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  1. feedsasquatch

    Howdy Y'all, new around here

    Howdy y'all, I've been lurking around here for a week or so, and thought I'd post an intro. Some background on me. I live in Texas, enjoy physical activity, and over the last 2 1/2 years I've done some barbell lifting (starting strength, Rippetoe) and more recently programs by Ross Enamait (Never Gymless & Infinite Intensity). Ross warmed me up to the idea of bodyweight lifts, so I've been working on pushups, pullups, and various core exercises for the last 3 months. I did gracie jiu-jitsu in college, and would like to pick that up again once funds allow. I have enjoyed heavy barbell lifting, but had to get a triple hernia repair (2 inguinal, 1 belly button) December 2012. The inguinal hernias were rather large. Since then I can't lift nearly as much weight as I used to without getting pain in my incision sites. The surgeon told me that the lifting wouldn't hurt the surgery, but I'd like to avoid lifts that cause ongoing pain. I also got into a car accident spring 2013, so my neck is still having issues from that (one of the vertabrae popped over to the side). I can't do neck bridges, heavy back squats, or similair exercises without getting bad neck pain anymore. Side note, I'm 6'1" and am currently holding 170lbs (by eating 3k cals a day). The natural weight I hold is 130lbs (if I don't lift and just eat what I feel like eating). Barbell lifting and heavy eating (4k cals a day) got me to a fat 190lbs; I switched to "Ross Training" (November 2013), lowered cals to 3k/day, and now I'm at 170lbs and not fat (but not lean either). I would like to get rid of the remaining fat on my gut. It's annoying because my upper ab muscles are slightly visible, but I've still got pudge on the lower ab region. Last year I just focused on eating a ton of food, but now I need to figure out a better diet so that I can maintain or slightly increase my weight without putting on fat. Lately I've been eating 3k cals a day and getting ~45% of cals from fat, ~30% carbs, ~25% protein. I try to eat most of my carbs on strength exercise days, and eat a lot less carbs on non-strength days. This approach seems to let me maintain my bodyweight without adding on anymore fat. I would like to get stronger with bodyweight exercises, and progress to be able to do things like L-sits, planche, handstand pushups, etc. Right now, I can only do 4x7 chinups (not strict, but not kipping), 4x20 pushups, and can only do dips on a bench. I can do 1-leg squats if my legs have a couple days to rest from the previous workout (balance is the issue). Triceps are a weakpoint for me. I'm basically starting from scratch when it comes to bodyweight exercises. It looks like F1 and H1 are my starting points. I don't have the money to spend on that right now, so I need to find some stuff lying around the house to sell. In the meantime, do y'all have any advice on exercises to focus on now before I start F1 and H1?
  2. Hey guys, I've always been fairly athletic, sports all my life. Recently I've been rockclimbing as my sport of choice. Im looking to get into gymnastics, I've always been interested but I've always been playing some other sport. Is foundation one a good entry level program? I do handstands (although im sure with very bad form) and have been learning how to backflip/frontflip. Im looking to spend about 2 hours a day, 6 days a week at minimum. What is a reasonable time frame before foundation one mastery? I've heard else where that it can take years, but im 19 and young Also, does foundation one come with a good stretching regiment? Im fairly clueless when it comes to anything other than basic stretches/ I know none of the science behind it. Im looking to learn why, as well as how. Oh and last but not least, what equipment is needed for foundation one, and could I build it? DIY syle Thanks for the info -Conor
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