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  • Convict Conditioning - Success Stories?

    I purchased "Convict Conditioning" this past weekend. It looks great. However, I'm interested in hearing success stories from some real people. Has anyone been following this program? If so, would you share your success story?
    "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." ~ Vernon Howard

  • #2
    I kinda got distracted and wandered off from it, but I could actually see bicep muscle in my arm when I flexed after just doing the wall pushups whenever I remembered. Does that count?
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    • #3
      Search the threads for body-weight and convict conditioning there has been a lot of discussion about it.
      I am on convict conditioning and loving it. Pull-ups were always a big part of my routine and because of a shoulder tweak I was unable to bench press.
      I am currently on some of the higher moves, uneven pull-ups, press-ups and working towards high reps in single leg squats. I mix it up with some kettlebell work, and always through in a dead lift or two so I know I am lifting something heavy. Getting under a bar is great but body-weight work can push you hard as well.
      PS
      As you can see from my avitar I have started to add some of the CC2 moves as well.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Twibble View Post
        I kinda got distracted and wandered off from it, but I could actually see bicep muscle in my arm when I flexed after just doing the wall pushups whenever I remembered. Does that count?
        I can see where it would be difficult to stick with, especially in the beginning when the movement are low intensity.
        "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." ~ Vernon Howard

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
          Search the threads for body-weight and convict conditioning there has been a lot of discussion about it.
          I am on convict conditioning and loving it. Pull-ups were always a big part of my routine and because of a shoulder tweak I was unable to bench press.
          I am currently on some of the higher moves, uneven pull-ups, press-ups and working towards high reps in single leg squats. I mix it up with some kettlebell work, and always through in a dead lift or two so I know I am lifting something heavy. Getting under a bar is great but body-weight work can push you hard as well.
          PS
          As you can see from my avitar I have started to add some of the CC2 moves as well.
          How long have you been following the routine?
          "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." ~ Vernon Howard

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          • #6
            Originally posted by JVib View Post
            How long have you been following the routine?
            About 2.5 months but I came from a strong strength base.
            I moved very fast in the early stages and continue to increase reps or time each time I work out so I continue to make progress until I reach my progression reps then move onto the new variation of the exercise.
            Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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            Don't forget to play!

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            • #7
              I started about April of last year.

              I've improved my military fitness test score significantly, both in pushups and situps. In October I got the best score I've had in about 10 years.
              My knees are better than they have been since I broke my kneecap in 2005.
              My back is stronger, doesn't need to 'crack' as much, my posture is better, and my shoulders don't slump forward anymore.

              And I'm building muscle.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
                I've improved my military fitness test score significantly, both in pushups and situps, getting the best score I've had in about 10 years.
                My knees are better than they have been since I broke my kneecap in 2005.
                My back is stronger, doesn't need to 'crack' as much, my posture is better, and my shoulders don't slump forward anymore.

                And I'm building muscle.
                Wow! That is fantastic. How long have you been following the routine? And are you at some of the higher levels?
                "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." ~ Vernon Howard

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
                  About 2.5 months but I came from a strong strength base.
                  I moved very fast in the early stages and continue to increase reps or time each time I work out so I continue to make progress until I reach my progression reps then move onto the new variation of the exercise.
                  Only 2.5 months. That's great. That gives me a lot of hope.
                  "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." ~ Vernon Howard

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                  • #10
                    It is a lot of fun but so much depends on your starting strength. I started the program being able to do 8 chin-ups, my max number of chins is probably about about 20 now (not tested in a while) but I in a while but I can easily crank out two sets of 10 close grip chins with 2 min rest.
                    Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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                    Don't forget to play!

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                    • #11
                      I started it with a pretty iffy strength base, and I'm pleased with it. I'm on step 5 of the pushup and leg raise progressions, step 2 of the pull ups, and sort of between steps 5 and 6 on squats. Haven't started bridges or hand stand pushups yet, per Wade's advice. I've also added in the grip training protocol from CC2, and the increase in the size of my fingers in the few week since I started with that has probably been the most startling change.

                      All in all, I really like it. I'm not exactly ripped city yet, but I have dropped a good amount of body fat since starting CC, but I doubt that that's the cause of CC alone (I incorporate Mark's move slowly and sprint once in a while, too). At the end of the day, I'm getting stronger and leaner as time goes on, and I have fun working these movements. It's a good program that should keep you occupied for a while.

                      I guess it's worth noting that I tried doing some full pullups the other day, despite not having done one in months. They felt pretty easy, so if you're worried about backsliding on some of the movements, don't be. I started at square one with pushups, and am finally just now doing full pushups again, except they feel stronger than any pushups that I've ever done. The foundational work that Wade puts you through really makes a difference, IMO.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DSR84 View Post
                        I started it with a pretty iffy strength base, and I'm pleased with it. I'm on step 5 of the pushup and leg raise progressions, step 2 of the pull ups, and sort of between steps 5 and 6 on squats. Haven't started bridges or hand stand pushups yet, per Wade's advice. I've also added in the grip training protocol from CC2, and the increase in the size of my fingers in the few week since I started with that has probably been the most startling change.

                        All in all, I really like it. I'm not exactly ripped city yet, but I have dropped a good amount of body fat since starting CC, but I doubt that that's the cause of CC alone (I incorporate Mark's move slowly and sprint once in a while, too). At the end of the day, I'm getting stronger and leaner as time goes on, and I have fun working these movements. It's a good program that should keep you occupied for a while.

                        I guess it's worth noting that I tried doing some full pullups the other day, despite not having done one in months. They felt pretty easy, so if you're worried about backsliding on some of the movements, don't be. I started at square one with pushups, and am finally just now doing full pushups again, except they feel stronger than any pushups that I've ever done. The foundational work that Wade puts you through really makes a difference, IMO.
                        DSR84 - it sounds like you are doing very well. That gives me a lot of hope. I'm planning on sticking with this for a long time..however long it takes to get to the high level exercises.

                        I will have to check out CC2. Do you feel it's worth the $?

                        I was planning on keeping the moving slowly and sprints in my routine as well. I may also keep some deadlifts and clean and presses in there (just because I love doing them).

                        I am starting at the beginning of the progression and was shocked that doing 50 wall pushups isn't as easy as I thought (or I'm just more of a whimp than I thought).
                        "You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need." ~ Vernon Howard

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JVib View Post
                          I purchased "Convict Conditioning" this past weekend. It looks great. However, I'm interested in hearing success stories from some real people. Has anyone been following this program? If so, would you share your success story?
                          CC is a bit like Primal, there is a lot more to it than just getting strong if you really take what Paul says to heart. Been on it for three months and i have never ever been this consistent with any program before. It makes it simple to succeed.

                          Stronger, yes
                          More muscular, yes
                          Relaxed attitude towards training, yes
                          Loosing weight, yes (Due to the very obvious constraint this is to progress)
                          Injuries, no
                          Having fun, hell yeah

                          If you are looking for a quick fix, don't bother. The program, as any serious strength program, is about time and consistency.
                          Start from step 1 and dont stress it
                          Read and understand the book
                          Use your head
                          Dont stop

                          Good luck!

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                          • #14
                            CC2 is not about the big 6 but things like grip strength, flags etc. A good site to check out and one of the models for CC2 Al Kavadlo – We're Working Out! . I believe he has been doing body-weight only work for the last 2 years.
                            Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
                            PS
                            Don't forget to play!

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                            • #15
                              CC2 is really cool with lots of great info, but I'd say that you should get into a good groove with CC1 before taking the plunge.

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