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Kalzaar Swiftblade

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  1. Start first and foremost with the diet. Find your base calories (a google search will help with this) and then subtract only 250. That is a tiny deficit but will still low you to gradually burn fat and shouldn't hinder your other goal. Secondly, lift weights two to three days a week focusing on a small number of exercises and work on first nailing the proper form and then then getting strong as hell in those movements. Stick with a form of squat, a press, and a pulling movement. Eat in a slight deficit and keep getting stronger in a few key lifts and you should build a foundation for other programs down the line. Right now keep it simple. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. It helps me having a training partner with similar goals. I know that if I miss a session that my partner will know and will call me out on it. The other thing is keeping the end goal in mind such as wanting to run a 5k or get ready to go on stage in a bodybuilding competition. If you don't put in the work, the results won't happen at all. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Side note: eating under maintenance will result in weight loss but you'd be hungry living off of candy and shakes. Plus you may get the shits. I say not worth it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. You'd be hungry all the time. And you'd be bored with it quickly. While it's possible to live off of that, it's not recommended. Your body is designed to eat real solid food. Plus why deprive yourself of the huge variety of delicious food? Too many good things to enjoy so why not take advantage as long as you track your macros? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Cheering you on. You can do this! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Look up flexible dieting, also known as if it fits your macros (IIFYM). It's all about calories in vs calories out and making sure they're balanced. The source of your calories isn't the main focus as long as you hit your macros daily. I personally follow this eating style and it keeps me sane because I can fit in my favorite foods and the odd treat while still reaching my goals. By following the guidelines of flexible dieting you can't work with your texture and taste issues instead of letting them keep you from what you want. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. A weight loss is an awesome feat in itself. Losing that extra ten should be a breeze. Keep moving and be mindful of what you eat and you'll be proud to become the barbarian heroine. Dragon con is still 9-10 months away. You can make your goal in time. Don't give up and remember you have a giant support group in the rebellion. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. My two favorites are: https://flexcomics.com/ and http://www.leagueoflifters.com/ (both non-affiliate links) I've bought several of their shirts and a couple hoodies. Comfy and fuse my love of fitness and nerd pop culture
  9. I haven't gone through the Nerd Fitness Academy but if you mean wall slides as in these: https://youtu.be/SoC1P-Aoywk then it's to develop shoulder mobility for things like overhead presses or handstands. If it's too easy then you either a) aren't doing them correctly or b) have impressive shoulder mobility. If I saw what you were talking about I could give a better answer.
  10. HedgeMage is right, find a specific area of focus and spend the next several months leveling up that skill whether it's strength, calisthenics, or bodybuilding. After you've spent time improving in that area take a few minutes to re-evaluate what you want and shift your focus there. The most important thing is to focus on one thing and stick to it. You can always change it later on down the road.
  11. I've started another fitness side quest: Hold an L-sit for thirty seconds by the end of the year. It's a great exercise for core strength and ab development which is a weakness of mine sadly so I'm going to fix that.

     

    My plan is to spend a total of 1 minute in an L-sit progression every day, setting XP at regular intervals like for a week, two weeks, a month, etc.

     

    Turning it into a game will make me more inclined to stick with it. I just did the same thing with a couple of other quests and it's worked for me so far. I'll update my progress as I go.  

     

     

  12. Just got this amazing book in the mail, the fighting gladiator! I've always been fascinated by combat styles of various cultures and eras, especially of the Roman gladiators.

     

     

    one of my goals is to learn some of their fighting styles and use it in LARPs and maybe someday get a hug as a fight choreographer. If nothing else it'll provide me hours of fun.

  13. I agree with RisenPhoenix. Give the weight training a go and glean everything you can from your training partner. As time goes on feel free to add some atlas training in. For now I say treat it as a learning experience. It could only benefit you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I've gone through phases where I want to get good at everything at once. Powerlifting, oly lifts, calisthenics, everything. It got complicated real quick and I was getting to the point of overtraining. I ended up taking a step back and looking at what it was I wanted to do and what was achievable now. I want to compete in powerlifting, I want to have solid gymnastic skills, I want to do a bodybuilding show, and, and, and. I decided what I wanted most for now was to focus on aesthetics and compete in a physique show. So I stripped my training of everything that wasn't directly related to that goal. Once I hit it I'll switch it up and focus on something else. It's easy to over complicate things. Sometimes you just need to figure out what's most important right now and throw all your effort into that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. 1. Start by making small changes you can commit to. Changing too many things at once can be overwhelming and cause anyone to give up. 2. Start walking. Start with 15 minutes a day for most of the week and build up to 30-45 minutes. 3. Gradually adjust your diet to match your goals. The Nerd Fitness website has a few articles on nutrition and how to eat better without the stress of counting calories or tracking macros. If it's too much to change at once then start by adding more protein into your diet or replacing soda with half and half tea and then unsweet. 4. Don't be afraid to lift weights. Strength training helps build muscle which will burn more calories in general. 5. If you want a workout routine to follow then you can either work with a (good) personal trainer or google programs or books that align with your goals. 6. Make it a part of leveling up. Add experience points to something like eating more veggies or hitting the gym three days a week. Turn it into a game and learn to enjoy the process, 7. If you want to help curb hunger pains then try drinking more water to keep your stomach feeling full, Also try drinking a cup or two of black coffee. caffeine is a natural appetite suppressant. Hope that helps you at least a little.
  16. Here's a little video that shows how to use them in detail: https://youtu.be/VX-Daef9fSQ Alternatively, you can use the hook grip. The hook grip is what Olympic lifters use but it's great for any heavy lift like deadlifts and rows. It's a way of holding the bar without the need for straps. It's tough and a bit painful at first but the more you use it the easier it gets. I'm able to lift a hell of a lot more using the hook grip than standard. If I'm having a tough day then I'll break out the straps. Here's how to do the hook grip: https://youtu.be/jRHjSMblQpg Hope this helps. Good luck and I hope you keep smashing PRs
  17. I need extra support for my knees during a heavy squat program. What I did was get a pair of Russian knee wraps. They work better than knee sleeves or braces because you can control the amount of support based on how tight you wrap them and they're three and a half meters long so they're guaranteed to fit. You can trim them down a bit if you want (which is what i did) and you can look up on YouTube how to wrap them properly. Hope that helps and good luck! Here's what I have: https://www.amazon.com/Russian-Wraps-Velcro-Weightlifting-Crossfit/dp/B014HY40O6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1482983533&sr=8-1&keywords=russian%2Bknee%2Bwraps&th=1 (not an affiliate link, just a direct link to what helped me)
  18. So just finished Steve's book Level Up Your Life and I must say I am quite inspired by it. I've already started laying out several quests and am currently working on some of the smaller ones.

     

    I decided to get more active and join the community of nerds and rebels in an effort to share my journey and to celebrate with others as they accomplish their own quests.

     

    I decided to join the Rangers Guild because I share the philosophy of being a jack of all trades. I've trained in Crossfit and even got my CFL1 and actually coach classes. My present goal is to compete in a physique competition and one day give powerlifting a try along with getting a black belt in at least three martial arts.

     

    So here's to the journey and I look forward to sharing my experiences and to hear from others about theirs. 

  19. So just finished Steve's book Level Up Your Life and I must say I am quite inspired by it. I've already started laying out several quests and am currently working on some of the smaller ones.

     

    I decided to get more active and join the community of nerds and rebels in an effort to share my journey and to celebrate with others as they accomplish their own quests.

     

    I decided to join the Rangers Guild because I share the philosophy of being a jack of all trades. I've trained in Crossfit and even got my CFL1 and actually coach classes. My present goal is to compete in a physique competition and one day give powerlifting a try along with getting a black belt in at least three martial arts.

     

    So here's to the journey and I look forward to sharing my experiences and to hear from others about theirs. 

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