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    #61
    I was going to ask what you consider peak Kylo Ren, but then realized he doesn't actually become truly dangerous until he comes back to being Ben. Even as Ben, though, Episode 1 Maul would destroy him. Maul 100%.

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      #62
      G’day! Well, warm day it was, but also yes a good one Was yours too? Everyday I try to enjoy the little things, the small good aspects of everyday life. Like, the smell of morning air when I take a walk after my morning workout before breakfast. Perhaps you do this too? Well, without further a do, I should break down my “todays fox”, my main workout. Had an upperbody day, and I decided to use a mix of pyramiding and tri-sets to really put emphasis on the heavier lifts and then dynamically transition into more time-under-tension hefty work. Here goes:
      Main lifts: Pyramided floor press (18-15-10-8 reps of 20/22/25/30 kgs per side, 2 sets per weight) Pyramided Overhead press (16-12-10 reps of 10/14/16 kgs, 2 sets per weight) and straight 5x18 run of rows, 22kgs per side.
      Triset 1,3sets: Hex press (20kgs, 20reps)-concentration curl (12kgs,8 reps)- ez curl with negative (20kgs, 8 reps). Triset 2, 3 sets: standing draw (10kgs/side, 12reps)- rotating row( 16kgs, 10 reps)- neutral grip ohp (10kgs, 15 reps per side). Triset 3, 2 sets: crush bench with rotation (25kgs, 12 reps)- standing row (15 kgs, 6 reps/side)- alternating curl-to-hammercurl-to Arnold press (10 kgs, 10 reps per side). Then did a run of 16 kgs kb floorpresses, 3x5. As a finisher, did 5 rounds of : rounds 1,3,5- 2 min heavy bag- 10 rogue row (10 kgs)- 10 floor presses (10kgs)- 10 ape hop to squat jump (10kgs). rounds 2 and 4: 1 min heavy bag- 25 archer push up to burpee- 30 sec mountain climber- 30 sec shoe shiner- 30 sec sit-out. After this, did 150 crunches.
      So, overall managed to throw a balanced mix of heavier lifts (mainly presses and rows) with some heftier arm work, a mix which I was intending to try out and feel if it would work. I would say it did, and the pyramid building on the main lifts really sapped me, so that the trisets really accumulated in difficulty. The workout was hard, but very fun and I could pull of the lifts with good technique. Finisher was well suited as well. All in all, I was happy with the weightwork- it did what I intended it to do. Now as you might have read, I have really started to mix the main efforts of my workouts from weight to volume to rapidity of target changes. This is intended to rotate the affected aspects- overall strength, endurance and work capacity. I have found this programming satisfying, and it keep the works fresh.
      Remember that I am by no means an expert, so take my word as is. But I can highly recommend to try and vary your lifting patterns, if for nothing else, just for the fun of it
      What else? Today the covid numbers rose to highest since last year :/ It really seems another lockdown is possibility. Well, cant really say Im surprised. Today I once again had some nice time reading and listening to podcasts . Aaand todays soundtrack for strength is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIk1HN6ehko (yes it is a remaster, deal with it XD)
      Hope you all have a great time!

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        #63
        Stay healthy, stay safe!

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          #64
          Hello! Having a good day? Having a bad day (hope not 😊 )? Hopefully you have had a day of somewhat more pleasing content than one with more negativity XD For myself, I had a day I consider good 😊 Since today was a full-body workout day (a chaos day as I like to refer), I decided to crank up the tempo. And oh boy did I really do.
          So what was it then? Lets imagine a scene: You (yes YOU there XD) have scrolled trough the Darebee workouts. You have watched Youtube fitness videos for long hours. You have even braved the workout pages of IL wellness magazine (although that filthy junk made you feel disgusted XD). Yet still, the perfect metcon workout with enough intensity eludes you. Well, look no more. Feast your eyes on this:
          Weights: dumbbell medium-heavy (used 20kgs), light dumbbell (used 10kgs), bodyweight
          4 Rounds: 8 rougue rows push up (rrpu from now on)-15 push up knee tuck burpee- 8 rrpu- 30 mountain climber with mule kick-8 rrpu- 10 thruster- 8 rrpu- 10 curl-to press- 8 rrpu- 8 arnold press- 25 crunches
          4 rounds: 20 goblet squat- 30 floor press- 20 goblet squat- 10 heavy curl- 20 goblet squat- 10 farmer rise to barbarian squat- 1 min of weighted shadowboxing.
          4 rounds: (do this as complex) 10 Romanian deadlift- 10 one leg squat- 10 one arm swing- 10 overhead press- 10 one arm swing- 10 one leg squat- 10 romanian deadlift- 20 russian twist- 1 min weighted shadow boxing.
          Then ofc the 100 compulsory abs XD
          Now this. This workout is pure evil. Seriously, it took me around 1h5 min to do at fast tempo, 10 sec rest between rounds, and I felt like I was beaten by a gang consisting of Mike Tyson, Terminator and, for some unknown reason, Cybernetically enhanced Bob Ross. Which means I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. But on a serious note, this metcon work was a seriously happiness (and punishment XD) bringing work .
          So what else? Well, a normal but good day. Lots of walking outside, listening to podcasts/e books, all the good stuff. A little rainy in the morning, sunny the rest of the day.
          Todays warsong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cwf670Cxv4
          Hope you all stay safe and have a great day! 😊
          And a random fact for this day: Did you know that emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was worshipped and revered by some members of the early rastafari movement?

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            #65
            Originally posted by TheGrayLynx View Post
            And a random fact for this day: Did you know that emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was worshipped and revered by some members of the early rastafari movement?
            Interesting fact, I only know Haile Selassie from Civilization V, to be honest. But I like learning little tidbits here and there, so that was much appreciated. Have a nice day (or night) yourself.

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              #66
              And a random fact for this day: Did you know that emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia was worshipped and revered by some members of the early rastafari movement?
              He's supposed to be a descendant to the linage of King David and Queen of Shba and some of the stories claim that the child of the Queen is the true redeemer of humanity so rastafari saw him as a sort of Devine presence on Earth and Ethiopia as Zion.

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                #67
                Hi ya all! Friday at last I have had a good day, hope you have too 😊 Got again some good times wandering around outside, got in some hefty workout too. Today I had a lower body day, and decided to go extra heavy on most lifts, and then doing some volume work to supplement the session. So here is a breakdown of the workout:
                Main lifts: Farmer’s squat, 12 reps 7 sets, 50 kgs- lunges, 14 reps, 6 sets, 28 kgs- Romanian deadlifts- 10 reps 6 sets, 45 kgs
                Superset 1 3 times: One leg squat, 22 kgs 12 reps- one leg rdl, 22kgs, 10 reps. Superset 2x3: Bulgar squat, 14 kgs 14 reps- plie squat, 30 kgs 20 reps. Triset, 3 times: glute bridge, 12 reps 12 kgs-calf rise 12 reps 12 kgs- spartan squat 16 reps 18kgs. Then did 4 sets of: 1 min fast kicks to heavybag- 15 burpee with tuck jump- 15 goblet squat (20kg)- 20 kb swing (16kg)- 10 jump squat (16kg)- 20 russian twist (16kg). I still had some gas in tank, so I treated myself with extra round of 5 minute heavy bagwork and 150 ab crunches with 5kg plate.
                Yeah the yesterday´s metcon did beat me up good, but still was happy to find out I could wreck some chonckier lifts with good form. Not gonna lie, legs felt very spaghetti-like after this weightwork. Sometimes its real fun challenge to integrate your normal finishers into the main workout- kicking the bag goes up in difficulty when followed immediately with more weight work Also was very happy with the main lifts, this time less volume but upped the weight and got good form. Overall a good and hard workout.
                Today the chant of battle is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN61wJQIQtk
                And a random quote to end the post: “If we come to a minefield, our infantry attacks exactly as it were not there.” Georgy Zhukov, marshal of the Soviet Union
                Have a fine day folks! Stay safe and keep up the good work!

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                  #68
                  Happy Friday Lynx!!!

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                    #69
                    Enjoy the weekend!

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                      #70
                      Interesting quote. Makes sense I guess.

                      Have a great weekend

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                        #71
                        Happy weekend

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                          #72
                          It sounds like you are really committed to your fitness and are very active! Just wondering, how long does your typical workout take? An hour or more?

                          And, yes, the Soviet infantry were know for such strategies ...

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                            #73
                            Ninshubur Haha XD Well, actually Zhukov developed quite an eye for map-analysis and deception in strategy after the debacle of first Kotluban offensive at stalingrad, he did in my opinion very well with combined arms at operation mars and afterwards. Altough the later eastern front was such a grindfest, there was, i believe, little room for actual manpower sparing strategy (and both sides were very committed to duking it out to the end). However ww2 or eastern front is not my main subject of study at uni, so im no expert My morning routine (which is the first thing i do after getting up) is high rep bodyweightand kettlebell-weighted, smaller workout that takes around 30 or so min to do. Then my "main" workout (weights, split in upper and lowerbody days and every 3rd day is a full-body met/con intensity workout) takes depending on the exercises around 1-1,5hours. perhaps a good medium i would say is around 1 h 10 min. I also do pushups and other such stuff when bored, such as whe i cook or things like that XD So all in all i spend around 1,5-2 hours a day working out, depending on the day. For time being i have dropped thaiboxing and bjj, because i want to gain more mass so they do not fit into my routine at the moment ( :/ )and i really want to have atleaest 1/3 intensity works in my program.

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                              #74
                              Ayy how are things going you fine people? Is your weekend going to be all heat and summer? Here in Helsinki it was another incredibly hot day, makes working out extra rewarding when your only “air conditioning” in an open window XD Oh and today I got to lecture about early colonialism in the Caribbean to the course, was fun The topic is something they have a test on a couple of weeks from now, so I hope the lesion was useful to them in that sense. Also I heard from our other teachers that the students who took the first language test did actually do pretty well and nobody failed, so I took that as a major win 😊 But now I shall break down the main workout of the day:
                              Upper body constant weight sets, focus on heavy weight.
                              Main lifts: Bench press- 6 sets 7 reps 55kg (yep I was really surprised I got all the reps in) Bent row- 6 sets 7 reps 40kg, alternating overhead press- 5 sets 10 reps 15 kgs/side.
                              Superset 1, 3 times: Close grip bench 20 reps 40kg- rogue row 12 reps 16 kg. Superset 2, 3 times: Ez curl 10 reps 25 kg, tricep kickback 12 reps 14kg/side. Triset, 3 times: alternating power clean to press, 10 reps 16 kg- hammer curl to farmer rise 8 reps 12 kg- groundpound row 20 reps 14 kg/side. Then a single blow-off run to failure of: bench (40 kg) 19 reps- row 40kg 8 reps- resistance band (medium 14kg) push up 56 reps.
                              Finisher: 5 rounds of 2 min heavy bag- 20 one-arm kb swing (12kg)- 20 decline push-up – 25 russian twist (12 kg) and after these, did 100 punching bicycle abs and 50 ab crunches.
                              So yea today I did finish the heavy sets of the week, very happy with the progression of medium-range working sets. Especially the bench and ohp felt very good, still have lots of work tough. Had good form, and I think I have really started also upping my auxiliary lift game, since I can crank up the tempo or up the load quite comfortably in between the moves. On a serious note to self, I gotta get a pair of new gym gloves, my current ones are so worn out and hardened they resemble industrial-grade steel mitts instead of cloth mesh and leather XD
                              Had a good and heavy workout, next week gonna do more volume again.
                              Some metal for you to power the workouts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXAvNLTWNMM
                              Fun fact of the day: Did you know that queen Artemisia I, who led a contingent of Persian warships at the battle of Salamis in 480bc, was promoted in rank to supreme command by Xerxes because she was the only naval officer in Persian navy to advice against attacking the Greeks at their anchor site at the straight?
                              Hey, you all stay safe! And awesome! And have a great and dandy day!

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                                #75
                                OK I have finally caught up on this thread. You've gotten a good thing going here! I have to skim your posts sometimes -- you are very thorough! Related to some of you earlier posts, I was overweight as a kid as well. I did lose it which is what got me into fitness but it's only more recently I've tried taking a more balanced view of fitness (e.g. I was extremely inflexible so now I'm trying to recover from that). I wish you good luck with your mental and fitness journey! Looking forward to more posts.

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