This post covers both Friday and a bit of yesterday because I couldn’t access WordPress’s New Post page (damn 3rd world Internet connectivity!).
Friday: Safety Vaults, Soft Landings and Jumping Around
My resource for parkour training is the Tapp Brothers’ website. They offer a free 5-day course, which I’ve used as a guide for my training. They also offer more for a fee, but while I’m not averse to purchasing courses online, I want to try out the small free stuff first before I commit. It’s like trying free samples of a pastry shop before deciding to buy. Anyway, here’s what I did:
Soft landing progression: Squat-and-drop
This progression is for learning the proper form and technique for landing softly (without rolling, that is). For low heights, it is not necessary to drop to all fours and absorb some of the impact with the arms; however, it is good to practice doing that in preparation for the bigger, higher-altitude landings.
Safety vault progression: 1 leg up
Before doing the full safety vault I decided to just focus on getting one leg up on the rail while preparing the other leg to pass in between. I got a nice workout doing 10 reps per side.
Safety vault progression: full safety vault
Jumps: I started with just doing box jumps but after a few reps I decided to play around by adding 180-degree spins to the jumps. So I would jump and turn as I landed on the bench, then drop and turn again as I landed on the grass. Did this several times.
I finished the whole thing with five pushups. Yes, only five pushups. I could have done more but I was pretty tired at this point.
Saturday: the day after
One word: OW. Ow ow ow OW…..
Oh hello there Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness! A good day to you!
Nothing physically strenuous today because man do my hips and thighs hurt! I took the time (because I hadn’t gotten around to doing it since Thursday) to work on not just “Walk Away” but also my earlier songs. I finally got to add in some lyrics there – yippeee! Nothing final, but at last I’m making small progress. I also added some lyrics to a song I wrote in the beginning of this year. I also played around with the guitar and the piano. My daughter was watching me from her baby chair while I was working on “Walk Away” and she started bobbing around, which was really cute and funny.
And in closing, OW!