Greetings. I've decided to murder an extended rest period. I'm a family man who works a lot, and my hours won't let me get a regular schedule in at the gym. Naturally, that is not an excuse to skip exercise! Because I can't hit the gym with a buddy or work out with a trainer, I'm going to get this thing going as a way to hold myself accountable. My background: I'm 36 years old. By most standards, I'm very fit. 6'2", 182 pounds-- basically, built like Anderson Silva from the UFC, but with a slightly flatter stomach. Around the time I was 22-23 years old, I was a personal trainer. In my past, I spent years being in the gym 3-5 times each week. General Goals: At this stage of life, I am very happy with my weight and general body type. I don't feel the need to gain weight, and I don't need to lose weight. What I do want to do is recover lost capability. I want to regain muscular endurance, and to reestablish the type of good habits that will keep me from losing the shape I have today. Specific Goals: In the short term, I want to be able to do 10 pull ups in 1 set, again. I used to be able to do 12 with a 25 pound dumbell between my feet. I should be able to do this. My plan: 1. I'm giving myself 20 minutes to do pull ups and push ups, 3 times each week. Ideally, I'll be doing them MWF. 2. I'll warm up first to avoid injury. 3. Once I'm ready, I'll do as many as I can in my first set. Once I hit my limit, I'll keep doing sets until I'm at 20+ total done. Pull ups will be done without lower body swinging or kipping up. Negatives will be controlled. 4. Immediately after I drop off the pull up bar, I'll be doing sets of quality push ups. Negatives will be controlled. My back will be straight-- I won't let my butt stick up, or hips sag. Day 1: (pull ups/push ups) 7/15, 3/10, 3/10, 2/10, 2/5, 2/5, 1/5 That totals 20 pull ups, 60 push ups. That took me 15 minutes, 41 seconds. I could not have done another pull up within the 20 minutes. Next up: Evaluate on Wednesday. If my body feels capable, I will do this again that day. If not, I will get back at it on Friday, then again the following Monday. I will post on Wednesday, to make sure that I keep this going. Join me? Feel free to pick a goal, and put a post about what you're doing in the thread. I don't care what it is, as long as it's something you'll be working on steadily. We can use this thread to support and encourage each other. Looking forward to seeing where we can be in a month!