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  1. 30-10 I feel very on the way back! I worked out again and my knee is still holding up pretty good. Only after two days working out I'm going to take one or two rest days. Also my GF broke up with me and I'm not sure how this will affect me. Barbell complex 12 kg Squat, lunge, Good morning, clean, overhead press, bent over row 1 x 8 Leg extension (bw) 1 x 20 Hip bridge 3 x 20 Backward straight leg raise 2 x 15 Goal related work: Pull up: 20 sec hang 3 x 2 Push ups 1 x 10 2 x 15 Knuckle 1 x 8 Clap 1 x 8 Felt good and I'm feeling non injured again. Haven't felt that in a long time.
  2. 29-10 Studying like crazy the last few days to get the deadlines. I hope the qualiity of my work is good enough. No sitting down though, because my skills are tested in a little over a week, so I have a lot of practicing planned next week. Today I had to blow of the steam from a few days of non stop working behind the computer so I hung up my heavy bag and punched out a lot of stress and energy. Nice to have a powerfull explosive workout. Conditioning is far from what it used to be but my knee hung in pretty well so I'm happy about that. If I have the time and the power I'll do some bodyweight/weights tomorrow.
  3. Lol thanks! Yeah accepting limitations can be hard, especially for a stubborn person like me! 26-10 I did a light workout in the evening to shake of the stress. I didn't really keep count but I did active stretching and then walking lunges, half squats and asian squats. All very light and not all the way through but it does feels way better than doing nothing. If my head feels like being nice to me I'll have the time to get a good upperbody workout in tomorrow!
  4. Well gums/jaw is feeling better. I had too little sleep, 4 hours last night :oops:, because I stayed with my GF. Stressed out from all the school work and stuff but I had some positive feedback so far and I have a good feeling about most my tests..I hope I can keep up the intensity in studying. I did a workout again! 23-10 Leg extension (no weight) 3 x 15 Fire hydrant 3 x 15 Planks 3 x 30 sec. -- there was pressure on my gums but not too much, suprisingly. Push ups 1 x 10 -- too much pressure... Hanging knee raise 3 x 12 Worked my abs great so I was happy about that. The rest will hopefully follow soon. Maybe tomorrow if I have a good night's sleep?
  5. They might have been a bit sloppy because my gums were bothering me. I'll be sure to watch my form next time, thanks!Still recovering but my jaw/gums are taking their time. Who am I to rush them I guess... I have been putting lots of effort in my study so I hope that pays of in my life goal passing my classes. Hopefully I can post a workout I did again tomorrow!
  6. Zombie crawl looks awesome. Good luck with the studying. I took a few days off to recover but it didn't really help. My jaw just wants to take it's sweet time I guess... I have been studying like mad because I couldn't workout. I hope to have a workout tomorrow if I feel right. The rest of my weekend is all studying and possibly a visit to my GF sunday. Fitness goals are going to be tricky with the slow recovery so I want to at least achieve my life goal of passing all my classes. Haven't updated my thread in a while because I just post my workouts.. Have a good weekend team next level!
  7. Hey team next level! My first week in this challenge went a bit slower than I expected and had hoped. Coming back after surgery wasn't as easy as I expected and my gums are bothering me which sucks. I hope my gums won't have any serious impact on me over the coming weeks but it is a concern of mine. I don't really have that much influence on this. (well apart from stuff I'm already doing like nutrition, rest and brushing) The biggest number of push ups I did so far was 20 and for pull ups 3. A bit lower than I had hoped for. I hope to get those numbers up to at least 30 and 5 next week. This would give me a mental boost and it would be really nice to see that progress. I hope to have at least 2 training sessions next week to achieve this. My life goal of passing all my classes is going to be tough. Dedicating a lot of time to studying is hard and this week I didn't do enough. I am going to meet up with a few of my classmates to study this week and hopefully make good progression. At home I have to make some reports and I'm just going to have to suck it up and try to focus and not get distracted. How about you guys?
  8. 18-10 Started with a barbell complex(series of exercises without rest) with my 12 kg barbell. Squats, lunges, clean, overhead press and bent over row 1 x 8 Straight leg raise(bw) 2 x 15 Knee wasn't feeling great, maybe shouldn't have squatted. Pull ups 3 x 3 Push ups 1 x 20 1 x 15 At this point my gums felt awfull and my head hurt so I decided to call it a day. I'll be at my girlfriend the next couple of days and I hope I can get some push ups in when I'm over there.
  9. Good luck with the deadlifts! As a team captain you're really leading by example, great job so far.
  10. I remember my wisdom teeth removal... it was a bitch. Good for you for getting back into the swing of things! I like what you've done so far. I'm new to a lot of these exercises people have been writing about. What are Hip Bridges and Good Mornings? Go Team Next Level! Good morning: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good-morningBridge: http://runningtimes.com/Article.aspx?Ar ... &PageNum=2 Good mornings work mainly the hamstrings and hip bridges the hip flexors. I do them because they are relatively light and I can't put too much strain on my lower body because of previous injuries. They still work important muscles in the lower body so for me they are steps towards heavier exercises. 15 October Was tired from getting up early the last two days but felt way better than two days ago so I gave it a go. I started with the push up program from the site NTU gave me. I started at week 3 the middle program but this proved to be just a bit too much. Still drastic improvements compared to last time! Leg extension (no weight) 3 x 15 Push ups x 12 x 17 x 13 2 x 10 Wanted more but arms just wouldn't allow it especially my left triceps tendon. Pull ups 3 x 2 1 x 3 '' negative x 1 Felt good about these but will be sore tomorrow. Hip bridge 1 x 20 Heavy grips 100(l+r) 1 x 8 I still need to get back in the rhythm of working out but I took a good step towards that today. I'm going to use the weekend to eat clean, rest and hopefully be totally fresh on monday. (unless I recover crazy fast and can workout on sunday)
  11. No worries about the book and thanks for the effort. The site looks very interesting and if the method works I'll definitely get my 40 push ups goal so I'll try it out in my challenge.
  12. 13 October was my first attempt at working after being out a total of 3 weeks due to wisdom tooth removal and sickness surrounding that. I felt very sluggish and had a slight cold and I didn't have time for a solid breakfast so the numbers are really low.. Leg extension (no weight) 3 x 15 Hip bridge 3 x 20 Good morning(BW) 3 x 10 - my hamstrings are my weakest muscles so this was killing. My hamstrings are still stiff today from this.. Push ups 3 x 10 Pull ups 3 x 1 Plank 20 sec. The 'up' exercises were just very low and I had no power or energy whatsover for these yesterday. Comebacks are hard! I hope to have a more normal training session tomorrow or saturday depending on how busy my day is and to get some numbers more normal for me.
  13. No I'm not following any specific program for pull/push ups so if you could share the program you used that would be great.
  14. Dear NTU, awesome nickname! I'm a 22 year old college student, studying physical therapy(So if you have any injuries.. ). I Trained a bunch of different martial arts from age 14-19 most notably taekwondo, muay thai and submission wrestling. Last few years I trained on and of and I have had a long run of injuries the last two years. I was finally declared healthy a couple weeks ago so I am looking to regain some of that lost fitness one step at a time. Unforntunatly I still have to be really carefull with stuff like squats and deadlifts so my goals are upper body oriented to not put any pressure on myself because I have a tendency to want too much. I hope we can all make progress, that's the right attitude! I didn't have any progress due to medical reasons last challenge so I really, really want to have some improvement this time. Team names are tricky. I like something simple.. We are a performance team. So what about team next level? (BTW my English may be a little weird, not my first language so my apologies for weird sentences in advance)
  15. Hello my name is elmanuel and my last 28 days challenge didn't go as planned because of wisdom teeth removal. So my fitness goals will be the same as last time. I hope to be able to achieve them this time. Goals: 1. 40 push ups. I used to be able to do more than 50 of these just a few years ago. Recently I re-discoverd how awesome push ups actually are and I was disappointed to find out my max is only about 25 right now. I want to get back some of that lost fitness back. 40 push ups seems like a nice goal for this. 2. 10 pull ups without using my thumbs(there is no place in my house where I can put my hands around a bar so I have to use a beam in the attic which only allows me to use four fingers with each hand): current max is 5 and these are really difficult because my hands have trouble with keeping the grip. So doubling this number seems like a good challenge for my grip and of course my back and arm muscles. Life goal was great last time and I achieved this! So new goal for this. 3. Pass all my classes at school. I'm going to be busy with working out again and I also have a girlfriend that is (hopefully ) going to take up a lot of my time and on top of that my study is really hard. I study physical theraphy. So I want to be able to learn as much as I can these four weeks without sacrificing my life outside school. Bonus goal: I'm injury free for the first time in about two years. I want to keep that going a while and not contract any serious injuries. I will hopefully do my first workout after surgery(1,5 week ago) tomorrow if I'm feeling up to it. I'll see the dentist tomorrow morning and if he gives me the green light and I'm not as tired as today I'm game!
  16. Hello my name is elmanuel and my last 28 days challenge didn't go as planned because of wisdom teeth removal. So my fitness goals will be the same as last time. I hope to be able to achieve them this time. Goals: 1. 40 push ups. I used to be able to do more than 50 of these just a few years ago. Recently I re-discoverd how awesome push ups actually are and I was disappointed to find out my max is only about 25 right now. I want to get back some of that lost fitness back. 40 push ups seems like a nice goal for this. 2. 10 pull ups without using my thumbs(there is no place in my house where I can put my hands around a bar so I have to use a beam in the attic which only allows me to use four fingers with each hand): current max is 5 and these are really difficult because my hands have trouble with keeping the grip. So doubling this number seems like a good challenge for my grip and of course my back and arm muscles. Life goal was great last time and I achieved this! So new goal for this. 3. Pass all my classes at school. I'm going to be busy with working out again and I also have a girlfriend that is (hopefully ) going to take up a lot of my time and on top of that my study is really hard. I study physical theraphy. So I want to be able to learn as much as I can these four weeks without sacrificing my life outside school. Bonus goal: I'm injury free for the first time in about two years. I want to keep that going a while and not contract any serious injuries.
  17. Update after a while. Good news and bad news. Good news is the sports doctor thinks my knee is completely damage free! Bad news is my inner upper leg muscle(vastus medialus) is too weak to support my knee during heavy exercises for now. So he strongly suggested no squats or deadlifts for at least the coming weeks, because I need to build up my leg muscle slowly and not load it too heavy. That means goal 3 is right out the window. With wisdom tooth surgery a week away the other 2 goals are looking doubtfull... I did start today right away with training those legs of mine. Leg extension(no weight) l 3 x 25 r 3 x 10 Straight leg raise(l+r) 3 x 15 Side leg raise(l+r) 3 x 10 Backward leg raise (l+r) 1 x 10 r 1 x 10 l 1 x 2 --- knee hurt here, so time to lay of for now Did cooling down and stretches for legs. Push ups 1 x 20 1 x 30 -- I wanted to blast out 40 here but I was humbled knuckle variation 1 x 5 Planks 3 x 40 sec --- maybe this was a bit too heavy
  18. Update after being absent. Physically stuff is still not good. I managed to beg the hospital to let me have the surgery two weeks earlier so wisdom teeth will be gone on 1 october. Downside off this is I won't be able to do heavy stuff after the surgery because it might re-open the wound. And with my current sick status I don't think I will be able to fully recover and then achieve amazing progress before surgery. Maybe I'll psyche myself up like crazy and attempt my fitness goals in a week or so. Otherwise they'll have to move to the next challenge. Life goal wise I got back together which sounds weird and destined to fail but it's not. I have mister Earl Nightingale to thank for it: This video might change your life, seriously.
  19. Well I did get sick yesterday and today. Wisdom tooth is bothering me and surgery is a month away. Also throat infection is going around. So not much I can do about that except accept it, take rest and hopefully have a workout on saturday. Life goal: Went out to lunch and had some real fun with my ex. Am I fooling myself here?
  20. Good job on resisting the power of pizza! And good luck with that cast. Get some people to write some cool stuff on it. Blah days, what can you do huh? Great job on the optimism! and the 80 minutes of yoga.
  21. Well I kinda felt the same as yesterday and had a long day but I still managed to get a workout! Which is awesome(unless I wake up sick tomorrow) But it was great to relieve some stress after such a long day, I needed that. Couldn't bring the intensity up, but I need to accept I can't go heavy in these circumstances. Nice light workout. Fire hydrant: 3 x 10 Hip bridge: 3 x 15 Single-Leg Half-Squat Half-Deadlift( )1 x 8 2 x 6 Planks: 3 x 30 sec. planks kick ass so much! Pull up hang: 20 sec. Realised this was not the day Push ups: 3 x 15 My whole storm of motivation and energy was flowing away here Ended with some nice hammer grip training. Take a heavy hammer let it fall to a side and pull or push it back to the side it came from using only your forearm mucsles.
  22. I didn't fully recover as planned because I had a bad night sleep. I went to bed early but a wisdom tooth and something I hope is not an earinfection kept me from getting as much sleep as I hoped. I did some knee stability exercises but I don't feel right for stuff like pull ups and push today. I hope to get some time to do some exercises tomorrow afternoon but I have to get up at six and have a deadline with a groupproject which means lots of work so I'm not to optimistic about that. My life goal went bad last night and today. Talked too much, showed too much interest. I know what I need to do. But the doing part is the hard part. Well it sure wasn't my best day today. I can't really take anything positive away from it. But I don't want to end my posts in my challenge thread in a negative way. I figure I joined here to improve and that's what I'm going to do. So here is my favorite Bill Hicks rant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q95kX_EP2Nk Is it all hopeless, no...Here is my point folks, in the blink of an eye we can have heaven on earth, it's a choice, that's all it is, there's no evolution, no need to go any farther, we know it now, it's all here, it's all clear, it's all right now. It's a choice, you can look through the eyes of fear, you can look through the eyes of love, that's the only two ways to look, the eyes of fear is insanity, it's not really there, the eyes of love are the only real eyes. Heaven on earth right now if you want.
  23. Thanks guys! Today is muscle ache, DOMS, day. I did some light cycling and arm waving and took it real easy. Hope it will be mostly gone tomorrow. Tomorrow I might workout if the ache is all gone. Otherwise my lighter day will be moved to tuesday.
  24. I couldn't go below parallel with the overhead squats because I don't have the stability in my upper body to keep the bar steady, it was a strength issue. So I have to probably put those on hold and stick to regular squats. My back squats go ass to grass The hurt knee is due to a meniscus I tore about three months ago. The meniscus tear was in it's turn caused by muscle weakness in my upper leg muscles which was in it's turn caused by a torn hamstring tendon(quite a story huh?) Anyway two weeks ago I had an MRI and there was no damage visible anymore so I had a talk with my sports doctor and decided to start training again slowly. Sleep has been very good, at least eight hours every night. I had about ten last night. Diet is almost completely paleo+ lots of dairy so I don't have much goals in those areas. Thanks for all the encouragement and tips, I appreciate it!
  25. Thanks Alethea! Sometimes the best thing is to do nothing. Today I did my planned heavy workout. Note my bar is 12kg(25lbs) Overhead squats: 3 x 5 x Bar I couldn't get below parallel. Not enough stability. So I switched to: Back squats: 2 x 8 x Bar These went fairly easy. But my knee didn't feel great so I kept it light Deadlift: 1 x 5 x 17 2 x 5 x 22 1 x 5 x 27 These killed me. Bent over row: 3 x 5 x 17 Overhead press: 1 x 5 x 17 Push ups: 1 x 20 regular 1 x 10 knuckle 1 x 10 clap Pull ups(using four fingers per hand): 1 x 3 2 x 4 Heavy grips gripper100: 1 x 10 left and right I have mixed feelings about the day. I'm disappointed in the low numbers I was able to lift. I couldn't OH squat below parallel that was a big blow to my ego. Still, I gave my best effort today and went all out. I am going to be sore tomorrow and already feel a lot of muscles especialy the back which I overworked and my legs because they are undertrained. I hope my knee will be okay the coming days and I hope to increase the numbers I can lift during the remainder of the challenge!
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