Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby pinkyslippers » Wed Jan 06, 2021 7:42 pm

Welcome and thank you for joining the challenge!

jmar257 wrote:Find a balance that doesn't burn me out -


I have noticed that quite a few of the Challenge goals this year are about balance and consistency and not being too hard on ourselves. It makes so much sense given what we all went through last year! Good luck and here's hoping you smash some more PBs in 2021 :)
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby clara » Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:08 pm

I'm in! I'd like to do something flexible, so my plan is to give myself a challenge every month. I would really love to hit some PRs or finally do 10 pullups in a row, but I think it's more important to focus on consistency and stay engaged. I'm also signed up for the 365 Day Challenge and the Super Challenge.

For January, I will do a 1000/1000/1000 challenge:
  • Read 1000 pages of Spanish
  • Watch 1000 minutes of movies / series with Spanish audio
  • Do 1000 pushups

If I aim for 50 pages, 1 episode and 50 pushups per day, I'll have room to miss a few days and still make my target.
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: 125 / 100 SC 2020/1 Films
: 85 / 100 SC 2020/1 Books
: 59 / 365 365 Day Challenge 2021

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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby pinkyslippers » Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:20 pm

clara wrote:I'm in! I'd like to do something flexible, so my plan is to give myself a challenge every month.


Welcome and thank you for joining! I love the idea of doing something different each month :)
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby clara » Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:23 pm

pinkyslippers wrote:
clara wrote:I'm in! I'd like to do something flexible, so my plan is to give myself a challenge every month.


Welcome and thank you for joining! I love the idea of doing something different each month :)


Thank you! Haha, I just can't bring myself to commit to one thing for the whole year, especially with how much uncertainty there is with gyms and everything right now.
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: 125 / 100 SC 2020/1 Films
: 85 / 100 SC 2020/1 Books
: 59 / 365 365 Day Challenge 2021

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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby Ug_Caveman » Sun Jan 10, 2021 2:31 am

I don't use the forum regularly, but I did manage to accomplish my 2019 and 2020 fitness goals (language goals were hampered by circumstances out of my control), so why not *shrug*

Language goal:
For the love of all things good in the universe, pass the Dutch CNaVT A2 exam. I've had to put it off twice now, and a third time certainly isn't impossible due to current circumstances, but I will try my best. Failing that as a goal, I'll likely sack A2 off altogether, and try to attain B1 in 2022.

Would also like to get my Swedish up to a better standard, but haven't got one of those 'SMART' targets worked out yet.

Fitness goal:
This one is a bit of an odd one for me, as I usually spend my summer time competing in a sport where excess body mass can be an advantage and as such I tend to be heavier. At the moment, the likelihood of competitions going ahead doesn't seem very good (although vaccinations may well change that). I decided it was an ideal time to become more athletic in general, so over the last 10 months I've gone from 130kg to 118kg in bodyweight through dieting and moderate exercise (having to had to improvise a lot with gyms being shut) and want to keep going if gyms aren't going to reopen any time soon.

So my goal is to make it down to 110kg by April, and possibly down to 106kg by June (this would be the lightest I've been in over 10 years). If gyms reopen, my goals are to bench press 140kg, overhead press 85kg, back squat 180kg and split squat 80kg for five reps on each leg (the latter two would be an all time best regardless of bodyweight) at a bodyweight lower than 110kg.

If my sport recommences? Well, in that case, launch a 7.26kg/16lb iron ball further than I have in any previous year (without falling out of the front of the throwing circle of course...)
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby pinkyslippers » Sun Jan 10, 2021 11:50 am

Ug_Caveman wrote:I don't use the forum regularly, but I did manage to accomplish my 2019 and 2020 fitness goals


Wow, your achievements are impressive. Thanks for joining the challenge and good luck with your 2021 goals :)
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby Cèid Donn » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:19 am

I'd like to join. :D

I too will be aiming more for consistency rather than anything impressively arduous. As I'm disabled, and prone to injure or become overly exhausted easily, I have to keep my goals more in line with with what I can do reasonably without doing myself more harm than good.

250 days of:

  • 20 minutes (or more) or either aerobic exercise, strength training, or both
  • 20 minutes (or more) of verb conjugation practice

I chose 250 days because that more or less evens out to 5 days a week for the rest of 2021. There will be days where I will likely not manage to do one or both so I am giving myself some leeway there.

My main goal with the physical fitness part is to work on building up my strength, flexibility and stamina again. Back in Spring of 2019 I injured the ligaments in my knee and it took forever to heal. Since then it's been hard for me to get back to a routine of any physical activity, so I need to set the bar a little low for myself--if the current goal becomes too easy I'll change it later, but for now I want to just get into the routine. The types of exercise I like to do include walking, non-impact aerobics, barre exercises (although I use a chair), standing stretch and strengthening exercises and free weights. Mostly anything that's not high impact and that I can do standing--I have a bad hip and any sitting/floor exercises are painful or very uncomfortable for me.

For the verb conjugations, I will drill 2 or more verbs in French, Spanish, German or Russian, but written and orally, for at least 20 minutes, focusing on tenses appropriate for my level in that language.
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Output Challenge
: 6538 / 50000 : 99 / 3000 French
: 3498 / 50000 : 97 / 3000 Irish

Polyglot Fitness Challenge
: 15 / 250 20 minutes exercise
: 15 / 250 20 minutes conjugation practice

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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby Cavesa » Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:18 pm

Language: the 365challenge
Fitness:
-only one obviously unhealthy meal per week. A burger or a pizza is meant to be a treat and a social event (even if that means "only" a date at home in the current conditions), not the daily nourriture.
-one video exercise (most are dance based, mostly cardio and some strengthening) five times per week.

Perhaps doing it with this group will help. Also, my motivation: I am not enough of a hypocrite to claim I am trying to lose weight for my health, I don't have any related health problems (only unrelated ones). I want to find myself more attractive again and I also don't want to buy new and bigger clothes, I'd prefer to fit back into the ones I like and have already paid for. :-D
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby pinkyslippers » Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:38 am

Cèid Donn wrote: I too will be aiming more for consistency rather than anything impressively arduous. .


Welcome and thank you for joining! I like your approach :)
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Re: Polyglot Fitness Challenge 2021

Postby pinkyslippers » Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:40 am

Cavesa wrote: I also don't want to buy new and bigger clothes, I'd prefer to fit back into the ones I like and have already paid for. :-D


Thanks for joining the challenge! I feel your pain regarding clothes! I have been working from home since March 2020, at some point I am going to have to fit back into non-elasticated waists again and it is a scary thought! :D
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