This past Thursday the class focused on strikes. Now, it may come as a surprise to some of you, but I am not in the habit of going around and hitting people. It was an interesting psychological block to work though, which I am now thinking is very important. If I need to hit someone, I have a lot less qualms now. Granted, I have made it 40 years without having to hit anyone, and here's hoping that continues. All the straight-wrist
Since I wanted to take my time with the reps, I chose a modest weight, the. The handle is thicker than the , so there's more to grasp, but the lighter weight allowed me to go super slow. I also wanted to get my heart rate up, so I added in some swings. Here's the simple workout I did, which could be easily scaled up or down, or done for a longer time as well.
Once again I'm working with a fairly tight schedule with hard deadlines, self-imposed deadlines, productivity goals, catching up from the move (seriously the glass doors on the cabinets need to go up TONIGHT aggh!), and I'm now taking a 1.5hr Systema class twice a week. Needless to say I am working on reconfiguring my training. On the plus side (BIG plus) not sharing a floor with someone's ceiling means training inside at home is now "guilt free". Woohoo!
It was Monday night and after taking Sunday off from training (other than some slacklining) I really felt the need to do SOMETHING. This is kind of a bare minimumworkout, and if you have the time and/or inclination you could absolutely run through it more than once, adding a different mobility exercise between the sets of swings. Note that I punctuated the sets of swings with a long time favorite mobility move the "pump " so popular with - its similar to an up-dog, down-dog, and I also like the "prying cobra" variation especially if it's been a day at the desk. Scroll down a little, I made a video for you too :)
So here's what I did:
In case you're thinking of boiling eggs this weekend, I wanted to put these posts together for you. Eggs are awesome anyway, so any excuse to highlight these nutritional powerhouses is a good one! Hardboiled eggs are a favorite grab and go snack (even at the airport--look for them at the more "gourmet" snack stands and shops). Just a little salt and pepper and they're fabulous, but if you have a few minutes, a few ingredients, and a ziplock bag, you can make some fairly fancy deviled eggs without too much effort (or cleanup). I love deviled eggs so much I even have a special plate for them now...
Must admit, I'm really enjoying the lower humidity and slightly cooler weather here at my new place... and even though I was very active before, being able to just go outside and work out with very little fanfare (or audience) has inspired me to do even more. I felt like going pretty heavy with things last night, and ended up surprising myself a little.
Given that I kept seeing references to the get-up in Systema class on Tuesday--and then of course after reading Dan John's very cool article about the get-up, of course I had to feature get-ups as well. In fact I was feeling pretty energetic and decided to go a little heavy (remember, I'm only about 130lbs, so it's relative) with those too.
First off, I did my favorite basic joint mobility sequence (this is an unlisted video, and I need to make it more fancy, but you know how it goes) and a few get-ups on both sides without any weight.
Suddenly having access to a great outdoor training area has inspired me to step up my daily training and general activity level. Thankfully, by this age I've figured out that I can't go "all in" all the time. Recently, there's been a great series of articles by Dan John on DragonDoor.com and the first one (go read all five though) addresses the idea of consistency and continuity in training---and that most of our workouts should be on the medium-low level. This makes a lot of sense to me, especially now as I'm looking to add two days a week (hopefully schedule permits) of an 1.5 hour Systema class. When I took the trial class months ago (when I was considering moving to this area) I was impressed with the wonderful and mobility warm-up, and the fact that the training did get significantly strenuous (I judged this by my extreme need for dinner afterwards). Given that class is tonight, I didn't want to show up recovering from a crazy all out bashfest and not be able to keep up with my cool new friends.
I decided to use my they update this from time to time, so be sure to check here if you're preparing for an Certification!)Test weight for my weight class (women's open class 121-135lbs = ) (