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Hi there Assassins and fellow Assassinitiates!  For those of you that don't know me, I am nm_the_niceguy and I am out of shape. I just completed my first 6 week challenge with moderate success and I am ready to take some steps into the larger world of guild challenges.

 

My challenge will be weird this time, though, as it looks like I will be away from the internet for probably most of the challenge. On top of that, the space I will be living in will not be suitable for any but the most rudimentary exercises. As a result, this challenge will focus on some basic body-mastery skills.

 

nm_the_niceguy's Ultimate Long Term Goal: Achieve and maintain a 35' waist. This was my goal for the first challenge, and it was ambitions and I didn't get anywhere close. As a result, this is my long term project goal.

 

 

 

Challenge Goals: Obtain Mastery of my body and drop below 200lbs. Mastery of my body will entail learning how to ignore those impulses that led me to be larger than I wanted, and learning to perform basic feats of strength.

 

Goal A: No more junk food snacks: I will eat 3 meals a day. Most of these meals will be cooked by someone else and I will have no control over them. Beyond that, I will not eat any snack that is not a fruit or a vegetable. This is in part to encourage increased fruit and veg intake, and in part to decrease overall calorie consumption. This challenge will be scored weekly, with any day I follow the rules being worth 1 point. A week is successful if I obtain at least a 5/7. This goal will be successful at the end of 6 weeks if all 6 weeks were successful. Drinking will not be factored into this challenge, but I will endeavor to keep my calorie consumption by beverages low.

 

 

Goal B: Pull up challenge. For this challenge, I must complete a number of pull ups equal to the day number of the challenge, in any number of sets and reps. That is, one pull up the first day, two the second, etc all the way to 42. These must be clean pull ups with no kicking or assistance. This will be judged a success if I miss 7 or fewer days.

 

 

Goal C: Push up challenge. See above, but push ups, and starting at 20 reps.

 

Goal D: Plank Challenge. Like the others, only a plank challenge. This one will start at a 30 second plank, and add three seconds per day. this will have me finish at a 2:36 plank. This goal will be successful if I can plank for that long at the end and missed fewer than 7 days.

 

Additional Goals: On top of these goals, I will be trying to bike to work whenever I am home and the weather is good, as well as introducing a weight routine (just made the appointment with a personal trainer, to get a little coaching!) and trying to improve my overall cardio fitness.

 

 

The overall success of my mission will be determined by my weight at the end of 6 weeks and my completion of the four challenges. I may not post here frequently, but know that I have not given up! I am just practicing being invisible, like any good assassinitiate should!

 

Oh yes, and for the record, I weigh about 215 (it varies between that and 220), I think 15 pounds in 6 weeks is entirely achievable. I posted my last challenge before and after shots, should I do that again? I think yes. Stay tuned tomorrow for one slightly flabby glamour shot!

 

 

 

 

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That is a really long plank, so unless you're only interested in pure endurance, it's worth taking a look at the progressions over at Start Bodyweight.  Just food for thought.

 

And pre- and post-challenge pictures/stats/measurements are the only way track progress, so be sure to take them even if you don't post them for us!

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"Your training starts now" Said the voice, a soft baritone, barely speaking above a whisper. nm_the_niceguy could not see the owner of the voice.

 

"Sweet shadow voice trick!" nm_the_niceguy exclaimed "And I know! I'm pumped for my push ups and pull ups! Gonna do them after work!"

 

"No, it starts right now. You will bike to this....day job.....and bike home after."

 

"But that isn't part of the challenge!"

 

"You must continue to train above and beyond your specific challenge requirements if you wish to meet your weight goal. Also, it's nice out and riding the bus is no way for an assassin, even an initiate such as yourself, to get around."  The voice seemed to float around the room, never resting in any one place. nm_the_niceguy would have remarked on how cool the overall effect was if he wasn't so busy whining about having to bike.

 

"Fine!" He eventually exclaimed "I'll do it, but call me an Assassinitiate!"

 

"No, that's dumb" said the voice

 

"You're just mad that I thought of that sweet name first!" nm_the_niceguy crowed.

 

"GO!" demanded the voice.

 

nm_the_niceguy set off, wheezing his way up the hill on his bike. He took solace from his pain knowing that he was probably right and the voice was, in fact, jealous. Pressing off from a stop light, his foot, which had been pulled from the basket to steady himself, caught the pedal and slipped back into the basket without even having to look down.

 

"That was pretty awesome!" Though nm_the_niceguy "I hope those cars were watching! I'll have to practice doing that!"

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That is a really long plank, so unless you're only interested in pure endurance, it's worth taking a look at the progressions over at Start Bodyweight.  Just food for thought.

 

And pre- and post-challenge pictures/stats/measurements are the only way track progress, so be sure to take them even if you don't post them for us!

 

 

It is a long plank, I'm actually worried I won't be able to complete it, but I'm going to be restricted in my training this challenge, so I had to go with a tough challenge that didn't need much space.

 

Also for the record, I weighted in at 222 lbs (yikes!) this morning and 39" around the waist.

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Hi fellow initiate!! Those push up and plank goals look pretty crazy - but I bet you're up for it! Hope your first day of the challenge is off to a great start! I found that I used planks in the circuit and ended up doing cumulatively more seconds of plank (I think 1:30 was the highest I got but it was broken up into intervals for each set of a circuit I did). If you find your current goal not working out I can recommend this method!

 

Also I loved Pacific Rim - if you don't already I highly recommend the soundtrack as training background music. it's fun to lift/do push ups imagining you're gearing up for a Kaiju fight!! 

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Hullo =) I admit, reading something from a fellow novice is quite refreshing after I've gone through some challenges of fit badasses... Not that you're not a badass, of course. Because you obviously are, judging by the look of your challenge. You've clearly put some thought into it, I root for you :D this plank it going to give you hell, man. But it's definitely achievable.

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****This is a semi-automated message from your future ex-Robot guild leader.****

 

Hello and welcome to the assassin guild! I am Nuala and I'm one of your guild leader (at least for a few more days :P). First of all, I want to thank you for having chosen our guild as your first one, it makes us really happy and proud. I really hope you will enjoy being with us and that you will find here all the support you need. 

 

First of all

Make sure you fill up this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RQQo2CtP9V1z8hBdntD8iTpnt4zhe5jAESzhrm4Rs1w/viewform

It will make our work easier, allow us to add you to the assassin phonebook and will make you eligible for the Most wanted assassin of the week list.

 

Edit your thread title so that it contains your user name! It will make your guild leaders works easier and will also make your thread a bit more cellphone friendly. To add your name, edit your OP using the Full editor.

 

What you need to know.

Whatever you do, remember that your challenge is your priority. Mini-challenges, guild activities, PVP are not mandatory. They are here for you to have fun, discover new exercises, have some friendly competitions but they must not hinder your progresses. If a mini-challenge seems too overwhelming for you, just don't do it.

 

Being here with us will give you access to many other not mandatory activities, aka:

 

- Skill mini-challenge. The skill mini-challenge has started yesterday and will last the whole challenge (aka 6 weeks). As the name may suggest, you will be asked to work on a skill over the course of the challenge. The skill this time is"Handstands"!

 

PVP. PVP are competitions started by other members of the rebellion. If you enjoy measuring yourself to other, they may be the right thing for you. So, don't forget to check the PVP forum to find or even make your own PVP! Remember to read the rules though  :)

 

What the guild leaders expect from you!

Consistency, awesomeness and regular updates. One update at the end of the challenge won't do, we want to be able to see you are still here with us. One Update a week is a minimum. More would be even better  :)

 

Don't stay by yourself. If you want people to follow your thread and support you, you may have to do the same. You will probably find many people who share the same goals as you, go visit their thread, cheer on them and they will probably do the same. And because we are awesome, we already created the Assassin phonebook to help you!

http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/48933-the-assassin-phonebook-and-library/

 

Make sure you subscribe to the announcement thread:

http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/48929-guild-information-and-announcements-subscribe/

And if you don't want to subscribe, make at least sure you read it once a week. It is usually updated on Monday/Tuesday to present the new mini-challenge and Assassin most wanted list. 

 

Don't stay by yourself bis! The assassin's den is open to all, you have funny gifs to share, a story to tell, needs some advices or just want a place to chat? The Assassin's den is the place to go (also, we have parkour corgis, ninja cats and killer sloth)!

http://rebellion.nerdfitness.com/index.php?/topic/48926-the-assassins-den-general-chat-thread/

 

What else?

If you have any problems, questions or suggestions for the guild, feel free to send your guild leaders (Apfelstrudy and Vengefulpear, me for a few more days) a PM.

 

Sorry for the wall of text! I wish you luck for this challenge!  :D

 

****This was a semi-automated message from your future ex-Robot guild leader.****

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Thanks Nuala! I have updated my thread, filled in the form, and sub'd the announcement thread.

 

I won't be able to maintain the weekly update schedule, unfortunately. I don't know what my posting frequency will be, but it will be as frequently as I possibly can. I'll try to post daily until I disappear and I'll definitely maintain my program so I can update you all when I get back! 

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"Wake up" The disembodied voice commanded to the sleeping initiate. "Welcome to day three of your training."

 

"I'm up! I'm up!" nm_the_niceguy replied, fighting through the haze his dreams had woven around his wits. "Hey, where's the bike?"

 

"There will be no biking today, today you will learn the art of lifting from the master trainer"

 

"OOh!" nm_the_niceguy exclaimed. "Is he awesome? What's his name? no wait let me guess! Bone....Smasher."

 

"His name is Matt."

 

"That's not that cool of a name for a 'master trainer.'" 

 

"IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT HIS NAME IS!" The disembodied voice shrieked. No trainee had ever made the voice lose its cool in the first week. This initiate was a special kind of irritating. "Just go and learn to strengthen your body from him."

 

As he left the sleeping chambers, nm_the_niceguy thought he heard the disembodied voice mumble something about how he always gets the stupid ones.

 

"It's a shame the voice always gets stupid trainees." he thought to himself, sauntering to the bus stop "Oh well, at least he has me to make up for it!"

 

 

Today I met with a personal trainer and we went over "The big three" lifts: The deadlift, squat, and bench press. I had already read starting strength, so I was familiar with the concept of the lifts, but I have very little practice with them. After about 40 minutes of instruction and lifting, the trainer declared that I showed strong form and we sat down to work out a simple training progression that should suit me as I take my first steps into lifting.

 

if anyone is interested, my work sets for the three lifts (3 sets of 5 reps) were as follows (these are all from memory, as I didn't record them and my trainer didn't e-mail me the results):

 

Deadlift: 185 lbs

 

Squat: 205 lbs

 

Bench Press: I wanna say it was 135 lbs, but I don't remember.

 

Bear in mind these were my first lifts basically ever, and these were also learning weights and sets. My trainer said I should expect to see quick gains for the first little while, so we'll see where I end up in a few months.

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You are lucky, The last PT I met just told me to use all the machines available for 3 sets... luckily I discovered climbing a few days after ;)

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Mine was really awesome. He explained the lifts and watched me and explained how to progress through sets and reps and weight progression. He also made a case for solid body weight workouts and other stuff. It was really awesome and informative.

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Morning update: I am sore in places that I did not know it was possible to be sore. I'm actually 80% sure some of my fat is being sore in a show of solidarity for my poor muscles.

 

 

This is wonderful. I'm totally lifting again on Friday.

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Arr!  I was away a heck of a lot longer than planned!  I'm actually still away, but I've got some internet connectivity.  I guess I missed the whole challenge! 

 

It didn't really go well anyway, I kept up with the food portion, I barely snacked at all and I ate mostly fruit if I did. The rest of the challenges were a bomb, tho. I was WAY busier than I expected, and the group I planned to use as motivation were working a different shift from me, so I fell off the wagon really quickly.  This one is gonna have to be an EPIC FAIL.

 

I'm going to be at this for a few more weeks at least, so I think I'll probably sit the next challenge out, and try and make a new challenge for the one after that.

 

The good news is that I definitely lost some weight, even with only keeping to my food promises! This is encouraging!

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So for anyone still following me, I know there is a new challenge going, but I am still gonna b away for a while. Don't fear! I am still working towards being a proper Assassin!  I have proof that I am improving my body, despite my absence! Photographic proof!

 

 

Before:

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After:

 

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Apologies for the hugeness of the photos, I am new to posting images.

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