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Old September 19th, 2013   #1
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Heya.

So, as I said in the spam forum, I recently joined a volunteers "corp" for people under 21 who wish or consider joining the army basic training. Today was my second day (we learned some first aid and theory about it), but we had a tiny pause/break which consisted on small physical exercises.

One of them was a static hold. Basically squat, but to stay there for a while. It must've been about a minute or two. The sarge and most of the other "recruits" kept it quite good, but honestly I didn't really put much attention to them. I did on myself.

Naturally, after a bit, my legs started shaking and wobbling without control, I mean like... Really fucking shaking, and more as each second went by. Embarrassing as I had to 'bail' (basically just kneel because I couldn't hold it anymore). shortly thereafter the sarge finished it.

Anyhoo, my question is: do you guys know, by experience or whatever, how much of a limit there is for a person, when it comes to physical exercise? In shorter words... How "possible" is it to break yourself to be able to hold that damn static hold longer after the legs start shaking?
Is it really the body that can't do anymore, or is it purely mental?
Any advice?

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On the physical side it can be a bitch if you're not in shape because you have to work harder to meet their standards. But it is very much mental as well. Just a matter of disciplining yourself to keep going in spite of the pain. And that's kind of the name of the game: endurance.

Yeah, it really sucks, and I hated it, but if you like that line of work you'll eventually get the rhythm of it and..."soldier" on through it

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Is it really the body that can't do anymore, or is it purely mental?
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Both. Our bodies generally don't exert the theoretical potential they have other than in times of extreme danger or stress, or a bloody minded force of will just to go further.

You've basically got to make the decision: Not I'll do this if it kills me, but they'll have to kill me to stop me.

I've pushed myself past the limits of what were sensible before. It's silly. You put yourself in a position where, afterwards, just moving around normally brings you pain for a while.

Train to within the limits of your ability, to the point where you get a burn and think this is enough. Your ability will grow, over time and provided you're eating right. Go beyond your limits and you can do yourself a serious mischief.

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The general rule is muscle pain is okay. Hurt those as much as you want, pretty much. Just remember to eat and rest properly. Joint pain or tendon pain, nope, stop doing that/back off a bit/use less weight.


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DO DEM LEG PRESSES AND SQUATS. I can hold a wall sit for like 20 mins. It takes a lot of deadlifts/legpresses/squats and I got lucky with natural muscularity. If you're gonna join some army like camp, you're gonna want to start running, A LOT, Cardio is a big thing at those camps, at least over here. It's more embarrassing, for me, to be winded while everyone is going ahead. I'm not sure about you're physical condition, but when I started it was every other day run for 5 miles in less than 1 hour, and the days in-between, do sprints until you feel like you're gonna die, and then do 5 more; if you have a local football field it really helps. If you can squeeze in like 100-250 pushups a day (not all at once) You'll get in better shape in no time. There is a big psychological effort needed to muster up the willpower to work out every day, and it's hard if you're going to school and working, but I've had 12 hour workdays and still manage to put in 5 hours at the gym, so keep at it man. Start lifting bro

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The shaking is related to muscle fatigue and lack of exercise. The pain part is mental.

If you want to make your legs stronger in the least time, do these three exercises:

frog jumping. very painful and demanding at first, but becomes fun later. gives your thighs extreme power

rope skipping. also painful at first. gives strength and stamina to your shins.

sprinting. gives you an overall tone and endurance.
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Default Re: Pushing and breaking your own limits

Thanks for your replies, guys. I've already started winding up a bit more, small steps though.
I have problems with eating though, I just never know how much is enough/necessary in terms of proteins, carbs and fats... All I know is that I drink a bunch of milk and eat a lot of meat.

I'll be working out a bit more, on the course of the day, as I see, it seems more effective.

I wanna feel a maynnn.

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Protein shakes ^_^

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Muscles are like callouses. The more you rip them apart, the stronger they grow back.

Push yourself too hard before you're ready, though, and you'll end up with scars.



For strengthening your legs, you need to do a shitload of weighted squats. 6x10 sets of the heaviest weights you can manage every 3 - 4 days - don't be afraid to lower the weights in between sets to avoid causing damage.


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And also be sure your form is proper. Doing squats improperly will at best impede gains, at worst fuck your knees or back up.
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