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Let's keep this challenge a bit simple this time around too. I'm coming off of my powerlifting meet this past weekend and starting the slow ramp-up to gymnastics season. I want to be a bit more deliberate this time around to make sure I get in good shape without compromising myself with injuries. My first gymnastics meet isn't until December 8 (and we are usually about 60% ready by December) so I'm not in a big rush to go all out just yet.

 

My stamina is in a bad place, so I'm going to add that in to get started. The pulling goal is because I've been neglecting them all year and I think I might be back in a place where they'll be helpful to bring back into my routine. House decluttering is because now that it's getting cooler outside, I'll be home more and having so much STUFF in my field of view stresses me out.

 

Heart rate raiser

  • Run stairs or go for a jog (or other cardio activity) 1x per week

 

Don't fall to your death
  • Chin-ups or pull-ups 2x per week
 
Exorcise the house
  • Throw away clutter from one room per week (bedroom, bathroom, office, and kitchen)

 

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Day 0.1

I went to the gym yesterday... I know. :P My body felt pretty good, so I thought it would be fine. It was, in fact, a pretty tough workout! That overall body fatigue is real. I did non-competition movements to try to balance things out a bit, but was fully exhausted by the end.

 

Paused front squats: 3 x 3 x 165# 

Not paused front squats: 3 x 8 x 135#

OHP: 3 x 8 x 65#

Hypers: 3 x 30 x 35#

Plank -> side plank -> side plank -> plank with leg lifting x 3

 

Planend Schedule:

T - gymnastics... maybe take it easy, but definitely get some balance beam in

W - do some cardio + gymnastics team season kick-off mixer

Th - blood donation + PT appointment

F - yoga + maybe light lifting 

S - gymnastics + party 

S - ressssst + work on some things for my Halloween costume 

 

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21 minutes ago, raptron said:

I went to the gym yesterday... I know. :P My body felt pretty good, so I thought it would be fine.

:rolleyes:

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*waves*

I was going to put a gif there, but I couldn't find anything good and the sheer amount of WTF nightmare fuel was more than I could deal with this morning. :D

 

Yay lifting (your comp outfit was amazing, btw), and yay gymnastics!  Good luck with the house.

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I am doing fine you guyssss! I promise! I should probably be sleeping a bit more, but honestly, my bod feels pretty good. :) 

 

I may not go to practice today though. So sleepy. (SEE LOOK, I'M LISTENING TO MY BODY.)

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42 minutes ago, @mu said:

Ha ha great theme!

 

Maybe time for a light creepy crow session :D

CREEPY CROWWW! Definitely. Maybe I'll film some spooky crow movement. :D It'll help be get back into the choreo/performance groove

 

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Day 0.2

I did it, I rested. :P

 

I walked home, did some kitchen tidying and dishes, and made food for dinner. Then I finished the last two episodes of The Haunting of Hill House and immediately "took a nap" for 2 hours on the couch before just moving to bed and sleeping the rest of the night. THERE is the sleep I was missing. :)

 

 

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2 hours ago, raptron said:

Then I finished the last two episodes of The Haunting of Hill House and immediately "took a nap" for 2 hours on the couch before just moving to bed and sleeping the rest of the night. THERE is the sleep I was missing. :)

Worth watching?

 

A 2 hour nap before sleep is what's known as a 'primer'.

 

Hope you get plenty of rest.

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18 hours ago, Grumble said:

Worth watching?

YES! I have a lot of Thoughts™ about the ending, but the series as a whole is really well done.

 

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A 2 hour nap before sleep is what's known as a 'primer'.

Love it.

 

1 hour ago, CourtnieMarie said:

these gifs actually are creeping me out

Hahah, I'm trying to toe the line between the genuinely creepy ones and just mildly unsettling, but the nap one was too good to pass up!

 

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Day 0.3

I went to the work gym for a cardio session as planned. I jogged on and off on the treadmill for 3 miles in ~35 minutes or so. I think it'll be smart to ramp up slowly-ish for the cardio aspect of things, especially repetitive, longer cardio like jogging. I always feel tightness in my ankles when I start it up again. I do have a charity 5k in late November, so I think I might try to make sure my cardio is slightly more endurance-y than sprint-y to get started.

 

After I did that, I did a few pull-ups (2, 2, 1) and stretched because it had been a while. I did some pancake and pike compression, which were feeling pretty good, so I decided to see where my standing straddle press handstand is at. I did a few off of the blocks and noticed that when I was able to actually get my hips over, they were going pretty well. So I actually managed to do a few from the floor for the first time in a long bit, which is pretty cool. They need a lot of work, but they're going up at least! 

 

 

After this workout, I showered and met up with some teammates for a social night with maybe too many drinks and some nachooos and a burger and watched the Sox game even though I don't really care about baseball -- I just like when other people get excited. :D 

 

Heart rate raisers (cardio): 1/5

Not falling to death (pulling): 1/10

Exorcisms (decluttering): 0/4

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21 minutes ago, raptron said:

I did a few off of the blocks and noticed that when I was able to actually get my hips over, they were going pretty well. So I actually managed to do a few from the floor for the first time in a long bit, which is pretty cool. They need a lot of work, but they're going up at least! 

 

AWESOME! The machine looks very oiled, if I may say, on the video it really shows (flexibility /checked, strength /checked) - you got those basically! Everything else is refinement!

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2 hours ago, raptron said:

Hahah, I'm trying to toe the line between the genuinely creepy ones and just mildly unsettling, but the nap one was too good to pass up!

I'm gonna fall right off the line into creepy territory. You have been warned.

 

How does the powerlifting help with the gymnastics stuff? Genuinely curious.

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22 hours ago, @mu said:

AWESOME! The machine looks very oiled, if I may say, on the video it really shows (flexibility /checked, strength /checked) - you got those basically! Everything else is refinement!

Sooo much refinement, haha. 

 

20 hours ago, Grumble said:

How does the powerlifting help with the gymnastics stuff? Genuinely curious.

You know, a lot of people ask me that.

 

I don't do it necessarily for the physical transfer to gymnastics, but because MENTALLY I really love it and the variety it brings to my training. Gymnastics (and any very skill-focused discipline) involves a whole lot of failure and falling, extremely long learning curves, and years of trying to refine skills without many clear indicators of how much progress I've made. I can have a 2 hour session where I maybe manage "5 good ones" for a skill. When I lift, failure is few and far between, MOST of my lifts are good lifts, and It's obvious when I am getting better because there are a clear, objective metrics. It helps me not go crazy. :D

 

In terms of actual physical transfer though, my jumps are stronger/higher, my leaps are higher, and my legs have great endurance. I also think (though don't have hard evidence of this) that having stronger legs helps prevent injuries from bad landings. 

 

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Day 0.4

PT involved getting some new exercises to work on my stability and shoulder engagement. I'm going back again next week for a "B" side shoulder PT workout and will try incorporating them both into my life to see if it helps going forward. My "A" workout includes weighted prone Is and Ts, wall scap slides and lift offs, landmine presses, bottoms-up carries, and kneeling angled pull-downs. If they help, I'm good for a while probably. If not, I don't even know.

 

After that, I hustled over to donate blood (if you're eligible, you definitely should!!! they always need more, especially when storms and other natural events interrupt their supply and drives). There was a bit of a wait, but I had wifi, so I was able to still do some work. After all of that, I walked home and was pretty wiped out, so I napped for two hours, had thai curry for dinner, and chillllled.

 

Heart rate raisers (cardio): 1/5

Not falling to death (pulling): 1/10

Exorcisms (decluttering): 0/4

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