Thursday, February 26, 2009

Back on the rings

Well, after two months of training, I think I'm just about ready to get back to the rings. Weighted dips and pull ups have improved my strength, but I feel like I'm losing a little core strength. That could be an unwarranted misgiving since my dragon flags actually feel better now and I had no trouble holding a support on the rings with my hands turned out and my arms 45 degrees out to the sides (getting closer to that iron cross, yeah!). It might just be that I'm itching for a change and want to see if I can finally hold a decent back lever and bang out a legitimate 25-30 (over a few sets) muscle ups. So, I think it's back to the rings for a few weeks. I'll keep up the deadlifts and squats though since I'm not doing much else for lower body strength conditioning.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Back from training in NY

After my 4th I-Liq Chuan intensive, my brain still feels oversaturated after 3.5 days of training. This time I at least made it to mid Sunday before my brain felt overwhelmed with information. Now I just need to find a way to get in the necessary practice to physically manifest the concepts I learned.

On another note, I returned to my strength conditioning routine today with weighted pull ups and dips. All I can say is that my lats and upper back must be tired from the workshop because my pull ups totally sucked today. Even though I made it up to 70lbs, I was already feeling it on the warmup 45lbs set. But surprisingly, my dips felt a lot better today. I managed to get a full 5x5 set at 70 lbs on the dips. That's some encouraging progress.