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A small how-to to creating your own challenge

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A small how-to to creating your own challenge

Post by MBrito on Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:54 pm

Hey guys, how are you?

A month or two ago I wrote an article about creating your challenges, why you need a challenge and some "Challenge Inspirations" (basically, challenges written by wiser people than me).

I'll share the link
http://motusvirtute.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/you-need-a-challenge-and-you-need-it-now/

I'll also share a bodyweight challenge, more endurance focused, that I wrote for easter, if you try it, let us know how you did!
http://motusvirtute.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/an-evil-easter-challenge/

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Re: A small how-to to creating your own challenge

Post by Cesar on Mon May 19, 2014 4:41 pm

On the BW challenge. I am very confused.
could you give an example of the rep scheme. I guess i do not have my thinking hat on.
thanks
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Re: A small how-to to creating your own challenge

Post by MBrito on Mon May 19, 2014 7:08 pm

Hey Cesar. Sure, no problem. It's a ladder format, you'll be doing a total of 6 ladders.
First ladder.
5 burpess, animal walk, 1 pull-up, 5 hlr, a walk
5 burpees, a walk, 2 pull-ups, 5 hlrs, a walk
5 burpees, a walk, 3 pull-ups, 5 hlrs, a walk
All the way to 10 pull-ups.

Second ladder
5 burpees, a walk, 1 pull-up, 5 hlr, a walk
7 burpees, a walk, 1 pul-up, 5 hlr, a walk,
All the way to 25 burpees.

Third ladder
5 burpees, a walk, 1 pull-up, 5 hlr, a walk
5 burpees, a walk, 1 pull-up, 7 hlr, a walk
All the way to 25 hlrs.

Then repeat all ladders.
If you can't go over a certain rung (say you max out at 8 pull-ups, then that ladder has ended and start the next).

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Re: A small how-to to creating your own challenge

Post by Journeyman on Mon May 19, 2014 7:52 pm

So if you do all the ladders twice that's a total of 530 burpees, 530 HLRs, and 154 pullups.
....Stupid, imo. Especially because doing 1 set of 25 strict, straight-legged, toes-to-bar, eyes forward HLRs would be very good for an elite gymnast.
530 burpees is pointless due to form breakdown. And 154 total pullups is very doable... way too easy for a challenge like that, actually.

No offense dude, just calling it like I see it... not the best designed workout even as a 'challenge'.

Something as simple as 10 strict burpees + 5 strict pullups for as many rounds as possible in 30 minutes, followed by 5x5 strict HLRs, is not only more practical but more easily measurable and you can still put 100% effort in the entire time.
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Re: A small how-to to creating your own challenge

Post by MBrito on Tue May 20, 2014 11:39 am

It's a challenge for a reason. Only to be done once. Not a workout.
So yes, it's a way to challenge yourself and see how you're measuring. Not a way to workout!.

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Re: A small how-to to creating your own challenge

Post by Dave on Tue May 20, 2014 1:03 pm

MBrito wrote:So yes, it's a way to challenge yourself and see how you're measuring.

It looks to me like a way to spend an unnecessarily long time doing BWEs and recovering stamina for large periods of time in between bouts of activity.
Journeyman wrote:Something as simple as 10 strict burpees + 5 strict pullups for as many rounds as possible in 30 minutes, followed by 5x5 strict HLRs, is not only more practical but more easily measurable and you can still put 100% effort in the entire time.

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Re: A small how-to to creating your own challenge

Post by Journeyman on Tue May 20, 2014 5:23 pm

MBrito wrote:It's a challenge for a reason. Only to be done once. Not a workout.
So yes, it's a way to challenge yourself and see how you're measuring. Not a way to workout!.

And as I said, not well designed as a challenge, dude. 'See how you're measuring'--how? It's so complex and has a ton of volume just for the sake of volume. So if you do it several times, it's unlikely that you'll find any useful measure of improvement. And if you only do it once, well, then what's the point?

The more experienced I get the more I find that it's vital to find useful, easily quantifiable yardsticks to focus on and measure your improvement. E.g. max strict bodyweight pullups, 1RM deadlift or bench, run time (using the same distance on the same terrain, preferably the same course) kettlebell snatch in 5 minutes (we have a challenge going for that, now) etc. etc. Do a bazillion burpees and cheated HLRs and it tells you... what? Nothing useful, imo.
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