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Jon's Log

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:55 am
by green_monkey
Hello All.

Time to start the log. The greeting/goals post is here.

Did L1D1 today, 22 rounds. First 8 pullups were straight, 9&10 were kipping, 11-22 were 3x jumping subs. Pushups and squats straight.

Off we go!


Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:39 am
by Bri3626
Welcome Jon!

and good luck!

Posted: Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:04 pm
by Norman
Hi Jon ! Have fun !

Posted: Tue Nov 06, 2007 5:47 am
by green_monkey
Thanks folks!

This morning being a simplefit rest day I did the following, but forgot to time it.
5 rounds of:
10x straight situps, 10x left elbow to right knee, 10x right elbow to left knee, 10x leg lifts.

I feel I could have done more, but my grip was giving out as I was hanging from the pullup bar to do the leg lifts. Does anyone have any advice on a low cost (read: free ;P) setup to get the leg lifts in without killing my grip? Hopefully the grip won't be as much of an issue after a couple of weeks of pullups.

L1D2 tomorrow!


Posted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:08 am
by green_monkey
Good Morning all!

L1D2: 2:40.54

Round Splits:
1 38.234
2 27.891
3 32.265
4 33.687
5 28.469

All pullups felt really good (if a bit wobbly at the top on round 5) and they were all straight, no subs :D.

- Jon

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:01 am
by green_monkey
Happy Friday everyone!

L1D3 - 2:05.4

6 straight pullups, 4 3x jumping subs, pushups in 2 sets (10-11), and squats all the way through. Felt good, a little frustrated that I couldn't do the pullups yet, new goal for next week I guess.

L2 on Monday.

- Jon

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 6:11 am
by splint
green_monkey wrote:Does anyone have any advice on a low cost (read: free ;P) setup to get the leg lifts in without killing my grip? ... eight.html

That website has tons of homemade equipment. On that page there's a couple of set-ups for home-made leg lifts accessories where the strap goes under your tricep so your grip is not an issue.

But your grip will strengthen but of course your always working it. When I first started out I couldn't do hanging L sits at all. First it was because my abs weren't strong enough and then for a while my grip wouldn't let me do the full 8 rounds of 20 seconds I was shooting for. Now I can do the full 8 rounds but somedays my forearms are burning on the last couple rounds.

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:37 pm
by green_monkey
Thanks, that looks great.

I guess I'm off to the army surplus tomorrow to see if they have rolls of webbing.

- Jon

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:48 pm
by ucffool
I made some homemade rings for $15. Check out my workout log (somewhere I think around page 5ish) for some pics.

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 5:53 am
by green_monkey
Mondays, ugh. The workout this morning felt good though.

L2D1: 29 rounds.

I tried something a little different with the pullups that I was pretty successful with: dead-hangs don't work try a kip, kip don't work do the 3x subs, next round try from the dead-hang again, switch my grip, rather than just keep on with the 3x subs. I actually managed to get to the 3x subs only 2-3 times, and the kipping maybe 3-4 times. Net result was I did more straight pullups than I thought I could.

Thanks for the ring idea, those look nice and simple (and cheap! I probably have enough pipe and rope at home to sort it out), I think I'll give them a whirl before I try sorting out an underarm sling.

- Jon

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 7:44 am
by green_monkey
L2D2: 3:33

Did all pullups, there was some kipping in round 5 though. Pushups and squats are starting to feel a bit easier.

- Jon

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:29 am
by green_monkey
L2D3: 3:22

8 straight pullups, the rest were 3x jumping subs. The arms didn't want to cooperate today unfortunately.

L3 on monday.


Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 6:22 am
by green_monkey
L3D1: 20 rounds

I think I found my level. The increase in difficulty by doubling up the pullups was really really marked :?

I managed 8 rounds of straight pullups, did a 3x sub round, then managed to get to round 12 without another sub, rounds 13-15 included at least one pullup with a set of subs. Rounds 16+ were all subs. My arms and shoulders felt like jello afterwards.

On the bright side I am already noticing strength gains, and people are beginning to comment. Not just on how I look, I must be walking straighter or something because everyone thinks I'm in a better mood....although it does beg the question if I have a reputation for being a not so good mood :D

- Jon

Posted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 8:18 am
by taifun
Hi Jon,

The mood thing is extremely common when you go from little to no exercise to regular self-inflicted pain :-)

Just wait until you get used to the drill, then for some reason miss a few workouts, I'll tell you right now there'll be mood swings!

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2007 6:12 am
by green_monkey
Thanks taifun! Hrm...grumpy people who are in good shape, probably not something we want to see very often :D

L3D2 4:05

Pullups felt great today. Just switched grips each round, and all were as RXd.

For the 'rest week' do most people drop back to the beginning of the month (So for me L1) and then back to current level before progressing upwards? Or do you do your rest week then the next level up in progressing right away?

So to ask in a little more clear fashion: L1 next week, L3 again week after...or... L1 next week, L4 week after?

- Jon