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Posted: Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:32 pm
I started out at Level 4 on Sunday, December 14th, but scaled back to 10 minutes (afraid of pushing too hard). I got 10 rotations in.
I almost managed to do the full Level 4 workout today (Dec 14th). It took me 10 minutes but I only did 6 pushups out of 12 and 2 pull-ups out of 4 on the 5th round.
I'm pretty happy - I thought I might have to quit after 3 or 4 rounds.
Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 5:56 pm
I realize that I misunderstood how to do Day 2 now. I just did the rounds consecutively - not hard and fast and then taking a break. I'll get it this week.
I got a full D3 in on Thursday and then almost made the full D1 workout on Sunday. I got 25 rounds done in about 18 minutes, but I had to switch to jumping pull-ups after the first 10 rounds.
I think I'll stay at level 4 until my pull-ups catch up to my squats and push-ups, regardless of what the time says. The good news is that my rings should get here soon, so I will be able to use them for push-ups potentially.
I'm excited about trying out pull-ups and dips on the rings.
Posted: Sun Dec 21, 2008 6:13 pm
Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:36 am
Man, I didn't expect the squats to kick my butt like that - I'm still pretty sore today. I guess 300 air squats will do that to you. I'm looking forward to D2 tonight - I'm going to crush it.
Posted: Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:21 pm
Yeah - they still kick mine, literally!
Posted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:32 am
D2 went down easy: 4:42 or something like that. I was a little fatigued on Day 3 from playing with my new rings on Christmas Eve and only managed a 6:18. Maybe next week!
Day 1 of my third week showed a huge improvement. I was able to do 20 rounds without assistance on the pullups, instead of 10. I got 3 more rounds in for a total of 28, and my recovery time was much shorter.
Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 3:25 am
D2 L4: 3:46
I substituted 2 one-legged squats with each leg for the 20 air squats. We'll see how that feels tomorrow. I may have to go with a higher sub ratio (more one-leg squats per 10 air squats).
KSnipe did her second workout. She's kind of ignoring the protocol, just going with repeated attempts at D1 L3, but if that makes her happy, all's well. For the record, she's doing 2 angled body rows with the rings per pull-up and doing pushups from her knees. (although she can do a few half-ass push-ups from her feet).
Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:39 pm
sounds like a good start. Where did the term guttersnipe come from? military?
Posted: Thu Jan 01, 2009 4:07 pm
GutterSnipe? I lost a bet - so my online tag went from Sniper (my last name is Snipe) to GutterSnipe - which is a lot more unique and portable.
4:57 on L4D3 today. Woot! On to the rest week. My elbows want a break from the pull-ups anyway.
Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:39 am
So, rest week. I got a 100 lb heavy bag, so I'm using that as a sandbag replacement after tying some ropes around it.
5 deadlifts, 5 cleans, and 5 shoulder squats on each side.
25 fifty lb KB two-handed swings
Posted: Tue Jan 06, 2009 6:04 am
thats interesting.. Years ago when I worked on a ship we used to call the engineers guttersnipes then eventually it got cut down to snipe. Not sure why...
Posted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:53 am
Rest week Day 2
10 ring pushups
10 hand wheel rollouts
10 50 lb kb swings
for 3 rounds
Form was breaking down on the swings, so I did a 4th round without them. This workout seemed to work the same body parts too much, I was feeling weak in the lower back by the second set of swings. Maybe a lower poundage on the kettlebell would have been appropriate. On Friday I may try a circuit adding in TGUs and one-legged squats.
Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:01 pm
Well, we were offline from the web for a bit today, so I couldn't check what I said I was going to do for a workout. I did the following instead.
3 rounds of:
5 zercher squats with heavy bag
10 50lb kb swings
5 Turkish Get Ups with 50 lb bell on each side.
After the first round, I had to modify the TGUs to 3 per side.
Rest week was fun. Next week I'm back to regular workouts at lvl 5. I'm looking at modifying pushups to clap pushups and squats to the one-legged variety.
Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:54 pm
LEVEL 5!!! Good to be here!
Day 1 workout - I subbed clapping pushups in for normal pushups and did 2 pistols per side instead of 10 squats. This got my heart rate up much faster, but slowed down my pace, so the result is fewer pullups.
I got 14 rounds in, but I had to switch to normal pushups after the first 5 rounds. I felt like I was well off the ground on the clapping pushups, but my claps sucked, so maybe I wasn't.
My left shoulder is on fire (kind of in a good way, I think). We'll see how my legs feel tomorrow after the 28 pistols per side. It's funny how the Day 1 workout works - when you think about it, 42 pullups and 70 pushups is a ton of work, but you don't think about how much you did until it's over.
Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:12 am
Stock L5 D2 workout: 5:06
My body doesn't recover quite as easily in three minutes for level 5 as it did level 4. My last round was a swift 58 seconds, but I don't think I touched down nose and chest on the last pushup.