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11th March 2016

RegularJugular

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, skipping, 60 minutes

Stretching
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. )

Exercise ideas
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.

Juggling
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.

Droppiness
Improving, but still not great.

Total practice time: 60 minutes

Location: Outside

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9th March 2016

RegularJugular

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, 75 minutes

This week I have been mostly eating roasted chicken juggling...
In the few minutes I spent juggling outside the postie noticed I've started up juggling again.

Warm-ups?
I have been finding that the most challenging bit of doing a taller ball pattern is flexibility and strength at the front of my shoulders. Before a warm-up I can only juggle 5 balls low (just above head height) after a warm-up of say 5-10 minutes concentrating on trying to get a 4b mm to flow in nice 'folding' arcs I can juggle 5 high (about a foot above my head) better than I can 5 low. The 4b mm seems to work my shoulder strength and flexibility just enough to prepare them for 5 ball. I'm trying to think up some exercises with weights I can do to strengthen that area specifically, (some extended range wide grip push ups might help too, may try later)

Droppiness
Way too many drops.

Total practice time: 75 minutes

Location: Mostly Inside

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8th March 2016

RegularJugular

# 3 balls, 3 clubs, 4 clubs, 5 balls, 5 clubs, 6 balls, 7 balls, 8 balls, 130 minutes

Club
Until recently I hadn't been able to get time off from work to get to TWJC, my visits were multiple months apart for over a year. I brought Jaffa cakes.

Droppiness
My juggling felt very droppy when there were other people around, this is probably because I drop a lot more in practice than I think I do... I've been meaning to work on more consistent warm-ups to combat that. That said, I can tell that the neatness of some of my patterns is improving, despite the tendency to rush to a drop.

Posture
Totally forgot to check what my legs were doing this evening on a flat surface. Partly due to over-eagerness to see 'improvement', partly due to wanting to just go with 'whatever I wanted to do' instead of 'what I need to do to improve'.

Improvements
I'd forgotten about the flat/un-stacked/'diamond' 4 ball grip launch technique. that I observed Jon juggling 7 with. This worked much better for 8 balls and I got a flash 3rd attempt. My brief attempts at 7 balls were mostly crap this evening however, as well as my 6b.

Thought: Jaffa Cakes, why not?
After-thought: Because I would eat an entire packet given half a chance.
After-after-thought: I'll cut down later.

Total practice time: 130 minutes

Location: TWJC

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4th March 2016

RegularJugular

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, 6 balls, 7 balls, 8 balls, skipping, 200 minutes

Improvements
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.

Posture
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) .

Finishing
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

Location: Outside

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19th September 2015

RegularJugular

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, 15 minutes

360's
Got a 5b 3up in 5 tries. But when I tried a 3b 3up 2 stage 720 I fell over. Even 2 360's in a row with no props was hard.
Tried a 4b 4up sync didn't try hard, but harder than I expected even when the throws looked neat.

Warm-Up
3b freestyle..

Total practice time: 15 minutes

Location: Outside

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8th September 2015

RegularJugular

# 3 balls, 5 balls, 60 minutes

Mostly practice for 5 ball 3 up pirouette, 0 success. So mostly a lot of trying to get 77700 flashes neat and some flailing about dropping props. Lol.

Also tried some 3 up 2 stage 720s, <10 attempts 2 successes. An improvement*. I may not need to buy new shoes after all ;)

Non-juggling practice:
Spent 15 minutes trying out Cat's Pro-Jump stilts. I nearly managed to pick up a stick on the ground, but ran out of time before I had to give them back.

*I have practiced a few hours since I last logged.

# 4 balls, 5 balls, 20 minutes

Mostly 4b Mills Mess Practice.

5b 3up 360s practice - 2 successes... Woo! Yay! etc. :)

Total practice time: 80 minutes

Location: Outside

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28th July 2015

RegularJugular

# 3 balls, 15 minutes

Decided to test out the durability of my "new" charity-shop shoes. Two stage pirouette practice on concrete.

Only 1 successful 3b 3up 2 stage 720 but I'll take it.

The shoes seem to be taking it well.

Total practice time: 15 minutes

Location: Outside

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5th July 2015

RegularJugular

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, 6 balls, 7 balls, 30 minutes

Not much juggling, mostly 3b alternating one arm behind the back cascade flashes. Tried to think up some sort of "routine" involving high flashes head stalls, foot stalls and kicks. #hackysack type moves.

Some 4b box, not many long runs but looks neatly done. 5b cascade by assessing where a #camera would be at foot level and foot or so forward (there or not) I seem to gain greater awareness of how much I am swaying. Tried 5b tennis - 25 catches. It seems with some concentration on these more #piston like throws and some on wrist movement I reckon I could neaten tennis and other patterns up.

Tried: 64744 & (7)771 still as hard as I remember. 744 pattern looking neater, trying not to walk about (much).

Notes: must do more ab workout patterns. Also ab workouts to make them easier b:

Total practice time: 30 minutes

Location: Outside

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1st July 2015

RegularJugular

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, parallettes, 60 minutes

Weather
Hot to very hot, almost no wind

Juggling
3 ball: overheads with tricks, one arm behind the back alternating (need to lose weight & gain ab strength for constant).
4 ball: mills mess, lots of, pattern looking smarter seems to improve after triceps / shoulder warm ups on parallettes. 4 ball shower, 9151 both sides, trying to beaten and even out pattern.
5 ball: a bit of plain cascade and a few half hearted attempts at basic siteswaps 744 753. Tried [75]75751 seem to be forgetting how to do that one.

Some 4 in one hand practice trying to click fingers before catching, some success, seem to have the power, but not the accuracy. Did manage a couple of collects right handed with inaudible finger click. Maybe one day I'll get that 10 ball flash, lol.

Total practice time: 60 minutes

Location: Outside

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30th June 2015

RegularJugular

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, 6 balls, 7 balls, 60 minutes

Entertained some children and adolescents for an hour or so. Just practicing, mostly 5 ball, and 3 ball. Taught someone to juggle, showed them some warm ups with 1 and 2 balls, they got 4 catches of 3 on first attempt and within 3 or so attempts had got 7 catches. Jealous b: Admittedly they could have lied to me, but they seemed legitimately good with hand eye coordination and claimed to do some sports.

Total practice time: 60 minutes

Location: wake

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