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  1. Yes, that's a Spinal Tap reference: It's also cracking me up that I can only have 10 tags. But seriously, this is my eleventh challenge, how did this happen?! Anyway, there's nothing particularly surprising that I'm working on, just turning up the volume, keeping it going. Goals: 1. Strength workout 3x a week. Stuff I'm working on: pull-ups (I'm up to 3 in set now…) tuck front lever handstands pistol squats 2. Learn to ride the Ripstik I got for Xmas. This is going to be hilarious and possibly painful - I've never been the most coordinated person (despite the juggling and unicycling…) and I've never ridden a skateboard, much less one with only two wheels. Hah. 3. Work on the house! I've got a huge list of projects - if I can knock 3 of these off my list by the end of the challenge, I'll be thrilled. Ones I might tackle: - basement tool organization - kitchen caulking - basement door reversal - hallway photo gallery - front porch sanding - swing sanding/staining - living room shelf demo/repair - hallway closet organization Other stuff that's always going on - climbing, swimming, juggling, sleeping enough, eating enough (and enough good stuff), drinking less soda, listening to more music, more art and less tv-watching. Hey, it's a whole new year!
  2. The man seemed to materialize out of the shadows of the big top. Seeing so many together, challenging themselves with feats of dexterity and manipulation, he made a proposition. The challenge: Present a 60+ second video of your current juggling talent at the beginning of the challenge. Practice for at least 5 minutes, 5 times a week. (Practicing for 25 minutes counts as one time, but practicing 15 minutes twice in a day counts as 2.) Present a 120+ second video of your new juggling talent at the end of the challenge. Successfully complete the challenge and you earn the title of Jester of 2013. If there is enough interest at the end, we can vote on who has the most progress from start to finish for King Jester of 2013. You can log your progress here. (Note: Any form of juggling is allowed, including contact juggling.)
  3. This is an anti-challenge. There will be no SMART goals and no grading. For the next six weeks, I intend to do what appeals to me, attempt what makes sense to me, and generally stay focused on qualitative life improvements. The following areas are likely to be focused on and discussed during this anti-challenge: Weight Loss I hope this is a surprise to anyone who is familiar with me. I am one of the biggest opponents of the scale for health tracking that there is. If you tell me that you want to lose weight, 99% of the time, I'll tell you that you have the wrong goal. There is, however, a time and a place for all things. Specifically, I am not strong enough, nor do I have enough endurance, to hold myself up for skills on the silks and the trapeze. In order to give this some redress, I am planning to up my strength to weight ratio by increasing my strength and lowering my weight. I will focus primarily on fat loss without sacrificing muscle growth. The goal is not to look sexier, or to see the pounds drop. It is purely to be able to have more fun in aerial class. If I happen to look sexier without the giant bulge around the middle, well, I suppose that is a risk I'm willing to take. At the beginning, I will be doing short experiments with various protocols from the Four Hour Body, including the slow carb diet, some supplements, and applications of cold as an avenue of weight loss. I started my first experiment last Monday, and while the week isn't over until tomorrow morning, the results have been surprising. Aerials I'm taking a mixed aerials class once a week at a circus school. I'd go more often, because I love it that much, but it is godawfully far away, and very non-trivially expensive. There are likely to be videos if I happen to take any. I weigh nearly 290 lbs. If I can learn these things, anyone can learn these things. I hope you find amusement and inspiration in my attempts. Juggling, Handstands, and GMB These are all things I enjoy and are often part of my training. I may try to get back into Parallettes One, or not. I'm doing the Juggling PvP, and mostly working on daily handstands. There may or may not be videos. Miscellaneous Anything else I feel the need to talk about or get off my chest, like failing at the NaNoWriMo, struggling with work, struggling with finances, or just plain struggling to get through the day.
  4. Hey there, fellow assassins! Having taken a pretty casual approach to challenges for the last few rounds, I decided that's not actually working so well for me, so I'm trying the opposite technique - 4 tough goals that will take some serious work to achieve. My main quest is general AWESOMENESS. I want to be able to do anything I decide I want to do. I want to be strong, and flexible, and try new things with confidence. And all of that? Means I'm going to fail. I'm going to fall on my head while learning to do new things. I'm going to drop juggling props constantly. I'm going to fall off the climbing wall in new and different ways every week. I'm going to fail, and keep failing, until I succeed. Goals: 1. Backbend! Not something I've worked on before, but my flexibility will only increase if I push it. Right now I can hold it for about 2 seconds. I want to get a full minute by the end of this, and improve my form. 2. Pull-ups. I want to do 5 in a set. So far my best ever is 2, and that's on a good day - a not-good day means I can't do any. This requires a 3x a week pull workout, starting by using the 20 pull-up plan. 3. Climbing! There's a particular route at my gym that I really want to defeat - I can only go climbing once a week, so it may take me all six weeks (or longer!) to get there, but I'm going to do it. 4. Juggle 5 clubs. This is a long-term goal, but it starts here. I started doing four clubs last fall (during my second challenge here), and now that it's vaguely stable, it's time to work on five. These practices will likely involve more time picking up clubs than actually throwing them, but just getting the five in the air is a start. I'm still swimming regularly, doing a full bodyweight workout 3x a week, limiting non-water drinks to 3 a week, and eating for a very slow bulk. Looking forward to the next 6 weeks!
  5. Hey, everyone! I've seen lots of fun activities in this part o the forum, but I haven't found juggling yet. So, do you guys like it? What kind of jugging do you like? How often to you practice? I, personally, am still struggling with a 3 ball cascade, but I love training. It's probably my favorite activity, actually. And now I've found a group of jugglers in my college's campus, so I'll start learning other kinds of juggling. Oh, and I have a diabolo that I'm trying to figure out how to keep on the string, hehe. So, if anyone has any tips or comments on juggling, please share it here! A friendly bear hug to everyone!
  6. So I've been having a tough time coming up with goals for this challenge - I got my first pull-up last challenge, which was HUGELY exciting... but now that I've done it, I've lost the clarity that I had when I was focusing on it. So I'm zooming out a bit, doing a little exploring to figure out what my next big goal is. 1. Bodyweight workout 3x a week. STR: 2, STA: 2, CON: 1 This is what makes me stronger and got me to the pull-up in the first place - I'll be experimenting with some new goals (headstand pushups are catching my attention at the moment), but the point here is to just keep going, even if I'm not particularly focused. 2. Upside down 3x a week. STR: 1, DEX: 2, STA: 2 Still working on handstands, but this can also include bar/ring fun, now. I'm getting a little burned out on the handstands because I'm not seeing much progress on them, so more variety can only be a good thing. 3. 6 new juggling tricks. DEX: 2, WIS:1, CHA: 2 At the end of this challenge, I'm going to a week-long juggling festival. I want to have some new stuff to show off/work on when I'm there. One a week should be doable - and they don't have to be crazy hard things, just stuff I haven't done before. Unscored stuff I'm still doing: swimming 3x a week on non-bodyweight days, no more than 3 non-water drinks a week, tracking calories/weight on a shiny spreadsheet. Okay, let's do this thing!
  7. Hi, My name is Em and this is my first 6 week challenge. I've got three goals that I want to achieve: Eat a caloric deficit every weekday Stick to a cleaning and workout schedule Go from juggling 3 balls to juggling 5 in a standard cascade pattern.The first two goals will be really important and really difficult in the coming weeks - I am returning from a week's leave tomorrow and I expect work to be extra-stupid-crazy, and there to be unpaid overtime involved. So motivation, energy and work-life boundaries will be key to keeping my head space right and stop me from eating a bag of chicos when I get annoyed at a programming problem. On number 1, I'll be using a smart phone app to track my progress - I'll put the app to target no weight loss and post a weekly summary screen shot so it is easily apparent whether or not I am meeting that goal. On number 2, I'll be trying to stick to the the following cleaning and workout schedule: Monday AM - Gym StrengthTuesday AM - Run (C25K or the 10K bridging program, wherever I am at)Tuesday PM - Alternate Bible Study/Body Balance gym class, Clean bathroom and looWednesday AM - Gym StrengthWednesday PM - Spin Class (except for the week when I have a church meeting), washing loadThursday AM - RunThursday PM - Washing loadFriday - Rest Day, clean looSaturday AM - Gym Strength, Grocery ShopSunday AM - Run, washing load, vacuum/mop, dust, clean looOn number 3, I'm planning to follow this training schedule: Week 1: Practice 3 ball juggle - aim for 60 seconds no problemWeek 2: Practice 2 ball one handed juggle - aim 30 seconds each handWeek 3: Practice 3 and 2 ball juggling techniquesWeek 4: Practice 4 ball asynchronous and synchronous juggling - aim for 60 seconds each techniqueWeek 5: Practice 5 ball cascade with 4 balls and clap - aim for 60 secondsWeek 6: 5 ball cascade - target 60 seconds! Edit: On viewing other posts, decided to move my results to the top: | %/Av | 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th 16th ---------+------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Goal 1: | 1680 | 1913 1478 1981 1566 1527 - - 1754 1830 1586 1587 1990 - - Goal 2.1:| 61.4 | - 2/2 1/1 1/1 1/1 1/1 1.5/4 - 2/2 1/1 1/1 0/1 1/1 1/4 Goal 2.2:| 83.3 | 0.5/1 2/2 1/1 1/1 - 1/1 1/1 1/1 0/1 2/2 1/1 - 1/1 1/1 | | 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st 22nd 23rd 24th 25th 26th 27th 28th 29th 30th ---------+------+----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Goal 1: | | 1878 1015 1228 2181 1450 - - 1626 1765 925 1721 2595 - - Goal 2.1 | | - 1/2 1/1 1/1 0/1 1/1 1/4 - 0/1 1/1 1/1 0/1 1/1 Goal 2.2 | | 1/1 1/1 1/2 1/1 - 1/1 0/1 1/1 0/1 2/2 1/1 - 1/1 Max 3 Ball Cascade: 29s
  8. Hello there Nerds and welcome to yet another 6-week Challenge with Shukar. This time around I'm diversifying a bit dipping into some Warrior stuff and some Druid stuff to help supplement my running ambitions, and some random stuff that just seems like it should be fun to really round stuff out. So a little bit about me for those new to the area. I'm Shukar, I'm a Scout, I love running and have found I really enjoy bodyweight strength work. I used to be a big fat guy, now I'm just freakishly tall at 6'5". Still a little on the heavier side probably but I've stopped caring so much about weight and moved on to caring about what I can do, how I feel day to day, and just trying to be the best me I can be. I'm one of the moderators for this Guild so if you have questions, comments, or concerns feel free to message me on here or pop into the IRC channel and see if I'm around, I try and be as much as I can. I have a happy life, sometimes it's just boring. That's why I have you guys. Running Goal: Rhythm of the Feet/Heat I've been keeping up a somewhat consistent, if limited, running schedule since my marathon and now it's time to up the ante a bit. I always feel better and more level in my life when I'm running more often so that's a part of this goal. The other major part is that I'd like to throw in some sprinting to my mix for a variety of reasons. Also, to help with the limited mileage I did last challenge apart from my marathon, I'd like to shoot for a run of at least 5 miles this challenge and see how things go. So that's the running goal.•Run 3-4 days a week•Get in at least 3 sprint sessions during the challenge, shoot for one every other week at a minimum•Longest run of at least 5 miles Strength Goal: Warrior/Resistance Goal Last challenge I did pretty well with my strength goals and I'm hoping to carry that momentum into some new directions. Last challenge I read Starting Strength and I'd like to try and get into doing some lifting. The goal for this challenge is strength workouts 3 days a week, whether they be in the weight room or at the living room. Get it done, get stronger. Full body, compound movements with a large range of motion. That's the main plan. In addition to this I'm going to keep up the pushup and squat streaks from the previous Streak Club Challenges and either add the new challenge if one is posted or if not start up my own appropriate one. The last item I'm going to throw into here is that I am going to shoot for daily work on handstands in hopes of by the end of the challenge being able to maintain a freestanding handstand, or at least a good time flat against the wall.•3 days a week specific strength activity, either bodyweight or hopefully Starting Strength•daily Streak Club participation, keep up the pushups and squats from the last two and add more•New Skill: Work on Handstands every day for at least 1 minute of time inverted. In the event I accomplish this easier than I really expect I'll upgrade to a harder variation. Update: Due to circumstances beyond my control (ie reality) I'm making some changes. Iron will wait, in the interim streaking with squats/pushups/planks/handstands will get me a decent workout in every day with 2-3 times a week of additional items to try and mix things up. Mobility Goal: Yoga/Druid GoalSo the previous goal was very Warrior like and this one will be very Druid like instead. Last challenge I also did some reading about yoga and got into my head to give it a shot, it was actually rather enjoyable and I suspect it'll be good for me to do in the long run so I'm making doing it regularly a priority. •Yoga 2-3 times a week -The goal here is to expand from the Sun Salutation (variation I think) that I'm doing to more repetitions of that for a warmup and slowly add in poses from the primary sequence over time.•Some stretching every day in addition to the yoga - do some kind of mobility, whether it be with the ball, some stretches, etc.•New Skill: Toe Touches, gain ability to touch toes - Working up to being able to touch my toes with knees fully extended, I'd say at least halfway there. If it turns out too easy there will be other projects. Life Goal: Stupid Human TricksSometimes you get bored sitting around during any old day, you need a hobby something to do with your hands, some neat skills to show off to win bets, pass the time or what not. That's where this goal comes in, Stupid Human Tricks. For my life goal this challenge I'm gonna work on picking up random, and mostly useless, skills one or two at a time through the whole challenge. Below are a list of the ones to start with:•Rubik's Cube - I used to be able to solve a cube in around 2 minutes consistently, I'm hoping during this challenge to at least get under 3, but we shall see.•Juggling - I've wanted to learn to juggle for years now and never actually taken the time to do it, so now is the time.•Pen Spinning/contact juggling - Contact juggling, Sphereplay, pen spinning. The first two are mostly just different names for the same thing and the third seems (to me at least) related to the others. I'm hoping I can pick up some skills here after regular juggling. I've done some minor levels of it in the past but nothing recent and nothing particularly good.•Chain Mail? - I kind of want to learn how to weave chain mail, I think it would be pretty awesome for costuming for the Ren Faire if nothing else. Not as full of songs as last time sadly, but that may change during the challenge who knows. I'll see about more songs and adding the RPG points later on, maybe a couple other edits as well.
  9. I'm using "spring" as my theme this challenge. Spring - my favorite season; an elastic object used to store mechanical energy; to move forward or upward in a quick motion. Goals: 1. Pistols and pull-ups - this goes with "moving upward in a quick motion." I'm working toward doing a real pull-up, and an unassisted pistol squat. This takes 3 bodyweight workouts a week. 2 STR, 2 DEX 2. Springs are stretchy. I am not, and I keep skipping stretching sessions. If I ever want to be able to hold an L-sit, my hamstrings are going to have to get looser. 3 stretching sessions a week. 2 CON, 2 DEX 3. 5-ball cascade - flowing like water from a spring. I can juggle 5 balls. Briefly. I want to make that much more stable and confident, and learn at least 1 5-ball trick. 3 juggling practices a week. Juggling club counts only if I actually work on 5-ball for more than the weekly competition. 3 DEX, 1 CHA 4. Spring cleaning - I have a lot of small house projects that I need to pay attention to - building the tv stand last challenge made me aware of the end table covered in random stuff in my living room, half my tools are still in the hall closet despite the fact that I have a perfectly good workshop in the basement, my bike needs a rack instead of getting in the way, the table in my studio is still covered in screenprinting materials from a project three months ago... Anyway, 6 areas cleared/organized or house projects done by end of challenge gets me 2 CHA and 1 CON. Random non-scored goals that carry from previous challenges - still working on handstands, no more than 3 Cokes a week, swimming 3 times a week.
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