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  1. Another challenge come and gone last go around. A theoretically noble start turned into a jumbled failed attempt at anything. Alas, that is already in the past, so I shall not dwell on it. Daily devotions are now a formed habit, so that can be marked as a success! As for going forward? Boy oh boy I need something to change. A kick in the pants, as the old saying goes. This weekend marked the official start of spring, and so, this is usually the time I start gearing up so that by shorts weather I am ready to go! What is lacking though, is motivation and feel goods.
  2. WHAT DOES STARPUCK LOVE DOING? Getting all the achievements in a game! It's a bit of a curse really, but let's use that to our advantage here! This challenge will be an epic real life achievement hunt. I've even stolen (and tweaked only a little) some of the achievement titles from my favorite RTS game, Northgard! (If anyone loves RTS games, and vikings, let me know! I'd love to get more people to play with.) "THE WISE" :: Complete 5 perfect weeks of devotions. "IN PEAK CONDITION" :: Complete 3 cardio sessions each week, for 5 weeks.
  3. This isn't my first challenge, but this will be my first challenge that I will complete (I hope ). Im a gym owner in the Netherlands and I'm trying to train myself. I am having a really hard time doing my training so I thought to use this topic to get some training structurally. Main goal: One handed pullup! For a long time now I am pretty close to my one handed pullup. And I think it's time to get this hard skill in the books. If I can keep up my training towards this goal, then I should manage it in six weeks. So here we go! I will be posting the progressions that I'm using
  4. I'm a gym owner in the Netherlands and ironically I have a hard time getting myself to train consistently. Last challenge I thought i'd see if posting on these forums would help me and it turns out that it really did! So i'm back for my second challenge Main goal: Practice and implement "the freeze" in movement. The freeze is a static position (usually hard and funky) which I found during my Breakdancing days. Those days are long gone and while I practice all kinds of movement, I never picked up the movements I was doing during these wild years ;). Man, I'm feeling old now!
  5. Tactical- of or relating to a maneuver or plan of action designed as an expedient toward gaining a desired end or temporary advantage. One of my more successful challenges in a while was my Tactical Human™ challenge. I was focused. I was determined. And I was on a mission. That mission was to get my family into a house. Well guess what? I completed my mission! We got the house aaaaaaand we moved in this week! WOOT WOOT! This challenge is taking the success from my former Tactical Human challenge and making this one a success as well. *Insert move in day pic here*
  6. I've decided to do an unchallenged this month. It's summer, it's often warm to here , and I'd rather just go with the flow of summer, take it easy a bit, and not have any written goals. I'll still workout , I like working out, and this month is my final phase of GMB rings 1. I'll mostly eat smart, with a bit of non dairy ice cream and treats thrown in. I have set my computer alarm to go off daily at 9:15 am, which will remind me that I most likely want to get moving on my day. I'm not setting that as a goal though. I'm just going to set the alarm, and then let myself decide what I want to
  7. I was thinking on taking a month off from the forum to focus on graduation, but I think my habits would get too slacking. Instead I'm going to check in every week on Saturday (maybe Sunday), to report on my 3 major goals 1. Leg conditioning: I need to bump up my leg conditioning from 12 to 15 miles per week, running, sprinting, hiking, and swimming all count. My pti told me to make this a habit before ocs. 2. Pull-ups, I'm doing the Armstrong pull up program, so I am going to report my progress weekly 3. Martial arts, can't slack on my training sessions, I've gotta get 4 per
  8. Ok, this is a draft that is subject to change because I am drinking the last of the egg nog .... well-laced with rum. I read over my previous challenges. Wow. We moved 5 times in 5 years. We lost my father-in-law, my brother, my mother, and our dog. My daughter and I both received our doctorates. My daughter got married. I had a string of jobs that were .... um .... not as advertised. The number of changes is mind boggling. I did make some gains. I lost 10 pounds. And I did get a bit stronger. Not as much as I had want
  9. I recently followed someone else's lead and made a plan for 2016. These are the goals I want to accomplish during the year. They are intentionally not SMART goals. All of my challenges in 2016 will be aiming for the goals laid out here by setting smaller SMART goals along the way. This will serve as a dedicated place to keep track of my progress. So here are my goals for 2016 Or you can jump right into 2017 1. Get weight under 200, even better 180, or bf under 25% a. Stabilize meals. I've gotten into the habit again of weekly variances. Th
  10. maegs

    maegs rangers up

    I'm carrying over similar goals from the last challenge. I don't have travel or anything planned that will disrupt my schedule in the way I did last challenge, so it makes it a lot simpler to plan out! So that means I have no excuses for not meeting my goals, right? Previous Challenge Stats STR - 31.75 | DEX - 51 | STA - 51.75 | CON - 83.5 | WIS - 55 | CHA - 50.5 Weight - 164lb Waist - 29 3/4" Belly - 33 3/4" Hips - 38 1/2" Thigh - 22 1/2" Body Fat - 26.6% Goals Goal 1: Sleep Sleep is the foundation of everythi
  11. WOOT! I can officially do 6 strict pullups, beating my brother's 5.5. Next I need to beat 10 (my bf's)
  12. The Target: Muscle-Up Teh Skillz: Redevelop explosive high pullup Redevelop controlled dip Redevelop controlled tiger pushup & russian dip for transition Develop kip
  13. Slight change of focus this month. I'm going with just fitness and yoga goals, and keeping it super simple. Just the essentials. Diet isn't a primary focus - I'm eating okay, having veggies. I'll try to stick with that, but no specific goal or tracking. Having a reasonable sleep schedule is frustrating the heck out of me, and I'm going to just stop stressing about it and see what happens. I was considering adding pushups, but I'm still not 100% on the Sun Salutes. The last few, I'm dropping to my knees occasionally. So I think that is enough pushing for now. PUSH: Keep up with the
  14. So, there is a reason I'm not a druid on NF. Strength, especially upper body strength, is the #1 physical limitation that was keeping me from doing fun things. I had found that I wasn't making much progress trying to focus on building strength through a strictly yoga-based practice, and upping the intensity was mostly just stressing my shoulder, because I am stubborn. I'm sure with the right teacher, right practice, etc. I could have made progress, but I wasn't finding it. So a while back, I tried just a straight up bodyweight strength routine ("You Are Your Own Gym" Mark Lauren) and had great
  15. Last challenge went so well, I'm doing it again. This time, with PULL-UPS! ALL THE PULL-UPS! GOAL: Accumulate a total of 2000 of these things done over the course of the challenge. Each goal has a suggested frequency to reach the goal, but I can do more or less on a given day/week, so long as I accumulate the total number. Numbers don't carry over between goals. (I can't do extra meditation to make up for not doing enough pull ups.) My main focus is the pullups, following Major Posey's Pullup Training Guide (a Pavel-inspired high-volume/moderate-intensity program). Thes
  16. Dragons4Lessa has returned!!! (late to the party, but here regardless!) I did not fall off the wagon, but I have been very busy kicking ass. When we last saw Dragons4Lessa she had not taken her nutrition very seriously. Since then, she is working with a nutrtion coach for the past 5 months, went full Paleo for about a month and greatly increased calories. She has lost 11 inches overall and 7lbs in the last 5 months. Since November 2015, she has lost 23 lbs and KEPT IT OFF. November 2015 September 2016 Fitness quests Learn how to
  17. “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.” Previous Challenge Stats STR - 27.75 | DEX - 45 | STA - 40.25 | CON - 67 | WIS - 38.5 | CHA - 44.5 Weight 178lb Waist 31 1/2" Belly 36" Hips 41" Thigh 23 1/2" Body Fat 27.33% Goals Sleep Bed by 10:30pm unless socializing - I'm going to try some different things to see if I can figure this out +2 CON +2 CHA Cardio 30 minutes of cardio at least 1x per week +1 STA Swim 1x per week +1 STA Mobility Daily mob
  18. I mentioned on another thread a theory that is very attractive, which is that as we pass through fall and approach winter we should expect to do less and sleep more and want to be at home more because it's the season for HIBERNATION. ok, LET'S ALL BE BEARS. my interests are shifting pretty rapidly because, you know, ASSASSIN PROBLEMS. also experience has proven that I'm not very good at hibernating or not doing everything I want to do. so this challenge here we go now! * go to the gym. it's cold and dark and I am not interested i
  19. Hello everyone! Last month's challenges were loads of fun. I really enjoyed following along with several people and hope to follow a few more this time. I'm doing things a bit differently this month. First, I'm not starting any new Nerd Fitness Academy quests. I'm going to do the ones that I've been working on, but that's it. Second, I'm only going to add two new challenges which will be on going throughout the next 5 weeks and beyond. These are Co-Op, so you are very welcome to join in. Part One: Diet. I've been following a personalised version of the
  20. Camp Nerd Fitness is only one month away! "We're not out here flipping tires to be better tire-flippers. We're doing it to be better period. Better, stronger, more determined humans. Capable of anything. To honor our bodies and sharpen our minds. To be more human." “You have to prepare for everything; this is the true way to build this, to build Batman.” Starting weight baseline: ~200 lbs. Reweighing pending. CrossFit Skill Metrics: CrossFit Metrics #BeMoreHuman Nutrition accountability measured thr
  21. Stumbled across this story and found it interesting enough to pass along - particularly for those of you contemplating learning pull-ups. The program is called "Zero to Twenty-plus" and is designed for everyone, from absolute novice to more advanced users. The blurb from the article: (http://www.marines.mil/News/NewsDisplay/tabid/3258/Article/673308/zero-to-twenty-plus-marine-develops-program-to-improve-pull-ups.aspx) I've included a series of links found in the article, as well as a website that seems to be re-posting the same information. http://www.marine
  22. I'm taking week 0 to reconsider all of my health goals, so this will be a work-in-progress post to mark what I've come up with so far before posting my goals for this challenge. First, a recap: September - October 2015: Rest and recovery from injury. November - December 2015: Start BBWW and walk-at-home again. January: Improve cardio/BBW to pre-injury levels. February: Posture, attitude, and start Parkour. March: Pushups, pullups, re-injury. April: Recovery, pushups, pullups, begin walking outside. Considering two injuries in the past 8 m
  23. I might still be working on this a bit, but here is my new challenge! I tried to make all the quests support each other - running counts as outside time, outside time counts on my to do list, etc. Also, my to do list is flexible enough that I can adapt for anything that may come up - as long as I plan it the night before it counts. Quest 1: Get Moving! I will continue working towards a pull-up three days a week. And I will be adding in couch to 5k. Tentatively, I will be running on T, TH, Sa and doing bodyweight progressions on M, W, F, with an extra
  24. Alright! New term, new challenge, new home! Well, I've still seven weeks before we even get the place, but it's a pretty big deal. I'm going to keep this challenge pretty short this time though. Exercise: Grease the Groove: Pull ups and dips have been added to my routine, but they are not proceeding as quickly as I would like. And, on my pull ups, I'm not quite getting to the bar. I feel like I'm getting the full range of motion in my elbow (i.e. I can't flex my arm any more). Maybe I need to widen my grip a bit to allow my back to move more. (Maybe I need to film it?)
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