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  1. Hello friends! I'm Epsilonte and I like to stand on my hands. Sometimes. I want to spend more time on my hands. So that is what this challenge will be all about. Two challenges ago I started doing regular handstands and really noticed a difference. Last challenge I took a break from challenging because life was busy. Well, life will continue to be busy, but I miss having a thread. So a mini-challenge it will be. Coincidentally the time frame of this challenge is the same as the remainder of my theoretical studies (so 5 plus one weeks of "going to school" and studying for exams. After that, with the start of next challenge, a year of practice/internships/however you call it in english starts. Wheeeeee. xD). It's fate. So my one and only goal this challenge will be: do a few handstands every day. That's it. I have a handstandable wall now (we rearranged the living room, sooo much more space with the couch facing a different direction!!), so it shouldn't be too hard, right? (Famous last words... xD). Might even start doing a few belly-to-wall handstands or conditioning exercises with my big fitness ball. Who knows. Not me. xD My current handstand level is: using a wall, kicking up, sometimes floating for a few seconds while looking like a banana. An upside down banana. It's nice to be back. (as usual I'll surely talk about pole/bellydancing stuff, gym, work, school, maybe a little food as well. )
  2. My mother died in October (at age 85). My daughter got married in October, and she and her new husband are starting to talk about having kids. This has prompted some new soul searching on my part - and some thinking about what I want to accomplish in my life. And some thinking about what I want to BE as a grandma. (Disclaimer - my daughter is not yet pregnant and doesn't plan to have kids for 2 years, which gives me time to lose 40 pounds .....) I was a "cool mom." My daughter looks back on her childhood with fondness - at horseback riding and rock climbing and hockey and soccer and cheerleading and theater and Girl Scouts and videogames - and appreciates how she had freedom and support (I was involved in everything but cheer) to do a lot of different things. That kinda ended when she went to college and I began to slide into habits of an empty nester. I gradually started to internalize the messages that say "you shouldn't be doing that" or "you shouldn't dress like that now that you're over 40/50/60/whatever." Truth is, I want to have FUN and BE FUN. I want to be the grandma that shows my grandkids how to do cartwheels and handstands. Takes them rock climbing. Knows the names of all the constellations and birds .... and who will dig for worms, go swimming, take them hiking, and can help them find well-hidden geocaches. I don't want to be like all of the grandmas in my family (who are, unfortunately, sedentary lumps perched on top of atrophied, skinny legs) who sit around doing needlecraft, or bake a lot of unhealthy foods, or sit in front of TV or computer. I want to beat the expectations of my family and avoid the stereotypes of what a middle-aged woman does and how she dresses and acts. Specific goals will evolve over time, but .... there's the current list!!! Fitness Lose weight and gain muscle (127 lbs and 21% BF by May 2017 - when my daughter will graduate with her Ph.D.) Do a chin up unassisted (again) Do a crow pose Do a handstand Travel Go to Greece Go to Rome Go to London Do the Unexpected Blackbelt in karate Do a Zombies Run Do the ZR Virtual Race Volunteer as a zombie at a Zombie Run Do a bubble run Do a color run Do an obstacle course run Do a 5K Do a 10K Do a half-marathon Bike to work (at least during decent weather ....) Keep Learning Master's Degree Doctorate Learn modern Greek Get my Personal Trainer Certification Defeat the Fashion Police Wear tights and a tunic Wear tights with a skirt
  3. I'm still trying to lose some weight, so that's a big focus right now Endeavor 1: Lose 2.5 pounds by challenge end Use MFP 6 days a week Follow guidelines from eating skills *experiment, I've upped my protein to 120 grams to see if that helps with satiety. This is a guideline. If I have a day where I feel like eating more carbs than protein, that is fine. I just want to experiment and see how this works Reward: counted at end of challenge: 1 point for each day tracked 28+ points = 2 Constitution pts 24-27= 1 Con pt. 20 -24 = .5 Endeavor 2: Use my time wisely Daily: write out the top 3-5 things that need to be done; weekly: each week I will write out the top things I need to accomplish Reward; Counted weekly Daily : If I remember to write out 4 days, and get 80% success .5 wisdom, Weekly; 80% success = .5 wisdom 50% = .25 wisdom Endeavor 3: I am training L-sits and handstands.Things I want to accomplish 1: hit the benchmarks to progress to the next level by challenge end 2: video on week 1, pick out 1 thing to work on improving for each challenge, then video on week 3 and week 5 Reward: 1 to 2 points strength Experiment: I'm going to use less media. Yes, this goal is super unSMART. If I set specific rules, it just makes me cranky, and not want to do it. What I'm going to do is just try and stop and think before I just scroll through media. Idea is to use it less, but not be super strict. No reward, because there is no way to track. The idea is that I will be happier if I spend less time on the computer, so I am going to spend less time because I want to spend less time week 1 Endeavors: write out baby shower to do list - finish weeding side garden decide what to do with sage bush buy veggie plants email friend plant dahlias, lilies in container pots Week 2 Endeavors email friend calendar to do shower list text gal about wants for shower food plan shower food- decide where to get cake weed under swing mulch under swing plant veggies, flowers weed back bed Week 3 Endeavors decide cake and order if needed plan punch order cushions sweep/pressure wash swing put new canopy on swing take care of yard waste buy fence for veggie garden video L-sit, handstand yard list to do Week 4 put up fence around veggies yard waste baby shower: reminder notice buy prize for diaper raffle buy party favors buy decorations gazebo buy flowers/plant start planning devotional talk
  4. This is part 2 of my 2021 relay-challenge, where I stagger my challenges so that I achieve a major milestone every challenge . Last challenge I managed to get to 5 push ups, so it's time to go for the next shiny. With the lockdown there will be no climbing for the next month at least, so all my goals are now home bound. Well, not all goals, since my major goal this challenge is: 1) Take a 15km hike Originally, I wanted this to be 20km, but that turned out to be too ambitious. 15km is still a nice distance, and if I can do that comfortably then there's still plenty of hiking vacation options for summer. After my long bedrest in December, I really need to work up to this apparently. How: Take a 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5 and 15km hike in weeks 1-5 repectively 2) Achieve next challenge: freestanding handstand Handstands are pretty and fun (in reasonable doses), and it will give me lots of confidence if I can do them comfortably again. I'm also considering joining the "gymnastic fit" group for ages 30+ that trains closeby and has lots of experience with former gymnasts. Normally I would be very scared to start gymnastics again, but they make it sound like playing in a very fun playground . After the lockdown we'll see if I still want to go there, and I think training handstands is a good starter in any case. How: every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, train handstands using the guide of GMB for 10-20 minutes. 3) Achieve later challenge: front splits Front splits are a major achievement if I can manage them, and my hip flexors are my main tight spot anyway. How: every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, do generic yoga followed by a minute of splits on each side. Consider adding on yoga or basic stretches on other days. Generally, I set a times at 5PM every day to make sure I don't work (far) too long and start exercise before cooking. This time may change to either 8AM (so start working later) or noon later, depending on what feels best at the time. I also want to start measuring my step count again, since I feel like I've become very sedentary now that I'm mostly working from home. I do a lunch walk every day, but even then I generally don't get over 5k steps. Now that the days are becoming longer again, I might take an extra walk every day.
  5. so more or less in time this time! this challenge will be done on 4 different fun activities 1: Poi 2: Juggling 3: Contact Juggling 4: Handbalancing. The plan is to shoot progress videos on the different things following each sunday, if everything goes as planned .
  6. this will be a lot more updated over the days. Goal 1: Allocate time and use it wisely writing on my thesis. Goal 2: at least 2 muscle up, and 2 focused handstand training pr week. Goal 3: Get my habit back of daily meditation, pranayama and arm balance work. 5 minute of each pr day is enough, more is better Goal 4: Get rid of at least one thing that clutters a day on average.
  7. We have done a good job of keeping our town safe.For now anyway, Metropolis is free from villains. Which is great. But also, well, truthfully, kind of boring.What's a super hero to do when she doesn't have any villains to fight? I was sitting in my easy chair, reading a book, sipping on some pumpkin spice tea, secretly hoping I would be called out on a mission. So when my secret superhero phone beeped, I quickly darted over to check it. Hmm, it was a text from Jessie Graff. She and I had become buddies one day after I had saved her from the evil Villain Giganta. I opened the text and read: "Hey, EG, since you've scared all the villains away, how about competing on American Ninja Warrior? I'm sure everyone would love seeing a real super hero compete" Hmmm, I pondered it for about one minute. Then quickly typed back "Yep, I'm in" What a great way to train to fight villains! I quickly packed a travel bag and headed out the door. I was off to train with Jessie and the other Ninjas. I love American Ninja Warrior. I watch all the shows, and follow the Ninjas on Instagram. I find them super inspiring. So for this challenge ,I'm going to channel my inner Ninja. Over the spring and summer, I've gained muscle (yay) and also a small bit of fat. So this challenge will be about losing the fat before the dark days of winter set up. I've set up a game boar in my mostly forgotten Bullet Journal to keep track of my progress. In order to complete the challenge and win the level, I need to complete 4 obstacles 1 each week Obstacle 1: Quad Steps; 20 pts to complete Obstacle 2:Jump Hang : 22 pts to complete Obstacle 3:Flying Nunchucks 24 pts to complete Obstacle 4: Warped Wall 28 pts to complete Points: 2 points per day for drinking 64 oz of water/ 1 pt for 40 oz 2 points per day for tracking in MFP, and being fairly close to target deficit / 1 pt for tracking a good portion of the day Bonus points that can be saved for the next week : 1 point for recording all meals for the day prior to the day 1 point for 10,000 + steps Prize for completing the level https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BTBKLLF/?coliid=I3735BPMCGIC7B&colid=2FXN9I8R0TTC&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it Other stuff: I will be doing other things to lose weight, I just didn't want to have to track a bunch, so I focused on the main ones. I will be eating slow, eating veggies, eating my weight in protein, and mostly eating food that will fuel me the best. I am also doing a kettlebell program, and the NF handstand program. So expect to hear a bunch about that. Mini challenge goals Home Economics: Put summer clothes in extra bedroom and organize closet; Also buy some pretty candles Science: Watch a video on kettlebell windmills and video myself Math: I'm in a jump rope PVP, so I'll just double duty and see how many jump reps I can get in History? undecided
  8. Grandkai Goes Wick John is a man of focus, commitment, sheer will... something you know very little about. Last challenged i did a respawn here in the forums and with fitness, habits, nutrition. Despite having a decent 2 weeks challenge i need more focus on my goals, commitment to not be distracted with videogames & sheer will to succeed in my challenge. FOCUS: Don't be distracted by videogames until my task for the day are complete. These task are the following: - Working out; - Pomodoro Cleaning; - Shopping (if needed); - Making meals for the week This one is important to me because the last weeks i went straight to my console to play games instead of making sure my apartment is clean which resulted in a dirty apartment. And then only cleaned when i had no clean dishes. NEVER again! Games are fun but they don't decide my life. COMMITMENT: Workout every other day. I bought the Rings & Handstand Super Pack here on Nerd Fitness. I'm going to alternate between Rings & the Handstand workout. For example: Monday Rings with Bodyweight, Tuesday Off, Wednesday Handstand, Thursday OFF, Friday Rings and so on...depending if i get my rings on Monday or it will the other way around. And once i get more used to all the exercises i will probably do both Rings & Handstand in the same workout but thats for later. Now i want to get back into the routine of working out. Besides the Rings/Handstand stuff i'm going to do basic Bodyweight stuff (push-ups, pull-/chin-ups, squats, planks) to become stronger. SHEER WILL: Update every day Doesnt matter when i update, no matter what shift im doing i will update here everyday as much or as little there is to tell. 100% Gaming Goal: Deus Ex Mankind Divided I used to do 100% gaming goals ever since i got inspired by a old friend ( @Lilmissbri, she does on PS4 and i do on Xbox ). This challenge i'm going to do my best to 100% Deus Ex Mankind Divided. Who knows, maybe ill even stream it (the time between my last REAL challenge here and now i started streaming a bit on Twitch, but i had to drop it because i had a period where i just had no energy for it. Now i have some more energy and i want to try and start streaming again). Also: i get the same vibe with these 2. Looking like a Gentleman & being deadly when pissed off. And to get in the whole John Wick theme even more, one of the best, maybe even THE best scene's of the movie.
  9. So why did the chicken cross the road? - to get away from the freak standing on his hands: One thing this assassin learned playing Skyrim is dont kill the chicken, but how does one scare it away instead? Ancient research shows that inverting one self will activate the chickens inner fear and run away, even if that mean to cross the magical road. Week 1 goal: a. Do 3 20min focused handstand sessions. b. Stay on my hands every day at least 5 times. What good are wings if you can't fly? An assasin can crawl in the shadows, following his foes every step. but some assassins are too heavy to pull themself up, and how should he then catch the flying chicken? Week 1goal: a: to do 3-4 sessions in my pull-up course. b: work every day on improving my pulling strength, including pulling preps, hanging, or climbing. Why a clumsy ninja shouldn't play with shurikens, and how duct tape can fix it: Never trust a clumsy ninja! this challenge it's back to juggling. and now focusing on the 3 ball cascade, so I can learn it. I learned from the former challenge that juggling is taking a backseat when life gets busy, kinda ironic that juggling gets left out when one try to juggle life? (this is the challenge of bad jokes I guess). Week 1goal: juggle for 5 consecutive minutes each day, before going to bed. For now its planned to be after i brushed my teeth, more juggle is awesome, but 5 minutes pr day is a minimum! no excuses. If you want the chicken you want to rise before the hen: Assassins rise before the sun, to view the world from the shadows, they dont spend to much time on the bed looking at meaningless social media! Ive had a bad habit of waking in propper time but spending way much time in the bed, which result in stressing and not eating breakfast. Sometimes it means I dont get to have my morning coffee (or buy my morning coffee only to miss my train, but hey - priorities!!! Week 1goal: To leave my bed 10 minutes earlier than I already do now. this goal might be edited and build on at week2 if it goes well, or keep staying the same till i crush it!.
  10. Hi everybody, I've tried one or two challenges before, but got overwhelmed and didn't finish...so I'm going to put this here in the beginner forum, and try to keep my goals very modest! Main goal: Lose more weight. I've lost eleven pounds since January, but my loss has definitely slowed and even possibly stopped. I'm not even sure what my final goal should be, but I'm pretty sure I'd like to lose at least a few more pounds. I weigh 162 now, and I'm really excited to see a number under 160, so that's my numerical hope for this challenge period. Main method: Figure out my weekend eating. I've been eating mostly primal, which goes well during the week - eggs for breakfast, salad for lunch and I feel good, etc. But then the weekend comes and I go to some social events, plus eat a bunch of junky snacks at home. I think my most specific goal is to address the home snacking, and my current plan is to make (or buy, I guess) a healthyish sweet snack every week to try to replace the less-healthy ones I usually buy. Workout goal: I've also been doing the primal blueprint bodyweight workout, more or less. I'm gradually increasing my reps, and during this timeframe I think I should hit 3 x pushups, 3 x rows, 3 x 90 second plank and 3 x 15 squats (with three second hold). Besides hitting these numbers, my goal is to keep doing this workout twice a week, sprints or tabata intervals once a week, and yoga at least three times. Less technical goal: I want to get outside more and finally enjoy some beautiful spring weather. Also, I want to kick up into a handstand without a wall. I've been practicing pretty successfully with a wall, and occasionally I don't even touch it...but so far I'm scared to move away, so that's my reach goal for this month.
  11. This will be updated throughout the days, and will look back at this later. but here is the first draft! So in the last challenge I worked on reading everyday, however I found out that I had a good habit of reading in the train, I have 2x 45 minute in the train 5 times pr week, and im reading in most of those breaks (when I dont do this challengetext ;)) so I will try to see if I an maintain that without it being part of the next challenge. 1. I won't miss you when you're gone keyword: Minimalism Object: To own 1 less thing for every day of the challenges. Rules: For every day get rid of one thing, (28 total for the duration of the challenge), if I for some reason dont chose a thing, ill get rid of 3 the following day (so 1penalty item) If I buy new things I will have to get rid of the same amounts of stuff, so 1 pair of jeans in, an additional item out. Ill post here either by words of pictures what I get rid of :). Rules 2: I dont count hygiene items like toilet paper and so forth, the same with food items that I need to maintain a daily living. 2. Get your hands dirty keyword: Movement & Balance Object: To have my hands buried in the dirt it being actually dirt or just a dirty floor every day. Rules: Every contact counts, this can include crawling, locomotion, handstand, headstands, grounding or yoga, anything goes. Rules 2: Variety is key, get those hands dirty! what is an assassin covered in dark, if your hands are white! 3. How to juggle life keyword: Juggling, Balancing, Manipulation and Contact Juggling. Object: Spend one turn on the hourglass at least 5 days a week, doing one of the things in the keyword Rules: Anything that can be used should preferable be used: Juggling balls, flair bottle, sticks, Crystal bowl. The duration of the hourglass is 20 minutes. Rules 2: Video update once pr week. 4. On the shoulders of giants. keyword: Shoulder flexibility and mobility Object: Focus on mobility and flexability of the shoulder joint, both directly movement of the shoulder, but also strengthening of the back and relaxing of the chest. Rules: Use whatever you have of equipment to help. Hanging from a bar, foam roller, lacrosse ball, sticks and weights. Just get those shoulders working!. Rules 2: Pictures will be uploaded every week, with baseline pictures this sunday. Eagle pose will be one of the measurements.
  12. I'm focusing on very few simple things so I can achieve them and optimize recovery. Since we are almost in mid-Feb, I will still start tracking as of Feb 1st with at least a weekly check-in. Goal 1: Run More - avoid no-running streaks and go for 115 miles in Feb. Goal 2: Core - planks and push-ups to failure and focusing on form, 3x a week Goal 3: Handstand - practice 3x a week Level Up Goal: write my gratitude journal daily
  13. So i missed some challenges, and the last few haven't ben good. So now I have a relative easy challenge where I hope to succeed 4 simple goals, to finally get a good challenge. 1: read for 30 minutes at least 4 days pr week 2: check up on this treat at least 4 days pr week (everyday doesn't seem to work so now it should. 3: Be upside down at least once pr day. Can be just one time, might make it harder later. 4: juggle for 5 minutes pr day: can be contact juggling, scarf juggling or cascade juggling. Weekly video to see progress
  14. Grandkai Going Hybrid Assassin: Part II So this is Part II of my Hybrid Assassin transition. The last one went okay.....(check my review HERE). So this challenge i'm going to start with Part 2 Goal 1: Kettlebell Strength & Bodyweight Skill I'm going to use a mix of Kettlebell and Bodyweight workouts. With Kettlebell i'm going to use a workout plan by Onnit Academy to build my strength and endurance. Thats day A and on Day B i'm going to mimic those movements with bodyweight exercises. Goal 2: Run More Last challenge i wanted to run a lot, didn't happen. So the goal this time is get back into running, despite the cold weather. I'm aiming for 2-3 times a week. Goal 3: Handstand Direct copy from my last challenge, made great progress (got a minute Headstand) and getting close to a Handstand. So i'm going to train everyday switching between handstand & headstand. I also have some side-goals for this challenge, not as important but would be fun to get really into regularly: - Post everyday a basic list of my progress (to improve posting and checking the forums) - Update my Character Sheet (do you remember your Character Sheet?) - Start a new Daily Battle Log & post a new Epic Goals for 2018 list.
  15. Slacked off on the first challenge period, but here we are. Inversions every day. Come one, come all. @Mad Hatter @WhiteGhost @zenLara @otterbyte @Grandkai_NL @Norgaard @Sea Level
  16. Sea Level back again for another battle against the robot masters. These are my opponents: Six days a week to conquer Gravity Man! Get upside down six days a week, starting with wall walks and handstands on the walls Battle Metalman one day a week! At minimum, once a week, walk 3 miles with a 20-pound plate. I got myself a GoRuck pack last challenge, and got a 20-pound plate mid-way through last challenge. I have a three-mile route around my neighborhood that I've enjoyed. I'm going to do this walk with the 20-pound GoRuck plate at least once a week. It's also a three-mile roundtrip walk to work, so bonus points if I do that. Six days a week, take on Woodman! Intermittent fasting six days a week, eating lots of vegetables. I started IF in December, and I feel great, and I've lost 10 pounds. It's great. My eating window is 11 am to 7 pm, with the bigger meal at the end of the day. On Saturday, I may have a cheat day and have a good breakfast with nice, crispy bacon. ! Conquer Quickman by challenge end! Read a book by the end of the challenge. Being quick means having mental strength. Last challenge, I finished Desert Solitaire as part of my Goodreads challenge. (I want to finish 15 books this year.) So I'll keep that goal going with another book this month. I started Sense and Sensibility this month. Most people may not think about men reading Jane Austen, but I've heard good things about her books from other men. So I'm going for it.
  17. Grandkai Going Hybrid Assassin: Part I In 2017 i used mostly bodyweight exercises and i mostly used the Start Bodyweight Program. Great program, i've seen great progress but doing only bodyweight has become a bit boring to me. So for 2018 i'm going to become a Hybrid Assassin. Goal 1: 6-Week Hybrid "Athlete" program; I'm going to use two 6-week Hybrid "Athlete" programs which have Kettlebell training, running & bodyweight training. So i'm set for the next 3 challenges Goal 2: Run faster Upcoming Sunday (December 31st) i have my first 10K race and i'm aiming for a time under 1 hour. After that i want to train to be able to run a faster 10K, so that i can have a faster time for my next race that's in April. My goal is to run the 10K in 50 minutes in April. Goal 3: Handstand Last challenge i got some good progress on a handstand and i want to continue that progress in this new year. So i'm going to train everyday switching between handstand & headstand. Side-Goal: 100% Gaming Spiderman Shattered Dimensions I still like playing games and trying to get them to 100%. This time its going to be Spiderman Shattered Dimensions
  18. Grandkai's doing Assassin Stuff (part 2/2) Previous challenge had its good and bad things so i'm stopping with the bad and continue with the good from my last challenge. I'm gonna try and finished this last challenge of the year strong. Quest 1: Increase Agility "Assassins spend most of their time training with functional body weight exercises as that’s usually the only thing they need to lift." - Startbodyweight Routine 3 times a week; - Handstand Training every day for 5-10 minutes (alternate between handstand & headstand) Quest 2: Increase Stamina "They have solid endurance as well, allowing them to progress through an obstacle-filled environment without breaking a sweat." - Run outside 5-10 km 3x a week Quest 3: Improve Body "Fearless, calculated, and efficient, Assassins have low body fat percentages because extra weight could mean the difference between life and death on a mission." - No ordering food - Multivitamin, Omega 3 & Apple in the morning - Protein Shake & Apple after workouts - 2 Liters of water everyday Quest 4: Relaxation - 100% Rayman Origins on Xbox - Read 30 minutes after waking up and 30 minutes before going to bed So these are my quest's for this last challenge of 2017. A bit of my previous challenge with some new things. I'm gonna do my best to post every day on this challenge forum, even if its just an emoticon.
  19. I'm looking to stay the course for this challenge. I've been putting off handstanding long enough, and I want to stick to these 28 days with at least some form of HS training, whether it be wrist prep, PPT, shoulder flexion, alignment, or just a short inversion. @Grandkai_NL@Ash Raine@zenLara (and anyone else I might have missed) we all appear to have a daily Handstand practice goal. What say you?
  20. Grandkai's doing Assassin stuff (part 1/2) Previous challenge didn't go so well, but giving it another shot so here are my BIG goals for the last 2 months of this year. BIG Goal 1: Do a Handstand; - Everyday #5 Minute Flow - Everyday Headstand training & progress to Handstand - 3x a week Startbodyweight Routine to build strength. BIG Goal 2: Do a Split; - Do the Darebee "Splits in 30 Days" challenge -1x a week Yoga class - Everyday 30/30 challenge by Ido Portal BIG Goal 3: Reduce Unhealthy foods; - Block Food Ordering websites. - NO more quick trips to the store after work for unhealthy foods. - Buy protein bars/powder to supplement nutrition. Side Goal: 100% Rayman Origins on Xbox
  21. It has been about a year, since I last did a challenge. Lots of things have happened since then. But I thought I'd try this again. It's neither pretty nor shiny (maybe the next one will have a theme again), but it is a start. Quest 1 - Fuel the body you want (intermittent fasting, lunch prep) 1-3 IF days per week, ideally 2 lunch prep the evening before Quest 2 - Work on your weaknesses (Shoulder Press, Squats/Wall Balls/Thrusters, Pull-Ups/Rows) additional work on free days (not rest days!) Quest 3 - Heritage of an Assassin (Handstand practice) 4 times a week for at least 15 minutes Quest 4 - Document all WODs and other training sessions
  22. As Red ventured further into the swamp, He noticed that the once dense purple fog is now lifting and he's finding more and more clearings. However that also means that more things can find him. ... "Man, just how deep is this swamp?" Red questioned the crystal shard in his hand, rhetorically. As he continued forth, he noticed that the scarce trees had taken twisted and barren shapes. "Yeesh. I wonder what sort of trees these guys used to be..." He says outloud to himself. "Heh, that one looks like his bark is worse than his bite! HA HA HA!" Red laughed pointing to a random tree, his laughing stopped when a thought hit him, "Wait... Who am I talking to?!" Then he heard an unexpected response. "Oh, I t'ought ya was talking ta me. I t'ought we became friends." Red jumped at his sudden company. A scraggly limping form that looks a lot like a person "stepped" forth. "What the--!? Who the--?! Where did--?! I--" The scraggly man looked at Red cockeyed, "Huh, figured ya had more ta say. Eh eh eh! cat gotcha tongue?" After a moment, Red composed himself, "Ummm... Who are you?" "Me? You walk in ta my neeeebor'ood, 'n' ya ask me 'who am i?' Ya've got some nerve, mister!" Red pondered for a moment, admitting to himself that the scraggly man had a point. "You're right, I'm sorry, I'm a bit lost, actually. I'm looking for a shard that looks just like this one." Red showed the scraggly man the crystal shard, glowing in his hand. "Have you seen anything like this around here?" the scraggly man looked at the shard with an intense one-eyed stare, "Ehhh.... hmmmm... Nope! Can't say that I 'ave!" "-_- Great. Well thanks anyways, old timer. I'll be on my way then, sorry to interrupt you." Red started walking away, but the scraggly man, went in front of him. Red was surprized. "Uhh... Pardon me, I'm going this way." The scraggly man said nothing. As Red took a step to the side, the scraggly man stepped in front of him again. "Yer not going anyw'ere." He muttered in a low tone. "Beg pardon?" "HA! I know what yer up ta! Yer after it, aintcha?! But , ya can't fool me, Stranger!" Puzzled, Red asked assured the man that he had no idea what he was talking about, but then the scraggly man attacked! One singular fist flying at Red at blinding speed, clocked him square in the face! "GAHH!! What was that for, you daft fool!?" Red shouted, his hands on his face. "That really hurt!" The scraggly man cackled, and lunged forward again, Red put up his hands to block but the one fist went right through his defenses and hit him again in the face. "GAH!!! That's it! Now I'm pissed!" Red retaliated, swinging with both arms. His fists and elbows flying but hitting nothing, the scraggly man's head vanished before Red could make contact, and after a couple of swings from Red, the scraggly man dodges and lands a solid hook onto Red's face! Red was knocked to the ground, punched three times by a one-armed opponent. "I knew it! I knew it! I knew it!" The scraggly man boasted. Red's face bloodied and angry, questioned, "What?! What do you know?!" The scraggly man, suddenly relaxed, and with a sudden tranquil voice said, "You want to be a fighter, but ya can't be if ya can't dodge." Red's anger suddenly left him and he was left shocked. "What did you say?" The scraggly man looked at him cockeyed once more, "I saw it in yer stance, ya cant' dodge worth a nuthin! How can ya call yerself a fighter if ya can't dodge nuthin?" Red still was confused. "What are you talking about?" "Ehhh, whoops, guess I hit ya harder than I t'ought. I'll teach ya, if ya want, that way when you find whatever yer looking fer, ya can at least not get yer face pounded! Eh eh eh! Now let's get started!" Dodging - Using several training videos on Youtube (and this scraggly man), I'm going to practice dodging (or slipping if you will) a punch, I have a mirror and a fist drawn around face-level, and I basically slip the punch, with stepping forward, and counterattacking with a hook/uppercut from the same side that I move to. ie. slip right, right cross. Slip left, left cross. 3 Disabilities, no excuses - The One-armed, one-legged, one-eyed man doesn't let anything stop him from doing what he has to do. I have to get to 3 sets of my routine, No excuses, no more time restraints. Handstand - I've let this one goal, slip my fingers for far too long, I'm going to pick it up again. I'm not expecting to achieve it in this challenge, but I aiming for at least 60 seconds, 12 inches or less against the wall. Food - I've gained 2 inches around my waist, I've been 32 inches, nearly all my life. except for now I've grown to 34 inches! Nearly all of my pants don't fit anymore! I've hit the age where my metabolism is slowing down, which means that I need to be very careful what I eat. I'm going to add more veggies/fruits to my meals.
  23. New Challenge, more update will come as normal ill start with a monday, since well it makes more sense for me 1: Hang for your life Hang, brachiate, play or anything else, relating to hang above the ground 2: Hand downs Daily movement on my hands, locomotion, handstand, headstand, inversions or anything else related 3: Clear your mind: Meditation: Do a daily meditation, can be 5 minutes or an hour depending on the time and what else the day is (this is including savanna at yoga practice) 1: Balance your life: Train juggling, contact and cascade juggling 20 minutes pr day.
  24. Hi - I'm not 100% sure if I'm a ranger, a druid or an assassin, but I think I'm going to start here for my first challenge! My goals: 1. complete the 21 days to strength yoga video series for a second time. Exactly how difficult this will be depends on how diligent I am about finishing my first run through this series before the challenge starts. If I don't finish first (which I probably won't) I'll complete my first round before starting the second. I'm trying not to judge my success based on whether I reach particular yoga performance goals, but some things I would love to see during this challenge include kicking up into an unsupported handstand for the first time, entering headstand by raising both legs together, and improving the strength of my hip flexors in a straddle position. 2. 12 HIIT workouts. Bonus goal: bring the number of rounds per session up to seven or eight. 3. Eat fruits and vegetables and100-130g protein (and take mineral supplements) on at least 20 days. 4. Finish series of 7 yoga nidra meditations (first one is already done). Bonus goal: finish second series of 7, too. Bonus, bonus goal: pursue my goal of learning hypnotherapy by practicing on at least four people.
  25. Hi! I'm visiting the Warriors for the first time; it's just where my goals landed me this time around: Goal 1: Work on pull ups and overhead presses at least twice a week, seeing improvements in reps (pull ups) and weight (assisted pull ups, overhead press) most times. Goal 2: Work on hand stand progressions for 5 mins every day. Goal 3: Eat something rich in protein and something that is fruit or vegetable at every meal (probably won't track meticulously...) Goal 4: Have one deep conversation with my wife every week about what we're learning.
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