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Old 10-31-2007, 05:10 AM   #1
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I've been on a big drive towards simplifying things in my life in the last 5 months. That being said, I have been thinking a lot about applying this to my fitness regimen.

If one wants to be healthy, strong, and explosive, how much can one afford to pare down their fitness routine? I'm thinking more along the lines of what De Vany talks about rather than being fit in a CrossFit manner. Think of it as SimpleFit with less of a focus on metabolic conditioning.

If you were distilling down to as basic as you can get it, what stuff would you do?

My answer:
1. Sprints and jumping; 2 days a week.
2. Heavy deadlifts; 1 day a week.
3. Pushups and pullups; 3 days a week.
4. Balance work: pistols, handstands, walking on hands; 3 days a week.
5. If someplace you are going is within 1.5 miles, walk it as often as you can.
6. Be active (ride a bike, play a sport, play with your kids, etc.).

Three days a week. With a pullup bar at home, one can do this with only one day at the gym for the DL. If you've got the equipment, do the pushups and pullups on rings. Throw in muscle-ups, ring dips, or HSPU here or there to spice things up if you want.

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Old 10-31-2007, 07:02 AM   #2
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I think that would make a pretty darn fit individual. Not a fire-breather by any means, but in terms of health and longevity, it would probably be a very good regimen.
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:33 AM   #3
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that sounds great...i love simplification. maybe throw in air squats instead of the sprints, occasionally?

btw, that sounds pretty much like a low-volume circus acrobat routine (minus intense upper body strength work.) sprints and jumps for lower body power and conditioning, bodyweight exercises for upper body strength and conditioning, and LOTS of skill work (mostly in the handstand and tumbling area.)
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:59 AM   #4
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1. Sprints and jumping; 2 days a week.
2. Heavy deadlifts; 1 day a week.
3. Pushups and pullups; 3 days a week.
4. Balance work: pistols, handstands, walking on hands; 3 days a week.
5. If someplace you are going is within 1.5 miles, walk it as often as you can.
6. Be active (ride a bike, play a sport, play with your kids, etc.).
Precisely how I enjoy living my life now is random but yet fun cycles of lifting and having a life. I would have my workouts into random catagories like:

Bar Lifts: DL, Snatch, Cleans....varied grips...varied reps...dynamic one day...heavy sets of 1s others.

Bodyweight: Pushup, Pullup, Dips, HSPU, Planks, 1 legged squats, etc....high reps with bodyweight one day....weighted reps others (DB, vest, etc).

Life: Run, Bike, Hockey, Hike...whatever is fun. I run sprint 100meters 1x a week...try to get longer trail runs in 1-3 miles (intervals depending on length). Keep it short...sweet and intense. Do it with others as much as you can....as the positive energy when working out with a group is so much more rewarding and motivating. Have a group that meets once a week for a random workout and just have fun with it.

Other than running at the track, I really don't plan...I just see what I feel like doing...knowing how many times I want to get my workouts in. Maybe I wake up and do some bodyweight work...then do heavy lifts in the PM....maybe I go to the park and make up my own fun circuit of sprints and bodyweight stuff....maybe I go play hockey and drink beer. Keeps me sane and consistent as I am not one to ever follow a strict schedule for long. You can of course play with all the weights and reps (as I like to seperate into heavy days and dynamic/explosive days)....but isn't randomization just a fancy word for programmed periodization sometimes?
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Old 10-31-2007, 08:57 AM   #5
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"Randomizing" in my opinion is a key in creating an effective plan for fitness. I always feel better when I mix around heavy lift days and body weight days and metcon days in a week instead of a straight 3 times a week lifting routine. I think your on the mark with general fitness. And if a person wanted to go more in depth and turn it up then all they would need to do is increase the intensity and throw in some tougher wods.
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:05 AM   #6
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Sometimes simplification is soooo nice.

I'm currently halfway preparing for a longer endurance race in March of next year. This is a one time event about redemption from a racing catastrophe in a previous life of ignorance, weakness and sore knees (I'm no endurance athlete, I've read too much Wolf, DeVany and MOD!) Anyway, I'm trying to get by with only 3 days per week of running (vs 6 listed in most plans), and have simplified my weightlifting quite a bit (although I'll be damned if I give it up entirely). Got some of my ideas from www.powerrunning.com which was linked by Robb.

1. Running - one day of sprints, one 3-4 miler, one long run (currently 7.5 mi trail run, will build from here over next 4-5 months). No junk miles.
2. OHS - 1-2x/week. Using this over heavier squats for better fullbody recruitment while not being as taxing on the lower body. Been experimenting with Bryce Lane style 50/20, sometimes shortening it to 25/10. Quick, easy, done. Skipping heavy DL's for now. Sucks, but they didn't make the cut.
3. Cals - chins, dips, pushups and situps/planks/L-sits unweighted, but using rings often. 2x/week.
4. Nutrition - huge effort here. Don't want to feel burdened to shave weight through WO's alone (again, Robb and DeVany's recent posts very inspiring). I'm 15 pounds heavier than my last big race thanks to CF/SS style training.

If I need a change of pace from the running, I hammer out a few sprint intervals on either the bike or the C2.

I've got several friends doing the race as well (13.1). Most of them are die-hard fitness joggers. I plan on kicking their collective asses.
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Old 11-01-2007, 10:29 PM   #7
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I've been on a big drive towards simplifying things in my life in the last 5 months.
I'd be interested in hear what other simplifying things you've implemented in your life. Would make for an interested thread...
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Old 11-01-2007, 11:01 PM   #8
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This is a good book.
http://www.amazon.com/Voluntary-Simp.../dp/0688121195
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:00 AM   #9
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The first simplicity book I ever read many years ago....still have it today...I think it is the bible for simplicity
http://www.amazon.com/Simplicity-Rea...4011811&sr=1-2

Life is definitely more rewarding having adopted a more simplistic outlook on everything....less attachments....less worry....more appreciation....more happiness....
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Old 11-10-2007, 11:58 AM   #10
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Week 1 was a resounding success.

My jumping today felt like I was on a trampoline. Easy dunking.

Ring pushups are starting to get relatively easy, so I will probably start to elevate my feet on some days and substitute ring dips on others.

I also came up with the brilliant idea to do snatch-grip DL instead of standard DL. I'll do these standing on some 45# plates (my "platform") and load the bar with no bigger than 25# plates to get maximum ROM. If I'm only going to DL once a week, I might as well get the most bang for my buck. I really like SGDL anyway.
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