For all my avid followers, this may sound like sad news. But in fact, it's a time to celebrate!
What I've learned:
One year challenges are hard. No, really. Staying dedicated to something for a year and sticking with it is more difficult than I thought it would be. I'm not sure why this surprised me - I've learned that almost everything in life that is valuable takes work - often hard work. As you may have noticed, my partner in this challenge (my son) who started this journey with me, didn't quite make it. I think that's a testimony to how difficult it was. (By the way, ALL OF THIS was his idea.) Not to make an excuse for him, but I don't think fathers are as motivating as sons. Part of the reason I stuck with it was I made a commitment to him.
My thoughts on RR:
I've been pretty clear that I'm a huge fan. As you can see, I gained a little mass - not much. I put on about 3 pounds (started at 165 and now I'm 168 - not all that weight is muscle). Part of this is because my body type. Part of it is because I didn't go super hard for the entire year (3x+ per week, 1 hour + per workout). And part of it is because I'm 48 - I just don't build muscle like I used to.
The biggest upside is that Body Weight Fitness makes sense for your body. I'm not stressing muscles and connective tissue by lifting huge amounts of weight. I got much stronger and was able to work out even when I had minor injuries from BJJ (this was never true for lifting weights - at least for me). I NEVER injured myself from RR. This is huge. My core strength has significantly increased and my agility is better. I felt and saw the results most noticeably in grappling (BJJ). It's real. It's definitely one of the reasons I got my purple belt so quickly (probably shaved a year off that process) and it's why I did so well at the tournament (that and the grace of God :-) ).
BODY LINE DRILLS
All the positional holds become easier and my form improved considerably. I can hold them all with good form for 60 seconds easily at this point.
Pull-ups (the L sit and pull up was the most challenging part of this workout consistently for me)