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  1. I can't believe after playing hundreds of hours of Skyrim I have never done a Skyrim themed challenge. Time to rectify this oversight. As the Dragonborn gets ready to complete the main questline, it is necessary to pass by Tsun, the Nordic God of Trials Against Adversity who tests all who wish to enter the Hall of Valor. Before that trial of combat, Tsun asks by what right the applicant seeks entrance. If you have done all of the other questlines you can choose a number of rights: Right of Birth: I am Dragonborn Right of Glory: Leader of the companions of Jorrvaskr as
  2. The ThenMorbidly obese, full-time nerd, soft creative artist type with a penchant for food and videogames. Little to no relationship with exercise until I had a health scare senior year of college, weighed in at 333 pounds and told me to consider surgery. Joined a gym, but didn't get around learning to eat properly until maybe two years later, when I started keto. Keto taught me to log and track, lost much weight, began some barbell 5x5 work and fuckarounditis at a local gym.The NowFormerly obese, part-time (ok still more or less full time) nerd, slightly hardened creative artist type with a p
  3. After years in the wilderness (lifting weights in my local gym), undergoing countless horrifying ordeals (queuing for the one decent bench press, getting annoyed as the awesome gymnastics rings setup is used for crossfit classes), as the outside world burns I have returned to my spiritual home: The Guild of the Assassins. Whilst others may be lamenting their lack of a squat rack, the assassins know that all that one requires is the weight of their own body (plus maybe a pull-up bar and a few other bits of equipment) to maintain and even increase their strength. Solitary confinement
  4. This challenge has no theme. This is unusual for me, but, I can't seem to find anything that's really motivating me "theme" wise...and you know what? THAT'S OK. I am currently working from home for my day job, still working weekly at Costco because there an essential business, and doing my best not to succumb to absolute bored-ness during this quarantine. Life is... strange, as I'm sure many of us are experiencing. But, I'm gonna make the best of the situation! I had originally had plans to do a Division Themed challenge this go round, but because my working from home productivity
  5. Guys! Good to see you. It’s been a while. After being active, on and off, in the community from 2012 through late 2017, I dropped off the face of the map. I left mainly because of an ankle sprain that laid me out on and off until September 2018. The injury forced me to set aside my dreams of recovering my old parkour skills for a few months... and then a few more. Since then... it’s been tough to come back, and I’ve suffered physically as a result. I’m no longer as lean as I used to be. What’s more, although I’ve tried to re-implement my old exercise and diet routine, I
  6. Well it's been a long slog since February when I started training for the Marines (and even longer since 2015 when I started training seriously at all), but I'm finally selected for usmc ocs! I report in September so this'll be my last challenge for a while. This challenge is to culminate the last 3 years of training into a routine that actually makes sense. I made it by ranking my goals for the future and going from there. These are: 1. General endurance (need it the most for long runs and rucks) 2.ocs specific training 3. Pull-ups: average max < 20 4. Core streng
  7. I've just come back from a 7-month amazing travelling adventure in Latin America [details in first spoiler]. But I fail at following my challenges while travelling, so I've been mostly out of the NF scene since 2017 Now that I'm back at home (at my parents' house) it's time to set some fitness goals and start taking them seriously again I miss the gymnastics and calisthenics days of 2014-2015 but my goals have also changed a little since then! [details of my NF journey are in the second spoiler]. One problem is that I don't know what level I am at anymore with handst
  8. Hello everyone! Starting as I mean to go on, slowly (very slowly), with a lifting log here to throw out my programme with anyone who wants to follow my lifting journey. I'm an Irish guy in my mid twenties, living and lifting in Ireland. I eat all sorts of potatoes, sup all kinds of pints and am passionate about strength training and in general getting better than I was yesterday If you want to follow my journey that'd be cool. I'm about 80 Kilos at 5'9 and prepping for my first powerlifting comp in March, where I'm hoping to hit the following num
  9. Events are the teachers of fools. Hey everyone I am back from a long break and fashionably late to this 43WC. I wan't to channel my inner Doc Holliday and get back to business. For those of you who don't know, Doc was a Dentist who turned gambler and gunslinger when he moved out west for his health(Tuberculosis). Doc was known for his clever wit and intelligence often to a fault when his mouth got him in some hot water. I plan on continuing my studies for my CCNA certification. If I get this certification I can move up into a more pro
  10. Helloooo, Assassins!! I’m Ensi, and this is my first challenge in the Assassins squad. You can read more about my past in my battle log, but for now, let’s focus on where I am, and where I’m going. I’m recovering from disordered eating that was caused by my feelings of worthlessness. Eating was basically just an obstacle course I had to get right every day, and I was avoiding carbs with a very vague plan (“as little as possible is good”). I’m currently practicing intuitive eating: I respect my body and my hunger, and find other ways to deal with my feelings. I don’t count macros or
  11. Hi guys, im just starting out in calisthenics, but im getting tired really quick which disturbs my workout program, therefore i want to start stamina training but i dont want to lose weight because im already thin (i'm 5.7 feet/ 173 cm and weigh about 130 lbs/ 59 kg). Is there any way i could gain weight, stamina and mucle while doing both, or does anybody have any advice/tips on my topic? (btw i eat 3-4 meals a day)
  12. x-posting from the Facebook group. But maybe I'll get different and more answers here... I have two questions about bodyweight routines: (1.) In general, when my goal is to gain (functional) strength, few reps with high difficulty is best, yes? If so, when should I proceed to a more difficult variation of any given exercise? When I can do 10 reps? 20? (2.) Here are the exercises I currently do, excluding warm-up and cool-down. I do this as a curcuit training, managing three curcuits at the moment. Do you have any thoughts on this? Push-ups
  13. What is that you say? Another 4-Week Challenge on the way? Last Challenge I ended up doing quite a few races and learned that my running... Could use some work. So for this challenge I will be more focused on earning some miles. Luckily for me, there is a PVP challenge happening that helps me accomplish just that! Looking ahead in July it looks like I'll be pre-occupied with a lot of hiking and camping, so I'll be taking a break from my Parkour and Martial Arts classes to save money for the trips. So for this month I'll be focused more on running, swimming, an
  14. Hey! So this is my first challenge and I'm coming in late/ have no idea what I'm doing. But! Here goes! I'm a 25 year old trans man living in London. I started a new job 2 weeks ago (win) and am working my way through an online access course. I used to be involved in adventure sports like climbing and downhill mountain biking as well as gymnastics. I've been super sad recently that I let all that go because of some silly preoccupation with no longer being in the shape I used to be. So starting now I'm concocting a plan to rehone my assassin skills. My lon
  15. Hey Rebels, I've been lurking around NF for a while now and have become sold on the idea of intermittent fasting. From reading people's stories and the articles, it appears to me that most people generally prefer to skip "breakfast" and start their eating window around 1200 after some mid-morning training, then consume the second half of their day's calories in the evening. The issue for me is that I'm a diehard early-morning trainer, for both pragmatic and romanticised reasons. I'm generally in my lab from around 0745 until the evening so I get up at 0500 to train befo
  16. Hey Assassins long time no see! Once upon a time I was in the Assassins guild when I first joined NF and I think its time I came back for a new challenge after my break For this challenge I am going to draw inspiration from one of my favorite movies and assassins, John Wick! John's Gun Fu is damn impressive in the films because of his complete awareness and control of all of his limbs so I am going to let the weights take a break from the ass kickin I was giving them doing the Juggernaut Power-lifting program since October and focus on my tried and tr
  17. Four themes, 100 points. Carrying on from last challenge, I'll be sticking to the points format. I've tweaked things a little bit to make some areas more challenging and to bring up performance in weaker areas. The main difference is that I'm going to be aiming to log everything I eat/drink in a notebook rather than posting main meals on here. This will be more beneficial for tracking, and forces me to focus on other tasks to earn points. I'm also doing weekly themes! Completing the criteria for each week will earn extra points. The goal is to inject a little bit of extra skil
  18. Want to train pull-ups, dips, muscle-ups, flags, lâches, etc. but don't know anywhere good outdoors? Travelling and need to find a new spot to train in? https://calisthenics-parks.com/ I just discovered this website, which lists 2600+ calisthenics gyms around the world... Just search for your city name, or navigate on the map to find the nearest outdoor gyms with details. I'm currently in Valencia (Spain) and will soon be heading out to find one I just found on here.
  19. Grayspeed Vs Goals. Last challenge I learned how to create processes based on immediate "stepping stone goals" that should eventually lead to my long term goals. Now I've decided to focus in on just two of my goals directly. This should help my really make progress in those areas, while still working on other areas as "background tasks". This is sort of an experiment, so I may change things up as I go. What are my immediate goals? 1) Be able to do an unassisted ring dip. 2) Be able to do a set of 5 reps of good form chinups. That means a hollow body position - no kip
  20. And thusly it was spring. I emerge from my winter 'bulk' feeling disillusioned with my gains and ready to change things up. Its a bit of the same, a bit of some new, in four weeks, I'm gonna do some stuff: I still want to run 5k. I was pretty damn close last time around. My leg, while not entirely normal, is healing, and I want to 3 miles with it. I still want to deadlift 315. This time I want to do it without a belt, and definitely do it with proper form. I want to hold a 3+ second freestanding hands
  21. Hey ya'll! First time on the challenges, long time lurker of these amazing forums. Just gotta say you all are super motivating and the way people encourage others to do cool stuff around here is really uplifting. Ok, enough of that, Its time for a challenge! In 4 weeks, I'd like to get some things DONE: I want to do 5 towel pullups. Done, and now I guess I can crush things with my super hands. I thought I was decent at pullups, but I like, can't hold onto a towel. I want to get strong and do that. I will fast til noon every weekday. When I ea
  22. Hello guys, i have created a Muscle Up Tutorial for all those who want to learn it but struggle. I am showing how you can learn your muscle up step by step and what exercises you need to do in order to learn it and achieve it. Have a look and enjoy!
  23. I've been keeping my own personal log for awhile now, so I figured I would lay it all out here for accountability reasons. I've got a bit of catching up to do so this first post will be fairly long. Note: I always do a stretch warm-up routine and mobility drills to increase flexibility. All numbers are representative of the number of reps in a set. Sets are divided by a vertical bar. For planks and cobras the numbers are representative of seconds. I stretch on Saturday's and rest on Sunday's. Here it goes... 10/31/16 bench dips 20 | 20 | 20
  24. Been working on keeping it basic with my strength progress for American Ninja Warrior. I put my progression video together to share for you who are struggling to reach pulling the entirety of your own weight. Before I could do a pull-up I didn't have a guide, I just adapted and overcame. Those came with a bit of consequence because it translated to more injuries than necessary along with down time. So here's my take on what to do to work up to a good pull-up:
  25. Whelp, here we are, day one of my efforts to play out the 'Dynamic Tension' exercise system. The purpose of this experiment, aside from 'Get me in shape, confound it!' is to examine the veracity of the claims that he can 'make a man of you' and 'give you a new body'. Plausible? Certainly. Likely? Let's see! We'll start with my stats as they currently stand Age: 27 Height: 6-ish Weight: 230 lbs Measurements: To Be Determined Lesson: 1 (Chest Exercises) Day: 1 --- Lesson quote of the day "The truest SUCCESS is but the development of self." ---
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