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    BusyBumbleBee thank you!

    My friend is a cyclist and does understand that greater body weight = slower performance times. I think she was subjected to external pressures to lose weight as a child which were not always the most healthful and that experience has clouded her views of the topic now. Then there's my mother who is carrying a significantly higher body fat % than me and doing nothing to change that but who is nevertheless fond of telling me that I look fat, and all of my non-athletic friends who would simply tell me I "don't need to lose weight" because I am already skinnier than they are. None of these rhetorics are helpful for me to hear, which is why I generally avoid the subject.

    I am thankful that I can be honest here where many of you will understand my goals and where we all understand that goals are personal and we can encourage and cheer one another on towards goals regardless of whether or not we share them. I wish for you all the best with your own weight loss and racing goals!

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      Rainbow Dragon Thank you!

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        Congrats on the accomplishments! And lol, I never cared for YWA either...

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          Happy Badge Day!

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            Thank you MissMolly Joomju !

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              done on Level 1.

              Those push-ups! Yowza!
              On each round I was able to get through the first set of push-ups in a straight set of 12. But for the second set of push-ups I had to take down-dog breaks after every few reps.

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                Getting in down dog b/w reps is not a bad thing. Taking the body to failure, then pushing through it is a great way to force adaptation. Just sayin'!

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                  Thank you aveoturbo .

                  I try to ride my edge in the push-ups as best I can. Pausing in the plank position is not enough of a break for me when I am that fatigued. Putting my knees down is more of a break than I need. Down dog is that happy medium where I can de-load my arms just enough to catch a couple of quick recovery breaths and then go back at it.

                  Today I did:



                  on Level 1 with Extra Credit.
                  Short and intense.

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                    When I started yoga classes a few years back I never understood how down dog can be a resting position when it is so hard itself. In the meantime I'm glad to say I finally got it

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                      Originally posted by BusyBumbleBee View Post
                      When I started yoga classes a few years back I never understood how down dog can be a resting position when it is so hard itself. In the meantime I'm glad to say I finally got it
                      I second that minus the "got it".

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                        BusyBumbleBee HellYeah80 the first time I was told "down dog is a resting pose" I didn't believe it either. Even for people with good flexibility the pose puts quite a bit of weight on one's arms, which is tiring if one is not used to it. And if one does not possess the flexibility for doing down dog easefully, the pose can be tiring for one's back, hamstrings, calves, ankles--basically the whole back side of the body. I think it's kind of mean to tell new yogis that down dog is a "resting pose" actually. Instead we could say, "Downward-facing dog is a challenging pose which we're going to work on quite a lot because it has many benefits."

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                          Originally posted by HellYeah80 View Post

                          I second that minus the "got it".
                          I only "got it" because you can do much meaner stuff in yoga and when you come out of them to down dog that feels like rest indeed, it is all relative you see

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                            done on Level 1.

                            Arms... jello.

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                              Okay. Now my arms have recovered enough to allow me to type. So I can talk about The Maid of Tarth.

                              This workout was brutal for me, due to the supersetting of my old nemesis, the push-up. On all 3 rounds I made it through the first set of push-ups as a straight set of 10 (but I very nearly failed on rep #10 of the 3rd round). For the close-grip push-ups--an exercise I do... ummmm... never--I had to pause for a couple of breaths in plank after just about every rep. For the second set of regular push-ups I took down-dog breaks after reps #5 and #8 on every round. (On the final round I very nearly failed on rep #5 and rep #8 and rep #10.) And I totally de-loaded my arms after completing every push-up exercise, taking several seconds break just kneeling before moving on to the next exercise, throughout the entire workout. (I am a LONG way away from being able to do this workout with EC!) But hey!: I did 75 push-ups within a space of less than 17 minutes. I think this might be a record for me.

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                                That's alot of push ups! Awesome job!

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