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Grayspeed's January 2017 Challenge

Yes, this is basically the same as last month, but with a slight tweak. If it aint broke...

Just like last month I'll be progressing through NF Rings, working on getting better rest, and improving HIIT cardio capabilities. I'll also be working on movement through the use of Max Shank's "5 Minute Flow" initiative. 

 

Let's go!

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Quest 1: Agility

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Assassins need to pull off some fancy stunts. In order to do this effectively I'll need to ensure my bodily awareness and mobility is up to scratch.

Improve my mobility and movement quality by doing a 5 Minute Flow every day.

 

Quest 2: Climbing Strength

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Climbing all over buildings and looking like a badass is what makes Assassins so great. To build up the strength to do this I will need to do a Nerd Fitness Rings workout at least three times per week. 

 

 

Quest 3: Alertness

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Having an alert state of mind is vital when you're heading into Templar territory. Especially when you're outnumbered 20 to 1, as Assassins often are.

To achieve Master Assassin-like awareness I will get plenty of rest by being in bed by 10:30, five nights per week.

 

Quest 4: Speed

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Speed is essential for any assassin. Especially when it comes to escaping a hostile area. 

Increase agility and speed by performing three HIIT focussed cardio sessions per week.

 

 

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Prep week goals:

Complete Level 4 of NF Rings muscle up progression.

Run a mile for time to establish baseline for monitoring purposes.

Go and see Assassin's Creed movie.

Go for a ruck, or at least a long walk. I have a proper coat now so there's no excuse not to.

 

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Following along for alertness inspiration! :) 

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Previous Challenges: 2020: 1.20  - 2019: 1.19 l 2.19

2018: 1.18 l  2.18 l 3.18 l 4.18 l 5.18 l 6.18 l 7.18

2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

HFC for Life!

 

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Prep week goals:

Complete Level 4 of NF Rings muscle up progression.

Run a mile for time to establish baseline for monitoring purposes.  14:32. Not bad. I won't be directly working towards a sub 10 minute mile this challenge, but it's coming.

Go and see Assassin's Creed movie. Quick review: Meh.

  • Pros
    • Some of the action is pretty great.
    • I spotted an Ezio Auditore easter egg (I think).
  • Cons
    • None of the characters are relatable, or even likeable.
    • The movie takes itself way too seriously.
    • The movie isn't fun.
    • Overall it seems that the people making the movie just don't understand the universe they're working in, or the appeal of the franchise.

Go for a ruck, or at least a long walk. I have a proper coat now so there's no excuse not to.

 

 

Ruck should happen tomorrow morning. Rings level 4 is almost there, I've met requirements for support hold and scapular pulls, but ring rows are proving troublesome. 

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1 hour ago, Grayspeed said:

 

Go and see Assassin's Creed movie. Quick review: Meh.

  • Pros
    • Some of the action is pretty great.
    • I spotted an Ezio Auditore easter egg (I think).
  • Cons
    • None of the characters are relatable, or even likeable.
    • The movie takes itself way too seriously.
    • The movie isn't fun.
    • Overall it seems that the people making the movie just don't understand the universe they're working in, or the appeal of the franchise.

 

I'm with you on the "meh" rating.  At best.  Better choice - Passengers.

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That is definitely a movie to wait for Netflix or a free Redbox. :) 

 

I loved Passengers though!

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Previous Challenges: 2020: 1.20  - 2019: 1.19 l 2.19

2018: 1.18 l  2.18 l 3.18 l 4.18 l 5.18 l 6.18 l 7.18

2017: 1.17 I 2.17 I 3.17 I 4.17 I 5.17 l 6.17 l 7.17 l 8.17 I 9.17 l 10.17  

2016: 1.16 l 2.16 l DA v.1 l DA v.2 I DA v.2 Reloaded I DA v.3 I DA v.4 I 8.16 I 9.16 I DA v.5 I 11.16 

2012: 1 2013: 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7 l 8 2014: 9 l 10 l Not Done Yet l Time to Conquer l  Conquering 

HFC for Life!

 

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On 1/6/2017 at 1:18 PM, Grayspeed said:

Prep week goals:

Complete Level 4 of NF Rings muscle up progression.

Run a mile for time to establish baseline for monitoring purposes.  14:32. Not bad. I won't be directly working towards a sub 10 minute mile this challenge, but it's coming.

 

I just started on the muscle-up progression (like just started, at level 0). How do you like the progress rankings? Also in a similar place for the mile. I was down to somewhere in the 12-minute area this summer, then... I don't know, life happened? Had to start back at walking and just recently got below 15 minutes. We'll get there!

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Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

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36 minutes ago, Manarelle said:

I just started on the muscle-up progression (like just started, at level 0). How do you like the progress rankings?

Awsome!

The jump from level 4 up to 5 is a little intimidating, I've tried assisted ring dips before and they're damn hard. On the other hand, I can already meet the criteria for assisted chinups in level 10. Maybe because I'm fairly tall I can generate more leverage with less effort on the support? 

I'm actually going to do a hybrid kind of workout that allows me to work on dip strength while not getting bored doing assisted chinups for the next few months. Basically I'm being rebellious and skipping ahead on the chin-up portion of the progressions while working on the lower levels for the dip portion.

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18 minutes ago, Grayspeed said:

Basically I'm being rebellious and skipping ahead on the chin-up portion of the progressions while working on the lower levels for the dip portion.

 

Well, it is the rebellion, soooooo..... :)

Good luck! I'll catch up with you in a year or two!

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Challenges: 1-1011-2021-3031-4041-50, 51-60, Current

 

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Prep week goals:

Complete Level 4 of NF Rings muscle up progression. 

Run a mile for time to establish baseline for monitoring purposes.

Go and see Assassin's Creed movie.

Go for a ruck, or at least a long walk. I have a proper coat now so there's no excuse not to.

 

Onwards to week 1!

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 "Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not." - Uncle Iroh

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Week 1  - Monday

Daily 5 Minute Flow: 1/7

NF Rings Workouts: 1/3 Took me a while to find the right position/ring height for assisted ring dips. I can tell I'm gonna be sore tomorrow...

Bed by 10:30 5 nights: 1/5 Pre counting as I was up wayy too late last night and I've just done two full body strength training workouts on consecutive days.

HIIT Workouts: 1/3 Did 10x10 kettlebell swings @24kg as a finisher. I think this counts as HIIT?

 

Probably the best first day of a challenge I've had in ages! I'm off work until Thursday this week so I'm hoping to get a head start while I have free days.

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Week 1  - Tuesday

Daily 5 Minute Flow: 2/7

NF Rings Workouts: 1/3 

Bed by 10:30 5 nights: 2/5 

HIIT Workouts: 2/3 Jump rope HIIT - 50 seconds work, 10 seconds rest for 20 sets.

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Hey, following again! 

On 1/6/2017 at 6:18 PM, Grayspeed said:

Go and see Assassin's Creed movie. Quick review: Meh.

  • Pros
    • Some of the action is pretty great.
    • I spotted an Ezio Auditore easter egg (I think).
  • Cons
    • None of the characters are relatable, or even likeable.
    • The movie takes itself way too seriously.
    • The movie isn't fun.
    • Overall it seems that the people making the movie just don't understand the universe they're working in, or the appeal of the franchise.

Oh no! I was looking forward to that film and everything... oh well I'll probably end up still watching it. :lol: I'm one of those kinds of people. :P 

 

On 1/9/2017 at 2:06 PM, Grayspeed said:

Probably the best first day of a challenge I've had in ages! I'm off work until Thursday this week so I'm hoping to get a head start while I have free days.

It does seem like a very good first day, keep up the great work! :) 

 

 

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Current: #6

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18 hours ago, Erza Scarlet said:

Hey, following again! 

Oh no! I was looking forward to that film and everything... oh well I'll probably end up still watching it. :lol: I'm one of those kinds of people. :P 

 

It does seem like a very good first day, keep up the great work! :) 

It's still worth a watch, I'd never want to stop anyone forming their own opinion :)

 

 

Week 1  - Wednesday

Daily 5 Minute Flow: 3/7

NF Rings Workouts: 2/3 This was a damn good workout all over. Definitely feeling it today

Bed by 10:30 5 nights: 2/5 

HIIT Workouts: 2/3 

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On 1/12/2017 at 0:46 AM, Erza Scarlet said:

Hey, following again! 

Oh no! I was looking forward to that film and everything... oh well I'll probably end up still watching it. :lol: I'm one of those kinds of people. :P 

 

I actually really liked the movie. My husband has never played the games and I've played 1/2/b/r/3/unity/syndicate and we both thought it was better than we were expecting it to be. I had to explain some back-story to him, but it wasn't as bad as my expectations. Definitely not a brilliant movie, but we enjoyed it well enough.

 

1 hour ago, Grayspeed said:

Week 1  - Thursday-Saturday

Daily 5 Minute Flow: 6/7

NF Rings Workouts: 2/3 

Bed by 10:30 5 nights: 4/5 

HIIT Workouts: 2/3 

Looks like you're doing brilliantly on those goals; you can do it!

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Week 1  - Saturday-sunday

Daily 5 Minute Flow: 7/7

NF Rings Workouts: 4/3 

Bed by 10:30 5 nights: 5/5 

HIIT Workouts: 3/3 

 

Ended up doubling up on the rings workouts this weekend so I've got bonus points :)

This week will be a bit busier with work but I think I can make it, more doubling up may be required.

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8 hours ago, peelout said:

Wow, a perfect score.  I like your way of tracking (which is why I shamelessly stole it).

Don't worry. I also shamelessly stole it from someone else!

 

Week 2  - Monday

Daily 5 Minute Flow: 1/7

NF Rings Workouts: 0/3 

Bed by 10:30 5 nights: 1/5 

HIIT Workouts: 0/3 

 

 

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On 1/16/2017 at 7:57 PM, Grayspeed said:

 

Ended up doubling up on the rings workouts this weekend so I've got bonus points :)

This week will be a bit busier with work but I think I can make it, more doubling up may be required.

That's great! I'm glad you're able to keep up the workouts despite being busy. It's great for habit building. :) 

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Current: #6

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So I slept like crap last night and woke up feeling super rough. My throat has been getting more and more sore/swollen during the day, which is real annoying. I planned t do jump rope HIIT after work today but I figured rest would be smarter right now. I've taken medication (which I never do), loaded up on vitamin rich foods, and drank way more ginger tea than anyone probably should. I'm determined to wake up feeling better tomorrow.

Hopefully I'll get back to regularly scheduled fitness tomorrow evening.

 

Week 2  - Tuesday-Wednesday

Daily 5 Minute Flow: 3/7

NF Rings Workouts: 1/3 

Bed by 10:30 5 nights: 3/5 Pre counting for early night.

HIIT Workouts: 0/3 

 

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