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Postby Immortal Wombat » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:40 am

OK, so I saw this site on the Something Awful forums in a thread about bodyweight exercises. They're very big on weights over there, however all the gyms in my area are very unsupportive of lifters who want to get straight into freeweights, saying you need months of experience before you want to be doing things like squats and deadlifts. Screw that, thought I, and so I'm going to be doing this until I can afford my own set of Olympic weights.

I started on Monday at level 1, DAYUM is all I can say, completely destroyed me, lost count of how many rounds I did but I'm just pleased with how much of a workout it was.

I just did workout 2 of level 1 and I think I finished in about 6 minutes.

Looking forward to doing workout 3 on Friday, however I'm not sure I can manage 10 pullups straight out one after another. If I hit failure half way through am I supposed to wait until my strength returns to finish the 10, or am I supposed to carry on and do jump up/ease down pullups to keep momentum?
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Postby taifun » Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:55 am

Greetings Wombat!

I'm preparing for L1D3 as well, and my understanding is that you can split up everything in as many sets as you like. I'd recommend stopping a few reps short of failure though, so if you can do six reps straight, do 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 or something like that.

Good luck!
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Postby Admin » Wed Jul 11, 2007 5:40 am

Welcome!
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Postby ucffool » Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:44 pm

Short answer to your question: pause, then finish in 1 or 2 more sets. clock keeps running, but better form and full exercises are better than a little better time. Just remember, week after week, your time will improve, and that is more rewarding than a lower bar... :)
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Postby Admin » Wed Jul 11, 2007 6:55 pm

Yeah, form and rom over time.
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Postby Immortal Wombat » Wed Jul 11, 2007 10:34 pm

Thanks guys.
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Postby Immortal Wombat » Thu Jul 12, 2007 11:25 pm

Just did L1 D3. Did the pullups in three sets of three alternating chinups and pullups, with one pullup at the end. Pressups were a set of 10 and another of 11 (I use pressup bars if that makes any difference). Squats were split into 10 and 11 like pressups. Finished in 5:07 including rest periods.

I've found that it's my legs that are most sore, probably because I sit around on my ass most days.

I'm trying to get my mum into these, as she claims getting exercise for her is a matter of "getting round to it" and there is no "getting round to" this, you just jump in after a minute or two of warmups - no driving to the gym, no learning complex routines.
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Postby Immortal Wombat » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:31 pm

Hmm, I'm having pain in my hands and wrists, through the centre from the bony clump in the wrist to the middle of the palm. Beginnings of tendonitis (please no :( )?
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Postby Admin » Sat Jul 14, 2007 7:34 am

How many days have you been doing the workout?
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Postby Immortal Wombat » Sat Jul 14, 2007 4:05 pm

Just this week, but it's not a pain I've had before, it's definitely not DOMS.
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Postby Admin » Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:11 am

Seems unlikely you could develop tendinitis that quickly, but I would get it checked by a doc.
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Postby Immortal Wombat » Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:51 am

Mysterious pain seems to have gone over the weekend, did L2 day 1 this morning and managed 25 rounds, pain started to return in my left hand until I altered my grip on the pushup bars, everything's fine now. I think I'll be staying at L2 for a while.

I probably could have done more rounds, but I didn't want to puke, I have a habit of doing that if I push myself a bit too hard. I mean, if puking wasn't so bad for your teeth then maybe I would have just gone on until then...but yeah, puking is bad.
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Postby Admin » Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:06 am

might want to consider rings, they will let your forearms rotate in a more natural way for push ups and pull ups.
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Postby Immortal Wombat » Tue Jul 17, 2007 4:18 am

Thanks Kevin, I'll probably try making those PVC pipe ones. In other news, I just did 9 chins straight out, the most I've ever done in a row. I love you Kevin (not gay).
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Postby Admin » Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:00 am

LOL, good job
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