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To some the above image looks reminiscent of a soviet torture pod. To others, a blissful option for switching off that one struggles to find elsewhere in life’s busy-ness.
I had returned to the ever fantastic Koan Float in Amsterdam for my third float tank session of 2016, this time, booking myself in for a 90 minute mega sesh.
I arrived at the centre donning the optics of the X-Men’s Cyclops, so saturated with the Dam’s delights I was really not quite sure how to operate the door to get in. My always so very polite receptionist gently smiled, asking ever so softly “Have you been to the shentre before?” as to not disturb a lady also sat in the waiting area, reading her paper. I replied to her compassionate ask with a subtle, eyes-closed nod, partly to maintain the atmosphere and partly because I had temporarily lost my ability to speak.
I was SUPER impressed with the fights on the latest UFC on FOX 22 card this past weekend.
In the prelims, the Scottish beast that is Paul Craig, making his UFC debut against an undefeated Brazilian, Luis Henrique da Silva in their light heavyweight clash. Craig is a tank of human and tapped out Silva with a mint armbar that had me shouting at my screen all things No Gi!
I first came across Emmet’s work on Youtube via his videos on the illusive topic of Loaded Progressive Stretching a couple of years ago and since then have seen various other clips on his approach to gymnastic movements, progressions and protocols etc.
Since starting my own service of providing mobility assessments and programming to clients, I wanted to continue my personal learning around the realms of mobility, flexibility and all things stretchy. Partly for myself and partly for my clientele.
Cue Emmet’s Facebook advert; Modern Methods of Mobility Seminar in London.
His ad caught my eye for two reasons; the cover photo of a partner stretch which looked pretty intense, and his name attached to it. Immediately I was interested but price would be the deciding factor for me. How much a seminar costs will usually turn on my bullshit detector, as I know when someone is milking it in this industry. I was pleasantly surprised with Emmet’s Early Bird pricing option of €300 for 12-14 hours of instruction, split over two days. (Note; if someone is charging over £400 for a weekend seminar in the UK, on subjects relating to physical training, ask yourself seriously if it is worth it and what you are really going to learn in those two days.)
Briefly carrying on the theme of life’s interventions…
I’d finished work and had an hour until the scheduled time of Weightlifting club started. I felt energised and knew if I went to sit down and rest, my feet would elevate, my relaxation phase would kick in, and it would be over. Day 4 of the programme brought about a lesson in readiness;
If you’re ready early and ahead of schedule, don’t wait, GO!
Last week I harped on about my training and the tapering process I was undergoing for my first weightlifting comp, held at Locker 27 last weekend. The whole day was a wicked event and my tapering plan had worked, as I hit two new PB’s in both the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk.
However, that doesn’t mean the perceived demons of failure were absent and the challenge of channeling one’s nerves, yet again, becoming one of the prime prerequisites for outdoing yourself…
My first weightlifting competition is tomorrow and I’ve decided to compete wearing a Spiderman costume. Everyone seems to have all the gear, all the lycra, all their packages showing. I thought I’d chime in with my own addition…
Nothing like psyching out the opponent with a bit of superhero madness.
Preparation is well under way this week for my first weightlifting competition. With just ten days notice, and thirteen weeks of lifting experience, I have been invited to enter the ‘London University Series 2‘ beginner weightlifting comp, held at no other than my local human performance lab, Locker 27.
Here’s how I’m training this week to ensure I lift the most amount of metal on the day …
In October 2014 I landed my first T.V. advert as a stunt-double for moustached Mr. Reed, the notorious lead character for jobs board megalith, Reed.co.uk.
January 2015 saw the commercial go live, so now that I’m legally allowed to make some noise about the event, I thought I’d let you in on what it’s really like to backflip over people, in a suit, for cash…
This will make you laugh.
Earlier this week I received a call from a BBC 1 producer regarding slacklining.
These calls come in every so often, usually; you’re lying in bed with company or driving at high speeds, or even parking yourself on the toilet. Due to the distractive nature of your task whilst taking the call, miscommunication is a given.