Closing a Training Cycle and Some Tags

I am about a week from ending my current training cycle. For fun, and also to give my nervous system a break from the last several months of high intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.), I crafted, along with some substantial help from gymnastics coach Christopher Sommer, a plan to work on some basic gymnastic hand-balancing along with a hanging pull — Coach Sommer’s recommendation. I have done a little hand balance work in yoga: Crow Pose, Crane Pose, Peacock, et cetera. But nothing specifically pulled from the gymnastics realm. My (eventual) goal is a straddle planche. Why? Just because, that’s why… 🙂

Coach Sommer suggested that when doing hand balance work that it should be balanced out with a pull of some kind. I am starting out at the most basic level, doing Frog Stands (which are A LOT like a yoga Crow Pose) and its complement the Tuck Front Lever. I started with 6x10second holds of each working my way to singles of 60 seconds. (I am currently at 3×20 second holds right now).

In support of my hand balance/lever practice this is the strength work I am doing:

A-Day
Ring Pushups 5 x 5
Front Lever Rows Tuck 5 x 5
BW Split Squats 3×5 L, R
Pistols 3×5 L, R

B-Day
Headstand Pushups 5 x 5
Ring/PB Dips 5 x 5
Pull Ups – Wide Grip 5 x 5
Chin Ups 5 x 5

I occasionally throw in some short anaerobic energy systems work (EST) work — in the 5-10 minute range as a finisher, to support my jiu-jitsu play…
It’s pretty basic, no fancy bells or whistles, no spinning bosu ball flying crane single leg squats… Hopefully that doesn’t disappoint… 😉

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Closing some tags that I”ve been accumulating over the last few weeks:

Here are a couple of good training related articles:

Stronger Enough Part 1 by Jack Reape

Twenty Things That Piss Me Off About Commercial Gyms part 1

And here is some fantastic Muay Boran stuff from Tony Jaa:

Something I liked a lot:

Powerful Beyond Measure

And this is just some fun stuff:

Fuhrer’s Old School BJJ

The Dark Knight Meets Superman

The Dark Knight Meets Superman 2

Ciao for now!

Back At It

“Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify, simplify! … Simplicity of life and elevation of purpose.”
Henry David Thoreau (“Where I Lived and What I Lived For” Walden)

Finally, after some crazy, busy months, I’ve got my website back up and running. It still has some tweaks it needs and in the near future I am going to add a whole other page of testimonials I’ve received, but in the main it is in pretty good shape…

My training gig at Gold’s has taken off. I am averaging five clients a day (I’d like six or seven per day — we’ll see what happens). Along with that I have been consulting with several other clients on-line, trying my hand at on-line coaching… And as before, we’ll see how that goes — so far, so good…

In the last several months I have had my hand in a lot of small ventures: web site design, affiliate marketing, network marketing, website hosting, et cetera… Trying bring in a little extra scratch into the household… None of them has really “paid off” like I think they should have (or been told they would by various “authorities”). In fact I made more money off the affiliate sites from my own website than I have from all the external ones put together, by almost 100 percent. Figure that one out…

So, due to the outcome(s) of that experiment, I have decided to cut back my time and (other) investments into these business ventures and concentrate on the things that I am passionate about doing. In no particular order: training, art, writing, design, trading… And bring them back under one site, rather than trying to “keep up” with a bunch of smaller sites…

You’ll (maybe) notice that I have taken down my athletics page. I did so for the same reason. It was rightly pointed out that it was cumbersome and unwieldy to go to a whole other site just to see what I was doing, or researching training wise. It is a (big) part of my life, so why not put it together on the site where I express my life’s interests? Duh…

In other news…

I am also going to kill my Examiner.com column. For two reasons. One: they’ve made a bunch of new “rules” about what I can write about, and how it has to be written, that I think are silly and limiting to both the audience I want to engender as well as how the content is put forth. And two: it isn’t making me any money. So, like the shucked off websites I wrote about above, it is going by the way side. I am instead going to put together some kind of publication on the facts and fallacies of training and being a trainer and put it out through this website instead.

In other — training related — news I am going to start a civilian (not LEO or military) based self-defense class starting in early May. I already have five willing participants (see: victims :)) that are interested in taking it… I am putting the finishing touches on my class breakdown as we speak… And I am going to offer a second time slot for group training. My “boot camp” (hate that term) class at Gold’s has gotten great results (and comments from other members), so I thought I’d add another into the mix for folks that can’t meet at 11am M-W-F.

My books are still being reviewed by Damnation Books… I hope to have a (good) answer from them in the near future.

So, a pull back to the things that matter to me most, a sort of “getting back to the basics” as it were… And moving forward from this position of strength, and passion, rather than spreading myself thin across a multitude of options.

I hope you’ll follow along…

Stealing a line from Marc “Crafty Dog” Denny: “The adventure continues.”

Ciao for now!