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So after watching the Gatto training video that Stephen Menschke recommended https://youtu.be/CEUuL9VElZM I have ordered some resistance-bands/thera-bands for stretching the front of my shoulders. I also noticed that video confirms my suspicion that it is a good idea to keep "shoulders in a neutral position". Will continute work on front-of-shoulder strength and flexibility improvements. ( I always did pull-ups / chin-ups with my hands facing away from me, good for back strength bad for front-of-shoulder. )
I spent more time doing exercises today - I want to keep working on the paralletes doing the tuck, possibly I will aim for a planche one day, but I'll just stick with tuck execises for now. Keeping skipping in the routine [ skipping: 200 ]. Maybe go for a morning run tomorrow.
Realised that my 4 ball fountain form is awful. I can barely get 30 catches before my left arm wobbles all over the place. I am finding that the low patterns I am used to actually make my arms more tired than tall patterns, I had read this before, but I can definitely feel it. I used to quite like the feeling of having worked out after juggling, but now I'd really like to feel like I've worked out after actually working out. Didn't even bother trying to pass 100 catches of 5b.
Improving, but still not great.
Total practice time: 60 minutes
I mostly spent all day juggling there were some hour or more breaks, I started at 07-30. Since I am writing this for yesterday and am only feeling mild muscle fatique (I orignially thought no ill effects, until I started juggling...), I am assuming my attempts at juggling nice, neat, low correction patterns with improving posture are working. Finding an efficient (and RSI free) launch technique also seems to have succeeded so far (I'm calling the version I developed today for a 4 ball launch the 'centrifugal' technique). I aimed not to rush to any goal, although I was pleased that I was achieving neater patterns, making observable improvements. I went for longer runs after the neater patterns and better posture, then 'allowed' myself some foot movement on the later longer runs.
I found that I tend to tense my right leg when juggling, (I probably walk like this too). This leads to all my tall patterns leaning to the left eventually. Since I was working on adjusting the pressure I put on the balls of my feet, as well as experiemnting with knee bend I found that finding a moderately knee bent posture was good for patterns I am already used to, but not so good for 8b. I suspect this is because for the 8b launch I am used to stooping my back and then later making it straight to add extra force (very bad!), the way the 2nd,3,4,5 balls tended to land way forward seem to confirm this.
Exercise and diet
I did get tired after lunch, probably due to it being loads of carbs (more protein?). So I tried a bit of skipping to get some energy built up. It worked a bit, but not as much as waiting for digestion, but I've got to eat a different diet if I want to get some proper juggling done. I did eat 4 eggs worth of scrambled egg today (1 batch for breakfast 09-00, 1 batch after feeling I needed some to repair muscles 16-00) .
Thought: 'Balance starts at the point or points where the juggler contacts the ground'
After-thought: It also has a very complicated bit in the middle.
Total practice time: 200 minutes
Sun behind stratus cloud. Lucky.
Over the last few days I've still been juggling, but so intermittently it never felt log worthy. Mostly 4b mm.
After my last logged juggling session, unsurprisingly I found it difficult to juggle. LOLZ. However I still kept up the running and have still been doing runs of ~2k, at least once every day bar one day, since the 18th (11 days, 12 runs).
This had been so far, good, but I got a mild twinge in my right Achilles today and should probably rest tomorrow. (probably shouldn't have stretched immediately before running)
The parallettes and Chin up bar have seen use, although my upper body isn't up to serious continuous exercise on them, but they should help me get stronger. Got to be careful about pulling ab muscles though, as I seem to be a bit careless at this whatever piece of equipment I use.
Total practice time: 30 minutes
Must not wear big shoes. Or hit myself with Laurence's rope.
Total practice time: 7 minutes
I had big walking boots on so it was a bit more work.
Total practice time: 3 minutes
Doubles with Simon's rope is easier than with mine. Apparently I should jump higher instead of tucking my legs up more, but I find jumping any higher while somehow remaining straight a bit of a feat.
Total practice time: 10 minutes
I get tired very quickly.
Total practice time: 2 minutes