One-Thousand Five

photoWeight resistance movements today….45 percent iron, 55 percent body weight.

I’m grateful for this training day, that it was sound, safe, and injury free, with lots of variety of movement during WRT.

May your training day be great paying off for you and yours, and service to others!

Emphasizing 1 Form Detail: Body Weight Squats or Deep Knee Bends

From the American Council on Exercise: Bodyweight Squat. An excerpt:

From the Lowered Position: Keep the knees aligned with the second toe and body weight evenly distributed between the balls and heels of both feet.

The emphasis is in bold. Using good squat form, to emphasize the instruction in bold, try flexing your arch such that your feet feel like they are touching the floor primarily on the balls and heels of your feet. By exaggerating the arch and using the four points of the balls and heels, I have noticed smoother knee action and better balance down and up. You may already do this, or, may have a different experience. Use it if it works to make knee action smoother.

Try this near a wall for touch support. It can even be effective within rigid shoes as the shoes act as the floor. You may have a shoe fit problem if you cannot arch your feet within your shoes without impingement or discomfort.

See how this feels. Any difference?

REMEMBER NOT TO DO ANYTHING YOU WOULD NOT DO BECAUSE OF MEDICAL ADVICE, LIMITATION, CONDITION OR INJURY.

Park It for Parental Fitness by Example

The calling of parenting children, two careers and a half on top of that, children’s engagements, pagers, extended family, the unexpected, viruses, peeing puppies, book deadlines, slow leaks, leaving something in the house, missing item X, reading, financial management, security, training by example…

Oh yeah. Training by example.

First things first. The right and innocent Mohicans. Their tribe comes first. Their needs at their level, on-time.

Can’t seem to train while wearing a funny hat and speaking Buzz Lightyear’s voice to a big headed doll that frankly looks like an alien car hop. Yes, I was told to do this, and I am not insubordinate, just as trained at the Space Ranger Academy.

So, all else crowded out, hitting the park on the way to here or there on Dr. Suess’s Zayt Highway Eight is where callouses wrap around steel, alloy, plastic and rubber; it’s where shoe soles step up on boulders, benches and stairs. Every conceivable way to move. That’s the cohering mission for me as I play at the park, following and or leading the tribe. It is up to me to fuse this into playing harder for more fun with the tribe. Occasionally lessons materialize as if in a hologram in the middle of it all.

I supervise, follow and stay totally aware. But while I do, I’m using the environment to training effect. When the day is over a baton is passed, I’ve a small window of un-fuzzy consciousness plus no luxury of drinking coffee late to write. Late coffee is for crunch and clinch deadlines only.

Parking-it is way-way underrated for parents’ fitness, and when I see some of my parenting peers or nannies at the park sitting, just sitting while their children play and play, I want to go up to them and say:

“Your sales tax paid for this. You can use it, just don’t break anything breakable.”

But my purpose when born was not to annoy people at parks, so I don’t say anything. Words are weak. If I just enjoy the park and train there while playing with my tribe, the example of another parent enjoying functional movement at the park is beyond enough.

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