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OK, I did a little better than that, 

but I still didn't really live up to my own expectations.



Howdy, I'm Thrillho.  I think I was here last year sometime, maybe the year before, but I am generally over in the Monks' Dojo. I enjoy boxing and MMA, and I've been more focused in slowly reducing my excess weight (down to 255 from 268 so far this year, 238 at my lowest last year and 288 at my highest last year, so... it's a struggle).  For this particular challenge, I need to focus more on the strength that my body is lacking. I'm still heavy, but I need to worry less about my weight and more about what my weight is composed of, namely muscle. 


My lower body is strong and flexible, but my knees are a problem area, particularly with range of motion.  I can slowly squat press pretty much the entire stack, and with my legs wide I can squat press the next biggest guy on my gym thrown over my shoulders... but what I CAN'T do is a simple jumping split squat.  The speed and co-ordination just isn't there, and if I manage to do it fast enough and high enough my legs give out.  My strength is very uneven. I need to fix that.


Worse than that, my upper body is quite weak, which is kind of something that a big guy should never be saying. I've been working towards a pullup for the last four years and I keep getting closer but I am still a ways off. I'm not shooting for it THIS challenge (I will be doing it this summer, though).  THIS challenge, I am focusing on the shoulders, biceps and triceps, mainly developed through pushups (which I can't do a lot of) and kettlebells (which I keep forgetting I own). 


So... let's break this down!


Challenge #1 - Sproing




Not just squats, but jumping squats.  Full depth down, full extension up, and knees to my chest while in the air (if possible).  Sets and reps to be determined this week, but I already know I can't do A LOT of these in a row.  I have good cardio but these will gas me out like nothing else. 



Challenge #2 - Push'em Ups




I think someone from Fedor's camp might have edited that... anyways!  Arm strength, as well as the associated shoulder, back and chest strength.  The best way to do this for me, at home, without extra equipment? Pushups! Bodyweight.  I have no shortage of bodyweight (thank you, belly jiggle).  Reps and sets also to be determined this week, but I THINK I can do twelve in a row.  Not sure how many I could do for my second set or third.  I might just do "as many as I can", and keep track that way. To be updated.



Challenge #3 - Pick'em Ups




And what is in between those two areas? My core! Specifically my lower back.  I'm a big, heavy guy and I spend all day sitting so this is a problem area for me, and when it comes to training and striking that's also a weak spot... the core is the anchor for all head movement and stance switching, and especially for stuffing takedown attempts.  The pushups and the jumping squats will help with this somehow, but I will also be incorporating in kettlebell spins and good-mornings, to strengthen that whole area.  Spins for time duration (at least five minutes, twice a day, to be determined) and quantity of good mornings to be determined. 




I don't know what's going on here, but it won't stop me.

The cancer was aggressive, but the chemotherapy was aggressive, as well.

There was aggression on both sides. 

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Day 1...




... nothing!

OK, I didn't do much of anything yesterday.  Just running around and exhausted and kids and dogs and... pleh.  Terrible excuses, I know.  Tonight! MORE TONIGHT. 

The cancer was aggressive, but the chemotherapy was aggressive, as well.

There was aggression on both sides. 

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Day 2...




More none of the things.


OK, to be fair, I have a really bad cold right now that kicked in right at noon yesterday.  Nose, throat, mouth, ears, all of them are stuffed with jagged metal Krusty O's.  The girls got into an actual fist fight while I was walking the dog, and the dog trashed the kitchen while I was at work.  I spent the whole night rearranging furniture so the dog can't use things as steps to get out of the living room.  I then got about five hours of fitful sleep.  


This is kind of how all my challenges start.  Right now I'm cold and sweating an ddebating taking a sick day. 

The cancer was aggressive, but the chemotherapy was aggressive, as well.

There was aggression on both sides. 

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Uh, sounds bad. I just recovered from a cold, so I feel with you. Get well soon.

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 I'm exercising, because I want to get my stamina and strength. I enjoy medieevil swordmanship,  Tai Chi, yoga, aikido and fire spinning. I'm also a roleplaying nerd and a book worm. Let's fight the procrastination dragon!

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It was a sick day! Now I just have a fever.  I banged out eight pushups this morning and almost barfed, and I know I can normally do a lot more than that, so... ok, my first week might be a mulligan.  Sorry, y'all. 

The cancer was aggressive, but the chemotherapy was aggressive, as well.

There was aggression on both sides. 

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