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  1. Thank you @Kit_L, I didn't mean to disregard your help and advice! I will bring it up with Rob the next time we talk for sure And I agree with you about the incentive and dedication to train hard that comes from paying for the opportunity. It is a lesson I have learned quite well from another teacher of mine!
  2. I discovered my coach because I was wondering who was bringing great workshops to my city (Tom Weksler last fall; Yuri Marmenstein this month. I've enlisted his help in bringing some guy named Emmet to Toronto in September too). You can see him walking the walk on his IG page here: https://www.instagram.com/robtorius/ He is a registered lurker on the forums and a fan of your work. I pointed him to this topic so hopefully he starts posting and contributing; I think he would be a valuable contributor :-) My programming for right now contains only straight leg hamstring exercises - daily single leg folding limbering, plenty of daily pancake limbering, and 4x week four position front split sequence exercises, hand supported front split contractions, and dedicated pancake work. They are all done with a straight leg. I also do jefferson curls after all my back bending work to prevent the back from spasming after work sets. I am familiar with your views on bent-leg versus straight-leg hamstring exercises, so am curious to see how dedicated straight leg hamstring training will go for me. Calf work is 1-2x day 3 position 90s step stretch (as per Emmet's H2T routine) The program flies a little in the face of some further recommendations you have and goes against how I have practiced in the past, but I am fully committed to following the programming as it is written. I sought out and paid for the knowledge and experience of someone I believe in, and am quite excited to see where it leads me in a few months also - had a really nice coffee while taking a shower today. highly recommended, but don't dilute it with splash water
  3. I also trained pancake, bridge and front splits for 3.5 hours yesterday; that's increasing my suffering too today! New program is great, feels like a greatest hits of all the flexibility training sources I respect - ST, Kurz, MMM, FRC, etc. What I was missing in my own training until now was: 1. making the time and putting sufficient energy into training 2. having an objective view of my biggest restrictions and then actually dealing with them 3. knowing how to structure everything into a weekly program - which techniques when, frequency, intensity etc I am going to do a week of training before logging anything further. Best to acclimate to physical training again and get a few sessions under my belt first! I believe I picked an auspicious time of year to start training more aggressively. The season of wood is coming up; the Liver will be at its peak, and it governs the tendons and flexibility. Yang is rising in the Northern hemisphere, as well as in my body. If only there were a really good book on seasonal attunement coming out soon........... I am also beginning a formal Nei Gong-Da Xuan Family Qi Gong hybrid **special package** course next week.
  4. Oh yeah; that's why I named the file bridge made of LUMBAR.jpg I probably would have hurt myself taking that photo if I hadn't learn the cue to contract glutes before pushing up from the backbend series! I did my first training session yesterday after meeting with my coach on Sunday to go over the programming and learn form and cues for all exercises. There is daily work on mobilizing and 'connecting with' my thoracic vertebrae, as well as thoracic-targeted isometric and loaded work during the bridge part of the gym sessions which is excellent for my body. I was trying to channel my inner ARC into all these exercises; body was shaking as my brain was trying to figure out exactly where each T vert is and how to articulate them individually, as well as in coordinated waves/circles. The DOMS is quite real this morning!! @Kit_L Thank you - I am quite familiar with those two exercises! Funny enough I have never committed to dedicated training of my calves and hamstrings even though I was always aware of how tight they were/are. Whenever I actually got around to stretching them, my ego would become uncomfortable with how restricted and tight they were and convince me working on them was a waste of time and beneath me That is why i hired someone I trust to coach me. I need someone to give my ego a beatdown and tell it like it is, hone in on my weaknesses and get me improving!
  5. jordan

    Luke's Log

    Have you been training?
  6. Yep, thank you for the observation. My calves are very much the limiting factor in my posterior chain mobility; most of the tightness is located posterior the kneecap.
  7. Also, while doing Floor Pec Stretch limber, I felt my entire Lung meridian channel light up. Placing my observation on LU9 (at the wrist) then 'observing' my way up and down the channel - using my book learning from school - caused it to to actually activate, with the exact same sensations as when I connect the points by needling them all at once. Feeling was lost after exiting the stretch. I think the various sensations created an overload (I have neglected stretching this line for far too long; it's quite tight) that made it get lost in the static.
  8. Today I did about 40 min of light limbering to take initial pictures for requested positions of: Full Squat, Front Splits, Straddle, Bridge. Limbered with: HF floor lunge w quad, SLDP, elephant, adv P, bent leg ham, passive bend over baby whale, floor pec, floor cat, wide elephant, skandasana+cossack transitions, door lat, sumo squat Haven't done that much stretching at once in a very long time. My body feels quite grateful right now. Here is where I'm at...
  9. Thanks for the reply; I was just wondering what sort of intention or qualities you were injecting into your walking
  10. Correct, my friend. Once I am more confident with this skill I am going to buy a new pair of shoes to look fresh for spring ...and also to track how I am directing my weight when I step. I wear shoes at all times when I am outdoors, so it will tell the truth about my body's gait habits. Ideally, the sole should only wear at the ball (around Yongquan), rather than at the sole (usually presents itself on the medial or lateral side depending on the individual's dysfunction).
  11. A new practice I have begun is 'conscious walking.' Very recently I discovered that this skill (for lack of a better word) was already in me although I had not actively trained for it. Now that I am aware of it I plan to continue it as a daily practice before reporting on my log - or possibly a new topic on the forums! - about my thoughts and results. I walk to school (35 min one way) so at the very least I am doing an hour of conscious walking where I am making sure my chong mai is correctly aligned, I am properly transferring my weight, stepping forward horizontally rather than completing a series of forward falls, etc. I am feeling new muscles engaging, like that part of the glute the PW SL DL exercise is meant to target that @Dave filmed for his daily YT vlog project, and i think it may have foot awakening and strengthening benefits too. I owe this new skill to a combination of ZZ (y'all saw that one coming), taiji quan (am really enjoying this daily practice finally, feeling my body linking and the cudi frequencies coming), plus reading about it a ton in serge's to be released books Being properly centered - which I believe to be a foundational aspect of conscious walking - when I stand has actually really helped center myself emotionally (it's not just a metaphor, after all). It's also a fantastic type of 'alarm' for self-remembering. I catch myself very frequently projecting into the past or future while standing with my weight primarily on my heels, which is quite unbalanced. I think this habit is also responsible for how TIGHT my calves have always been; the posture affects my entire posterior chain and I am looking forward to seeing how my mobility and @oliviaa style 'suppleness' changes there.
  12. not sure i just saw them in a MOVEMENT CULTURE vid so bought a pair right away thanks!
  13. Neat. What do you mean by slow walking?
  14. Hello all, I have spent the last year training solely in 'soft' skills, leaving me with a soft body. Time to fix that. I have enlisted the help of a great coach who, lucky for me, lives in my city - instagram.com/robtorius/ - for programming and a monthly in person session, to help me make some actual progress on my mobility work, and to get some strength training back into my life. Being a full time student, part time worker, Da Xuan practitioner, and full time Telegram sh*t poster has made it difficult to find the time-energy within myself to train my body. I no longer want to be like so many other internet forum posters, full of knowledge but nothing to show for it! Primary goals are legs apart (pancake and progressions towards half lotus) and 'un-fetaling'/anterior chain mobility (bridging and correcting chair and technology posture), though pike, hips squared FS, SS will also make an appearance in the programming. I was also gifted a new pair of bouldering shoes, so I will be climbing 3x a week before the 'hard' mobility sessions as the primary means of working upper body strength. Once I receive my programming I will take pictures of current body composition (imagine a wire coat hanger on a 30 day juice fast) and flexibility levels, to be able to show a comparison a few months down the road. This log will primarily serve as a record for progress in the above practices, any interesting observations in my practice, any cool experiments that come out of applying acupuncture/eastern bodywork/other TCM knowledge to mobility or physical practice stuff,and other self-indulgent posts about myself. Da Xuan practice is still the primary element (even above TCM school, sorry profs) in my life, but I shan't post about that too much here. Feel free to ask me any TCM related questions too; I'll do my best to answer Also, would like to take this opportunity to thank Kit, Liv and everyone else here for the world class material and advice they provide in such an accessible and encouraging manner. Cheers!
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