Coalton Trail

After the seasonal bug from Hades ran through our house for a couple of weeks, this was my return to above ground on Saturday:

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The mountain bikers saw one of four of us hiking this foothill trail, my circuit being an hour and twenty minutes.

Went off trail to see where adjoining ranchers left horse hoof prints along the fence lines, and rusty barrels for target practice.

When our house had “gone viral” my training was solely slow muscle movement training, static hold muscle training, and range-of-motion.

“Park Core” on Swings (affordable, accessible, at your own risk)

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Hip and Leg Shimmy with Core Muscle Slack: Feet in adjacent swing  seats, pull together as hip adduction, try to simulate walking, crossing, etc. Experiment safely, slowly, gradually. DON’T EVEN DO THIS UNLESS YOU ACCEPT the risk of FALLING OFF and getting HURT or KILLED. Holding onto the chains helps.

Superman Pretense to get Laughs from your Kid Exercise. DON’T DO THIS unless YOU ARE willing to fall and suffer the consequences of injury or death. Cheers!

Rowing Pull-ups Using Swing

Rowing Pull-ups Using Swing: Start out standing, slide under, grasp seat evenly, heels are point of contact with ground, torso is aligned with head, try avoid excessive arching (draw-in tummy to help), and execute rowing pullups. WARNING: DON’T DO THESE UNLESS CLEARED BY YOUR PHYSICIAN, AND YOU UNDERTAKE RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH. Yay.

The Solar Savings Angle to Training in the Park: With as little natural Vitamin D as people get, as many taxes paid, it seems only right to be able to use one’s park for personal self-training so long as you take responsibility for yourself, the risks, and making sure you are using common sense, going slow, and testing yourself at your level of growth. Besides, economics sometimes make gyms and clubs too expensive, too logistically tedious, and yet again, more indoors activity.

Other Safety Tips: Make sure park rules don’t prohibit what you’re doing, and that the fixtures are stout enough to handle you. Some parks have weight limits. Some equipment is rusty. Don’t do this stuff over concrete, or thinly covered concrete or hard dirt. Find a park with soft ground under  your swings. If you’re an adult, give kids first dibs on the park. If they’re using it, use a nearby field for calisthenics, sprints, i.e. whatever else you are cleared to handle by your doctors and physical configuration.

Static Hold Exercises

These static hold exercises aren’t totally isometric, although they have isometric phases during hold counts. Dynamic muscle movement gets the athlete into position and back out.

These are exercises to hold a position. They are core and primary muscle training exercises. Yoga practitioners hold poses and gymnasts hold positions to demonstrate strength.

The gymnast approach holds a posture or position for longer and longer periods to build strength in a hold position. Stabilizers kick in. Securely fixed bars, floors, benches, rails and walls can be used for various exercises in this category so long as the athlete takes care and uses common sense, including permitted use of property.

Consider the following basic gymnastic exercise options to round out preparation for your sport and fitness approach. Get qualified person to person advice, spotting and tips if you’re not confident in your conditioning level and or in imitating form you see pros or Olympians perform. Study form, move slowly, and develop excellent form on any exercises you undertake.