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    This is just my own experience, Maybe you will find it useful, even if you are on advanced steps.

    Since starting Convict Conditioning in August, I have progressed slowly but surely. Of course, I was slowed down more due to other factors, but otherwise have made progress every week. After initial doubts, I decided that I would stick mostly to what is written, i.e., start on step 1, strength in bank etc.

    In the last month or two, one of my friends tried the wall pushups, and he made the progression standard the first time! "I been on this for four months, and have not hit the progression standard," said my ego, "and he does it the first time!" So, I pushed hard and met it. Some mildly shaky arms during the last few reps. "Its alright," I thought, "After all, the book says you should stop only when your form has deteriorated significantly. This is nothin'. Stay on this for a few more sessions, and you are done." Well, the week after, met it again. The week after, it suddenly got difficult. The week after that, even more so. "Not enough rest," I thought. So, took few extra days rest. Started again. I could barely get to forty reps for the first set!

    I guess I messed up because I was not leaving strength in the bank. I thought I was, but even mildly trembling arms should have been my signal to stop. In the other exercises, I have been more patient and I have not had many problems. Here, my ego and impatience got the better of me. I though I was being patient, but apparently not enough.

    I will now continue with wall pushups, and reach the progression standard properly. I will try not to be stupid again.

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    Great post, and a lesson to the rest of us! This is great feedback.

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    thank you I appreciate this knowledge very much good luck and good training

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    Four months on the wall push up? Sounds like a very long time on that step unless you have some physical limitations or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShuriteKempo View Post
    Four months on the wall push up? Sounds like a very long time on that step unless you have some physical limitations or something.
    I know. The reason was that I became ill around 4 times or so, and some of those lasted longer than usual. Thus, I would miss a week or two each time and regress and have to build back up.

    I also have to say, I did find this sort of slow movement tough as I never did this sort thing before, neither did I do weight training. Before Dragon Door, it was pullups and ultra fast pushups a few times a week.

    No worries though. I will be at step 10, hopefully.

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    Yes getting sick can set you back, good luck.
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    Think of yourself as a bladed weapon that requires sharpening daily. Remember the finest edge will dull the quickest, so don’t rest on past accomplishments, keep training. As your technique becomes sharper your skills will be more difficult to improve, then you must increase the realism and intensity of your training. To live the martial way one must train their entire lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New Comrade View Post
    I know. The reason was that I became ill around 4 times or so, and some of those lasted longer than usual. Thus, I would miss a week or two each time and regress and have to build back up.

    I also have to say, I did find this sort of slow movement tough as I never did this sort thing before, neither did I do weight training. Before Dragon Door, it was pullups and ultra fast pushups a few times a week.

    No worries though. I will be at step 10, hopefully.
    Same thing here. Got sick twice this past month, which derailed me.

    If you don't mind my saying so, your being able to do pullups and "ultra fast pushups" suggests you are no weakling, especially if you were able to manage more than a few of them. You are to be lauded for not jumping in at a higher level in the some of the CC exercises, as some are prone to do.

    Also, it sometimes seems amazing that there is such a great difference between doing some of these exercises slowly as opposed to quickly.

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    Compare yourself only to yourself....at the end of the day, you are training your body based on your limitations - don't worry what others can do. If you were using kettlebells and you only had strength enough to use 16kgs but your friend could use 40kg, you wouldn't all of a sudden jump to the 40kg bells just b/c your buddy can do it. In the same sense, don't detract from your goals b/c your friend can do more than you can. Stick to focusing on yourself and remain determined...you will achieve your goals in time. Best of luck to you!

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    You might want to try timing your repetitions with a clock or metronome. This will force you to slow down and relax during the movement, expending as little energy as possible to complete each rep. I treat a CC pushup very much as a yogic movement that requires a balance of strength and relaxation. As a result, my progress has usually been easy. Best of luck.
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