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  1. Thanks! I think that I'm gonna do is: On MTWRF: bike ride for 30 min. - 1 hr. When I get into better shape and my knees strengthen, I'm gonna go back to doing my intervals of: Walk for one lap, jog for one lap, run for one lap, sprint for as long of one lap as I can, and then cool down with walking. Then once I get that under better control, I might switch it to a pyramid formation: Walk, Jog, Run, Sprint, Run, Jog, Walk, for a total of 7 laps. On TR: Practice boxing on a reflex bag or a double-end bag. On MWF: Do bodyweight training routine. After I get the hang of the basic levels of it (I.e. I can do 30 proper push-ups and other exercises on that level), I will incorporate kettleball training. The reason I am incorporating bodyweight training now, is because I was able to do it in the past, and squats will help strengthen my knees, and strengthening my muscular system as a whole will help me better support my own weight in fat, and the weight I have to carry at school. Every day, do stretches before bed. I can follow the basic stretches Steve shows in the Nerd Fitness article, but for some reason, I feel like I need a more, specialized, full-body stretch routine, and I still need to incorporate hip bridges (or what were they called) to correct my posture with, I need to watch my eating. I wouldn't mind finding more types of meals I can cook using scrambled eggs, or even hard-boiled eggs.
  2. Maybe I still should incorporate kettleball training with my bodyweight routine. Just to help my muscles and joints move along and support my weight.
  3. Right now, all I'm looking for out of college is an education in Geology or Geography so I can get a decent job, and to work, volunteer, and make connections so that my resume looks more impressive, and so that I may have more people to back me up in the future. When I first came to college, I almost want to tell myself I wanted to learn about engineering things, but I mostly was just looking to get away from home and experience a teenhood I missed out on, for the most part. I distinctly remember someone telling me I need to take some time off and do something else for awhile before going to college due to being homeschooled, but I was so eager to get out and afraid of missing out on anything else, that I went anyways. At the time, I didn't know of any other thing to do in life: I wasn't that interested in being a firefighter at the time. I still believed the military was a bad idea. I assumed that travelling would be impossible because it would be too expensive, and I wouldn't even know what to do on my own in a foreign land anyways.
  4. I'm just not enjoying college so far. Almost the entire time I've been in college, I've hated it. I've only enjoyed certain times in college, and the only semester that I ever really loved was the first Freshman semester, and that's because everything was so new, and shiny, and I was thrilled to meet new people. Now it just feels like a chore or grind, and like everyone moves too fast for me to ever have a meaningful connection with them. Especially since I go to a commuter school, in one of the most dangerous cities in the country, which is another reason why I hate it here. Right now, I'm trying to decide whether if I want to stay with Earth Science and join the military afterwards, stay with Engineering Technology and possibly join the military afterwards, or quit after this current school year and enlist, or try going to college while in the military. It seems like all the things I want to do in life, like seeing the world, helping others directly or in-directly (like doing rescue work), learning how to take care of myself, how to defend myself and others, how to save others, how to build, repair, and drive/pilot vehicles and drones, and so on, are either not easily done in civilian life, or are expensive, or the pay-off isn't good. To do rescue work outside of the Coast Guard, I would probably be an EMT or firefighter, which from what I hear, isn't a very good-paying career path, and not worth leaving college for. To travel, I would have to pay to do so. Besides that, I just want to pursue my other goals and hobbies. Like parkour and martial arts, learning how to play the harmonica, piloting drones and taking photographs (or at least until they're outlawed). But those are just hobbies, and I'm still not entirely sure what I would be doing as an Engineer Technologist. I would assume more work with things like wiring and robotics, if I went down the Electrical Engineer path. If I stick with Earth Science, I may get to do more surveying work that involves more interaction with people, and surveying and examining certain wild locations, as well as potentially make good money from working with GIS systems, which is what I'm more interested in, and it would let me graduate sooner. The only problem with it, is that I have to learn how to speak another language. Now, I think it is important and very useful for any being to learn another language. It's just, I really, really don't enjoy learning how to speak Spanish. To me, it's too similar to English. Some words are just like the English version, some are swapped all around and are spelled completely different. Also, I still can't roll my R's. But everyone said "Spanish is the best language for business", they said. "It's the easiest language to learn", they said. It's fairly uninteresting to me, and very difficult for me to learn, and it doesn't help that I took a year off from Spanish because I was major-hopping, and learning a secondary language is a requirement for Earth Science, but not for Engineering Technology. Everyone tells me it's best to stick with the language I started learning, but I'd rather learn French or something. At least with French, there are other pronunciations I can handle (correct me if I'm wrong), and I can practice by watching an anime I really wanted to watch called Wakfu. I'd even rather learn Japanese or Arabic. From what I've heard, Japanese and Chinese, although quite different, are more systematic than English or Spanish. Also, they look like an alien language to me. Yes, that makes them a fuck-ton harder to learn, but at least it's interesting. Like learning some language from an ancient alien civilization. Plus, there's plenty of animes and mangas I can read that use Japanese. Virtually all of them. Hell, I'd LOVE to practice learning how to speak and read another language by watching and reading something I already love. I can't easily think of anything I would want to, or can, watch in Spanish, unless I try to watch some Spanish dubbing of some show, which is kind of hard without a TV. Hell, I'd say I recognize more Japanese phrases when I hear them than Spanish phrases. I can even learn another language and graduate on time, if I can take a course over the summer, although that's a fair-sized IF. Besides that, everything is OK, it's just I have no interest in most of my courses this semester, and I almost feel like putting no effort into Spanish. The only courses I'm really interested in, are one of my Earth Science classes that have to do with natural events and how they affect people, and a First Aid and CPR class that I chose to take because I felt it was something I needed to know for my own sake and others. I think if I just find some way to keep myself occupied, and once I've gotten a handle on or drop Spanish, I'll be alright for this semester, at least. But I don't want to just be "alright" and make it through each semester. I want to be great. I've been working on some personal issues and trying to figure out why I don't feel motivated to do anything (other than work on my fitness, play games, do CPR, and learn how to fly drones, and learn how to fight) since my second Freshman semester, but I haven't had much success. Some suggested that it might be depression, so I took anti-depressants, but then my dad tried talking me out of using them, and then someone told me that it wasn't depression. Then someone told me it might be ADHD, but I haven't been able to get tested for it because I didn't think I could afford it, until recently. So I'm gonna get tested for it ASAP. I've grown and matured in many ways, and have gotten more control over my social anxiety (mainly by not caring about others and what they think nearly as much), and I actually do have an idea of what I want to do in life, but I still don't feel like doing this school business. That's why I think I went to college too soon. My family's poor, I was eager to get out of my parents' house, I didn't think it was possible to travel or join the Peace Corps or something for a few years before going. The college I'm attending doesn't teach me all the things I'm interested in, and I'd rather go to trade school, but I'm here now, and if I continue down the Earth Science path, I'll graduate in two academic years, if I get no Fs or Ds, and my language classes go OK. It's tempting to drop out and join the military, but that won't impress the Coast Guard, I need time to get in shape, and if I decide I don't want to join, I need something to fall back on. OK, rants over. I just needed some time and space to write my thoughts out and organize them. I think I know what I have to do now.
  5. I kind of like the sound of that more too..."Zero eight hundred". I'll have lunch at 1450 then...how do I pronounce that?
  6. Right now, I'm in college with a crazy schedule, and basically, I have time to get lunch at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have back-to-back classes from 8:00 AM (or 800 hours) to 2:30 PM (or 1450 hours?). I'm trying to learn military time, since I may be in the military, and a lot of people here are from Europe. The only way I can get lunch sooner, is if I skip biology class, where attendance is not mandatory, letting me get lunch a little after 1:00 PM, right after the lunch crowd has died down. I would prefer not to skip class, but so far most days, by the time I get to biology class, I'm so tired and bored and hungry, I'm barely hanging on. I can barely focus, let alone stay awake. So, if I were to do two meals a day (work out in the morning, eat mid-day and in the evening), would it hurt me any if I got my lunch at some time between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM instead of at 12:00 Noon?
  7. Sounds like a good plan! Bodyweight training WILL give you the same function strength you can get from weightlifting, just slower. That being said, I remember that I used to want to try to incorporate some free weights use in MY bodyweight routine just because I liked weights so much. If you find a way to incorporate weights into your routine, let me know. One thing you could try are simple kettleball swing routines, which, somehow for some reason, greatly increase your entire body strength over time...something called the "WTH effect". I think I still have a link to the page I read about it on when I first got interested in training for the military: http://www.strongfirst.com/what-the-hell/ I don't really know what weight the kettleball should be, though. Good luck.
  8. Welcome to the Rebellion. I myself have just recently recovered from a similar thing. Last summer, I ran Starting Strength and did treadmill intervals three days a week, and tried eating two meals a day (with a snack after morning workouts) while reducing my carbs, calorie, and sugars intake. Although I had some success in losing weight, maybe more than I believe, I somehow hurt my left knee warming up for squats with an empty bar...Even though I was at 100 lbs in my squats. It turns out that squatting over 100 lbs when you weigh 280 lbs (maybe 240 lbs?) isn't such a good idea. That tells me that either what happened to my knee was a gradual thing, or that 105 lbs was just my breaking point. Long story short, I got lazy while waiting for my left knee to recover, and then my right knee which got worn out from supporting my left one, and even though I still weigh less than I did before, I'm gonna have to start all over with strength training. I don't mind anymore. I might suggest that you try yoga or some form of stretching with guidance from a teacher to help your back recover. Stretching helped my knee recover, I think, if I did it right. Did the doctor tell you to let your back rest? I would do the RAICE (Rest, Anti-inflammatories, Ice, Compression, Elevation) thing for about 2-4 weeks, if you haven't already. And then after that, IMMEDIATELY get back to doing stretches to restore flexibility in your back muscles and help them recover and strengthen up again. I'm not sure if your issues is related to your weightlifting style, but you could try bodyweight training. It's what I'm doing. Me being 5'9 inches tall and weighing 240 lbs, and being in college (sorry for those on the metric system, I will convert), I think bodyweight training would be best for me because not only does it increase strength, but it offers a more natural progression. By "natural progression", I mean you keep doing the same thing until you gain the strength and stamina needed to do it effortlessly, and then you move up to a more challenging movement. Like, you keep doing push-ups until you can easily do 3 sets of 30 reps without much challenge. Then you try doing one-handed pushups. And if you aren't strong enough to do it, you can just collapse. No fear of dropping a barbell on your head. Also, from my understanding, bodyweight training helps burn calories more than weightlifting, and, if you do it fast enough, it may even help increase your stamina. Now I could be bat-shit insane. So, it would be best if someone else came in to verify some things I just said.
  9. I was wondering the same thing. The site still says the next challenge is July 27th, but I think that's the one that has already passed. I'm assuming that our glorious leaders and comrades have been busy with something big.
  10. Hey, guys, I'm back, if anyone remembers me. If not, it's still nice to be back. So, about a few months ago, I tried cutting back on bread and milk, only eating two meals a day (working out in the morning time, eating a snack after working out, and eating lunch and dinner), and running Starting Strength and, well, just running intervals on a treadmill every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It actually worked great for me. I loved the feeling of being more physically capable by sprinting up to 7.5 mph on a treadmill (supposedly) and lifting all kinds of weight, and it actually made me feel all-around better! My eating pattern actually left me sated. When I got sick, it was almost like I got over the cold faster. When I went to sleep, I actually had an easy time going to sleep because I had been up since 6:00 AM in the morning working out. I actually had an easier time carrying groceries and heavy things for my family. I actually had more energy and speed for chasing my little sister around the house when she wanted to play. I actually didn't get bored, anxious, or depressed as easily. I could actually stay in some type of squatting position for (what felt like) a minute, although I don't think it was the "3rd world squat" or "ass-to-grass" squat. And then I injured my left knee trying to do squats, hurt my right knee trying to take pressure off my left knee, and then pretty much my entire left leg hurt, and I got lazy waiting for my body to recover. I stopped eating as well, and I kind of stopped exercising for awhile. For this reason, one of the biggest surprises, was that I apparently loss quite a bit of weight over the summer. Almost everyone I've known and seen on a regular basis said that I lost weight, but I didn't believe it because I had only been working out for a month before I stopped due to an injury. The entire time, I thought I stilled weighed as much as I did when I first started lifting weights or when I was in college last, which was 280 lbs. But then I got weighed when I visit the doctor's office for an injured hand I wanted x-rayed, and they told me I weighed 240 - 241 lbs. Whether if the manual scales I used before were broken and I have always weighed that much, or if I really did lose 40 lbs over the summer, this was wonderful news to me, especially since I am now planning on joining the military after college, and the maximum weight for someone my height in the Coast Guard is 168 lbs. But now I'm in a different set of circumstances. Even though I really enjoyed weightlifting, I don't think I ever really want to go back to it. At least not until I'm already in good, strong shape, and I want to build muscle, and not just strength, and even then, I'm starting to care less and less about having big muscles. My reasons being: I prefer to workout alone. My school schedule and living conditions this year make it more time-consuming and potentially dangerous to go to the rec and lift weights. I feel like bodyweight training offers a more natural progression, so it's less likely that I may injure myself trying to constantly increase my weights each time. Oh by the way, I'm switching to bodyweight training because: It has a more natural progression, IMO. I can easily workout in either my own apartment (hopefully) or on campus. It's cheaper, in theory. It burns more calories. Right now, I'm still trying to workout my workout schedule. It seems like MWF is still going to be the best daily split for me, since those are the days that I have an extra hour before classes begin. If I can get it to the point where I don't have to study any school work in the morning, and if I can find some affordable way to eat lunch on campus or take lunch with me, I will probably continue with the two meals a day thing. It just doesn't work when breakfast and dinner are the only things I eat. Too much time in between meals. I might have to find and buy some sort of healthy alternative to carrying around an apple and a sandwich, or find a way to carry them. And that's not even counting Tuesdays and Thursdays, where I only have about half an hour at the most in between classes. I'm not even sure if I can find time to eat lunch those days, but my classes are over with by about 2:30 PM, so I might end up having a late lunch. So maybe, I could eat lunch at 3:00 PM every day on or off campus, and eat dinner later, maybe at some time like 7 or 8 PM? I'm just thinking out loud about my schedule. So, yes. The biggest obstacles I have for getting into shape this semester so far are, trying to eat around my schedule, and getting groceries that are healthy. I only own a bike, and the only grocery stores for me to go to are pretty far, and my bike rack is pretty small. Luckily, I have a sister who lives in town now, so I can get her help with grocery shopping every month or so I would say. Cooking, is not an issue, although I'm not entirely sure what to get when I finally DO go on my first big grocery shopping trip. I'm not really interested in going full-paleo. I still like a little bread and rice. That being said, I still have backed away from cereal and milk...even though I miss them. D: I'm going to follow the bodyweight routine that BaconLover (or was it BaconHunter) created and put on his website. So, that's what's been going on with me, and why I haven't been too active on the forums. I guess, since I don't lift weights anymore, and I'm planning on using martial arts and boxing (with the use of a bag) as an off-day activity, this means that I'm not exactly a Ranger anymore? If anything, I'm thinking I'm either going to become a Monk, or an Assassin. But for now, I think I need to go back and be what I should have started off as, an Adventurer.
  11. I didn't even think about it that way. That makes sense.
  12. A friend of mine once suggested that I try this. I jumped right into taking a cold shower, and although it didn't feel bad, and DID make me feel more alert, I can't say it was something that I really enjoyed. I still think I'm gonna try this the next time I take a shower. It might be a way to cut down on the water heater bill, as well.
  13. It's just something that I thought about after bending over and touching my toes for 15 seconds in response to my lower back feeling stiff. It felt good. It's something that I did as an automatic response to that feeling in my lower back, but is it something that I've picked up over the years of hearing general fitness tips, or is it an impulse, or does it go back further than that? I also stretch my legs by extending them as much as I can when they begin to feel stiff, or "tired", or whatever the word that I'm looking for is. I think it has something to do with circulation. You know, for something that is essential for proper, or at least optimized, muscle growth and recovery, stretches sure seem to be very specific and sometimes complex movements. So, I wonder this: Is stretching something that Humans have been doing since the dawn of Humanity, or is it a more "modern" invention? And by that, I mean it's only as old as civilization.
  14. Well, yeah. I still need to find a way to consult a doctor about this. It's so strange, though. Bodyweight squats don't hurt my knees, or at least not right away, as far as I know, but I can't stand or walk for several hours without pain. From my understanding, bodyweight squats strengthen knee joints, right? Or does it further harm already injured knee joints? EDIT: OK, I really hate having to self-diagnose, but with my current circumstances, it's the only option I really have. It sounds like something called an IT Band Syndrome. Stop me now, if it sounds like I don't know what I'm talking about, but I could at least do some of the exercises recommended for it, if that helps. I'm taking advice from this site: http://www.knee-pain-explained.com/iliotibial-band-syndrome.htmlon how to help my knees heal, especially in terms of strengthening and stretching. I have noticed that my knee feels better when I massage it...but then I also feel a vein or an artery behind and to the right of my left knee.
  15. OK, so now I'm feeling paranoid. It's been nearly a month, and even though I can do bodyweight squats again, my knees and left shin still start to hurt if I stand for too long, or keep them in a certain position for too long, and they keep popping, too. Especially when I pivot on my feet. Sometimes when I use a knee brace, it helps relieve pain, but I only own one right now, and after wearing it on one knee for awhile, the other one hurts. Sometimes, I can almost swear that the knee brace actually makes the pain worse, in some cases. When I felt the upper-left side of my left knee, I noticed that it felt tender, and a little warmer than the rest of the knee. It seems like the best, long-term solution to this, really is to just cut down on my weight.
  16. Well, I tried to do inverted rows with the same bar, but there's a mirror wall and some metal bar horizontal on the ground behind the squat rack, so I have to move my body in and bend my knees to be able to reach the bar. But, thank you. With the current circumstances I have been having a harder time trying to stick to the routine now, and have almost been considering taking a break until I get moved into an apartment, but I will try to stick to it. I was thinking of setting up my room so that I can do my bodyweight exercises at night. I have it figured out how I'm going to do pull-ups and arm-hangs (with a pull-up bar), but I still don't know what to do for inverted rows. I could try to use a table that my dad was planning on getting me as a house warming gift, or I could use some sort of gymnastic rings mounted to the wall. Or at least that's what I think.
  17. OK, my work log for yesterday: hip-height incline push-ups: 1X10 reps, 1X8 reps. This one was actually my favorite. I used this cool, foam-padded rubber weighed bar that's square tips fit perfectly snug into the rack thingies that hold barbells, so I just adjusted them to my hip height, placed the bar into place, and got to it. It's my favorite exercise, so far, and the only one I feel I've got the hang of, although I need to practice my form. 2x12 sec. arm hangs: That's what I pulled off with the arm hangs. Made my left elbow sore, which I hurt previously when hitting a heavy bag improperly. Apparently, it's not a good idea to fully extend your arm and lock out your elbow when hitting something that isn't going to budge that easily. Also, my hands get tired/sore quickly, when hanging, usually, but I don't remember having that problem this time. 1x? reps in inverted rows. I tried to do like BaconHunter with a low bar at a playground with the padded weighed bar on the squat rack, but my arms weren't long enough, and I couldn't fully extend my legs, so I sort of did this weird thing where my body was...I almost want to say "scrunched" or just loosely hanging from the bar, and I was pulling myself up with support from my feet. It was kind of like doing something similar to a straight bridge but with my hands in front of me? I can draw a picture of it. 2x1 Hindu Push-ups: I was just trying to get the form right on it. Either I really can't do a proper push-up AT ALL yet, or I'm doing something wrong. It was surprisingly difficult, having to maneuver my head downwards, and then moving my hips in and driving my head past the inside of my arms and then upwards. I mean, I did it in yoga once, but it wasn't easy then, either. It was fun, though. 3x10 sec. straight bridges. Again, surprisingly difficult, but it worked for me. It was more hard on my left wrist and both palms, than it was on my arms. So, at the end of the day, my palms hurt, my left wrist hurts (even though my dominant hand is my right hand), I felt tension in my right arm, my left elbow hurt a little, and my left heel hurt. I think my left heel hurting is a bone spur or something, but I don't know for sure. Personally, I think I enjoy bodyweight exercises, or at least some of them. They feel slightly safer than barbell training, as long as I am careful with any injured body parts. I went easy on myself that day, because I felt oddly tired, and I wanted to make sure not to hurt my elbow or knees, which is why I left out squats that day. Plus, I can do squats anywhere.
  18. Well, thank you! I really don't know if I like running or not. I know it's a form of stress release, when I usually do it. I do want to get better at it for freedom's sake. I can't sprint as easily in my backyard because the terrain's so uneven, plus it feels oddly silly running around the yard, sometimes. Other times, I don't care. As for the treadmill, it's just an easy, passive way for me to rack up interval times while keeping track of calorie burn, and being able to easily use my blue tooth to listen to music while I run. I hardly ever get bored on the treadmill, although I never liked how unnatural it felt. So, I'm gonna try what EmbracingChaos suggested, because it sounds like an ingenious alternative to using ice.
  19. Well, with bodyweight training, I kind of have to start small, and with weightlifting, I thought I was starting small. I may have overdone it on the treadmill, though. I didn't hurt myself on the treadmill, but I wouldn't be surprised if running treadmill intervals for 1 hour and 1/2 and reaching speeds up to 7.0 mph when I weigh 280 lbs didn't help any soreness or injuries I may have. Got just a liiiiitle too zealous about running fast and burning calories...now I'm not running anywhere for a bit. D:
  20. Well, actually, that's what I was thinking of doing, is bodyweight workouts. And since I don't really like the idea of doing anything that I can't effectively do in certain living conditions, and never really liked the idea of putting a bunch of weight on my back and then squatting with it, I might just stick with bodyweight training. I don't even care about being the strongest, as long as I lose weight, and have enough strength to handle myself and take care of others. I don't even care about having big muscles anymore. I've finally decided to stop being stubborn and just prop my left knee up and put ice on it...even though I may have to refill ice trays a LOT to keep the supply coming. I still try to do stretches, in hopes that it will help whatever's in my knee recover, but I'm worried about whether or not if it's doing some good, or more harm. For what it's worth, I'm now able to do bodyweight squats without knee pain, but I haven't tried to go past 10 yet.
  21. You know, Silvo, I couldn't have said it better myself. Though, I would call it "information overload". Everyone's giving me all of these good ideas for workouts, which IS what I asked for, but then I get cold feet on which one to start with, and I overthink about which one may or may not work. I COULD just choose one, but then I think, "what if it isn't as good as that one?" I know one thing's for sure, SS didn't work too well for me, and it took me a month of doing it to find out. At least I tried? But since you are an active NF member, and since you're not only someone if you're own professional blog and workout programming, I'm going to follow your bodyweight plans. And it's true...sadly, I find myself during the summer either not having much to do, or constantly thinking that I don't have time or space to do certain things. Sleeping right, counting calories, and timing everything right so I can keep going to the gym every MWF was hard work, but it did give me something to focus on and look forwards to each week, and it did give me the chance to go to a place where I can focus on myself guilt-free. I've just got to be careful about this knee and leg. I have no problem keeping myself busy in college, but for now, I'm going to try and apply for this RIFA volunteer thing, and if not go to the gym, then maybe practice playing the harmonica again, in the morning. If I go to the gym, and I can't volunteer after I'm done there, I might just go to the library.
  22. God. At this point, I am literally asking both the NFR community and God, am I doing something wrong? Because it seems like every time I try to do something to prepare my body and help it, it just hurts me more, instead. I do warm-up sets with squats. I get to the actual set, and I end up finding myself not having enough strength and balance to push up from the bottom of the squat, and I go tumbling back. I do warm-up sets with squats the next time, and I hurt my left knee on the warm-up set with nothing but the bar. I try to do calf and leg stretches to help my sore left knee and shin, and my shin ends up feeling stiff and sore for the remainder of the night, AND my left knee still hurts a little. Now it's been about two weeks since I've been to the gym, and I'm still feeling soreness in the left side in the center of my left shin, and the left side of my left knee. I would put ice on it, but then that means I would have to empty out all of the ice trays and hold a bag of ice to my leg and knee all day, which I can't do. I would take medication to help whatever's going on get fixed, but I can't do that, either. I would lay down all day and just rest my legs, but I can't do that at home because of all the chores and housework I find myself doing for two hours, and when I'm back in school, I've got to carry a backpack full of books to and across campus all day. Also, I feel like shit when I do nothing physical all day. I did try elevating my feet or knees last night, though. I think it helped some.
  23. Well, sorry. The point I was trying to make is that kettleball swings are NOT a "chick thing". What's happened, is that I believe, or at least I believed in the past, that there were some exercise equipment or routines that were...not very efficient for men because they were aimed a women. Not to say that I believed that women CAN'T do the same exercises as men, I'm just saying that I thought there were some people who would try and sell the idea of equipment and exercise routines aimed specifically at women. I thought kettleballs were that. Then I did some research, and I was wrong, and now I will stop using that term now. Please spank me if I slip up and say it again. As for Dradis'es post, I DO want to combine things together, it's just that I am not entirely sure where to begin. I'm thinking of doing maybe a bodyweight circuit using the bodyweight essentials (demonstrated by Silvo/BaconHunter) with only 1 minute rest in between movements, and with 3 sets of whatever number of reps I need (30-50?), and throwing in some dumbbell use and shadow boxing, but then I raise even more questions for myself: If my bodyweight exercises are going to primarily be bodyweight, how heavy should the dumbbells and kettleballs be? Where would I use the dumbbells? In with the bodyweight squats with the dumbbells to the side? Or should I get a kettleball and do goblet squats? Can I practice pull-ups by training with my dumbbells? What if THEY aren't heavy enough? Is doing 5 sets of 50 bodyweight squats going to be too much for me? I don't think so, but I could be wrong. I can go find out. In the end, it seems to be a lot easier to just run a circuit with 5 sets of 50 reps with Silvo's bodyweight essentials WITHOUT equipment, and with only a minute's rest in between sets, until I have more time to research these things, because right now, I need to go outside. Maybe I'll do something like: 1x30 jumping jacks for warmup 3x50 bodyweight squats 3x50 inclined push-ups 3x50 pike push-ups 3x50 bodyweight rows 3x 60 sec. straight bridges And then whatever rep number I exhaust on will be my benchmark for progression to 50 reps each set.
  24. Very neat. I do have this question: If I was to start using kettleballs, which weight should I start with? Also, I think I'm gonna just read up on and run BaconHunter's routine tomorrow, and see how it works for me. If I like it, understand it, and it seems to work, I will continue doing this progression and, if possible, combine it with kettleball training and shadow boxing...can I combine bodyweight training with kettleball training?
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