Machete

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  1. Nice. Yeah, those 60-second and 5x10s mastery skills are rough. That's why I'm still on F1 for Front Lever, but almost to F4 for Rope Climb. The Ground Rows were the hardest part for me, and for others I train. I actually stalled there for a while, even though I worked on it constantly. I just don't do a lot of horizontal pulling. After that though, most of it was easy, until the Negative Pull-ups.
  2. I'm probably going to die of a heart attach at 45, despite my HRV being at 80 and regularly ODign on fish oil. It's why I've been trying to invest more on my StrongFirst and BJJ communities but being social just feels so unnatural to me. (Maybe it's a vicious cycle?) Now that you mention it, GB does have a 5-set mastery system. 5x5 might be more consistent with the programming. (It's weighted lunges for lower body in the end anyway.) What @Kishi said. I believe Coach Sommer's philosophy is building the body to be able to handle gymnastics skills. It is more strength training (hence the term Gymnastics Strength Training) than skills training. Like you have to earn your right to do muscle-ups (i.e. minimum 2 levels of Foundation, 4 ideally, before you even get started with Rings). It's slow and boring, but it builds up to incredible feats of strength. The GMB crew, I believe, doesn't have high-level gymnasts, so they might be more in tune with the preferences of casual exercisers. "Shut up, do the work, go home" is an extremely effective approach to improvement, but for some reason does not sit well with the majority of the population. A little more play, a bit faster advancement can make training fun and consistency is what's important at the end of the day. It doesn't really build you up to extraordinary feats, but impressive enough for most. I believe the Iron Cross is their most advanced ring move. There's also Carl Paoli's Freestyle, which might be on the other side of the spectrum, and all about movements. I think this used to be GymnasticsWOD, so CrossFit.
  3. Good stuff. How are you progressing on your Foundation so far?
  4. Gotcha. Same here. They don't match, but they work. I might get one someday, probably once I get my S&S to 90 lbs. I've honestly never really stuck with a 5x5 (and therefore a bit of a hypocrite for always preaching it to people, hah). I've always wanted to do way too many things and never had the single-minded focus to just forget everything and grind on a linear strength program for at least 3 months, so I found that the 5/3/1 template always gave me room to program other stuff as long as I kept the 4 main lifts. It was a slow crawl, but I'm pretty happy with the results, and I'll probably stay with it for the next decade (Also considered the Westside option, but this one works and I don't like change. Haha), at least once I get back to it. My NF Leaderboard records are about to expire. Movement seems fun so far, but again, a long haul on the basics. Plus I need a handstand. I actually considered GMB for this since they have a program for aerials, which I have never been able to do. But I needed Handstand One for Foundation Three, and it came with Tumbling One. It's kind of ironic how we're training people to be healthier and to live longer when loneliness is more than twice as likely to kill you than obesity is.
  5. I've heard of Bam Bam Bigelow (only because I played RAW on SNES), but I never knew he was a ninja. I already thought Vader could move at 400+ lbs. but this mofo is doing stuff off the top rope. Nice.
  6. Hahaha. The old CrossFit gym I coached at closed-down, and my membership to the other one just lapsed, so currently no rope options for me. I might try belt pulls for F4. Did some Single Leg Squat work last night, along with some 28kg Snatches. It was either Gray Cook or Mark Cheng who said that if you can't do it slow, you're hiding something, and I've definitely been hiding something with my SL Squats. I can easily knock out 10 pistols in a row both legs while getting gas, but a 10-second descent for 5 was hell. It definitely allows one to feel the movement, and I imagine my pistols will be a lot better after this cycle.
  7. You have a beast, or do you have double 53s? Hahaha. Don't worry, my friend from back home uses spin bikes and Smith Machines for his GB training. NICE. So now we have you, @Rooks, @Ryuu1011, and me on team GB. The boring, monotonous guys, compared to the more dynamic GMB crowd. (Anyone else? I think we can make a GB follower's thread somewhere.) I'm looking at writing something about Foundation One, once I finish the damn thing, because hollow holds are very demoralizing. I'm also thinking of eventually mixing 5/3/1's main lifts with Foundation as accessory work. Or just Olympic lifts and gymnastics (a combination that Coach Sommer mentioned might have massive potential). P.S. About the loneliness, I feel you . Facebook seems to be really toxic about that, at least for me. I recognize that self-esteem has been my biggest challenge most of my life; it just got ground-down all those years, and there's nothing I've been able to do about it (I probably should). As OG badass Pat McNamara said, you can't out-perform your self-image. (That's why I VWd (voluntary withdrawal) out of Special Forces Selection all those years back.) We tend to go for what we believe we deserve, and I most of the time think I don't deserve anything. Seems to breed resentment. But hey, at least I'm really far away from being a rapist.
  8. Yeah, that's very common. A lot of the time people don't have the strength and/or range of motion to pike. V-ups can get your there, then eventually progress to strict toes-to-bar (of course with progessions, usually bent leg --> straddle --> negatives). Sometimes people have the strength to pike to 90, but don't have the shoulder extension strength so their hips drift back behind their hands. This will require more range of motion in your pike, but gives your shoulders some slack. You could work on the support position to develop enough shoulder strength to support your body until you can get your hips forward and at least 90 degrees. Then you can work on extending one leg at a time. Of course as mentioned above, support position always involves scapular depression, so keep your shoulders far away from your ears.
  9. Studying is harder than I thought. I'm going to go with a total of 2.5 hours a week for now, then adjust as applicable. Rope climb is proving to be challenging because of equipment. Can't find a high bar around here. A shame, I used to have access to a park with a bunch of gymnastics apparatuses that I could use to knock a lot of these out. Wrist issues still bothering me so I skipped handstands for the week. Can't even do any getups with substantial load. Got back on a deadlift though, and was able to pull a good 265 for 10. I'm thinking I'll just work on keeping my 100 snatches for the TSC, to avoid dishonoring StrongFirst. Haha Garbage eating and no training yesterday, but quite a bit of walking. Had an hour to myself and I was in that part of town so I hit up the range, and I finally qualified Sharpshooter for the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program (with a caliber obviously too big for me). Dry fire training definitely paid off. HRV today is phenomenal, so that day might have been just what I needed.
  10. I'm trying to vary the flavors sometimes, but I'm just so caught-up on perfecting one dish. Haha #shokunin. (I do like ginger; the problem is when it comes in the form of ale.) I think I told the wife one say that I made Thai chicken (which in reality was just chicken stir-fried in sesame oil and peanut sauce). I wonder if chicken satay would survive the fridge for long. This guy pretty much ate a week's worth of food in our fridge. Haha. Fortunately our dogs like green beans. My problem with the blender is apparently I'm the only person in the house who knows how to operate it. Apparently I can train 70 year-olds to do headstands, but I can't train anyone to make a smoothie. EDIT: I just realized the pun in the title and I'm still snickering.
  11. My youngling is like this. I know he tries, but I also understand not wanting to eat the food. (I used to get into eat your food or you won't leave the table standoffs when I was young, and I always won.) I did find that he [at the moment] likes chocolate whey mixed with organic whole milk, and I'll be training him to make himself one such protein shake at least once a day so he at least has some gainz. If he learns to drink a greens powder we'll be golden.
  12. I buy 10 pounds of chicken breast and make 20 containers of Hainanese chicken and rice. Haha
  13. Yeah, I'd definitely like to see smooth skin-the-cats before even considering back levers. Perhaps even Korean dips. Most folks have zero shoulder flexion ROM. Some good ideas here. You could check where you are on movement progressions; there's always another step harder. Hollows, dragon flags, front levers... Planks, back levers, planche... V-ups, hanging leg lifts, L sits... I think the key would be to find that sweet spot where you perform an intense enough progression with enough volume in one set to elicit results. (I haven't so I always go for multiple sets.) Or you could just run through all of them in a circuit once. Perhaps start from the hardest progression you can handle and work yourself down in one continuous set.