June 22, 2009 at 7:20 pm #106050
i’m a 37 year old male from Germany. Weight 165lbs, Height 5’8″. Haven’t done any sports for the last 6 years. I tried the last 3 weeks the hunndredpushups.com workout. I failed miserably at week 3 and only pushups were boring, so i started today with SimpleFit. My push-up max was 23.
I did 20 rounds at L1D1 today, but cheated with ‘jump up’ pull ups. I was a bit disappointed that i couldn’t do one real puul-up. Push ups were okay up to round 18, squats were fine, too.
I hope my will is strong enough to get this done longer than 3 weeks.June 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm #117995zorgParticipant
Welcome, and be sure to post your progress!June 24, 2009 at 7:37 pm #117996 Legs were really sore the last two days, the arms a little. So today i did L1D2. I took it slowly and ltried to do it in good form:
Pull-ups were jump up pull-ups.June 26, 2009 at 9:37 pm #117997
Today i learned, that i’m doing chin-ups, not pull-ups. I still can’t do real ones, still have to jump.
Half the time went for the pull-ups. Push-ups and squats were quite easy.June 29, 2009 at 6:38 am #117998RuliParticipant
when i started SF, i also could’nt do pull-ups. what helped me though was when i used “alternating” grips – your left palm facing away from you and your right palm facing towards you. on your next pull-up you then just alternate the grips.
try it.June 29, 2009 at 8:16 pm #117999
Thank you Ruli for the tip with the pull-ups. I saw your answer too late for todays training, but i will try it on Wednesday.
Today i did L1D1, 17 Rounds. Mostly with jumping pull-ups. 3 less than last week, but it was very hot today. Nonetheless i have the feeling i made some progress, it went more smoothly than last week.
I’ll see how it goes with the alternating grips on wednesday.June 30, 2009 at 2:42 am #118000redleader327Participant
Make sure you’re using the Log Progress tool on the main page. It really helps map your progress. Also, post here on your workout days. We’re all here to encourage you, and you can see improvements on your times. I’ve been doing SF for about a month and LOVE it.July 6, 2009 at 7:39 pm #118001 Last Week Wednesday Training L1D2: 5:20
On Friday i had a little accident. As every day i walk my dogs in the evening for an hour. So i did on Friday before the training. One of my dogs ran me over while playing and i banged my knee quite hard on the street. That did really hurt. So i took the Friday off.
Today (Knee still very colorful) i did L1D1: 24 Rounds. That went really well. I did the alternating grips pull-ups as suggested. That worked better for me than then the regular ones, but i still have to substitute.July 8, 2009 at 8:21 pm #118002
I believe i’m doing it wrong all the time. I just read the substitution page again. I always thought i only have to do 3 for 1 when doing Body rows. But i have to do 3 jump-ups for 1 pull up, too. Right?July 9, 2009 at 3:52 pm #118003anubisParticipantRotlaus wrote:
I just read the substitution page again. I always thought i only have to do 3 for 1 when doing Body rows. But i have to do 3 jump-ups for 1 pull up, too. Right?
That’s correct. Any substitution is a sub at 3:1.
I’d suggest switching up your substitutions as well. I spent a lot of time doing just one type of sub and saw very slow results. Then I started doing different ones and saw faster results. For example on day 1’s I usually use body-rows and alternate my grip throughout as you do a lot of reps continually and this saves my elbows and prevents injury. Day 2′ I did a lot of slow negs and a few jump -ups (slow negs can be hard on the elbows so I kept it to D2’s). D3 I did a mix of both, but primarily body rows to save the elbows until I was able to do pull-ups. This might help you with the pull-ups. Whatever you do you’ll get there as long as you keep at it.July 10, 2009 at 7:47 pm #118004anubis wrote:
That’s correct. Any substitution is a sub at 3:1.
I’d suggest switching up your substitutions as well.
Ok, then today was my first ‘real’ training. I choose 3:1 body rows as suggested. I found it a little bit more difficult than my usual jump-ups.
L1D3: 8min 40sec.
About 6 minutes body rows and the rest for the push-ups and squats.July 15, 2009 at 5:46 pm #118005anubisParticipant
Always takes a bit to get the bugs out. Nice work and keep at it! I spent months trying to get past level 1 but it sure was a nice feeling when it happened. You’ll get there soon.July 20, 2009 at 8:10 pm #118006 I took last week off. It was very busy. Two birthday parties, 60 hours at work and one of my cats died. Sad week. But today i started again.
L1D1: 16 rounds
This time i tried the ‘Step up and slowly lower done’ substitutions. I found it really hard to start after the week off.July 21, 2009 at 3:28 am #118007RuliParticipant
just keep at it rotlaus, before you know it, it will feel like second nature again. some time ago i had to take two weeks off, so i know the feeling.July 22, 2009 at 7:50 pm #118008 Those ‘slowly lower down’ pull-ups made me very sore, so i decided to do them again today. Time is not so great, but i tried to descend as slowly as possible.
L1D2: 1:50 1:50 1:45 1:47 1:55
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