January 19, 2010 at 5:21 am #106145
My name’s Andrew. I’m 26 years old, 5’11” and around 211 pounds. I’m looking to get back down to around 185-190, since I’m kind of embarassed at how bad my diet’s gotten (huge portions and way too many sweets) and how inactive I’ve become over the last year or so. I really like the goal of this website, as (for the moment at least) going to the gym is a huge disincentive for a number of reasons.
I just started today, but am not sure of a few things:
-Should I stretch at any point? Before? After?
-I just started L2D1, but am thinking of going back to L1 since I a) just flat-out can’t do a pull-up, and b) only was able to do 13 rounds. Substituted 3 body weight rows with a towel in place of each pull-up, but it seems like cheating, so I’d like to get to the point where I can do one real pull-up before moving beyond L2 anyway. Also, in case it matters, push-ups were the stopping point for me, the reason I had to rest for a few minutes. Squats were ok (though my legs felt a bit rubbery).
Any advice is helpful.
p.s. VBM, your log is a real inspiration.January 20, 2010 at 2:53 am #118895
Hi andrew and welcome to SF. I trust you’ll enjoy the program and soon see the benefits for yourself!
As for your questions:
– yes, it is always aviseable to warm-up/stretch before you commence a workout. It will allow the mucles to get “loose”, warm and ready for what is about to follow. A suggestion of what to do is given in the “how to get started” section of this site:
Warm up by going through the exercises at a super slow, easy pace, working on form for several minutes.
some people do advocate cooling down after a workout, but i’m not a great fan – suppose it’s personal taste.
as for your second question, here is some advice i gave to someone some time ago:
unfortunately i cannot answer you on your body row/sub question, as i have never done them. one thing that you can consider though is doing chin-ups (if you’re not doing them already, in which case my advice will not help.)
a chin-up is when you grab the bar with you palms facing towards your body.
a pull-up is when you grab the bar with your palms facing away from your body.
if you are doing pull-ups as described above, try chin-ups – it’s way easier and you mind find that you’ll actually be able to do it.
judging by the number of rounds you did on L2D1 i would also suggest you go go back to L1.
good luck!!!July 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm #118896
Did this once, and didn’t come back to it. Getting back on the horse.
Starting weight (before L1D1): 216 lbs
L1D1: 17 rounds (I think – lost count once, so may be off by a round. I’ll be more careful next time, and will say the number I’m on before I do a chin-up/pull-up, push-up, and squat)
I couldn’t do pull-ups or chin-ups. My substitute was to jump to get started for my one chin-up and do my best for about two seconds to pull myself up or hold myself.July 16, 2010 at 5:39 am #118897
L1D2: 4 rounds.
1 Pull-up substitute = trying to do a chin-up by hanging on and pulling for dear life for a couple of seconds.July 16, 2010 at 5:57 pm #118898
Ahar! I just noticed that I misread “L2” – was doing as many sets as possible in five minutes (which turned out to be four). Next time around I’ll make sure to do five rounds for time.July 17, 2010 at 10:21 pm #118899 L1D3: 4:00 minutes.
1 Pull-up substitute = trying to do a chin-up by hanging on and pulling for dear life for a couple of seconds.
My right arm is hurting right now. It feels very sore specifically on the underside of the bicep near the elbow (as best I can describe). Is this normal?July 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm #118900cheapoParticipant
When I started SimpleFit I was pretty much where you are (we’re the same height and I was at about 220 lbs).
Read my log or check my progress photos to see what SF can do!
Be patient. Put in the time. Adjust your diet slowly so you hardly notice the changes and the new way of eating will become a habit that is easy to maintain.July 18, 2010 at 5:04 pm #118901
at this point in time the “eating correctly” is my nemesis!!!
but as you say cheapo:
Adjust your diet slowly so you hardly notice the changes and the new way of eating will become a habit that is easy to maintain.July 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm #118902
I tried doing a single pull-up last night, and my right elbow/bicep/arm was hurting pretty bad for hours afterward which makes me thin, which makes me think I tweaked something. Going to try to get it checked out today. Bah.
And thank you for your advice. The diet will be the biggest challenge for me, no doubt, so I’ll try to take it slow. I’m used to eating a lot of junk (not just carbs at the wrong time of day – I’m talking about more tradition junk food).July 28, 2010 at 12:29 am #118903
Finally saw a doctor. Apparently, I pinched an “ulnar nerve” in my right elbow. No push ups or pull ups for 4-5 weeks. Blah.July 31, 2010 at 6:59 am #118904
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