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:
King's ANW3 page
Give him 5 stars on everything :)