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  1. Goal 1: Stop eating like a jerk. While it is not a measurable goal, it is by far my most challenging. To make it interesting, if I DO eat like a jerk, I will post it here. Not to be made fun of, but because I hope that the act of having to post it will keep me from eating it. For example: if the husband brings home a macro-friendly dark chocolate bar for us to split, that is not eating like a jerk. If I stop and buy a king sized Reece's cup on the way home, that IS eating like a jerk. I promise to be honest. Goal 2: Lots of folks have been
  2. Hi Rangers! I had a blast in the Druids but it's good to be home. What I've been doing isn't working so I've decided to change course and not rely on the gym right now, but strength train regularly at home, hoping that will give me the energy to sort my shit out, get my bike fixed and go to the gym more. This map roughly corresponds to my town which I will be moving out of at the end of the year. It's such a beautiful place I want to make sure I've enjoyed it before I leave - and what better way to do that than by gamifying it? This challenge I will be exploring Mt Moon - visiting
  3. 55kgs / 121lbs. Gaze upon its beauty. Picked that magnificent bastard up. Put it down again. PROPERLY. Next time deadlifting comes around, it'll be more than my own bodyweight. Feeling good!
  4. Hello Warriors! I've been waiting SO LONG to get in here. People have been telling me to lift heavy to reach my goals, but due to a chronic lack of money and space I was never able to build myself that power rack *sniff*. I tried and hated bodyweight workouts; incidentally, does anybody else here hate them? Meanwhile, over the last couple of years I read New Rules of Weightlifting for Women and dabbled in home workouts including HIIT, running, dumbbells, dance, kettlebells etc; all the while dreaming of pumping that iron. Well, the time has finally come: I somehow managed to wangle three month
  5. My goals last round went well, so this round is going to be similar. I have no theme... Goal #1: Train for and execute the June triathlon Bf and I are doing a 3mi canoe, 3mi run, 8mi bike (half distance compared to previous years) 6/5. We need to practice canoeing (the first year we had a disagreement in the canoe), plus normal training. Goal #2: 5 servings veggies/day Still trying to find a balance. Focusing on incorporating more vegetables seems to help squeeze out carbs. Goal #3: Sleeping/Waking routine Having no kids, and really not that
  6. i had the same dilemma many people probably face, my gym had one power rack and 8000 pieces of isolation or cardio equipment. i hated having to go late at night just to ensure that i would be able to workout without waiting forever just to do squats and not being able to take a break between sets. i started looking around at home gym setups and what kind of workout i could do to make it worth investing in minimal equipment, since i would have to purchase all of it. i found (like most people) the Stronglifts 5x5 workout. it even has a handy app and a good amount of info about each l
  7. The Introduction Hello, dearies! If you can't tell from the above gif, I have been watching a lot of Once Upon a Time lately. At first I thought of it as a guilty pleasure, but then I started to realize that this show is actually quite good. Modern takes on fairy tales, not only having kick-ass strong female characters but the entire cast essentially being strong female characters, having Disney characters being gay, amazingly creative costuming and makeup, and overall incredibly imaginative plots that totally switch everything up that you thought you knew
  8. Fellow Warriors, I wandered for a spell, trying to manage all the things and only eeking by! Most of 'all the things' started to manage me instead of the other way around. It took almost 1.5 years of wandering, but I am starting to manage my life again. My family and I have been able to check some big-ticket items off our list (part of 'all the things'), and I am seeing a light at the end of the tunnel for the other 'things'. The biggest benefit to NF is that I can create goals and have them in front of me on a daily basis...this will be key in re-learning how to man
  9. April is here ladies and gents, and I didn’t even take a break so I’m late to the proverbial party, but not the actual party. Like seriously, this is me vs the party right now There will be copious amounts of gifs and memes this challenge, because I have an unhealthy habit of finding a meme to answer everything. Always. I’m only gonna apologize once, and that was it. Right there. Just now. I was also gonna do measurements today - but shark week showed up and bloated me up like a whale and I’m not eeeeeven gonna do that kind of da
  10. Between grad school, wedding planning, report cards, testing, and a million things, I had to sit February and March out. But it's spring! Days are longer! Snow is wetter and heavier! Green has begun to appear! And I am back for a new challenge (one which I have already started... shhh) Quest 1: STR ↑ I will attend the gym 3x or more a week. Days of the week will change, but I plan to do at least 2-3 days of Stronglifts and at least 1-2 days of cardio (Zombies Run!) Quest 2: Food LVL ↑ I am using Staci's level 1 lunch plan I already did it this week, but I have some i
  11. World 3: Neverland - Learn to Fly “You’re Peter? My great and worthy opponent? No! Smee, who is this imposter?” “Give me time! I’ll get him in shape and you can have your war.” “Two months.” “Four. Bare minimum for a decent Pan.” “Three… final offer!” “Done!” “And you’d better deliver, Miss Bell, or no amount of clapping will bring you back from where I’ll send you.” “Hear me, men! For reasons of good form, I have decided that the so-called Pan will return in three months to comm
  12. Hey folks, Chinchilling with the warriors for the March challenge and going for a minimalist theme (spoilers: there is no theme). Challenge #1 – Track all the Füds Looking to hit some daily macro goals and that means MFP-ing everything I eat for a month or so until I get a better handle on what eating that much protein and fiber looks like. Doing two meals a day, intermittent fasting makes tracking easier, but cooking most meals paleo from scratch does not. Challenge #2 – Track all the Progress Did Stronglifts for a decent while and my eventual plateau was more form related than the
  13. My Pokemon and I have journeyed far and wide through Kanto collecting 8 badges, honed our skills in preparation for the Elite 4, made our way to the Indigo Plateau to defeat four of the region's top trainers and finally stand before the ultimate challenge, the Champion of the Indigo League. Oops! Charizard knocked out all my Pokemon! (I tore a tendon in my knee during my first Krav Maga Class). Alternate challenge: Pidgeot - mobility every day, alternating between feet and shoulders. Maybe look up some videos of exercises for the neck and wrists, since I'll be spending a lot of time drawi
  14. Ahh...March. My goals remain the same: Continue linear progression on Stronglifts. Be smart and don't hurt myself. Log workouts here. 3x per week. May try out power cleans, we'll see. Track my (insert word of your choice for emphasis) food. A walk really won't kill me. It's nice out, now. Birds are chirping, flowers are poking up. Walk. Just, walk. Log it here when I do - even if I don't have time for a proper update. LUYL This one is harder. I have a goal, but my real life stuff doesn't always belong on the internet. So...very generally speaking, I need to avoid the toxicity
  15. I'm back! Last challenge my life took a turn for the crazy. My classes started getting really time consuming, I got more responsibilities piled on me at my job, I went on vacation, and my family life got a little hectic. All this resulted in me, for the first time since joining the rebellion 17 wonderful/crazy/difficult challenges ago, having to step away from the forums for a few weeks and settle back into my life. I missed you all terribly, there were so many times I’d be like “oh I can’t wait to tell the nerds!†and then I’d remember I had to use my time doing other things. NF h
  16. World 2: The Capitol - Train for Survival 02.29.16 - 03.25.16 Target 1: Improve survival skills (work out 30+ minutes 10 times) Target 2: Eat for strength (track food/water intake 15 days on MFP) Target 3: Rest while I can (be in bed by 11pm 15 nights) Bonus: Stay flexible (stretch and hang 15 times) Starting stats (02.29.16): Weight: 189.2 lbs Body Fat: 35.5% Push Ups: 1 Pull Ups: 0 Progress Reports Target 1 Workouts Completed: 8/10 02.29 -
  17. Hello everyone! Many assassins will know me, because I have partaken in quite a few of their challenges. I haven't finished them all, and sometimes the 6 week challenges are hard for me to keep up. Which is why I want to try out a battlelog. When I'm not here, I miss you guys. But the challenges can give me a bit too much pressure. I still hope that I will once in a while participate in challenges, but for now a battlelog it is! Meow! What I will do in my battlelogs: Every Sunday/Monday I will give a summary of the previous week. The summary consists of all the activity I did (workouts
  18. Greetings, Nerds. My quests are basically a copy of last month. Lift 3 x per week. Post numbers here. Continue to follow stronglifts with DB row modification. Lift smart and deload or repeat when poor form or ROM occurs. Last challenge I earned a perfect score on working out, so I think that lifting is my jam. Oh, hot Food. Last time I completely failed my tracking challenge. So I am trying again. (Once more, with feeling?) Walking. I mean, it's just one darn foot in front of the other - WHY CAN'T I MAKE THIS A HABIT? I desperately need cardio in my life. I have considered hitt
  19. Pre-Challenge Spiel So my previous challenge was meant to reset my body and my mind for the upcoming year. It did that to an extent. It forced to make more time for myself in my busy (and getting busier) schedule and also to really focus on what I am putting into my body. I have upped my water intake significantly and aside from slipping up on a business trip week, did not drink alcohol for the whole month of January. I feel pretty great and refreshed and am so ready to start hitting things hard again! But going hard is uh... hard. For those of you who haven't been following me, I had a hi
  20. Well I had a lot of fun and did pretty well on my first challenge and I am back for round 2. Goal: My goal is to lose 12 lbs over the course of this challenge. In order to do this I will have to disregard the life lessons that I have from one of this generation's greatest minds. Quest 1: Workout 6 days per week. I will be doing the Stronglifts 5x5 program three days per week, working with my trainer 1 day a week and doing steady state cardio on the elliptical 2 days per week. Quest 2: I will eat vegetables with at least one meal every day. Quest 3: No fast food. If it has
  21. Main Quest: My main quest has taken on a new form. After the end of the previous challenge, I made a roadmap for 2016. It encompasses my goals for 2016. All my challenges for this year will be geared toward getting me closer to those goals. This is the first challenge of the year and it follows a fairly undisciplined winter break. I need to get on some solid footing during this challenge. Luckily, the challenge is only 26 days long so I don't really feel like I am 'wasting' a challenge. The format for the last challenge worked really well for me. And I have found my spirit animal in
  22. 'Yo! Champ in making! At POKEMON LEAGUE, you have to face the ELITE FOUR in succession. If you lose, you have to start all over again! This is it! Go for it!' Lorelei: Ice Type 'Welcome to POKEMON LEAGUE! I am LORELEI of the ELITE FOUR! No one can best me when it comes to icy POKEMON! Freezing moves are powerful! Your POKEMON will be at my mercy when they are frozen solid! Hahaha! Are you ready?' Quest #1: Don't Freeze Up (Mobility) - 5min flow every morning - Shoulder mobility twice a week Critical hit: attend Body Balance (yoga/pilates/Tai Chi mix) class Bruno: Fighting Type 'I
  23. Who is Archon? I joined NF 2 weeks before the June 2015 6WC started. At that point, I was 1 week into a new workout routine, and 3 weeks into attempting to eat better. There are links to my introduction and my previous challenges in my sig below. Feel free to rummage around there. Summary: I’ve gone from 277 lbs at the end of January 2015 down to 240 now, dropping from around 33% body fat down to 24%. For a long time I was hanging out with the adventurers as my primary goal was weight loss, but I have now transitioned into a more balanced fitness & wellness routine and am looking to get
  24. Hello everyone I've been an assassin for my last several challenges, but I am here to work on getting a steady diet of iron in my workouts. Main Quest: I'm getting married in July and I would like to fit into my wedding dress. Steady relationship weight and the holidays have not been kind to me and I need to get into some sustainable habits that will allow me to hopefully drop some body fat before the big day. I think 20 lbs is not unreasonable. Quest 1: Go to the gym & lift weights 3x a week. I have some trainer appointments to use up, and then my fiancee and I are doing Strongl
  25. WARNING: MASSIVE HUGE BRAIN VOMIT AHEAD. FEEL FREE TO SCROLL DOWN TO THE OTHER SHTUFF (labeled as such for your convenience) Heads up: my wordsplosion below, while it obviously has impacted what I chose as my goals, doesn’t really have a ton to do with my challenge, and aside from the mega nerd love and life leveling up description to follow, it’s not really nerd related either. I just felt the need to get this stuff out there, kind of as a re-intro for me, or updated Raxie background… or something. This challenge happens to fall upon a very meaningful/kind of emotion heavy time of ye
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