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« on: July 31, 2006, 03:49:39 PM »
For lack of a better spot, I'll introduce myself here as well as start my log. I read about parkour in a movie review for District B13, searched for it online, and was immediately smitten. I gave it a couple days to stew before deciding that it was something I wanted to do rather than just something to enjoy others doing. I started messing around...

...and while I had some fun, I quickly bumped into a disadvantage of being an out-of-shape 36 year old in an activity practiced mostly by fitness freaks around age 20. So, now I've got shin splints and I gather that means no running or jumping for a couple weeks at least. I'm laid up really before I've started.

Any advice on dealing with shin splints would be appreciated. Meanwhile I've purchased some extremely squishy shoes (Absorb), and put even squishier insoles (PolySorb) in them, in the hopes of saving my shins / ankles / knees / back. (They feel bizarre to me, since I feel that less is more as far as shoes go, and so the most shoe I've worn in 20 years have been Chuck Taylors.)

I spent a little while with a friend who's experienced in teaching various exercises (yoga, pilates, some other stuff), and studying to be a personal trainer. She did a sort of evaluation, so now I have a feeling for what I short work on. As of now:
* Balance: Good
* Upper body: OK (This was based on pushups. Pullups are still hell for me.)
* Abs: OK--mixed bag, depending on which abs we're talking about
* Legs(thighs): not good--I've had a lot of strength there before from biking, so I'm sure I can get that back.
* Flexibility: I'm rigid like an old man.

So, stretching's certainly a primary goal. And I guess for the next few weeks I'll need to find some other workout than running or jumping, and see how my shin splints get. Working on the abs which are weak (upper and oblique)

Any suggestions on what I can practice? I think rolls are probably safe.

So, current status:
- I'm in terrible shape
- I can't run or jump for a while.

My current stretching routine, twice a day:
-4 minutes of forward bends (sitting)
-3 minutes of split (standing)
-1 minute of "cobra" pose
-2 minutes of achilles stretch per leg

I've thrown some ab stuff in there as well, and my achilles stretches and splits give me some leg workout.

Not much of a regimen is it? Alright, this is all new to me. While I've been athletic before, I've never had "trained" as such, I just swam or biked a lot and so got in shape. This is much more a whole-body thing, and (for me at leat) will be much more about technique. And I'm much more likely to hurt myself. So I'll figure this out as I go.
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2006, 06:33:25 PM »
Right, so some goals:

* Be able to touch my toes without *any* pain.
* 5 pullups (currently 2)
* 1 minute 1 arm hang for each arm (currently ~20 sec)
* Fix up shin splints
* Keep developing training plan
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2006, 06:52:51 AM »
Last night:

  • 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
  • 4 minutes of split (standing)
  • 1.5 minute of "cobra" pose
  • 2.5 minute achilles stretch each leg
Bought convenient ice pack for legs

This morning:

Flexibility:
  • 30 "Tai Chi Twists"
  • 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
  • 3 minutes of split (standing)
  • 1.5 minute of "cobra" pose
  • 2.5 minute achilles stretch each leg
Strength:
  • 2 / 2* /2* pullups
  • Couldn't do a one-armed hang to save my life
* cheated by giving myself a little boost with toes

Practiced rolls on grass, woodchips, and squishy playground rubber: ?/25/9/0  (tried/recognizable/halfway decent/good)

It seems I've got two big problems, both likely fear issues: (1) I often don't have enough forward momentum--it's hard to convince myself to lunge at the ground to start the roll. (2) I often wind up rolling from shoulder to the same-side hip.
On the other hand, I was pleased to find that I can do at least as well rolling off my left shoudler as my right.

Did some climbing / squirming / balancing at the playground, so long as it didn't require jumping or landing
« Last Edit: August 01, 2006, 09:08:33 AM by Rickety »
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2006, 08:20:25 AM »
Last night:

    * nothing

It seems that with the hanging, pull-ups, and rolling yesterday something messed up my right shoulder. Dang! More things I need to rest, so fewer things I can do. Hmmm.

Anyway, that ice pack I bought for my shin splints spent a lot of time on my shoulder last night instead. It definitely feels better this morning, but I'm going to let it rest more.

So, not much this morning:

Flexibility:

    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 4 minutes of split (standing)
    * 3 minute achilles stretch each leg

Goals for today: Get road bike road-ready, get to sleep by 10pm.
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2006, 03:37:38 PM »
Last night:

Flexibility:
    * 30 "Tai Chi Twists"
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 4.5 minutes of split (standing)
    * 2.5 minute achilles stretch each leg

Strength:
    * 15 "cross-crunches" each side
    * 15 "body squats"

Today:
    * 30 "Tai Chi Twists"
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 4.5 minutes of split (standing)

Bike's inflated, going to try it tomorrow. Shoulder still out-of-whack, but still feels like just muscle soreness. Shin splints maybe getting worse, even though I'm resting them. Hmm.

« Last Edit: August 04, 2006, 04:12:07 PM by Rickety »
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2006, 03:59:56 PM »
Awesome. I'm glad your really into it. I don't really have anything to say, i just wanted to give you sympothy on your shin splints, and shoulder. And keep it up.  :)


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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2006, 10:45:17 AM »
Thanks, Cyanide! Encouragement is great. Plus it reinforces my reason for posting this journal... if I think someone might be looking, then shame will help keep me from slacking.

Last night:

Flexibility:
    * 30 "Tai Chi Twists"
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 3.5 minutes of split (standing)
    * 3.5 minute achilles stretch each leg

Strength:
    * 15 "body squats"

This morning:

Flexibility:
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 3 minutes of split (standing)
    * 2 minute achilles stretch each leg

Biked ~10 miles, then got flat, so walked the last mile home in stocking feet.
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2006, 10:45:22 AM »
Last night:

Flexibility:
    * 30 "Tai Chi Twists"
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 4.5 minutes of split (standing)
    * 3 minute achilles stretch each leg
    * 1.5 minute "cobra"

Strength:
    * 15 "cross-crunch" each side
    * 15 push-ups

This morning:

Flexibility:
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 4.5 minutes of split (standing)
    * 3 minute achilles stretch each leg
    * 1.5 minute "cobra"

Strength:
    * 12-12-16 push-ups

Drilled rolls on grass, with mixed results. Better on my left shoulder than my right, I think because fear was hindering me on the right. This morning was much better about rolling from left shoulder to right hip. However, I'm pounding my shoulder a lot more than I think I should. Progress in any case.

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« Reply #8 on: August 08, 2006, 09:35:40 AM »
Last night:

Did a little of the APK warmup:
  • 15-15-15 body squats
  • 12-12-12 pushups
  • Samson stretch felt a bit queer in my knee, so I stopped after 5 of them.

Flexibility:
  • 4.5 minute front-bend (sitting)
  • 1.5 minute cobra
  • achilles: 3 minute each side

abs: 2 minute curl-up

This morning:
Nothing! Boo! I've got to manage my sleep better.
« Last Edit: August 08, 2006, 09:37:16 AM by Rickety »
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« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2006, 07:05:58 AM »
This morning:
   * 30 "Tai Chi Twists"
   * 20-20-20 body squats
   * 5-5-5 reverse pullups
   * 13-13-13 pushups
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 1.5 minute "cobra"
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2006, 11:19:30 AM »
This morning:
   * 20-20-20 body squats
   * 13-13-13 pushups
   * 3-3-3 dips
    * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting)
    * 3 minutes split
    * 1.5 minute "cobra"
    * 2 minutes achilles each side

Practiced rolls, slowly getting better. Rolling from left shoulder is still better than from right, I think still because of fear rather than anything physical. Did some straight forward rolls just to see if I could--I can! They're fun.
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« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2006, 07:04:08 AM »
This morning:
   * 20-20-20 body squats
   * 15-15-15 pushups (that's it for me for now)
   * 5-5-5 reverse pullups
   * 1.5 minute "cobra"
   * 4.5 minutes forward bend (sitting) -- My hamstrings are weirdly tight yesterday and today, no idea what I did to cause that.
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« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2006, 07:30:23 AM »
Apparently I have no shame.

Anyway, my training regimen has been very scattered; not dropped but inconsistent and not systematic. I'm going to work on getting it back to a bit more ordered. I have still been getting more fit; belly is shrinking, strength is increasing, rolls improving, everything else still sucks :(, shinsplints still a major nuisance.

I definitely need to get back to more stretching in addition to the strength stuff.

I've started working on handstands by "walking" up a wall.

Since gear pushes it so hard, and I've read good things elsewhere also, I started experimenting with fish oil starting Saturday morning 9/10/2006. I'm pretty sure it's not something I want to do long-term, but we'll see if I can tell it's doing anything for me. Taking 6g/day--2 pills at each mealtime. Tweaking diet in some other ways as well.

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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2006, 01:04:46 PM »
Lol. WORK. For me i prefer just to do parkour more often, then to workout alot. Also i started taking fish oil, multivitamens, and eating more protien. It makes me feel much better.


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« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2006, 02:45:27 PM »
Ach! I'm being mocked!

Yeah, I'd rather be playing than working at this. Really the draw of parkour for me is that it looks like crazy fun, and any practical results/application are just a bonus.

However, I'm in such crappy shape still that I can't just do much, so it's conditioning for me until I'm in better shape for playing--or until I figure out better ways to play which don't require use of my many weaknesses.

Yesterday & Today:

There's actually a par course at a local  park, so I'm starting to play at that. barefoot in the grass between stations, doing those stations which seem like a good idea. I've started practicing precisions at one. They're a lot harder than they look. Shoulder hurts, so I skipped a lot of arm stuff and rolling for today. And I still can't jog, even barefoot in the grass. But I did QM between some of the stations.

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« Reply #15 on: September 12, 2006, 07:09:48 PM »
Well i'm going to work thru this with you. I used to be crazy out of shape, and crazy overweight. Now i'm just a little over weight, and there's lots of muscle under there.

So what can you do? Where lie your strengths?


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« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2006, 10:47:15 AM »
So what can you do? Where lie your strengths?
Hell if I know. I'm quite stubborn.

I'm old relative to most of the folks getting started, and I've never done anything like this before--no significant martial arts or gymnastics background, or even running, for instance. The two athletic things at which I've been fairly strong are swimming and cycling, which are very different.

So, I'm really getting oriented. Thanks for the offer of help, but it's early enough that I'm very clueless.

I think for me the next step is getting into simple vaults, to whatever degree it seems like I can without exacerbating shin splints.

Today--

Hit the par course again, some QM. Right shoulder and hip hurting somewhat, so mostly skipped rolling and only one set of pushups. Did lots of abs and some reverse pullups. Walked on heels a bit, hoping to help shinsplints.
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« Reply #17 on: September 13, 2006, 12:29:49 PM »
Whatever. Keep posting your journal. I'll keep reading it.


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« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2006, 10:06:04 PM »
Thursday and Friday I gave my body a rest. Had lots of little pains (left wrist & hand, right shoulder, right hip). Also they were very heavy brain days.

Hopefully this means that I'll be well rested and ready to pick something up at my first jam tomorrow (Tucson)!

Just stretching tonight, and a few body squats.

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« Reply #19 on: September 17, 2006, 08:45:37 PM »
Yesterday had fun at the jam organized by TeamMoZ. Worked on vaults a bit, watched a lot, met nice folks. This'n'that... bashed one of my shins so that I got a great big bump, but I'm pretty sure it's not actually a big deal. Just a moderate bruise.

Today, right hip/back, left hand & right shoulder still tweaky. Shoulder didn't keep me from doing pushups, but I did them with fists instead of palms because of my hand. 15/15/15. Lots of body squats--I think they're stretching out my hip/back. Stretches--achilles & front bend particularly. uncounted cross-crunches.

I'm starting to incorporate calf raises, and whatever you'd call those ankle things from the Titanium Ankles video, again, throwing stuff at my legs hoping to speed shinplint recovery and prevent recurrence.

Hopefully I'll find time to play in the park tomorrow.
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