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Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 6:56 pm
You are right, it is hard getting a restart. I missed a week. Finally got going again on Wednesday L4D1 for 25 rounds. Tonight, I took the dog for a run(she runs, I bike), and I did L4D2. I did 13 mins and 55 sec. I took it slowly, and I varied the pullups by changing grips, speeds, and added a few l-hang pullups. For pushups, I did 3 slow, 3 fast, 3 slow, and 3 fast. I did the squats with the best form I could and slowly. I feel good now. I may pay a bit tomorrow, but it's more than worth it.
So welcome back from me, I had to force myself too, but I am here now.
Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:08 am
Thanks Nuggets. I think the hard part is to keep from slipping back into my old lazy routine. I've got to keep the motivation going.
Speaking of motivation. Broncos won last night after a horrible loss last game. So, that got me pumped and off the couch.
I did a modification of L5D2. 5 rounds of pull ups, push ups and L-hangs.
- Pull ups were 5 reps each with a backpack: 0, 10, 20, 20, 10 lbs. Love those!
- With the push ups I got crazy and put my feet on my 37-inch workbench. Quick trig tells me that's 32 degrees. Could only manage 7 reps each round. Brutal!
- Then 2 to 3 L-hangs for 10 seconds a piece.
My knee is still bothering me, so I completely skipped the squats. Seems to hurt most when my leg twists. I'm taking ibuprofen and just trying to avoid running and stairs until it heals. Not sure what else I can do. Its not swollen or anything.
Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 7:24 am
Oh I forgot to mention. I tried a one armed pull up. Couldn't even budge. Just the grip with full body weight is tough. The one armed push up was a little better. I could get just over half way down and back up, but no lower than that. And I also tried a handstand push up. Pretty much the same. That's a scary one -- I'm afraid I'll bang my head if my arms give out.
More work ahead. Add those to my list of goals......
Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:38 am
I usally get up @ 4:30 and bike, then at lunch do the simple program, makes for a long day.
Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:09 am
I can't do that. I can't make myself get out of bed for anything that doesn't have immediate consequences if I'm late. I've also got to get a kid out of bed and ready for school. Evenings are when I have time to push through a workout.
Speaking of which, I had intended to do L5D3 last night, but the World Series got in the way.
I did, however, feel guilty enough to do push ups and bike crunches during comercials. My latest push up max is now 30 before I have to stop. (improvement!) I did 50 total. Bike crunches were 2 sets of 15.
Help with squats
Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 8:13 am
One thing to consider with squats: point your toes out just a bit (not a full 45 degrees). This will allow your knee to track more naturally over the foot. Keeping the feet absolutely straight tends to create torque that has to find an outlet, and that outlet sometimes is your knee cartilage.
Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:16 am
Thursday night: L5D3: 6:28
Wow, exhasted! This is getting tougher. The pullups had some slight kipping toward the end. Squats only went slightly below parallel to protect the knees.
This past weekend my son and I did some camping with our Cub Scout pack. Got down to 23 degrees overnight. I burned 1000 calories just shivering in my sleeping bag. I'm getting a fleece liner before the next one for sure. I can't believe I used to do this and love it when I was a kid.
Going away... but not for too long.
Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 8:46 am
Well, I may have to take sometime off from posting for a while. I will be deployed to the Middle East with my guard unit for the months of December and January (a very short tour!). We will have access to a gym and to the internet while we are there, but I don't know how everything will work out logistically for me to keep up with email and forum posting during that time. So, if you don't hear from me for a while you will know why.
The good news is that I will certainly continue to do Simplefit. And it will be easier to accomplish without all the distractions of work and family. I may incorporate heavy weights and try to add some mass while I have free access to the gym and little else to do during my free time.
Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 9:29 am
I wish you all the best on your deployment. Take care.
Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:38 pm
We'll be here for ya whenever you can stop by.