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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:05 pm

KTG wrote:I always need the music for D1.

Vegan is a hard route for weight gain. Do a Google search on "vegan athlete". There are people out there doing it very successfully.


Thanks for the advice. I hadn't really thought of looking up how athletically minded vegans do it, since most of my vegan friends are happily sedentary.

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maddog wrote:Day one is starting to get tedious and its hard to stay motivated when the workout isn't challenging.


If you want to beat the level, you will need to get near 30 rounds on Day 1. I always beat Day 3 when my Day 1 is around 30.


I'll keep this in mind and try to push harder on day one, then. I would really love to move up soon!

L4W11D2 - Times were 1:12, 1:10, 1:09, 1:04, 1:06 for a total of 5:41 (-:26), a new PR. I felt like I was rushing the squats a little, I'll try and slow 'em down next week.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby KTG » Thu Jan 05, 2012 4:07 am

Coincidentally, NY Times has a big story today on vegan bodybuilders: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/sport ... ng.html?hp

So far, getting up around 30 rounds on D1 has been my cue for beating D3 as well.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:35 pm

L4W11D3 - Pretty disappointed in this week's time of 5:55, since it's 19 seconds slower than last week. Gotta keep pushing!
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby KTG » Fri Jan 06, 2012 8:38 pm

Sometimes it just goes a little backwards. That shows you are working hard and at your limits. I think you'll be back on the path next week.

Keeping at it through the not-so-great workouts is the key to progress and the real test of character. How many people do you know who can do 50 pull-ups in a single workout?
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby cheapo » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:01 am

^correct
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby wwitzel3 » Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:39 am

New here, so I have been reading through everyones workouts. Nice job. Keep it up, it is very inspiring to those of us new to the forum.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:47 am

Thanks for the encouragement everyone :)

I tried something new today, and did my workout immediately after waking (and some yoga). This didn't make me a happy camper, but I did get improved stats: L4W12D1 finally gave me 30 rounds (+5 I think). A good sign!
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:22 am

L4W12D2 - Tried the whole morning workout schtick again and it seems to work pretty well, aside from the fact that I am a little stiffer in my joints. Times for today were 1:11, 1:06, 1:06, 1:05, 1:04 for a total of 5:32 (-:09 and a PR).

Part of the reason that I opted for the morning was that tonight I have my first ever session of Bikram yoga. I'm very nervous, but hopefully it will act as a good supplement to simplefit and my other bodyweight exploits.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:37 am

So close! L4W12D3 - 5:22 (-:33 and a PR). It's obvious to me now that my sticking point will be the pushups. The first half go pretty easy, but I run out of steam on the second and have to take multiple rests...Pull-ups are going awesome though, today gave me 7/5/4/2/2 without much trouble. I guess if I'm stuck on L4 for a couple more weeks, my goal will be to get 8/6/4/2, but that'll be quite a challenge.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby KTG » Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:08 am

Great job! One more 30 second improvement and you're there with some room to spare.

How about 7-6-4-3 as the next pull-up step?
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:21 am

Thanks. I'm thinking I'll move up the week after this one. I tried about the 7-6-4-3 progression a couple days ago and found it pretty difficult but also doable with some extra effort. :)

L4W13D1 (I've been doing this for 13 weeks?!) - I got 29 rounds (-1) in, but went overtime a few seconds to finish the last round. The hardest part about this day is definitely policing myself to make sure I'm not pausing a few seconds to catch my breath between sets - it's cardio for sure.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:57 am

L4,W13,D2 - weirdly consistent times today: 1:01, 1:00, 0:59, 0:59, 0:59 for a total of 4:58 (-0:35, PR). I enjoyed doing bikram last week, so I'll be doing that again tonight. I think it helps with my flexibility and form on the squats, if nothing else.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:59 am

L4,W13,D3 - finally did it! Finished today in 4:54 (-:28). The major factor in shaving off time here was doing my pullups in 8/5/4/3, since my push-ups are still in pretty poor condition (15/8/6/4...etc). I think I might repeat L4 for one more week for better form on D3 (i was kipping on a couple of the pull-ups) and move up after that, regardless of the time I get. To everyone still working on lower levels - if I, a skinny little art school kid, can do it then you're sure to crush simplefit once you get the hang of it.
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby KTG » Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:25 am

Fantastic job! Congratulations.

I expect you'll pass me up in a bit, but in the meantime we'll be hanging together on L5 for a while.

The first week at a new level is really nice because while the higher numbers are intimidating, for this one brief moment the time pressure is off. Enjoy it!
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Re: Maddog's Log

Postby maddog » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:58 am

Well, I couldn't wait. I started L5 this week despite my earlier intentions. I went pretty damn slow, partly because I did some silly 100 burpee workout yesterday that left my upper back pretty sore today.

So L5,W1,D1: 18 rounds. I took enough time between sets that I never had to struggle to finish a rep or anything. Hopefully L5 will take me less than 13 weeks, haha.
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