Thursday, May 22, 2008

Resting Up

Well, currently both of my wrists are a little sore, which is probably a sign that I should take a break and do light workouts for the next week. I started doing skin the cats on the rings again, did some airborne pushups (not sure what they're called, but both my hands and feet leave the ground), went a little nuts on practicing the muscle up transition on the rings, and gave the new punching bag in the gym a beatdown. That combined with learning the kip pull up and training my grip is probably just a bit too much for my wrists. Thus the need for a break.

I also tried Turkish get ups with the 25lb kettlebell the other day. Overall, it's pretty easy, but my arms start getting tired long before my body. I think gripping on so tightly to the weight and constantly holding it up tires out my arms. It's certainly not tiring out the rest of my body though. I may have to try again with a heavier dumbbell since I've apparently maxed out the kettlebells at the Y. But again, I've got to give my wrists some rest. Maybe in 2 weeks time I'll give a heavier Turkish get up a try.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Lifting heavy things

I usually don't lift weights, but last night I made a minor change from my body weight routine for some variety (and to stroke my ego). I did weighted pull ups and dips again with 35lbs strapped on a belt. I did slightly better than I thought I would. I'm still not up to a clean 5x5 workout with the weight belt yet, but I'm pretty close. Next time, I may try strapping a 45lb plate on just to see if I can do it.

I wasted most of today watching exercise demo videos on the Crossfit website. There's actually a lot of good stuff on there. I already knew Crossfit usually had good workouts, but I didn't know there was such a wealth of video material there. Anyhow, with new insight, I'm going to try getting a kipped pull up at my next workout (as a prelude to getting a muscle up on the bar instead of the rings). I also picked up a handy tip about driving my nose and shoulders forward for the ring muscle ups. I'll have to try that to see if my muscle up technique gets better (thus sparing my triceps from bearing so much weight on the pull to push transition).

I also picked up lots of other good tips including working up to handstands, forward rolls out of handstands, Turkish getups, etc. I'm definitely going to have to incorporate some new stuff into my workouts over the next few weeks.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Muscling up slowly

Now that my technique is getting a bit cleaner, I'm more consistently getting the muscle up on the rings. I can still only do single reps, and maybe a grand total of 2-3 muscles ups when I'm fresh. But hey, it's a start. I'm still pretty terrible at the transition of rolling my shoulders over my hands, so I've been using box-assist (feet on box) muscle ups to try to clean up my technique.

My support on the rings is getting significantly better. I can turn my hands out nearly 30 degrees and hold that support position for 50s. Not quite the minute I'm shooting for. I think my anterior serratus muscle gives out on me around 50s. I'm pretty ready to drop by the 50s mark. I tried skin the cat on the rings again today to mix up my routine a little bit. Oof, I forgot how much those challenge the core muscles. Granted, I did the piked (not tucked like I used to), so they're a bit harder than when I last tried them.

I did the slow negative chin up and dip workout again last week. It still really hurts, and I'm still stuck at 50s for my ultra slow rep. Maybe I'll try again next week. I think later this week is time to return to weighted chins and dips and maybe some more deadlifts.

Been training with a boxing guy for the past three weeks. My timing and distance judgment is getting a little better, but they're still pretty sub par. As usual, I'm training with someone taller and heavier than me. Oh well, I guess that makes me better in the end, but it sure does suck having to deal with someone with a significantly longer reach than me. I do try to keep the I-Liq Chuan principles in mind when I'm training. It's kind of neat seeing things I've learned from ILC help me in another art. I'm also sure my training partner must think it strange that I do things a little differently than the usual boxer.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

It's technique, stupid

After reading two sources, I determined that my inability to do a muscle up was probably a failing in my technique. So, I tried again last night, and wouldn't you know it, I can do a muscle up again. Apparently, I haven't been keeping the rings close enough to my body, which just makes the transition from the pull up to dip a hell of a lot harder. I'm not nearly strong enough to have my hands away from my body. I also modified my false grip to hold the rings a little more laterally rather than on the bottom of the rings. That allowed me to more easily keep the rings closer to my body while transitioning from pull to push. I did a few practice sets with my feet on a box to get my technique down, and then proceeded to get two successful muscle ups. It still doesn't look pretty (I feel like I flail my way through the transition point), which I attribute to my inability to cleanly "roll" my shoulders over my hands.

On another note, my one of my training partners was showing me boxing ducking and weaving drills (which I am completely incapable of doing at full speed). I noticed that the only way I could successfully do the motion was to maintain the absorption at my kua and the dantian. If I lost awareness of my hip joints, my ducking would feel really disconnected and awkward and would leave me out of position for a counter attack.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Jumping into the music thing

Music is such a great exercise motivator. I finally managed to put my jump rope music mix on my mp3 player and had some great tunes to keep me going during my jump rope workout today. I had originally only intended to do 10 or so minutes on the rope, but instead, I went for 20 minutes (not including warm up and cool down rounds). Oops. This could be a mixed blessing. I may end up doing more jump rope than I intend to just because I'm digging the tunes and want to keep going.

I will also have to make sure I don't sing too obviously when there are other people around. I tend to attract some attention with my rope skipping because I do it somewhat fast and use some fancier moves than most people are used to seeing. I might start looking really vain if I'm singing along to Petey Pablo "Show Me the Money." I can just see it now: I'll probably be doing some side swing, cross combos while singing "show off that body you got, you got that dance floor so hot, you workin' that, you twerkin' that, you checkin' that..."

Oh yeah, and in case you haven't noticed it already, my actual training logs are linked on the sidebar. I'm actually somewhat impressed that I've managed to keep a fairly detailed log of my training for nearly 4.5 months. Keeping myself accountable has also been a great motivator for my training, though I think only my mom actually reads my log regularly. I can't imagine anyone actually slogging through my daily log unless they're trying to imitate my training regimen or looking for proof to verify that I'm a nut.