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lightthievesall's log

Posted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:39 pm
by lightthievesall
Hi everyone, I'm new here. I decided I needed to get into better shape, but have no interest in joining a gym just yet (if ever). Seems like it's a good idea to get in a simple, steady routine before shelling out any dough. Ideally I'd like to gain a few pounds of muscle, but that may be unrealistic, so I'll be happy with more strength and endurance.

Starting at level 2:

19 rounds in 20 minutes.

I alternated between pull-ups and chin-ups. I'd do a few rounds of one and if I felt I'd fail on the next round, I switched to the other. Worked very well, although the last 2 rounds were a serious battle.

Push-ups and squats were done very slowly, concentrating on form. I certainly felt it.

Thin Lizzy

Posted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:50 pm
by lightthievesall
Oh yeah, my goal is to do L8D3 in under 5 minutes. Hopefully I'll be able to reach that goal by June. Then I'll think about trying something else. Maybe CrossFit (, although I think those people may be robots.

Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:26 am
by Tryhoster
lightthievesall wrote:Oh yeah, my goal is to do L8D3 in under 5 minutes. Hopefully I'll be able to reach that goal by June.
June of what year? I don't think it can be that easy :P

Good luck and just keep training

Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:49 am
by Ruli
Tryhoster wrote:June of what year?
can't help but to ask the same question!!!

nevertheless lightthievesall, welcome to SF. i trust you will enjoy the program and i know you will soon enough find out why we ask "june of what year".

19 rounds for L2D1 is not bad - it show's that you've started on the right lvl.
i also like your approach of changing between pull-ups and chin-ups - keep it up!

Posted: Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:14 am
by lightthievesall
Ruli wrote:
Tryhoster wrote:June of what year?
can't help but to ask the same question!!!
Better to aim high, right?

Posted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:01 am
by Ruli
absolutely nothing wrong with that!!!!!

Posted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 12:40 pm
by lightthievesall

Set 1 - 1:35 (pull-ups)
Set 2 - 1:18 (chin-ups)
Set 3 - 1:29 (pull-ups, last 1 assisted)
Set 4 - 1:37 (chin-ups, last 1 assisted)
Set 5 - 1:55 (chin-ups, all 3 assisted)

Total: 7:54

I honestly thought I would breeze through this workout, but it was tough, the pull-ups/chin-ups especially. Hell, in the last set even the push-ups were a struggle. Assisted pull-ups were done very-slowly with my leg on a step stool, and the negatives were done without any assistance. I will not be surprised if I spend another week at L2. That June goal of mine is already looking like pipe dream.


Posted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:44 pm
by lightthievesall


Pull-ups - 5/3/1/1/1/1/1 (first 5 pull-ups, the rest chin-ups)
Push-ups - 20/3/1/1/1
Squats - 26

Clearly I'm at level 2 for a while.

Notes: Kind of off-schedule due to a few days out of town, but through with week 1. First 2 sets of pull-ups/chin-ups were done without kipping, although I kipped through the rest. The last 3 chin-ups were more like nose-ups, and I had to jump to complete the final 1. I think I'll start kipping my way through most of my pull-ups. There were 3 chin-ups I started and couldn't finish that were not in the total. Clearly they did not help my time, so I should rest more between sets.

Posted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 12:33 pm
by lightthievesall
Week 2:


27 rounds in 20 minutes.


- pull-up breakdown: 6 kipping pull-ups / 12 kipping chin-ups / 9 foot-stool assisted pull-ups with unassisted negatives
- done on one day's rest (instead of two) to get back on schedule
- push-ups and squats done much quicker this time, hence the drastically increased number of rounds


Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:12 pm
by lightthievesall

0:47 (pull-ups)
0:56 (pull-ups)
0:56 (chin-ups)
1:00 (assisted chin-ups)
1:09 (assisted pull-ups)

Total: 4:48


- hard to string kipping pull-ups together, hopefully I'll get better with practice

Posted: Wed Mar 17, 2010 2:00 pm
by lightthievesall


pull-ups - 3/3/2/1/1/1/1/1 (first 6 pull-ups, rest chin-ups)
push-ups - 23/2/1
squats - 26


- 3 minute time increase! still probably need a couple more weeks at L2 before I can do 13 pull-ups with good form
- last 4 chin-ups had poor form, last 1 I had to jump
- pull-up time increased by not doing the first few sets to failure, will continue this on future day 3s
- pull-ups definitely the long pole in the tent, since I can finish push-ups and squats quickly

Stiff Little Fingers

Happy St. Patrick's Day all! Now for some corned beef, cabbage and a Guinness.

Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:30 pm
by lightthievesall
Week 3:


30 rounds in 20 minutes


- mixed pull-ups and chin-ups, rounds 15 and 18-30 were assisted pull-ups
- number of unassisted pull-ups went down from last week, 18 vs 16, not thrilled about that, but overall did 3 more rounds

Johnny Cash

Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:24 pm
by lightthievesall
Week 4:


33 rounds in 20 minutes.


- missed days 2 and 3 last week for no real good reason, so this is more or less a week 3 do-over
- 13 pull-ups / 14 chin-ups / 6 assisted pull-ups
- Holy shit! 27 straight unassisted pull-ups/chin-ups!? That's up from 18 and 16 in weeks 2 and 3!
- I credit the above to a week of rest and an uncharacteristically big breakfast.
- I'm getting the hang of kipping; I'm sure that helped too.
- the workout was tough enough that I was queasy for a little while afterwards
- need to slow down on squats; my right knee hurts a bit when I do them too quickly

assorted heavy metal

Posted: Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:34 pm
by lightthievesall

5 rounds in 3:12


- still having trouble keeping a routine, technically I should be in week 6 right now and I'm still finishing up week 4
- finished this workout without breaking a sweat; no substitutes with pull-ups, no trouble with push-ups and squats
- hopefully this bodes well for day 3 (which I actually plan on doing on time)

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 4:08 pm
by lightthievesall


pull-ups: 5-2-1-1-1-1-1-1 (10 pull-ups, 3 chin-ups, no substitutes)
push-ups: 26
squats: 26

On to level 3!

Edit: typo.