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  • lofivelcro
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    Trbrat75 same here. I also like a written description of what is happening, just because I can visualise what muscles are targeted or used when someone actually tells me. So, yeah, your words make a lot of sense to me.

    Did Ironborn and Cardio Blast Day 22 and the WotD (Tempered Steel) today.

    Good thing: It was a very relaxed day.

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  • Trbrat75
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    If I dont understand, or am unfamiliar with a move in the illustration I look it up online(especially yoga moves, the illustrations are vague to me at time). The problem there is sometimes there are many variations online. Personally, I need specifics. I overthink to much to try and pick which one they are referring to...if that makes sense. Of course, I check the Darebee site first, but sometimes I cant find what I'm looking for.

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  • lofivelcro
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    huma I actually wonder how many people look the exercises up, either in video format or in text. I wanted to see how totally inexperienced people would fare if they'd just follow the illustrations and I'm glad the two were enthusiastic about it. Although I was concerned a bit, too. But we looked into a few exercises yesterday in depth and they still seem interested, so maybe I've got them hooked.
    Tbh, I sometimes feel a bit bad that I'm always complaining about how Darebee treats dumbbell workouts/programs...

    Today I did Ironborn and Cardio Blast Day 21 and the WotD (Solid Core). If I have one thing, it's a solid core. If I don't have one thing, it's strong biceps. Back is great, core is great, chest is great, legs is a bit hit and miss, but biceps is... throw-the-dumbbell-out-the-window-in-frustration tier. My body refuses to make progress with those. No idea why. Today wasn't even Biceps day. They're not even small, they grew a good chunk in the last month, but.... argh, this is frustrating.

    Good thing: My other half made a decision after weeks of frustration because of work. Told me about it during a session of bunny watching. I could practically see the tension leaving. I like such decisions. You make them, you decide on following through, and suddenly, everything seems much better.

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  • huma
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    Very interesting experiment! I usually go to youtube to get the right movement, assuming the fit people over there are doing it right

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  • lofivelcro
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    Today I did Ironborn and Cardio Blast Day 20 and the WotD (Roamer). I really enjoy those easy cardio workouts.

    We finally tried out the grill today and while it was a success, I wonder if there's room for improvement. Had a lot of fish, grilled vegetables and grilled cheese.
    I've decided to invite Jules' parents on a whim. Mostly because his father made the grill itself, and, tbh, because I sometimes feel weird having the kids over. I mean... well... eh. Despite his mother's misgivings last year, it was surprisingly pleasant. One of my better ideas, probably.

    Good thing: Had a pleasant Sunday with visitors.

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  • lofivelcro
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    Thanks, Anek, but the weather didn't cooperate so the bbq is postponed to tomorrow.

    I did Ironborn and Cardio Blast Day 19 and the WotD (Rest & Repair) today.

    I've been having mixed thoughts about Ironborn. On a whole, I'm enjoying the program and think it's the best for dumbbells on Darebee. It has a few issues, imo, but nothing I want to go into right now. But I've been thinking about it when doing the workouts, looking at the pictures, keeping in mind the introduction text. I have not much issues doing the exercises, because I'm familiar with them, but I was wondering...
    So, I abused the kids today for an experiment. Jules and his girlfriend, I'm going to call her Vina for naming purposes, were here, inexperienced in lifting weights but curious, and in Vina's case of low strength. Jules is of average strength, and moderate fitness. Both are pretty lean and slim, healthy, your average teenagers.
    I gave them the introduction text for Ironborn and asked them to choose their weights for a few test runs. Jules skipped the 20 alternating biceps curls and went straight for 7,5kg dumbbells. Vina tried the recommended 5kg for women, couldn't do the 20 curls, was disheartened for a minute or two, and then resolutely chose 4kg.
    Then I showed them the pictures of a few exercises and asked them to interpret those and do up to five reps of them to their best of their knowledge and belief.
    Shoulder presses and floor presses were going alright, no wonder there.
    Lateral raises were a catastrophe. They discussed for some minutes if the person just lifted his arms, or if he turned his wrists up on top. In the end, they decided on the first option. Both struggled with their weights. Vina went down to 2kg and was successful, aside from bad form because of the illustration. Jules refused to back down and complained that the exercise was rubbish, struggled for some more until I made him stop.
    Tricep Extensions, Upright Rows, Shrugs, Calf Raises, Farmer's Walks and Forward Raises were good all around. Lunges and Renegade Rows were okay, too.
    Curls were a bit of a problem, because both didn't keep their elbows to their sides, a bit like the guy in the picture, and worked with momentum at times. No biggie, everyone does that in the beginning, but bad form with curls can lead to shoulder problems over time. Been there, done that.
    Deadlifts brought a whole slew of problems with them, mostly because you can't learn a move like that by just a picture. Not much of a problem with light weights, granted.
    Bent over Rows gave us Jules complaining that his biceps felt exhausted. Good hint that he did the exercise wrong. You shouldn't feel that in your biceps, it's a back exercise. Next to no chance to spot that on the illustration.
    Bent over flys had similar problems like Lateral Raises, but Vina immediately chose lower weights and did pretty well. Jules was stubborn.
    Squats were okay with low weights, but would get problematic with higher weights, because of some issues with form that weren't obvious with the pictures.
    Arnold Presses were done slightly wrong, because the illustration didn't show the whole movement.

    The whole experiment was done over a whole afternoon, with plenty of rest in between, and the kids in high spirits. Thankfully, they weren't disheartened and, best of all, they got interested in exercise. I was a bit surprised how much trouble the illustration of lateral raises gave them and how much Jules refused to change weights. We're going to go through the exercises tomorrow again and examine proper form of each. By request of them, which I call a win.

    Why was I typing this whole wall of text now? Because I feel that the Darebee dumbbell programs would benefit from a small guide for some basics. Things like choosing weight, bracing in some lifts, ego-lifting, things like that. I often noticed that the kids didn't brace their core and had creepily arched backs during the shoulder presses or tricep extensions. I feel the issue with lateral raises and bent over flys and doing them with lower weights needs to be addressed. The forum already had its share of people asking that, or trying hard to do at least one or two reps with their usual weight.
    I think it's good that Darebee has three programs in its portfolio, but the lack of guides, even a short safety guide, is worrying. There are guides for everything, but not for dumbbells.
    I'm writing this here to sort my thoughts. Maybe I raise the issue in the Help Desk some time. Idk.
    And here I was saying right at the beginning I wouldn't go into the issues I have with the program. Go me

    Good thing: Sparked some interest for exercise in the kids with my stupid obsession

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  • Anek
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    Congrats on finishing the grill! Happy bbq!

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  • lofivelcro
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    Today I did Ironborn and Cardio Blast Day 18 and the WotD (Protagonist).

    Making plans for mixing some things up come Sunday, when the psychologically important first day of the next month arrives. I'm trying to add new things to my routine, but can't help and wonder if I'm not suited to rigid schedules and would do better just doing what comes to mind. Always fared better that way, no idea why I think I should do something differently now. Probably because everything naturally fell into place when I was younger, resulting in good schedules without trying. Maybe I have too much free time. I don't know.

    Good thing: I finished the brick grill today after finally getting the grill, so tomorrow we're having a BBQ to try it out.

    Have a nice weekend, everyone.

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  • lofivelcro
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    Today I did Ironborn and Cardio Blast on Day 17, looked at the WotD.. eh, I'd rather not. Instead, I went swimming, because the weather was great.

    During my worst years, 10 years ago, I had an acquaintance, not really a friend. Since I left England I've always been pretty sure he would kill himself because of drugs, depression, and other reasons. Sometimes, I thought about him, or others I've spent my time with, and felt a bit melancholic.
    I got an e-mail today from another acquaintance, more like a friend. We've kept contact since then. He met our mutual not-really-friend two days ago. He's alive and well, married to a woman who's pregnant with his child and they've taken over her family's farm. He gave me the contacts of him, so I'm going to write an e-mail on the weekend.

    Good thing: That was my good thing for today. It always makes me happy finding out that people I knew are doing well.

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  • lofivelcro
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    Trbrat75 and Anek I'm quite happy with the outcome. I'm sure the little guy is in good hands now and I even can visit, so that's a plus.

    And a military surplus store is probably a good idea, they should have plenty of Paracord. Hopefully.

    Did Ironborn and Cardio Blast on Day 16 today, as well as the WotD (My Time is Now).

    Good thing: To continue my quest to learn a few dishes aside from stew and grilled meat/fish, I made Gnocchi today. They turned out quite well, surprisingly. Next time, I might even remember to plan for a sauce. As it was, we only had butter with them.

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  • Anek
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    Yay for the new home!

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  • Trbrat75
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    i should go to a craft store...or a military surplus store(hmmm, hadn't thought of that) and at least buy some paracord, just having it around will help me remember.

    AW, Im so happy to hear you found him a home! Especially one where you can check in on him

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  • lofivelcro
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    Trbrat75 don't be too hard on yourself, you've got a lot on your plate. Although, if you know the knots for Paracording it can be quite relaxing and soothing. Like other hobbies involving repetitive work with your hands, too, I guess.

    Back on the horse with Ironborn and Cardio Blast Day 15 and the WotD (Magician). That one I already did quite often. Another one of those WotDs that always come up.

    Good thing: Snufkin has found a home. A friend of mine was completely smitten with him and asked her father if he would mind a dog in the house. That's great, because I can check now and then if they're doing fine. She'll get him tomorrow.

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  • Trbrat75
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    you remind me I wanted to try and do that lol...jeez this brain of mine. Id be dangerous if it worked properly.

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  • lofivelcro
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    Lazy day. As in, I didn't work out today. Still moving a lot, because that's what I usually do, but no scheduled workout.

    Good thing: Spent some off-time to make a collar for Snufkin from Paracord, because the old one he has is cheap and not very sturdy. Haven't done something with Paracord in a long while, so that was fun.

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