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#3661 Katamari


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Posted 01 August 2018 - 06:50 AM

Thanks for everyone for tips and for caring! We're on tour and will be 85-90% of the time from now until November 20th which is one reason I'm so freaked about my body. That's a LOT of sedentary van time.

This is what I did for July, you can try it for August!

X push ups a day, where X is the day of the month. Go a little over if you can manage it early on to try to stay ahead of the game. I was only able to do like 4 at the beginning but made it up to like 25 until i started forgetting to do them.


It's not much, but its something that you can actually see results in pretty quickly

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 06:54 AM

Yeah, body weight stuff is good if you don't have regular access to weights. Pushups (multiple variations), crunches, and squats will all do you good.

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Posted 01 August 2018 - 02:15 PM

Jace, I've been using the Nike training app to stay trim outside the gym and it rocks. It will give you workouts and increase difficulty over time.

I've also been using one called Thenics, which gives you bodyweight workouts designed to allow you to progress to difficult calisthetic style movements like pistol squats and muscle ups.

In the vein of bodyweight workouts, Ken Oh mentioned a book a decade ago called The Naked Warrior (as in unarmed). It has a great method of progressing from simple bodyweight movements to more difficult ones by turning each tier of difficulty into realistic bite-sized progressions. I'm sure a pdf or "inspired" routine is freely available.

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 07:16 AM

Check out StrongLifts 5x5 or Wendler 5/3/1, there are good apps for both. StrongLifts ramps up ridiculously and you'll probably plateau fast (I did), but I've been doing Wendler for a while and am liking it. You'll need access to a squat/press rack (or a Smith machine, but ughhh).


I recommend 5x5 for sure if you can get to a gym. You basically learn 5 workouts (squats, bench press, overhead press, barbell row and deadlift) and do those every other day. squats every day and alternate the other exercises. the app keeps track of everything and is free and extremely helpful. if you go this route eventually, it's important to warm up and the free version doesn't calculate what warmup weight you should use but it's pretty easy to figure out.


I had a lot of progress with this regiment (20lbs put on in like...4 months. and I'm someone who never gains weight and this was the good weight gain) but once I hit a certain point I was getting too sore to continue it at max. a buddy of mine recommended deloading the weight to 20-30% of the max weight rather than switching to 5/3/1. he swears by 5x5 though.


As for the tour life stuff, like Mig said, there are some quick body weight regiments that can really be good for that setting. There's a lot of super hero branded ones I found online that are good to just get you active and moving. 




I just searched Nightwing Exercise on google and a bunch of these type of regiments came up...may require a bit of researching for some of the exercises but you can just check out a bunch of those types of exercises and see which you like


And like Mig said, push ups are huge. a friend of mine who is a regular gym guy told me doing pushups every day is a huge boost. "You will get strong, my friend." He mentioned how he had a tough time getting to the gym for awhile and just got some pushup bars and did that every day. I'm also a big advocate for squats as often as you can. Body weight squats are pretty easy to do and can be done anywhere. And the mentality I always have with stuff is, even if it's a slow day and you only do a few exercises, it's way more than if you didn't do any! Good luck, buddy!



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Posted 07 August 2018 - 02:58 PM

So I started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instead of Karate, I am very confident it is the martial art to learn for self-defense. Way more cerebral, which is more of my type. It's like a video game of fighting and your body is the controller with a rumble/resistance pack. If you face someone who doesn't know how to play the game, well you can control them without too much effort.


The class is intense too, 1 hour and you don't get much rest. I hate cardio and skipped it almost entirely for the past 2 years. I'm really happy I enjoy it as this will help me on my weakest point. Also seems to works the muscles differently as I had different sores than usual!

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 07:51 PM

whoops i'm supposed to be focusing on squat & dead form this month and not pulling big weight but i was real frustrated from work & needed somethin good to happen so i pulled a new dead max of 455 lbs this evening.
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Posted 07 September 2018 - 12:44 PM

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