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Brand new to Simplefit

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 1:47 pm
by magnus84
Hello all,
I was introduced to SimpleFit by Cheapo over on the forum. I did a test run today of level 1 day 1 just to see how it feels. I completed 36 rounds. I'm excited to be starting this on Monday proper.

My initial goals were to drop 30Lbs this summer, but at this point I know the weight and body shape will come on its own. my real goal is the challenge. I want to be able to do 25 pull-ups some day. I currently can't really do one, without some assistance, or one proper if I'm pumped. There are other goals too, but I love how this system will have me racing against myself while doing relatively simple exercises whose moves I can perfect.

I started my journey at 325Lbs and am currently 275Lbs. I eat primal as much as possible and I walk to school (I'm a grad school) 3 times a week. That's 8-10 miles total on each day. I've been following the Bodyweight Blueprint off and on for a while and occasionally do 30 minute jump rope sessions (with rest) so I'm not coming up straight from the couch. I look forward to adding the fun.

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 2:49 pm
by stephenmorrow
Welcome, what are you doing instead of pullups, are you completing all the pushups and squats? And dont worry about eating the food the cavemen ate, we arent cavemen anymore, our bodies are bigger and stronger than the cavemen so we need more sufficient nutrients than just meat, fruit, vegetables, and nuts

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 5:52 pm
by magnus84
In place of the pullups I am doing inverted rows. But I intend to experiment and see what I can do with pullups. I can complete a chin-up (palm facing me) but I still can't really complete a pull-up. The push-ups and squats are the easy ones (relatively speaking, as easy as CAN be under circumstances). If I understand correctly, there is no specific prescribed type of push-up so I do military version. At least that's what I think it is, arms shoulder-width apart, below the chest, elbows in against the body, fingers splayed but facing forward and gripping the ground for increased tensile force. For the squats I did Prisoner squats, though I didn't go as deep as I could have for the test. I suspect when I start, my numbers will be lower than they were during the test. My inverted rows weren't that deep, my push-ups were the only properly done exercise, and my prisoner squats weren't that deep. So I didn't get as much work done as I could have and ended the 20 minutes with more gas in the tank than should have been normal.

At least that's my self assessment. I expect that the real deal come Monday will disabuse me of any illusions.

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 7:18 pm
by stephenmorrow
I find neutral grip to be best of both worlds, IMO. For pushups dont do military ones, just do regular pushups, military have a closer grip, and for squats just do regular air squats

Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 8:17 pm
by magnus84
Thanks for the tips. i really appreciate it. This should be fun... so to speak. :D