Jasper Roberts - Blog

Thursday, May 29, 2014

2014-05-29 One of My Favorite Motivational Sayings...

An old karate instructor from many years ago once said that a single drop of water can move an entire mountain, as long as that drop hits the mountain enough times.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014-05-27 Making Gains When You're "Old"

I'm living proof that you can get stronger and develop more movement control with zero injuries and great joint health after 40 years old than you ever did in your 20's. The key is slow, consistent progressions and extremely focused training. If you're trying to max out your cardio with wind-sprints and simultaneously go for weighted pull-ups you will fail. You'll improve for sure but you will be limiting yourself unless you're independently wealthy and have no responsibilities in life other than eating, sleeping, and training.
If you are over 40, have a fulltime job, a wife, a child....it's a different universe my friend and you have to find the extremely small slots of time to make your own. Nobody else will do that for you. I workout two or three hours a week and STILL make some pretty amazing gains. Consider that against spending ten hours a week in the gym.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

2014-05-24 Time Out to Stay Cool and Refreshed

Today it's all about a refreshing hot weather drink from childhood known as the Ohio State Fair Lemon Shake. I'll show you how to make one...a real one.

First fill a large tumbler about two thirds full with crushed ice.

Then cut a lemon in half...

And squeeze it taking out the juice. Put all the lemon juice in the cup with ice.

Leave one half of the squeezed lemon in the cup, discard the other half.

Add one and a half heaping tablespoons of regular old sugar.

Fill the cup the rest if the way with cold water. Leave about a half an inch to an inch of space at the top if the cup.

Place a lid or pop on another cup and shake this mother for about twenty seconds like your gonna lose your mind.

The result is a mildly sweet, very lemony, frothy cup of goodness.  Thins the blood and keeps you cool. It's the real deal- this ain't "lemonade" son.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

2014-05-21 Bonus Video Post....

This is one of my main exercises these days- L-Sit chin-ups. On my warm-ups I'll typically do ten pull-ups just to get in the groove. Today on my warm-ups I rocketed up so high and fast that I smashed my head into the ceiling light. That was a first.

2014-05-21 Fight For It!

One tip I've been employing more and more is the concept of "fighting for it" when it comes to balancing- hand balancing (handstands) mainly, but also things like standing on one foot for practice while brushing teeth, or simply trying to get one shoe at a time on without hands while I hold my toddler son in my arms.
It's a powerful tool and it's very easy to let go as soon as the unbalancing starts to happen. Try it for yourself- stand on one foot and force yourself gently into imbalance, and then fight to keep it. But try both ways- first don't give much effort to regain, and then the next time give your all (really give your all like your life depended on it) to regain. It's amazing how much we can recover. This skill trains the brain and nervous system to recover from imbalance rather than taking the easy route and letting go.

Monday, May 19, 2014

2014-05-19 True Handstand Work

Try this and report back to me on how easy or how hard it was for you:

Kick up into a handstand against a wall, but land with only your butt touching the wall (Do not touch your legs or feet to the wall at any time). Hold that.

Different from your normal stuff, huh? That's just the beginning.

Friday, May 16, 2014

2014-05-16 The Hard Work Continues

Talk to the people in the know, the professionals (and the good ones are often hard to find) and you'll hear a truth that you have to find a teacher to make it to the difficult places. You'll never find an average guy who woke up one morning and was an expert in some athletic endeavor. Talented perhaps, but not definitely operating at the top of the field right away. It takes time, practice,  knowledge, and wisdom.
Convict conditioning is a great base and a safe and solid approach to safely and consistently gaining strength through bodyweight training. In order to start mastering the cool "tricks" however, the things that separate the truly skilled bodyweight masters form the average strong dudes, you will be well suited to seek out people who have already established a method. The Cirque-du Soleil performers may very well be gifted, but you can be damn well certain that they have been trained by the best in the world in methods that have been well tested and refined over years. It's a pretty small group of people too.
Perhaps nobody cares about being able to do a planche, a one arm chin-up, a 'real' muscle-up, or a perfect freestanding handstand but I see these as truly mastering your own body in movement application. Plenty of "jacked" guys walking around, but not many of those guys can do those things I just mentioned. Strength can be tamed and refined to detailed control. That's mastery.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2014-05-07 Play Day

Some days you just need to do something different. I'm tired- the baby has been teething and he had a cold which means he's up at night, which means I'm up at night. Work, traffic, blah blah blah.

I got downstairs with my workout log and started in....forget it. I'm there now so I need to do SOMETHING, just not interested in doing my normal thing today. Besides, soon I will be changing it up a bit after I meet with my trainer.

So, here are some tidbits I did today.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

2014-05-06 Back on The Bike

What a great day to get outside on the motorcycle. I've got a training session setup for next week- looking to do more advanced Handstand progressions, one-arm chinup work, and some other stuff.
Consistency is the key.