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I decided to make a space program themed challenge because I've been playing Kerbal Space Program for years, I recently finished reading The Martian, and space is fun. To further cement the idea that a space program themed challenge belongs on NerdFitness, I present evidence that Steve moonlights as an animation model for KSP. The similarities are uncanny.
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Space is hard - but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together.
 
— Richard Branson, tweet following the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two crash. 31 October 2014.

 

 

We choose to go to the Moon! We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.
 
- John F. Kennedy, "Address at Rice University on the Nation's Space Effort". Rice Stadium. Houston, Texas. 12 September 1962.

 

 

I wanted this challenge to be difficult, worthy of being compared to humanity's efforts to reach into space. I will do all the hard things.
 
This challenge is a squat-leaned challenge. Squats are my weak point, and weak points require special attention in space programs. I do not want my squats to be my faulty o-ring.
 
I will be building a rocket. I intend on reaching the moon. While so many specific measurements can be accumulated to evaluate the potential of a spacecraft, they can all be compiled into a single end-unit that makes space travel route planning so easy. Delta-v is a unit used to describe a craft's ability to change its velocity. I will be using this unit to evaluate my rocket, and my challenge.
 
Me, my rocket, the earth, and the moon are not the only things that exist in the universe. Both competition and collaboration have historically driven space venture arguably more than rockets themselves. And specifically on competition...
 
Matty idolizes Widowmaker sets. Between his Battlelog and his recent challenge thread, 'Widowmaker' was mentioned 33 times. He was so passionate over achieving a bodyweight widowmaker set, he blew chunks of brain matter right out his nose before he even got there! Matty is a much better squatter than me, but I will show him how to do BW Widowmakers correctly.
 
CurlBrogo idolizes the concept of SquatEveryDay even more than Matty does Brain Hemorrhages. There seems to be no way to search for the terms 'SED' or 'Squat Every Day', but if I were to extrapolate the number of instances of these terms on the first page of his last challenge across the total number of pages in his last three challenges, I think it would be over 100. Ive never tried this before, but lets see if I can rock it. I'm still sore that he hit 1000 lb big3 before me, but in the grand scope of things, that is like Sputnik and Yuri, I'm gonna do Apollo.
 
I heard MissMarissa wants to sleep early, wake early, and lose weight for this challenge period. I suck at all of those things! Challenge accepted!
 
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My planned rotation:
Squat every morning except Saturday-Squat Jumps morning of or morning after heavy squats-Widowmaker, otherwiseHeavy Evening A: DL + OHPHeavy Evening B: Bench + UpperbackHeavy Evening C: Squats + LatsSun-Thurs A-B-C rotation, optional rest night Mon, Tues, or Wed.Friday rest nightSat full body (includes squats)
 
 
 
Just gonna keep it simple here...
 
Fitness to Delta-V conversion
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Initial 100 m/s delta-v
 
I am starting with a pitiful rocket with only 100 m/s of delta-v. Basically, I saved up my farts for a year and sealed it in a steel drum. Assuming my shitty rocket can expel this fuel and accelerate at constant rate for a duration of 10 seconds, I will achieve a Thrust to Weight ratio of about 1.02, and I will rise about 10 meters off the ground before my fuel runs out. I will coast upwards another fifth of a meter before taking a sharp turn and a short, speedy fall back to my backyard lawn. Dont worry, I would be wearing a helmet.
 
Each Widowmaker Set adds delta-v = (w-155) x r / 10,  ex. 205x20 = 100m/s, 210x20 = 110m/s, 205x21 = 105 m/s
 
Each Widowmaker set will allow me to add real rocket fuel to my shitty rocket. I will of course be upgrading my fuel tanks accordingly.
 
SED multiplies accumulated delta-v by 1.03 per day
 
Everyday I SED, I will be increasing the work capacity of my shitty rocket through the fuel efficiency of my liquid engines. As I increase my ISP across all of my rocket stages, I will ultimately be able to stretch my fuel into a greater delta-v. Efficiency is king.
 
REP PRs at 8 reps or under on any big4 set multiplies accumulated delta-v by 1.01
 
Efficiency is not king. Increasing my acceleration potential will allow me to minimize the effects of atmospheric drag and gravity drag during take-off, minimize the effect of gravity drag during atmosphere-less landing, and maximize the GAINS made off the Oberth effect. A great way to increase acceleration is to increase thrust. Rep PRs on my power lifts will allow me to build more powerful engines.
 
Bed after midnight before work, multiplies accumulated delta-v by 0.95
 
Timing is everything. Missing a launch window can be disastrous. Most mission profiles depend on celestial objects being at certain places at certain times, and those fuckers are always moving. Even a two body mission like from Earth to the Moon depends on how the launch orbit lines up with the moon's orbit. The Earth is tilted and we launch from Florida instead of the equator. While correcting this inclination is necessary, it costs delta-v! How much depends on how bad the inclination is. And how bad the inclination is depends greatly on when we push the big red launch button. Putting it off until the next day will cost me valuable delta-v. 
 
End of challenge weight loss, multiplies accumulated delta-v by 1.1 cumulatively per pound lost, ex. 10 lbs lost; (1.1)^10 = 2.5937 multiplier
 
The other half of acceleration is mass. The same thrust will push a lighter payload further and faster. As Mark Watney knows, the most effective way to build a faster rocket involves hacking away useless weight, like the pressurized hull, life support, and flight controls. If I lose weight before launch, I will enjoy the benefits of extending my mission's delta-v budget.
 
End of challenge big4 1rm test, multiplies accumulated delta-v by two times percentage gains per lift, ex. 5% gains across board; (2*1.05)^4 = 1.4641 multiplier
 
SRBs are fucking powerful. Spacecraft typically use them to get a huge thrust boost during the first half of the launch. It allows the craft to escape the dragsoup we call atmosphere and the gravhole we call earth sooner and affords the craft more delta-v post-orbit. 1 rep gains on my power lifts will afford me to fish some SRBs out of the ocean and attach them to my rocket. Even old spent NASA SRBs are really fucking heavy.
 
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A list of some trip Delta-v costs assuming perfect aerobraking maneuvers.
based off of this DV porkchop map

 

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42.51 km/s delta-v = round trip to surface of Venus (dat atmosphere)
35.73 km/s delta-v = round trip to surface of Mercury
25.14 km/s delta-v = one way trip to surface of Mercury
21.3 km/s delta-v = one way trip to surface of Pluto
18.31 km/s delta-v = round trip to surface of Mars
17.2 km/s delta-v = round trip to surface of the moon
15.51 km/s delta-v = round trip to low Venus orbit
14.66 km/s delta-v = one way trip to surface of the moon
13.76 km/s delta-v = round trip to low moon orbit
12.94 km/s delta-v = one way trip to low moon orbit
12.6 km/s delta-v = one way trip to surface of Mars
12.21 km/s delta-v = one way trip to surface of Venus
 
 
 
 
So here are my quests of all the hard things...
 
Fitness Quest
 
I will try to plan a respectable mission profile with the delta-v budget I earn by
 
-Squating Widowmakers
 
-Squating Every Day
-Every workday morning. Squat jumps to replace widowmakers day of and morning after heavy squat nights.
 
-Making Overall Strength Gains
 
-Losing Weight
 
-Sleeping
 
 
Life Quest 1
 
Ask a girl out! I will evaluate my efforts and success in terms of elective 'collaborative' elements of my mission profile. If I'm partying down in zero-g drinking the all the secret Ruskie vodka on the ISS and making music videos with Commander Hadley, I did well. If not so well, maybe I'll just stay on the moon. 
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Life Quest 2
 
Learn Chinese! On July 18th, I started learning Mandarin. You never know when shit might hit the fan and being able to decipher the buttons in a Chinese knockoff space station might be your last but only choice for survival. That is a seemingly random hypothetical situation, but it sounds familiar. This will be pass/fail. Pass if I stay on it, fail if I quit. I have no doubts about this one, as I have already started the awesome habit of practicing and studying Mandarin whenever I get enough free head space to start brooding over some fucked up shit at work. So far, my mood has been much improved, and I learned a fucking ton of Mandarin.
 
 
 
And finally I will forgive my lateness to bed tonight. This had to be posted.
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Fucking awesome. And quite understandable why it took days to post.

You lost me on some shit, but that's to be expected. Might have to qualify for nerdiest NerdFitness challenge.

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Been googling, there seem to be conflicting accounts of what a widowmaker set is. What are you doing? Breathing squats for 20 reps trying to get to 1xBW?

I've been considering trying those, but i'm too much of a pussy.

This fucker was doing 20 rep sets at my desired BW, at my actual BW, then at his fat ass BW.

Lol I got up to 175 before my brain exploded. Apparently I ignored the "breathing" part.

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THIS IS MY FAVORITE CHALLENGE SO FAR :D :D :D

 

It has all the things I love. Rocket Science. Shout outs. SED. Losing fat. And calling Matty a bitch.

 

(You know I interned at NASA twice right? And my focus in school was propulsion systems)

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Been googling, there seem to be conflicting accounts of what a widowmaker set is. What are you doing? Breathing squats for 20 reps trying to get to 1xBW?

I've been considering trying those, but i'm too much of a pussy.

I'm gonna go with the definition of taking a 10ish rep weight and taking it to 20+ reps by adding on breathing reps with the goal of having at least bodyweight on the bar.

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Do it. It's an easy thing to do,

when I'm telling someone else to do it.

Ha, yes it is much easier to tell some one else to do it. Personally, I am stuck in what feels like a que. The girl I want to as out is awesome, and we have been getting really close recently, but it isn't the right thing for her to ask her out at the moment. I need to give her a month or two to adjust to a new job.

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“I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” -John Galt

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Ha, yes it is much easier to tell some one else to do it. Personally, I am stuck in what feels like a que. The girl I want to as out is awesome, and we have been getting really close recently, but it isn't the right thing for her to ask her out at the moment. I need to give her a month or two to adjust to a new job.

Yeah, I'm a pussy too.

You think some other asshole (maybe at her new workplace) will give her the same consideration? You think that her acceptance of a proposition will depend on this timing?

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Yeah, I'm a pussy too.

You think some other asshole (maybe at her new workplace) will give her the same consideration? You think that her acceptance of a proposition will depend on this timing?

It's weird. We work for the same company, but in different locations. Our boss is really cool, and totally has my back about asking her out-but, we work in a very demanding field. We're both drug addiction counselors for a adolescent program, which is rather emotionally taxing. Currently she is getting promoted to running one of our out patient groups therapies, and I am getting rained to became a sr counselor (interventions, supervising treatment, and fancy stuff). So, my bosses point has been that we should each get adjusted to the stress of our new positions before I ask her out.

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I came for the KSP. I commented to say nice work, good luck, and to continue to trash talk Matty. I took 20RM squat to 275 at ~185 before moving on so collect thy brains and get back under the bar.

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You aren't supposed to justify not asking her out! I can't help you by calling you a pussy now.

lol, I am a pussy though. I'll ask her out soon,, you have to grow balls and ask your girl as well though.

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THIS IS MY FAVORITE CHALLENGE SO FAR :D :D :D

 

It has all the things I love. Rocket Science. Shout outs. SED. Losing fat. And calling Matty a bitch.

 

I've come to realize that I bring people together in mockery. Call me the UN of NF.

 

Yeah, I'm a pussy too.

You think some other asshole (maybe at her new workplace) will give her the same consideration? You think that her acceptance of a proposition will depend on this timing?

 

Yea, I'm going to have to agree her. When I first started reading your reply as to why you were waiting, I was jumping to the conclusion that she had just gotten out of a long relationship or her last boyfriend was this amazing charitable guy that died of some weird, rare disease or some shit. But waiting for her to get adjusted to a new job doesn't cut it.

 

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I came for the KSP. I commented to say nice work, good luck, and to continue to trash talk Matty. I took 20RM squat to 275 at ~185 before moving on so collect thy brains and get back under the bar.

 

Et tu, jdanger? Et tu?

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Et moi, aussi!

Seriously, the number of threads where we make fun of matty rivals the number of threads about paleo.

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Weight Loss Quest: Start 270 lbs., Goal 199 lbs., Current 270 lbs., Waist: ,45.0 in., Bodyfat%: 33%

 

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Seriously, the number of threads where we make fun of matty rivals the number of threads about paleo.

 

Lol as more and more time goes by, I'm actually not sure if it's one of those "we kid because we care"/make fun of your friends kinda of things or I'm just generally disliked.

 

I'm okay with either, but I definitely have my preference...

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Lol as more and more time goes by, I'm actually not sure if it's one of those "we kid because we care"/make fun of your friends kinda of things or I'm just generally disliked.

I'm okay with either, but I definitely have my preference...

Neither!

You are well liked because you make yourself so easy to make fun of.

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So you didn't need to click on any of my terminology explanation links right?

:D Nope. I appreciate the hard work though.

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:D Nope. I appreciate the hard work though.

Right on. It gets frustrating at work when I talk about sciency stuff like the historical importance of the solar transit of Venus, and all I get is blank stares which forces me to wonder if I already learned Mandarin and was speaking it without realizing it.

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Ok, catching up on daily reviews.

 

T - 43 days

Sunday July 26

 

 

7/26/15 Sunday

 

Squats (quad focus) and lats.

FitNotes Workout - Sunday 26th July 2015** High Bar Squat **- 135.0 lbs x 12 reps [All sets ATG]- 175.0 lbs x 12 reps- 205.0 lbs x 12 reps- 225.0 lbs x 12 reps- 245.0 lbs x 10 reps- 265.0 lbs x 6 reps- 265.0 lbs x 6 reps- 265.0 lbs x 6 reps** Pull Up **- 8 reps [All sets snatch grip]- 8 reps- 8 reps- 8 reps- 10 reps** Sissy Squat ** (Accessory Superset)- 16 reps [https://youtu.be/VUiFlZ2FsKA]- 16 reps [Knees down parallel to heel. ~120-135° knee angle]- 16 reps** Chin Up ** (Accessory Superset)- 10 reps- 10 reps- 10 reps** Deadman Quad Raise ** (Accessory Superset)- 9 reps [Not exactly 'deadman'. Torso nearly upright at bottom to reach fullest ROM.]- 10 reps- 12 reps

 

My Rocket's current Delta-V = 100 m/s

 

X Widowmaker +0

 

O SED x1.03

-evening heavy squats

 

X PRs x1.00

 

O Bedtime x1.00

 

New Delta-V = 103 m/s

 

 

Sunday noteables:

-True Detective

-Mr.Robot (catching up from Wednesday)

-Made shredded chicken. A cross between cacciatore, adobo, and chili.

-Made sugarless, low fat, high protein ice cream. IMO syrup, whey, gelatin, egg custard base.

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T - 42 days

Monday July 27

 

 

7/27/15 Monday

DL and OHP.

FitNotes Workout - Monday 27th July 2015** ATG Squat Jumps **- 20 reps [Squats in the morning]- 25.0 lbs x 17 reps- 25.0 lbs x 20 reps [PR]** Deadlift **- 135.0 lbs x 10 reps [5 explosive, 5 snatch grip]- 225.0 lbs x 10 reps- 295.0 lbs x 10 reps- 340.0 lbs x 10 reps [PR] [Alt grip, Chalk.]- 360.0 lbs x 8 reps [PR] [Belt. Alt grip, Chalk]- 380.0 lbs x 4 reps [PR] [Belt, alt grip, Chalk]** Overhead Press **- 135.0 lbs x 10 reps- 150.0 lbs x 7 reps [PR]- 150.0 lbs x 6 reps- 150.0 lbs x 6 reps [R6 long grind]- 150.0 lbs x 6 reps** Assisted Razor Curl **- 10 reps- 10 reps

 

My Rocket's current Delta-V = 103 m/s

 

X Widowmaker +0

 

O SED x1.03

-Morning Squat Jumps

 

O PRs x1.01 x1.01 x1.01

** Deadlift **
- 360.0 lbs x 8 reps [PR] [belt. Alt grip, Chalk]
- 380.0 lbs x 4 reps [PR] [belt, alt grip, Chalk]

** Overhead Press **

- 150.0 lbs x 7 reps [PR]

 

O Bedtime x1.00

 

New Delta-V = 109.3 m/s

 

 

Monday noteables:

-Eating more of my ice cream

​-Did chores and hygiene between sets in the morning

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Tuesday July 28

 

 

7/28/15 Tuesday.

Bench and upper back. Widowmaker breakfast.

FitNotes Workout - Tuesday 28th July 2015** High Bar Squat **- 135.0 lbs x 8 reps [Morning squats. All sets ATG]- 185.0 lbs x 8 reps- 225.0 lbs x 6 reps- 205.0 lbs x 23 reps [PR]** Bench Press **- 135.0 lbs x 12 reps- 185.0 lbs x 10 reps- 225.0 lbs x 5 reps- 240.0 lbs x 5 reps [PR]- 250.0 lbs x 4 reps [PR]- 250.0 lbs x 4 reps [10 breath Rest-paused. 2,2]- 230.0 lbs x 5 reps- 230.0 lbs x 5 reps** Rope Grip Barbell Row **- 135.0 lbs x 14 reps [PR]- 135.0 lbs x 14 reps- 135.0 lbs x 13 reps- 135.0 lbs x 14 reps

 

My Rocket's current Delta-V = 109.3 m/s

 

O Widowmaker +115

** High Bar Squat **
- 205.0 lbs x 23 reps [PR]

 

O SED x1.03

-morning widowmaker

 

O PRs x1.01 x1.01

** Bench Press **
- 240.0 lbs x 5 reps [PR]
- 250.0 lbs x 4 reps [PR]

 

X Bedtime FORGIVEN! x1.00

 

New Delta-V = 235.7 m/s

 

 

Tuesday noteables:

-Finished my ice cream

​-Did did more chores and hygiene between sets in the morning

-Had a rough day at work

-Made this challenge thread

-Got to sleep at 145am

 

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T - 40 days

 

Wednesday July 29

 

 

7/29/15 Tuesday.

 

Squats and PullUps. SquatJumps (higher load) in the morning. Widowmaker cadence on heavy squats.

FitNotes Workout - Wednesday 29th July 2015** ATG Squat Jumps **- 20 reps [Morning time.]- 35.0 lbs x 20 reps [PR] [Ooh burny burn burn]- 35.0 lbs x 16 reps- 35.0 lbs x 18 reps** High Bar Squat **- 135.0 lbs x 12 reps- 185.0 lbs x 10 reps- 225.0 lbs x 8 reps- 255.0 lbs x 8 reps [PR]- 270.0 lbs x 6 reps [PR]- 280.0 lbs x 4 reps [PR]- 205.0 lbs x 21 reps** Pull Up **- 8 reps [All sets snatch grip]- 8 reps- 8 reps- 8 reps- 8 reps

Erectors and lats DOMSing. Deadlifts tomorrow, don't wanna.

 

My Rocket's current Delta-V = 235.7 m/s

 

O Widowmaker +105

** High Bar Squat **
- 205.0 lbs x 21 reps

 

O SED x1.03

-morning SquatJumps

-evening heavy squats with widowmaker

 

O PRs x1.01 x1.01 x1.01

** High Bar Squat **
- 255.0 lbs x 8 reps [PR]
- 270.0 lbs x 6 reps [PR]
- 280.0 lbs x 4 reps [PR]

 

O Bedtime  x1.00

 

New Delta-V = 361.6 m/s

 

 

Wednesday noteables:

-Tired

​-Low back and lats DOMS

-Quads are forever enraged

-Not catching up enough on sleep tonight

 

I decided that after mentioning KSP, Apollo, The Martian, Gravity, and other random space exploration bits, I must share an amazing space exploration manga from 1999 called Planetes. But im too tired to do it right now. Zzzzzzzzzzzz.

 

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