How I beat Back Pain with Pilates: Week 13

Monday

Ordered a foam roller online, arrived today. Had great fun rolling out the knots in my legs and upper lats. Going to be using it every other day and expecting to see great results!

Also been going down the park to do chin-ups and pull-ups again – partly to get my lats firing up, and partly to play around with exercises I’m putting together for a highlining training program.

Doing the pull-ups at the park, I’ve realised how not-strong I am in my upper back! Crazy! My chin-ups are ok – my biceps are still quite strong and I can manage a set of 10 reps of close-hand chins. But pull-ups are another matter. Wide-grip pull-ups and I’ve only got about 3 reps in me. Not good! So I will add my documentation of park workouts to here.

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How I beat Back Pain with Pilates: Week 12

Wednesday

No class for me today, as four days ago I endured a rather ugly sprain to my right LCL in my knee. I was wheelchair-bound and on crutches for the first day, just crutches on the second, hobbling on the third and now today, I’m walking around slowly with less of a limp.

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How I beat Back Pain with Pilates: Week 11

Monday 

Can finally handstand again! The left wrist is feeling much better. My handstands feel stronger already. Went for a slackline session on Sunday, the first in many weeks now that my ribs have healed as well. Was surprised to find how much easier the Chongo mount is now I have been working on my flexibility at home. Positive stuff!

The “Chongo” Mount

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HOW TO DEFEAT FEAR IN ONE STEP

Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle. The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons. The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?” Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.” Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?” Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.” In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear.

Pema Chodron

Original source: How to defeat fear.

How I beat Back Pain with Pilates: Week 10

Had a back-pain-relief-revelation this week that I must share with you! But first – many professional athletes suffer from back pain. How do they deal with it?

My revelation came the other night, when I decided to try something different as I went to bed. Quite simply, I placed a pillow under my hips. I sleep on my front, and usually wake up with a nice, dull ache in the morning, due to over-extension in my lower back. Imagine sleeping in a semi-cobra stretch position – it’s bound to ache! But after trying the pillow out for just one night, I was really surprised to find that I had next to zero aching the following morning.

Correct pillow placement for stomach sleepers

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Self-Experiment | “BarStarrz: Increase your Pull-Ups” | REVIEWED | Get MAD Results in 6 Weeks!

When I asked the BarStarzz if I could send them this set of results from my latest self-experiment, they replied with this:
“We would love to see it, thank you for doing a review. Bust the myth of not working out the same muscle two days in a row”
And that’s what I’ll do: Bust the myth.
This post reveals the MAD results I obtained in just 6 weeks of calisthenic training.
No flashy equipment. No money to spend. Nothing but results to strive for.
Read on to see how I increased my Pull-Ups by an average of 132% and built a chest from the side effects…

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LATERALLY THINKING | THE SLACKER’S GUIDE TO RELAXATION

LATERALLY THINKING is a series of articles designed to explore how the lessons we learn on a slackline can be translated into lessons for everyday life.

This article explores the art of Relaxation. By the end of the post, you will have some techniques to relax on the slackline; how you do it on the line carries forth to how you do it in daily life. Relaxation is a skill and can be applied to any waking moment…

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How I beat Back Pain with Pilates: Week 9

No classes this week as it was Christmas 2011/2012.

Aged 57 and 82 – Wow!

Update

  • Tried to do my homework at least 5 times a week; all in all, my discipline was good! Vast quantities of food and alcohol meant I really had to dig deep some days.
  • Added ‘side-kick series’ to my homework – really fires up my piriformis and ITB muscles, which means that they’re tight and I’m not engaging my glutes enough.
  • Teasers are looking much stronger, and I was surprised to look in the mirror the other day and find a fat set of ABS on me! Result!

FIRST TIME ON A HIGHLINE | VIDEO

The Frenchies are at it again! Pierre Chaffour and some of the Slack.Fr crew got together at Cirque de Sordidon, in the infamous Verdon Gorge to rig some epic lines and have some fun!
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