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  • #16
    Originally posted by a-ray View Post
    While I don't have any blogs or other posts about my experience, I'll give you my thoughts on it right now.

    I've been doing SimpleFit for what this week, marks 8 weeks. Since I began 8 weeks ago, I myself can clearly see results, both in the way I look (others have also mentioned a noticeable difference) and in my ability to complete the workouts as well as just more strength in general. The simplicity along with the "shortness" of the workouts fits very nicely into my work and school schedule as well.

    If you have any other questions, just ask, I'll answer to the best of my knowledge. I agree that you can find many threads about results, etc, but this thread: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread7663.html is the one that sold me on the whole thing.
    Impressive. That first post on the thread has me a believer! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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    • #17
      My favorites:
      Convict Conditioning- I've made a lot of progress with this in the past 18 or so months.
      Anything from Al Kavadlo- combines well with CC, adds info to get past sticking points, or build additional skills
      SimpleFit- It's simple, and it works.
      PBF- I use this as more of an overview on how to integrate Lifting Heavy Things, Moving Slowly, and Sprinting into a cohesive program.

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      • #18
        I turned a room in my house (in the basement, naturally) into a home gym. Squat rack, barbell, dumbbells and adjustable bench. If you buy off craigslist/ebay/whatever you can probably get started at the same cost (more or less) as a year's worth of gym membership.

        --Me

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        • #19
          Originally posted by mdlaw View Post
          Ditto for Primal Blueprint Fitness, btw. My goal is to make an informed choice about what plan to follow and give it a full effort fair shake.
          Don't over complicate the issue, there are a million paths to get strong, conditioned, fit, etc. No one path is better than the next, it ultimately has to come down to what you find enjoyable and sustainable (same as with diet)... for instance, barbell programs are brilliant for building strength, but I don't personally enjoy them. I have chosen instead to focus my efforts on bodyweight/gymnastics-ish training with a side focus on "mastering" my bodyweight (learning about balancing, body levers, increasing my mobility, etc) because it's not only fun and mentally engaging, it also does build strength. Note that you can use outside resistance, such as a weight vest, to make "bodyweight" exercises harder to perform. The cool thing about bodyweight is that even using no added resistance you can make exercises damn near impossible by playing with the leverage (read, T NATION | All Muscle, No Iron)

          So just start something, do it for a while and assess your progress. I don't think you need be afraid to change gears either and try something new. I'm going to make it a point to re-introduce some barbell movements like the squat and deadlift because I feel my lower body training is lacking from bodyweight alone (and the progressions aren't as "cool" feeling as those for upper body) so there's no need to be a purist one way or another - don't limit yourself. (I know your situation is such that you can't access a gym, I'm talking in a general sense).
          I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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