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comment When doing HIIT, how long should your intervals be?
@Kneel-Before-ZOD Checking my logs, I could do 8 in the first round at my best, dropping down to 4 by the last round. Getting to 8x8 would have been quite a challenge, so I definitely had room to grow. So, I guess my conveniently bolded advice would be: try harder as you get more fit.
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comment When doing HIIT, how long should your intervals be?
@Kneel-Before-ZOD If you wish, we can continue this discussion in the chat, though I fail to see the point (you also contradict yourself slightly in the first comment). In the end, specificity of training will always win over, which is what I said in my original comment. When I did Tabata (burpees), my goal was to increase my VO2max, which it handled surprisingly well. Your mileage may vary. I'm not against P90X or whatever.
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comment When doing HIIT, how long should your intervals be?
@Kneel-Before-ZOD The difference with the Tabata routine is that it was actually tested in a medical experiment (by a doctor Tabata, in fact), so we know it works. The 20/10 interval (you do 8 of them generally) is enough bang for the buck if you choose a difficult enough exercise. In the end, you should just tune your intervals to the demand of your sport (eg. if you're boxing, then 2min/1min or whatever) -- if you don't have a particular sport, then might as well Tabata.
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comment Question about Newbie Gains
@JimmyK An excellent bodyweight routine can be found on Fitloop, check it out! (it's based on /r/bodyweightfitness, where you should probably go for more info).
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reviewed Approve Is there any reason I shouldn't run two days in a row as a beginner?
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comment Daily Yoga routine
Not exactly yoga, but if you just wish to stretch, consider the Starting Stretching routine.
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comment Can I add in some core exercises to SL 5x5 and what do you suggest if so?
Consider the L-sit. (will write a full answer later if I get the chance) It seems deceptively easy, and might even have carryover to other exercises later (L-sit pullups anyone?)
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comment How can I fix my 'computer body'?
Everything up to 1.5x bodyweight squat is still considered a novice in barbell lifts. Also consider the bodyweight routine, gymnastics is not easy. 100-150 pushups are just an endurance thing, there is not strength component (not to mention, they tend to exacerbate some of the issues you mentioned, eg the hunched shoulders)
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comment How can I fix my 'computer body'?
Check out this pdf with stretches -- it's been making the rounds around Reddit since forever and is a nice routine fixing the most common problems. If you are serious about your fitness, consider taking up a beginner barbell (eg. Starting Strength or Stronglifts) or bodyweight (eg. fitloop) routine.