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  1. Speed reading is awesome. I really look forward to seeing how you do on this. Maybe it will inspire me to pick it up!

    It's understandable that you've hit plateaus with your reps. However, I know that if you keep working at them, you'll start seeing an increase again. Keep it up.

    Porridge is considered fairly bad by paleo/primal standards, but if you are still making your weight/fat goals, then it's clearly not so bad that you should stop eating it.

  2. One of the best ways to build up to something big is to build up to something small, then build up to something a little bigger, et cetera. Instead of tracking how close you are to a flip, try seeing how many

    you can do in a set. Instead of working up to a perfect quadrupedal balance, work up to a beginner yoga balance pose. Instead of tracking how close you are to a muscle-up, track how close you are to a single pull-up. Make goals like that, and you'll be amazed at what you can do with only a month. And, hey, then you go for more goals next month. And then another month. Eventually, the little goals add up to the big things you think you may never do.

    The Nerd Fitness community is here to help you set goals and learn to avoid hurting yourself. Feel free to browse all our knowledge bases, and any time you have a specific question, you'll get answers in no time.

    When doing your research, it is important to note the difference between Parkour and Freerunning. Parkour is simply the art of efficient movement, the shortest path from A to B, usually involving vaults and rolls. Freerunning is the art of stylized movement, and that's where you'll find your flips and tricks. Both are arts that many people enjoy (and are similar in many, many ways, including the fitness you need), and we are all happy to help you pursue them, but keeping the terms straight will usually get you to your answers faster.

  3. Welcome to Nerd Fitness, Freja (awesome name)! We always talk about never being too old to get on the right track, but you're never too young either!

    If you're interested in parkour, be sure to check out the Assassin's Guild. We're all about that (and a couple other things).

  4. So, a week or so back, I did a number on my feet/legs from trying to pick up running more quickly than my body wanted to. I'm mostly better, but here's the thing: wearing shoes hurts (tendon damage)! I really want to exercise outside by running and jumping and stuff, but I live in the city, where sidewalks are basically comprised of at least 10% broken glass and rusty nails.

    So, what are your tips for running/parkour barefoot without even the benefit of Vibrams?

  5. Oh, man, I totally need to add burpees to my workout too. Godspeed to you.

    I'm not sure if you will like it or not, but for cleaning your house, a great help tool/motivator is http://preview.tinyurl.com/7hbez52 (warning for copious amounts of salty language). It's honestly done more for me in a week than anything has in my life in any period of time. The 20/10 system is very suited to your goal, too.

  6. Let us get this party started.

    Some information I have to lay down first: I am leaving the country at the beginning of September. I do not yet know if I will have internet access at all where I'm going, much less consistent internet access. So, I may have to make my participation in this challenge informal. But I'm still going to do it.

    Fitness Goals:

    1. Yoga EVERY SINGLE DAY. Seriously, even if it's just my 10-minute daily stretches. I have no excuse to miss a day. It's already improving my flexibility and balance.

    Grade: A - no misses; B - one miss; C - two misses, D - three misses

    Reward: +3 Dex, +1 Wis

    2. Kick up to 30-second handstand. I can currently do 3 seconds off a wall. I don't think I'm expecting too much of myself here.

    Grade: A - kick up, 30 seconds; B - kick up and 15 seconds or wall and 30; C - kick up and 10 seconds or wall and 15; D kick up and 5 seconds or wall and 10

    Reward: +2 Str, +1 Sta, +1 Dex

    3. 5 pull-ups. I can do almost one right now. I need to find something I can pull up on (my pull-up bar came without necessary screws), but I'm sure I'll manage

    Grade: A - five pull-ups; B - four; C - two; D - one

    Reward: +2 Str, +2 Sta

    Life Goal:

    Practice Japanese MINIMUM 30 minutes per day (with a single exception that I absolutely must plan for). Seriously, I'm going in a month. I'm good for my practice level, but my practice level is TOO LOW.

    Grade: A - no misses; B - one miss; C - two misses, D - three misses

    Reward: +1 Wis, +2 Cha

    And now for my PLAN OF ATTACK

    My daily commitments are obvious. My plan is to do them. Every day. I have time. That is undoubted. I just need to DO it.

    My handstand-building is fairly straightforward. Wall handstands, upper body exercises in my bodyweight routine, and yoga hand balances are my tools. They are working already (I've been at it a few days).

    The trick here is pull-ups. Without access to a pull-up bar, I must improvise. Open doors are out because SHARP EDGES OW. I'm currently looking for things to do inverted rows with. I'm always up for any suggestions on this front!

    And now for some photos!


    I know 6 weeks isn't much, but I think we'll be seeing a little improvement, at least.

  7. I have never had a yoga class and I still gain benefit from yoga. Unless you're doing some seriously rough stuff, it's hard to give yourself an injury with yoga. Worst-case scenario is you get less than 100% benefit from a lot of poses. And 10% is still better than 0%.

    yoga.about.com is a good resource.

  8. 日本語が分かるアサシンは「忍者」と言うと思うね :P

    Most of your goals are good, but really general goals tend to do little, in my experience. Instead of "Study Japanese" and "eat less candy/soda/junk food", try "Study [appropriate amount of] Japanese per day" and "Eat no more than one serving of candy/soda/junk food per day". Giving myself goals like that has already gotten me in better habits. And always remember, not meeting your goal 100% doesn't mean you can't still try to make 99%, so don't be afraid to set goals that sound kinda tough.

  9. Rolling routines are something I got a bit of familiarity with in my 6 months of aikido. It's as much of a workout as it is a practice. Launching yourself into roll after roll for a while gets pretty tiring. Here's some ideas of what's involved in a warm-up.


    10 back falls from standing, 10 forward rolls from kneeling (5 each side)


    10 back falls, 10 back rolls from kneeling or standing (5 each side), 10 forward rolls from standing (5 each side)


    10 back-falls, 10 front-falls, 10 jumping forward rolls (5 each side), 10 back rolls from standing (5 each side)


    10 back-falls, 10 front-falls from height, 20 jumping forward rolls (10 each side), 20 back rolls (10 each side)

    You may wonder why I have back-falls at every level. This is because the back-falls I know involve falling onto your back until you get your shoulders on the ground and your legs in the air, then immediately going back on your feet: a sort of weak-man's kip-up. This is a great thing to do to get yourself going very first thing, and it builds form for other rolls.

    As I noted, this is a warm-up. It is not a full workout. This is great to do before parkour or martial arts sessions.

    I should probably fine-tune this. I need to find a better place to do it, though. My living room is too small, and my backyard has dead grass. Don't let Assassin's Creed fool you: hay is not soft like a cloud, it is hard and prickly and ohgodwhy.

    But, yes, I fully intend on doing these myself. I need the practice, and I loved how they warmed me up at aikido. It was brutal at first, but that's exercise for you!

  10. Try making your own, so you know what's in it. For me, I don't like it plain, I put in lemon juice, cilantro, red onions, and jalapenos.

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    The other ingredients are hardly the issue. I make the guacamole at my workplace sometimes (ingredients: avocados, salt, onion, jalapeno, cilantro, citrus juice). The issue is the avocados themselves taste bad to me.

    But, hey, I can get as much meat as I want, so I'll live.

  11. Alright, I will be dropping the beans, and maybe getting triple meat instead of double (which I already get; that's how I get it to 600) if I find I start having issues. Thanks, guys!

    Also, I would totally get guacamole if I didn't find it tasted disgusting. It's like fat-flavored vomit to me. I don't know why.

  12. First, yes, I know that you're not allowed by the letter of the diet. That much is easy.

    However, I work at a Mexican restaurant, and I get one free meal there a day. Adding beans is what changes it from 600 calories to more like 900.

    So, what do you guys think? Should I drop the beans and hope for the best, or can I stick with them? I do want to lose my gut, but I don't want to be calorie-deprived at work. What say you?

  13. Good to have you on board, Phil. It sounds like you feel how I did when I first started getting into the swing of fitness. Suddenly, productivity just feels easier in general!

    If you want to work on cardio, and also want to set measurable goals, do both at once with a program like Couch to 5k. It's half an hour for three days a week, so I guarantee you can pack it in no matter what else you have going on.

    Good travels, my friend.

  14. Hello, Assassins! I thought I would pop in and make my membership in the Assassin's Guild a public thing. I'm sure I'll be using these boards a lot.

    Right now, I'm working my way up to the point where I can reasonably perform parkour. I am training to be able to do pull-ups and run for longer amounts of time (right now, the lowest rung of Couch to 5k is reasonably challenging for me).

    Current workout:

    Rebel Fitness Training Program

    Couch to 5k (replacing the interval training of above)

    Basic yoga

    What do you guys think would be good to add to that to make myself more suited to parkour?

  15. Hello, rebels! My name is Mike, and I am delighted to announce that I am throwing myself into your ranks with reckless abandon! Okay, enthusiastic education, same thing.

    Throughout my life I've tried so many things in the avenues of physical fitness, but I've never been fit. Ever since I can remember, I've been fairly weak (even my lazy friends could arm-wrestle me easily), and I've had a big chunk of fat hanging off my belly. And, honestly, I've just been procrastinating on fitness and everything else important in my life. Well, no more.

    After some of my friends started getting on a health kick, I decided to let myself get swept up. That was the push I needed. That bit of momentum has gotten me striding towards new goals in personal health. I've gone ahead and started myself on the Rebel Fitness workout, and I'm transitioning to a mostly-paleo diet. I'm really enjoying it so far, actually. I have missed the burn of a good workout, the sweetness of fresh fruits and vegetables. It's work, sure, but it's worth postponing a few time-wasting activities to get that wonderful feeling.

    Anyway, I know it's hard to get fit without a few goals, so here are some goals, short term and long term. You can bet this list will be expanded once I have a better idea of where I'm going.

    -Lose the gut. Since I've never known life without it, I don't know how thin I actually am under there, but I would bet this thing adds 4, maybe 6 inches. I'll be putting pictures up here sometime (I need a real mirror...)

    -Be able to do muscle-ups. Right now, I don't think I can even do a solid pull-up. Well, I have every intention of becoming a traceur and taking levels in Assassin, so that has to change! This is my biggest problem area as far as body-weight lifts, so I need to aim for this.

    -Make a travel fitness plan. I'm going to Japan in September, where I'll be living in a hostel and doing volunteer work, with virtually no income. I need to figure out how to eat right and exercise on pocket change without upsetting the locals. I also have to brush up on my Japanese.

    I start my rebel fitness workout in earnest on Tuesday (I think I heard you should take one day minimum of non-intensive exercise between intensive workouts?). I'm really looking forward to this!

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