gym last night, and 3 times last week and a coupla times week before and a few times before that and again before that and… I’m noticing a pattern here. Are you? Its been….. jeeeez, I can’t even reca…. hang on…
…. its been 16mths of going to the gym regularly, and even tho I’m doing very little in between sessions, the progress and benefits are obvious. By taking a casual ‘I’ll do everything at my speed, thanks coaches’ approach, I’m stronger in my upper body (which is important when your day job involves clicking a mouse all day), my legs haven’t lost any strength (or gained), but then they were always strong before going to gym.
I’m still enjoying going immensely, even tho most people who I started going with have dropped out for one reason or another, and I’m getting close to being the oldest geezer in the building most weeks…. anyways… waffling, I wanted to say…
Whenever I go, I might not appear to do alot, but I’m fairly content that I’ve tried pretty much everything, and that what I haven’t tried is because I know I’m not ready for it yet. Handstands on parallel bars feel good, getting the rotation for double b-twists off the tramp are feeling great too, double fronts are in control, even tho they aren’t landed (or attempted) anywhere other than the pit, but speed isn’t the issue here remember. Double backs I want to try next. What else? front handsprings are great, as are front full twists. The most noteable thing from last night, was after careful (slo-mo) analysis of my b-twists, I can see that my technique is wrong, I leave my head watching the ground until I’m at my highest point, whilst my body rotates, then whip my head round quickly like a
peroet piroette perroette ballet dancer spin. This is baaad. I also realised that I don’t rotate back around to my feet correctly after the spin.
Um, I’ll explain. A regular b-kick (yes ‘kick) is launched kinda sideways from the direction of travel, then the body floats sideways, and then landed with the legs ahead of the body and us facing the opposite direction of travel from how we began (and to keep on rotating if possible) .. so for the btwist, the body momentum should be exactly the same, except with a body twist in the middle. My bad technique was born from throwing loads of twists into the pit, concentrating on getting a decent tight spin, and worrying about the landing later. The result is me spinning well but sideways and not rotating back on myself enough to stand up properly. I know this because people always comment on how well I get height and spin well, just after I’m picking myself up off the floor. Not good.
Sooo… now I no where I suck. I can figure it out. And thats what I enjoy most, figuring out where I’m going wrong and fixing it. Its no fun for me if someone just outright gives me the solution ;)
Umm… I think that will do for now, I’ve gotta start thinking about work now – laters.