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    The Social Anxiety Factor

    Try 2 bands, 1/2 as strong

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    I messed around a bit over the weekend with bands, and I felt fine doing the chinups with only one knee in. I guess you'd swap knees between sets or something to be safe, but it really didn't feel lopsided or anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "Lou Schuler":3kwoaljn
    ...take a plyo step and put it at the end of the bench. Sit on that first, back to the bench. Lean back and set your shoulders on the bench (I suppose you need decent thoracic mobility to do this). Lift your butt and bring the weights to your shoulders and you're good to go. ...When you finish the set, you can sit back down on the plyo step.

    Hey, this worked great. Much more graceful. Thanks!

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    My use of the band was better tonight. I lowered the bar on the Smith machine and did my chinups with one knee in the loop. I didn't try putting both knees in.

    Not for nothing, NROL4A instructs the trainee to put (both) knees through the loop. I'll try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "butterbeean":m8yxkuqj
    So .. uh .... any suggestions on how to get both knees in the band while I'm hanging from the bar? One? No problem. It's that second knee that has me swinging like Cheetah while everyone wonders what the heck is going on in the Smith Machine. lol

    I'm heading back over to the gym tonight for this workout.

    Oh .. and this weekend I saw a video on Eric Cressey's page that shows Red Sox player Kevin Yukilis doing the Plank With Row, so now I'm all over that exercise. If "Yuk" can get down on the floor in front of the low cable pulley, I guess it's legit.

    Hi Butterbeean, I guess you weren't able to find a couple of steps to raise yourself up to the band. Ah, the beauty of working out in your basement. Everything available to you whenever you need it. Also, no worries about looking like a bit of a mad woman. You can pant as heavy as you want to. I was sucking some serious air while I was doing those burpees. I definitely think you should keep going with the one knee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "Lou Schuler":mm3xwlxh
    The trainers at my gym figured out a way to do it. They take a plyo step and put it at the end of the bench. Sit on that first, back to the bench. Lean back and set your shoulders on the bench (I suppose you need decent thoracic mobility to do this). Lift your butt and bring the weights to your shoulders and you're good to go.

    When you finish the set, you can sit back down on the plyo step. Much easier than going all the way down to the floor.
    Hi Lou, I tried putting the step in front of the bench. It worked like a charm. I actually used a Rubbermaid container and placed it lengthwise at the end of the bench. I sat on the end of the container and leaned back and I was in the correct position without any adjusting. After I was finished, I only needed to drop a few inches and sit up. The container was a few inches lower than the bench so it did not interfere with the exercise.Thanks again.

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    Packy, I'm not done experimenting yet! I'll keep you posted. (When are you going to start a training log?)

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    The Social Anxiety Factor

    every time I see the title of this thread I think it would make a great movie title

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    Quote Originally Posted by "LisaS":2ywb6cwn
    every time I see the title of this thread I think it would make a great movie title
    It really would make a great movie title. Everyone can surely relate to it. When will you start writing the screenplay?

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    When is the new NROL book coming out??? Or sooner as I'm sure there'll be fresh anxiety concerns when Phase 3 begins.

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    Ok, can anyone (That's not a descendant of the Flying Wallendas) do a Swiss Ball Mountain Climber right out of the gate?
    I have all the grace and coordination of a Walrus on a Sand Dune, but seriously? I can't even begin to move my legs and still support myself. I've had no problem with any of the other moves and consider my core to be fairly strong.
    In the end I pushed the ball up against a bench to restrict it from moving forward.
    Does my duffosity preclude me from any improvement?

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    I stumbled on the first few reps and was glad I was doing them in my basement, but got it done on the first set.

    Can't say that for side planks with feet on the ball! Still working on that one.

    stick with it, you'll get it.

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