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2 hours ago, WhiteGhost said:

SO MANY WINS!!!

 

1 hour ago, lucky fire dragon said:

All the WINS indeed! You're on a roll now, hey :D So awesome to read all that :) 

 

Thanks guys! There's definitely room for improvement, but it feels really good to make active positive choices every day, even if I fail at some things.

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Today was another good day and I’m thoroughly enjoying it while it lasts! 

 

The Pixies put me in a great mood all day, and this song made me want to do pole again so much. I feel like it could make a fun, not so serious exotic style routine. Just wish I had the skills!

 

 

Climbing is getting better and better, I tried a few blue problems today for the first time (roughly 6B) and even did two of them! Though honestly I was most excited about this pretty hard 6A where I couldn’t do the intended beta at all but thought it was pretty easy with my alternative semi ridiculous flexy beta where I skipped two of the footholds and two handholds. :D

 

Positive actions

Meditated

Updated and emailed CV (The guy that I had the interview it asked me to send it but it all sounded like a cop out tbh. But whatever.)

Vacuumed and did laundry

Went for a walk to see the sun and the snow! <3

Went to a coffee shop and didn’t get a treat just because, the coffee was enough

Climbed

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Squeeee my new happy joints/flexy program is here!

 

Basically it boils down to this

  • Hip rotation is very sad
  • Side butt is very sad
  • Lats are sad (climbing is the lat killer)
  • Shoulders are happy
  • Pancake is happy
  • Pike is happy

Though I do wonder if my good scores on some of the active/passive flexibility tests are not misleading. I haven't been stretching for such a long time that I feel uncomfortable going deep into a passive stretch, but I feel like with a good warm up and say using the floor instead of my hands I could probably push it a lot further passively, i.e. increase my active/passive gap. So I'm curious whether the gap will stay small or if it will in fact increase as I get used to stretching!

 

I haven't checked out what each drill does exactly yet, but I'll put down my program for the curious anyway. If you're not familiar with Jen's work this will probably not mean anything to you. :lol:

 

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Hip extension (More or less, I think there's stuff missing here because of a bug)

  • Active release TFL
  • Superband mobilization: Lunge
  • Pigeon rotations
  • Miniband ballet
  • Lunge hip flexors

Pike

  • Active release hamstrings
  • Windshield wipers (not the abs exercise!)
  • Reverse thighmaster
  • Superband mobilization: Glute/posterior capsule mobilization
  • Sitting piked leg lifts
  • Supine hamstring stretch
  • Piked block taps
  • Standing hamstring stretch
  • Split dead lift
  • Split hold
  • Supine/piked hip circles

Straddle

  • Peanut adductors
  • Peanut glutes
  • Pancake external/internal rotation
  • Pancake block taps
  • Pancake stretch
  • Supine middle split side butt squeezes
  • Half frog
  • Child's pose middle split lift
  • Supine middle split stretch
  • Fire hydrants

Shoulders and upper back

  • Peanut/active release lats
  • Child's pose genies
  • Lat stretch
  • Tucked shoulder lifts at wall
  • Peanut forearms
  • Median nerve glides walls
  • Median nerve tensioners (I'm not 100% sure I need the median nerve work as the difference was very subtle, but it also felt like it can't hurt to do some work in that position)
  • Block band presses
  • Shoulder stretch
  • The slow clap
  • One arm shoulder stretch
  • Pec peanut
  • Thoracic peanut
  • Rotation serious
  • Superband rotation
  • Floor taps
  • Neck extensions
  • Peanut block wall stretch/butt drops
  • Baby back ups
  • Lunge plus wall tap
  • Quad bird dog leg lifts/kicks
  • Peanut forearms - hmmm, looks like another bug to me!
  • Eccentric wrist ups
  • Elevated bridge

Based on the number of exercises I think I'll do pike + straddle one day and hip extension and shoulders/upper back the next because otherwise it will take waaay too long. But it looks good!

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Woaaa! Exciting! I recognize a bunch, but it looks like there are quite a few new little buggers as well :D


This is a very long list! I assume sets/reps follow her usual count? It is your weekly load right? I'm feeling a little overwhelmed just reading it :P
Do you have to do it in 2 sessions absolutely or is it possible to spread it out in a bunch of big sessions + smaller ones if needed (is the flexy programme flexible :lol:) ?
Odd question maybe but why do you need to do so many pike / straddle drills if they are happy? is that the maintenance/improvement load? As opposed to say shoulders/back needing more work? That last big list looks even more loaded than her traditional programmes.

 

Is the Facebook group already active? I think that's one of the perks. For instance, I still don't get the TFL active release. I'm probably doing it wrong.

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I think the rep/set count must be significantly reduced as the follow along videos are mostly 1-2 minutes long per exercise which is not super long. There has been very little info about how to actually use the program though! Like how often, or how to split them up, or if you're supposed to repeat the videos...

For the pike/straddle part of it is to fix the lack of internal/external rotation and part of is it to improve, while keeping the active/passive gap small.

The shoulder and back group is huge! I almost wonder if there's a bug there too. :P There seems to be loads of exercises for lats specifically though, I think my tight lats have increased the length of my program by quite some amount.

 

I'm in *some* FB group, but I'm not 100% how it will work with the paid groups and if it's going to stay the same. I've got to say that from what I've seen the content and videos are great, but man is the information and execution lacking!

 

 

For example I completed all my tests but for one of them it wouldn't accept my zero values, except that it did anyway and screwed up the programming as a result. Now they've been trying to fix it first by resetting my profile, then by creating a new account and now I can partially log in. It looks like I'm logged in but I don't have access to any of the things anymore. :hopelessness: Hopefully they'll fix it by tomorrow but honestly the whole thing reeks of amateurs taking on more than they can chew... They don't even have basic things in place, like storing the assessment data. On the plus side, they're extremely fast at replying to email and I do think that the program itself will be awesome, if hard. ;)

 

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12 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

I think the rep/set count must be significantly reduced as the follow along videos are mostly 1-2 minutes long per exercise which is not super long.

 

Ha ok. It might also be easier to commit to because the current plan is time-constrained, then you re-assess, exercises change etc. I really like this self-assessment thing.

 

14 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

it wouldn't accept my zero values, except that it did anyway and screwed up the programming as a result

 

:hopelessness: seriously

 

A bit sad for her because she sounds like a very serious and diligent person. Maybe she got a friendly cheap offer, that sort of thing. But it will surely smooth out after a few rounds.

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It sounds like you had an awesome winning week! I don't like peaty whisky at all (thought it's my husband's favorite) but I will try it with chocolate next time, that sounds great. And I love your mindset change at work, sounds like it will help  and you'll get some new skills!

 

So many cool drills! I hope the glitches get sorted out soon! It's good that they are at least responsive and aware of the issues, instead of shutting down any communication/not looking for solutions.

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On 1/19/2019 at 6:46 PM, Mad Hatter said:

 

 

Thanks guys! There's definitely room for improvement, but it feels really good to make active positive choices every day, even if I fail at some things.

 

there is always room for improvement, that doesn't mean you should forget that you are awesome!!!!

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20 hours ago, @mu said:

Ha ok. It might also be easier to commit to because the current plan is time-constrained, then you re-assess, exercises change etc. I really like this self-assessment thing.

  

:hopelessness: seriously

  

A bit sad for her because she sounds like a very serious and diligent person. Maybe she got a friendly cheap offer, that sort of thing. But it will surely smooth out after a few rounds.

The self assessment is brilliant. And quite enlightening. I knew I had some deficiencies, but I didn't realise just how very much I'm compensating through my pelvis and lower back in just about everything that I do! 

 

Yeaaah... And it only just got up after having been completely down for 6 hours or so... Looking at it now, my profile has still not been reset as it was supposed to but mysteriously my program is completely different now anyway...

 

It probably was something like that. But as a software developer it's really, really hard to watch. :P And I wish that instead of launching two days before the new launch date, they'd spend time testing it instead!

 

44 minutes ago, Suzaqu said:

It sounds like you had an awesome winning week! I don't like peaty whisky at all (thought it's my husband's favorite) but I will try it with chocolate next time, that sounds great. And I love your mindset change at work, sounds like it will help  and you'll get some new skills!

 

So many cool drills! I hope the glitches get sorted out soon! It's good that they are at least responsive and aware of the issues, instead of shutting down any communication/not looking for solutions.

It's not for everyone, but I do really like it!

 

I do have to say that they've been great from a communication point of view. I think they just shot themselves in the foot by rushing it instead of taking time to beta test it.

 

27 minutes ago, Norgaard said:

there is always room for improvement, that doesn't mean you should forget that you are awesome!!!!

Aww thanks dude! Right now things are generally good, but I feel like my posts are disproportionately all sunshine and daises because I'm choosing to focus only on the positive aspects. So it was just a little reminder that not everything is perfect. :)

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Super relaxed day. Read a little, then went out for a long walk as it was another gloriously sunny day! My skin did not appreciate the cold though, it was only -10C but with a very slight wind and that seemed to have caused a mild reaction. When I got home I played around with a React tutorial and chilled. 

 

Oh and at some point I did mini parkour at home! :D And when I say mini I really mean it. My, ahem, "line" consisted of two yoga blocks that I did various jumps between haha. :lol: I actually found it quite tricky when I flipped them to the "middle setting" where they're slightly unstable and will slip if you push off too hard. Silly but surprisingly fun!

 

Also came across this clip of my acro teacher where he does one of the silly warm up exercises we did last class! If you want to do some IG creeping you can get a pretty good impression of the kind of movements he likes and his influences for the morning acro class. Seeing as I don't have the words for it. :P 

 

 

Positive actions

  • Meditated
  • Mini parkour
  • Long walk
  • Coded
  • Handstands

Current stats

  • Eat 5/7 (?)
  • Sleep 1/5
  • Move 5 or 6/7
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Haha as a software engineer I feel your frustration at them tying themselves in knots with the flexy site! The same happened when I got a group together for the 2016 Urban Ninja... I had to QA-report 2-3 bugs on their site that were preventing me from making the purchase...

 

Anyway, you were looking for a job, you could maybe take over their dev team :p

 

On 1/17/2019 at 1:36 PM, zenLara said:

We used to play this game too. Here it is called "pollito inglés" (little english chicken), the hell if I know what chickens have to do with this. Our sentence was "una, dos y tres, pollito inglés a la pared" (one, two, three, little english chicken to the wall) :D 

 

Maybe this is a game that exists everywhere - for us it was "What's the Time Mr Wolf?" where the people creeping up would keep asking that question... and each time the wolf would answer e.g. 3 o'clock and turn round to check no-one was moving. Occasionally the answer would be "DINNERTIME!!!!" and they'd chase the rest of us for the wolf's food.

 

In retrospect, not sure why no-one just sprinted to the wolf in the 2 seconds it took everyone to inquire about the time...! Maybe that's why no-one above the age of 7 played it.

 

 

Really cool to see all the parkour fun you're having! :D I was really into it as a teenager (on the screwgravity forums all the time) but didn't really have any opportunity to practise, except for once when I went to Warwick University campus with a couple of friends and got kicked out by security because they thought we were base jumping hahah. We were doing wall runs on some single-storey building. Base jumping is when you parachute off buildings and try not to die too frequently.

 

Excited also for your hip hop class. Maybe I'll pick up some style vicariously from you? Even an awkward dorkface style would be better than my current offering. It's why I like salsa  / bachata / merengue - you can fall back onto a drop-down menu of moves at any point you're not feeling so creative.

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5 hours ago, SymphonicDan said:

Maybe this is a game that exists everywhere - for us it was "What's the Time Mr Wolf?" where the people creeping up would keep asking that question... and each time the wolf would answer e.g. 3 o'clock and turn round to check no-one was moving. Occasionally the answer would be "DINNERTIME!!!!" and they'd chase the rest of us for the wolf's food.

We did this one, too, but different rules than red light/green light.

 

Whatever time it was, was the amount of steps you were allowed to take. If you got to the wolf by tapping them on the shoulder, you would win, but if the wolf called 'Midnight" they would turn around and chase you, obviously, with those who were about to win being the closest to the wolf and farthest from the safe zone, and so most likely to get caught. Those who got caught were 'out' and everyone else started again at a new (closer) line until either everyone was out or someone tapped the wolf.

 

Slower than red light/green light with the added bonus of focusing on counting for pre-school/kindergarten-aged children.

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Woo new flexy program, even if it's buggy! And I am HONORED to be credited with helping the mindset shift at work - hopefully that comes across strongly even over the internet. :D But just remember, you ultimately did the hard stuff and put yourself out there to take on something new and cool!

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13 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

you can get a pretty good impression of the kind of movements he likes

Nice tap dance moves! :D:D:D 

 

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Definitely stalking your acro teacher :D

 

On 1/17/2019 at 10:45 PM, Tobbe said:

Saw a YouTube clip this morning that made me think of you for some reason. Not that you're doing gymnastics, but you're doing all kind of other awesome body control activities :) 

 

 

 

I like how she has serious legs/booty. 

 

On 1/19/2019 at 6:49 PM, Mad Hatter said:

Today was another good day and I’m thoroughly enjoying it while it lasts! 

 

Climbing is getting better and better, I tried a few blue problems today for the first time (roughly 6B) and even did two of them! Though honestly I was most excited about this pretty hard 6A where I couldn’t do the intended beta at all but thought it was pretty easy with my alternative semi ridiculous flexy beta where I skipped two of the footholds and two handholds.

Awesome :) Glad it's coming back properly now AND you get to use your flexy. 

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Will get back to you, but for now a quickie update because I'm knackered! It's been a very long day.

 

Positive actions

  • Meditated
  • Survived a bad case of the Mondays
  • Parkour!
  • Didn't bail on parkour after a long ass day and -18C outside.

Current stats

  • Eat 1/7
  • Sleep 1/5
  • Move 1/7

 

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On 1/20/2019 at 10:29 PM, SymphonicDan said:

Haha as a software engineer I feel your frustration at them tying themselves in knots with the flexy site! The same happened when I got a group together for the 2016 Urban Ninja... I had to QA-report 2-3 bugs on their site that were preventing me from making the purchase...

  

Anyway, you were looking for a job, you could maybe take over their dev team :p

Cringe.

 

Haha nope. I'm sure they are lovely people but I like my colleagues to be competent. 

 

On 1/20/2019 at 10:29 PM, SymphonicDan said:

Really cool to see all the parkour fun you're having! :D I was really into it as a teenager (on the screwgravity forums all the time) but didn't really have any opportunity to practise, except for once when I went to Warwick University campus with a couple of friends and got kicked out by security because they thought we were base jumping hahah. We were doing wall runs on some single-storey building. Base jumping is when you parachute off buildings and try not to die too frequently.

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On 1/20/2019 at 10:29 PM, SymphonicDan said:

Excited also for your hip hop class. Maybe I'll pick up some style vicariously from you? Even an awkward dorkface style would be better than my current offering. It's why I like salsa  / bachata / merengue - you can fall back onto a drop-down menu of moves at any point you're not feeling so creative.

Most of the dancing I've done before is lindy hop which is so different! All you have to do is hang on and occasionally add a little flourish when feeling fancy. :P It's so different when you're suddenly on your own.

 

On 1/21/2019 at 5:16 AM, Mike Wazowski said:

Woo new flexy program, even if it's buggy! And I am HONORED to be credited with helping the mindset shift at work - hopefully that comes across strongly even over the internet. :D But just remember, you ultimately did the hard stuff and put yourself out there to take on something new and cool!

Cheers!

 

On 1/21/2019 at 11:09 AM, zenLara said:

Nice tap dance moves! :D:D:D 

He makes it look so easy and graceful! Awkward comes to mind again when I did it. :P

 

20 hours ago, KB Girl said:

Definitely stalking your acro teacher :D

 

I like how she has serious legs/booty. 

 

Awesome :) Glad it's coming back properly now AND you get to use your flexy. 

He's pretty cool! 

 

Meeee toooo.

 

Yeah! But to be fair, I went climbing with someone that has zero flexibility so everything I do seems bendy in comparison haha.

 

19 minutes ago, WhiteGhost said:

Seems we traded weather, today was above zero for us

It hasn't been very cold until now, but *that* balmy weather I haven't seen in a very long time!

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So parkour class yesterday was of course good times! :) Even though I was crazy tired after a very, very long day. We had people over at the office and I was in a lot of meetings and finished late and didn't eat enough throughout the day and bleh. It was ok though, just felt super sluggish in class and even the thought of running and jumping was daunting. But we did some warm ups, (lots of quadrupedal running around) then the main class focused on how to get up on top of things.

 

First we climbed statically on to the rail, and I honestly thought it'd be much easier than it was! I only managed to get up once this way without cheating. Then the next step was to jump to get on top of objects, with the feet to the side of the hands and in between the hands. I did ok on a narrow ledge but on the rail it got so much scarier, even on a much lower rail. Weird. Then the next thing was to get on top of boxes and rails by swinging the legs. This felt impossible. I get the movement in theory but in practice it was like huh??

 

After that we practiced two different lines with the new moves and the moves from last week and as a finisher we did a bunch of cat hangs for shoulder conditioning. All in all a fun class despite the blerghs.

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And I just realised that it's 2.30 pm AND I FORGOT ABOUT MY COFFEE! :sorrow:It's been sitting on the counter for hours. WHAT EVEN???

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Man that parkour class sounds like so much fun :3 I really like how structured it sounds. And especially good on you for going even after a bleh day. Hopefully it helped lift your spirits a bit!

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55 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

And I just realised that it's 2.30 pm AND I FORGOT ABOUT MY COFFEE! :sorrow:It's been sitting on the counter for hours. WHAT EVEN???

Parkour gets you high enough now :D

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2 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

And I just realised that it's 2.30 pm AND I FORGOT ABOUT MY COFFEE! :sorrow:It's been sitting on the counter for hours. WHAT EVEN???

HOW ARE YOU ALIVE??? Does not compute.

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3 hours ago, Mad Hatter said:

Then the next thing was to get on top of boxes and rails by swinging the legs. This felt impossible. I get the movement in theory but in practice it was like huh??

Is this the one where you swing the leg backwards away from the wall to drive you upwards?  If so, it also makes sense to me in theory but completely eludes me in practice

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