> Great start!
> Moving right up to level 4 shows you are in great shape. Well prepared, I would imagine,
> for any police exams.
Hey, thanks for the motivation, it really goes a long way.
Been reading your updates as well and I really admire your dedication and work, you seem to be the only other person who is currently posting, and you have a ton of experience. Gotta say, I'm super jealous of the numbers you hit on your day 1's, I can barely break 20 sets.
In terms of strength I feel like I am ready for any police exam, however my endurance is lacking extensively, i would feel more confident with day 1 numbers in the mid 20's much like yourself. I'll use you as my motivation to get that day 1 number up there.
Alright so, I believe it was last week i took off, so i came in a bit rusty, but also fully restored. Guess there's pros and cons to everything.
L4 D1: Barely managed to get 20 sets in this time, felt my rest times really decrease due to the work load and man, it got rough. Did it outside on a cooler day too.
L4 D2: I passed the strength day as planned. Had to speed up my push ups because damn, 12 push ups at like 3-5 secs a push up is really hard to do, give it a shot yourself if you doubt me. Anyway, i only sped up the last two sets and i did it like so: 6 Reps slow, 6 Reps fast. By fast i don't mean like FAST FAST, I mean like regular speed, probably about 1.5 seconds per rep. On the bright side my pull ups are so on point. Taking them super slow on the way down, and getting that dead hang pull up with as much power as i can. Can't wait for the number to increase on this one. After i get going with squats i kinda zone out(they take forever ugh), I don't usually feel the body weight squats until the next day, then my hips and ham strings are usually pretty bent out of shape. Don't think squats will get hard till maybe like level 6 or 7. Honestly wondering if its possible to do 99 squats in 5 minutes even.
L4 D3: I barely passed once again with 4:57 seconds on the clock, or 3 seconds left. Honestly I went in super positive, but to be honest my initial plan was a total blow out, its a good thing i can do math quick.
I made my first pull up goal (10 pull ups) and then i hit the push ups and once again, i choked with them and only pushed out 15. (i wanted 20) Maybe I'm rushing to much because the clock is ticking and I'm messing up my form. After that i hit my squat goals (both of them) but i failed hard on my second set of 10 pull ups and only got 6 oops. After that my push up goal died again (no surprise after the first set) and i only pushed out 10, after this I hit my squat goal again, saw i had like 2 minutes to go, so i thought i would rest for 30 secs and started thinking about how i was going to fail without a doubt, suddenly those 30 seconds of rest became 10 seconds of rest and i got down and gave 8 pushups. After that i jumped back on the pull ups and repped the last 4 i had left. I had a bit more than a minute at this point and decided i would try and push out those last 8 push ups REALLY quick, and i manged to do them.
I gotta say, i didn't think a test day would be so hard, but i seriously thought i was going to puke after this, my upper back and shoulders felt like they were melting off me, and they still do while i write this. I'm glad i didn't quit this test halfway through when i thought i was done for, i really turned this one around and im super happy about it. I did learn something however, i'm going to start breaking down all my reps during the 5 minutes (minus squats) into 3 sets each, this change should hopefully give less stressful results.
That being said I'm halfway up the ladder of beginner. Things are about to get very difficult from here, and i expect to spend more than one week for a level from here on out.
As usual, thanks for reading.
Any questions suggestions or criticisms are appreciated.