RisenPhoenix Posted April 15, 2015 Report Share Posted April 15, 2015 I give no guarantees that I will be as epic as that dwarf. So, in my two and a half years here on NF, I have never done a challenge outside of the Monkâ€™s Guild. I love the Monastery, but lately Iâ€™ve been having a goodly chunk of lifting questions and thoughts pop into my head, so I figured now is a good time to show up and learn from all your wonderful Warrior-type people. By and large, this is going to be a weird challenge for me. I go on vacation starting inâ€¦.. 12 hours? Which means Iâ€™ll be doing Challenge-light stuff for the week or so Iâ€™m gone. And then starting in the middle of the last week, Iâ€™m going away to Japan. Guess how much Challenge-related stuff Iâ€™ll be doing then? So, new guild location means that Iâ€™ll give a short bio about myself for any onlookers who are curious but havenâ€™t seen or followed me before. Iâ€™m a martial artist who studies aikido, a martial art focusing on using an attackers energy against them, using their own momentum and strength to either throw them away or immobilize them up in a joint lock. Itâ€™s an art that is centered not on using strength, but physics and anatomy. So strength training for me is an odd balancing act of getting stronger (and hopefully gaining more endurance), while practicing an art where that strength isnâ€™t required. Because of that (and really just how often Iâ€™m at the dojo), I only strength train twice a week. Slower strength gains, but it fits my schedule. In addition to that, I run with the November Project Tribe here in Boston on Wednesday mornings doing Stadium sprints. Itâ€™s all good fun. So, for this challenge I have really two major physical goals, and a life goal Iâ€™ll focus on. 1) Record Lifts I ainâ€™t talking this: Iâ€™m talking this: ~Make recordings of my form and post them for critiques I really should post some form check videos.Iâ€™m really bad about it.At the moment, Iâ€™m doing 5/3/1 twice a week, based on the Black Iron Beast (https://blackironbeast.com/5/3/1/calculator) calculator.Iâ€™ve done one cycle already, and rather enjoyed it, but really, really should get some extra sets of eyes to check on me.Goal is to take recordings of my lifts this week (Iâ€™m on vacation and Iâ€™m lifting, what of it?), post them when I get back, and hopefully address any issues you guys see. Honestly, Iâ€™d also like to try and branch out beyond squats, deadlifts, bench press, and OHP, but right now I donâ€™t think I have the mental fortitude (or time) to work on that.But if I have a spare day or three, I may try to work on cleans as well (figure start with the hanging cleans with just the bar and eventually graduate up to power cleans).But thatâ€™s secondary, but will definitely require videos if/when I do it. 2) A Cut Above the Rest ~Keep a cut of 2300~2500 calories per day (16,000-17,500 calories per week) Iâ€™ve lost a good chunk of weight since starting here.But I still havenâ€™t quite hit my goals, even though Iâ€™ve modified them a bit as of late.I would like to eventually be around 200 pounds.Last November I was ~205, and (incredibly fun) Nerd visits, holidays, and stress made me balloon up to ~225.Iâ€™ve spent since January trying to get my weight and body fat percentages down using my tried and true method of just counting the damned calories.I feel more comfortable and definitely make better choices. Ultimately, I want to be under 215 for my trip to Japan.Which, for the curve ball, I apparently have succeeded at.As of this morning I weigh 214.6 pounds.So I guess I should aim for more like 210 for Japan.But really, if I can keep under 215 Iâ€™ll be happy for my Japan trip. Largest issue I have is at work â€“ snacks are plentiful and more often than not junky.But I also tend to chow down on a lot of fruit.I think to make this okay Iâ€™m going to try to limit myself to 1-2 pieces of fruit a day at work, and then only 2 cookies a week.Iâ€™m not Paleo, so no worries on that front.Iâ€™ve actually been doing this cut since the end of the last challenge and it seems to be working fairly well (down from 217 in 10 days, which is weird).I think I can sustain it.Just a matter of making sure I can sustain my performance levels as well.So Iâ€™ll probably have to factor in more effective pre and post workout meals.Iâ€™m honestly more worried about my aikido classes, as those are in the evening and last a while.Lifting I do early in the morning with a decent breakfast in me. 3) Traveling MonkI apparently use a lots of Avatar gifs. I decided to keep it going. Complete the List:-Buy JR rail Pass-Buy Personal hotspot-Find Hombu membership card-Buy some easier-to-travel-with clothing (lighter, easier to clean)-Quick drying towel? Not Needed-Get a basic schedule done-Get some more LaX balls for Travel-Buy small travel backpack-Organize list of must-travel gear-Something else I probably forgot and will continue to update this list with Like I said above, Iâ€™ll be going to Japan at the end of the challenge.Iâ€™ve beenâ€¦. Rather lax about getting schedules for this.The first part of the trip Iâ€™m going to be with a chunk of people from my dojo and itâ€™s been fairly solidly planned.At least in terms of â€œWe need to be here on this dayâ€ for things.The minutiae arenâ€™t planned, but I really want to keep myself loose for this in general.I donâ€™t do vacations in a highly planned way â€“ Iâ€™m kind of a hyper planner normally, so vacations I take it easy (beyond a general guideline) on that front. Anyway, going to be in Tokyo for a little less than a week, then I want to go to Kyoto and see Fuji.I may also travel to Osaka because coincidentally my brother and his partner are going to be in Japan at the same time as me.But reallyâ€¦ I got no big plans.Anyone whoâ€™s been to Japan want to give suggested things to do? And that about covers it for this challenge. It kind of amounts to â€œKeep doing what youâ€™re doing,â€ but it should be okay. Iâ€™m not sure if Iâ€™ll ramble on about aikido/monking in here, or spare all you warrior types the martial arts philosophizing and keep it in my Battle Log. Or maybe Iâ€™ll just go create a ramble space in the Monkâ€™s guild to make sure I donâ€™t get accused of abandoning my Monks. Onwards and upwards! 4 Quote RisenPhoenix, the Entish Aikidoka Challenge: RisenPhoenix Turns to Ash "The essence of koryu [...is] you offer your loyalty to something that you choose to regard as greater than yourself so that you will, someday, be able to offer service to something that truly is transcendent." ~ Ellis Amdur, Old School Link to comment
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