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Combine with other training?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 5:23 am
by dukes909
New to this and I haven't poured over the forum questions so forgive me if this has been asked before...

Is there any harm/benefit to combine simplefit with other weight training? I enjoy workouts with free weights 3 times a week and wondered if this will clash with simplefit workouts?


Re: Combine with other training?

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:34 am
by Pilgrim1312
Long answer alert...

I have been doing simplefit about a year. I have done a lot of other programs, but none as consistenly as this. IMHO, if I do simplefit the way the program is intended, I have very little energy left that could constructively be directed towards free weight training. Try doing just s/f from level 1, giving each workout your all. Then honestly consider if you wouldn't be overtraining by adding free weights. You may have specific goals that require the skill practice or emphasis that free weights can provide.

After a year, I definitely don't have a build like a bodybuilder. I am thinner, fitter and stronger than 90% or more of my peers. I can run as far as I want, bust out pull ups, one leged squats and hand stand push ups at the drop of a hat to win bets and amaze my wife. The time investment is minimal, the equipment sits atop my garage fridge when not in use (a door mounted pull up bar) and my 14 year old can do it with me.

It's a pretty good program that stands on its own, depending on your goals. Hope this helps.

Re: Combine with other training?

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:11 am
by linuxguy0481
@Pilgrim: How did you get started doing hand stand push ups? I would love to do those in the future. Right now just starting out doing SimpleFit. I just want to know what you training routine for doing hand stand push ups was like.

Re: Combine with other training?

Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:36 am
by Pilgrim1312
Linuxguy, I set out a schedule of static holds for the HSPU. I always kept it to 5 sets. So I started with 10 seconds of holding the static handstand for five sets. I gradually increased the length of time holding this position to 30 seconds. Then I used a very thick book (archeological study bible in my case) under my head to limit range of motion and started partial reps. Dropped this down to 5 sets of 3 and gradually increased reps until it was 5x5. Thinner books were used until I could touch my head to the floor.

You can do the static holds mutliple times per week. When I started working through the ROM, I dropped down to 2x per week. I sometimes tweaked my traps and neck doing these. I think it is from over tensing these muscle groups and areas. I always used a wall to stay upright, wore socks so my feet slid easily. Take your time and let me know if this helps!