Jasper Roberts - Blog

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2013-11-25 Your Ass is Weak

I'm not using slang here, I'm saying that its likely your actual ass is weak, your glutes I mean.Ive been fighting right hip discomfort for several weeks now. I also have neck pain sometimes, perhaps mild whiplash in combination with stress and baby duties. Then there's the ankle tightness from the nasty sprain last year...
The hip thing is the not the most painful but the most frustrating (neck on some mornings was so painful I had to wince and wanted to not get out of bed), because I do lost of squatting which is supposed to be good for you. I roll around on the floor and stretch, etc. However after talking to a chiropractor and doing some additional research I'm reminded of the uncomfortable possible truth of the words of one of my instructors (Pilates) who said "most guys have strong quads but really weak glutes".
So I'm attacking this issue. After all, who cares about being strong if you're in pain all the time? I'm not there yet and I'd like to keep it that way, so I am doing several things. Of course, since I'm doing them I recommend them to you my readers.

Squats are good but there are holes in this work. Even pistol squats are great but you need more. Get those hips mobilized! One leg hip bridges, focusing on the glute activation. don't cheat yourself and use your back muscles- they're already strong. Side plank bridges- lie down on your side, post up on an elbow, and slowly bridge your hips into the air (abductor work). You'll feel it mainly on the outer side of your thighs. This gets into the hip. I'm also trying to work every conceivable stretch of the ankle and hip complex.

Keep working and stretching.

I'm also taking the entire week off from normal calisthenics to let the body heal up. Happy Thanksgiving. Remember to take time to be thankful you even have a body to move with. Always, always, always keep in mind that there are so many people out there with unimaginably more difficult and terrible lives than yours. It's good for maintaining humility and compassion.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

2013-11-20 More Tools For Approaching the 1-Arm Pullup

I made my way through the CC pullup steps slowly until I got to half-one arm pullups...WALL. I tried archer pullups and stuff and got frustrated and bored. So I began weighted chin-ups. I spent a good, long time on those and same thing eventually, hit a plateau. So I needed more tools.
Now I'm back to (mainly) unweighted stuff, but utilizing isometric holds into the one-arm chinup work. L-sits while doing uneven pullups, assisted pullup work again, finding a way. Also some weighted chins with static holds (see video). One thing is new with this approach- I'm able to pull WAY higher than I could ever do before, even when I was doing sets of 70lb weighted chin-ups. This is due, I'm convinced, to the isometric holds being incorporated into the chinup work.

Friday, November 15, 2013

2013-11-15 Move Along Nothing to See here...

My method is too slow and takes too long for most. And that's ok. It works, and reduces injury rates to virtually zero. Come back and visit when I'm doing one arm pull-ups and freestanding handstand pushups.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

2013-11-06 Everything is Ridiculous

Sometimes my wife says something pretty damn funny. The other day I was commenting that our garage (because we had so many cardboard boxes and laundry, and other miscellaneous stuff to put away) was "ridiculous". Without missing a beat she said "Everything is ridiculous", prompting a belly laugh from me.
Work is ridiculous, and much in the world is now too. I will be posting less frequently because the global corporate monster has snatched additional time from the little that I have left. I am also forced to modify my workout routine, so I am transitioning most likely to three days a week, shorter sessions, and with a shortened warm-up session. I will have to very carefully scrutinize my training to keep progressing.

Side Note: people talk about getting enough rest but often don't know what they're talking about. Allow me to say that if you workout two days in a row you may have problems. Consider having a rest day in between workout days. Yes, I know this limits the number of days you can train. Just try it out and see for yourself. Works wonders for me.