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  • TopNotch
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    Day 694

    ​​​ Programmes:
    - Day 27 Ironheart
    - Day 5 Fit December

    Not in a good place today. It happens.

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  • TopNotch
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    DorothyMH She's the one. I seem to remember that I got onto her from someone here a while ago. Perhaps it was you...?

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  • DorothyMH
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    I used Action Jacquelyn on You Tube for those 100 reps a day legs, last year. It was quick and HARD! Bu, a diff exercise use every day was great!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 693

    ​​​ Programmes:
    - Day 26 Ironheart
    - Day 4 Fit December

    Saw that the Christmas tree 🎄and Snowball Fight have been announced. Better get these thighs warmed up! To that end, and of course in pursuit of my current aim, I have found a 30-day leg challenge - from a former ballerina! 100 reps (each leg) of a single exercise each day, many of them with a ballet flavour - pliés and suchlike. Now, ballet dancers have such lovely long, strong and lean legs, and I have been looking at the types of drills they do. I really want to be able to do good extension, you see, and I need to work on gaining the strength without the bulk to do that. Damer advised me "To have the kind of control that ballet dancers have however you will need to do what they do: prior to every workout they spend up to 30-40 minutes working on hip flexors and controlling how they raise their legs." So I'll start small and work my way up. I have discovered that I can (relatively) happily repeat a drill multiple times if I'm doing it to achieve one of my aims rather than just to finish a challenge or something. Next week is the last week of training before the summer break. Then I'll have about 6 weeks to work on stuff before training recommences. I'll be setting myself a challenging but (I hope) achievable programme for that period.
    But today was leg day in both programmes, so I decided that I shall delay this challenge until after I've finished Ironheart and then I'll see how it goes. Could be fun. Or it could kill me. But as we are told "Easy might be safer, but where's the fun in that?"

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  • FirstAgeDragonWolf
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    Yay for tooth out and word-knowledge!

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  • Anek
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    Yay for the tooth being out!

    And indeed, interesting tidbit about the aftermath! Thanks for sharing!

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  • mavie
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    healing vibes for the tooth, or rather the remaining crater?
    …and thanks for the explanation of the word aftermath, i love that kind of knowledge.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 692

    ​​​ Programmes:
    - Day 25 Ironheart
    - Day 3 Fit December

    A very quiet day today. I was glad that FD didn't require me to do High Knees or anything like that. This morning, finally, that tooth came out! I had a bit of banter with my dentist (we do that) when she was talking about the aftermath of the extraction. I said that aftermath wasn't what I was concerned about but rather the math itself. And the beforemath. Anyway, the result of this is that, following investigations when I got home, I have now learnt where the word aftermath comes from. Apparently, in Old English, the (transliterated) math was the mown grass in a meadow, and the aftermath was the second mowing - the growth that happened after the math. Who would have thought it?! The dentist told me to take it easy for a couple of days - as she always does - and then complained that I normally went to training anyway. I made her happy by telling her I didn't have training tonight. Quite frankly, my mouth doesn't feel too good right now, so I don't know that I would have been going even if it had been on. Or if I had gone, I probably wouldn't have been doing much. Next Friday,though, we have Pizza Night!

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  • TopNotch
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    Fremen I know! And when I saw some of her bo staff tutorials, I started wondering how I could get my daughter to let me borrow hers... I think she (Chloe, not my daughter!) can help me a lot with my various progressions. I used to be hopelessly daunted. Now, though, I'm just daunted! Oh, and envious...

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  • Fremen
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    Ok... I went to see some Chloe Bruce videos...
    I am genuinely impressed when I see stunts that have a real martial basis

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 691

    ​​​ Programmes:
    - Day 24 Ironheart
    - Day 2 Fit December

    Taekwondo general training. Had to go to a different centre tonight so that meant leaving home a little earlier than usual. There were only four of us from my usual centre so we didn't swell the rank much! Pretty much a repeat of Tuesday except we didn't do any back swing kicks which I so need to work on.

    No splits today. I wasn't happy with the app I tried yesterday and I didn't feel in the mood to use the (very good) app I have been using. Last night I started looking at YouTube for splits programmes and found myself checking out my usual subscriptions and, though I did find a couple of videos that I'll follow, I got sidetracked and slipped down that rabbit hole, and ended up saving videos on how to improve my back swing kick! Must confess, haven't done that sort of thing in a while and it was fun. Every time I find I need something else, whether it be improving my back swing kick or strengthening my legs for a leg hold or whatever, I'll probably find an appropriate video on one of my saved subscriptions. Not that there's so many, fortunately. Chloe Bruce is a favourite for a lot of things - I would love to be able to do a scorpion kick. I don't want to do one, but I'd love to be able to do one! Probably should see if getting some yoga blocks is a worthwhile investment...

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  • CaptainCanuck
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    My wife asked me to do Fit December with her last night at 1130pm. I wasn't planning on any programs, but now I guess I am in as well. It doesn't look too bad though

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 690

    ​​​ Programmes:
    - Day 23 Ironheart
    - Day 1 Fit December I know, I know. So much for all my fine talk about doing only one programme at a time! But it's not my fault - a 31-day programme for December simply has to be started at the beginning of December. Besides, only a week to go of Ironheart, and this way I don't have to think what programme I'll do next until the new year. Anyway, had a bit of fun with this one. After the plank, I jumped in to my hands (yes, the hamstring is letting me do that again!) to stand for the high knees - pseudo-burpee training.
    ​​​​ Splits app. Oh, I hated this one and I'll not do it again. I don't mind those emotionless computerised voices that don't have appropriate pauses, but when you hear things like:
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    and you simply can't do it because you have no idea what all this means and it's just too funny and you're laughing too much anyway to listen carefully, and the voice goes on and on without any pauses - well, sorry, but that app's been deleted. It has appallingly "tinkly" music too which was absolutely dreadful. The one I've been using is, apparently, from my searches around the Web, the best free app, so I guess I'll just stick with it. That same mob has got some other programmes that have stretching but they are only single workouts. I might do them just for a bit of a change.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 689

    ​​​ Programme:
    - Day 22 Ironheart
    ​​​​ Splits app. Intermediate, day 30. Okay, so this one is finished again. I measured my splits and quite frankly, I think if there's any improvement it's like 1 or 2 degrees only. Anyway, I'll give another programme a go next month. It has worse graphics than this one, but we'll see what the programme is like.

    Taekwondo general training. Last one for the year at this centre, so Thursday and next week I'll have to go to a different one. We were told that today would be "fun" - I know what that means: sparring drills!! That's what happens when you're a predominantly sparring club. Nobody ever thinks that poomsae drills are "fun" - except me... A quick warm-up of running, lunges, jumping, hip rotations, then stepping drills followed by partnered sparring drills. Despite there being only a few people, there was actually an even number, which made partnering easy. Finished with a spot of one-on-one sparring, and I tricked my partner by throwing in an axe kick just for fun - she walked right into it. Phew! Warmer day today, too, so that helped with the sweat.

    bdthom I know, right. I showed my arm to someone at training tonight and she asked how anyone could miss a vein like that! I mean, you can see this thing from the moon!! Fortunately, apart from the bruise, there's no ill-effect.

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  • bdthom
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    I hate it when they wiggling the needle around! Getting jabbed in both arms just adds to the insult. I had a blood test today too. Thankfully I had it pretty easy. Hope your arm feels better tomorrow.

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