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  1. Hey rebels, long time no talk. My name's Justin. I was on the Facebook men's group for a while but ditched Facebook at the beginning of the year indefinitely. Freedom never felt so good Anyways...on topic. I've been doing Stronglifts more or less on the proper schedule for...3 months plus now? Here's the numbers so far... Squat 205@5x5 Deadlift 235@1x5 Bench 130@5x5 OHP 105@5x5 Row 130@5x5 My last squat attempt, I made it to the 4th set at 210 and chickened out. Deadlifts are still going strong. Bench feels like it i
  2. One of my favourite Shakespeare lines, I don't imagine you could say that out loud without sounding like a badass, and I need more badassery in my life, so I shall endeavour to embody all that is encompassed in that line. Goal 1 ~ Set Up for Success Go to bed at 11 on work nights, midnight on non-work nights. Up with the alarm all mornings on which one is set. It really clicked for me in the last challenge how much easier things are to accomplish when I've had good rest (I mean, I knew this, but apparently I didn't really KNOW this). My job is such that I wi
  3. This is not a themed challenge. They have their place, and I will probably return to them in time, but this one is about self-discovery just as much as self-improvement. And for that, I think I need to take a step back from themes, or creating goals with characters like Aragorn in mind. I don’t wish to sound self-centred, but I do wish to increase my self-confidence, self-believe and self-worth. Goal the First: A healthy body to nourish a healthy mind - Two Stronglifts workouts a week. Include assistance work like push ups and planks - One dedicated bo
  4. Hi everyone, this will be my first time posting in this section of the forum as I just finally decided to get a gym membership, as such I have very little experience weight lifting. So I will start with my stats: Fitness Goals Not just lose weight, I want to also gain strength. Maybe size later on but definitely not a priority right now. Exercise Preference I found the 5x5 stronglifts program super easy to understand and was planning on that being my starting program, but am open to suggestions... Current Physical Stats Male 27 5'11"(1.
  5. I'll be honest, my 48 year old self feels a little silly using words like gainz. LOL. Mixtapes, tho... After a dabble with StrongCurves after home gym acquisition, I've decided to head a little more simple and mainstream with SL 5x5. I may modify a bit for recovery if any problems arise, i.e. squats to 3x5 or eliminating the hip thrusts or increasing smaller amounts (I have really cute little 1 1/4# plates that I want to use ). Step count is mostly to get me moving a bit more outside of the weights. I sit on my butt all day and it's no good. Food/macros are Eat
  6. Just like the last challenge, now with more lifting! I felt like the last challenge went well on the exercise front. I did miss a couple of runs, but only one was for no good reason. I'm seeing some progress with the runs, even if it's slow progress, but that's been keeping me as motivated as I can be. It was hit and miss with my other goals, but I still feel like, overall, it was more hits and fewer misses than it has been. This time 'round, I want to add the lifting back in. I did some Stronglifts in the past and enjoyed it well enough, so I'll go back to that, starti
  7. 1. Track all the foods 2. Track all the weights, even embarrassing weight gainz 3. Stronglifts 3x per week until lifts back up to previous max 4. Alan Thrall's 10 min mobility video once a day, preferably before evening shower to create habit Changed #4 on January 12 to: Check and maintain a daily work to-do list.
  8. Hi all! I'm looking for advice for picking accessory lifts to do as a complement to a 5x5 program. I'm a competitive ballroom and latin dancer, so my goals with strength training are a mix between physique - achieving a leaner, more muscular one - and strength, especially in my back, legs, glutes, and abs. Upper body strength / muscle definition is good for my ego, even if it doesn't directly help with my sport. I've been following the stronglifts 5x5 program for about a month, switching over from sporadic use of the first google result from men's fitness when I looked
  9. Ok guys, you can read or ask about me in the Introduction topic. First a few thing simportant for this log. - I started SL 5x5 two weeks ago, except for my second day - I had to move a lot of things at school that day - I went to every workout. - I have a handicap. Some form of Spina Bifida. Due to this: my left legmuscles are shorter than normal: so my right muscles are under a lot of stress, Also I have a very sensitive back. This is why I changed the Overhead Press, to SHoulder press, to stress my back less. - From time to time certain weights in my gym go missing (pro
  10. December is the last month of my superhero year. I am going to take this month to transition from being a hero into next years theme… SO my final superhero of the year has a dark side, she has vengeance in her heart. Thus she is a good fit for the end of this year that has seen many trials and obstacles to overcome. I am tired of always being good and trying to do what I should do rather that what I want to do. I needed to take care of many things in 2016 and I did. With any luck my life will stop being played in “epic mode” and I get back to something moe manageable. I will focus on ta
  11. Kinda fell off the map at the end of the last challenge. I've been busy, and NF took a back seat, and it only ended in mediocrity anyway. So this time I'm rewinding, then replaying. Basically, I'll be copy and pasting the last challenge into this one, the goals are the same. And by 'basically', I mean that's exactly what I'm about to do. One thing I will say, before I do that, is that, during Zero Week, I actually had a good(ish) run. In the past year or so, I've lost some of my motivation. When I first started this fitness journey, I could see my goal, and every time I felt like q
  12. So...I'd like to add some MRT into my Stronglifts rotation to pick up the cutting/fat loss pace. Problem is, I don't know what I can do without impairing recovery on my off days or going too far on my lifting days. Thoughts? Probably best to do any MRT on my lifting days, but since Stronglifts is whole body...you see where I'm going with this?
  13. I'm still in the fight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Last challenge I experimented a wee bit and really enjoyed it but due to the nature of this challenge and the fact that finals are coming up I won't be able to do a narrative for this one. However, part 2 to my last challenge is coming I swear! For this challenge i'll be doing a lot of new things! For starters I got my hands on the NF superpack and will start my Jedi training consisting of handstands, meditation, and Olympic rings. Alright now onto the WAR part of this challenge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Challenge theme mus
  14. I can't believe my Pokemon journey began a year ago today. I never thought it would take this long, but after defeating the indigo league only to be knocked out by the champion, I had a grudge to settle. I recouperated in Pallet Town before embarking on another journey, seeking strength and wisdom across Kanto's coast, under the mountains, through cyberspace, into the deep dark forest and amongst the islands. Now I'm ready to return to take out the Elite 4 and challenge the Champion again. Personal story (skip if you want to): In 2014 I worked hard to move past d
  15. Hi guys. I've been laying low and recovering after my leg injury caused a subsequent loss of motivation in my challenges, and the narrative associated with them. For that reason, I won't be doing a narrative this challenge; the jury is still out on whether or not to change my username. (If I do, it'll be to Callanthar, my World of Warcraft character, who happens to be a hunter, the WoW equivalent of a ranger.) For this challenge, I'll be channeling the various abilities of a D&D party, emulating the various strengths that make them so successful. And of course, absorbing the strength of
  16. So last week for the second year in a row I got to spend an amazing 5 days (+2 extra in Atlanta) in the woods with THE MOST AMAZING NERDS ON THE PLANET! Camp was yet again one of the most mind blowing experiences of my life, and the things I learned and the people I met and reconnected with will stay with me always. There's a hashtag on social media we use #CNF365 to represent bringing all the goodness we got there into our every day lives. My goals this challenge, and until the end of the year, are to do this hashtag justice. October is also going to be in INSANE month for me.
  17. Howdy Rangers! This will be my third challenge with the Rangers. For those of you who didn't follow my first challenge, this challenge will be written a little differently than most. The majority of the posts in this challenge comprise a story, written in-character by Ranger Five. In character posts will be in green. These posts make up the story. I'll be writing about a zombie apocalypse setting, with a lot of inspiration from Zombies, Run! the app, but my own plotline. So don't worry about spoilers outside the first mission. If I've done my job, you won't be able to tell what's
  18. This challenge started on Sunday, I just noticed it today but I've been going to the gym since last week with a strength-increasing goal in mind so I think I qualify to participate in this challenge. My goal for this challenge is really just to go to the gym somewhere between 6-7x every 2 weeks and work on increasing my strength using the Stronglifts 5x5 program (with a couple of minor modifications). The basic Stronglifts program is 5 exercises: "A" day = back squats, bench press, barbell rows, "B" day = back squats, overhead press, deadlifts Modification = r
  19. I'm on a Pokemon journey seeking true power in the wild and mysterious corners of Kanto (superimposed on my town). For the story so far see my battle log. I sure love my points systems, averages, targets and grading. I want to set a goal, laser focus and smash it. But right now that's not the most effective approach. I have a well-established fitness routine and it's more important to try to balance my mental and physical effort to avoid burnout than to tick off a checklist. So I will be grading each week on effort rather than points. My r
  20. Hey everybody! In case you´re wondering, I took a while off and used week zero to think about life, lifting and love. Which takes me to my challenge: You´re used to me filling my threads with tons of gifs and pics (because more gifs is more gainz u know), you´ll be surprised. No funny gif themed stuff, I´ll keep it simple this time: BarbarianBassBro starts success simply living, lifting, loving - short BBBSSSLLL Quest 1) Lift 3 times a week and don´t forget the accessorys Quest 2) Eat selfcooked meals and drink at least 2 liter water, avoid fast food and
  21. Last challenge went so-so for me. I have been doing really well in terms of continuing on with what habits I have built up for a while now, but I can't help but feel like I am coasting. I have 5 weeks to finish (i.e. start and finish) real training for the PL comp at CAAAAAAAMMMPPP! I've been powerlifting for almost 2 years now, but due to some unrelated injuries, some emotion stuffs, and a bit of just general slacking I have not progressed nearly as far as I would want to by now. I regularly deload or don't increase my weights when I'm feeling meh and just don't really push myself, in addi
  22. (I'm pretty happy the MSPaint editing came out so well!) Goal 1: Continue with Stronglifts. Zero week is week 10 of Stronglifts. At the end of the challenge, I’ll have completed week 14. I’m doing a 2 week deload on squats to work on form a bit. I’m going to keep going on the other lifts. I’ve been working on my bench form a bit as it’s now the lift I probably have the poorest form on. My elbow angles change between sets. I’ll be interested to see if I can make it through this challenge without missing a bench rep. Goal 2: Accessories – I’ve got to start doing
  23. Run, run, run Late again. But it's nothing new this time around, just trying to clean up my diet further and and in more positive habits. I have a 20-mile and a 23-mile training run during this challenge, so I'm trying to not hyperventilate at the thought. I call it 'running' even though I do run/walk intervals. I may be going to France for 2 weeks during this challenge, and would have to adjust the training plan accordingly. A major mini-goal is to avoid deviating from the plan as much as possible, because I tend to get distracted/seduced by other plans easily. Overarc
  24. Challenge under construction! This is my town, Pokemon-ified. For backstory visit my Battle Log. I'm currently suffering from Rangerbrain, busy-ness and low energy. So, this challenge I will try to find a sort of balance. Things I need (ok just really want) to do 3x Stronglifts (mostly just maintenance as I build my squats back up) 2x Gym visits 1x kickboxing 1x Bushwalking (rucking?) 4+ hours of Lynda lessons ? Hatch 10km of Pokemon eggs each week Knee strengthening (tbd by physio) My possible week:
  25. Hello Rangers! I still need to post the recap to my first challenge, but the new challenge went up faster than I expected, so I decided to put mine up sooner rather than later. This will be my second challenge with the Rangers. For those of you who didn't follow my first challenge, this challenge will be written a little differently than most. The majority of the posts in this challenge comprise a story, written in-character by Ranger Five. In character posts will be in green. These posts make up the story. I'll be writing about a zombie apocalypse setting, with a lot of inspiration from Zo
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