The Path of The Lion

LionAlpha

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Yesterday I finished Runner Prime. It was an excellent introduction to combining Running and Strength. The hybrid approach I was looking for. However, it is time to step up my strength goals while maintaining that hybrid approach. So I am considering doing strength programs that include pull-ups for full body strength development, alternating it in the form of one program day and one running day.

So! I'll start this journey with Spartan Trials. And I'll keep doing it over and over again until I go from Level I to max out Level III. I believe it will be a transformative experience!

This is the beginning of The Path of The Lion!
 
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LionAlpha

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Today's workout: Spartan Trials Day 1 - Level I :v:

Verdict: After deciding to follow a more intense approach for my strength gains, I believe starting Spartan Trials as a complete beginner from Level I was a wise choice. The workout literally kicked my butt by the end of set 1. By the end of set 2 I started being a bit dizzy (my mistake because I felt I shifted from one exercise to the other too fast). However, I pushed through and completed set 3.

It may hurt now, but it will turn into a satisfying smile later on.


 

LionAlpha

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Today's workout: Running - C25K W5D1 :v:
  • 5 min walk
  • 5 min run
  • 3 min walk
  • 5 min run
  • 3 min walk
  • 5 min run
  • 5 min walk
Verdict: A quick overview of my cardio training. I used to hate running. I was literally getting bored with the idea of running until I read about the benefits of training both for strength and endurance. And after all, we work towards complete fitness, don't we? So I decided to start the C25K program, and after I completed it, I started being able to run 5km. Slowly at first, a bit faster later on. I was really hyped about my progress. Until I got Covid in the middle of the summer. I was out for 2 full weeks, and when it was time to get back to training, I lost my stamina. The 5km started being tough again. So I am doing the C25K all over again, as a recovery process to get back to where I was.

 

LionAlpha

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Today's workout: NONE :p

Verdict: Today was a really full day. A family day. My parents had their 28-year anniversary, so all three of us went to a nice restaurant by the sea and afterward I went to visit my grandparents. I feel so full from food and drinks that I didn't have the energy to work out today. BUT! Tomorrow is a run day. So all good.

 

LionAlpha

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Today's workout: Running - C25K W5D2 :v:
  • 5 min walk
  • 8 min run
  • 5 min walk
  • 8 min run
  • 5 min walk
Verdict: Once again, the consecutive running time slowly increases. I try to adapt my pace according to the running time, so I won't have to stop to catch my breath. It definitely wasn't the "talkable pace" kind of run. If I started talking to someone, I would definitely have to stop. It was a really good workout with a good sweat.

 

LionAlpha

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Today's workout: Spartan Trials Day 3 :v:

Verdict: Today's workout was a love-to-hate-you relationship. I was so excited when I saw that I will be able to practice pull-ups (because I have 0 pull strength), so I decided to change the pull-ups to negative pull-ups. I felt kind of disappointed though because even with negative pull-ups, I was able to do 3 or 4 reps. And each rep was even faster because my arms felt super sore and tired almost immediately (biceps specifically). But that was also the positive side of the workout, the fact that I could feel the tension in my arms and chest. Hopefully, by the end of the program, I'll be strong enough to perform normal pull-ups.

 

LionAlpha

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Today's workout: Running - C25K W5D3 :v:
  • 5 min walk
  • 20 min run
  • 5 min walk
Verdict: Today's run was painful! The moment I started running, the upper body soreness from yesterday was so intense, it was like I was wearing weighted clothes. Chest, arms, lats. Just painful. However, I pushed through and managed to run 20 consecutive min. It was slow due to the pain and tiredness, but I still did it without stopping or walking. Mission accomplished.

 

LionAlpha

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Today's workout: Spartan Trials Day 5 :v:

Verdict: As you may have noticed I skipped Day 4. The reason is simple, I don't enjoy such workouts (yoga types or something, I apologize if I don't know the correct term), and I'll probably skip any similar workouts. Anyways. About Day 5. If there's anyone out there, saying that you can't have a proper leg day with just squats, then please share this workout with them. As you know, I'm doing the first run of the program on Level I. That's 3 sets of 50 squats. And 150 squats in total. It was the right amount to feel the burn and tension in the legs. I loved it, and I am pretty sure that I'll be sore tomorrow. Which means another painful run, but it's ok! I'll push through it again!


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LionAlpha

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Today's workout: Running - C25K W6D1 :v:
  • 5 min walk
  • 5 min run
  • 3 min walk
  • 8 min run
  • 3 min walk
  • 5 min run
  • 5 min walk
Verdict: Today was a night run. Later than I am used to, but I still went for it. My legs weren't sore after all, and the run was feeling better this time. Better flow, if you know what I mean. I really enjoyed it.

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JohnStrong

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"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. -Socrates"
How did you build up pull strength ?
I'm now at pull-up level 0, so I have to restart my journey - but when I was up to around 10-15 reps, a big stepping stone for me was negative reps, i.e. jumping/heaving myself up to the top of the pull-up and lowering myself slowly down.

The bodyweightfitness reddit has some great information in their wiki on good pull-up progression.
 
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