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  1. Yay! Totally down for a mid-October hike.
  2. mightstone2k I'm down to join you for any of those adventures, I've been wanting to do a pdx meetup for awhile - maybe we should just organize something and hope people show up!
  3. mightstone2k I'm down to join you for any of those adventures, I've been wanting to do a pdx meetup for awhile - maybe we should just organize something and hope people show up!
  4. Hey you guys! I would love to meet up with any fellow NF'ers here in town! Should we set something up? Happy hour? Or something more active, like a bike ride or hike? I am free most evenings and weekends - any days/times that you all would prefer?
  5. Hi everyone, I'm excited for challenge #2 but I might need a little guidance formulating it! Is "get stronger" a reasonable main quest? I'm trying to analyze what my motivation for all this is, and it's kind of hazy. What makes you guys passionate about these workouts - is it the exercises themselves, or the activities they help you with? I am excited by the idea of ninja skills but I don't really do anything at the moment that requires them! So I guess I'll be doing some soul searching during this challenge, but here's what I came up with so far: Main Quest: Level up at least one progression in each exercise from the startbodyweight.com program (beginner version, so squats, horizontal pulls, push-ups, planks, and leg raises). My current levels are: unassisted squats to parallel, horizontal pulls from the door knob, 3/4 push-ups, side planks, and straight leg raises. Some will be easier than others, but the push-up one's been going slow, so I might change this to level up TWO levels, we'll see. Goal #1: Do the beginner's routine from startbodyweight.com 3x per week. If I get stuck on anything, ask for help instead of skipping any of the exercises, and don't skimp on the warm-ups and stretching! Track everything so I push myself to make improvements every workout. Goal #2: Figure out the best way to eat to gain strength quickly. I'm gonna have to do some research, but I'm guessing maybe... Paleo? Do the same principles apply to both weight lifting and bodyweight training in terms of diet? Suggestions welcome here... Goal #3: Pick some kind of fun activity that benefits from ninja skills... rock climbing, parkour, some kind of marshal art? Anything! And take a class, or find a buddy who wants to try it out with me. The idea here is to find some fun things that I can apply my growing strength and flexibility to, for added motivation and also just to experience some new things & new people. If there are any Portlanders on here I'd love to find an adventure workout buddy for any of the above activities! Any suggestions on how to fine tune this more?
  6. Hey sorry I haven't been on the forums for awhile! I kinda fell of the wagon for a little bit, I got de-railed as I kind of re-vamped my strategy. But I'm doing pretty good, I started following the routine at startbodyweight.com and I like it a lot so far. Especially for the pushup progression - it has me doing 3/4 pushups, basically a regular pushup on the way down and a 3/4 on the way up. It's definitely more effective than the lower incline pushups in that it's getting me way closer to the actual form of a regular pushup. I haven't tried to do one regular one yet, but I'm super close!! Woop! Best of all though, I'm getting into a solid routine for a whole body workout. I'm already starting to think about what my next challenge will be! It's awesome of you guys to check up on me I need to re-vamp my workout log, it's a mess right now since I switched. Hopefully will do that soon.
  7. Checked out startbodyweight.com and it looks great! I think I will give it a try. I also agree I need to spend some time thinking about my goals. Right now it is just "get stronger" but I need to probably work out some specifics at some point Thanks for the help!
  8. Honestly I've just been doing this one since I found it and it felt like exactly what I needed. I haven't looked around for upper body stuff but I'll definitely let you know if I find anything good. Maybe try looking at that same guy's other videos, since he seems to know what he's doing. If you find something please let me know! Haha! I hear you on the steel girder thing. I hope you can try it eventually and that it helps. After doing this for about a week I can *almost* touch my toes (still bending the knees a tiny bit but not much) and I've pretty much never been able to do that. There are still parts of the routine I really struggle with but it's made a big difference so far.
  9. Thanks for checking in you guys! I am doing pretty great, still making progress although it seems a little slower now at this elevation. I just got some advice on maybe focusing on lower reps, so I am thinking of changing up my plan just a little bit! I'll update again when I get that figured out. In the meantime that link above should still work for seeing my progress log. Last workout my plank was waay shorter than the last time. I'm not sure why but I did spend about 4 hours biking that morning (did Bridge Pedal, over all 10 bridges in Portland, it was so fun!) and my lower back was really tired afterwards. So hopefully that's all and I'll be back to approaching 2 minutes next time, woop! Thanks for the support!
  10. Thanks PaulG, that's quite a different approach. Since continually improving my strength is the end goal here, not being able to do a ton of push-ups, seems like adopting this strategy might be the way to go. Speaking of Steve's programming, what do you think of the BBWW? Any suggestions for someone just starting out? I know it's a broad question but there are so many suggestions and possibilities floating around here that it can be kind of overwhelming... thanks!
  11. Thanks for the tips. I will give them a try. I think I have to be OK with slow progress too
  12. Hi all, I'm working towards push-ups by doing inclines. I just switched to a lower level and it got a lot harder, like way harder than my last move from the wall to the kitchen counter. That's all fine and good except now I am doing really low reps. I'm following Steve's advice and doing 4 sets, working towards 20 reps each before I move on. My question is, I've gone from doing 20 reps/set to doing about 6, and even though I go as far as I can on each set I don't feel like I am getting as much of a workout, and I feel like I am going to progress slower this way. Should I be doing more sets? Or maybe trying to do it twice in a day? Or are there other exercises I can supplement it with to help with my progress? (I am already doing planks but that's about it) Thanks for any recommendations
  13. Hi Orphos! I'm working towards a single push-up too. Good luck and keep us posted
  14. Try this yoga routine... it's doing wonders for my lower back issues! Maybe wait until you're not feeling stabby knives in your back though? I don't know, I'm not a doctor http://www.doyogawithme.com/content/deep-release-hips-hamstrings-and-lower-back
  15. I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as I do - I did it again last night and it felt just as good! My whole body still feels great from it today and I've noticed myself walking and sitting much more naturally and comfortably. Good luck!
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