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  • Being a Runner does not = "fit"

    I've been a runner for 4 - 5 years. 5k's, 10k's, and one half marathon.

    I decided to start the PBF program. So I did my self assessments yesterday.

    Pushups (20)
    Pullups (4)
    Squats (61)
    Overhead press (Dive bomber) (8)
    Plank (Failed to even attempt)

    Okay, I fail.

    According to the chart on page 54, "Self-Assessment", I need to start on level two of every exercise other than squats. Being a runner, I knocked out 61+ squats easily, but my upper body is crap.

    I'm eager to see where this takes me.


  • #2
    you probably could use some flexibility too. i recommend yoga.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by zoebird View Post
      i recommend yoga.
      I wouldn't even know where to start with that... Suggestions?

      Short of signing up for a class or going to a gym, any cheap dvd's out there? ?

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      • #4
        I would really recommend taking a yoga class rather than jumping in with a DVD. If you've never done it before, a teacher's adjustments and eye are invaluable and will go a long way toward preventing injury. Most yoga studios have an intro special where you can get your first week of unlimited classes at a super-discounted rate, or sometimes even free. If you don't want to go to a studio, a yoga class at your gym would be better than a DVD.

        Yoga is so good for runners. Without yoga, I don't think I could run half as long or fast as I can.

        And I like this thread. Running for me is more about enjoyment/being outdoors/meditation/the running community. It annoys me when people say they're getting into shape with running. Um, no. You're gaining the ability to do something very specific and largely useless when it comes to actual fitness or functional ability. Bully for you, when the zombie apocalypse comes you will be able to flee at a 10-minute mile pace, and only if you have a water bottle and a GU strapped to your belt! That'll be useful. *eyeroll* As much as I love running and identify as a runner, I think most runners assume they are WAY more fit than they are.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by heatseeker View Post
          .....And I like this thread. Running for me is more about enjoyment/being outdoors/meditation/the running community. It annoys me when people say they're getting into shape with running. Um, no. You're gaining the ability to do something very specific and largely useless when it comes to actual fitness or functional ability. Bully for you, when the zombie apocalypse comes you will be able to flee at a 10-minute mile pace, and only if you have a water bottle and a GU strapped to your belt! That'll be useful. *eyeroll* As much as I love running and identify as a runner, I think most runners assume they are WAY more fit than they are.
          I had no idea I was so far off the mark of "fitness". I could run for hours on end without even breathing heavy. At one point, my average run was 7 - 8 miles and long runs were half marathon distances. So I did assume... All I've done is made my legs effecient, and I guess my heart pumps rather well. The rest of my body is junk.

          Time to work on it!

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          • #6
            a class is best, but you can also find classes, etc online. i'm going to have a day of video-making for my blog next week (got a sitter and all that), so i might create a few videos that also help out with certain PB fitness requirements/movements.

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            • #7
              Another thing to consider is that someone who is strong but has no cardio or can't run isn't totally fit either. There are a lot of components to overall fitness. I did a series of articles on assessing your fitness that you might find interesting.
              "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

              "You can have anything you want, but you can't have everything you want."

              My blog: http://www.AlKavadlo.com

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              • #8
                that's good stuff, al.

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                • #9
                  Thanks Al! Those are useful standards.
                  “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

                  Owly's Journal

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Artimus71 View Post
                    All I've done is made my legs effecient, and I guess my heart pumps rather well. The rest of my body is junk.
                    Well, I wouldn't say "junk", but yeah, I've been there. It's eye-opening when you can run a 10-miler no problem but 50 pushups might as well be flying to the moon.

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                    • #11
                      Yep, I'd much rather have a broader scope of strengths and abilities than be the master of my domain in just one sport, activity or workout regimen. Well rounded fitness is where it's at - and the benefits are both physiological AND cosmetic! Plus, variety keeps me interested and inspired. Monotony bites!

                      Over the course of a week, I'll normally juggle Pilates (usually at least 3 days of a fairly short routine), running, step classes, body weight exercises, free weights, and even a few cool workout videos. (My current stuff is not as varied, but that's only temporary.) If I get bored, I'll find something to add to the mix.
                      Life is not a matter of having good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.

                      - Robert Louis Stevenson

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Al_Kavadlo View Post
                        ..... I did a series of articles on assessing your fitness that you might find interesting.
                        Thanks, Al!

                        In the above article, Al writes, "To meet my standards for basic strength, an individual should be able to perform the following:

                        Men
                        40 Push-ups
                        10 Pull-ups
                        50 Squats"

                        My results were -
                        20 Push-ups
                        4 Pull-ups
                        61 Squats

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                          a class is best, but you can also find classes, etc online. i'm going to have a day of video-making for my blog next week (got a sitter and all that), so i might create a few videos that also help out with certain PB fitness requirements/movements.
                          I'd like to see them. Where can I find them?

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                          • #14
                            Your assessment numbers were not too far diferent from mine about 4 months ago (except that I was solid on planks). I started at level 2 for all of the upper body movements and 4 for squats and planks. I am now working on level 4 for all. I have exceeded level 4 reps/time for presses, squats, planks and still have a way to go with pullups and pushups. Upper body muscle definition is noticeably improving.

                            I have been trying to get in 2 workouts/week but sometimes only one - so not hitting it as hard as I would like. My point in going into the details on this is that I am making steady progress following the PB Fitness. It works. You will get stronger. You will progress. As a runner, you should count your blessings that you have that base and so don't have to get overwhelmed by thinking about endurance on top of strength building.

                            I also want to second the recommendations from others to take a yoga class from a good, experienced instructor. It is very possible, perhaps easy, to injure yourself if you don't get the basic postures set up properly.

                            Good luck.

                            One Delta Ten Tango

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                            • #15
                              One Delta Ten Tango, how long after you started the PBF did you see a difference in your body?

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