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  • Convict Conditioning + Al Kavadlo are changing my life

    Short story version: Been a home-workout guy for the last two years. P90X helped me change my entire lifestyle, and I've been addicted to working out HARD since then. I ended up injuring my ankle (being stupid) and as a result I have a sketchy achilles tendon and a serious bone spur on the back of my heel. I tried to modify my approach to working out but I failed without a systematized program (just pressing play every day on a dvd workout made life simple.)

    Snagged convict conditioning after reading about it on this forum and after just 3 weeks I'm gaining strength like CRAZY in less time than I'm used to. it's a perfect fit for my goals - to get leaner and stronger (not BIGGER - I'm already 230, 6'2" tall) and to avoid stress on my ankle while I heal. Thank you thank you thank you to Coach Wade, Al Kavadlo and his amazing site + encouraging spirit, and the Primal community. You never know who's reading what you post - that's been me - a lurker for a while.

    Happy to report huge strength gains and a healing ankle. This format is insanely challenging and effective. Looking forward to when I can run and jump again, but til then I'm happy as a clam

    -Matt
    AnySizeFitness.com to check out my blog of my journey, if you're interested.
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    I'm glad Coach Wade and I have had such a positive influence on you, Matt! Thanks for the kind words!

    But remember, YOU are the one changing your life - not me. Keep it up!
    "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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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mjgarwood View Post
      Short story version: Been a home-workout guy for the last two years. P90X helped me change my entire lifestyle, and I've been addicted to working out HARD since then.
      My 26-year old son works out from his apt (he's a student).....he emailed me Convict Conditioning and that's what I follow now. It's cheap and fast to download the .pdf file.
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      F, 48, 5'10"
      Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
      Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

      Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Al_Kavadlo View Post
        I'm glad Coach Wade and I have had such a positive influence on you, Matt! Thanks for the kind words!

        But remember, YOU are the one changing your life - not me. Keep it up!
        FINE. Thanks to folks like Al and Coach Wade helping to carry the torch of an almost completely ignored form of ancient exercise, big dudes like me are transforming their bodies in more exciting ways than they thought possible.

        Semantics - blech

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        • #5
          My breaktime workouts never fail to intrigue my coworkers, who are mostly pretty fit. Pistol squats and 1-arm pushups are way beyond what any of them can do right now, but they don't really seem interested in getting there, either.

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          • #6
            Cool, I've been doing YAYOG but have been following Al K's site, working on the pistol squats and one-armed push ups (humility!) and handstands. It's a great thing to get strong with your own body. I'll check out CC next, you've given yet another glowing endorsement.

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            • #7
              In a world of stagnation, these men (and many others) are the catalysts bringing us a way to a new Physical Culture. They are among the ones who originally inspired me to walk the same path and someday I hope to inspire others to do the same!
              Josh Vernier, CPT

              My Journal

              Evolution Revolution Fitness

              "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."

              -Ayn Rand

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              • #8
                I just bought Convict Conditioning today! I've been lifting heavy for a little less than a year and have made some great progress, but as I've been getting more into weighted chins/dips my goals have changed. I really want to master the movement of my own body before I turn back to the major lifts.
                "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace by those who have been trained by it."

                Age: 25
                HT: 6' 2"
                Peak Wt: 303lbs- Nov 1st 2011
                Current Wt: 240lbs- Sep 1st 2012

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                • #9
                  I've been doing CC for about 6 months. I love it - and aside from pullups, have been doing great.

                  Just make sure not to get ahead of yourself! It's really exciting to watch the progressions, but as others on these boards have noted, there is a method to that madness!

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                  • #10
                    New record tonight - 48 seconds in the crow stand (crane pose for any p90x'ers)

                    Woot!!!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mjgarwood View Post
                      New record tonight - 48 seconds in the crow stand (crane pose for any p90x'ers)

                      Woot!!!!
                      Congrats. I've been planking in the evenings, slow heavy lifting & fast swimming in the mornings, about ready to start CCing soon. My shoulder still aches every once in a while & my back a wee bit too (those heavy squats), but its not being repeated re-injured like in years past when I was tryin' to get back in shape but without the anti-inflammatory effects of PB. When I'm traveling in about a month or so, I'll not have access to kettle bells & dumb bells like I have now. So I know transitioning to this type DIY whole body conditioning ala CC will fit in perfectly with someday adding Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, which is one of my dream practices to be able to resume.
                      "Science is not belief but the will to find out." ~ Anonymous
                      "Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." ~ Gandhi
                      "The flogging will continue until morale improves." ~ Unknown

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                      • #12
                        Question on Convict Conditioning regarding 'work sets'.

                        What exactly IS a work set? For example, lets say the progression standard is 2 sets of 10 full pullups. Is a workout 1 x 10, or the actual progression standard of 2 sets of 10 which you need to be doing 2 or 3 times?

                        Slightly confusing!
                        Do what you love and do it often. If you don't like something, change it. if you don't like your job, quit. If you don't have enough time, stop watching tv. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop, they will be waiting for you when you start doing the things you love. Stop over analyzing, life is simple. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Some opportunities only come once, seize them.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by smilingjustalittlebit View Post
                          Question on Convict Conditioning regarding 'work sets'.

                          What exactly IS a work set? For example, lets say the progression standard is 2 sets of 10 full pullups. Is a workout 1 x 10, or the actual progression standard of 2 sets of 10 which you need to be doing 2 or 3 times?

                          Slightly confusing!
                          Here's how I do it (I'm taking the slow and steady): Start with the beginner standard of each step. Let's take the wall pushup for example. Start with one set of 10. That's your work set for your first workout. Then next time add 5 reps. Then next time add a set. So on and so forth until you work up to 3 sets of 50. That's the way I do it, add some reps or a set here and there and just keep the work nice and steady.
                          Josh Vernier, CPT

                          My Journal

                          Evolution Revolution Fitness

                          "The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me."

                          -Ayn Rand

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                          • #14
                            I started my CC today, after reading through the PDF over the holiday weekend, and again some more this morning.

                            Day 1:
                            Morning routine -
                            Pushups - 2 sets of 20
                            Squats - 2 sets of 30
                            Pull Ups - 1 set of 5, 2nd set of 2 (my weakest exercise due to old shoulder injury ie broken left clavicle & left scapula & graft surgery on my right lat)
                            Planks - 2 minutes standard pushup position, 1 minute left side, 1 minute right side, 2 minutes pushup position.
                            Swimming - 24 laps(not technically Convict Conditioning, unless executing a prison escape across a moat or a river, haha)

                            Evening routine -NA-
                            Last edited by Betorq; 09-04-2012, 08:15 AM. Reason: doi! left out pull ups...
                            "Science is not belief but the will to find out." ~ Anonymous
                            "Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart." ~ Gandhi
                            "The flogging will continue until morale improves." ~ Unknown

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                            • #15
                              That sounds like a lot of plank. Just holding 2 minutes is tough for me...do you rest before the 1 minute each side and last 2 minutes, I hope?

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