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Crazyhawaiian21

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  1. I'd have to go with Logan too. Getting back into gradually is the way to go, pay attention to yo' body and do a gut check every other week to see if your really putting in the effort to meet your goals or just checking the box. 

     

    Other than that I would focus on form more than increasing the number of reps. 10 perfectly executed pushups can be much more difficult than 30 sloppy ones.

     

    Great challenge and welcome to the clan!

  2. Great theme, I looked to yours for inspiration to tie goals together.  As a juggler you can sneak into events as an entertainer. 

     

    Juggling four flaming swords with your target in front of you and a small crowd gathered around to watch your skills.  In a flash you whiz a flechette into your victims throat without missing a beat.  The crowd of onlookers fails to notice one of their own slowly slump to the ground, still fixated on the twirling blades or doom.  Dramatically dropping the swords you point to the man next to the fallen body and yell,"ASSASSIN!" As the mob grabs the dazed onlooker you quietly collect your gear as they beat him senseless and drag him off to the magistrate.

     

    Another one bites the dust! (no lightbringer though)

  3. Thanks guys, trying to keep it interesting.

     

    I've had trouble with overuse injuries in the past too.  Especially taking on the mini-challenges and PvPs in addition to my regular training - it's sometimes a recipe for disaster.  I like that you're noticing these issues and doing something about them NOW rather than later when injuries can get permanent.  Wise man.

     

    Your goals are also super balanced and attainable, and to repeat what everyone else has said... I like the quotes. :)

    The majority of overuse is my right shoulder, played tennis growing up, am a rabid raquetball enthusiast and an attempted high-school breakdancer have taken a toll over the years.  Prevenative maintenance is always better than reactionary repairs :).

    I love the quotes on your goals! And seriously you did 525 pushups in a day?!!!

    Yes, and my shoulder and elbows were sore for days, accomplished on an off day in sets of 10

  4. Round 2....Ready....FIGHT!

     

    The last challenge was an excellent intro/git yer ass in gear time period.  Time to focus, plan ahead for the big moves, and  think outside the box.

     

    One of the hiccups I experienced with the first challenge were my shoulders and elbows.  They got pretty beat up with side-missions, TRX workouts, and swimming.  I mostly blame it on taking part in an adventurer challenge and trying to get the highest # of pushups in a day (525) along with the 100 Burpee Challenge not really letting my joints catch up or rest during the duration. 

     

    For this challenge I am focusing more on creating positive habits rather than a specific outcome.

     

    Goal 1:

    "By air, land and sea -the strength to persist, the courage to endure and the power to defend" ~Churchill

    Strengthen the body  4.5 times a week: (+3 Str, +2 Sta)

    Rock Gym (Air) Advanced BW workout or TRX workout (Land) / Swimming (Sea)

    A) 27 workouts / B ) 25 workouts / C) 23 workouts / D) 21 workouts

     

    Goal Two:

    "Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or the willow survives by bending with the wind." ~Bruce Lee

    Wind in the willow 4 times a week: (+4 Dex)

    Yoga / Indian clubs / stretching (20 min.) / foam roller

    A) 24 willow / B ) 23 bamboo / C) 22 pine / D) 21 balsa

     

    Goal Three:

    “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.†

    ― Julia Child

    I am lucky enough to have an excellent cook in the household and my effort at assisting or improving my own skills has been lackluster to say the least.  Cook or prepare at least 2 meals a week: (+2 Con)

    A) 12 meals / B ) 11 meals / C) 10 meals / D) 9 meals

     

    Goal Three:

    "Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens" ~ Jimi Hendrix

    Got off to an excellent start with spanish for the last challenge but wanted to expand options and continue to exercise my brain with all my other bits.

    Free your mind 4 times a week for 30 min.:   (+2 Wis, +2 Cha)

    Spanish / Lumosity / Practice the Uke

    A) 24 mind meld / B ) 23 brain food / C) 22 mind pleaser / D) 21 noggin' teaser 

  5. Great 1st Challenge on NF, you guys make it so much easier to badger myself into being productive  :pirate:


     


    Goal One:  (+4 Sta)


    Get in or get out, sneaking will only get me so far if the alarm has been raised. RUN (or swim...)!!!


    Aerobic training: Swim 500 yds freestyle w/o stopping.  Managed to complete fairly early on in the challenge, its amazing what a clearly defined goal can do.   


    A) 500 yds /   B) 450 yds / C) 400 yds / D) 350 yds


     


    Goal Two (+3 Str; +1 Sta)


    Working up to the goal of completing the opening scene from ninja assassin...minus the nail board.


    Strength: Complete 6 weeks of TRX functional strength training.  Stick with the 4 workouts a week to increase bodyweight strength at all angles.  Pulled this one off by the skin of my teeth completing the last workout on the 18th.  Good strength gains and will continue to up repetitions for muscular endurance.


    A) 24 workouts /   B) 22 workouts / C) 20 workouts / D) 18 workouts


     


    Goal Three: (+3 Dex; +1 Str)


    Being a spider monkey is excellent for sneaking around on those castle walls. Guys with heavy armor rarely look up!


    Complete 4 different V2 bouldering problems in the same session. Completed 5 V2's in the same session about 10 days prior to the challenge ending. Have been trying to better my technique and quietly place my feet at Scarlet's suggestion (it works).


    A) 4 x V2 /   B) 3 x V2; 2 x V1 / C) 2 x V2; 4 x V1 / D) 1 x V2; 6 x V1


     


    Goal Four: (+3 Wis)


    Every Assassin should be able to blend in and adapt to multiple environments so I will improve my L33T LAN9W49 skillz!


    Practice spanish at least 3 times a week for an hour. Spent about 30 min. a day on spanish which was much easier for my attention span!  Will continue to practice as I have made some significant albeit baby steps towards learning spanish.


    A) 18 hours /   B) 16 hours / C) 14 hours / D) 12 hours


     


    Had a blast with all of the Assassin missives. Unfortunately dropped out of 100 burpee challenge as I think it is more destructive than constructive on the shoulders in combination with other workouts.


  6. Goal One:  (+4 Sta)

    Get in or get out, sneaking will only get me so far if the alarm has been raised. RUN (or swim...)!!!

    Aerobic training: Swim 500 yds freestyle w/o stopping.  Managed to complete fairly early on in the challenge, its amazing what a clearly defined goal can do.   

    A) 500 ydsB) 450 yds / C) 400 yds / D) 350 yds

     

     

    Goal Two (+3 Str; +1 Sta)

    Working up to the goal of completing the opening scene from ninja assassin...minus the nail board.

    Strength: Complete 6 weeks of TRX functional strength training.  Stick with the 4 workouts a week to increase bodyweight strength at all angles.  Pulled this one off by the skin of my teeth completing the last workout on the 18th.  Good strength gains and will continue to up repetitions for muscular endurance.

    A) 24 workoutsB) 22 workouts / C) 20 workouts / D) 18 workouts

     

     

    Goal Three: (+3 Dex; +1 Str)

    Being a spider monkey is excellent for sneaking around on those castle walls. Guys with heavy armor rarely look up!

    Complete 4 different V2 bouldering problems in the same session. Completed 5 V2's in the same session about 10 days prior to the challenge ending. Have been trying to better my technique and quietly place my feet at Scarlet's suggestion (it works).

    A) 4 x V2 B) 3 x V2; 2 x V1 / C) 2 x V2; 4 x V1 / D) 1 x V2; 6 x V1

     

     

    Goal Four: (+3 Wis)

    Every Assassin should be able to blend in and adapt to multiple environments so I will improve my L33T LAN9W49 skillz!

    Practice spanish at least 3 times a week for an hour. Spent about 30 min. a day on spanish which was much easier for my attention span!  Will continue to practice as I have made some significant albeit baby steps towards learning spanish.

    A) 18 hoursB) 16 hours / C) 14 hours / D) 12 hours

  7. February 18 2013:

     

    *Bonus Level!*  Goal 2: Yahoo! Finished it out by the skin of my teeth :).

     

    All goals have been reached! The only iffy one is the swimming, I honestly thought it would be a lot tougher (not that it was easy).  Looking forward to the next challenge, I think I'm going to have my next goals be a little more open ended as far as activities so I can mix it up more often and get credit, a lot more mobility and injury prevention oriented work times too.

  8. February 15-17:

     

    Funny story, ok not really that funny.  I thought thursday was the end of the challenge... hence the slacking ....

     

    23up Goal 2: Upon that bombshell, I picked my happy ass up and did another TRX workout, wohoo!

     

    The 15/16 were workdays from 6am-6pm so def. lost steam, plotting the next challenge.  As long as I finish a workout on the 18th I'll have met my TRX goal too!

     

    Assassin Challenge: Hooray for pullups!  Doing them in sets of 6 looking forward to the next challenge including the pullup workout regimen.

  9. 14 February 2013: *1st Goal finish!!!!!!*

     

    Quick recap (I'll be more detailed on actual challenge descrip)

     

    *Bonus Level* Goal 1: Met goal and continued to swim, best time of 11min 7sec

     

    22up Goal 2: Despite my short lapse I still completed a total of 22 full TRX workouts (avg 3.5 a week :)

     

    *Bonus Level* Goal 3: On 02 Feb 2013 I completed not 4 but 5 V2 problems in my climbing session.  A few days later I tried a V3 for funzies and made it!

     

    *Bonus Level* Goal 4: Kept up with spanish lessons through the entirety of challenge.  Generally I would knock out 30 min. a day regardless of what else was going on.  It is def. paying dividends and regular exposure to the lessons have made continuity a lot easier.

     

    Overall pretty happy with the results and look forward to crafting the next challenge.

     

    PS Did a HforH build and am totally deadbeat tired. 8hrs of manual labor has got my usual workout toasted :)

  10. 12 February 2013:

     

    *18up Goal 4*: Yahoo! Got to my goal with a few days to spare.  Will continue to do lessons as it has almost become just a habit that if I don't feel like working out or being "that productive" my language program is already open and I can jump right in. It also happens to be pointed conveniently away from other distractions.

     

    Assassin Missive: knocked out 24 dead-hang pullups and 24 dead-hang chin-ups.  Looking forward to focusing on getting back to 20+ pullup program for the next challenge.

     

    Still finding a balance of working on goals and winding after 12 hour workdays.  It's hard to go to the pool after 6am-6pm shift or the rock gym.

  11. February 8-11: Little bit of a low point over the last couple of days.  Shoulders and elbows have been a little tender but nothing to crazy, spent friday and saturday resting up and catching up on some spanish.

     

    19 & 20up Goal 2:  Feeling the effects of reaching the end of the challenge.  As long as I get two more workouts in by the 14th I can still get a B.  Kinda bummed that I started so strong and have fallen off the wagon as of late.

     

    16, 17 & 17.5 Goal 4: Much easier to sit in front of a computer when lazy than move around.  Just a few more lessons!

     

    Burpee Challenge:  After my lazy period and sore shoulders I have no desire to subject them to 140+ burpees today just to catch up, I'm out.

     

    Assassin Missive:  Climb ninja gecko climb! Started with rows and will start knocking out pullups tomorrow. 

  12. 6 February 2013:

     

    18up Goal 2: Upper body workout, took it very easy as the tendons and or ligaments at the elbow are tender and complain when pushing or pulling.  Basically did the abs and active stretching for recovery.

     

    Goal 3 *Bonus Level!*: Went climbing for ~45 min. went and bouldered for fun without any set goal in mind.  V1's, V0's mostly 1 x V2 and tried out a V3 just for the heck of it and made it!

     

    15up Goal 4: worked on after climbing.

     

    Burpee/Assassin Missive: Still going strong 37 spears dodged and with 2 sun salutations for cooldown after rock climbing.

  13. I have had a set for a few years and love them.  They are attached to the pull-up bar in our house and is my main equipment for strength training.  

     

    Pros:

    1. They are great for the core as most every movement uses your body as a lever point.  
    2. Are extremely adjustable concerning resistance as you just move the pivot .
    3. Can be use to work almost any body part with a little creativity and good form.
    4. Can be used by sticking the anchor point at anything from ~7-9 ft. from the floor (aka at the top of a doorjamb, a tree, sturdy playground equip., etc.)

    Cons:

    1. Are a little pricey and can be built if you are clever from stuff available in your local hardware store (*disclaimer* if you build it and it breaks, you have no one else to blame) 
    2. Some balance and a great deal of attention to form is needed to get the most out of the exercises.
    3. Maybe difficult for new fitness rebels (some exercises involve full pushups and the week one exercises involve assisted one-legged squats, at least for the force kit...)
  14. 5 February 2013:

     

    Goal 1 *Bonus Level!*: Went swimming during lunch break, 35 min. just alternating strokes again.  Working on swimming underwater for distance and backstroke because it is just plain awkward.  Someday I'd like to be able to do butterfly but right now it just feels like I am trying to drown myself :).

     

    17up Goal 2: Another lower body workout.  Abs at the end are still killer but other movements aren't so bad, I need to test my one-legged squats unsupported to see where I am at.

     

    14up Goal 4: Slow and steady wins the race, did my lessons just before hitting the hay.

     

    Burpee/Assassin Missive: Knocked out 36 burpees and did 4 sun salutations throughout the course of the day to loosen up.  Huzzah Gauls!

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