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    scramJam's menagerie of horrors

    Ahoy, mateys! Going to keep this thing fairly brief - don't think it lands itself very well to a wordy introduction.

    Sex : male
    Age : 21
    Height : 177 cm / 5.9 feet
    Weight : 115.5 kg / 253.5 pounds
    Current weight : 113.2 kg / 249.5 pounds.
    Background : Sedentary
    Complications : Asthma in remission
    End-goal : Being fit enough for the climbing gym. "Not getting diabetes" part sounds groovy too.


    Started things off with Foundation, felt too easy, switched to Total Burn + Arms of Steel.
    So far I'm 6 days in with both of them, level 3 all the way. Feels challenging in the moment, but I feel like nothing even happened afterwards. Thinking about adding some HIIT to the mix.
    Tried doing 30 days of yoga, but I am just too fat and inflexible for most moves. Survived up to day 6 or 7, with a very poor form. Need to find an alternative for developing flexibility.

    Nutrition-wise I'm trying my best to follow Hero's Journey meal plan and to eat under 2800 calories. I really want to do intermittent fasting again, but last time I did that - lost about 10 or more kg in a month. Unhealthy as hell - also kept me hungry and angry.

    That's about it, I think. We'll see how it goes, won't we?

    #2
    Good luck!

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      #3
      Welcome

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        #4
        Love the thread name, keep going!

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          #5
          Thank you all for kind words!


          Woke up weighing 114.4 kg. Scary territory already. Was 117 just a week ago...

          Morning : Total Burn, day 7, level III.
          Commentary : kneecaps almost walked out of the door during the squat sections - had to sacrifice my form to avoid falling. Muscles were failing me too... That was rough. Can't complain.

          Evening : Arms of Steel, day 7, level III.
          Commentary : I am contemplating adding something more to the strength routine, because that was too easy, but those things creep up on 'ya, I've been told.
          Also an attempt to visit climbing gym is inbound, that would probably put some strain on my noodle arms.

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            #6
            Hi and welcome!

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                #8
                Hello and welcome!

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                  #9
                  Hello all! o7


                  113.5 - I guess it's just "water weight". We'll see if this period of rapid decline ends soon. If it won't - I'll start worrying.
                  Had no time for the climbing gym, sadly.

                  Morning : Total Burn + Arms of Steel, day 8, level III.
                  Commentary : Did AoS push-ups on my knees, otherwise it would take me 1-2 reps to reach "fatigue"... I wonder if it was a right call. Nothing noteworthy otherwise.

                  Evening : Strong core + somefree-form fooling around with a lonely dumb bell, 9kg, and my exercise bike
                  Commentary : Feels like I did nothing in the evening, eh. Although my abs have been twitchin' around like some over-enthusiastic pianist has tried performing one hell of a jazz routine on 'em. Weird.

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                    #10
                    Welcome! It looks like you have a great system in place to build full-body strength and flexibility

                    As a past climbing gym rat, I can say that those skills, especially core and lower body strength & flexibility, are just as important as upper body. The shoulder, back, forearm, and grip strength will come with time and climbing often enough. If you have access to a pull-up bar, even something like monkey bars at a playground, you could also get in the habit of doing some daily hangs, even just a few sets of 30 seconds to start or however much your hands can tolerate. I have a hangboard at my partner's place for this purpose but I'm too short to grab it easily

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                      #11
                      Hello! Thanks for the info.
                      Yeah, I am planning to buy a cheapo rod of sorts to hang from. Being an amorphous blob - it's a bit of a shameful experience, using those public playground things. Which is a bummer, seeing that we have some sort of a gym system - there is even weird machinery in place that use your own weight to train different muscle groups. But alas - can't overcome myself... Yet. Not the most peaceful neighborhood either, so it at least I feel somewhat justified.
                      Core is a big problem of mine - one can even say that I do not have one. Hence me adding Strong Core to the mix.


                      Woke up being 113.2. Looks like I found my first plateau - which is a relief. Now I can get a reliable read on my body's needs.

                      Day? Evening? : Arms of Steel, day 9 -> Quick Warmup -> Total Burn, day 9, level I.
                      Commentary : Found my first real obstacle - with every jump I felt weird sharp pain in the back muscles, somewhere below the ribs. Symmetric - and it was growing in intensity with every set, hence me stopping at level I. My guess is that yesterday's Strong Core woke something up - something that I have not used in years.
                      I also got unusually tired exercising overall - got shortness of breath almost from the get-go, even had to use my asthma medication. Well, not "had" to, but it made things easier.

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                        #12
                        Maybe it was side stitches? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Side_stitch

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                          #13
                          Not sure. The description kinda fits - but I still have the pain while jumping. Or moving fast. But not while stationary and the intensity is low overall.

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                            #14
                            113.7 today. Huh.
                            My sleep schedule is a mess - and I tend to exercise before eating and not eating at night. So in the end I have some rag-tag fast going for quite some time now - that could explain gains in fat from nowhere, body going panic-mode and all that. Lifestyle still needs some elbow grease.

                            Evening? Day? : Quick Warmup -> Arms of Steel (Day 10, lvl III) -> Total Burn (Day 10, lvl III) -> Ab Finisher (I guess I did it?)
                            Commentary : My back still hurts, but mostly while jumping - and today's issue of "Total Burn" magazine had none of that, thankfully.
                            Tried doing Core Strength (Day 2), but I barely managed to lift my appendages - and fell on the first set.
                            Replaced it with the Ab Finisher - couldn't even do 30 crunches in a row, but seeing that there are no time requirements - just struggled through it at my own pace.

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                              #15
                              just struggled through it at my own pace.
                              That's what it's all about! Just keep racking up the streak and earn badges if you want

                              Have you been stretching with your routine? I find that child's pose helps a lot with upper back pain for me, as well as cat/cow poses to help with flexibility. I tweaked my lower back a few years ago when my doorframe pull-up bar slipped (be careful with those!) and I did a lot of child's pose. This rehab workout looks really great for that too. Hope you're feeling better!

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