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Following Jim's post below, may I make this suggestion: use any term in full (like "Hip Flexors") and then put your preferred abbreviation immediately following—and then for the rest of the post, use the abbreviation, like this:

I did a standing hip flexor (HF) stretch at the loo today...

Can this work for everyone?

If we start a list here, I will make it sticky, so it's always at the top of the page. I will collate from time to time. Please add any of your own, and comments welcome. I am not a touch typist, so any post takes time, and I have found myself using "HFs" for hip flexors and am guessing other people will like to do this too—so let's have a list we can argue over!

TT: Testicular Touchdown, or testicle touch. The defining moment of Side Splits (SS)

CLM: the end goal of all this work (Cat-like MF!) :) Added April 20, 2014; we now own two new URLs: CatLikeMofo.com, and CatLikeMovement. com (the former Dave's idea; the latter Olivia's). CLM lives!

DOMS: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Some people never get this; I do, after every workout.

PPT: Posterior Pelvic Tilt (or tail tuck; "Tuck the Tail").

HFs: Hip Flexors

ST: Stretch Therapy

J-Curl: Jefferson Curls

GST: Gymnastic Strength Training

Qu or quads: Quadriceps (front thigh muscles)

Hs or hammiest Hams: Hamstrings

Gast: Gastrocnemius

Sol: Soleus

Bi: Biceps

Tri: Triceps

BB: Box Bridge

Abs: Rectus Abdominis (the elusive six-pack)

TA: Transversus Abdominis

ABH: Arch Body Hold

Obl: Obliques

Add: Adductors

Abd: Abductors

Lats: well, everyone uses this one already; latissimus dorsi

SerAnt: Serratus Anterior

PecM: Pectoralis Minor

P. : piriformis

Added today:

A-A: Agonist-Antagonist (both as a descriptor of the relationship between muscles, like biceps and triceps, and as a method; more to come on this)

SSS: Speed Skater Squat

ROM: Range of Movement

SS: Side Splits

traps: Trapezius

RC: Rotator Cuff (often RC couples, as in 'rotator cuff couples, or internal and external RCs).

D5: Daily Five

RxM: Relaxed Muscle

CnM: Contracted Muscle

TGU: Turkish Get Up

mm: (lower case) micro movements

RoC: Rod of Correction (second favourite, after CLM)

CNS: Central Nervous System (what we really affect when we stretch)

TUL: Time Under Load

UL: Unnumbered Lesson (DW's suggestion: "I suggest just 'UL' with a silent 'The'"

Edited by Kit_L
added: TUL, and UL
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Please, what is a box bridge? Also, there seem to be some terms coming into this forum that do not seem to come from ST - are they from some other systems? E.g. swivel hips. Mostly I can work them out, but a search on Box Bridge just leads to sites on engineering.

Many thanks, Jim.

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Hello Jim,

Box Bridge: Ex. 87, Stretching & Flexibility, p. 230-231.

Back bend off support; "BB" for short! (Sorry, that's an HQ term).

Swivel hips is a gymnastics expression; we do not have an exact equivalent (except we use a version as a counter-pose for the Tailor pose). Sitting on bottom, hands behind and you are leaning back on them, feet apart; trying to keep the hips on the floor, you internally rotate one thigh until its knee is inside the other leg's ankle, on the floor. Many gymnastics folk struggle with this "simple" mobilising element.

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CLM - Cat-Like Motherf#cker. The end-goal of all ST and MG training, IMHO. When Grace and Ease in the body are of such a high degree that hipsters spill their single-origin Piccolo Lattes onto their Macbook Airs and skinny jeans; as they stare slack-jawed at your CLM powers of agility in locomotion.

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CLM - Cat-Like Motherf#cker. The end-goal of all ST and MG training, IMHO. When Grace and Ease in the body are of such a high degree that hipsters spill their single-origin Piccolo Latte's onto their Macbook Airs and skinny jeans; as they stare slack-jawed at your CLM powers of agility in locomotion.

Poetry :P

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CLM - Cat-Like Motherf#cker. The end-goal of all ST and MG training, IMHO. When Grace and Ease in the body are of such a high degree that hipsters spill their single-origin Piccolo Latte's onto their Macbook Airs and skinny jeans; as they stare slack-jawed at your CLM powers of agility in locomotion.

Haha this is awesome. For sure my end goal.

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CLM - Cat-Like Motherf#cker. The end-goal of all ST and MG training, IMHO. When Grace and Ease in the body are of such a high degree that hipsters spill their single-origin Piccolo Latte's onto their Macbook Airs and skinny jeans; as they stare slack-jawed at your CLM powers of agility in locomotion.

Love it!

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One I use all the time:

J-Curl = Jefferson Curls

Also, does anyone have any nominees for CLM? My personal ideal is gymnastics, with their amazing balance of strength and mobility. But as I study more about movement, and with my daughter in ballet class I've gained more appreciation for dance. While it doesn't have as much of a strength component that would be my personal ideal, I find this girls capacity for movement absolutely hypnotic:

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Frankly, and having been prompted by a post today, I think the extensive use of abbreviations is a backwards step.

In science, where there often are of necessity a lot of long words, abbreviations are often used to make text readable. Some such as DNA instead of deoxyribonucleic acid, or AMPA for the extremely long Alpha-Amino-3-Hydroxy-5-Methyl-4-Isoxazole Propionic Acid, are generally known among scientists in the area and help discourse.

But in more specialised areas, use of abbreviations is unhelpful to the reader, because he or she is not so familiar with what they mean, and has to continually remember (or look them up). So when I wrote a recent science text, instead of saying e.g. that "the DCN projects to the ICC and the SOC by way of the DNLL, and also the VNLL and RF" (I just made that up by the way) I would spell out the names of the structures in full.

I have come to the conclusion that abbreviations help the writer, not the reader. But it is the job of the writer to make the writing as clear as possible, even if it means making a bit of extra effort.

This posting was prompted by a recent post "Toilet Cubicle Standing HF while urinating" - OK, I guessed that HF might be hip flexor, but even then it did not make sense - "standing hip flexor" ? What is a "standing hip flexor"? I presume the writer means a standing hip flexor stretch, but the double disguise means that one cannot reliably guess what was meant. So I had to check if HF really stood for something else - unfortunately, the word "abbreviation" does not come up if you do a search term - as it is "acronym" in the title of the sticky. Remembering that it was a sticky somewhere, and scrolling into the Stretch Therapy forum (rather than the other forums) let me find it.

But I ask: is all this good and helpful communication? Would a less dedicated reader go through the process? I think not.

There is a danger that in-groups develop their own ways of communicating. They do this to bond by using language that only they can understand. The result is that outsiders are excluded, or if not exactly excluded, made to feel outside the club. ST (there I go) is meant to be inclusive, and a great effort is being made by Kit and others to make it as accessible as possible. The use of acronyms goes against this.

Rant (I hope a helpful one) over. I had a great class last night - lots of students, class called "Power stretches for splits" - mainly returning dancers and other performers in their 20s. They worked hard and assiduously, and had very good body sense. A great pleasure to teach and I expect them to make great progress over the 8 weeks of the course.

Jim.

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A proposal to increase the inclusiveness of Cat Like... (CLM):

+Maiden, Mistress, Madam, Matron, Mother, Miss, Ms, Mrs.

+Master, Mr., man --> mofo

Also, the CLM continuum

-Cat loving M (C :wub: M or catluv)

A constant work in progress. Once CLM, I guess one moves beyond love.

catluv<--x------------------------------------->CLM

Usage: "Where are you on the CLM continuum?"

"Yeah, struggling at the moment, got a big project at work... dude, did you see that 80s aerobics video Adam shared on FB, it was catluv."

Related side note:

Cat lick massage (clm). Self grooming: rough tongue, moving skin & fascia via gentle hair pulling & cleaning.

-human equivalent being post shower/bath all body self (or not :rolleyes:) moisturise/massage session, preferably done daily (smooth supple heels!) &

-Stretch Therapy and body love in general

I may have descended into gibberish here, but if TT is on.... LOL (laugh out loud)

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Andrew, I hear your plea for inclusiveness. Yesterday we registered another URL that spells out the deep direction:

CatLikeMovement.com

Work for you? :)

"CatLuv": love it.

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