to remember is to always look forward to achieving the next goal. It's not a series that ends but more like a series of steps never ending. As you look forward to each level in your fitness quest and develop you will likely move on from just Simplefit to other more varied exercises and challenges. Crossfit gives ten elements to fitness and I'm trying to incoporate all of that into my regimen. It has worked very well so far. Simplefit is such a great starting point to develop your strength, endurance, metcon, and at some levels, agility and speed. It works very well and most especially its a great way to get you to continue. Mostly because its simple, easy to do, and with your pullup bar gives you all you need to make it happen. The best part for me was to just show up each day I worked out and only worry about concentrating on that particular task for the day. Once done I only concentrate on beating that score the next time around. And the really nice part which youre probably not thinking about too much at 22 is how functional you will be when your older.

Quality of life when your "old" seriously dwindles as folks age that don't exercise. I've treated more patients than I can count who are just plain miserable because they don't move around so much. All from lack of exercise and the subsequent disease onset. Anyway, I digress heh.

Good luck and don't give up. Good times are ahead...

Re: Simplefit Newbie

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:18 pm
by mac
Thanks again, Bri3626! Tomorrow is L1D2 strength training and I can't wait! :)

Re: Simplefit Newbie

PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:29 am
by cheapo
Bri3626 wrote:Look at Cheapo's logs. As you become more and more fit your genetics will determine your size and how you look. I think you will be pleasantly suprised at the results. Heh it's actually kinda scary how close he looks to Jason Stathom physically.


This comparison is always pleasing to me! It should be noted, however, that I am definitely mesomorph. I have added a little size with SF, but I have also stripped some fat away (with SF and diet).

Re: Simplefit Newbie

PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 2:56 pm
by mac
cheapo wrote:
Bri3626 wrote:Look at Cheapo's logs. As you become more and more fit your genetics will determine your size and how you look. I think you will be pleasantly suprised at the results. Heh it's actually kinda scary how close he looks to Jason Stathom physically.


This comparison is always pleasing to me! It should be noted, however, that I am definitely mesomorph. I have added a little size with SF, but I have also stripped some fat away (with SF and diet).


I think he's right though! I checked out your logs and there really is a resemblance. Anyway before you started SF were you working out and lifting weights?

Re: Simplefit Newbie

PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:51 pm
by cheapo
No. I had been neglecting fitness or making half-hearted efforts for years at that point. Prior to my first photo (July 2007) the last time I was in as good shape was 1996! (I did have two kids in the interim, however.)

Re: Simplefit Newbie

PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 9:33 am
by Bri3626
That my friend is a different kind of exercise heh.

Re: Simplefit Newbie

PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:04 pm
by robbiew
Bri3626 wrote:A lot depends on your genetics Mac and your ability to gain weight. Technically there are three body types. Endomorph, Mesomorph, and Ectomorph. Endos gain weight very easily (think powerlifter), Meso's (think bodybuilder) are inbetween but tend to be more muscular, and Ectos (think basketball players) tend to be the skinny folks. There are a ton of mixes inbetween but thats essentially it. Now if you eat a mass of calories and do nothing you'll gain weight. You eat a mass of calories and lift heavy weights chances are good you'll gain weight. But thats all possibilities. There are a lot of factors at work here.

First question is why do you want to "bulk up"? When I was a teen and joined the marine corps I had the same thought process because I thought that was the ideal. I'm basically an ectomorph and a very hard gainer. I ate 5000 calories a day at one point in the hopes to have the arnold mass but never happened. Point is I never really got fit. I worked out like crazy but somehow fitness eluded me. Sounds crazy but when I had the thought process to just get massive I never really stuck to a program or had goals to improve my fitness levels. I just kept switching back and forth. I blinked a couple times and all of a sudden I'm 40 something.

I've learned over the years that what I really want is to be as fit as I can be. Simplefit started me on that path. If all you want is to gain mass then I would recommend powerlifting and eating as many calories as you can. But, be forewarned, the mass you get may not be the mass you want. Everything is relative to your body type and ability to process it. Now if you want to be lean, muscular, and have the capacity to accomplish just about anything you want physically you found a great starting point. Simplefit can take you well into realms of fitness most people would never imagine and it's a damn good feeling to walk into a gym and workout at a level of intensity that almost no one there is even coming close to achieving. The people in Gold's gym stare at me like I'm nuts heh. At work they all want to know if I'm trying to kill myself and then stare at me like I'm nuts. I just smile and work harder.

The other thing to remember also is that all of us have to age and as you get older that mass effect you were trying to achieve as a young man isn't likely to help you much into middle age or older.

Knowing why you want to bulk up is likely your answer. Really think about that. Are you doing it to look good, feed your ego, feel good about yourself, get the girls, or maybe because young men are brainwashed into thinking that mass is more important? You may have other reasons but those seem to be the most common ones. I would look at it in terms of how fit you are. If you can bench press 300 lbs. does it matter what you weigh? If you can crank out 50 pullups does it matter? At what point do you consider yourself "bulked-up"? 160 lbs? 250lbs?

At 5'6" you most likely are not going to put a whole lot of "healthy" weight on but you will be amazed at how muscular you can look when you're shorter. As you do this program look into your fitness levels versus "bulking up". Make your goals from that standpoint and always work towards doing more and/or better at each workout. Soon I think you will find that "bulking" isn't so important to you and fitness is. That is the key to lifelong fitness and an overall wellbeing. Just my humble opinion.


This is an excellent post Bri..I have flitted in and out of Simplefit over the last few years not knowing what I wanted to do in regard to training! Consequently, I've done a bit of this, then a bit of something else and ended up achieving very little. Now, as the scary photo below will show (taken 01 Jan 2012), I have lapsed somewhat and have to start again. I frustrate myself no end and hope that this time I'll acheive what I really want...just to get fit!!
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Re: Simplefit Newbie

PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:29 am
by Bri3626
Everyone has different ideas of the best way to get to their goal. Personally I believe that keeping your eye on the prize with the knowledge that once a goal is completed there is another out there. That has been my mantra so far. Many obstacles in the path and forks in the road but I've veered back onto it because of what I'm trying to achieve. Ultimately my end goal will be to have logged my workout when I leave the earth heh. Not sure I want my epitaph to say that but staying focused is the hard part and I've noticed that the more I put into it and keep the fitness part of my life a priority the less likely I will avoid it. Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities...

Re: Simplefit Newbie

PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 2:29 am
by Alexender bill
well I think As you look forward to each level in your fitness quest and develop you will likely move on from just Simplefit to other more varied exercises and challenges. Crossfit gives ten elements to fitness and I'm trying to incoporate all of that into my regimen.