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So, last week, we embraced the idea of seeking out minor inconveniences, in the form of cold showers. Some of you took to it, and some of you did not. Regardless of whether you successfully endured or not, you are all awesome, and never forget it.

 

It's a new week. So. Now we're gonna shift to a more physical thing.

 

A martial artist does not always get the time to rest between rounds. I'm sure we've all got a story or two of a sadistic teacher who saw us get tired after a round of sparring, and threw us back in the ring as opposed to letting us rest. It's a test of guts, for sure. You end up having to dig in really deep, finding reserves that you weren't even sure were there.

 

Well, there's a way to train this quality, and it doesn't necessarily involve getting thrown into the ring. It's in how you train, in how you manipulate your rest times when you train. I have observed, in my own training, that the lower the ratio is between work and rest, the better-conditioned I am, and the better my mindset to deal with things like that.

 

Here's how this is going to work. Hopefully, after having had a week to work out and observe yourself, you have a pretty good idea of your rest times. Maybe you follow a prescribed period of rest, or maybe you just wait until it feels right. Either way, you have a sense of the average amount of rest you give yourself between your moves.

 

Your challenge this week is to reduce that period of rest. So if you know that you wait a minute between one set and the next, I want you to try to push yourself and only rest 55 seconds. Or less than that. You know yourself, so you know how far you can push.

 

Also, keep in mind: this works best if you're taking great care of yourself. You're eating enough, you're sleeping enough, all that. Pushing harder in a workout has to be balanced with really good care when you're not working out.

 

Post successes and epic feats of toughness here!

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Ha.  I must have read your mind today before you even posted this.

 

Today I shortened my usual rest periods between my circuits for my workout.  I usually wait 2-3 minutes.  Today I waited a minute, maybe a titch over.  I'm just bustling with energy after Saturday.  It's kinda weird...

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Ha.  I must have read your mind today before you even posted this.

 

Today I shortened my usual rest periods between my circuits for my workout.  I usually wait 2-3 minutes.  Today I waited a minute, maybe a titch over.  I'm just bustling with energy after Saturday.  It's kinda weird...

 

Actually, there is some science to suggest that overcoming challenges gives off a boost in testosterone, which could account for the excess energy.

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NEEDS ME SOME TESTOSTERONE!!

*Grunts*

Riiiiiiiiiiight…

And boy am I ever so happy I checked out NF before I started today's workout…

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Cool idea!  Luckily, my rest times are so low, I do almost my entire workout in superset fashion.  Granted, I only do a few exercises and sets for my workouts but I will make sure that I keep this pace when I add exercises or sets.

Doug

 

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I usually don't rest much between sets - have been using a timer to be sure I take a full minute in between.  Maybe it's time to push harder on the weight or movement speed.  Next workout tomorrow.

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The way Trendy Fitness Boxing works is a 15 minute warm up, then we hit the heavy bag for 8 3 minute rounds with a minute of active rest between. After round 8 we do a cool down period which is core work. Last night I focused on this challenge. I took fewer water breaks and pushed a lot harder during the active rest parts. Thanks for the inspiration!

 

I also pushed a lot harder during the warm up laps around the bags until I hooked a toe on the mat and went rolling like a human bowling ball. Fortunately nothing was harmed but my pride. Stupid tennis shoes on the mat anyway! 

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I´m not sure if I´ll try it. The Insanity routines give 30 seconds to rest between 5 minutes sets anyway and I´m don´t feel like resting even less than that O_o.

 

If anything I will try keep going non stop in the final sets which I usually fail (Burpees/push up variants most of the time). 

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Success! I trimmed 10 seconds off my 'rest' intervals (for a total of 150 seconds) AND increased my sprint intervals by 5 seconds (for a total of 50 extra sprint seconds!). It was way more exhausting than I thought it would be, but I'm gonna do it again on Friday.

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Well, Zuel, you might not be in a position to do anything with it. You're doing your workouts off of videos, right? So unless you know the routines, you couldn't do it anyway. That's not your fault.

Thanks, that is correct, it is from videos. What I did try is to complete the routine a 100% instead of 90~95%. That second to last set is a killer!

 

I wasn´t succesful today, but will give my best again tomorrow.

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"Effort without results is only self satisfying bunk" - Kain R. Heinlein.


 


"You can make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you blame others for those mistakes." - John Wooden.


 


"Misery is comfortable. Happiness takes effort." - David Wong.

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Weight workout today - started the next set when my HR got down to zone 2 or 30 sec, whichever was shorter. Busted out 4 exercises, 4 sets of 8 each in about 20 min.  Woo hoo!

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Yes, Copy&Paste from my thread

 

 

Bag work 

 

 

1 min jabs to shifting tunring kicks

1 min double hook (body, head) left side facing

1 min double hook (body head) right side facing

1 min sidekick, 180 sidekick

 

*All with 1 min rest in between

 

 

-Repeat 1 min of each round with 30 sec rest in between

 

-Repeat 30 sec of each round with 30 sec rest in between

 

 

It was awesome to play with the rest times. Spent the 30 sec ones really concentrating on getting my rateheart down as fast as I could.

 

(By this, I mean I pretended I was Bruce Banner trying to keep from changing into the Hulk...)

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One of my senseis only takes breaks when you need it. In between techniques, the only break is when she names the new technique. Needless to say, I generally need the water break. This Friday I waited longer to ask for one and only did two. YAY!

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