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« on: June 03, 2006, 09:10:56 PM »
i was wondering if anyone knew of any good balance exercises because i have pretty bad balance. i try just walking on a rail or something every day, and incorporating balance into everday walking around, but is there anything more i could do?
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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2006, 09:49:20 PM »
Handstands are one of the best overall balance excercises because of the overal challenge to your brain. Just standing on one leg for an extended period of time is good you can make this more difficult by closing your eyes, then extending your other leg, to side, in front, behind etc. Find simple excercises that challenge your balance and repeat them regularly.
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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2006, 07:35:43 AM »
go stand on a rail
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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2006, 07:51:10 AM »
How do i get Better at Pull ups?
Do a Pull Up

How Do i get better at a Push up?
Do a Push Up

How do i get better at Balance?
Go balance on somthing

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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2006, 01:53:36 PM »
word.

Also, try squats on a rail :), and cat balancing along a rail. This will be difficult at first, but if you do it along an inclined rail it is easier.

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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2006, 02:51:36 PM »
you could balance on a basketball
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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2006, 09:36:04 PM »
When you're walking on a rail, keep one foot angled and one foot straight, and don't slow down or stop.

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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2006, 10:13:20 PM »
How do i get Better at Pull ups?
Do a Pull Up

How Do i get better at a Push up?
Do a Push Up

How do i get better at Balance?
Go balance on somthing

Thats a ridiculous false analogy, balance is not a simple excericse, its complex physiological attribute, like agility or power. As such have a good understanding of what balance actually is will give you a good idea of how to effectively train it, telling someone to go balance on something is about as helpfull as telling someone to go pick something up if someone wanted to get stronger. Read up one what balance is what and ways have been shown to effectively train the attribute. The excercise I suggest above are a good start.

Challenging your stablizing muscles will help to, work things like levers, scales, one armed planks. One excercise is doing quadrapedal movement on top of a narrow wall, rail or balance beam. 
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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2006, 11:32:12 PM »
But for a beginner isnt the simplest thing instead of worrying about a stabilizing muscle, just go and keep walking on things narrower and narrower, unitll you reached a good one to drill on. When you need to get climb ups, the best way to train them is by doing climb ups.
Sure you could do a bunch of upper body exicerises but when it comes down to it, The best training for something, is Exactly what you are trying to do.


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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2006, 11:35:34 PM »
well, I have been doing handstand push-ups for quite a while now and they have really not only helped my handstands quite a bit, but my balance overall has really improved. I dont know if this is just something with me but it worked.

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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2006, 04:54:49 AM »
to help your balance, practice standing on a basketball. youll need many more corrective movements in your feet to do so, meaning a good balance on a b-ball will translate to a great balance on a rail.

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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2006, 05:03:18 AM »
exactly what i said!! but..then again thats what you told me so it all evens out  :P
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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2006, 06:21:21 AM »
Manilla:

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The best training for something, is Exactly what you are trying to do.

Well, no, not always. That's what Faelcind is saying.

Think about this: People who make a mistake doing something often train that mistake until it is ingrained in their action.

So, often training components of something, especially a complex attribute like balance, is the best way to do it.

For your climb-ups example, you can exhaust yourself with the kick on the wall, a run-up, or the press over the wall, and then you've only trained the actual difficult part, the transition, about 10 times. But what if you isolated the difficult part, and trained only that sometimes, would you agree that this could be a better method to train for the end goal?

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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2006, 07:49:30 AM »
I agree with M2 that training individual movements is just as important as training the whole.

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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2006, 10:45:23 AM »
I to agree with M2, you see this training technique a lot in other things, like music, when practicing a paticular peice it does no good to practice something your allready good at or the whole thing, you need to break it into smaller parts and practice those, this gives you a better practice on the harder parts. same thing applys to Parkour and everything else in the world that takes practice

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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2006, 12:24:58 PM »
This reminds me of a quote by M2: "Use your strengths, train your weaknesses" ... in other words, when it comes time for action, use the things you KNOW how to do well and you know will work, and when it comes time for practice, practice the things you don't do well, the "other" areas, the things you need improvement on.

Of course if you ONLY practiced parts and not the whole then it wouldn't fit back together, so it's necessarry (as in all things) to balance.
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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2006, 02:36:17 PM »
couldn't you just say "use your strenghts, train your weaknesses" instead of saying it reminded you of a quote that you said?
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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2006, 03:06:05 PM »
Instead of doing either or, you could just do both.
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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2006, 07:16:18 PM »
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couldn't you just say "use your strenghts, train your weaknesses" instead of saying it reminded you of a quote that you said?

No, it's much more fun to quote myself in the third person  :P
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Re: balance exercises
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2006, 07:17:31 PM »
Do you think basketball balancing will help with handstands as well?