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  1. this whole plank set was made of, "Fuck you, I'm doing this to the end."

    Know that feel, bro.

    These workouts just keep getting longer, something's gotta give and I'm way overdue for a routine change. Any suggestions, brotherhood?

    1. Any static holds that you have over 60 seconds, try to find something more difficult. More work in less time will be wonderful for everything. Same is true for any exercises you have that are over 8 reps.

    2. Don't be afraid to cut a little. If you're crunched for time, focus on varying the muscle groups you work. If you have semi-redundant stuff (i.e. lunges and squats), do one for one workout, then switch it out the next workout. Like, say, do a set of planche-arms planks one day and then next workout do a set of side planks. They don't work the exact same muscles the exact same way, but staggering them out over the days will retain that variety while keeping your workouts at a reasonable length.

  2. I'm not sure that buying shoes you shopped for months ago counts as shopping. You were enacting a pre-planned purchase at an optimal time for money conservation. Unless you really feel like you took a step backwards from a goal, feel free to keep that wisdom point.

    Elastigirl covered all the pull-up stuff. It's a great goal, and I know you'll get it. It takes a lot more time than a lot of websites tell you, but it will happen.

  3. mobilitywod.com might have some good stuff for leg mobility (which is basically mobile flexibility, as opposed to static flexibility). Give it a look.

    I'd also recommend working on your balance. Nothing inhibits power in high kicks like struggling to avoid falling while kicking.

    Yoga is awesome for mobility and balance, if you're looking for a discipline that packages those fitness goals.

  4. I flit between activities all the time. I have an encyclopedia of dalliances when it comes to skills and talents. Believe me when I say I understand what it's like to be obsessed, and then soon not interested.

    I think what has really made me stick with this whole fitness thing so far is one thing: there's this guy I know. This guy is incredible. He's multilingual, he's published fiction, he can parkour and rock climb at near-professional levels, and he's good-looking to boot.

    This guy is who I wish I was. But this isn't the sort of guy I wish I was in the sense that I can't be him. He's the sort of guy I could be "if".

    I used to not really know what came after that "if". I thought it was circumstance. That it was a more productive childhood. That it was genetics.

    NerdFitness taught me that it's work. I can be that guy if I work at it. It's not too late.

    My motivation is to be that guy. There's a vision of a "perfect me" in my mind. And, while perfection is impossible, it lies at the end of an infinite road that everyone wants to be further along, but most people don't know the direction of. I have my heading. And now, I know that there's always something I can do to take another step.

    I'll never be at level cap (well, maybe I will be when I die). But that doesn't mean I'm stuck at low levels.

    I don't think there's anything I can tell you that will help you find some guiding light through the haze of life. But, even if you're lost, there is something I want you to do: I want you to keep walking. You could stand still and keep trying to figure it out. Maybe you'd even find the right way. But, in the end, I think you'd always regret not going with your best guess and just getting a move on. Because your instinct is better than you think.

    As for overthinking...that's a problem everyone has. Especially smart people. You'll never truly be able to stop. But try to think of some ideas that will help you ameliorate the issue. Make yourself a "thinking timer" where, if you're trying to think about something, you set it, and after it goes off, you have to do something, even if it's something unrelated to the issue, for at least 5 minutes. That's actually probably a horrible idea, but spouting off every idea that comes to your head will eventually get a good one out. Something that few people appreciate is that, though ideas do gestate in your head, they keep doing so even once you've gotten them out. I often redevelop things I've already written. The world is an idea-building environment. So, get out of your head, and get into the world.

    I don't even know what I'm saying anymore. The short version is that you sound paralyzed and that's bad. I want you to move, and I think you're a little afraid to. And maybe you're not, but I'd like to hear that you're moving, all the same.

  5. Question: these habits you're developing, what do you want to get out of them?

    When you answer that question, find out EVERYTHING you could POSSIBLY do to get to them.

    Then, select the path that you think will work best for you.

    There are many ways to build great habits. Some people really do best with a daily checklist. I think you don't like that. Here's an alternate proposal: make yourself an XP bar.

    Choose actions that get you towards your goals. Those add XP. It doesn't matter what interval lies between them. Make "levels", which have rewards. Perhaps you will find that you work harder to gain those rewards, and thus, you end up building habits.

    Or maybe that won't work for you. But, clearly, your current method is making you miserable. And life is about being happy, even if you are working hard. I know that I'm very happy with my workouts and with my yoga and with my writing. If they made me unhappy, I'd stop.

    But don't give up. Analyzing and making new approaches is all well and good, but never EVER say "I can't do it". Because saying that is the ONLY thing that makes you unable to get where you want to go.

    Unless you're trying to invent FTL travel. But, even then, persistence often turns up useful results. Ask any physicist.

  6. Feel free! I'm happy to share what knowledge that I can. However, I do encourage that you use the forums themselves, even for small questions. There are many approaches to bodyweight training and to martial arts. Getting multiple perspectives is essential to improvement. Even the best source (which I'm not) is still one source. We here at NerdFitness have a firm belief in helping those with questions who seek knowledge and improvement, so don't hesitate to ask anyone here any question that you have.

  7. The assassin's forums, or the bodyweight strength forums?


    You think I'm kidding, but the Assassin challenge forums end up getting a lot of bodyweight tips posted in them that don't go anywhere else. As good as our more educational members are about spreading the knowledge, even more ends up in our challenge threads. However, if you have specific questions, or are looking for a knowledge-focused thread, the bodyweight strength training (and, sometimes, the parkour/gymnastics) forums are your best bet.

  8. I have to admit-I'm worried about using weights in case of damaging myself. I don't know what I'm doing with weights as much as bodyweight exercises...but I'll give it a shot

    You're entering a hobby in which people will hit you with sticks until you stop moving. You're much more likely to get an injury from SCA than you are from weights.

    However, if you'd rather stick to bodyweight, well, believe me, I understand *points to Assassin logo*. You can get stronger without iron. Please join us in our bodyweight strength forums. We'd love to have you around!

  9. Anywho, the goal now is to get through more of that distance without interruption. So, I ran about a mile keeping up with a girl on a bike... now I need to get to 1.5.

    I certainly hope you wore a pink tracksuit and played the music from Punch Out.

  10. The best way to get stronger at something is to do it a lot, and that's definitely true for holding heavy objects.

    Honestly, though, you'll be much better served by a full body workout. Biceps, triceps, delts, traps, lats, pecs, quads, calves, abs, and everything else. They're all important for power, agility, and endurance in a fight.

    I know that a NF member advocating strength training is nothing new, but it really is a good idea.

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  11. Are you resting? If you're doing high-intensity workouts more than three times a week, you're going to see diminished capability. No matter how much fuel you put into it, your engine can only take so much.

    Try taking it easy for a couple days. I know it feels like you're not doing anything, but rest is an important part of going stronger.

  12. I did it for a bit (technically not SCA, but another European MA society which used broadswords). Unfortunately, there are a number of swordfighting styles practiced in the SCA, so I can hardly give you specific advice.

    My advice to you, therefore, is to practice, and to look out for toxic practice partners. You are fighting for sport and training, not to actually fight. The fighting part of the SCA (yes, there's LOTS of other parts) tends to attract people who really enjoy the idea of letting loose on another person. That is not safe or healthy, even with practice weapons. Find people who will not go easy on you, but who also won't be complete assholes to you.

    Oh, also, drills. Find some drills for good weapon swings, stances, movements, and blocks, whatever your style. Drilling form gives you good form. Good form, even in a pitched battle, works wonders. I've had my butt kicked by enough good fighters to recognize that they're using technique, not just better reflexes. That's something you don't get without constant practice.

  13. And feasting on the heart of a wild boar? Freaking fantastic. I hope it tasted like bacon. :D

    It tasted nothing like bacon, and had these weird chewy parts, but overall, it was tasty. Tastier than the ribs, at any rate (I never thought the meat of an animal's ribs could taste so mediocre).

  14. Today, I got to do an outdoor parkour workout. Woo! Said workout was actually mostly running and (attempted) climbing, but still.

    I went back to the awesome fallen-tree valley and tried to climb up it again. I got a lot farther (by which I mean, more than two feet up), and then I grabbed what turned out to be a loose rock. Thankfully, it was only a five-foot fall, but it was onto rocks. I didn't get hurt, but I could have, especially since rolling was basically impossible. Next time, I'm bringing gloves and trying to take the tree up, because that was scary.

    All in all, it was mostly failed attempts to climb stuff. I also found some places where I could do wall run and tic tac practice, though they were not completely vertical walls, so it wasn't ideal. Better than nothing, though.

    Also, I feasted upon the heart of a wild boar. No joke.

    Hey, I'm really looking forward to seeing the videos, but no rush. Also, it's cool that you're very harsh on yourself, but here's a friendly reminder: you're making awesome progress!

    Believe me, I know I'm making progress. In July, I could use the third notch on my belt with discomfort. Right now, I'm at that exact point with the sixth notch, and still trimming. I can do three pull-ups, and I couldn't even do one at the beginning of September. I'm making transformations that, as recently as June, I didn't even consider as being possible, and was resigned to simply being things I couldn't do.

    But I never want to have the attitude that I'm doing "good enough". There may be some times where I must do reduced work to optimize my quality of life, but even then, it's a case of rest being a necessary part of exercise (I went from 2 to 3 pull-ups after my week OFF of strength training). There's always a way to do better, and if I ever let myself stop trying to do better, then I will start doing worse.

  15. I tried doing a vid of my parkour workout, but I think I'm gonna do another take on Wednesday when I'm more refreshed.

    No apologies for shirtlessness. I don't have enough clothes here to wear more than one shirt a day, so I prefer not to get my shirt all sweaty. Pants...well, gotta wear something. *shrug*
  16. oh btw I will be implementing some quadrupedal movement to my parkour practice, and I'm going to try and find a half hour to an hour block of time a week that is just dedicated to parkour practice.

    QMs are great. And don't limit yourself to the standard crawl. Pretty much anything that's on all fours that's hard is good practice.

    Part of my challenge is to do three half-hour parkour-based workouts per week. Even only three weeks in, and having missed one workout, I'm noticing improvements. My hurdles are smoother. My quadrupedal balances actually HAPPEN, rather than just being me trying to not fall over while I stay in place. I'm beginning to develop a horizontal arm-hang-jump, and I can actually climb a rope now. Regular practice is exactly the best thing for parkour.

    Speaking of which, it's nice out today. I'm going to practice outside. Now. After I wash my dishes. Bye.

  17. Something I need to address going forward: it seems that sometimes when I eat with other people, my standards of clean eating and reasonable portions go out the window. No more of that nonsense!

    I hear you, bro. Thankfully, being forced to share meals with people I dislike has gotten me in the habit of singlemindedly focusing on my own portions and content. I'm sure I'll open back up when I get back in contact with friends, but 80 days of constant food awareness should stick well.

    A good trick is to find ways to stage your eating, and order small. If you can find a healthy appetizer, get it. When you get a main course, don't feel obligated to finish it. We invented refrigerators for a reason. Don't let yourself get pressured into eating dessert; make friends who will let you have a bite of theirs.

    Of course, the most important thing is to always try. Remember, you're doing this for the most important person in the world.

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