Tips and extras to Avatar Upgrade?

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    Tips and extras to Avatar Upgrade?

    Hey guys, just posting for the first time here.

    Long story short, I have been using this site for months now, but only on weekends when gyms were open, but it has been my daily source of exercise since the quarantine started.

    The way I have been using the workouts is: every 2 Sundays, I build a whole Monday to Saturday routine for the next 2 weeks, with a warmup, stretching, combat and strength routine for each day, but I´m pretty tired of it, since I can easily spend 3 to 4 hours trying to choose the perfect full week, taking notes and all, so yesterday I decided to start with the Avatar Upgrade program, which I saw that has almost eveything I want included already.

    My only problem is that I´m not a fan of days with an only focus. As an example, today was day 2 on it, and the second card is full abs. I did the level 3 (5 sets) and everything went well, but I feel like it´s not enough. Tomorrow, card 3, will be focused only on leg combat movements, card 4 only flexibility... you know the thing.

    So I have 3 main questions:

    1.- What other program can I follow? I do my daily workout in the morning, during a full hour just before work, but wouldn´t mind to do something else at night.

    2.- Am I supposed to max all the stats of the avatar? With the time I have available, I can push some levels 3, but I will be doing level 2 most of the days, and according to math, I will just fill something between 55% and 75% of each bar.

    3.- Can someone that did the program give me a better approach to it? I mean, I´m not used to bodyweight exercises, so Card/Day 1 was pretty intense for me with all those "to failure" push-ups, but I´m that kind of guy that thinks that if you dont sweat, you are losing a day, so flexibility days will feel like nothing, and would prefer to use them as a complement to other days, but I don´t know how to fill the holes they are leaving behind, and what other strength cards would the be best to be repeated.

    Cheers, and sorry for the text wall. Hope you give me some tips.

    #2
    The days that seem easy are for recovery, it is active rest
    As you go on you will realize that the Avatar Upgrade program is intense and focusing on one muscle group every day is then used to rest those muscles when you then work on others.
    When I did it, I didn't worry about Avatar statistics and I just had fun

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      #3
      Hi and welcome! I remember doing Avatar Upgrade a few years back and I'm a big fan of programs, precisely because they take the guesswork out. I have a few suggestions, just see what suits you and your situation.

      1. There are several programs which are designated as add-on ones (Power Up and Core Strength come to mind), but these may not be the perfect additions to a strength-oriented program like Avatar.

      What I sometimes do is have two programs going at once. One will be my "primary program" and I will do that every day if at all possible, and if I feel I want to do more, I'll do a day of the secondary one. Another possibility, of course, is to just start out with the Avatar workout and then choose an additional workout that feels like a good complement.

      2. No, it's perfectly fine to do the workouts on different levels. That will not result in full bars in the end (only all level 3 does that), but does it really matter? (It might. I so much wanted the full bars that I went for level 3 on all days. But that was back in the day when I was way fitter and had more time on my hands.)

      3. If you don't want to do the Flexibility days at all, you could just leave them out and do a shorter version of Avatar. Or, if it really feels like nothing, you could double the days (do the flexibility of day, say, 12, plus day 13). Personally, I used to be happy to have a few easier days in between

      Oh, and did you read that the cards don't have to happen in the prescribed order? You can totally do whichever card you feel like on a given day and save the flexibility for when you're not feeling so well or have lots of other stuff going on. At least that's how I remember it. (I did them in order, though, because there's a rhythm to the program.)

      Okay, I hope this was helpful. Have fun!

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        #4
        Originally posted by Fremen View Post
        The days that seem easy are for recovery, it is active rest
        That´s the problem, actually. I never take breaks, neither I want. I rest some sundays out of pure laziness, but every other day has to be intense.

        But, whatever, I will try to follow the program like it was a holy manifest. Darebee people are smarter than me, probably, and Im pretty satisfied by days 1, 2 and 3, so I´ll keep going as expected.

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          #5
          Ok, so I´m coming here again today to take my own words back. I have done today the 7 sets of flexibility of Avatar Upgrade day 4, and I could not be more satisfied.

          I didn´t sweat, like I was expecting, but it was pretty intense enough anyway, and I´m sure my legs will hurt tomorrow. Also, since day 5 is a Speed day, I´m positive that it will be just pure suffering. I wish I did this every other rest day in the past.

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            #6
            Originally posted by MissSmilla View Post
            1. There are several programs which are designated as add-on ones.

            What I sometimes do is have two programs going at once.
            That was my first idea, and would totally be able to do it, but the time is what is stopping me sadly.

            Originally posted by MissSmilla View Post
            2. No, it's perfectly fine to do the workouts on different levels. That will not result in full bars in the end (only all level 3 does that), but does it really matter? (It might. I so much wanted the full bars that I went for level 3 on all days. But that was back in the day when I was way fitter and had more time on my hands.)
            I feel too competitive on myself, and I have seen in the past that the gamification aspect on tasks really works for me a lot, so I will just probably fill the bars all I can, and once I've finished with all the 30 days, I will repeat the cards needed to fill unfinished bars before moving on to the next program.

            Originally posted by MissSmilla View Post
            3. If you don't want to do the Flexibility days at all, you could just leave them out and do a shorter version of Avatar. Or, if it really feels like nothing, you could double the days (do the flexibility of day, say, 12, plus day 13). Personally, I used to be happy to have a few easier days in between
            Yeah, also thougth about that, but time's a bitch. Anyway, after doing the 4th card, I'm pretty satisfied, so I guess I won´t complain again.

            Originally posted by MissSmilla View Post
            Oh, and did you read that the cards don't have to happen in the prescribed order? You can totally do whichever card you feel like on a given day and save the flexibility for when you're not feeling so well or have lots of other stuff going on.
            Yeah, I read it, but I'm not the smartest person in the world and would somehow screw it up probably, so I prefer to stick to the expected order, which I also assume that follows a certain logic.

            Thanks a lot.

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              #7
              Isn't it funn how things sometimes fall into place? Have fun with Avatar!

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                #8
                Hi
                if I completed the gravity + or the gravity ++ extra routines, any extra points to be added to the avatar upgrade?

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                  #9
                  Well, maybe is specified somewhere, but I couldn't find it, so I didn't. Just consider it as a gift to your body.

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