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Mickey's log

PostPosted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 6:23 pm
by visionteacher
Level 2 Day 1

My best guess is 18 or so, I'm going to have to devise a counting mechanism. Its hard to keep track when your body is screaming at you to do something else instead. It felt pretty similar to when I used to run Tabata's and I found those hard to keep track of too. This was my first time doing this, and wow, am I beat! I picked level 2 because I'm confident *hopefully* that I can beat level 2 day 3, this week or next week. I know I can do all of those reps cold with no problem, I've never really tried to do it in under 5 minutes though. I'm looking at Wednesday's work and it looks so much easier than today's! That 20 minutes is BRUTAL!

I'm thinking/hoping Wednesday won't be so rough. I'm assuming the 20 minutes gets easier? I'm in fairly decent condition too, but have taken some time off since we've had a baby. Used to run pretty regularly, and so forth, guess I'm more out of condition than I thought cardio wise. Strength has held fairly steady.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:18 am
by cheapo
I use a notebook.
You should have time to jot a slash in a notebook between reps.
An abacus would also work.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:53 pm
by visionteacher
Thanks Cheapo I'll give that a go. I came over here after seeing your results on marksdailyapple.com very inspiring! My wife has asked how long it took you to get "ripped" from the program. She wants results! :-) Also I read that you have an interval clock, could you point me to where you got yours, or what you think would be good? I guess interval work is more advanced simplefit? I could have used one for my tabatas though when I did those and wouldn't mind having one around.

I've lost 60lbs since 2007, well lost it in about a year and have kept it off, mostly by doing a modified primal strategy. This month we're doing a full 30 day challenge though, complete primal, and I intend to keep it up past 30 days, as I'm already sold, it was getting the wife on board with the idea. So the diet piece, which I know is a large part of getting the abs look should be there. Thanks!!

~Mickey

PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:19 pm
by cook12345
kudos on the weight loss, and congrats on the new addition!

I use a post it note :)

PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:51 am
by visionteacher
Thanks to both! With the new addition Simplefit "fits" more into my lifestyle right now than spending 3-5 hours a week at the gym. Day 2 today, boy am I sore, hopefully that'll go away a bit before I tackle day 2, or shortly into the warm up.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:11 am
by cheapo
visionteacher wrote:Thanks Cheapo I'll give that a go. I came over here after seeing your results on marksdailyapple.com very inspiring! My wife has asked how long it took you to get "ripped" from the program. She wants results! :-) Also I read that you have an interval clock, could you point me to where you got yours, or what you think would be good? I guess interval work is more advanced simplefit? I could have used one for my tabatas though when I did those and wouldn't mind having one around.


For a while, I used the interval timer on Day 1. I would use it to set a pace, ie. one round every 45 seconds. (I'd just set the "work" and "rest" intervals to 45 seconds). I did that to avoid going too hard out of the gate, but I later found that going hard out of the gate worked better for me.

I also used it on Day 2.

This is my watch.

But there's a decent Stopwatch/Countdown Timer/Interval Timer here, and that's what I use for everything.

I work out in my living room. I have a computer hooked up to my TV and stereo. I get the music pumping, load one of my preset timing setups on the timer, and I am ready to go.

D2L1

PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:25 pm
by visionteacher
8:54, yikes. This is brutal! Still better than Monday, just cause the pain lasted shorter. I've definitely not recovered from Monday yet in the soreness department. Now I'm wondering if I should rest till Saturday, or go Friday and then rest Sat/Sun? I guess I can see how I feel on Friday too...

PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:01 pm
by visionteacher
Now I feel like an idiot, just was re-reading and noticed that I was supposed to rest between rounds. Sheesh. That 8:54 was the whole set of 5. Its funny because I was thinking to myself that it wasn't much different than Monday, just limited by rounds rather than time. Whoops, well next week I'll get it right and focus on form, which at this point in the game was probably not terrible as I didn't have too much trouble completing the rounds. Ironically the pushups are where I started fatiguing and not the pull ups. Strange.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:37 am
by cook12345
well - I'd say 8:54 was pretty good, then - if you weren't resting in-between! The rest really helps...

I really really really hurt after my first D1 - like excruciating hurt! D2 actually helped with that soreness - so hopefully you're not as sore today.

And Simplefit seems to fit into my schedule as well - no new babies, but three kids, full time job, two family members in college...sheesh - I need something short, sweet - and to the point!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:45 am
by cheapo
Recovering from your first Day 1 can take a while. Don't be discouraged. Your soreness will lessen and recovery time decrease as you progress.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 8:14 am
by Neilfenstein
I ached really bad after my first D1 and nearly couldn't face D2 but did it and surprisingly it loosened me up and never looked back since!

Go for it and Good Luck!

L2D3

PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:10 pm
by visionteacher
I was feeling better after D2, still sore most the week though. I've done exercise before, and it'll take a week or so before I stop that sore feeling, and just get that pleasantly worked feeling instead.

With that said, I'm thinking I may stay at L2 for another week. I finished right at 5:00, it was 5:02 when I got my hand on the stop button. I broke up the pull ups a bit, 7-13 were SO hard to crank out. Squats were easy. Push ups started to be to failure and had to rest for a 10 seconds or so starting at 20. I'd get to 22 rest, 24, rest, 26. Then did my last 3 pull ups, and they were UGLY.

So for the veterans out there, what do you think? I mean, I suppose it won't hurt anything but my pride to stay at L2 another week, and I might be better prepared for L3 that way. Either way, I'll have to take the time somewhere for my muscles to catch up. Looking forward to your thoughts, I'm hitting the shower.

~Mickey

Clarify.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 5:24 pm
by smooth
Mickey,

Great work so far.

Just want to clarify what your saying on this Day 3. Did you do all the pull-ups, then all the push-ups and then all the squats? Or did you break things up like I think you are suggesting (ending the workout with three pull-ups)?

If you did the latter, then I would repeat this level.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 3:48 am
by visionteacher
That's what I was thinking too, as much as I wanted to move to level 3. I had to break them up. I probably could have kipped, but I can't do that on the door gym pull up bar without fear of falling off of it. I may have to build something that's higher, and more sturdy. With that said, dead hang pull ups are better than kipping, it'll just take longer to advance.

Speaking of that, I was looking up in the levels, are there people here that can bust level 7 and 8 in less than 5 minutes? That's incredible, 50 pullups alone is a massive feat. Are they kipped?

pull-up setup

PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2010 4:28 am
by smooth
I have my pull-up bar in the garage. It's a Home Depot special. Two flanges, two elbows, two 18" and one 48" pre-cut one-inch black bars mounted on a 2x6. Nothing fancy but it's solid.