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Train Hard - Stay Humble

LCHS Conditioning 6 (upper body especially back)

August 12

I arrived late so I just jumped in to the pull ups they were doing. After a painful spasm in a shoulder muscle during the wide-arm pull ups I realized I'd forgotten to stretch. ALWAYS stretch. Always. With the different pull ups I did what I could, still not able to go from a dead hang yet. But I followed the reps. It all works towards building it up... That's probably what I learned most this summer: do what you can even if it's pretty pathetic, because over time that's going to get you stronger and stronger bit by bit until one day you're there. You can do whatever it is. The key is to go on despite the initial patheticness :D

I had more fun when we started playing on the ropes. The obstacle course has four ropes lined up between two poles, all of them cemented to the ground. We started moving across the ropes from one pole to the other without touching the ground, and it felt especially monkey-like. When I started jumping to the next ropes was probably the best. We also tried jumping onto the ropes from a distance off to the side. It's fun in a way I need to show you guys if I can find some decent ropes in SF.

After that we went to do some of those lying down pull ups to a bar, and I saw Ace doing pistols. I thought I'd give it a shot since the last time I'd tried them was in May (and I'd failed pretty miserably). "Can you go all the way down? And keep your leg straight in front of you," Ace directed. What the, I could! "Wow, I'm impressed," he said as I tried my other leg. I was sooo pleased. Another tangible result of Summer training. Now that I can do pistols I'll be practicing them a lot, good help to improve my jump.

We did some wall climbs and cat hang traverses. Unfortunately my nicks from the med wall kept opening up with the rough cement during traversing, so a lot of dirt got rubbed in them :P At least they clotted quick.
Next Taylor showed us an exercise I think of as backwards QM up stairs level TWO, because like the backwards QM, this shit seems insanely hard at first. It's crabwalking forwards up stairs. Yeah, try that out. I'll be workin at that along with the pistols.

Crabwalking sideways up and down stairs was said to work the back, and sadly I can't remember everything we did. We did a bunch of abs after that. John took off early I remember. Also had a killer new tattoo across his shoulders that reads ...ack I can't remember. Something about skills and life. Said good-bye to Ace, Taylor, and Roy, and Brian and I went to find somewhere quiet to watch the meteor shower.

PS: VOTE FOR KING!!!!! He's in the runnings again to go on Ninja Warrior, and he needs your vote to beat the other American competition for the chance. Help him out he deserves it! As his video will show you:
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Comment by SafeNSure on February 15, 2009 at 12:40am
Comment by Taylor on February 15, 2009 at 12:10am
:P Yeah, I don't know why exactly he stopped coming, he came to the conditioning jams and was new to Parkour, and just all of a sudden disappeared. He got a couple injuries of his own while doing Parkour so it's possible he got discouraged. Maybe some people get all hyped up about Parkour because it looks cool but later find out it's something they don't want to do :P Parkour is for everyone, but everyone isn't for Parkour :)
Comment by SafeNSure on February 14, 2009 at 9:44pm
(sorry for the intrusion, lol) the concept that "maybe somebody could find Parkour not suiting for him/her" is quite interesting compared to the majority of the other hypothesis (i.e. individual being too weak, too lazy, too immature, too old, too "lame", etc...), is not very often expressed on internet discussions, and maybe worthy of being explored more. (probably in a different thread)
Comment by Taylor on February 14, 2009 at 9:14pm
Haha yea we did, then Ace came for a couple. Roy, I don't know what happened to him, maybe he didn't find Parkour suiting for him, or he is with meet-up now lol Don't forget Jakob :P There's a couple new guys from the school that are into Parkour that Jakob is friends with, but I don't think they are that serious about it. :/
Comment by orem on February 14, 2009 at 7:48pm
yeah well, I'll definitely go out regularly with you over the summer (show me what you've learned :D), but see now if you can get King to come out, and make Brian stop being so lazy, and wtf happened to Roy? we had a good little group
Comment by Taylor on February 14, 2009 at 4:23pm
:P good times, I should introduce these again since I've learned A LOT since then, but you are up in SF now :/
Comment by SafeNSure on September 10, 2008 at 9:18am
...HEY, I missed that: "do what you can even if it's pretty pathetic, because over time that's going to get you stronger and stronger bit by bit until one day you're there".

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