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It's Worse Than We Thought

Postby BigOkie » Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:14 am

I did the Level 1 Day 1 workout today. Here's how it went:

1 assisted pullup -160lbs
2 "girl" pushups
3 squats

I did 4 rounds in 5 minutes and it kicked my butt! I knew I wasn't in great shape, but this was pathetic. Should I stick with the Day 1 workout until I can do 20 minutes or should I move on to Day 2?
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Postby volleyball_man » Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:46 am

My thoughts:

Go to D2. Next time do one round and rest 3 minutes then another and rest 3 minutes...Let your goal be to reduce the rest times/frequencies.

Break up your time on D2 the same way. Reduce the 160 to a level so you can stay under failure longer. You have the rest of your life to do a full body pullup! Do wall pushups - keep it light.

Remember - these are just MY thoughts!

DON'T STOP!!!!

Worse still would be to not continue....
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Postby Admin » Wed Jul 11, 2007 11:54 am

Don't sweat it, you will improve quickly just keep going.
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Postby BigOkie » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:07 pm

Should I count the rests in the 20 minutes or only the work?
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Postby Admin » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:15 pm

Time everything rest and work, and starting out you may only want to do 10 minutes then gradually work up tom 20. Also you are just getting back into the game so start slow and take it easy until you feel like you need to push. Slow and steady easy does it the intensity will come but don't rush and blow a gasket.
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Postby goodluckfox » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:42 pm

I had to start out with girlie pushups. And I STILL can't do a real pullup. Just do what you can. You might want to sub body rows for pullups.

Time and count evernything. If you hold the time the same (like day D1), you can see if you increase your numbers of rounds. If you hold the number of rounds the same (D2 and D3), you can see if your time is improving.

Stick with it. You've got forever to improve. There's no rush. Ease into it gradually. And keep posting your results. It makes us all accountable to each other, and thsu to ourselves.
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Postby Admin » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:49 pm

Yeah I second the body row suggestion.
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Postby volleyball_man » Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:16 pm

Body rows!
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Postby ucffool » Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:59 pm

Each 'day' provides a different experience:
Day 1: Endurance training
Day 2: Strength training
Day 3: Test day. This day also allows you to see your limits, and puts your decision making to the test, making sure you learn your limits and learn your body.

For that reason, you should always continue through the sequence. Sure, this week day 1 was 5 minutes. Next week, it will be 10, etc. Improve, keep going, and you'll surprise yourself. While others will be amazed by your progress (and express it!), there is nothing better than seeing yourself do something you've never done before.
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Postby BigOkie » Thu Jul 12, 2007 5:06 am

Whoa! I woke up this morning and I really feel yesterday's workout in my back and thighs. It was just 5 minutes but it made a huge difference.
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Postby Admin » Thu Jul 12, 2007 6:47 am

Cool, all you need to do is keep coming back three days a week and in a few months you will be a machine!
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Postby goodluckfox » Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:23 am

My first couple of days were like "Owww!" But now I'm never sore. Tired, a bit drained, having to move slowly when I first wake up, yeah. But I don't HURT. :)

And I can feel less of me in my middle. And I'm developing werid lumps on my arms and chest where there've never been lumps before. It's bizarre, I tell you.
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Postby volleyball_man » Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:26 am

Go to many of our workout logs and read about our beginnings. I think the first few posts to my workout log were mostly about how sore I was.

Keep at it!
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Postby Immortal Wombat » Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:42 pm

Hey hey, welcome, and all that (even though I'm newer than you). About the 5 minutes thing (unless this is what you did, and if so that's fair enough): If you feel you can't go on after 5 minutes, keep the clock ticking but rest for as long as you need, it's as much as you can do in 20 minutes, even if that's doing 5 minutes of exercise, resting for 14 minutes and doing 1 more minute at the end, it all helps, it doesn't have to be a full 20 minutes of solid exercise (even though that is a good target to aim for).

At least, this was the impression I got.
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