New Year's challenge is the handstand. First time I've filmed myself doing this and I can see there's a lot more work to do. Getting used to the idea of being upside down though.
I was back again trying to master these two slalom tricks and I'm finally getting down the cone line for ‘The Special,’ but I’m still trying to get the right feeling for the ‘J-Turn,’ off cones. I need fresh legs for these moves, so having not recovered from my slalom session earlier this week I struggled a little today. Nonetheless I thought I’d film the progress.
Fast work outs has it's benefits but so do super slow ones. By reducing your speed it almost becomes a meditative session as you count the time in your head. You also don't have negative impact of repetitive motion, especially if your technique is imperfect. Also at this speed you can have a better chance of noticing something you are not doing correctly. By doing slow workouts you can really feel the different muscles engaging as you move into each stage of the overall motion.
The video above shows me starting with a 10 second dead hang, before a 60 second chin up. I definitely noticed I rushed the last bit as I was feeling the burn! I Attempted a second rep, but will have to leave that till another day.
First slalom session of the year today. Given my absence from this style of skating for most of last year due to the marathon it was obvious I was going to feel rusty. I made a little progress with the 'special,' and 'j-turn,' today but given that I was taught it nearly 3 years ago I would have liked to have nailed it by now!
Whilst overall slalom progress isn't great it was really nice to hear that my friend Gio said he "started slaloming after being inspired," by me! He's been slaloming a while now so hearing that now I was quite taken back by that, made my day.
I watched this interesting BBC documentary today, The Truth About... Calories. Most of it was simple common sense but there was one thing that grabbed my attention in particular.
They did a test where they split pairs of identical twins into two groups. One group was given a milkshake that was presented in packaging that claimed to be super healthy and had only 200 calories whilst the other group were given a milkshake with a more luxurious packaging, claiming to be a more indulging drink with a 900 calorie count.
We're all aware of the presence of advertising yet I was shocked at how deep and subconsciously it can make us feel. So it's the beginning of the year and there'll be a lot of people opting for those 'healthy,' options but it could be counter productive if it's leaving your appetite unsatisfied. Anyway 'dieting,' is pointless, what you eat and what you do should be a way of life not a post Christmas fad.
If you want to check out the The Truth About... show it's available on BBC iPlayer until the 5th of February 2016:
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