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    I didn't train for mine. In fact, I did mine...

    I didn't train for mine. In fact, I did mine right after first year of law school, so I wasn't in great shape.

    And it was a total blast. Make buddies on the course, you'll need them for some...
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    Martial arts certainly improve confidence, in...

    Martial arts certainly improve confidence, in part because you are learning to defend yourself.

    That's not the whole story though. Martial arts are about self-improvement and self-mastery. You're...
  3. Currently, I'm lifting 3/week, alternating the...

    Currently, I'm lifting 3/week, alternating the following two workouts:

    Squat 3x5
    OHP 3x5
    Deadlift 1x5

    And

    Squat 3x5
    Bench press 3x5
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    I think it's a "don't sweat the small stuff"...

    I think it's a "don't sweat the small stuff" issue. Every food has some minor "defect" that makes it a concern in copious amounts. Kale's great stuff, and I vote keep eating it.
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    Kettlebell resource

    I've heard a lot about kettlebells as great conditioning tools. That sounds like a good indoor sprinting substitute in the winter, so I'd like to start looking into them. What book (or other...
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    Pistol to bench: 5/leg, 5/leg, 5/leg, 5/leg,...

    Pistol to bench: 5/leg, 5/leg, 5/leg, 5/leg, 4/leg = 24/leg
    Ring dips: 6, 6, 5, 5, 4 = 26
    Ring wide rows: 6, 6, 6, 5, 4 = 27

    Tuck L-sit (bench) 2 x 15 sec.
    Prone cobra: 10, 9
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    I decided to stay on a five-set plan because I...

    I decided to stay on a five-set plan because I don't see the value in fluctuating from low to heavy volume every week. I did adjust my exercises slightly so I can get horizontal pushes and pulls in....
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    Tonight's dinner: pineapple mole chili...

    Tonight's dinner: pineapple mole chili (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread90854.html)
    It was delicious! I find that I'm enjoying recipe-less cooking. So far all my experiments are...
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    Pineapple mole chili

    I have two weeks left in San Francisco, so I'm in "use-up" mode in the kitchen. I'd like to leave as little food behind as possible Tonight's secret ingredients were chili powder and cocoa powder. ...
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    I took leave today, so I was able to get an...

    I took leave today, so I was able to get an early-morning workout.

    Pistol to bench: 5/leg, 5/leg, 4/leg, 4/leg, 4/leg = 22/leg
    Ring dips: 6, 6, 5, 4, 4 = 25
    Pullups: 6, 6, 5, 4, 4, = 25
    Tuck...
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    I got home from kickboxing tonight and decided to...

    I got home from kickboxing tonight and decided to have a Ritter Sport bar (71% dark chocolate). 100 grams of tasty, but I think the dark with whole hazelnuts is better. Anyway, that put me at...
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    I took a much-needed rest last night. I felt...

    I took a much-needed rest last night. I felt really spacy all day yesterday and decided not to go to kickboxing. Good thing too. I slept from 2100-0610 without getting up once. It was wonderful....
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    This was my first low rep/high volume workout. ...

    This was my first low rep/high volume workout. It nearly smoked me. I felt weak going into round 3, but I persevered.

    Pistol to bench: 5/leg, 4/leg, 4/leg, 4/leg, 3/leg = 20/leg
    Ring dips: 6,...
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    First of all, kickboxing today was great. We did...

    First of all, kickboxing today was great. We did our usual 3 rounds of jump rope, pushups, and crunches, but then we did 3 rounds of shadowboxing, followed by 3 rounds of just beating the tar out of...
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    Workout Pistol to bench: 5/leg, 5/leg, 4/leg =...

    Workout
    Pistol to bench: 5/leg, 5/leg, 4/leg = 14/leg total
    Ring dips: 6, 6, 5 = 17 total
    Pullups: 6, 5, 5 + 1 three-stop negative = 16 + 1 three-stop negative

    Tuck L-sit (bench): 20 sec,...
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    Kickboxing yesterday was un-fun (or as not fun as...

    Kickboxing yesterday was un-fun (or as not fun as kickboxing can be; it's a great time, really). We did a bunch of isometric kicking drills that were brutal on my hip. Clearly I've lost some...
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    Before pictures (taken 08 Jul 13, immediately...

    Before pictures (taken 08 Jul 13, immediately after waking up)
    The bathroom mirror was the best I could do.

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    The workout
    I'm trisetting the first three exercises, with...
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    Copying some of the advice I got in the other...

    Copying some of the advice I got in the other thread, the one that inspired this journal:

    jakejoh10:

    Paraphrasing jakejoh10: eat more and progressively overload to build muscle

    Gorbag:
  19. Here is my journal, wherein I shall track my...

    Here is my journal, wherein I shall track my progress: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread89897.html

    Please talk back! I would like to talk more with like-minded people and get my own...
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    Journal of an American Dragon

    I was born in the Year of the Dragon and I'm a 14+ year martial artist. Hence the thread title.

    Fitness Goals

    Gain 10 lbs. of muscle
    Build maximal strength and strength endurance
    Improve my...
  21. Terrified :p I'll get a thread started in the...

    Terrified :p I'll get a thread started in the journals and link to it here.
  22. I'll check that out when I'm on a real computer,...

    I'll check that out when I'm on a real computer, Vince. Thanks!
  23. Ahhhh, okay. I misunderstood you. I have...

    Ahhhh, okay. I misunderstood you. I have Overcoming Gravity and Never Gymless, so I have some really good source material on how to progress bodyweight exercises. It just seems like few people try...
  24. Right. When I say "bulk with bodyweight...

    Right. When I say "bulk with bodyweight training," I mean working harder progressions and playing with leverage, not just doing endless pushups/pullups/squats. I know using a barbell will let me put...
  25. I have the weighted vest. So strictly progressive...

    I have the weighted vest. So strictly progressive overload is what works, not building to harder variations of bodyweight exercises, like one-arm pushups and chinups?
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