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I am just in a Redwall kind of mood, folks. The associations are loose at best, but let's just go with it. As for introduction, I'm Raptron -- I do gymnastics 2-3x per week and try to get into the gym 2-3x per week for lifting but have been dealing with some lower back issues that I intend to get checked out soon. In this challenge, I'll be taking on some weak points for myself: pull-up strength, jump power, and static handstand holds. I had good success last challenge when I used an incentivizing points system to help clean my house, so I will take that from last challenge and apply it here. The disincentivizing side was not as effective, so I am dropping it for now to see how it goes. 

 

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GOAL ONE: BADGER STRONG

*Pull-up work 3x per week, following the twenty pull-ups program

 

I've dropped down to 2 pull-ups from 3, so that says it's time to do some work again. I've got a pull-up bar at home, so there is literally no reason not to get these in 3x per week. In my experience previously, I do not progress as prescribed and will likely have to repeat weeks, but that is OK! 

 

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GOAL TWO: JUMP LIKE A HARE

*Explosive jump work in at least 5 sets, 2x per week, including a mix of vertical and distance in each workout

 

My vertical jump and horizontal jumps could always be better and there is significant carry-over into my gymnastics performance, especially vertical jumping. 

 

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GOAL THREE: SQUIRREL TREETOP BALANCE

*Static handstand practice for 10 minutes, 3x per week OUTSIDE of gymnastics practice.

 

I can handstand walk for days and days and days but my static holds are shockingly bad most of the time and ya know, that's probably because I rarely train them. 

 

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GOAL FOUR: TAKING CARE OF THE HOME FRONT

*Clean abbey, clean mind: Cleaning things gives 1 point

*Self guard duty: Some kind of self-care gives 1 point 

*Nursemice: Making doctor or PT appointments for myself gives 1 point 

*Don't raid the larders: Mindful eating day gives 1 point 

SCORING -- Anything higher than 180 is going to be an excellent score. Between 160-180, good. Between 140-160, okay. Below 140, blah. 

 

I like shiny positive reinforcement points, so I am going to track these on the fridge again. My kitchen was in way better shape last challenge than pretty much ever before, so this should help keep that going!

 

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HERE FOR THIS.

 

Also.... dude.  DUDE.  That pull-ups program.  That looks awesome.  I need this in my life.

GET PULL-UP STRONK WITH ME.

 

Now I must go get all the redwall books out of the box. Did you have a favorite? I remember liking triss a lot :) but its been a while

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I haven't read them in ages ever, but I just saw this hilarious link: http://the-toast.net/2014/12/02/redwall-diet/and couldn't get them out of my head. I'll have to re-read, definitely. I loved the hares in the Long Patrol army in Salamandastron, but I think my favorite was Mariel of Redwall because Storm Gullwhacker was obviously the best amnesia name of all time. :)

 

Ooo! 20 pullups looks like something that could easily be added on :)

Yes! Easy add-ons are the best way to get me to do more things, so I exploit them for my own gains. ;)

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Oooooh, loving this shiny new challenge! I don't know anything about Redwall though, but it looks like it's fitting in well with your goals!

 

And.... hmmm... maybe next challenge I'll try to fit in the twenty pull-ups program. I'm playing around with my programming right now but by next challenge, theoretically, my life should settle, so I should be able to squeeze it in. Doing a pull-up before I turn 30 is still a goal of mine, after all. :lol:

 

HERE TO FOLLOW ALONG!!!

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SERIOUSLY CONTEMPLATING IT.  Just need to figure where/how to program it so silks don't suffer.  Mayyyyybe Sunday, Wednesday, Friday?

I think that is a great plan. B)

 

Hey girl heyyyyy

heyyyy~

 

I love Redwall.  Can't wait until my son is old enough to share the books with him!

Aww, yay! Definitely! I loved talking them over with my dad as a kiddo. :)

 

Oooooh, loving this shiny new challenge! I don't know anything about Redwall though, but it looks like it's fitting in well with your goals!

 

And.... hmmm... maybe next challenge I'll try to fit in the twenty pull-ups program. I'm playing around with my programming right now but by next challenge, theoretically, my life should settle, so I should be able to squeeze it in. Doing a pull-up before I turn 30 is still a goal of mine, after all. :lol:

 

HERE TO FOLLOW ALONG!!!

Mwahaha, more pull-up champions.

 

Following for the pull ups!

o/

 

Hey, welcome back! Loved the pictures!

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Thanks! I'll have to post some of my husband's when he finally gets them up because I'm one of those assholes that has to do handstands in front of waterfalls...

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I enjoyed following the last challenge, so I'll be in for this one too (I'll miss Ru though).

 

I don't know Redwall, but your pics made me think of The Wind in the Willows

 

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All the anthropomorphic animals! 

 

I may or may not reserve the right to use copious RPDR gifs in both this and other threads... 

 

Am I smelling a PVP....?

Pull-up Circle of Friends~

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... a PVP might actually motivate me to work on this. I'll do it if one is created?

Haha, I could start a thread, sure. I feel like it's almost not fair to participate seeing as it's one of my primary goals this challenge, but I have no qualms with netting some easy participation points. ;)

 

Pull ups \o/

 

Do you reckon walking is easier than static for handstands? Or is it just a worked on that but not on that thing?

Walking is hands down easier than static holds, at least for me and most people that don't specifically train hand balancing. Walking allows for way more ridiculous deviations of your body line because you can fix imbalances with momentum or by making much larger, exaggerated adjustments. Static holds require tiny shifts in body weight and alignment and you can't use the wide brush of just moving your entire body to fix an imbalanced moment. I'd imagine if you are GOOD at static holds, it would probably use a bit less energy than handstand walking, but playing with handstand balance at that level doesn't usually encounter strength/fatigue limitations until you get pretty high up there time-wise.

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Pull-up Circle of Friends~

... a PVP might actually motivate me to work on this. I'll do it if one is created?

Haha, I could start a thread, sure. I feel like it's almost not fair to participate seeing as it's one of my primary goals this challenge, but I have no qualms with netting some easy participation points. ;)

 

Well, it can be a collaborative PVP or something?  Like.... we all poke each other and remind each other to DO THE THING and celebrate successes, regardless of who progresses best?  idek, thoughts.

 

I sucked at my last PVP thanks to life throwing bricks at me so I'd like to fix that..............................

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