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  1. Hello, Monks. This long time Ranger is reassessing and taking on more of a martial arts goal set, so I come to you as a first timer. Pretty nifty, right? I think so. Main Goal: Complete Les Mills COMBAT and take the steps toward joining my husband at his MMA gym. MOTIVATION: Tell me more good stuff about me! Realizing that one bad day isn’t going to suddenly destroy all my progress, or that one unmotivated workout is still better than not working out at all will be key. I need to take that negative ‘you can’t do this’ mentality and kick it out of my life. Fitness and health is very much a mental game as well as a physical. I am human. I have only one life. I need to make the most of it while I am here to enjoy it. He'll join us after he wins the duel. Goal Three: Les Mills COMBAT 5 days a week. The primary reason I’ve switched to a monk class this challenge is because of COMBAT. I am loving the stress relief, the discipline in the mind and body… I am suddenly not nearly as afraid of going to Warrior’s Cove with my husband. I want to. I want to work the bags and get in there. My confidence will only grow if I keep up with the in home workouts so I don’t feel so lost in class. Plus… this program is makin’ my body look like and shiny. Who doesn’t love great legs, killer shoulders, and the start of abs? (1 point for each workout, 30 points possible) …And there's some kind of hot cheese over there. Goal One: Stay within caloric goals for 6 out of 7 days a week. This has been tough for me lately. We’ve been a bit indulgent, but the 3-Day Refresh helped me figure out meal spacing and sizing in a way I think I can maintain without feeling deprived. This challenge will test that. (1 point for each successful day, 36 points possible) Yes, sir, Cap'n Tight-Pants. Goal Two: PiYo Once a Week. Let’s unwind so those pants ain’t so tight. PiYo is a yoga, Pilates, strength, stretching hybrid type program. I love yoga and need it quite a bit to keep my muscles from being to wonky after all that punching and kicking. If I can’t get I a PiYo, I’ll accept attending my friend’s yoga class! (1 point for each workout, 6 points possible) Don't ride in anything with a Capissen 38 engine. They fall right out of the sky. Life Quest: Finish the "Craft Room" The craft room has been the bane of my existence, like I am certain the Capissen 38 is for any ship mechanic. It's just a junk room. My life quest will be to work on cleaning this room to convert it to a craft room/workout room as I had originally planned to do... when we moved in two years ago Personal Assessment Scoring Weekly Grading: 11-12 A 10 B 9 C 8 D 0-7 F Week One: 11 points (A) Week Two: 11 points (A) Overall Challenge Grade: 62-69 A 55-61 B 48-60 C 41-47 D 0-40 F
  2. Hi, you can call me Arky I'm 21. I have been commercial fishing for 3 years out of bristol bay. I also have been involved in MMA at C3 in Everett, WA. Right now i'm beating the docks and traveling through Alaska having an adventure. I'ts a struggle not to fall into the drunken sailor stereotypes, but my diet sucks and I'm always on stand by. I have little to no resources so i'm bumming it. I keep myself motivated but I can't do it alone. I am new to nerd fitness and the guilds but I want to keep my health in check. As of now i'm in kodiak Alaska beating the docks. Can anyone relate? HMU 907-346-7294 arkimedes@icloud.com
  3. Deadpool’s Challenge Of Deadpool-ness!: Rotate an MMA workout, a parkour workout, and flexibility work randomly to confuse my body. Maybe listen to music that doesn’t exist in our universe. Goal: Work strength, endurance, flexibility Reward: +4 STR, +4 DEX This challenge is to bring me to un-Earthly abilities in stamina and flexibility. My life goal for this challenge is to get a job in my field of study. As for random-ness, we shall roll a die: 1 or 6 is MMA, 2 or 5 is parkour, and 3 or 4 is flexibilty.
  4. I’m currently in the middle of Les Mills COMBAT as a sort of overview before joining a local MMA guy with my hubby. Taekwondo, Capoera, Jujitsu, boxing… lots of different things. My biggest points of weakness are uppercuts (particularly continuous ones), and roundhouse kicks. I just… can’t figure out how my body is supposed to feel while doing them. Form is SUPER important to me, so I just always want to make sure I’m capturing the move the way it should be done to prevent injury and get the most benefit from it. Anyone with any personal pointers they’d care to share?
  5. I am new to the forum and have now developed my Challenge. This is my first one, so any tweaks to this to help it be more specific would be welcomed by the community. I have trained in Martial Arts for half my life and have recently been dedicating time to training in BJJ and Muay Thai. I have been trying to compete in both for the past few months and I love the idea of setting up a challenge to help me prepare. Besides the enjoyment I receive from these activities, I love the mental and physical challenges, as well as the confidence I build when I improve. Here goes: Main Quest: Compete in both BJJ (gi & nogi) and Kickboxing. Longer term quest goal would be to obviously do WELL in these competitions/matches but I am just down for the learning experience, as well as the motivation to keep the smaller fitness goals in my mind. Goals: -Skill goal: 2-3 classes a week in both BJJ and Kickboxing with an extra day dedicated to just sparring/rolling -Strength goal: I can't seem to develop a very specific strength goal that may be good for this quest but I would like to be able to do all of my kettlebell workouts with a 30lb. kettlebell or higher. -Diet goal: I try to eat a mostly Paleo/Primal diet but this will definitely be the most difficult goal. I aim for 80:20 and allow myself cheat meals for special occassions. A good goal would be to only allow myself 1-2 cheat meals a week with none a week prior to competition. I realize now that I was supposed to post this in a separate forum, being my first challenge...but it would not allow me to start thread.
  6. So, I'm back! After a long challenge hiatus, though not really a fitness hiatus. I've been goodish about going to lots of Muay Thai classes, eating decently, and being crazy stressed out and not getting enough sleep (oops). But, one of my 2014 goals is to get back to Brazilian Jujitsu after a 6+ month hiatus. Need to get over the whole "I'm going to absolutely suck" thing and just do it, since that's how you get better. Also, have realized that my stamina is laughable in class, and I really need to step it up to get as much as I can out of the classes I go to. To that end, here are The Goals: 1) Attend 16 classes over 6 weeks. +4 STA I've looked at my calendar, and between work obligations, visits with long distance partner, and social events I can make 16 classes over the next 6 weeks. Because I tend to get sick/injured a lot, grading on a generous scale for this (A = 100%, B = 75%, C = 50%, D = 25%). However, to get any points I have to have made at least 1 BJJ class (there are 3 in those 16 planned (Saturday mornings), though in a pinch I could go to a Tuesday/Thursday class I haven't accounted for in the 16 classes since Muay Thai is M/W/F and I'm not quite ready to wreck myself with 5x week yet...). 2) Work one of three conditioning techniques each morning (jump rope, pushups, planks) with an eye to increasing max reps/time; 6x/week (36 total). +5 STR Couple reasons for these small frequent workouts: 1) As mentioned above, I tend to get injured a lot, and in particular I've got a trick calf muscle that does not like jump roping. So while ideally I will be doing 2 days of each technique each week in a rotation, if I get a bad tear again I want to be motivated to keep working on the other techniques. 2) I have a really hard time getting up/motivated in the morning, and already roll into work later than I should sometimes, so I'm keeping these to short (<5 minute) intense workouts daily so they'll actually get done. Anything longer and it probably wouldn't. So, starting on the morning workout habit small here. 3) Planks, pushups and jump roping are the 3 common conditioning moves we do that I struggle most with. Squats I'm pretty solid at now, and a lot of other things flow from the abs and pushup movements. Point of this is to narrow my focus and make some improvements where I'm seriously lagging. Same grading as above. 3) Be in bed by 11:30 every week night, for 7.5 hours of sleep (30 total). +5 CON This is going to be super hard. I'm really bad at sleeping. Let's work on that. Same grading scheme as above. 4) Journal goals 1 & 2. +2 WIS I've on and off kept a martial arts journal to record new techniques/critiques on my form/"inspirational" words of wisdom from my coaches, but I need to get better at that (I've got a 45-60 minute subway ride post class, so I've got no excuse). Also won't be able to tell for goal 2 if I'm actually improving unless I, y'know, record it. Bought a spiffy new perfect bound journal that won't get wrecked up in my gym bag, so I'm ready to roll. Pass/fail - either I record every time, or I don't get the points. And I had a lovely image I'd 'shopped with some fightspo from my coach, but since I've apparently forgotten how to post images that'll happen later. But the motivating quote: "Don't let stamina be the boss of you. You be the boss of it." Let's do it!
  7. Main Quest: Get Fit! I recently gained 20kg and don't fit any of my clothes any more. Motivation: I want to feel more confident in my own body. I never felt like it was good enough, and now I'm freaking out because I can feel bits that shouldn't jiggle jiggling when I walk. Side Quest: 1. Cycle to school and back on weekdays to work on stamina. 2. Attend martial arts classes at least 2 times a week. 3. Eat well and count calories. Life Quest: Not go crazy while moving house! Also, pass my exams. Today (11/11/13): I rode to and from uni today (13.2km/8.2miles in total) on my 'new' second hand bike and I think I'm going to need to get some kind of seat cover. I have bruises on my bruises and all those are on my butt. I had to walk up some of the hills and I've got to say I'm terrified of cycling on the road. I haven't been on a bike in at least 5 years.
  8. I've been looking forward to this for a while. I joined NF about two weeks ago, and I've been doing my prep work for the challenge. A bit about myself, I'm scrawny, weak, and miserable. I started working out using the UFC Trainer for the XBOX Kinect, and have seen some noticeable differences over the past month. I've actually enjoyed pushing it, working out, getting better, and I keep at it as often as I can. Nerd Fitness gave me a new perspective; a way to plan out how my workouts will go, and what goal I can achieve at the end of them. Since we have some challenges here, I'm going to list each one and how to go about doing it. My Main Quest: After finishing up the last five days of my endurance training, I want to do the thirty day STR training for the UFC Trainer. I missed some days of my endurance training due to laziness, so my main goal for the STR training regimen is two-fold; not miss a single scheduled day, and to complete every single exercise. I'm not entirely sure how well my physical results are going to build up, or how much of a change I can predict, so I feel more comfortable with setting this minimal of a goal before jumping out and saying something naive like "I want to double my weight in a year in sheer muscle mass". So end game: Complete STR training Regimen for the UFC Trainer. Move on to the Advanced Endurance training if time permits. The three ways I plan to accomplish this are: Wake up early, cut out being lazy, and do the blasted work. My Life Side Quest: This is a basic and simple one; to finish my collegiate degree. I've made some mistakes, and am currently attending a community college with a minimal course load, working towards an A.A. My Motivation: Sturm Brightblade from Dragonlance; A Knight in Words and Deeds. So this is Day 1 of the challenge. Thus far, I'm a bit off-track; I woke up late, and instead of getting to breakfast/workout regimen, I'm procrastinating my workout by posting this.
  9. What's the best way to clean mma gloves? I have a pair of men's Everlast igels which desperately need some cleaning. The internet has all sorts of crazy suggestions from sticking them in the freezer to dunking them in bleach (neither of which sound like a good idea to me...). Can anyone help? Pardons in advance if there has already been a post about this (and if there has been could you send me the link?).
  10. I've been doing MMA,BJJ, and Muay Thai for a month now. I enjoy all MMA being my favorite. Most people who do MMA have a background in some other type of fighting. I'm trying to become the best that I can as fast as I can and I'm unsure how to effectively train in these 3 areas. As of right now I do MMA on Mondays and Wednesdays, Muay Thai on Tuesdays, and BJJ on Thursdays. BJJ is offered everyday and I'm thinking about taking that class more often. Thoughts?
  11. Hi everyone I'm new here at NF. I'm Taking MMA,BJJ, and Muay Thai classes. I'm looking to find other fighters to have enough experience to help me become my best. Looking for tips, tricks and any training advice. Thanks!
  12. I started training at an MMA club over a month ago. LOVE IT. Wondering what is the proper way to address a MMA instructor to show respect? My husband trains in tae kwon do and the students at his club just address their instructor by their first name or by "sensei". At my MMA club, the other students also just address the instructor by his first name, but I feel like he should be addressed in a more formal way. When I was taking TKD as a kid, we used to address our instructor as "master" (my husband recalls the same from his TKD training growing up). Just wondering what others' thoughts were on this? Thanks!
  13. Just got back from this show on NYE. Some seriously nasty striking on display here - few neat little tricks as well.
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