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  1. You can get in touch with relevant organisations, there are different ways to support them. How do you do wall leg raises exactly?
  2. Thanks Wednesday => REST Thursday => HSPU training in deload mode (challenge log) + Emmet's split training (bent leg pissing dog + weighted active side splits)
  3. So deload workout, as per the plan I skipped the circuit part and only I did the test set (still failing), 4 sets of iso, 3 30s crows and some HS to crow practice (I have been been to pull one off every so often but today was definitely not the day!). Feeling a bit meh, hoping grinding it will eventually get me somewhere ah /* Phase 1 - Level 1 - Week 02 */ 1: Eccentrics 10sx4 - 3 sets /* partial front loaded on the floor */ 2: Eccentrics 10sx5 - 3 sets /* partial front loaded on the floor */ /* Phase 1 - Level 1 - Week 03 */ 1: Eccentrics 10sx5 10sx4 10sx5 10sx5 /* partial front loaded on the floor, a few reps at 8-9s */ 2: Eccentrics 10sx5 10sx5 10sx5 10sx4 /* partial front loaded on the floor */ /* Phase 1 - Level 1 - Week 04 */ 0: TEST: front loaded head to floor x5 FAIL (0) 1: Iso 10sx5 - 3 sets /* partial front loaded on the floor */ 2: Iso 10sx5 - 4 sets /* partial front loaded on the floor */ /* Phase 1 - Level 1 - Week 05 */ 0: TEST: front loaded head to floor x5 FAIL (0) 1: Iso 10sx5 - 4 sets /* partial front loaded on the floor */ 2: Iso 10sx5 - 4 sets /* partial front loaded on the floor */ /* Phase 1 - Level 1 - Week 06 - DELOAD */ 0: TEST: front loaded head to floor x5 FAIL (0) 1: Iso 10sx5 - 4 sets /* partial front loaded on the floor, a few reps at 8-9s */
  4. @mu

    Run Raptron Run

    ha ha ha!! brilliant! ❤️ LOLZ Totally makes sense to me
  5. Tuesday => press to HS session As this week is deload-ish, I stripped my warm-up to the strict minimum, removed blocks and flags training, and it was nice. I might actually keep that format for press to HS during the week. More is not always better, and I can't do everything... I hit a new PR on tuck head in from wall entry, I managed ~25s from a wall entry: straight head in entry from the wall 20s hold => free standing head in transition 5s hold (10s) /done tuck head in entry from the wall 10s hold => tuck head in entry from the wall 20s hold => free standing tuck head in transition 5s hold pike head in entry from the wall 10s hold => pike head in entry from the wall 20s hold => pike free standing head in transition 10s hold /done After that I worked on the transition but it's difficult to get, more than pike where the weight of my legs is kinda helping with reaching a fuller shoulder flexion. I haven't found the key yet to unlock that transition in tuck. Then I had some light bulb moment with negatives. L-sit I'm still touching the floor. To stalder, on my first attempt I bent my legs and touched the floor. Watching the video, I realised that the only reason my feet were touching was because I was bending... so next attempt, I kept my legs as straight as I could and it worked! Not fully controlled but I landed it! It's just a brain thing really because I CAN keep my legs straight. I suspect something similar in L-sit but I moved on to press. Which also felt good. A tiny puppy started coming up at about 6-7 cm and I fixed it. Then I was tired and stopped there. Ha nope I tried to do hanging leg raises with my new ankle weights (3kgs each) and I barely made it to a L-sit (could not hold it). Stopping momentum when coming down was also a bit hard I just did 3 and couldn't be harassed to challenge myself further. It's deload week! Here is a video log with tuck head in and negatives:
  6. ha ha awesome! that's a great motivator We also had a very low key wedding. Sometime afterwards we had a few pictures taken at Golestan's palace in traditional Kajar attire. We did not mean to make those wedding pictures as such but everybody think they are And I'm the one holding the sabre on those, which puzzled the photographer a lot because it's not how it supposed to be but I'm an Assassin dammit Enjoy!
  7. Monday => flexibility (hips, shoulders, back) interspersed with HS (entries + leg movement, pike head in) In pike HS, I managed a transition to head in and held 10s straight head in entry from the wall 20s hold => free standing head in transition 5s hold (10s) /done tuck head in entry from the wall 10s hold => tuck head in entry from the wall 20s hold pike head in entry from the wall 10s hold => pike head in entry from the wall 20s hold => pike free standing head in transition 10s hold /done I jumped over the 20s from wall entry progression. I will still need to practice for time on that one because my shape is a bit so so, I need to get use to it / build stability. So I'm "done" for that particular tick box (getting a workable transition) but of course nothing is really ever "done" I'm left with getting it in tuck as well and then I can start working towards "Sasha classic" (a head-in sequence from HS factory).
  8. Friday => rest Saturday => I slept a lot, I was just too tired to do anything, so I skipped press to HS Sunday => HSPU training (challenge log) I will take next week a bit easy to give myself time to recover physically / mentally.
  9. No it's just a tip on how to screw hands into the floor to engage the shoulders. Super tired today but I made it. /* Phase 1 - Level 1 - Week 02 */ 1: Eccentrics 10sx4 - 3 sets /* partial front loaded on the floor */ 2: Eccentrics 10sx5 - 3 sets /* partial front loaded on the floor */ /* Phase 1 - Level 1 - Week 03 */ 1: Eccentrics 10sx5 10sx4 10sx5 10sx5 /* partial front loaded on the floor, a few reps at 8-9s */ 2: Eccentrics 10sx5 10sx5 10sx5 10sx4 /* partial front loaded on the floor */ /* Phase 1 - Level 1 - Week 04 */ 0: TEST: front loaded head to floor x5 FAIL (0) 1: Iso 10sx5 - 3 sets /* partial front loaded on the floor */ 2: Iso 10sx5 - 4 sets /* partial front loaded on the floor */ /* Phase 1 - Level 1 - Week 05 */ 0: TEST: front loaded head to floor x5 FAIL (0) 1: Iso 10sx5 - 4 sets /* partial front loaded on the floor */ 2: Iso 10sx5 - 4 sets /* partial front loaded on the floor */ Now I will do another week of iso in deload mode as per the plan. I can do 2-3 weeks, done 2 but given how far the floor is it won't hurt to do another round in deload mode. Then after that, if I still can't pass the original test (which I'm pretty sure I won't), the test will be lowered to partial front loaded reps x5. Those I know I can do but it feels a bit funny to have a detour and still not really get it, you know.... I'm super tired mentally and physically so looking forward to a lighter week.
  10. @mu

    KB Girl rebuilds

    Interesting, I tried hard to find something that would qualify as a clash from a cultural perspective but I couldn't find anything really. I asked E. as well. And nothing came out really. The things that could be the usual source of clashes like religion, traditions, families and so on, are not. I'm genuinely open on the things that are important to him and vice versa. We don't have to make any hard compromise. Good match I guess, but it doesn't mean we don't have arguments, we do, but they are not arguments about "your culture vs mine". Keeping in mind we don't have kids, sometimes it may trigger stronger "cultural" (and individual) clashes for couples. Now I have been in other mixed relationships before and I'm not sure any of the fails were due to culture/religion as such. I heard the culture argument a couple of times (mostly about gender roles) and I went away. I'm not sure there is a point when that sort of argument comes up so early in a relationship. And I'm not sure it's even truly "cultural" as such because you can find ugly spiders / deal breakers in all cultures really and yet it can still work between individuals. Sometimes it's just an excuse, it closes up the debate pretty much, while not having to assert too strongly that's the way you like it too as an individual. But it's an important warning... Families can be a pain too from accounts I heard... I think it helped that both our families were respectful of humanity in its diversity as a common ground although completely different in other aspects. Sometimes even within the same culture, in-laws can be a PITA I think the main difference is that there is a shit load of extra admin work (we are married under both laws, and if we were not married it would be even more complicated). So society makes it a bit more complicated.
  11. That is stressful but that might be the trigger you were possibly in need of? Awesome heads! Love the variety as well
  12. Hiya guys! I have gone a little bit rogue the past few months (hidden battle log in the wilderness). But I'm back in the fold of Alamut to prep for HSPUs. I got Garage Gym Girl's HSPU programme and started the first phase, which is a lot of grind... And I will need all the support I can get! I haven't done a lot of serious bent arm training in a while and lost some strength there. On top of not being that strong in bent arms anyway. So this challenge will be focused on that! I will keep the other stuff I do (mostly flexibility, press to HS, head-in work, some pull work) in my battle log. Goals / evaluation I will train for HSPU twice a week, and report on slow eccentrics progress because they are the most telling indicators of progress. My first test was on a partial front loaded inverted press (pike press feet on the floor, arms at a 90 degree angle hitting a yoga block with my head): 11 seconds as my rep max on a slow eccentric (max to reach is 15s). Slow eccentric record for my last workout: partial front loaded inverted press => 9sx 3 - 3 sets (there are more exercises obviously, including volume on a lower progression but I'll just focus on eccentrics as indicators) The next goal is to hit a full front loaded inverted press: pike press feet on the floor, arms at a 90 degree angle, hitting the floor with my head directly. It will take a while... So far I'm enjoying the programme! I struggled a lot with form on pike presses when I was doing them with P2 a year ago and probably wasted quite a bit of energy training the wrong way. Here the shape is very clearly explained with all the does and don'ts. I'm not using parallettes this time, at least as long as there is no HS balancing involved. I will focus on gaining RAAOWWW strength It's tough though, the first phase is at least 6 weeks and I expect to have to go through a little isometrics detour... Wish me luck!
  13. I'm a 40yo Assassin who came looking for new ventures on NF about 2 years ago. I've gone through a fair amount of challenges and I am now looking for a different pace to get on with my usual goals. Time for a Battle Log! So what are my usual goals? Persian I spent the last 4 years of my life very close to the infamous Assassin's castle Alamut, and I want to keep up with my Persian. My spoken Persian is holding well as I speak it with my other half, but my spelling is quite poor. My mother tongue is French and I don't always spell the different types of aa and rrr correctly (because French doesn't know those subtleties). The way to go is therefore to read MOAR and on a regular basis. I have kinda been failing at that the past 2 weeks erm... Hand balancing These days my main focus is on honing my press to HS. I get it, sometimes, but very inconsistently and it's not always very pretty either. The second focus is to make my HS foundation as solid as I can (consistency, endurance, starting to get some kind of shape and transitions vocabulary). I train primarily on parallettes but I'm starting to integrate exercises on blocks and/or my hands. Why did I not start with the obvious, i.e. on my hands? Well because I love parallettes and many body weight progressions were impossible for me to do from the floor. I went through GMB P1 and P2. I covered about 3/4 of P2 until raw strength became quite limiting (I could not press to HS from bent arms). This is why I moved onto straight arm press to HS. I did Garage Gym Girl's programme and managed my first press to HS in September or so (after about 6 months of training). All this to explain that I still have a bit of “must complete P2” thread hanging about in my brain. It's not high priority but I still try to include some bent arm work in my training (elbow levers, crows, HSPU progressions). Aerial In September I started going to 2 circus classes, one is cross-disciplinary (acrobatics, juggling, handstands...) and mostly for fun and discovery. The second one is aerial, which I used to do before I moved next to Alamut (where they don't have aerial studios really). I have a home rig that allowed me to maintain some level of conditioning but of course I have lost some. So here is to starting again. I'm mostly into rope and silks. And I like to do aerial with a ball, why keep it simple when you can make it super complicated This thread will be about progressing on aerial skills with that ball again, including throws and rolls. And that's it for now. I have other interests that might pop up every so often: drawing, DIY attempts (I recently started a giant tree for our cat), poetry, science-fiction and I have some moderate druid tendencies (spirituality / gardening). My daily job is tech wizardry. (Like every wizard throwing spells for a living, I have my up and down days).