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  1. Hi Kit/Olivia Please excuse the late reply. Thanks for the messages much appreciated. Yes, you are correct I did come back explaining why I can't. I do understand where you are coming from, it is just my belief about this system and i struggle to change it. I was after a very simple effective structured training. And that is all there is to it. I have failed too many things in the past with trial and error so simple structure does it for me (that is my current belief). That may change in the future who knows. One this is for certain, anything complex triggers over analysis for me and I need to step away from this kind of thinking in an attempt to change. I have tried meditation (cant quire remember how long, maybe 3-5 months) to help calm my mind, i could not notice any changes. I decided to go with Gravity Yoga simply because of its simplicity and follow along. The reason I did not go with the ABSS recommendation was because I already purchased Gravity Yoga before this suggestion was made and after trying the Master The Squat exercises. I am happy to try in future, i think series 2 and 3 would potentially be well suited for me as I have seen the trailers. Hope that helps with any unanswered questions. Jak
  2. I've just seen your response Kit. After I've just submitted mine. Thanks you so much for the information, now you making me feel bad! Let me get through this Gravity Yoga first. Jak x
  3. Hi Olivia/Oliviaa Apologies for offending you in any way shape or form. I assumed a forum is there to discuss things and one should not feel like they can't ask or respectfully question anything, or should not feel like they cannot express honesty, like I do now. I'm not interested in putting people down who have just been honest and there is certainly nothing wrong with my response regarding beginners. You deemed it 'sillly'. Its nothing but a genuine response Olivia. That is why I gave you examples of some things I can and cannot do. There are different levels to anything you do...example a beginner, intermediate or advanced calisthenics program with each having required skill that can be done. If you felt it was silly then I am sorry. It was your choice to provide this type of response (comparing an individual to a child) Happy to take this on the chin and smile.It's your forum and I suppose it's fine for you to write anything you want. That was your choice to do that. Thank you for the prior advice. Take care and best wishes. Kit- I may not have provided you a list, but I did give it a go. The only thing I'm going to say regarding structure is that if it was all as easy and assuming then why would Rik take the time to write such a lengthy post on HOW TO use the programs? I'm not going to write anything else regarding this. I will continue with gravity yoga I must see it through consistently at least. I need 4 weeks to see a small change/progression, which would mean everything to me once I see and feel this improvement. Thanks for the advice, I will come back to the forum soon if after an extended period of time I see no progress or feel no improvement - if you let children back in the forum that is 😉 🙂 It's just simply not for me right now whether you think that's nonsense or not. I've made the decision to see gravity yoga through for at least 4 weeks and let's see where I'm at. I've chosen to do this for now. I truly don't want to waste your time any longer. I mean that in a warm way because that's simply what is happening here. All the best Kit and I want you to know that I really do appreciate the information and help.
  4. Hi Adley Thank you for the message and kind words. Thanks for sharing your experience. Over 20 years in counseling is quite amazing! I agree with you with regards to men finding it difficult to accept themselves and especially be kind to themselves. I've struggled with it for years. I've sent you a personal message to thank you as you have taken considerable time to reply and share your experience. Thanks for the kind words, there's more than enough individuals trying to put ppl down, with a lack of any knowledge about what people go through, especially mentally. All the best bud
  5. Adley Thanks for the insights. I can see ST has helped you massively. It is also clear that you have some challenges with how to use the system, which helps a little knowing I am not alone in feeling this way. If i can ask, how have you developed the mindset of 'relaxing' into a stretch? No matter how much I try focus on the breath, it is very difficult to relax into something that is uncomfortable. Perhaps I am not giving it enough time. Rather, just like you did previously I am forcing it. What is your current routine now then if you son't mind me asking? How may days a week are you practising and how long per day? Much appreciated Jak
  6. Hi all Kit - Thanks for the advice and information, I do appreciate it. I am sorry again, please understand I still PREFER something in concrete, something planned. What you are saying is that i need to create the plan, and that is great, the issue is the list is far too long - I feel i need to do all of them if not MOST. They are all 'difficult'. I have already mentioned earlier on regarding times and sets to hold stretches for - the lack of this, this does not help me. I am not willing to wing it and just mess around and guess. Please understand kit that this massively triggers my analysis and overthinking. It is something I suffer with and have always struggled and has paralysed me before regarding taking any action. When i realise this is happening I have to change my approach which could mean look for another program that complies with what works for me with regards to preference. I cannot dedicate every single day to an hour and half of doing all the stretches in this series. This doesn't mean that I do not want it enough. I really think that it is definitely possible to achieve results in 15-20 mins of focussed stretching each day (and yes it is about the RESULTS - you can waste so much time on concentrating on the process and still not get a result - that is actually possible). I have been there. NOTE - I am not at all in anyway, shape or form undermining your work and products. It is clear you and Olivia are great. As i said, it just doesn't work for me, the very thought of going through it again with no idea how long to hold any stretches for and how may sets literally stresses me out, on top of all the variations. It is too easy to assume that exercise selection is simple. I don't know how else to explain it to you. At least with GST, there is a set routine with times, but unfortunately after hard effort nothing has paid off with the reasons you have mentioned. 'Please stop defeating yourself be thinking that it is all too difficult, or by saying to yourself that "I'm just too lost with it"' - The classic easier said than done i'm afraid. To put it simply I have a problem with overthinking and the MTS program makes it worse. It is possibly the first series i have come across with zero structure. Oliviaa - thanks for the input and alternative suggestion. How 'beginner' are we talking? Do you have a sample or anything? If anything, I want to improve my shoulder flexibility/mobility, hips being the biggest one and hamstrings. I cannot even sit in a cross legged position without knees being so high and back slightly rounded. I can touch my toes with straight legs. Hips is number one though....struggle with it all. Currently I am doing yoga to help overall at least twice a week, and have just started Gravity Yoga which i found recently. Each day focuses on a different group of muscles/joints. You hold a max of 3 -4 positions for a max of 5 minutes each. It is 15 mins a day. If you can only hold for 2 mins then that it is fine, you try and hold a little longer the next time. It is too early to give feedback on this yet, I must review after 4 weeks at least. It sounds easy but its definitely challenging. Thank you both
  7. Hi Kit I'm gonna stick with what I said earlier regarding structure. To from A to B I believe I need a plan. I cannot just do these stretches just 'winging it'. With no objective I will not improve. I've had a go and you have so many variations it's just too complex for me regarding how to to plan all this out. Everybody is different Kit regarding how they think. There's just to many stretches to fit in each day knowing which ones to select is impossible. I wanted simplicity and structure and something achievable even with just 15 mins a day. I can feel that all of the exercises are beneficial indeed. The challenge is I cannot cope will all the variations within each videos...its too much. I don't know which ones to pick on a daily basis. Simplicity is best for me and structure. I'm fairly frustrated at the moment, not with you guys, but myself and letting overwhelm kick in. I've just spent way over an hour and a half doing these stretches and just trying trying to figure out how on Earth to fit all this in. It's just like a big puzzle for me right now. You start with an exercise and multiple variations kick in which I don't know if I should or should not be doing. I may come back to this in the future, I'm determined to find something that suits me and my personality with clear structure so I can get in and get out. Thanks kindly for all your help and support and product. I'm just too lost with it
  8. Hey Kit. Thanks for the messages. I understood what you meant in the previous message to be fair. However thank you Olivia for the input. Your last comment there does confirm what I thought you meant. Makes sense and nothing to hide here...spot on for those that want it change doesn't happen fast enough. That is me. I will come back to you shortly. Thanks all Jak
  9. Thanks Kit and jaja. I'm just gonna have to stop overthinking. It's not easy! So when you let go of any thoughts about the process, what does that exactly mean? I'm putting in effort so I can gain results (with GB). When you don't see results it's pretty tough to take. Honestly I don't know if it's me being impatient thinking I'm not being impatient, the program or a mixture of both! Thanks for the support guys
  10. Hi all Hope all is well during these funny times. Firstly apologies if this has been covered in this forum. This is my first post I was hoping I could grab some advice regarding routine with master the squat. I have read this following a few times: However I'm just not good at understand how to program it all with my current schedule. What I don't understand is to form a structure with this series. Im currently with gymnastics bodies stretch series and no matter how much hard effort I am putting in, I just can't seem to get better. I then emailed Kit and Olivia early this year and Kit kindly replied to me. I purchased the master the squat a while back and haven't used it yet as I'm still hoping the stretch series can help me improve for gymnastics bodies. I think it's time I somehow implement master the squat somehow along side it Now I know Kit doesn't think sets and reps fits with stretching, but personally without structure I will fail with this. I don't understand how many times to hold the stretches and stuff. I fully get there's exercises to do once per week and daily. But how many 'sets' do I do this for. Eg 3 sets of 30 second holds? Really appreciate any advice as I cannot figure out how to structure it all. With GB it is a follow along with durations to be held. Moves I suck at: Butterfly position - very hunched over, knees high even though I'm sitting on a block Pancake position (I'm aware there is another series on this). Hunched over and feel locked somewhere as unable to move forward very much Vertical frog. Just don't understand how to get better at this. Currently use blocks to hold me up as I am unable to het hips close to the floor and rotate knee out 90 degrees And many more. I'm not saying GB series doesn't work. Perhaps I'm not giving it enough time. However it's just too advanced for me and performed by already flexible people. I struggle to gauge progress Thanks all
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