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  1. So initially, I was debating do this challenge over at the Ranger’s guild, since I could get a lot more people to look at my form to get it corrected there. Then I realized I should stop being lazy and just use the “Form” subforum, and that really I love you guys all way too much to leave. And after reading a Budo-centered book recently that talked about how a martial artist should do a strength training program, it pretty much cemented the fact that I really don’t have to leave the guild confines any time soon. Which is good, because I’m really horribly antisocial and don’t like
  2. NOW. Where did I put that challenge..... ....Oh. There it is. Goal: Becoming a Warrior: Doing it right. As some of you know, at the very end of the last challenge my boxing coach, who had grown very dear to me, passed away suddenly. Part of my life that was quickly growing came to an abrupt halt. But I am a fighter. I pick myself back up and join you guys the battlefield; here among other warriors who are gaining strength, preparing for their own battles. I need to re-gain focus. So I come here. I come to gain strength. I come to fight. I come to win. I Come to Gain: As part
  3. Hey Everyone! So this will be my 2nd challenge. I'm an undergrad studying at university looking to get a B.S. in biomedical engineering. I originally thought I was going to go to med school and then the difficulty of classes (and the amount of time it takes) hit, so right now I'm exploring options and looking into internships. Anyways with fitness, I've really been thinking about getting into weight training and the more I read about it the more excited I am to get into it. I'm not that sure on how to start, but luckily my school offers a weight training gym class and I'm taking t
  4. I've done the last 2 challenges and decided I need a more permanent place to log my progress. I'm a 39 year old female looking to lose weight and get stronger. My goal is to finish my weight loss by May 2014 with a fuzzy goal weight of 125 -130 pounds. This is not set in stone, especially since I'm lifting weights and getting stronger at the same time. I began following the Starting Strength program in November. I'm currently on week six. Although I did have a set back for the past 4 weeks while I was nursing a shoulder with tendonitis. So I've mostly been squatting and have just start
  5. . Sarrlac digestion Intermittent fasting: only eat in the five hours between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM -Studies suggest that intermittent fasting - independent of calorie restriction - can prolong life, though the mechanism is not entirely understood. The working theory is somewhere between "Maybe it's free radicals," and "Meh?" The results are fairly conclusive, though so I think it's worth a try. This also hopefully make me feel hungry before I eat, as I've gotten into the bad habit of never, ever letting myself get hungry. Grading: Fairly binary. Will detract points by percentage of daily ca
  6. New Challenge and Re-newed Focus for Jefro. I still want to look awesome with my shirt off. My first challenge addressed that and the simplicity worked. I have a lot of other, maybe more nobel motivations, but this is the reason to keep working at it every day. I am lifting weights to burn fat. Goal 1: Lift Monday, Wednesday and Friday I get to log this on this thread and feel awesome as I see the numbers get bigger. I am eating to fuel muscle. Goal 2: Eat Paleo on a "Holiday Sensitive" schedule. I have had great success eating paleo and loosing fat. I still have plenty of fat fuel to ru
  7. First off, a GIANT Thank you to everyone who supported me through my first challenge and hi again to everyone who followed me over here. You guys are the best and you made last challenge so much easier! Also, HI to anyone who is coming to visit for the first time. Main life quest: To turn myself into a better person on all fronts: Stronger, healthier, smarter, nicer, and at a better place in life. Goal 1: Avoid the unknown edibles a la Mrs. Lovett! My biggest vice is pop, but do I really know what I’m taking in when I drink that stuff? Nope, not a clue, but probably it isnâ
  8. "I'm late! I'm late! I'm oh-so-very late!" but a late Mouse is still a Mouse - and for that, she is a Tiger. Hey! I'm trying something very different this time around, folks. Zuel is fantastic for logging, and I'm afraid that my Mouse-like mind doesn't have the devotion (read: free-time at work, 'cause I've landed a fantastic job until graduation that is actually keeping me busy and putting my skills to work) to pull off the same kind of dedicated logging in-thread. However, I want to try "micro-logging", kinda like micro-blogging. So I'll be posting what I can (meals, activity, thou
  9. I've been lifting on and off for about 2 years now, using Starting Strength, and I think I need to move beyond basic linear progression, so I was hoping for some input from the Rebels on where to go next. I'd like to keep working on a three day a week schedule, and continue to focus on the basic lifts: Squat, deadlift, overhead press, bench press and power clean, though I'd certainly be open to adding assistance work of some kind. My initial thought is that I could really use a ligher volume day, to really nail down my form (things tend to get unhinged when I squat over 165 or so). Current
  10. I just finished my first challenge. I had a great experience dropping weight and body fat eating paleo and tracking the changes. Having the forum to check in with really gave me strength and allowed me to endure. I also benefit from having a condensed time frame to work inside- I need that focus! I want to get stronger so I thought this guild is where I should start. I am going to start working through Starting Strength on this challenge. I spent time in a gym lifting weights about 20 years ago, but I am a total newbie. I have EVERYTHING to learn. Mark Rippetoe's book was recommended to me s
  11. I completed my first Nerd Fitness challenge yonks ago when I was just a baby lifter with a sub-200 pound deadlift. Since then, I've been making steady but sometimes slow progress adding to my lifts, with no real motivation to do another 6 week challenge. But now....now there's sibling rivalry in play. My baby sister, CaraStarbuck, thinks she has what it takes to be the swolest sister. (CaraStarbuck, on right, trying in vain to win the yearly sister arm-wrestling contest. Me, on left, toying with her) In the spirit of raising the stakes, whichever sister does better on her six week cha
  12. Hi all! Can't believe it's a new challenge already. Just came back from my holidays and now trying to get back into my routine. Difficult, it is. I'm already late for this challenge so no theme this time. Although I'm still slaying the White Walkers in my head. Before: This is my third NF challenge and I'm switching to the Warriors guild as strength training is all I can think about. Last time I was with Rangers and completely ignored my endurance goal so thought I might actually belong here I started kettlebells in June and barbell training in August. By the end of the last challenge
  13. A Brief Introduction Hello warriors! I just finished my first Nerd Fitness challenge and I'm ready to get swole. The focus was on strength training a little bit of weight loss and body recomposition. I am continuing on with these goals, but this time stepping it up. On the last challenge I managed to lose about 8 lbs and lost about 3 inches from my waist. A friend of mine, who I'll admit tends to exaggerate, said it looks like I'd lost about 20 lbs. I have lost about 15 over the summer, but we all know how weird and tricky weight by itself can be. Main Quest: Get in shape by the time I fin
  14. This is my third challenge. The reason I'm doing this as a first challenge is because I don't feel like I've been successful with a challenge so far. I have adjusted my goals, they now seem reasonable. Let's hope third time's a charm. Main quest: I want to be healthy. I want to be the best version of me that I can be in the time that I’ve been dealt. I need to be aware and conscious of the choices I make. 1 - No grains, sugars or legumes: Eat paleo. I know eating paleo really works for me, but lately haven’t really been too careful with what I’ve been eating. There have been a
  15. Hey fellow NF members, I actually started about three weeks ago but I did want to start a log to keep myself accountable, and to possibly give some insight on the Starting Strength Program to any fellow members who might be interested. About Me: I'm a 26yo Male, 6'1", 176lbs, 18.4%BF taken by bioimpedance analysis. I may actually be a little lower than that, I felt pretty lean a few weeks ago, but I digress. I have floundered around in the world of fitness and diet for about 5 years now. I graduated high school at about 170lbs, very weak, and the epitome of skinny fat. I proceeded to pack on
  16. Hey hey, just starting a post thread for my battle log. I'm currently on the starting strength program, using madcow programming. Current maxes Squat - 265 x 5 Bench - 195 x 5 Deadlift - 295 x 5 Press - 135 x 5 Monday 19th Workout Squat - 135 x 5, 165 x 5, 200 x 5, 230 x 5, 265 x 5 Bench - 100 x 5, 120 x 5, 145 x 5, 170 x 5, 195 x 5 Instead of just cleaning, I did some hang clean technique drills to work on my form a bit. I did a hang clean from mid thigh, just below the knee, then from the ground using 95lbs, 115lbs, and 135lbs for 2 sets each. I'm having a bit of trouble with my h
  17. I've really been working on DL form, seemingly to no avail. Today I filmed a warmup set and a work set. Obviously my back is way too rounded. Which part of the setup am I doing wrong? I've watched Rip's video about three times this week and I think I have the steps down. Is it a mobility issue re: getting my chest up? Or am I missing a step? I had previously been trying the setup advocated by K. Star in Becoming a Supple Leopard. But I felt in that setup I wasn't hitting it either, so I switched back to RIp's steps. This is my work set from two weeks ago attempting the K. Star method: h
  18. About Me Hello everyone. I've been following the site for the longest time and have posted very minimally in the forums up until now. Let me start by talking a little bit about myself. I discovered my love for weight lifting back in February of 2012 and jumped from program to program. At first, I had no idea what I was doing or even where to being, so I'm choosing Starting Strength as my first weight training program. I want to establish a baseline for myself so after I finish with SS, I will have an idea of where I am strength-wise and will be able to carry what I've learned and how far I'v
  19. Wait for me! I realize this is late, but I still have 24 days! This was created from this thread: http://nerdfitnessrebellion.com/index.php?/topic/28648-short-workout-ideas/ This is a keep it simple challenge. And it's going to be pass/try again. Here's the fitness background: I completed a triathlon in April and crushed my time goals (woot!). Now I'm just kind of in a funk because I trained for months and my body still looks the same despite healthy eating and 2 hours in the gym. What am I doing wrong? (Answer: you're not doing anything wrong) ... which leads into the personal backgr
  20. Greetings, fearsome warriors! I'm a ranger, set to embark on a mini-challenge, that involves bridging the gap between guilds. I could use a buddy (or two) to help me along with my lifting! I've been doing the Starting Strengths program for the past few weeks (consistently since the beginning of the current challenge). I've never really done any lifting before, so I'm sort of at a loss. And today, I had a rather humiliating day, failing on the second sets of both my squat and my deadlift. The kicker? Both were at lower weights than I was managing last week. What do I do here? Do I
  21. Hey All, Wanted to get some feedback on people's experiences/thoughts on returning to a linear progression program (a la Starting Strength or StrongLifts) after being off of one. When I started, I used a linear progression (think SS with rows instead of cleans) and made good progress, even while cutting. Eventually (after about 4 months consistent use), I maxed out...then kept grinding away for 3-4 more months but had no improvements to show for it (generally still in a caloric deficit, although not as consistently as the previous 4 months). Technique started to suffer, I was demotivated.
  22. Kamek

    Kamek's Adventure!

    Kamek's starting stats: Height: 5'9 Weight: 240 pounds Race: Freckled but not a ginger Skills: Oversized legs good for car pushes and making it difficult to buy jeans Fitness Goals: 1. Go to BJJ 3x a week 2. Lift Heavy 2-3x a week 3. Lose 10 pounds to get to 230 (Currently 240) Life Goal: - Aside from one free hour a day, only use my computer for school assignments (this has more to do with correcting my posture than avoiding wasting time). For about the last year, I've worked out at home with a 35 pound KB and bodyweight, usually doing interval circuits. I also boxed for a
  23. SLAYER TRAINING 101 session A1, spring 2013 [picture to come, hopefully] Let me tell you a story... So, I play TeraOnline occasionally (just for fun - until WildStar comes out), and my first character was a male Castanic Slayer. He's this lithe guy who wields a greatsword about the size of his body and can easily knock down giant opponents. It's a ton of fun to play that class - they're a perfect storm of mobility (how, with a giant sword, I don't know) and strength. A wonderful inspiration for training. While I can't exactly run around killing giant scaly lizard-dog things with a giant-ass
  24. Hi everybody! So a coworker has been working out with me lately which is great to have someone to chat with at the gym. But we're both pretty motivated so we don't sit there and gossip. So that's a +1 I started Starting Strength and I'm on day 3. It's great so far, still working out kinks in my form. But today was the day that I was attempting to bench the bar. And I did. And it was awesome!!! So that's +2 Then, right before my last bench set a guy came over to me. I had seen him earlier doing barbell rows in the squat rack (which forced me to use another kind of rack, but that's okay).
  25. 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
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