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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.

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.

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!).

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.

Strong abs???

So, I read a T-nation article today about ab strength. I was all excited that there might be some new exercises which I've never seen before. I tried their ab strength assessment and passed the hardest level without much effort. I won't say it was cake, but it wasn't that hard. Maybe they should have added another level and made the test subject do a front lever, dragon flag, or a crank on the rings.

Training thus far

We're just about 3 weeks into the New Year.  My training has been going ok.  I've been consistent with my goal for this month of getting in at least 5 minutes of I-Liq Chuan solo drills training a day; most days, I've been getting up to 15+ minutes a day.  Sounds pretty measly right now, but I'm developing the daily habit.  And believe it or not, 15 minutes of concentrated training actually takes real effort.  I'd much prefer that I get those few minutes of attentive mindful training in rather than hours of mindless, rote training.

The Gift of Strength

So Santa/Hannukah Harry brought me a pleasant surprise this year.

Stretching and Instability

Who knew you could get sore stretching? It's a new experience for me. I've done 2 hours worth of yoga so far over my vacation. While I am more relaxed and loose now, I'm also sore. This is either a reflection of my tightening up since I haven't been very diligent about stretching over the last few months or maybe I just always go overboard trying to hold advanced versions of the asanas. Either way my hammies have been definitely feeling it over the past two days.

The holidays and winding down the year

Well, it's already December, and I'm still just a bit short of my training goals for the year. I can't hold a dragon flag for much more than 9 seconds, which quite a bit away from my goal of 20 seconds. That's directly correlated with my inability to hold a full front lever. I probably won't be upping my static hold times by the end of the year, so those goals are going to have to carry over. My handstand goal I'm going to say is completed since I can actually hold a handstand for a few seconds, even if I can only do it somewhat inconsistently.

News on the gym front

Recently, Gen and I have been going to the campus gym, which I find... well, let's just say less than stellar. It's not actually bad or crappy or anything. It's pretty nice, but it just doesn't suit the needs of someone who's a little more serious about fitness and strength conditioning. I can easily clear the entire weight stack on the cable machine, and the dumbbells top out at 50lbs. Granted I usually don't train with the weights, but sometimes I like doing Turkish get ups; if I can already do the 50lb weights, I can foresee those weights becoming too light down the road.