Day One

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    That's what scares me about the planche: I'll have to create a youtube when I get it. :wink:

    My contingency plan is to be happy with a straddle planche and just call it a planche like everyone else does.

    Seriously, though, having progressed that far I will certainly have gleaned the benefits of greater straight-arm strength, if nothing else. And studies do seem to suggest that straight-arm strength transfers to bent-arm strength moreso than the reverse.
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    Thats really cool.
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    Did deck squats for the first time yesterday. Those were pretty cool. Feel quite good today. Going to start experimenting with some body weight stuff. Guess I should try power-ups and see if I can work from there to get to a front lever. Tried doing L-Sits, but my arms are too short. I need to find some apparatus or try doing it on the steps down to my basement.

    Any other recommendations?
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    L-sits and handstands (wall-supported progressing to free handstand) are generally considered to be the two foundational movements to gymnastics. And the German Hang is often considered to be the prerequisite to lever work (although some recommend hanging leg raises prior to levers).

    For the L-sits, do you have access to hex dumbbells ? If not, try them between two chairs. Anything that serves to provide a little clearance for you.

    FYI: I have found static holds like these VERY humbling. I experienced ZERO carryover from one-armed pushups to, say, planche variations, and ZERO carryover from weighted pullups to lever variations. This is presumably due to the different demands of straight-arm strength as compared to bent-arm strength.

    ALL-IMPORTANT: on these static holds remember to lock your arms! Not even a little bit bent! Regress to variation that allows you to hold, for several seconds, with straight arms. Imagine that your arms are in casts.
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    They're called 'pop-ups' !

    The move where you're resting on your knees and you pop up. I swear it was driving me crazy.
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    That's a good name for it. I thought it was going to be some arcane Japanese term. Tried to do it Friday night after sitting seiza for 30 minutes and almost did a face plant. It's probably easier when you have circulation in your feet.
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    Hehe, it's definitely one of those movements not to overthink. You just go ahead and do it. I think about touching my knees to my clavicles.

    However, it may help to place a pad under your knees, to decrease ROM, then remove the pad as you build proficiency.
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    Pretty good day. Stuck and held my best free handstand yet, probably 7-8 seconds. Came down and shouted "eee-YES!!!" At which point all four of my dogs proceeded to dog-pile me. :laugh:

    L-sits and back lever half-lays. The beginnings of press-to-handstands and pullups. Then, worked a bit on th e following awesome movement which may take awhile to accomplish:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFPGjDmgGXs
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    Hopefully, not bursting your bubble here but I can stand up like that with no hands. Not nearly as smooth as she can but its just something I have always done. Never even thought about it before or considered it.
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    No offense taken. We're all different. It's like Pete Rose said, "I practice the things I'm not good at."
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    lol i did the no hands stand up but it wasn't pretty...and it was a semi hop too (not sure if that's against the rules).
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    Moving away from my "wussie" dead lifts and squats. Per Dream's advice, as well as my brother's, I have been doing a low weight/high rep routine for over a year because of lower back and knee issues, but I'm tired of doing 40+ reps of each one. Started progressing upwards over a week ago. Did five x 200 on my dead lift yesterday. It was pretty easy. That was with cables and that's as high as the machine will go, so I'm going to have to work with the bar to get higher. Did five x 225 squats. I'd like to progress there as well, but I'm feeling a fair amount of pain in my left knee at that weight. My BP max is about 285, so it seems like I should be working in the 300 range with squats and DLs. That's going to take some work and some courage.
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    STUCK IT! a 10 second free-handstand.

    Next step: can I repeat it ? :huh:

    Step after that: can I do it on demand ? :whoa:
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    Dream, you do some weird crap!

    yeah, I tried it. 0.25 squat (being generous).. LOL. Apparently watching some guys squat at the gym, that counts!

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