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Posted: Sat Apr 14, 2007 3:07 am
by coine
Until now I stopped the stopwatch for breaks on Day 3, but I've decided to get rid of those "free" breaks now.

Btw, thanks for the form tips Admin. I never realized I was doing the pushups that wrong. Straight back pushups are a lot harder than those I was doing. I also pushed my pullup bar towards the door frame a bit so it's easier to do full pullups. It's still not very comfortable to bring my chest up the bar because it's such a confined space, and I've decided to look into buying or making some rings next week.

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2007 6:23 am
by coine
Wow, changing my form on the pull- and pushups really made a huge difference. I only completed 18 rounds and I feel like the workout was much harder than usual. The pushups especially are much harder the way I do them now (i.e. correctly). I'll do days 2 & 3 before deciding, but I'm thinking of changing back to level 3 next week.

Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 5:22 am
by coine
First time that Day 2 kicked my ass properly. This level is definitely really challenging for me and I think I'll stick with it until I can do it easily. The pushups especially are still really hard. I think I've gotten very close to perfect form on the squats now and both them and the "bicep pullups" are a breeze, but the "back pullups" and pushups still slay me.

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 3:05 am
by coine
Level 4, thou hast vanguished me! But I shall seek revenge verily!

Goals for next week on level 4:
Day 1: 25 rounds
Day 2: less than 6 minutes
Day 3: less than 9 minutes.

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 3:57 pm
by Admin
I am sure you will keep at it!

Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 3:28 am
by coine
coine wrote:Goals for next week on level 4:
Day 1: 25 rounds
Day 2: less than 6 minutes
Day 3: less than 9 minutes.
Actual results (and compared to the week before):
Day 1: 22 rounds (18 rounds) 3 rounds to go
Day 2: 5m 52s (7m 8s) goal reached
Day 3: 7m 53s (10m 7s) goal reached

Next week I aim to reach my original goal of 25 rounds and also beat this week's times if possible. I'm pretty proud of my progress compared to last week. Day 3 was especially satisfying, and I'm glad I decided to get rid of the "free" breaks. It's much more challenging this way.

Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:24 am
by Admin
The 3 minute rest on day 2 provides full recovery which ultimately should allow you to do more work at higher intensity per round. More work + higher intensity = faster muscle development IMHO.

The workouts are supposed to work different energy pathways day one is more metabolic conditioning/strength endurance where day 2 is more brute strength.

My 2 cents.

Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:35 am
by coine
The times for day 2 are always excluding the 3 minute breaks. The "free" breaks I mentioned are on day 3. I used to pause the stopwatch when breaking up the pull- and pushups but I quit doing that.

I think that's what you meant, if not then I don't seem to understand what you said.

Posted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 6:39 am
by Admin

Please disregard my previous comments :oops:

Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 2:32 am
by coine
4 minutes and 44 seconds for day 2! That's over a minute faster than last week, so I'm definitely progressing to level 5 next week.

Damn I feel energetic lately. I've started running regularly on the off days as well. It would be a shame to not use the wonderful weather we're getting.

As an added value to the workout on Tuesday I participated in the so called "Harasenlauf", an event that takes place every year on May Day. You pair up and lug a full crate of beer for a distance of about 8 kilometers. The crate should be empty when you arrive. The winners take the deposit from all of the bottles and crates (amounts to thousands of bucks) . Great fun, and a great excuse to get stinking drunk during the afternoon. Since my friends and I decided to go commando with a crate each, I also got a primitive and beer soaked "farmer's walk" in lugging that damn crate around. I'm still feeling it in my shoulders. :D

Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 6:51 am
by Admin
Great Job, and a good reason to celebrate!

Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 10:50 am
by jcarroll11
its amazing how you feel after a few short weeks, isn't it? Little change of diet, little excercise and i feel like a million bucks :D

sounds like you had fun too


Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 5:24 am
by coine
Just came back from doing a 30 minute run, followed by some HIIT on the rower and stepper. And all that before breakfast. Damn I'm starting to feel athletic. Thanks SimpleFit!

I really should've taken a picture before I started. I'm starting to see a six-pack now, and my obliques are visible for the first time.

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 6:21 am
by Admin
Be sure to post that under the testimonials

Posted: Sat May 19, 2007 3:11 am
by coine
I hurt my back yesterday, so I'm skipping day 3 and doing my physical therapy exercises instead. I hope the pain (it's bad) is gone in time for next week. I think I've been neglecting my physical therapy a bit, so I may decide to skip the entire next week to concentrate on that.