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  1. No, I'm not going to do anything political-themed, despite that quote. Fear not. I just couldn't get the idea for a title out of my head once I had it, lol. So basically, I've REALLY been struggling lately. Constantly failing challenges, yo-yoing in weight, and I recently described how my life has been going lately to somebody as 'kinda like watching Black Swan, super stressful/distressing, but at the same time really good.' I know that technically I'm in a very good place - I have a lovely apartment with no roommates, I live in a wonderful area, I have a stable job that pays decently well and
  2. I haven't passed a challenge in a long time. Like since my original account two years ago I went back and looked at what I did then, to see what the difference was, and I only noticed two differences. 1) Successful challenges weren't splitting my energy multiple ways. EVERY goal on the challenge had something to do with losing weight, and they worked together really well. So as much as I liked my 'adulting/self care' goal from last time, I'm going to ditch it in favor of the tried and true cardio/strength/diet recipe. 2) I had a lot of interactions with my support network. I w
  3. Jason Bourne was the tip of the iceberg. Treadstone continues as Blackbriar, and we are still out there.... So I am taking a page from an old NF article and learning to live like Jason Bourne this challenge. Goal 1: I can run flat out for half a mile before my hands start shaking In preparation for my Half Marathon in September, I need to run lots and lots of half-miles, a.k.a. 800m repeats. Specifically, I will work my way up to 10x800m in three sessions on odd weeks of the challenge (even weeks will be distance training). Goal 2: No one comes over the mountain. -Yeah, well, I did. Still
  4. Introduction: I’m a 36 year old fat bloke, I have always been the bigger chap (apart from primary school when I was 4/5 years old and I was sent to the doctor as they thought I was malnourished…boy did I get them back!), this helped when playing American Football (O & D linesmen, it was a very small team at the time)but not much good for anything else. After I joined my current employer (8 years ago) I became quite sedentary and I ballooned even more. I have over the years started loads of things to change this but I always ended up falling off the wagon (and hasn’t exactly gone as
  5. So the Bye Weeks Challenge have made me realise something. Six weeks is too big a period of time for me to deal with in one go. It's like when I used to be at uni and would be given a huge assignment months in advance, I would do sod all for months and then live in the library for the last couple of weeks up until the deadline. Two weeks however is a much more manageable chunk. I feel like I can 'make a special effort for two weeks' in a way that sounds mentally exhausting to commit to for six weeks. Also with the usual six week format if I fuck up in the first couple of weeks I then fee
  6. Main Quest: Become My Own Hero In my last challenge, I assembled a ragtag team of freedom fighters to stand up against their oppressors, who happened to have the support of the galaxy-renowned peacekeeping and security contractor “The Beast of Eschatonâ€. We won the battle, but there is still much to do before we win the war.... In light of its recent defeat and the news that our rebellion has acquired backing and new weapons from a group of fabulously wealthy and equally anonymous donors, the BoE has called in reinforcements from off-world to wipe us out. We’ve managed to hack their dat
  7. To whomever may find this bottle, I am the last survivor of the S.S. Phoenix Burning. I will not regale you with the horrible details of that day, most of which are too fantastical to be believed. Suffice it to say that I alone have reached the shores of a deserted island, where I must, somehow, survive on my own wits. Please send help.
  8. I'm starting out on a new path in my strength journey. I got a little anxious about finding the next step when I "broke up" with my last modality (not without giving it a good honest try), but I have to say as soon as I started lining up my options, I felt exceited and liberated. And I'm extremely glad I found Convict Conditining & really hope this will work out, seen as every coach out there really competent on bodyweight exercises is probably working with crossfit (it's really getting big out here now and there's massive money to be made on it). So here I am, with a little experience g
  9. I just read Convict Conditioning and I'm totally excited about starting it! I loved the book, the program, the simplicity of it etc. I'm usually good at having a critical stance regarding ultimate fitness programs, but I confess I can't see any problems with convict conditioning, though I'm sure they're there. Any thoughts, anyone? Anyone successfully followed it? Anyone started out and quit? Got bored? Got hurt? Got strong as fuck & awesome & happy & healthy? Thanks for any insight. (I guess I mostly want to talk about the book... ) My background: Tried some gym here
  10. Hi Everyone I've recently started Convict Conditioning and am really struggling with the pull up progressions. I rarely get to use my pull up bar for my doorway at home but I do have a pull up bar/monkey bars at my gym. At the moment I can just about hang off the bar for twenty seconds but everytime I try again after that I get diminishing returns. Can anyone recommend a good progression or starting point for pull ups? Thanks!
  11. I love the idea of a battle log, I'm currently working on body weight training. Currently Age:28 Male Height 6' 2" Weight 78.5kg I'm currently following the Convict Conditioning bodyweight program. These are my Goals. Push Up Step 1 - Wall Push Up - 3x50 - Achieved! Step 2 - Table Push Up - 3x40 Step 3 - Knee Push Up - 3x30 Step 4 - Half Push Up - 3x25 Step 5 - Full Push Up - 3x20 Step 6 - Close Push Up - 3x20 Step 7 - Un-even Push Up - 3x20 Step 8 - 1/2 1 Arm Push Up - 3x20 Step 9 - Lever Push Up - 3x20 Step 10 - 1 Arm Push Up - 100 Pull Up Step 1 - Vertical Pull - 3x40 - Achieved!
  12. Challenge Goals: Nutrition- Eat Clean! I'm going for 42 days of clean eating. What does clean eating mean to me? Unlimited fruits and veggies, nuts, healthy fats, and full fat dairy in moderation. Organic or grass-fed meat when possible. That's the basics, obviously there's more to it than that. I've been doing really well so far, so it's not a drastic change but a continuation of what I'm currently doing. Fitness- Sprint! I'm going to 24 sprint sessions, which is an average of 4 per week. I also do one "long" run per week. Fitness- Bodyweight workouts! I'm
  13. Following on from my self-imposed exile from the Assassins after my last failed challenge, I'm siging up with the Adventurers (if they'll accept me) as this guilds feels like the most appropriate place for me whilst I rediscover who I am and what I'm doing. Also, there is no Templars guild. This time last year I did set out some long-term goals which I made some success with (although nothing worth mentioning) so, as part of my gritty re-boot, I'm going to set myself some new year-long targets and base my goals for this challenge around them. Goal 1: Lose the excess xmas weight! La
  14. Originally I wanted to give the Druids a try and posted there. They are great folk over there, but I kept checking out my friends here. So, sorry for leaving you guys and going over there. I am a monk. It hit me like a ton of bricks! The urge to mastery. I have studied and practiced taijiquan (tai chi chuan) for almost 30 years and I cannot manifest the empty mind consistently in combat. I have on several occasions had bullet time happen and evaded things that made me see the promise and potential of taijiquan. Now I want to manifest that empty mind on command. I really resonate with Richard
  15. So, I figured at first that I'd do the Spartan and die valiantly and not have to worry about the rest of the challenge, until I started reading about places doing up their Christmas decorations and their Praline Spice Pumpkin Mocha Frappucinos (that's what Starbucks does, right? I'm bad at coffee) and radio stations starting to hit the Christmas music already, all in the name of that all important Q4. And I thought about how fortunate I was to work for a sane, decent company that doesn't indulge in those shenanigans, that takes its mission seriously and lets the product speak for itself- U
  16. I just finished reading "Convict Conditioning" and want to start training according to it. Alas, the "Self Coaching" chapter wasn't as detailed as I had hoped. So I'm still not sure how to start the program. First of all, Paul Wade recommends warming up by doing a 2-4 sets (depending on the individual) of easier variations before proceeding to the working sets. But how do I warm up when I'm at step one with an excercise? Then, how do I determine the rep counts of my working sets? Here's how I understood the program. Let's use push ups as an example. From what I've read, I'd probably do one
  17. I'm going to be homeless, essentially, for this challenge. I've just moved out of my flat, because of a relationship break-up that made my first challenge pretty wobbly (among, of course, other things). I will be coach-surfing and cat-sitting over the summer, while I figure out what's next. In some ways I'm looking forward to it - I can make it a species of retreat, recalibrating and exploring for a while. I like to think I'll be Rangering it up, so here I am. Hello! Breaking up is horrible. You know that. And I've broken up with the best man I know. We still love each other, make each other l
  18. I put together a program I am going to try for four weeks starting this Sunday. It is based on Wendler's 5/3/1 for Crossfit (see "5/3/1" 2nd Ed. by Jim Wendler) with assistance work based on Paul "Coach" Wade's "Convict Conditioning" and Pavel's "Enter the Kettlebell!" So in other words, this is nothing original nor is it something I created. I just used Wendler's template. Any where you see "???" is where I have a blank to fill, such as a fullbody movement on bench day. Wendler says no Oly lifts on upper body days and I will be benching at work where I have fuck all for GPP equipment.
  19. Hi Everyone So, my name is Ben, 31 years old, this is my second Nerd Fitness challenge. My first challenge went pretty well and I reached my target of getting to 20% body fat but, if I'm honest, it feels like a bit of a failure because I all but ignored my strength training during the six weeks. I started with the aim of doing Convict Conditioning three days a week but only managed one workout! So, now it's time to get serious with body weight training! My overall goal is to get down to 15% body fat and the plan is to do this by: 1) Eating clean: Lots of fresh veggies, lean meats, he
  20. Day One Awoke early after a troubled nights sleep. Started the day with some damn fine coffee. As black as Bob's soul. No Cherry Pie in the fridge so made porridge with Blueberries and Raspberries. A good, honest breakfast. Followed the exercises in my standard issue field manual this morning: 20 x Wall Push Ups 15 x Kneeling Push Ups 6 x Full Push Ups 7 x Full Push Ups 5 x Shoulder Stand Squats 20 x Shoulder Stand Squats 20 x Knee Tucks 20 x Knee Tucks] 30 x Vertical Pulls 30 x Vertical Pulls A good workout but troubled by the presence of my old Sacroiliac injury from my last cl
  21. Ok everyone I’m back and I’m ready for another challenge! Taking a break and switching up the way I worked out was a definite success. I finished my PLP challenge right before my big event and can definitely say I feel stronger than ever. Rolling with the success of that workout I’m predicting good things for the next 6 weeks, and hoping for GREAT SUCCESS for all of us. Since the last challenge I started re-playing my absolute favorite game ever, Fallout 2! I love the whole fallout series and have always been obsessed with the post-apocalyptic settings. In all the fallout games there
  22. After failing to reach the goals of his second challenge Impi Shujaa dusts himself off, takes out the "chuks" buys a new pair of genie pants and embarks on his third challenge. Goals Muscular Endurance 100 push ups 30 hanging straight leg raises 20 pull upsStrength 1 muscle up 10 one arm pushups (both sides) clutch flagMobility (3x a week) bridge L hold twists
  23. Challenge 2 2014 Main Goal Lose 70 lbs 54.4 lbs. My Quest Lose 5.4 lbs. I want to get under 168 lbs (12 stones). Goals 1. Continue around 1200 calories daily. Add intermittent fasting 16/8. Only eat between 12-8pm. 2. Daily Convict Conditioning habit. 10am every day (except Saturdays). I will set an alarm. 3. Daily Cardio habit. Every day complete at least one of the following: The Walk Zombie Run, 5k Fitness Video. Life Quest Spend at least an hour every day w
  24. A little late to the party, hope I'm still welcome. Here via fitocracy, which I find really helpful, but lacks the questy RPG fitness joy it promised. Not so this place, I find. All very exciting. Me: An elf, in an elf/dwarf family, who grew up in a community of humans. Consequently always felt I was no good at sport, as the humans played games I wasn't built for. It's taken me a long long time to discover that I can be strong and agile and flexible, it's just that the role models around me didn't fit who I needed to be. If that makes any kind of sense. The upshot, though, is that I feel it
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