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    For Those About to Rock

    I am more of a fighter-mage than a paladin, but that was not one of the options. My job keeps me fairly active in terms of walking and biking, however my upper body needs work. My left arm is weak from a diagnosed pinched nerve that various attempts to correct have failed. I am waiting on an elbow surgery at some point that has a 50/50 chance of fixing the issue, but the pandemic has delayed things. My knees are a bit wonky from two years of rugby in high school, but my legs are strong. I have done yoga on and off for years and have also dabbled in Qigong. Weight training with dumbbells at home also comes and goes. I have seriously committed to daily stretching for extended periods, as well. I bought the VR jedi rhythm game Beat Saber in mid-June and playing it regularly has kick-started my desire to be more fit.

    I discovered DAREBEE last weekend on the bottom of an internet rabbit-hole that began with punching the word “sword” into Google. The only workout I could find to go along with the training gladius I ended up ordering was here. I will have the gladius next Thursday, and I must admit that I am much more giddy than a man over 40 should be about a plastic sword

    I have been looking through the website and it’s quite impressive. In order to understand it better, I decided to start a regular exercise regimen. My goal is to be able to do Avatar Upgrade, as it looks quite fun. But, I will need to do some preliminary programs first. I’m thinking of starting with Combat HIIT then spending some time with Fireheart and Fighter’s Codex before actually getting to the Upgrade. Any thoughts and suggestions are welcome. There is time, as I plan to finish Back&Core-Recovery before I start on that journey.

    Following the Knight design, I have come up with the following weekly plan:

    Monday Morning: 5 Rites, Back-and-Core-Recovery / Day: Rest / Evening: Beat Saber (5 mins) (warm-up), Gladiator: Gladius Edition, Top-to-Bottom (cooldown)
    Tuesday Morning: 5 Rites, Back-and-Core-R / Day: Walking (3-4 hours) / Evening: Beat Saber (22 mins)
    Wednesday: 5R, BnCR / Biking (2 hours) / BS (5 mins), Gladius, T2B
    Thursday: 5R, BnCR / Walking (3-4 hours) / BS (22 mins)
    Friday: 5R, BnCR / Walking/Biking (3-4 hours) / BS (5 mins), Gladius, T2B
    Saturday: 5R, BnCR / Biking (2-3 hours) / BS (22 mins)
    Sunday 5R, BnCR

    I look forward to getting to know you all. My reading of the forums so far has shown me that you are all worth knowing. I don’t anticipate posting daily, but I can envision a weekly training recap.

    5 Rites – I am performing this according to the original booklet from 1939, as I have the 1989 reprint. So, I am starting with 3 reps and increasing 2 per week until the goal of 21. I have done these over the years and they do boost my vitality.

    Gladius – Until my sword arrives, I am performing this workout with 2-foot pieces of ½ inch copper conduit with masking tape on one end for handles. If I like the sword, I will order another. If not, perhaps I will go in a different direction.

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    There has been a lot of rain lately and my outdoor activities have taken a hit ...

    T July 6:
    Beat Saber (5 mins), Back-and-Core-Recovery (Day 01)
    Walk (2 hours)
    Beat Saber (5 minutes) (warm-up), Gladius (2 reps)

    W July 7:
    5 Rites, Back-and-Core-Recovery (Day 02)
    Bike (2 hours)
    Beat Saber (5 minutes) (warm-up), Gladius (3 reps), Top-to-Bottom (cooldown), massage (20 minutes)

    R July 8:
    5 Rites, Back-and-Core-Recovery (Day 03), meditation (30 mins)
    Beat Saber (22 mins)
    Beat Saber (22 mins)

    F July 9
    5 Rites, Back-and-Core-Recovery (Day 04)
    Walking (2.5h)
    Beat Saber (5), Gladius (4 reps), Top-to-Bottom

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      #3
      Hiya and welcome sir! Your program seems fine, all the best wishes and strenght to you. Keep on it, keep crushing it and soon you will hit your goals and beyond And props to you for starting- just please remember not to push your body too much (altough im the worst person to say this and i know its real hard to slow down XD), and enjoy the path that you choose to take. Best of luck to you, have a fine day!
      oh and ps: If you have an interest in recent research in actual legionary combat/basic training, i can recommend reading mr. Bedoyere's bookGladius- Living, Fighting and Dying in the Roman Army (it has most surviving bits we know of about legionary exercises and practice regimen and also other cool stuff)

      Last edited by TheGrayLynx; July 10, 2021, 06:25 AM. Reason: added book recommendation

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        #4
        Welcome

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          #5
          Thank you TheGrayLynx and @Fremen!
          I will look around for that book TheGrayLynx. I do enjoy history

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            #6
            Welcome.

            I love the avatar, I read that comic as a child.

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              #7
              Welcome!

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                #8
                Thanks you, CaptainCanuck and @Mamatigerj

                AD&D was one of my favorite comics growing up, CaptainCanuck ... and Priam was a paladin with withered hands (in the beginning at least), so sorta appropriate, hehe

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                  #9
                  Hello and welcome!

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                    #10
                    Welcome!

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                      #11
                      Welcome.
                      If you're more of a fighter/mage, the Red Mage class might be an option. It's more a Final Fantasy/JRPG thing than a WRPG/Table Top class, though. But you got me interested in those sword workouts.
                      Now, if Darebee only had some using spears...

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                        #12
                        Thanks, Anek, Baryl and lofivelcro. Closest I've seen to spear so far is a few bo staff workouts.

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                          #13
                          Already tweaking my workout routine after a week. I am adding First Thing Water Challenge and Daily Gratitude Challenge to my morning routine. The water I have been doing for around 1.5 years already. Actually, I squeeze the juice from half a lemon into the cup of water, as well. It's some naturopathic thing that's supposed to be good for your digestion. Seems to be working. I tended to get GI bleeding whenever I ate spicy, acidic or tomato sauce-y foods and they have stopped almost completely since drinking lemon water when I wake up. The Gratitude I have read and heard about for years. Time to give it a go!

                          I was considering adding the Blogilates 30-Day Flat Abs Challenge that I read about here. I was thinking that my Back and Core Recovery was rather on the easy side. But then I remembered that more isn't always better and that sometimes I only wake up an hour before I need to leave in the morning, so a quick&easy, get-up&go sorta routine might be exactly what I need right now. I will leave the Flat Abs for a later date. Easy wins are nice for motivation early on

                          As well, I added Rotator Cuff to my casual/cardio days. I have been using my shoulders a lot lately and they could likely use regular stretching!

                          Sa July 10:
                          First Thing Water Challenge (Day 01)
                          5 Rites (3 reps), Back and Core Recovery (Day 05)
                          Bike (45 mins) (went pretty fast, there was a strong headwind, and I was just not "feeling it" today)
                          Beat Saber (22 mins), Rotator Cuff, Meditation (30 mins)
                          Walk (1.5 hours)

                          Su July 11:
                          First Thing Water Challenge (Day 02)
                          5 Rites (3 reps), Back and Core Recovery (Day 06), Daily Gratitude Challenge (Day 01), Meditation (30 mins)

                          Also, the gladius arrived. I can start practicing my stabs and slashes. Its got nice weight to it. Will take it for a spin tomorrow evening. Me likey!

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                            #14
                            But then I remembered that more isn't always better . . . Easy wins are nice for motivation early on
                            Very wise!

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                              #15
                              I am interested to hear about the gladius

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