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  1. First of all - Hello Warriors! May I join your training grounds for some time? I realized my training fits here way more than with Rangers since I gave up on running. Not the best way to start a new year with an injury, but shit happens and this time it happened to me. On Nov. 28th I botched a turkish get-up attempt with 40kg kettlebell, dropping it on my left index finger. Luckily bones were mostly intact, but I spent almost three weeks wearing a splint due to soft tissue damage. Right now I regained about 30% of finger mobility, and I guess about 10% gripp
  2. Man, I disappear for like a month and y'all gotta go and change things. Huh. Neato. Reminds me of the old days. When last I was here, I was working on a novel for National Novel Writing Month and had just gone through the Book of Five Rings, which essentially worked out to being re-skins of the same challenge about 5 times in a row. I didn't plan it that way, and I think it was a little lazy of me looking back, but I took some good from it, and given all the everything around here in the past year, I reckon some consistency was actually rather called-for. And why did I
  3. I'm closing in on 4 years in the forum now, having done my NF Introduction back right before leaving The North. I've finally been able to catch-up on updating my original training log, Third World Warrior: The Eight-Year Training Log (after some technical difficulties deleting like 2 years of logs) and I'll be using the Daily Battle Logs to both track my training and consolidate my challenges. I have been all over the place most of my life, hence many challenges with Rangers, but my issue is that I feed my training ADD and just ride the tides, making hay when the sun's out. Because of this I'v
  4. Silver Ranger The journey was taking them longer then they had ever though possible, and been even more treacherous than they anticipated. But, the band of elves, humans, and halflings trusted their leader, and knew she would find their goal. As they momentarily paused to rest, their guide the Silver Ranger, looked for tracks in the woods. She had been a Ranger for a long time, leading many others on similar quests. She had helped dwarves locate hidden gold, tracked villains who had managed to elude the sheriffs, and even found lost children. The band she was leading now wa
  5. Hi! I'm KB Girl. Even though it's a lame name it's still quite accurate because i want to be the best kettlebell sport coach there ever was... and I'd like to be a somewhat decent athlete too* Currently i'm 6,5 weeks post partum, so this challenge i'll mostly be working on getting some strength and endurance back. *Because being an athlete is not fun exactly... but it's challenging and awesome and worthwhile. This video is from one of my best memories ever, my set during the european championships of 2018 (amateur category). The cheers from my teammates are amazing! And we had suc
  6. I need to get down to basics. 1. Bike rider - Races or no, I need to ride. If I’m not a biker, what even am I? 2. Kettleballer [sic] - I got stronger over the winter. Better to keep it than lose it. 3. Teacher - Keep in touch with my students, maybe provide some learning. Keep the school habit going with my own kids. 4. Hausmann - Mrs. Sloth is working more than she did in the beforetimes and I’m home all day. I ought to do my fair share around here.
  7. The Uncertainty is getting to me. I remember the before times, and wish they could go back. I think to the future, and know this will eventually end. Right here, right now, it feels like we are locked in a never ending cycle. There will come a time when I scream defiance at the universe and decide to Ranger the Heck out of my circumstances. Right now, as I write this challenge before the previous one ends, I know what will help is to lean into the angst and acknowledge it. What better way to do that than to post songs from Angst Rock? Angst Rock is the name I made up for Rock that
  8. Well, what an interesting place the world is in right now. I used my GL powers to post this thread early, though some of you can only see it when the forums went live. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, this is magic. All that to say the world as it is right now may not be the world as it is when the forums go live, so my apologies if anything is out of date. As some of you may know, I work as a hospital chaplain and volunteer as a police chaplain. That means I'm paying both personal and professional attention to the pandemic. It also means that I will still be going
  9. Until Mrs. Sloth changes her mind on trying for one of them quaranteens I’m going to be focus on getting #quaranjacked. #2kettlebellsandamicrophone Details: Day 1: KB Snatches Day 2: KB Strength Day 3: KB Mobility Biking whenever I feel like it and have time. My body is used to 10,000 steps a day. Gotta figure out how to get those in so I don’t get the quarantine 15.
  10. A couple of challenges ago I applied to a local amateur cycling team. Last challenge they rejected* me in favor of younger, hipper riders. We all know what comes next, a rag tag team of misfits trains hard and gets it's revenge. This is the part where the training montage happens. Grinds/ Strength Day - 2 or 3 days a week Double Racked Squat KB Rows Double KB Cleans Push Ups - I prefer OH Press, but my shoulders are weak and fragile. Hanging Knee Raise or Hanging Leg Tuck Ballistics Day - once or twice a week KB Swings, I might experim
  11. I had a whole challenge thought up, but then I said, “meh, I don’t want to deal with all that,” but here’s what I’ll be doing. Background: In 2017 I did a lot of kettlebells over the winter, but little biking. I entered the season strong, but it took me a while to get my biking going. In 2018 I biked a lot, but did little else. I hit the ground running and had a lot of endurance, but I never rode with power. In 2019 I didn’t do much of anything and the season sucked ass and now my body is jacked up. Imma try and balance things out a bit this year wit
  12. This is pretty much what is happening. I have no idea what is going on, and I can't seem to get anything done. So, I'm just going with one mission right now, which is to hit my daily Swings and Get-ups. Weight doesn't matter, it's a binary yes or no status. Other tasks may come later, but only secondarily, as I need an anchor on reality. WEEK 1 Sun - NO Mon - Swings only (i.e. NO) Tue - YES Wed - NO Thu - YES Fri - NO Sat - NO WEEK 2 Sun - NO Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat WEEK 3 Sun Mo
  13. I am Chris Tarly (formerly Curl Brogo). I have been on the NF Forums for over six years now. My primary goal is and was to lose weight. And I've managed some progress in fits and starts and have been yo-yo-ing for all that time between 240 and 270. I have decided that to kick off the new year (2020) I'm starting over with a a hard reboot, and I'm joining the NF Academy. This challenge will focus on racking up XP points in with the NF Academy, then I have a few other goals that don't fall under that umbrella: writing, meditating, and homesteading. NF Academy:
  14. Quadzilla won’t be happening, but I’m too addled on NyQuil to come up with a new theme. This training block was supposed to be about building quads of heroic proportions, however I’ve been nursing Ebola (or perhaps a minor chest cold) and tendinitis for a couple of weeks now. I don’t know what the heck I’ll be doing even if I ever do get healthy. I’m continuing to diet, but with my greatly decreased activity my weight is ooching up. So I have the worst of both worlds, constant hunger and increasing fat. *sigh* Since we’re mixing and mingling this chall
  15. Hi Nurds. Since we have an all-guild mashup, I'm going to go ahead a re-re-introduce myself. I'm Chris Tarly. Up until the beginning of last challenge, I was known as Curl Brogo (among other names, check my sig). I joined NF 6 friggin years ago as an overweight grad student. Over those six years there have been many trials and tribulations over weight loss, becoming a massive beefcake, then anxiety and depression, and getting through days with jobs I hate and family members who annoy me (I did the move back home thing a few years ago, it was not fun). I've spent a lot o
  16. I got nothing, so you get a pic I found. I’m trying to stay on a strength-building kettlebell program (Dry Fighting Weight) without wandering off. I’m hoping to ride my bike some. If all goes well I won’t eat like a dumb ass.
  17. Title blatantly stolen from an over-the-top Dragon Door (RKC) article. While this sounds like a Ranger challenge, sexier is faster. That’s the real reason why cyclists shave their legs. Also fast is sexy. It’s a whole positive feedback loop.
  18. So what's going on now. I just got back from a monk challenge and the bottom dropped out of that. I did however learn that if we call it 'roadwork' instead of 'running' or 'jogging' it makes it permissible to do cardio once in a while. This summer, I had/have been looking for jobs in data analysis, and relearning some programming, and thinking about getting back into biology. I applied and interviewed for a job recently as a data analyst for a nonprofit that does clinical trial research... but didn't get it. That got me down a little bit, and I started thinking about things. 1) The
  19. Very creative title yes? I figured I'd spend this challenge with the rebels because I won't be feeling very assassiny for the foreseeable future. This challenge will mostly be about setting myself up for a healthy pregnancy (and hopefully subsequent fast recovery), without losing sight of my other non-mom-related goals. Brief introduction for those that don't know me; Ok challenge goals! 1. Training; keep up the volume - at least 3 strength sessions per week, but be flexible in what they look like unbreakable hips program at lea
  20. Ok, ya'll! I'm back and I'm READY TO GO! My last challenge was not as successful goal-wise as I would have liked, but it was successful "learning things"-wise. The scale made a little progress in the right direction, and my lifting made a LOT of progress. I was off all last week, because of the graduation festivities, and by Friday, I was really feeling the effects of eating out and not exercising. Ugh! For this challenge, I am keeping it simple and emphasizing the Four Pillars of Health: Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep, and Stress. Stay within my calorie range and tr
  21. Hello, long time lurker here. I could write an essay on everything I've done and not done for health and fitness up to this point but this will be the time when I get it right and stick to a plan - no more flip-flopping. Goal wise in my head I may see myself becoming a Peak Human, but in reality I will settle for a functional strength that will allow me to handle any situation that comes along and keeps me healthy enough to keep up with my growing kids. My weight isn't too bad now - I've got 5 stubborn inches around my waist that I haven't been able to shift
  22. Because there is never too much kettlebell awesomeness, I am starting up this group again. Nothing formal, just for people who like to play with kettlebells, or want to learn more. Share what you do, accomplishments, or questions. Several people are working on Simple and Sinister right now, while others have their own workouts, and some are competing. Since I started the group, I'll share what I am doing. I hadn't done anything strength training related until about 4 years ago, when I joined NF. I did some bodyweight stuff, then added in some sledgehammer training, and then started with k
  23. Video not safe for work. (after listening to this a couple of times I'm beginning to think they aren't actually singing about bicycles.) C'Mon Let Me Ride Your Bicycle - yep, gotta do it if I want to race. I should have started months ago. Other Stuff - A little yoga and the occasional kettlebell wouldn't hurt any. Other, other stuff - Maybe don't eat like an asshole, perhaps drink something besides beer and coffee.
  24. I am READY for a new 4-week challenge! I took last week as a bit of a rest week, so that I can dive in today! Last month was my first challenge and I learned some great lessons. Here are my goals for the next four weeks: weight train 4x a week hot yoga once a week 100 oz of water a day at least 5 days a week 8,000 steps a day on work days meditate at least 15 minutes 4 times a week journal 3 times a week read Thinner, Leaner, Stronger by Michael Matthews
  25. I am going to manifest the fitness and health transformation that I want, and rid myself of chronic pain, exhaustion, and depression. March 15: 12,295 steps 35 minute walk Kettlebells: 3 x 15 goblet squats - 20 lbs 2 x 10 deadlifts - 20 lbs 2 x 15 swings - 20 lbs 2 x 5 one-arm rows, each side - 20 lbs
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