we could send wak a disc of those exercises. i have to say, having seen the videos, i can’t wait to try them. i wasn’t brave enough to be tossing a 20 lb barbell around in the house at work, but maybe when i have access to the kettlebell adapter thingy…i need the security of the handle and a chance to make some attempts to get the feel of the movement without risk of breaking anything (outside of body parts).
the weighted pistol will be one of my first hurdles. i still haven’t been able to cleanly drop down on one leg like that. do men have an extra muscle or something? : ) jesus. i keep thinking that if i just lose a little more weight that everything will become easier. more muscle per pound, maybe a different center of gravity. i was getting better with my form before the injury. in that way its good to train with someone. i can’t concentrate on the count or the lift and watch myself all at once.
j, you should tell wak about the competition and about moving up in weight one rep at a time. you could compare numbers.
wak, if you haven’t seen his stuff, you Must watch some pavel (tsatsouline). he’s hi-larious. and he’s also a pile of russian power. i have some of his dvds i’d be happy to loan them if you want to sample. i nearly passed out trying his lifting technique, so beware. j, does vasilyev have anything along these lines or is it all fighting technique?
if anyone knows any painful, horrible deltoid enhancing lifts, please describe them. same for anything for my back. : ) i’m finally getting some lats from trying and trying to better my pullups. i’m afraid, tho, that i’ve overtrained my abs and i want to balance out the complementary muscles. i have several lighter exercises already, but i’m not feeling much gain from them except the roman chair situp, and i can’t do that one alone. that one is as delicious as crack and very easy to overdo.
god but its fun to sweat and exhaust myself, to see these changes. i feel sometimes these rushes of energy that when they come seem barely containable. they don’t make me feel like sitting and circulating, but going out and tearing thru something, running until i can’t breathe…i wonder if i have increased testosterone levels? its not a red energy sort of sensation, not electric, not sexual at all, and it doesn’t seem to originate in any particular area. i’ll just begin to feel restless and kapow! the entire back side of my body first, then the whole machine, becomes filled with Power. it makes me feel unpleasant if i can’t Do Something, like i’m on overload and about to blow a piston inside.
its pretty keen to know i’m healthier and more fit than i’ve been in my entire life. and that there’s more to be had. i’ve been kicking around the idea of becoming a triathlete, seeing how it feels as i let it settle over my mind. i’m liking it. i’d have to find a way around my utter disgust for having to swim in polluted waters and the waste of others. be the fastest so there’s less ahead of me. or maybe training in boxing, tho i could do without any lifelong brain damage/scarring. it would be beneficial to have a coach (ok, Another coach. props to j for not beating me to death yet along the side of the road with my own running shoe). its something that’s available here, where not much else is. i want more opportunity to mix things up and keep it all exciting, cross training without limit, the ease of not always having to decide what the next thing i should work on will be.
chinesemall has a fairly vast collection of chinese martial arts and chi kung dvd/vcds and i’ve seen them being carried more often by mainstream sources like netflix as well. i recently got one called shaolin bodhidharma channel changing that involves some of the nei kung marrow washing ideas, the training and development of sinew as well as muscle, plus of course its circulating chi. as always, there’s amusing confusion with language to keep things light. this one is better than most because the instructor shows several angles during the slow repeat demonstration, so its easier for those of us among the bodily retarded (its me! i can’t translate instruction to movement to save my ass) to check position and tweak the smaller details of the stances.
i’ve been quiet lately except for the more flashy dream postings, but i feel in a more communicative mood now, so maybe chatter will increase a bit. or i’ll be talking to myself, which has its benefits too. i don’t mean to exclude anyone, i just hear more from j and wak than the rest of you. please dive right in tho! pat! you’re welcome to play. i keep trying not to worry that rain met some sort of untimely end in the london metro. i wonder if dan pokes his head around anymore with no one hassling him that the site isn’t functional in some minor way. i happened to finally find an old friend i’ve been looking for for positively Forever and it seems to have opened a floodgate of memories and semi-motherly feelings of needing to touch each of you, make sure you’re still breathing. yeah, even lone wolf. he just had surgery and is down one paw for the near future. don’t tell him i gave away a secret of his life, man of mystery he believes himself to be. if you haven’t heard what happened to the forums, there was an attack that caused the loss of nearly all the old files. so our great history is just that, with a few exceptions he’d saved. i find it fitting. i think its good to do a major system deletion every so often, make room for the new and let go of the past. : ) and this time to not have to shoulder the blame for Making it happen.