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    #76
    stephenphillips42 Thanks! Eh, i tend to ramble on sometimes (everytime XD)... But yea i think many of us who were chubbier kids tend to have a stricter mindset when it comes to working out, since we have so much bad memories about shame and our bodies growing up. I hope someday humanity evolves to the point we can all encourage others to healthier ways without bullying or teasing, but i quess i am kinda naive for having such wish :/ Well, at least we have communities like this to have a good and respectful enviroment

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      #77
      Yay for your students! I like that fun fact! Super interesting!

      I don't think you're naive in your hope: I too wish we could change things for many different people.

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        #78
        JCU Yeah queen Artemisia is one of those lesser-known leaders who could have had a huge effect in world history, that just did not for whatever reason (i really think if Xerxes had actually just blockaded the fleet he could have been able to force it to sally out to open- where persian navy perhaps could have fared better). There are many lesser known female rulers of antiquity who are really interesting points of study, such as Livia Drusila (wife of Augustus) or Teuta the pirate who supposedly united the most powerfull Adriatic pirates under her corporation. Histoy can be fun and interesting at times

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          #79
          Especially when it's told by someone who knows and loves it! Thank you!

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            #80
            Hello there! (General Kenobi, you are a bold one) How was your day? Mine was a mighty fine one, got stuff done and had overall good time. First off I finally had the time to meet one of my old buddies to whom I gave my old boxing gloves (since I have a newer pair I don’t use them anymore), and then got down to evaluating next seasons muay thai base training plan (our club uses a 2-week cycle of plans in the 3 month basic training course, and I wanted to help since I have done that planning many times) Which means, as you might have guessed, I added some extra punching and clinch-heavy days XD I am a simple muay mat, don’t blame me XD.
            As for my main workout, today was again a metcon fullbody day. Have I ever told how much I love planning and doing these? This time I did a 3-part workout of hiit, rope/weightwork and bagwork/abs. It was this:
            4 rounds of 1 minute work each exercise, 10 sec rest: Push-up burpee, punching high knee, sprinter abs, jumping lunge, wide-to close push up, mountain climber.
            3 rounds of: 1,5 min jump rope- 2x superset of: jumping goblet squat (20kg, 20reps)- rogue row (12kg,12 reps)- 1,5 min jump rope- 2x superset of: hammercurl to press (12kg,10reps)- one leg squat (20kg,10 reps)- 1,5 min jump rope- 2x superset of: Hex press (20kg 20 reps)- bulgar squat (12 kg 12 reps). After 3 rounds, straight 3 min of jump rope full speed with double unders.
            3 rounds of: 3 min heavy bag- 50 crunches- 50 leg rises- 50 v-ups.
            HIIT, rope, weights, bagwork oh my! What else can one want? Well I guess the eurojackpot lottery win would be nice (which reminds me to check my coupon, maybe just maybe… XD). What, you say HIIT should be done after strength works? HERESY! XD No but on a serious note, the weight used was more for speed of lifts and volume, not for max effort in weight. If you want to up the weight effort, then hiit is safer to do after, because you want to lift fresher to avoid injury. However in this case where the weight is included to provide extra effort in volume and speed, it was very appropriate. I liked this workout- diverse, fast-paced and tough. It was as i like my metcons- left me battered and destroyed XD. I have always felt that HIIT is really not the best alternative to actual metcon work- yea it can be done in shorter time, but comboing it with steadier paced work really pays dividends. Plus it just feel odd to work out for 30 min and call it a day XD
            So, what else then? Again, nothing much to say. Very normal day, which is a good thing in my books.
            And now, a tune to wreck your workouts to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyZp2ksMY_Y
            And a fun fact to end the post: Did you know, that the English lost their final land holding in France, Calais, only in 1558 after a successful assault led by the famed general Francis of Lorraine. He stormed the city with artillery and specially trained infantry, a city which had held out for nearly 200 years, and managed to capture it in mere 4 days of fighting.
            So that’s all folks. Have a good one, be awesome!
            Ps. JCU Thanks!

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              #81
              I like your historical tidbits, keep them coming if you like. They actually make me go look them up and do some reading on my own. Something my teachers in school never managed.

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                #82
                A new week dawns again! Was your Monday particularly mighty? I had a nice day. Again pretty basic in all manners, so all good. So I guess this gives me the opportunity to really just dive into describing my todays main workout. Leg day, a good day XD
                As I told you guys last week, this week I will again focus on intensity and tempo of lifts. Also, as you will see, I will up the strength-endurance part quite heftily.
                Main lifts: Cycler squat ( 28kg,22reps, 8 sets)- lunge (17x2kgs, 20 reps/side, 6 sets)- sumo deadlift (50kgs, 12 reps, 6 sets). Main effort was to keep the tempo high, volume up and keep the reps high. So muscle endurance work mainly.
                Triset x3: Jumping goblet squat (20kg, 20 reps) Plyo bulgar squat (14 kg 12 reps) single leg deadlift (20kg, 8 reps/side). Superset 1 x3: Spartan squat (15 kg 15 reps)- jumping lunge with kb (14 kg 12 reps/side) Superset 2x2: Goblet squat with hold (25 kg, 10reps-10sec hold x3)- Cossack squat with plie hold (14 kg, 10 reps/ side- 10 sec hold x3) Superset 3 x3: Glute bridge (14 kg, 15 reps/side)- calf rise (14 kg, 12 reps/side). Megaset x3: Jumping goblet wide to close (14 kg 10 reps)- alternating swing (14 kg 10 reps)- high knee tuck jump (30 sec)- alternating thruster (14 kg 5 reps/ side)- one leg rdl (14 kg 6 reps/ side). Then because I had been a good boy I allowed myself to a treat of 2x3 min heavy bag and 50 abs between.
                So yeah got some nice intensity work done I have as of recently started to like heftier sets more, but still feel the intensity sets are more my thing XD Also I happen to love my weighted plyos, so I guess that explains some. Have had a nice mix of heavy-load periods and intensity ones as of nowadays, and can heartily recommend a blend of those if this training style interests you.
                Also I have another theme for you to bang the barbells to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7uJ8NvPvPU
                Aaand a tidbit of trivia for today: Did you know, that during the 13th century in Song-dynasty ruled China, the “civil service exam” (which was a requirement for an appointment for a public higher education) was taken annually by over 400 000 people in multiple districts of the country. Popular estimates (Kracke, Yoshiyuki, 1953) are that only around 400-500 were accepted every year into the school, making it one of the most rigorous entrance exams of all time.
                And that is all I hope you all have a great week, can enjoy the sun and stay safe! Keep being awesome!

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                  #83
                  I am loving the trivia! I wish history sounded so interesting when I was in school
                  And as always awesome job on your workouts

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                    #84
                    You have a broad knowledge of world history, I have to give you that. I'm learning Chinese, but I don't have any idea of the detailed history of the country. Guess I have something to research tonight, thanks to you.

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                      #85
                      I agree with SheWhoMustNotBeNamed: I wish my teachers had made history so interesting! Jealous of your students, current and future!

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                        #86
                        lofivelcro SheWhoMustNotBeNamed JCU Thanks all! One of the bright spots of having one of the longest (5 years minimum here in Finland) teacher education programs is that we get to take a ton of courses and have a nice basis of coverage on history And thanks for the compliments, they made my day, i want to be a good teacher to my students and also teach them that its ok if you dont enjoy history, but still offer them the required knowledge they need in order to pass the tests and get to where they want

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                          #87
                          I just got the chance to read further back in your thread. It is quite the journey you are on: a return to yourself. I find myself agreeing with Damer that bullying is more about perceived weakness than anything else and to overcome its effects we must learn to feel strong. I applaud you making your mornings easier and am appreciating the new History Trivia feature.

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                            #88
                            and also teach them that its ok if you dont enjoy history, but still offer them the required knowledge they need in order to pass the tests and get to where they want
                            Sounds like you're off to a great start! Far too many teachers miss that!

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                              #89
                              Hi! Whew, today was a real hot day. Would have been so nice to just have a swimming pool for myself and just lie down in cool water XD Well, one can always dream, right? Anyways, finally got to buy my new gym gloves, hurray! Tomorrow im gonna crack open these bad boys
                              So today I worked upper body, again sticking to plan of emphasizing endurance and volume.
                              Main lifts: Alternating floor press: 20kgs/side 20 reps 7 sets- bent over row 18 kgs/side 18 reps 6 sets- neutral grip overhead press 14 kgs/side 14 reps 6 sets
                              Complex x3 with 10 kgs, 12 reps each move: Alternating curl- standing triceps draw- alternating hammercurl- bent-over kickback
                              Superset x3: Crush press 25 kgs 16 reps- rogue row 12 kgs 16 reps
                              Triset 1 x3: Arnold press (12 kgs 6 reps)- high pull (12kgs 12 reps)- cross-draw (12kgs 12 reps)
                              Triset 2 x2: Farmer rise (18 kgs 10 reps)- rotating punch press (12 kgs 20 reps/side)- resistance band wide grip pushup (medium band 10kgs 30 reps)
                              Finisher: 3x3 min heavy bag, 2 min jump rope and 100 abs in between.
                              Allright, so reps its gonna be XD Actually liked cramming many arm exercises into the complex, got some nice intensity going on there. Also doing more trisets really extended the time required to complete each set, so that worked also as planned. Overall I liked the workout, very straightforward but challenging and fun all the same.
                              Today have something to hammer them reps to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htKY...rKBGA&index=48
                              I really enjoy putting up these little fact-bits of history So here goes:
                              Did you know, that the professional military of the Empire of Mali was famed for its use of war-bows and poisoned arrows? It is estimated (Niane, 1975) that for every 1 spear or sword- equipped soldier there was 3-4 bowmen equipped with poison arrows, and the war-bow was held in such high esteem in the Malian military tradition that the elite forces were actually called “servant carriers of the arrow quiver” (loosely translated).
                              How was your day? Hope it went well!
                              That is all for today, have a good one you all!
                              PS. Ninshubur JCU thanks both! Yeah i confess i feel sluggish still in mornings when not pushing my old routine, perhaps i get over it sometime And yeah i think its important for teachers to remember that even if they like the subject, its not quaranteed the students do aswell XD

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                                #90
                                I agree with the comments above, I really like your trivia!

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