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Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:31 am
I've decided I'm long overdue to start some resistance training, and seeing as I can't join a gym just yet, Simplefit looked like a pretty good choice. I'm running on my off days (hopefully building up to a 10k in the next few weeks) which I have been really enjoying, but hopefully this will help to shift a few pounds.
L1D1: 15 reps! Ouch! I didn't realise quite how much hard work this would take! Instead of a full pullup I subbed for 3 jumps and then trying to keep the negative as slow as possible. However, I'm 6'1 which doesn't leave much room for my feet at the bottom Hopefully I'll get a better form at pullups over time. Push ups were pretty hard going, think my ROM was fairly small towards the end and I was losing grip on the floor. Squats weren't a serious problem. I can see myself remaining on L1 for a while, seeing as some people are achieving 40+ reps. Yikes.
Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:09 am
Don't look too much at what numbers everyone else is putting up, they can't be directly compared anyway, as we all have our own little personal twists.
That said, there's nothing wrong with staying at L1 for a while, it's a good workout for most of us
Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 9:32 am
See my post from yesterday in my workout log (vbm's workout log) for how I get a few more rounds in by adding rest time. From the start, I didn't really "see" progress in my rounds as much as I did in the shrinking of the rest time needed.
After a couple of weeks I started to develop a pretty good sense of what kind of break I needed when I needed it. I really try to keep my form correct and stay below failure - the rx is 2 reps below failure. Also, I got better when I mixed in some bodyrow subs for pullups.
If you do want to compare - find people who have a lot of posts in their workouts but who are on level 1 2 or 3. Look at where they were when they started. Hang in there!
Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 11:53 pm
Well, I had to give it a week to fully recover from doing that first set, I attempted L1D2 a few days ago, and nearly collapsed on my first set.
L1D2: 18:07, subbing negatives for full pullups
So, minus 12 minutes resting between sets means I completed in just over 6 minutes, which isn't too bad for me. I felt a lot better towards the end this time, I think I'm still short on the ROM for pushups, but otherwise I'd be picking myself up from the floor every rep. That said, I'm still surprised I can do more than 3 pushups in a row!
Bring on day 3 (in a week and a half probably)!
Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:35 am
Take the time necessary to recuperate, but not more than that. Keep the intensity up, D3 has a lighter workload than the other two.
Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:13 am
Yes, I don't really feel any soreness at all after this morning, hopefully I can proceed at the normal rate. I probably should have started again on D1 thinking about it.
Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:27 am
At least you are still at it!
Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:18 am
Felt good enough today to take on L1D3, and finished in 3:40 (subbing for negatives on the pullups, but I feel like I might be able to do one or two properly soon!). I'm starting to get the same sort of good feeling after I complete a long run now, must mean I'm doing something right!
Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 1:23 am
You're doing a lot of things right!
Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 1:00 am
Fully up to speed with the program now I hope. L1D1, 20 reps in 19:30. Felt a lot better, longer ROM on both the negatives-subbed pull ups (switching grip occasionally for some variation) and the push ups, squats still not a serious problem in groups of 3.
Bring on D2 (again)!
Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 2:19 am
Bring on D2 (again)!
Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 1:15 am
L1D2: 16:41, meaning 4:41 after rests (timing 3 minutes accurately). So that makes it under 1min for each of the sets, nearly 2 1/2 mins faster than last week! Woo hoo!
I feel much better doing the exercises now, pushups are reaching the right depth and they are done at a pretty constant rate as well. Couple more weeks and I'll have pull ups down (so to speak).
Posted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:03 am
Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:21 am
L1D3 completed in 2:50, about 50 seconds faster than last week so that's a good improvement as well. I'm away on training for the next week or so, so probably won't be posting any updates until later on, but I think I'll do one or two more weeks on L1 and move on, try to push myself harder.