September Slackline Workshops @ Boulder Brighton

septemberslacklineBBIt’s been a super busy summer – catch me at the tail end of our seasonal fun in the sun, this weekend at Boulder Brighton Climbing Centre’s Climbing Festival teaching 30 minute slacklining workshops, all abilities welcome!

 

 

Combining Gymnastics with Weightlifting – The Weekly Programme | The Cloudfoot Diaries #51

turtlesSo here it is; the ninja-athleticism blueprint experiment. A combo of gymnastics and weightlifting, for someone who wants to maintain a social life, part-time job and sanity.

Note: this is a self-experiment, aimed towards me, programmed towards achieving my own goals and open to many a changes. 

I have based this programming on the idea that I need to do weightlifting 3 times a week in order to: progress with the skill, increase my weights and not stagnate. And similarly with the gymnastic-related goals, at least twice a week is needed in order to make gains and not fall behind.

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New Video for LIFT PERFORMANCE APPAREL Portraits feat. Harry Cloudfoot | Episode 1

At least 3 months of hard work, multiple site visits across the UK, and dropping a lot of verbiage in an intimate, #vanlife interview, led to this inspirational piece of footage.
Episode 1 of LIFT’s ‘Portraits’ series takes an in-depth look into why LIFT’s athletes do what they do. You can check the episode below.
Read on and find out more about how we created the video and why I’m so stoked with my involvement with LIFT.

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Birthday in the Sky : White Spider Climbing Centre | The Cloudfoot Diaries #40

The Cloudfoot antics continue, from wearing a microphone walking over a crowd with cold sweats and man flu, to being the master of ceremonies for the SEND indoor bouldering competition at White Spider Climbing Centre’s 2nd Birthday Party.

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SlackLondon 2014 is a MASSIVE SUCCESS

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Amazing what can be achieved of 3 hours sleep. Turns out Clapham Common is quite the war zone at 2.30 in the morning. With 4 police cars, 6 coppers and some lacerated, drunk sapiens using my van as a landmark, it was far from the ideal resting conditions I had hoped for my night before SlackLondon 2014.

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Humbled through Humiliation | The Cloudfoot Diaries #38

Turning another year older this week leads me further towards my Socratean conclusion that I know nothing. Nothing, and that being humiliated in public is a stinging, humbling experience.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to put on some slackline demos for a crowd of punters at Somersault Festival in Devonshire, UK. A fortuitous turn of events meant I could rig a waterline right in one of the busiest parts of the festival. At a price.

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SlackLondon 2014 | Free Slackline Festival | Registration now open

For those of you in London this August looking to get some slackline action under your belt, look no further than SlackLondon – a free family festival of balance for all interests and abilities.

“The UK’s largest slackline festival returns for its fourth year. On the 16th of August from noon to eight the now iconic Clapham Common rigging spot will once again be hosting this truly unique gathering.”

Click here to Register for your Free SlackLondon 2014 tickets
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A Busy Weekend Teaching the Art of Balance | The Cloudfoot Diaries #35

The 9th Boulder Brighton open slackline workshop was a great success this weekend, bringing in a whole range of new slackliners to the event to come and learn some new skills.

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Look Strong. Feel Weak. Photoshoot @ Locker 27 | The Cloudfoot Diaries #26

Let me dispel a myth for you. ALL those dudes you see on the covers of magazines, giving it the one two with their abacus abdominals, veins popping out like Rambo on a milk-run, are WEAK AS SHIT at the time of their shoots. They look strong, though, right?

If they’ve been following the unwritten, photo shoot protocol correctly, they will be almost completely depleted of glycogen. That means you get cold sweats, have jelly legs and go through pain when pumping the muscles pre-capture time. But hey, you looked ripped as shit, so why does it matter? Well, it matters because 90% of the retards that purchase publications like Men’s Health actually believe they will look something like the cover model, eventually. Except the cover model is probably juiced to the rafters on steroids, and has been captured on camera in a state that is not maintainable, long term.

All those guys have to cut before a shoot, that’s just the way it is. It’s a fascinating process, and I recommend you try it out and see the crazy results for yourself, but don’t confuse the results with long term effects; they are merely results of short-term manipulation on the top of years of training.

The fitness models you see advertising the protein supplements are usually bodybuilders, and personally I don’t think it’s all that hard to build an amazing looking body. Not nearly as difficult as building a strong, functional, balanced body. My training focuses on the later, the aesthetics are just an awesome bonus. But the illusion of visuals means you can’t actually tell how jacked or strong someone is just by looking at their muscular development.

For those of you who followed my early diaries, you would have read about the brutalities of water loading for this shoot, such as bloating and constipation. I averaged between 5 and 7 litres of water consumption a day.
It takes its toll on the body and I found it much harder than say for example, eating as much as I could each meal for a bulking result.

What I found interesting about this shoot is that I could only perform movements and holds that I had completely dialled. Because I felt so weak, there was no room for trying anything new. I knew I had about 45 minutes in the tank before I was going to pass out from depletion exhaustion, so that meant sticking everything I knew I could stick, within 5 attempts. The hardest thing to nail out of all the photos was the Shaolin Squat on the slackline, picture 5 below. That took more than 5 goes, and if you think someone who is cutting weight is grumpy, try someone who has cut weight and then can’t achieve what they’re aiming for.

Big thanks to Jack Daly for taking all the photos, and to Locker 27 for accommodating the shoot.

Highline under Full Moon | The Cloudfoot Diaries #17

This weekend was spent deep in a pocket of woodland so remote, the closest beings around were galloping beasts, the pine-lined paths of the forest lit only by the full moon.
This Sunday Funday saw a rig and send of another fat treeline, sitting way larger than our efforts last weekend.
Here’s a little video showcasing our escapades, including; tying the leash to my ankle, testing the rig with whippers and crushing balls in harnesses whilst hanging upside down…

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