msnau wrote:Hi tmech
I was reading your log with interest as I think we're on similar levels.
I just finished my second week of doing SF. I did level 2 this week:
L2D1 = 26 rounds
L2D2 = 7min
L2D3 = 5min 11sec
Oh I am a bad host! I didn't log into the forums for a week!
Yep! I am sure I am close to that at the moment. I've been slack and only did L3D1 last week. This week I am just doing D3's (working up from L1) to give myself a nice "yes, you have improved" payoff before Christmas ruins everything.
Those times/rounds are very close to mine!
As I didnt make the 5min for D3 I'll my re-doing L2 next week.
For L1 and L2 I progressed with subs for D3 .. but I think L3 (with the two pull ups) is just so hard without subs that it puts me off wanting to do it. Hence finding my "real" level this week. I think I might just be able to pass L2 later this week when muscles have repaired a bit. That'll legitimately put me on L3, rather than the cheating I've done so far.. :)
Last night I knocked off L1D3 in 2:30, which was FAR more fun than L3D1 which has left me a bit injured each time I've done it (poor pullup form from rushing).
My weakness is Pull-ups. I do full pullup's on D1, and mostly on D2, but on D3 I find myself kipping/swinging/jumping up to the bar etc. Not entirely sure whether we're supposed to kip? (or how we should improve our pullup form?)
Yep, same - pullups are my limiter (I think this is true for most people?). Kipping appears to be fine, I go by something I read a while back .. "if your head drops below the bar and your chin goes over it again, count it". For now, I'm happy to take that -- I figure at this level of strength anything helps.
I did a fair bit of googling a few weeks ago for pullup form, looks like most people doing high reps will do Kipping .. doing dead-hang pullups I've seen videos of people way more built than I'll ever be topping out at about 20 straight.
My squats are probably my strong point. My only concern is the 'clicking' sound in my knees. I'm doing the crossfit Air-squats and I 'think' my technique is ok??
Same - squats are no problem. Do you do much leg work as part of your normal day /other sport?
The clicking is not great -- my knees used to click, and it was caused by shortened upper leg muscles (which I put down to too much bike riding / no stretching). To fix the clicking I had a few sessions with a great osteopath who loosened things out, and gave me a bunch of stretches (nothing you can't find on the internet!), and advised a little run every now and then followed by some stretching. I still get clicking if I haven't been for a run and a stretch for a few weeks.
There's this funky ITB stretch I can find details on for you if you're interested.
Anyways, good luck with progressing on SF.
You too! Do you have a workout log? I have found entering my numbers into the forums to be a pretty good motivator.
Good luck with SF!