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  1. Hi - I have what seems a pretty stupid question, but I can't work it out... Most advice seems to be to test your 1RM for your lifts about every 12 months or so. But how does that square with increasing your strength during your program? That is, if I measure my squat's 1RM as 100Kg, then do a program that involves doing lifts at, say, 80% six months later, won't that 80% calculated from a 1RM taken six months ago be rather lighter than my actual (new) 1RM? Or does everyone just rely on calculators? For example, I'm using strengthlevel.com to tell me what my
  2. Hello everyone, i'm Buddah, or Brett which ever you prefer. I started my fitness journey last year on march 1st. I'm down a little over 100 lbs. So i may be new here but i'm not new to trying to get healthy. I'v been slacked more than i wanted to in February, so i'm hoping getting more involved in this community can help me get back on track. I'v got at least 50 more pounds to lose. Thanks for any and all support.
  3. THE SILVER ARCHER: BOOK II Chapter 4: A Different Path I paused outside Mistral's office to adjust my bracers and tug the strap of my quiver tighter. The Dark Elf's infiltration campaign had been gaining momentum in recent weeks, and it was time for me to take my work in a different direction - up to this point I had watched and listened around the school, seeing signs of his work in harried students and absent faculty; but I needed to go deeper. I needed to go out into the forest and search for him where he lay hidden. My hands were almost fully healed and my powe
  4. I've been racking my brain for a challenge theme but I've got nothin' except LIZARDS. Specifically mine. I mean, all lizards are cool tho'. They are v. happy and bring a heckin' JOY to the world!!!!!! And also quite STRONK AND FIERCE >:[[[[[ I also play a big ol' lizard in FFXIV - YOU KNOW, THAT GAME I OFTEN HONK ABOUT - here is his current look of rocking a springtime festival skirt and WIELDING AN ENORMOUS AXE 'cause he's quite fabulous and that's how we do.
  5. Hello, my name is Tobi, I'm 29 years old, I am 175cm tall and my weight is 60kg. I am a vegan. I try to eat as healthy as possible, lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, tofu, rice,... and I only drink water. Since June I walk at least 8000 steps a day and I work out 5 days a week for 30 minutes. I use an app called Sworkit (it uses body weight excercises) which tells me what to do. For example, I do push-ups for 30 seconds, then sit-ups for 30 seconds, a 30 second plank,... and every 5 minutes I have a break for 30 seconds. After doing this I am completely exhauste
  6. Hi friends, nerds, rebels, strangers, spies from the Garlean empire, honored visitors of House Fortemps, and sky pirates! Welcome to my August (and some of September) challenge!! I’ll be frank - 2016 has been one of the hardest years for me that I can remember. It’s fighting me ruthlessly with all it’s got. Work stress, life stress, financial planning and worry, dealing with (and working to combat) physical and mental exhaustion, and a recent and very sudden kitty passing has left me flat out exhausted - unmotivated - overwhelmed - unhappy - depressed - fla
  7. So I started my lifting career with Stronglifts 5x5, and it seemed great, except my deadlift was always either equal with, or even slightly below my squat. And I never could seem to get it to progress any faster than that, despite the fact that everyone else (not just here, but pretty much everywhere, with only a few world class athlete's, or half squatters as exceptions) had a bigger deadlift than their squat. I've since moved onto the Texas Method for powerlifters, and do RDL's on Monday for pulling volume. And sure enough, my deadlift keep creeping up, but once again, only at th
  8. "It is time to stop lurking" - Tippeh, 6/9/16 at 9:53pm Well okay I said that a few times before but this time, I mean it I'm tired of being tired. I'm tired of recording my "progress" on scraps of paper I end up losing anyways. I'm tired of starting over multiple times and being just as confused as before. I used to do full body HIIT workouts mainly doing calisthenics 2-3 times a week during the start of my college years and I remember just how AMAZING I felt and looked everyday. Then family issues, changing majors, not eating enough, and life happened. Therefore I fell
  9. So this is it – the beginning. Although actually, everyday there is a beginning, a middle and an end to something. Anyway, it is the start of me being here, pursuing my current goals, trying to become the person I’d like to be. The status quo: I am currently about 10 kg overweight, with about 10 to 15% excess body fat. I have an issue with my self-image, self-imposed pressure and loneliness, resulting in a strong tendency for emotional eating. Fixing my diet without overdoing it is quite hard for me. I suffer from slight hypothyroidism that is sometimes hard to get controlled, which ofte
  10. Greetings to all of you! I am Lunael and I set out on my path to live a life closer to nature. I want to roam the forests, climb trees and learn about all sorts of animals and plants. I want to explore the wilderness, quick with my feet and quick with my bow. First of all, I want to get my diet in order, freeing myself from emotional eating, sugar addiction and guilt feelings. I want to increase my fitness, but slowly this time, and start to do archery again. Thus, I began my first official challenge this year at 5th of February and those are the rules CHALLENGE GOAL: Reduce BF-percent
  11. Great Creator, I see my enemy, but they're cunning and fierce. I plan to attack on the dawn of the second sunrise. I know I cannot face them in battle alone, and you have provided the allies I need to succeed. It will all end with them or me, and if it's war to my dying day, so be it. These spirits of the Shadow do not oppress me alone, but every living creature in this land. It was you who saved me from the Shadow's deadly grasp. It was you who appointed me with the sight to see beyond this physical realm into where the spirits deal, your realm and the enemies'. You gifted me with great ski
  12. I made an effort to start tracking my progress at my gym for the weights I lift, but I have a problem: How much to the dang bars weigh? One odd-ball is labelled as 20Kg, but the 3 other (apparently unlabelled) barbells are different. Barbell type 1: I assume most of the barbells are the same weight (around maybe slightly heavier than the 20Kg?)Most of the barbells have round stoppers (whatever holds the weights out from the center of the bar) and seem to be about the same weight.Seems to live on the bench press (no one moves that bar around like the others)Barbell type 2: hexagonal stoppe
  13. I've always been a very tiny girl (5 feet, 88 lbs) and for as long as I can remember very weak. I'm 21 now and I've just recently started going to the gym in hopes of getting stronger and bigger but mostly just stronger, thankfully I have noticed a difference in my body from when I first started but as I continue going to the gym i'm not sure if i'm seeing any more results. I think it may have something to do with my exercise routine, I do a split routine for all my major muscle groups but I don't really switch up the exercises. For example, whatever exercises I do for leg day, I would just re
  14. Hello, everyone! Wow, what an usual post for this part of the forum, no? I thought I'd do so here, though, not as a means of picking myself back up after failure, per se, but to really become reacquainted with the forums, and to state where I'm at personally. When I first signed up several months ago, I was not in good shape. Digestion was a wreck; turns out I had a case of S.mall I.ntestinal.B.acterial.O.vergrowth. I was still fighting my past as a former vegan, trying to push away ANY opportunity to eat animal foods, and eating soy from tempeh and tofu, which it turns out my body absolutel
  15. Heyo! I'm Storm (or at least I wish that was my name, because it's awesome) I am starting my focused storm of fitness and health on Monday. Clinical for FNP is ended for 6 weeks, so it's a great time for me to focus. Although I still have work and other homework I think it will be a good time. Over the years I have been up and down on my weight. I'm about 5'7 after nursing school and marriage I went form 150 to 180. I have never been "sporty". I have spent most of my life in the band in high school, playing video games, doing homework, watching and reading nerdy things. but after a few year
  16. So I figured since I have been dorking around on this site a whilke it is time to make a log and put a little solidarity to my goals. I have a tendancy to be flighty A little back story... I spent almost 3 years working steady night shift and fully living on nights. I usually spent my off days in my basement playing games so as to not wake the rest of the house. I also have a very very sedentary job, like I can't believe they pay me to be here sedentary. So all those factors led to me being very weak, out of shape and flabby. Back in March 2014 I had my moment when I had to dig some pet
  17. megnaripd

    First Flex

    A curious thing happened yesterday. I was sitting, leaning forward with my elbows on my knees when I happened to clench my hand to grab something and I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye. It was small and subtle but it was definitely there. Now do bear in mind I have been working at the drop weight/increase exercise effort for about 7 months now. But I did it again and there was no doubt, my triceps and biceps flexed, both arms too. Quite a feat for a nerdy fat kid I’ll tell you. Now let’s not get crazy, it could have been mistaken for a twitch. If you were standing over a v
  18. 5/4/2015 - Re-joining the Ranks - new updates till next challenge! Current PR's: Deadlift: 195 lbs (x3) Back Barbell Squat: 150 lbs Bench Press: 75 lbs (x3) My new goals until our next fitness challenge: * Up my cardio - shooting for 150 minutes/week (as suggested to prevent cardiovascular disease) * Go to the gym 5 days a week Lofty Goals: * Double my bodyweight in deadlift - end goal of ~260 lbs (long term), reach 200 lb deadlift (short term) * Bench Press 100 lbs (medium-long goal) * DO A BLOODY PULL UP - can still do a handful of chin ups, but no pull-ups yet! :| ~~~~~~~~~~~
  19. Call of the Wild - Grant intuition, might, and swiftness to yourself and nearby allies. I figured I would go into full swing with the ranger vibe, so each challenge I will be learning a new ability based on ranger skills. For this challenge I will be focusing on gaining intuition, might, and swiftness. My Main Quest: Be able to deadlift my body weight, this is a focus for the beginning of the new year so this may take more than just this challenge. I am focusing on strength instead of just weight loss in order to see results more regularly, and keep myself going through plateaus and ro
  20. William smiled as he looked over his latest email from his handler. They were impressed with the patience he had shown in removing his first mark and were ready for him to move forward. The next one they wanted him closer though. They wanted to see how he could do if he had to be close up with the hit. His handler told him the information would be dead-dropped within a day or two and he would be sent the location. He knew that this one would take more subtly. Now all he had to do was wait. (Goals for this challenge) (100 push-ups/Sit-ups in a single session) Currently at 4 sets of 25
  21. I really want to sit on the couch, watch some TV, and maybe drink a beer. This challenge will be about me resisting that desire. This battle will consist of 4 rounds: Round 1 - Physical Fitness Homer is seen here performing one armed push-ups with a baby on his back. I have been progressing towards one armed push-ups since the beginning of the summer. My goal will be 3 sets of 20 uneven push-ups. An acceptable alternative would be actual OAPs. Round 2 - Physical Appearance When Homer really put his mind to it, he was able to get in shape. I'd like to lose a couple of inches of
  22. And he stepped out on to the road...
  23. Hello, I'm Ani and this is going to be my first challenge. A friend of mine gave me this idea and since I love challenging myself for progress in general, it would be amazing to have even more motivation to train. Main Quest: Most important for me is to get in shape, not only to look good, but to feel healthy also. Main goals: - To lose 4 more kg (from 58 to 54kg) and so to lower my percent of body fat - To be able to do 150 crunches - To run longer and faster (4km for 25 minutes) Work-outs: I work out mostly at home, since I live a bit far from the city center, where the gyms are at
  24. Okay, for the past 5 weeks now I've been doing the BBWW three times a week, and the circuit style has been kicking my ass regularly. I have seen some strength gains, specifically 45 second planks up from 15, and proper push-ups up from knee push-ups. My question is around when s it right to move onto a more traditional strength based routine, with 3-5 sets of 5-10 reps of a handful of exercises spread over a multi day split, etc, etc, etc? I'm asking because I really want to progress to a pull-up, and while I'm fairly sure the BBWW can get me there with progression added to each of the exerci
  25. Hi Nerd Fitness Community! I've seen various blips of information filtering into my life for a while now from Nerdfitness; the community on facebook, Steve's blog and email updates etc. t-shirts!!! and I've decided to do something about leveling up my own life overall. I've got a tonne of aspirations and a life full of tasks and chores, no shortage of motivation, or enthusiasm to get the stuff done (that I'm good at) but I'm permanently tired from having too much going on at once. What I could do with is pointing in the right direction to leveling up generally. I seem to remember se
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