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    New guy's questions about The Fighter's Codex: Which side to you pick for a rep?

    Hello Everyone in this fantastic realm of health seekers!

    I've been seeing the Darebee workouts on the internet since before they were called Darebee but didn't commit to acting on them. Well, this lockdown and social distancing got me into action and I took matters into my own hands. I began with the Foundation programme while recovering from a Tennis Elbow and the routine helped speed along with recovery and maintain sanity. I hadn't joined the community then but now here I am, unable to resist the pull and looking forward to a healthy life. (Also because I wanted to make a donation to the Darebee fund and thank them silently for being awesome.)

    I have been mulling over which workout to follow up Foundation with and I decided to go for Fighter's Codex and gradually supplement it with Core Strength. I started my workouts yesterday and I seem to have hit a bit of a speedbump. Do I do all the reps just right-handed or switch halfway to left-handed? I split the reps in half for the kicks and punches which had a side orientation like back fist + turning kick and sidekicks and turning kicks in an attempt to not create a bias in my body. But is this the ideal approach?

    I'm right-handed so I jab with my left hand and cross with my right hand. Should I stick to favouring a side like that or should I switch sides halfway through the total reps? Also, for a punch + kick combo, say Jab+Jab+Turning Kick (40 reps), do I try and do 20 left-handed jabs + right leg turning kicks (my right leg would be my back leg then)? Or should I try to so 10 left-hand jabs + front leg (left) turning kicks and then 10 left-hand jabs + back leg (right) turning kicks and then switch sides?

    I know it may sound complicated but the illustrations don't depict sides, the workout doesn't ask you to switch sides and I don't want to have a weird bias in my body where my left leg can kick better and my right leg can't even get off the ground well. Is it a wise approach to try and train your body as ambidextrous in terms of punches and kicks, to switch sides between punches and front and back leg between kicks?

    I looked up this query before creating this post. I did not find the results as enlightening as I hoped. So, I went ahead and created this query so that I can hear your opinions, your practices, your explanations and also some science behind the way our bodies work. Thank you in advance for your time and responses. I hope to hear from the core team too so that they may shed a better-focused light. I'm kinda excited to interact with neilarey Damer Redline and many of you!

    I've had this body for almost 29 years now. It's time to see what it can really do.

    #2
    Thanks for all your kind words, IronWing, and welcome to the Hive!

    For fitness and balance reason, it is indeed better to split the reps equally between both sides. But there are several ways to do it, and they mostly come down to personal preference.

    It is perfectly possible to switch sides after each rep or combo. It will be a good way to work on your technique, since fatigue will usually be slower to come, but it will also take more time, because of the additional footwork required (not always, mind you, since some combos will have you naturally finish in a different stance).

    If you're kind of in a hurry, or want to work on your endurance more, you may just switch halfway through. With a 20-rep combo, for example, do 10 in orthodox, then another 10 in southpaw.

    If you're going for an even number of sets, you may also switch stances after every set.

    Working on both sides equally, even if we all have a "weaker" one, will always be beneficial anyway.

    Does that answer all your questions?

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      #3
      Thank you Redline, It most definitely answers my query. I wanted to make sure i was following proper form with the workouts and this perspective will help me do that.

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        #4
        Hello Damer Redline
        I have a bit of bad/sad news. I was following the Fighter's Codex programme but I have hit a hurdle with the power workout days of the programme. The power days include push-up and squat combos with kicks and punches. The push-up combos leave me winded and drained and I struggle to complete one set, let alone the required five for level one. I tried to complete it by doing a modified push-up and pivoting at my knees. However, it isn't that satisfying to have to reduce the intensity of the workout.

        I feel that I may have bitten off more than I can chew and jumped from step one to step three. I need a step two in the middle to help me get stronger. I think I lack the required upper body and core strength to perform the exercises in the Codex. Could you please guide me as to which programme I should follow and to what level so that I can build my strength first before I re-attempt the Codex?

        I don't like giving up and neither do I want to. But I have realised that I am beaten. I want to get back up stronger and get tougher. My upper body feels weak in comparison to my legs. I would have uploaded pictures to demonstrate what I mean but I'm a little camera shy right now. Please point me in the right direction. This is just the beginning of my journey.

        Thank you in advance for your time and efforts. Take care.

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          #5
          IronWing, just one question at this point, but it does make a difference - how far have you been into the program? There are 3 different Power Days in it, if I remember correctly.

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            #6
            Hi IronWing did you do the Fitness test?
            Take a look at How to pick a program and the manual.
            If you want to work on your pushups have a look at the challenges and workouts.
            If you don't, have a look at Athena's Playbook, it is pushup-free as are other progs.
            Or do Athena's Playbook and some pushup-challenge. It's up to you.
            You have to define your goals, long-term and short-term. Take it easy, start slow, do not overdo it. With time you learn your boundaries and how to expand them. Nobody but yourself can guide you in this.
            Like you said it's a journey, so you should treat it like one and not a race.
            Good luck and all the best,
            Andi

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              #7
              Originally posted by Redline View Post
              IronWing, just one question at this point, but it does make a difference - how far have you been into the program? There are 3 different Power Days in it, if I remember correctly.
              Redline I was on Day 9 of the Codex. It was the second power day which I had experienced. It was a little better than the first one I came across on Day 3. The point of failure for me happens to be the push-up + (kick/punch) combo. I get thoroughly gassed out and have tried completing it deliberately rather than as a burpee. Sorry for the late reply.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Andi64 View Post
                Hi IronWing did you do the Fitness test?
                Take a look at How to pick a program and the manual.
                If you want to work on your pushups have a look at the challenges and workouts.
                If you don't, have a look at Athena's Playbook, it is pushup-free as are other progs.
                Or do Athena's Playbook and some pushup-challenge. It's up to you.
                You have to define your goals, long-term and short-term. Take it easy, start slow, do not overdo it. With time you learn your boundaries and how to expand them. Nobody but yourself can guide you in this.
                Like you said it's a journey, so you should treat it like one and not a race.
                Good luck and all the best,
                Andi
                Thanks for writing in Andi64. I will look into what you've said and try to go about it better.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by IronWing View Post

                  Redline I was on Day 9 of the Codex. It was the second power day which I had experienced. It was a little better than the first one I came across on Day 3. The point of failure for me happens to be the push-up + (kick/punch) combo. I get thoroughly gassed out and have tried completing it deliberately rather than as a burpee. Sorry for the late reply.
                  It's fine, don't worry!
                  Yes, the push-up + punches combos are very demanding, I agree. They require both strength and a good cardiovascular capacity, and while they are awesome at building overall conditioning, they can be a pretty big hurdle to conquer for people who are still relatively new to fitness. You will definitely find them easier with time if you keep on training consistently, but in the Power Days of the Codex, they can get pretty tough.

                  The reason why I asked how far into the program you were is because there aren't that many Power Days in the Codex, and the hardest by far is day 15. After this one, things do get a little easier on the whole.

                  So, it's really up to you to decide if you want to try to push through, or go for something a little more accessible right now. If you like combat moves, I do recommend Combat HIIT - it's both fun and effective, and not quite as hard as the Codex in my humble opinion...

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                    #10
                    Thanks, Redline I'm a little at ease now. I kind of do want to continue with the Codex but I understand that I wouldn't be doing the programme justice and possibly risking injury. I want to build up the required cardiovascular capacity and strength and make an impact with the Codex. I'll look into the Combat HIIT programme and try to supplement it with workouts as Andi64 mentioned to build what I lack. Would that be a good way to go about the exercise regime?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by IronWing View Post
                      . I'll look into the Combat HIIT programme and try to supplement it with workouts as Andi64 mentioned to build what I lack. Would that be a good way to go about the exercise regime?
                      It really depends on different factors, such as your current fitness level and how fast you recover after training. Just remember that most Darebee programs are designed to be done on their own, and that more isn't always better. I tend to think it's good to have a baseline you stick to every day (like a program you follow for 30 days), and only add extra exercise if you really think you can benefit from it. Try to listen to your body and don't be afraid to take things a little slow at first. Slow and steady wins the race, after all.

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