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Batman_Trainee: Challenge 1, Training Log


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I have begun my training to fight along side the Batman. It will be a long road, but it will lead to justice!

I just read,"Secret Origins" #1 last night. This new DC comic title will provide a more in-depth view of the origins of popular characters after the New 52 relaunch in 2011. The first issue included Robin's (AKA Dick Grayson, AKA Batman's sidekick) origin story.

Dick Grayson is called upon by the Batman after his parents are murdered during their circus acrobatic performance called the Flying Graysons. Batman approaches the broken orphan and offers him a chance to avenge his parents death since the police have not yet found the killers. Dick extensively trains with Batman in martial arts, parkour/acrobatics, and endurance training just to name a few. Dick Grayson soon creates the mantle of Robin and fights along Batman's side.

Although it's unlikely that Batman will call on me to fight along side him (but fingers crossed!), I can still begin my training so I'm ready at a moment's notice. Until I get around to building a Bat-computer, I will post my progress on the NF forums. Here is the documentation of my progress:

Start of 1st NF 6-week challenge, Week 1

KEY:

JJ = Jumping Jacks

SP = Side Planks (recorded in seconds)

DPU = Diamond Push-Ups

CCU = Chair-assisted Chin-Ups

M. 4-14-14

-50 JJ

-SP. 35-35-35-35

-DPU. 9-9-9

-CCU. 8-8-8

T. 4-15-14. 15 min. Beginners yoga

W. 4-16-14

-50 JJ

-CCU. 10-10-10

-DPU. 9-9-9

-SP. 38-38-38-38

R. 4-17-14. Sunset Yoga #1. 30 min. 

F. 4-18-14

-SP. 39-39-39-39

-DPU. 10-10-10

-CCU. 11-11-11

Friday, 4-18-14 measurements and photos, did these myself

-Left bicep. Flexed. 17.25"

-Right quad. Sitting. 25.25"

-Hips. Widest part. Belly button. 45-5"

-Chest. At nipples. 44-0"

-Waist. Belt line. 42.5"

-Weight. Naked w/ glasses. 256.2 lbs. 

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Batman_Trainee, Level 2 Human Assassin


STR 3, DEX 0, STA 2, CON 3, WIS 2, CHA 3


Challenge #1, Ch. 1 Training Log


Challenge #2, Ch. 2 Training Log


“Incremental change is better than ambitious failure…Success feeds on itself.†–Tony Schwartz

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Challenge 1, Week 2

M. 4-21-14

-Stretch. 50 JJ

-SP. 40-40-40-40

-CCU. 12-12-12

-DPU. 11-11-11

T. 4-22-14. 15 yoga before bed after pouring concrete for garage. Helping my parents build a new garage.

W. 4-23-14. Garage building "workout". Laid blocks and shoveled dirt. 

R. 4-24-14. Garage wall building. Lift and load lumber and walls. 

F. 4-25-14. 15 min beg. Yoga

Sa. 4-26-14 (shifted workout days forward, building garage)

-50 JJ

-DPU. 12-12-12

-SP. 41-41-41-41

-CCU. 13-13-13

Friday, 4-25-14 measurements and photos. Wife did measurements for me this time. 

-Left bicep. Flexed. 17.0" (-0.25")

-Right quad. Sitting. 25.5" (+0.25")

-Hips. Widest part. Belly button. 45.0" (-0.5")

-Chest. At nipples. 44.25" (+0.25")

-Waist. Belt line. 42.0" (+0.5")

-Weight. Naked w/ glasses. 256.8 lbs. (+0.6 lb.)

(Pics taken the following morning, Saturday, first thing)

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Batman_Trainee, Level 2 Human Assassin


STR 3, DEX 0, STA 2, CON 3, WIS 2, CHA 3


Challenge #1, Ch. 1 Training Log


Challenge #2, Ch. 2 Training Log


“Incremental change is better than ambitious failure…Success feeds on itself.†–Tony Schwartz

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Nice start and a good plan.  You might want to do some leg work as well.  Squats are easy and should help you build up muscle. 

Some sort of Jedi .....

We are better than we know, if we can be made to see it, [then] for the rest of our lives, we'll be unwilling to settle for less.  

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Past Challenges: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35. 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43

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Challenge 1, Week 3

M. 4-28-14

-Stretch. 50 JJ

-CCU. 14-13-13 (switched to single rep growth cuz arms were getting fried. Need room for growth)

-DPU. 13-13-13

-SP. 42-42-42-42

T. 4-29-14. Sunset yoga #1. 30 min. 

W. 4-30-14

-Stretch. 50 JJ

-SP. 43-43-43-43

-CCU. 14-14-13

-DPU. 14-14-14

R. 5-1-14. Beginners yoga. 15 min. 

F. 5-2-14 (hotel gym. St. Louis)

-Stretch. 50 JJ

-DPU. 15-15-15

-SP. 44-44-44-44

-CCU ( bent over rows. Not pull up bar. Used an elliptical machine as my weight). 15-20-20-20

Friday 5-2-14 measurements

-Left bicep. Flexed. 17.0"

-Right leg. Sitting. 26.1

-Hips. Widest part. 45.0"

-Chest. Nipples. 45.0" (+0.75"!)

-Waist. Belt line. 42-3/8"

-Weight. N/A (hotel's scale was broken)

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Batman_Trainee, Level 2 Human Assassin


STR 3, DEX 0, STA 2, CON 3, WIS 2, CHA 3


Challenge #1, Ch. 1 Training Log


Challenge #2, Ch. 2 Training Log


“Incremental change is better than ambitious failure…Success feeds on itself.†–Tony Schwartz

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Challenge 1, week 4

M. 5-5-14. Skipped workout. My birthday. In Oklahoma. 

T. 5-6-14. Beginners yoga. 15 min. 

R. 5-8-14

-Stretch. 50 JJ

-CCU. 14-14-14

-DPU. 16-16-16

-SP. 45-45-45-45

F. 5-9-14. Beginners yoga. 30 min. 

Sat. 5-10-14

-Stretch. 59 JJ

-SP. 46-46-46-46

-CCU. 15-14-14

-DPU. 16-15-15

Sat. Measurement (wife measured)

-Bicep. Flexed. 16-7/8" (-3/8")

-Right leg. Sitting. 25-1/8" (+-0)

-Hips. Widest part. 45-1/2" (+1/2")

-Chest. At nipples. 44-1/2" (-1/2")

-Waist. Belt line. 43-0" (+5/8")

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Batman_Trainee, Level 2 Human Assassin


STR 3, DEX 0, STA 2, CON 3, WIS 2, CHA 3


Challenge #1, Ch. 1 Training Log


Challenge #2, Ch. 2 Training Log


“Incremental change is better than ambitious failure…Success feeds on itself.†–Tony Schwartz

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Nice start and a good plan.  You might want to do some leg work as well.  Squats are easy and should help you build up muscle. 

Good advise.  My arms have been getting fried during my current workouts because it's all upper body work.  What would you recommend for my next 6 week challenge's workout to include some leg work?  I want to keep the entire workout at 30 min. or less and all body weight work since I only have a pull-up bar and one set of dumbbells.  

 

Also, since I have completed the 3rd week of my 1st six week challenge, am I allotted 10 attribute points?  I seem to recall this in the start up guide.

 

Thanks for the follow up!

Batman_Trainee, Level 2 Human Assassin


STR 3, DEX 0, STA 2, CON 3, WIS 2, CHA 3


Challenge #1, Ch. 1 Training Log


Challenge #2, Ch. 2 Training Log


“Incremental change is better than ambitious failure…Success feeds on itself.†–Tony Schwartz

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Challenge 1, week 5

M. 5-12-14

-Stretch. 50 JJ

-DPU. 16-16-15

-SP. 47-47-47-47

-CCU. 15-15-14

T. 5-13-14. Beginners yoga. 10 min. 

W. 5-14-14

-Stretch

-Bent over rows (out of town. Large cat litter bag for weight). 50-50-50

-DPU. 16-16-16

-SP. 48-48-48-48

F. 5-16-14. Beginners yoga. 15 min. 

Sa. 5-17-14

-Stretch. 50 JJ

-CCU. 15-15-15

-DPU. 17-16-16

-SP. 49-49-49-49

Sa. 5-17-14

-Left bicep. Flexed. 17-0" (+3/8")

-Right leg. Seated. 25-1/4" (+1/8")

-Hips. Widest part. 45-1/2" (+-0")

-Chest. Nipples. 45-0" (+1/2")

-Waist. Belt line. 42-1/4" (-3/4")

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Batman_Trainee, Level 2 Human Assassin


STR 3, DEX 0, STA 2, CON 3, WIS 2, CHA 3


Challenge #1, Ch. 1 Training Log


Challenge #2, Ch. 2 Training Log


“Incremental change is better than ambitious failure…Success feeds on itself.†–Tony Schwartz

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Challenge 1, week 6 (final week)

M. 5-19-14

-Stretch. 50 JJ

-SP. 50-50-50-50

-CCU. 16-15-15

-DPU. 17-17-16

T. 5-20-14. Sunrise yoga #2. 30 min. 

W. 5-21-14

-Stretch. 50 JJ

-DPU. 17-17-17

-SP. 51-51-51-51

-CCU. 16-16-15

R. 5-22-14. Yoga for back/hips. 15 min. 

F. 5-23-14. Build fence at friends house. Dug post holes, poured concrete, and set fence panels. 8 hours. 

Tuesday after end of week #6 measurements (final, wife measured)

-Left bicep. Flexed. 17-0"

-Right leg. Seated. 25-3/8"

-Hips. Widest part. 46-3/4"

-Chest. Nipples. 45-7/8"

-Waist. Beltline. 42-3/4"

-Weight. Naked w/ glasses. 258.4 lbs. 

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Batman_Trainee, Level 2 Human Assassin


STR 3, DEX 0, STA 2, CON 3, WIS 2, CHA 3


Challenge #1, Ch. 1 Training Log


Challenge #2, Ch. 2 Training Log


“Incremental change is better than ambitious failure…Success feeds on itself.†–Tony Schwartz

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NF Challenge #1, Recap

 

Main Quest

 

Develop fitness habits that set a foundation for my second 6-week challenge.

 

Quest Objectives

 

1.“I will workout 5 days per week to improve strength and flexibility.â€

a.     Improvements from first workout to the final workout.

                                               i.     Monday, 4-14-14

1.    SP: Side Planks. 35-35-35-35.  Total time = 140

2.    DPU: Diamond Push-Ups. 9-9-9.  Total reps = 27

3.    CCU: Chair-assisted Chin-Ups. 8-8-8.Total reps = 24

                                             ii.     Wednesday, 5-21-14

1.    SP. 51-51-51-51.  Total time = 204 (+64 seconds!)

2.    DPU. 17-17-17.  Total reps = 51 (+24 reps!)

3.    CCU. 16-16-15.  Total reps = 47 (+23 reps!)

                                            iii.     I enjoy the 30 minutes or fewer workouts because they are efficient, simple, and easy to measure my progress over the 6-week challenge period.  I will use this same workout structure in my 2nd challenge but with 3 different body weight exercises.

                                            iv.     I gave myself workout credit for days that I did not do my body weight routine, but I did do vigorous physical activity.  For example, I helped a friend install a wooden fence in his backyard for 8 hours, which included plenty of heavy lifting.

b.     Yoga improved my hamstring flexibility tremendously.  Before starting the yoga, I could not straighten my legs when lying on my back with my legs pointing straight toward the ceiling.  Also I could only get my fingertips to about mid-shin when trying to touch my toes with straight legs.  Now I can almost completely straighten my legs when I’m lying on the floor with my legs are raised.  Also I am only about 1 inch from touching my toes with straight legs.  I will continue doing yoga in my 2nd challenge.

c.      Score: 29 days/30 = 96.67%.  Grade: A

                                               i.     Possible attribute points: 3 points to Strength (STR) and 2 points to Stamina (STA)

2.     “I will have a daily breakfast smoothie.â€

a.     I love my Nutribullet blender to make single serve smoothies.  I also enjoyed using the Lift app on my phone to record daily smoothies.  I will continue tracking my daily smoothies on the Lift app as well as other quest objectives for my second NF challenge.

b.     Score:  40 days/42 = 95.23%. Grade: A

                                               i.     Possible attribute points: 3 points to Constitution (CON)

3.     “I will document my body measurements on each Friday.â€

a.     Week #1 Measurements

                                               i.     Left bicep. Flexed. 17.25"

                                              ii.     Right quad. Sitting. 25.25"

                                            iii.     Hips. Widest part. Belly button. 45-5"

                                            iv.     Chest. At nipples. 44-0"

                                              v.     Waist. Belt line. 42.5"

                                            vi.     Weight. Naked w/ glasses. 256.2 lbs. 

b.     Week #6 Measurements

                                               i.     Left bicep. Flexed. 17-0"

                                              ii.     Right leg. Seated. 25-3/8"

                                            iii.     Hips. Widest part. 46-3/4"

                                            iv.     Chest. Nipples. 45-7/8"

                                              v.     Waist. Beltline. 42-3/4"

                                            vi.     Weight. Naked w/ glasses. 258.4 lbs. 

c.      Since this is my first 6-week challenge, I’m not going to scrutinize my measurements too much.  More importantly, I wanted to get into the habit of recording them every week.  I will continue to record my workouts and body measurements in my 2nd challenge.

d.     Score: 6 weeks/6 = 100%.  Grade: A

                                               i.     Possible attribute points: 2 points to Wisdom (WIS) and 3 points to Charisma (CHA)

 

Stat Points and Level Status

  • 10 points for completing first 3 weeks of challenge.  Achieved Level 1.
  • 3 extra points for each goal completed.
  • 13 total possible attribute points
  • Challenge #1 completed.  Achieved Level 2.
  • Updated Stats: Batman_Trainee, Level 2 Human Assassin
  • o   STR 3, DEX 0, STA 2, CON 3, WIS 2, CHA 3

 

Equipment Upgrade:

 

In the Nerd Fitness article, “How to Level Up in the Game of Life,†it recommends rewarding yourself with something fitness related.  For reaching my first level milestone, I purchased the fitness guide titled Solitary Fitness by Charles Bronson.  It has lots of information on body weight workouts from a guy who has lived in solitary confinement for over two decades but still manages to be incredibly strong and fit.

Batman_Trainee, Level 2 Human Assassin


STR 3, DEX 0, STA 2, CON 3, WIS 2, CHA 3


Challenge #1, Ch. 1 Training Log


Challenge #2, Ch. 2 Training Log


“Incremental change is better than ambitious failure…Success feeds on itself.†–Tony Schwartz

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