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Building a Superhero Body

Discussion in 'Fitness Journals' started by J_W, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. gazareth

    gazareth Senior Member

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    My favourite was, after 2 sets of squats, some guy came up and said "how many sets have you got left"?

    "uhh, 8".

    The look on his face :lol:
     
  2. Cocomartinez

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    Belated congrats on everything!!:bow:
     
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    i think this is a marvelous choice and precisely what i'm up to for the next 8 weeks. :tucool:
     
  4. J_W

    J_W Well-Known Member

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    :spitcoffee:

    Thanks, Coco! :) It still hasn't quite sunk in yet. :p The other day one of my profs sent me an e-mail and addressed me with my new academic title and I was all, "Eep! I wasn't a dream!" :spaz:

    Yes, I've decided that this is the approach I'll take. 10x3 FFL looks very appealing to me and it'll work pretty well since I know my 1RM for most of the lifts prescribed. The only thing I'm not sure about is the rope jumping that he wants me to do on non-lifting days. My kinesthetic coordination sucks. I'm not sure I can jump rope for 10 minutes. :lol: I'll check and see if I can find a better jump rope today. I have one, but the rope is too light and I keep getting entangled in it. I've also wanted to pick up a set of adjustable dumbbells which I could use to do things like DB swings and snatches without having to head to the gym. If I can't manage to learn how to jump rope without accidentally hanging myself, then I can do metabolic weight workouts instead. The other (and cheaper) alternative, I suppose, is to just mimic the rope jumping motion without actually using a rope. :confused:
     
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    gazareth Senior Member

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    Exactly. I sometimes do body weight circuits.

    Jen Heath had a good article awhile back here.
     
  7. J_W

    J_W Well-Known Member

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    That's what I had in mind. I realize it doesn't have to be rope jumping - which is a good thing since I'm really bad at it and don't think I could do it effectively. I love the Jen Heath article and bookmarked it when it came out. I'll probably end up doing something like that, or, like I said, just mimic rope jumping sans rope.

    Or this:



    Followed by:

    :barf:
     
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  8. J_W

    J_W Well-Known Member

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    For the first time in my life I managed to do a pistol squat today! :spaz: I have to work on my balance, but all that squatting has definitely paid off since my strength is now definitely sufficient. I couldn't even properly lower myself down a few months ago. I also have to work on doing it with the other leg. My balance is even worse when I do it with my left side, which is probably to be expected given that I'm right-handed.

    For the record, my hand didn't touch the floor. :p

     
  9. MannishBoy

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    Doesn't it feel great to get that accomplishment? Most people that see those probably don't have any idea how hard they are to learn.
     
  10. dejavued

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    freakin awesome!!! :claphigh:
     
  11. Jedi

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    You rock :bow:
     
  12. J_W

    J_W Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it feels just awesome. I'm still psyched. How weird is it that I'm more excited about being able to do a pistol squat than about passing my exam? :lol:

    :o :)
     
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    I'm just catching up on reading everyone's journal, and though, I'm late to the party, I have to congratulate you on this! All that hard work you've put in has paid off! :tucool:

    That's awesome! :spaz: Those are certainly not easy to do. :no:
     
  14. guava

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    Well it looks much cooler than passing an exam. :cool:

    Very nice. :madpimp:
     
  15. J_W

    J_W Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, you two. I've been wanting to be able to do pistol squats for a long time. It makes me more confident about being able to do a dragon flag by summer :nod:

    I've been thinking about getting a 16k kettlebell for metabolic workouts at home. I'm waiting to hear back to see how much shipping would be but I'm probably not going to go that route because of the price. The other thing I could do is get adjustable dumbbells, which would be cheaper, but the problem is that the ones I can buy at the sporting goods store are shoddily made. I'd want to use them for explosive exercises like DB swings and snatches and I know from experience that the spin locks tend to loosen quickly. Having to re-tighten them over and over would be a pain in the ass, but the variable weight is a big plus.
     
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    That is fantastic. :nod: Many happy returns.

    Tip for people that have trouble learning pistols - try them in shallow water, (say 2-3 feet deep). They are much easier to balance because of the buoyancy, and that gives a little help at the bottom too.
     
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    Ha! I got sidetracked last night watching the video of the pistol squat, that I forgot to post my congratulations! That's an awesome achievement! :D
     
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    :claplow: Whew!
     
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    J_W Well-Known Member

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    :madpimp: ;)

    I went and bought an adjustable DB for my room so I can do DB swings and snatches and other things without having to head to the gym to do them.

    I also found a source for fresh okra and canned crab meat :claphigh:. So it looks like I'm going to be making (healthy) gumbo soon. :nod:
     
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    J_W Well-Known Member

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    Time for food porn :drool: :eat:.

    Crab gumbo over cauliflower "rice":

    View attachment 30058
     
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