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  1. 10% body fat? What are you at right now? If you're over 15%, consider setting your goal a little easier. Let's break down the math. If Joe-Bob is 180 lbs, 30 lbs of that being fat, he's at roughly 16% body fat. If he wants to get to 10% body fat, and he doesn't gain any muscle weight (which would be silly, but let's go with it), he needs to bring himself down roughly 14 lbs of fat, or 16 out of 166 lbs. One pound of fat is 3500 calories. 14 lbs of fat is 49000 calories. If Joe-Bob wants to have a 49000 calorie deficit in six weeks, he has to have a calorie deficit of 1166 calories per day, every day. And he has to MIRACULOUSLY make all those calories come out as fat loss. Of course, maybe you're at 12% BF, in which case, dropping below 10% is an awesome goal! Also, good luck with the StarCraft thing. See if you can make a plan to increase your chances of succeeding. Can you do StarCraft drills?
  2. Ridiculous immune system high-five! Your goals are definitely suited for building habits. That's the sort of thing that lasts way past any challenge, which is really our goal here. Way to go! Consider giving yourself some Charisma points for weight loss. It's accurate, and your character sheet should reflect ALL the benefits you gain from your work. It's really motivating to think about all that you have done for yourself, even if it's incidental to the benefits you really want (in this case, health). Or, hey, do what makes you work hardest. You know better than I do what will do that.
  3. I'm pretty sure we've already got "My thoughts are free; let my body be the same", but a new one could be cool.
  4. I have a feeling that those are just the most prominent ones in a 3rd-person shooter marketed towards young adult males. I bet a lot of adventurous young asari grow interested in, say, xenoentemology or extreme sports. The Mass Effect games HARDLY paint a complete image of the universe they're set in (unless you think there are no female Volus, Turians, Salarians, Elcor, etc.)
  5. Let me know if you find any good resources for learning pop dance. One thing I hope to gain from fitness is the muscle power to pull off awesome dance moves, but muscle power alone doesn't make you a good dancer. I also wholeheartedly advocate rock climbing. Great exercise. And also ridiculously fun. For stretching, consider yoga. The progressions give you guidance with stretching, and also kind of push you to do more than just a little. Or, maybe yoga isn't for you. Idunno. But think about it. Can't wait to see you kick some butt!
  6. Biotics are caused by element zero (substance that changes mass with electric flow) that is hooked up to bioelectric currents in any way. When a creature can mentally control the bioelectric current properly, it allows them to produce mass effects by pure thought (however, most creatures find it easier to use gestures as heuristics, it seems). Most sentients require an implant to enhance their bioelectric current power and control if they want to use biotics to do more than parlor tricks. Asari, however, have very strong biotics even without implants, and implants allow them to reach phenomenal levels (yes, Asari use implants, check ME1). Cerberus successfully produced humans with enhanced biotics, notably a girl named "Jack", AKA "Subject Zero". Yes, I did that from memory. And yet I couldn't tell you how valence levels work in a comprehensive (or even accurate) manner. CLEARLY MY PRIORITIES ARE OPTIMIZED. You certainly have an interesting way of setting your goals. Definitely very suited to re-tooling as you progress (something I failed to do last time, so I appreciate the necessity). Can't wait to see you knock 'em out!
  7. I believe the phrase "learn to walk before you can run" applies to parkour. So, yes, be sure you can get down from any place you go up to. But, also, practicing slow isn't bad. It's PRACTICE.
  8. I do one-arm push-ups simply because an incline one-arm push-up is my current limit, and my limit is where I have to go. But I do look forward to increased punch strength, I suppose. Not that I'm likely to have occasion to punch things, but it's a nice thought.
  9. Frog stand: I went from 0-30 in under six weeks. If you're already at 10, I think that you can shoot for a solid minute for your next 6-week challenge. Once you can hold a static pose for a minute, it's generally time to start your work on the next progression (though it's still a big gap to cross).
  10. Sir! Goal 1 - Do 5 pull-ups (Reward - +2 Str, +2 Sta) Grade C - 2 pull-ups - Reward: +1 Str, +1 Sta Goal 2 - 30 second kick-up handstand (Reward - +2 Str, +1 Sta, +1 Dex_ Grade D - Kick up 5 or wall 10 (did both) - Reward: +.5 Str, +.25 Sta, +.25 Dex Goal 3 - Yoga EVERY DAY (Reward - +3 Dex, +1 Wis) Grade C - 2 misses - Reward: +1.5 Dex, +.5 Wis [technically it's only one definable miss, but I spent so long on my travel to Japan without doing any yoga, it was almost a day] Goal 4 - 30 minutes of Japanese EVERY DAY (Reward - +2 Cha, +1 Wis) Grade F - 4+ Misses - NO REWARD FOR YOU My Japanese studying stopped once I actually got to Japan. Don't get me wrong, I've been studying, but I didn't prepare my study materials properly. That was a mistake. I am attempting to amend it. I recognize my failure, and I learn. All in all, part of my problem with this Challenge was poor goal-setting. Here is what I learned. 1. Handstands are HARD. Even if I had started my training properly (proper core muscle focus), it is doubtful that I could have done much better. I should have researched it better. But I am still going to work on it as I continue my personal development. 2. Pledging to do something every day has been good for me (I think yoga is becoming a permanent part of my life), but falling behind on that is much more discouraging, because there is no catching up. To that point, I will make goals that require a summation of daily work, and can possibly encourage me to catch up when I miss a day of my attack plan. 3. I am so happy when I am improving myself. Though I am still a long way off from my ideal (as if I could ever reach a point where I'll say "good enough"), I can see and feel a difference in my body. I can feel my muscles beneath my frame even when I am only moving gently. I can flex now in ways I once thought I was simply not the sort of person to be capable of. I didn't get a single decent score in my challenge, but I am still a more fit person than I was six weeks ago. And I know that six weeks from now will be even better. In the face of failure, I have no greater wish than to redouble my efforts. Two months ago, I could not balance a frog stand (crow pose) for even a second. Now I can do it over half a minute CONSISTENTLY. Two months ago, I could not even hold myself in the top of a pull-up position. Now I can do two pull-ups. Two months ago, I was busy wrenching myself into and out of half-lotus pose. Now I can reach full lotus and get out without my hands. And I'll only get better. I'll put up some pics in my personal challenge thread soon: http://www.nerdfitness.com/community/showthread.php?15903-RBW-s-First-Challenge
  11. Let me tell you about this one guy. This one guy was unfit. He had some strength, perhaps, but it was nothing worth noting. One day, this one guy decided he would change that. To help his goals, this one guy decided he would gain the ability to do pull-ups. So, this guy found an exercise program that promised him the ability to do a pull-up in as little as a week and a half with proper training, given the exercises he was currently able to complete. And he was encouraged, because he knew he could dedicate himself to do the training. In two weeks, this one guy could not do a pull-up. In three weeks, this guy could not do a pull-up. Was he doing the exercises? Yes. Was he getting a little stronger? Yes. But he never, in twice the time it was said he could learn to do a pull-up, learned to do a pull-up. I think that, in some distant, far-off universe, there is a version of this guy that just gave up. But that's some distant far-off universe. In this universe, this one guy didn't give up. Now, this one guy can do a pull-up. It doesn't matter how slow you go along the road. You may even come to a complete stop. You may even find yourself set back sometimes. The only thing that matters is that you keep trying to move forward. You can do it, man. We ALL experience those plateaus, those fall-backs, that our exercise programs don't tell us about. Just keep going at it. I don't care if it takes you a month to move from "Week 3" to "Week 4". You're still getting there. But, hey, I know how much easier to work out it is when it's fun and fulfilling. If you keep at your workout and it keeps being a drag, find a new workout that still challenges you. This site can provide you with many of those.
  12. Success! My friend is now better educated, and wants to keep working out. FOR THE REBELLION!
  13. I have gotten a friend to pledge to work out with me on Sunday. He's actually in better shape than I am, by way of genetics and previous activity, but he's interested in working towards actively bettering himself. I am glad to be able to help him gain knowledge of exercise techniques, and if it goes well, we'll probably work out together more in the future.
  14. Looking at your goals, I think I have a suggestion for the perfect martial art for you. ALL OF THEM. Okay, in all seriousness, I think what you need to do is go to a few studios and watch the classes, maybe ask if you can participate for one day. Find a studio that you enjoy. That's the most important part by far. If you like your studio, you'll work hard. If you do that, you'll get harder, better, faster, stronger. Is it possible to get fit doing exercise you hate? Yes. But it's easier if you enjoy what you're doing. And, believe me, fitness does NOT need to be any harder.
  15. Guess what BAMF just did a palm-forward pull-up. (And also a one-handed pull-up, but that's neither here nor there) I think I can improve it to 3 by the end of next week. I know we're coming up on the last week and I'm much further from my goals than would make it even possible to get an A in ANY of them. It took mistakes to learn what I was doing wrong. Do I have results? Yes. They are maybe smaller than I'd hoped, but they are results. And now I know how to improve on them. Also, I totally tanked on my Japanese study once I arrived in Japan. I've been using Japanese, but not actual study. I think I have to give myself a failing grade on this one, and try to figure out how to organize my study materials. Maybe get some that I don't need to be online to use, because my internet time is highly inconsistent. LEARN FROM MISTAKES, THAT'S WHAT THE BRAIN IS DESIGNED FOR.
  16. If you can, find a dojo that at least teaches some grappling on the side. Even low-level grappling is absurdly useful (arguably more useful than more advanced stuff). But certainly, prioritize enjoyability. It's awful to try and stick with a martial art you dislike.
  18. Haven't updated this in waaaaay too long. So, a couple days ago, I missed my yoga. Didn't do any. And you know why? Because when I was preparing to do it, I didn't feel up to doing much. I figured I could do a little, but then I realized that I would just be half-assing it. And you know what? I realized that I would rather miss a day, lose a grade on my challenge, and mess up my goal, instead of coming to accept that doing something half-assed is the same thing as doing it. On the plus side, when I did my regular yoga the next day, I felt fantastic. Every pose just felt easier and better than ever. Maybe I needed a break! Because "good enough" is not the same thing as "good". Pull-up and handstand goals are coming along slightly miserably. Still can't do one pull-up, still can't hold a free handstand. I realize I didn't start properly building them until a week ago, but it still feels kinda awful. Oh, well. Next time, when I want something, I will educate myself about it better.
  19. The Batman Bodyweight workout that just got posted is NOT a good intro to exercise. It's a good 1-2 months of serious training before you should be trying it. Some of even the lowest-level stuff on it is impossible if you're really out of shape. Although it is a good workout. Once you've got yourself a bit more fit, definitely give it a look. But, for now, just try the Beginner Bodyweight Circuit. It's really awesome!
  20. Guys, check out Steve's latest post. Strength-focused bodyweight workouts. If I didn't know he planned these well in advance, I'd say he was looking at this thread. http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2012/08/23/batman-bodyweight-workout/ I'm putting this link in the main post!
  21. I do circuits for some of my workouts. I love them. They kick my ass so hard. I'll look at that app. It sounds cool! Okay, I had to look that up. It definitely looks like something good to do on off days, when my muscles are generally resting. I'll try it out!
  22. Don't get me wrong: I get that weight training has some HUGE advantages with strength-building. But as a man who both enjoys bodyweight and will be traveling to a place with no gym, I am going to do what I can with what I have. Now, stop being a Negative Nancy! This isn't a thread about discussing the pros and cons of bodyweight, it's a thread about optimizing bodyweight.
  23. My exercise list: -Negative pull-ups -Wall-assisted handstands -Hollow body -Decline push-ups -Column(?)-assisted pistol squats
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