Friday, March 13, 2009

Biceps on fire

I dropped the weighted dips and pull ups this month in favor of muscle ups on the rings. Happily, I'm still able to bang them out, though I'm still not quite up to a solid set of 10 muscle ups yet. I realize now that my abs and core aren't quite strong enough for me to make it through 10. I was strong enough to force myself through a 7th rep using mostly my arms. I paid for it later though. My biceps have been sore ever since that muscle up workout a couple of days ago.

And today I went on with my iron cross practice as usual (what could be more fun on a Friday night?). My biceps are burning even more now. Why exactly do I do this to myself?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

February wrap up

February wasn't my best month for keeping my training goals. But that's ok. It was a short month, and I was in NY for 4 days. Traveling tends to screw with my daily routine, and it takes me a day or two to get back into my groove.

I didn't practice my handstands nearly enough, though I did make an important discovery. Since I've been training on the parallelettes, I've been gripping the bars so that the bars rest on the base of my palm. I adjusted my grip a little bit so that the weight was resting closer to the center of my palm, and all of a sudden the balancing got easier. The adjusted grip was closer to where I would bear weight if my hands were just on the ground. That little change gave me some more wriggle room at the wrists for balance adjustment. That was a smack the head discovery moment.

I have been pretty good about doing my solo I-Liq Chuan practice. I haven't made my daily minimum every day, but I've done it almost every day. I'm starting to feel a little more coordinated with my butterfly form, and after the workshop, spiral force started making more conceptual sense to me. Of course, I have to now deconstruct the form yet again to try to incorporate my refined understanding. It's a rewarding process to feel that improvements are happening, but at the same it's also frustrating to realize that I've spent a lot of time practicing without certain pieces of understanding. Oh well. I guess that's just part of the training process. If it were easy, I'd already be grand-ultimate-sigong master.