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    Congrats on 200 days

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      200 days - very nice!

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        Thanks j5f6r5y PetiteSheWolf Silent Wolf stephenphillips42

        Day 205

        Challenges:
        day 20 Tricep dips
        day 20 Action Hero Sometimes you just forget something...
        day 3 Back and Shoulders

        Programmes:
        day 3 Epic Five
        day 3 Power Up

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          Day 206

          Challenges:
          day 21 Tricep dips
          day 20 Action Hero
          day 4 Back and Shoulders

          Programmes:
          day 4 Epic Five
          day 4 Power Up

          Wow! That was a short log yesterday! I'm normally way more gabby than that. Better make up for it tonight.

          Taekwondo training. Still not as large a turn-out as used to be but there are enough people still to have a good session. Push-ups and burpees (yikes!) and lots of jumping back and forth over a line. It was zero degrees outside but the sweat was sure running inside! My left thigh is still giving me a bit of gyp, which is really irritating, but fortunately it doesn't seem to be inhibiting me too much - except when I get into any degree (beyond 90!) of split position. And I must say that rubbing liniment into the back on one's own thigh is a rather awkward thing to do!

          Tomorrow's poomsae looks like being scary. We have been warned - I mean, advised - that the coach will be having "fun" with us...

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            Have you thought of or tried rolling your thighs on a foam roller? Or even on a lacrosse or tennis ball? It sounds wretched, but it really is effective

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              DorothyMH I'll give it a go.

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                Day 207

                Challenges:
                day 22 Tricep dips
                day 21 Action Hero
                day 5 Back and Shoulders

                Programmes:
                day 5 Epic Five Playing aeroplanes again, though the Little Lad asked if planes spun around when they were crashing and then just started spinning. I just zoomed around the lounge room. I don't crash.
                day 4 Power Up Ooh, my bum! This programme is harder than it looks!

                Poomsae training. Oh, she had fun with us all right! Exercises up against the wall. PNF stretches to begin. My left leg did not get much over hip height before it started hurting (I told my partner it wasn't up to much today), but my right was over my head again. Then we drilled and drilled and drilled. Including holds with our old belts (so that's why you should keep them!). We were told our bums would hurt tomorrow. So wish tomorrow were a day off, but I have regular training. But it was good tonight. Fun - in the Darebee/Taekwondo definition of the word! Must be my masochistic streak coming out again! Gave the foam rolling a bit of a go several times today, and again this evening when I came home. Not sure it really does anything because I can't actually feel any particularly sore spot by poking and prodding - it seems to come only from the inside. Still, sure it can't hurt and it might help so I'll keep doing it. And anyway, it feels kind of good.

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                  You may benefit more from a lacrosse ball: it will definitely get to those tight spots. That, and the foam rolling are facia release methods I learned about from a CrossFit trainer I used before my last PCT attempt. I think Darebee even has a “workout” that utilizes the roller😂
                  https://darebee.com/workouts/foam-roller-workout.html

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                    Day 208

                    Challenges:
                    day 23 Tricep dips
                    day 22 Action Hero
                    day 6 Back and Shoulders

                    Programmes:
                    day 6 Epic Five
                    day 5 Power Up

                    Taekwondo training. Surprisingly, after last night, I pulled up fine. Bum not burning at all! Must be stronger than I think. Training tonight was a whole heap of different exercises, including push-ups, crunches, burpees (I thought they were only on Tuesday nights!), jumping lunges with opposite arm forward, jump squats, on-the-spot sprints, then turning kicks on partner-held paddles.

                    DorothyMH I tried with a lacrosse ball but couldn't get anything with that either. I'll see my physio tomorrow and see what's what.

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                      Day 209

                      Challenges:
                      ​ day 24 Tricep dips
                      ​ day 22 Action Hero
                      ​ day 7 Back and Shoulders

                      Programmes:
                      ​ day 7 Epic Five
                      ​ day 6 Power Up

                      ​ Poomsae training. A cold rainy day turned into a cold rainy night. On the half-hour drive to training, I wondered what was in the disc player and was delighted to find it was a Jethro Tull disc. Man, I so wanted to play like Ian Anderson!! It's the funky bits that really get me - I could play the rest all right, but I'd really have to do some work to get those other bits. Be worth it, though, I reckon! Listening to that flute made the trip through the dark and rain quite pleasant.

                      Saw my physio today. I think the words I most like my physio saying are "It could have been worse"! In fact, I think he was a little disappointed when he discovered that I hadn't actually torn my hamstring out of its insertion point! He was pleased that I had a lot of strength in my leg, and I'd seen that as a positive myself. Still, he reckons it'll be three months before it's better. I told him that rolling hadn't done anything and he said it wouldn't, not if something is actually damaged, and that I should stay away from that lacrosse ball - which is fine by me as it didn't seem to do anything anyway. I can still train, fortunately, but I just have to take things very easily with the left leg - no fast kicks, and keeping the pain down to a minimum. It's good that I can do most things with the right leg without aggravating the left, but it's put paid to my splits for a while.

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                        Oh, jeez, that sucks I’m sorry to hear that....

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                          Three months is long... Hugs.

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                            Wishing speediest of recovery to you!

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                              Day 210

                              Challenges:
                              ​​ day 25 Tricep dips
                              ​​ day 22 Action Hero
                              ​​ day 8 Back and Shoulders

                              Programmes:
                              ​​ day 8 Epic Five
                              ​​ day 7 Power Up

                              ​​ Physio exercises. It's funny how by doing an exercise that you are quite familiar with in a slightly different way, that exercise suddenly changes. We've (probably) all heard about the benefits of time under tension workouts, about slowing down a movement to encourage hypertrophy, and this is what my physio prescribed for me. Such as s-l-o-w bridges. Only 4 sets of 8 with 30 seconds between but ow! I normally have no problem doing bridges but I've not before done them at a speed of one lasting about 10 seconds! There are, as always, two camps when it comes to anything - those who support and those who do not. I am certainly no expert but I have read opinions (some backed by studies, others not) of those from both sides, and I'm not going to nail my colours to anyone's mast, but it seems to me that doing some exercises really slowly sometimes could be a good thing. It forces one to focus on form, balance, precision. Whether or not there is a greater degree of hypertrophy over more traditional training, I have no idea, but certainly where an injury/rehabilitation is concerned, slow and careful exercises are clearly the best. Sometimes in my Taekwondo fitness training we do really slow push-ups (for example), but generally we do them at a faster pace. So now I'm wondering how I can do burpees s-l-o-w-l-y...

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                                Originally posted by TopNotch View Post

                                it seems to me that doing some exercises really slowly sometimes could be a good thing. It forces one to focus on form, balance, precision.
                                This is a truth, I do believe. Great insights. Hope you are doing well.

                                Short story if I may? Decades ago we used to do a motorcycling exercise “slow race” (works with all motorbikes dirt or street, and bicycles, etc). Instead of trying to go fast fast faster fastest...we would try and go absolutely as slow as possible around a course. Seemed like silly fun at times, but hugeLy beneficial program for form, balance, precision and this ties into our physical movements in many ways.

                                We aged ‘senior’ Darebees probably do Burpee slowly by default? Lol

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