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  1. Machete

    Hip Strength/mobility for Kicking

    Yeah, most times it's hard to find if it's overactive, weak, or compensating, so the general blanket statement "stretch more" used a lot is a bit useless. In general, stretch the hips, ankles, and t spine, as those are the most common chronically shortened ones. But, again with the hamstrings as the example, a lot of people seem to think they have tight hamstrings. When they lie down in a stable position however they have no problem going to 90 degrees. It could be a stability problem, where the hamstrings tense up while standing because they can't fin'd balance. Or it could be tight hips tilting the pelvis forward and pre-stretching the hamstrings to begin with.
  2. Machete

    The Legend of the Mad Monk

    Totally got nothing done. I'll try again today. Missed deadlifts as well. Apparently multiple sets of squats kill me. We work our asses off so our pets can live the dream. I was surviving on PB&J and protein shakes for months while they ate premium grain-free lamb kibble. Oh yeah, my biggest box during our last move was by far the kitchen; and it got even bigger, despite the fact that yes, I do have a favorite pan, and the others are rarely used.Three blenders, because what if I want a smoothie with a specific consistency not available to the other two?
  3. Maybe? I've never trusted that thing. Even the ones that go back and forward. Max is a damn mutant. And I think he retired at like 27. This was the one I was thinking, and I'd never recommend it unless under the watchful eye of an experienced and knowledgeable coach. Those are bad-ass, but eventually someone is going to tell you to stop doing it at a commercial gym, because everything is apparently a liability.
  4. Bit of a tough one to start from the ground.
  5. Machete

    The Legend of the Mad Monk

    That's pretty much what I did. I haven't even unpacked some of the stuff I brought here 2 years ago. We're definitely due for a downsizing. But I haven't really looked through, so I'll have to do it at our new place. Haha I think the self-pity that permits me to stay in bed past 10 is what throws it off. And the dogs. They're so warm and fluffy. I'm working on digitizing my training journals, but keeping the backups of course. The others, eh. Yeah, the delivery is supposed to come today, so things should be looking up. Got the boxes packed yesterday. I'm just aiming for one box today to empty my closet. If I do that, maybe I'll pack up my bookshelf. Got some jiu-jitsu in, but I woke up a bit late so I wasn't able to eat. Ended up having a few handfuls of kettle-cooked chips in the Walmart parking lot after (and by "a few handfuls" it apparently meant the whole bag).
  6. Machete

    Hip Strength/mobility for Kicking

    You could do straddle pulses as well. The static stretch allows you to release the overactive muscles, but you have to use that ROM otherwise the stretch is for really nothing. These address specific problem areas though, more as supplementary exercises. At some point you'll want to get yourself into the position that you want to be in and practice being there. Let's say you're training for a stationary high side kick hold. First you could work yourself up to having the requisite flexibility and balance to get into said position against a wall. Then once you're comfortable, you can start pulsing higher from there. Then holding. Alternatively you could tie your leg to a band or pulley system that assists in getting your leg up to that position, then gradually decreasing the assistance until you can get there on your own; afterward you could add resistance if you so choose. There are lots of ways to get you there, but ultimately what you want to do is get your brain to learn how to get into the positions you want.
  7. Machete

    Hip Strength/mobility for Kicking

    If you have the passive flexibility to touch the ground with your knees straight I'd imagine it's a lack of control in the flexed hip position. Most times these are issues of motor control; we can stretch all we want, but if we don't actively use that range of motion we don't really have it. (Think earning potential vs. actual income.) The majority of people do not actually actively flex their hips beyond 90 degrees, and that's why the L-sit position, even without support, is seen as such a big deal. Personally I have a huge difference in my active and passive hip flexion ROM, so I don't really pre-stretch before doing my end-range ROM work. I usually work in like 3-5 sets of seated pike pulses or Straddle L-sits, concentrating on being able to endure the cramps better. A more advanced method is PAILS and RAILS from FRC, which I am totally not qualified to speak about, but I've heard great things.
  8. Sounds like MovNat. (Funny thing @Sloth the Enduring this is one I haven't been able to attend, and the first time they're teaching one in my area is when I'm in crippling debt. Haha)
  9. Machete

    The Legend of the Mad Monk

    Yeah, that should be fully taken care of by next week, which is a huge weight off our backs. Putting it that way, literally having an entire household to pack, I don't know how people do it. I've procrastinated on throwing away stuff too, probably because it keeps being rewarded. Some friends seem to have no attachment to anything they own, and they can just pick up and move whenever they want. I have mail from like 20 years ago. But when hurricane season comes, "Oh, you say you need 6 flashlights, 2 wool blankets, 100 feet of paracord, jumper cables, a tow rope, and MREs? Well you're in luck, because... DAMMIT, WHO MOVED MY STUFF [from the middle of the living room] AGAIN?" Anyway, target today is to pack up two big boxes or random stuff and papers. No idea what is important in it, I just need to get it out of here. That should free up some living room space. Good thing is I was able to get my lifts and IG posts in Monday and Yesterday. Bad thing is the VA sent my prescriptions a week late, and I'm going to have to go through this week as a bumbling idiot. Sleep schedule is fucked. I had a night of like 13 hours and another of intermittent 1-hour intervals. Thanks, Obama.
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    The Legend of the Mad Monk

    Super stressful year. Lease ended, so I have to move again, which I despise, but looks like this will be long-term. Diet has been shieeet because of this. For now F the diet, I'll just put in some bare minimums for the rest of the month of 2 BJJ sessions. I'm trying to follow the RAT 6 2-lifts 3-days-a-week progression just to get some barbell volume back in, but I'm not expecting much. What I should totally do is periodize my packing and cleaning, segmenting the entire apartment so I can tackle one area at a time. Master Bedroom (closets; journals; nightstand; mattress and frame; curtains; carpet cleaning) Master Bathroom (cupboard of random stuff; curtains; deep cleaning; rack repairs) Office Living Room (boxes; rower; books; bookshelf; table; couches; TV stand; TV; walls; patio sliding door; outside cleaning) Kitchen Garage (all the stuff; sweep) Bedroom Bathroom I'll be further elaborating on the things that will need to be done in each area. I have like 10 days.
  11. I'm closing in on 4 years in the forum now, having done my NF Introduction back right before leaving The North. I've finally been able to catch-up on updating my original training log, Third World Warrior: The Eight-Year Training Log (after some technical difficulties deleting like 2 years of logs) and I'll be using the Daily Battle Logs to both track my training and consolidate my challenges. I have been all over the place most of my life, hence many challenges with Rangers, but my issue is that I feed my training ADD and just ride the tides, making hay when the sun's out. Because of this I've gained proficiency in many things, but I'm having trouble tracking if I'm actually getting better in any of them. Hence, a long-term log. I've always been a fan of public training logs (for myself). I was never worried about how my competition was training, I was always focused on what I was doing. However because of this I tend to buy my own BS. A long term training log tracks progress, and allows others to call me out whenever I'm becoming too full of myself. (Perhaps having an Epic Quest might be of use as well, to keep the goal the goal.) I've always been very stubborn and secretive, even to my coaches. This can also cover training while I use 4-week challenges to work on life.