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    May 30 Daily Dose of Nature

    I will finish up my Rainbow themed DDoNs tomorrow. In the meantime, we interrupt our regular programming to bring you a bird of which I have no photographs because I have never seen this bird. The Club-winged Manakin lives in the forests of Ecuador where it utilizes a courtship display which has to be seen (in slow motion) to be believed. Check out the story of this amazing bird at the links below:

    series of six short videos: https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/fe...-scientist.php
    written article about the same subject: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/s...akins-display/

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      Congrats on completing Xpress Tone and I'm glad your hamstring is better now What did you think of the program?

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        Thank you, Zastria !

        I enjoyed Xpress Tone -- mostly because it does not require counting. So I watched all of the television I'm no longer allowing myself to watch sitting down while I did the program.

        I love, LOVE, LOVE that the program alternates upper body days with lower body days. None of the two upper body days in a row, followed by an abs day that's really more upper body work nonsense that is so prevalent in these parts. (I'm sure that programming regimen isn't nonsense to everyone, or it wouldn't show up on DAREBEE so often. But to me it is absolutely bizarre, gruesome, and unhelpful. So I was extremely happy to see a strength training program on DAREBEE that doesn't use it and instead uses a schedule that does work for me.) This being said, I still did not manage to complete Xpress Tone in 30 consecutive days. But that was a matter of time scheduling (the workouts were long, I just could not fit them in every day), rather than recovery scheduling. The only time I took off for recovery purposes was the 6 days before completing the final day--but that was because of my hamstring issue, not because of a general need for a rest day.

        I also liked the "to fatigue" protocol, both due to the lack of counting reps noted above, but also because it enabled me to put in the work where I needed it. The other strength training programs are very unbalanced for me, because the upper body work is so excessive and the lower body work so easy compared to my abilities. (A Level 3 upper body workout on DAREBEE is significantly more difficult for me than a Level 5 lower body workout.) So often the lower body work feels like a walk in the park to me, whereas the upper body work is exhausting and takes forever to complete (usually, because it's just not physically possible for me to do the workout with only the tiny amount of recovery time given). With Xpress Tone, I got to be done when I was done, not when I had completed some arbitrary number of repetitions that was either far too few or far too many for me. (There's a caveat for this too though: I don't own very heavy dumbbells and was not in the market to purchase any additional equipment. So some days the clock dictated when I was done, not my level of fatigue.) Time constraints aside, the "to fatigue" protocol made it much easier for me to get started each day than the traditional "do X number of reps that is guaranteed to be gruesome if it's upper body work" protocol that has a tendency to lead to quite an astonishing amount of procrastination on my part.

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          Congrats on finishing Xpress Tone!

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            Xpress tone
            The alternating arm/ leg days sounds great.

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              May 31 Daily Dose of Nature

              Today's bird is one which will be familiar to most of you. It's native range spans across Europe, but this bird has been introduced widely around the world. The North American population is believed to be descended exclusively from about 100 birds which were released in Central Park, New York City in 1890 and 1891 when a local Shakespeare society somehow got the notion that it would be just grand if all of the bird species mentioned in the works of their favourite author could be found in New York. The population of this species in North America now numbers more than 200 million! I am writing, of course, about the European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris).

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              Bird lovers in North America are often quite conflicted about European Starlings. They are undoubtedly stunning birds in their spring finery when the sun catches their feathers at just the right angle. But their success here has come at the expense of several of our native birds. Nevertheless, I cannot fault starlings--who know nothing of Bill the Bard--for their presence in my community or their attempts to survive here.

              I need to sign off now, due to the late hour in my cell of the Hive. But I will post more about starlings and the amazing colours of their feathers tomorrow.

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                Cool post, their release into Central Park makes for a great anecdote on a lot of different subjects.

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                  Originally posted by Rainbow Dragon View Post
                  I completed Xpress Tone this morning,
                  Congratulations!

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                    Congrats on finishing Express Tone!

                    I'm looking forward to hearing more of this starling.

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                      Congrats on finishing XPress Tone!

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                        Originally posted by Rainbow Dragon View Post
                        I also liked the "to fatigue" protocol, both due to the lack of counting reps noted above, but also because it enabled me to put in the work where I needed it.
                        I have yet to make peace with the training to fatigue ... but I would never fail to count the repetitions
                        Express Tone is very useful if you don't have a set of weights available but it also becomes quite long if you have light weights and as you said it is also less unbalanced: one day arms, one legs, easy

                        and congrats

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                          Congratulation on Xpress Tone

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                            Happy Xpress Tone Day

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                              Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Xpress Tone, it's good to see that it worked well for you and was well balanced. I like the idea of "to fatigue" rather than "to failure" and I'm looking forward to trying that method out. Though for me at the moment "to fatigue" would be looking at each exercise, looking at the dumbbells and calling it a day. Reckon I can claim the badge that way?

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                                Congratulations on Express Tone and thanks for the tidbit about Starlings.... that is hilarious and so sounds like a thing theatre ppl would do.

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