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  • #106170
    lightthievesall
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    Hi everyone, I’m new here. I decided I needed to get into better shape, but have no interest in joining a gym just yet (if ever). Seems like it’s a good idea to get in a simple, steady routine before shelling out any dough. Ideally I’d like to gain a few pounds of muscle, but that may be unrealistic, so I’ll be happy with more strength and endurance.

    Starting at level 2:

    L2D1:

    19 rounds in 20 minutes.

    Notes:

    I alternated between pull-ups and chin-ups. I’d do a few rounds of one and if I felt I’d fail on the next round, I switched to the other. Worked very well, although the last 2 rounds were a serious battle.

    Push-ups and squats were done very slowly, concentrating on form. I certainly felt it.

    Soundtrack:

    Thin Lizzy

    #118979
    lightthievesall
    Participant

    Oh yeah, my goal is to do L8D3 in under 5 minutes. Hopefully I’ll be able to reach that goal by June. Then I’ll think about trying something else. Maybe CrossFit (http://www.crossfit.com), although I think those people may be robots.

    #118980
    Tryhoster
    Participant

    lightthievesall wrote:

    Oh yeah, my goal is to do L8D3 in under 5 minutes. Hopefully I’ll be able to reach that goal by June.

    June of what year? I don’t think it can be that easy :P

    Good luck and just keep training

    #118981
    Ruli
    Participant

    Tryhoster wrote:

    June of what year?


    can’t help but to ask the same question!!!

    nevertheless lightthievesall, welcome to SF. i trust you will enjoy the program and i know you will soon enough find out why we ask “june of what year”.

    19 rounds for L2D1 is not bad – it show’s that you’ve started on the right lvl.

    i also like your approach of changing between pull-ups and chin-ups – keep it up!

    #118982
    lightthievesall
    Participant

    Ruli wrote:

    Tryhoster wrote:

    June of what year?


    can’t help but to ask the same question!!!

    Better to aim high, right?

    #118983
    Ruli
    Participant

    absolutely nothing wrong with that!!!!!

    #118984
    lightthievesall
    Participant

    L2D2:

    Set 1 – 1:35 (pull-ups)

    Set 2 – 1:18 (chin-ups)

    Set 3 – 1:29 (pull-ups, last 1 assisted)

    Set 4 – 1:37 (chin-ups, last 1 assisted)

    Set 5 – 1:55 (chin-ups, all 3 assisted)

    Total: 7:54

    Notes:

    I honestly thought I would breeze through this workout, but it was tough, the pull-ups/chin-ups especially. Hell, in the last set even the push-ups were a struggle. Assisted pull-ups were done very-slowly with my leg on a step stool, and the negatives were done without any assistance. I will not be surprised if I spend another week at L2. That June goal of mine is already looking like pipe dream.

    Soundtrack:

    Gorefest

    #118985
    lightthievesall
    Participant

    L2D3

    9:25

    Pull-ups – 5/3/1/1/1/1/1 (first 5 pull-ups, the rest chin-ups)

    Push-ups – 20/3/1/1/1

    Squats – 26

    Clearly I’m at level 2 for a while.

    Notes: Kind of off-schedule due to a few days out of town, but through with week 1. First 2 sets of pull-ups/chin-ups were done without kipping, although I kipped through the rest. The last 3 chin-ups were more like nose-ups, and I had to jump to complete the final 1. I think I’ll start kipping my way through most of my pull-ups. There were 3 chin-ups I started and couldn’t finish that were not in the total. Clearly they did not help my time, so I should rest more between sets.

    #118986
    lightthievesall
    Participant

    Week 2:

    L2D1

    27 rounds in 20 minutes.

    Notes:

    – pull-up breakdown: 6 kipping pull-ups / 12 kipping chin-ups / 9 foot-stool assisted pull-ups with unassisted negatives

    – done on one day’s rest (instead of two) to get back on schedule

    – push-ups and squats done much quicker this time, hence the drastically increased number of rounds

    Soundtrack:

    Motörhead

    #118987
    lightthievesall
    Participant

    L2D2

    0:47 (pull-ups)

    0:56 (pull-ups)

    0:56 (chin-ups)

    1:00 (assisted chin-ups)

    1:09 (assisted pull-ups)

    Total: 4:48

    Notes:

    – hard to string kipping pull-ups together, hopefully I’ll get better with practice

    #118988
    lightthievesall
    Participant

    L2D3

    6:35

    pull-ups – 3/3/2/1/1/1/1/1 (first 6 pull-ups, rest chin-ups)

    push-ups – 23/2/1

    squats – 26

    Notes:

    – 3 minute time increase! still probably need a couple more weeks at L2 before I can do 13 pull-ups with good form

    – last 4 chin-ups had poor form, last 1 I had to jump

    – pull-up time increased by not doing the first few sets to failure, will continue this on future day 3s

    – pull-ups definitely the long pole in the tent, since I can finish push-ups and squats quickly

    Soundtrack:

    Stiff Little Fingers

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day all! Now for some corned beef, cabbage and a Guinness.

    #118989
    lightthievesall
    Participant

    Week 3:

    L2D1

    30 rounds in 20 minutes

    Notes:

    – mixed pull-ups and chin-ups, rounds 15 and 18-30 were assisted pull-ups

    – number of unassisted pull-ups went down from last week, 18 vs 16, not thrilled about that, but overall did 3 more rounds

    Soundtrack:

    Johnny Cash

    #118990
    lightthievesall
    Participant

    Week 4:

    L2D1

    33 rounds in 20 minutes.

    Notes:

    – missed days 2 and 3 last week for no real good reason, so this is more or less a week 3 do-over

    – 13 pull-ups / 14 chin-ups / 6 assisted pull-ups

    – Holy shit! 27 straight unassisted pull-ups/chin-ups!? That’s up from 18 and 16 in weeks 2 and 3!

    – I credit the above to a week of rest and an uncharacteristically big breakfast.

    – I’m getting the hang of kipping; I’m sure that helped too.

    – the workout was tough enough that I was queasy for a little while afterwards

    – need to slow down on squats; my right knee hurts a bit when I do them too quickly

    Soundtrack:

    assorted heavy metal

    #118991
    lightthievesall
    Participant

    L2D2

    5 rounds in 3:12

    Notes:

    – still having trouble keeping a routine, technically I should be in week 6 right now and I’m still finishing up week 4

    – finished this workout without breaking a sweat; no substitutes with pull-ups, no trouble with push-ups and squats

    – hopefully this bodes well for day 3 (which I actually plan on doing on time)

    #118992
    lightthievesall
    Participant

    L2D3

    2:50

    pull-ups: 5-2-1-1-1-1-1-1 (10 pull-ups, 3 chin-ups, no substitutes)

    push-ups: 26

    squats: 26

    On to level 3!

    Edit: typo.

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