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Can't seem to finish day 1

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Can't seem to finish day 1

Postby orly » Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:06 pm

Hello.
I have been doing simplefit for a few weeks. I'm now working on level 2. I wonder if any of you have any advice for this problem:

I can't seem to finish 20 minutes on day 1. I do my three sessions a week, every week without trouble. I always finish all the reps on D2/D3, but for some reason after 15 minutes on D1 I slow down nearly to the point of stopping, or just stop. It's not so much a physical thing as a psychological thing, I think. Finish on D2/D3 feels much more like, well, finishing something. I don't get the same feeling on D1. Have any of you altered D1 (or your attitude!) in response to a similar problem?

Thanks. This is a wonderful program and community.
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Postby volleyball_man » Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:23 am

Hi orly!

Some more info -

Did you come from the couch to do this workout or were you reasonably fit (what's your exercise history?)

When you finish D2/D3 what are your times?

Are you subbing any moves?

What's your diet like?

How many rounds are you getting in D1?

Age? Weight?

Try forcing a short rest in the middle - less than the 5 minutes you lose on the end. See if your rep count goes up with this rest.

I have had to quit before the 20 minutes are up on many crossfit workouts that are of the same nature. So, if you're improving don't sweat it (LOL), just keep going.

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Postby cheapo » Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:43 am

Everything VBM asks is relevant, but the main thing, for me, is to do one more set than the week before!
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Postby zorg » Tue Mar 10, 2009 7:39 am

Adding to what has already been said, I find pacing to be important.

Pesonally, I either try to do x sets, and then take a few breaths (as In: a few secs every 5-7 sets); or else I figure how many sets I want to do, and break up the 20 minutes accordingly (1 set per minute for 20 minutes, frex).
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Postby orly » Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:28 pm

I am an out-of-shape 21 year old at 5' 10" and 200 lb. I don't usually count my reps on D1 -- I don't want to sweat the small stuff (take that, VBM). Thank you for all the advice. I'm going to try again right now. :o
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Postby cheapo » Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:56 pm

Well, how'd it go?
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Postby zorg » Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:06 pm

orly wrote:I don't usually count my reps on D1


I'd consider doing that. Otherwise, you can't really see your progress, which could be kinda frustrating.
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Postby volleyball_man » Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:01 am

If you aren't counting the reps, then you aren't doing D1.
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Postby splint » Thu Mar 12, 2009 6:32 am

volleyball_man wrote:If you aren't counting the reps, then you aren't doing D1.


Agreed. Having goals is a lot more important than it sounds. You can say that you want to do "better" with each workout, but that's not going to cut it. You need to count the rounds on D1. And then the next time D1 comes up, you need to look at how many rounds you did on D1 and you need to tell yourself that you're going to get more than that this day. Even if it's just one pull-up or one push-up more than the previous day. I found that any easy way to count rounds is to use 4 different grips palms away, left away-right facing, left-facing-right away, and palms facing. That way I never really lose my place and know that once I finished the palms facing round, I've gone up by 4. Just a tip.
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Postby volleyball_man » Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:18 am

Splint!

Welcome back!
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Postby orly » Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:00 pm

volleyball_man wrote:If you aren't counting the reps, then you aren't doing D1.


Thank you for the advice. My most recent D1 -- done before seeing the above -- was interrupted when my housemate started screaming like a banshee because of a little fire in our kitchen. I went back and finished the 20 minutes but it was a pretty large break.

I'll start counting my reps. Thanks to you all!
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Postby orly » Sun Mar 22, 2009 6:14 pm

Success! I took a one minute break and counted my reps (26). No trouble finishing! Thanks!
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Postby volleyball_man » Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:33 am

NICE!

Beats the 5 minute fall-off at the end, huh?

I rarely make it through an rx'd CF metcon without a break. Chin up! (no pun)
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