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    jetronin is offline Senior Member
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    Default Convict new year

    O.k.Got my copy of convict conditioning on the 23rd(by the way,thanks dragondoor,John du Cane and co. for the speedy delivery to Scotland).I've read it through,re-read a lot of it and come to the conclusion that it's exactly what i've been searching for,the timing of this book,is,for me,perfect.Years of barbell training and a bit of kettlebelling have given me more than my fair share of aches and pains.The more i learn about training,the more i think that bodyweight cals are the way forward for the regular joe like me.

    So,despite past numbers in the deadlift,bench press,squat,one arm pressup,pistol,pullup,k.b.swing,snatch,c+p,,tgu,an d just about everything else ever done,this is what my strength training is about from now on.

    As of monday morning i'm starting right back at the beginning.no excuses,start from step 1 in all six of the big power moves,re-learn EVERYTHING.

    Great book,looking forward to getting stuck in.
    anyone else ditching the iron?

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    Due to work commitments im going to be working away mostly for the forseeable future. I dont own CC but I do own The Naked Warrior, so ill be dropping the iron for the time being. I want to see how far the naked warrior drills can take me before I buy the CC book.

    The only piece of equipment im going to be using is my ab wheel.

    Yours,
    Beev

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    I am planning on doing more bodyweight stuff after receiving the book but will still do some weighted stuff as well as I like both. I loved the book but disagreed with the author on one point. Not sure its really necessary to start at level one for all the moves. Maybe not a bad idea but if your capable of 100 pushups spending a month at step one might be a little overkill. He didn't recomend that and hinted throughout the book that people can progress to master level fairly quickly or take as long as needed. So after rambling, it might not be a bad idea to start at level one but if its super easy don't spend forever there as you risk losing strength in the process.

    I do recomend the book to everyone. Its a fascinating read and I learned more than I expected by getting it. Nice job Dragondoor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gripfreak View Post
    I am planning on doing more bodyweight stuff after receiving the book but will still do some weighted stuff as well as I like both. I loved the book but disagreed with the author on one point. Not sure its really necessary to start at level one for all the moves. Maybe not a bad idea but if your capable of 100 pushups spending a month at step one might be a little overkill. He didn't recomend that and hinted throughout the book that people can progress to master level fairly quickly or take as long as needed. So after rambling, it might not be a bad idea to start at level one but if its super easy don't spend forever there as you risk losing strength in the process.

    I do recomend the book to everyone. Its a fascinating read and I learned more than I expected by getting it. Nice job Dragondoor!
    I agree and disagree. I think that it's necessary to do the progression tests starting at level one. If the exercise as given is a bit unfamiliar, it's probably worth a few days to put it in the memory bank, but even if you don't feel like doing that, don't skip the level- do the progression test at least.

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    Yes. A full year of CC and ultra running for me.

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    I've only been at CC for a couple weeks, but I'm going to be leaving my poor 1 pood Anastasia alone next to my desk for a while.

    I'm not following the workout plans in the book, because I'm trying to work on a GTG approach. We'll see how it goes, so far I've been hammering out the early progression tests and in the more unfamiliar areas like bridges I can feel a definite improvement in doing the work.

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    Karate Pipes is offline Senior Member
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    heck, i only joined the dragon door forum a few months ago when i first read about convict conditioning. I've learned a lot of other shizzle since, but i'm still all about prison training. When i first got the book i KNEW it was for me.

    Even if i dont follow the program exactly or go for ALL the big 6, this concept is just so heartfelt with me i know this will be part of my training FOREVER. Like a strength guy who keeps going back to powerlifting, i'll be the martial artist who always goes back to convict work over the years.

    In seven years i'll be asking, what step have i reached this year on the one-arm handstand pushup...?

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    I think the conclusion most of us came to regarding where to start etc was to start at level 1, and if you're in decent shape, just go straight for the progression standard. If you achieve it, move onto stage 2.

    What's quite surprising though, is how hard some of the early stage movements are, just because they are such high volume. But, if you can preform the required sets/reps with perfect form, I don't see any reason to stay on that stage. The only one I'd have stayed on longer was the headstand, but Paul says to do the headstand after the crow hold anyways, so that solved that one for me!

    And Karate Pipes, in 7 years you'll be at stage 10 in all of them!

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    sorry guys but i just can belive that u are able to walk by kettlebell after few weeks not working with it and not do at least few swinngs or snaches ?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iforwms View Post
    What's quite surprising though, is how hard some of the early stage movements are, just because they are such high volume. But, if you can preform the required sets/reps with perfect form, I don't see any reason to stay on that stage.

    And Karate Pipes, in 7 years you'll be at stage 10 in all of them!
    Aww, thanx iforwms!!!

    And BTW i noticed the same, and I know we're not the only one's. i couldn't believe how rough the early pulls and wall push ups were. my body is a massive bucket of acid after, and i actually got kind of sore next day. Before i was all like, yeah, this is going to be sooooo easy. And during i was thinking, maybe he's right about this, my body does need to learn these patterns from the ground up!

    and after I was thinking...oww.

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