The wise among us know that we never stop learning, I’m a case in point .. I’m old*ish* but the saying
“You learn something new everyday”
describes my life in a nutshell (or quote as the case may be).
After taking up Yoga earlier this year I have certainly increased my flexibility (which has helped my squats immensely) but my shoulder mobility is pretty shite.
When I mentioned my shite shoulder mobility to Mr P.T one night he gave me a link to Dr. Starrett’s website mobilitywod.com.
Dr. Starrett seems to be somewhat of a celebrity crossfit guru who “fixes up shit” and teaches you how your body is designed to stand, sit, breathe, bend and move and his website has a tonne of video clips.
I did end up cheating a wee bit and got Mr P.T to give me a specific shoulder mobility routine and I filmed him so that I can refer to it easily when I cant remember which way my hand should be pointing. And before you ask – no he won’t let me post it here on the blog because (and I quote) “Julz don’t post that online because I haven’t shaved” .. bless him.
Anyway back to the old dog/new tricks.
I ordered Kelly Starrett’s book “Becoming a Supple Leopard” (and no you cant download it online – stink huh!) and it arrived today! Perfect night to curl up in front of the fire and bust out a few chapters.
So far I have learnt that I don’t stand correctly, sit correctly or move correctly ..
Today I’m concentrating on standing ..
Step 1 – Squeeze your butt as hard as you can
Step 2 – Pull your ribcage down
Step 3 – Get your belly tight
Step 4 – Set your head in a neutral position and screw your shoulders into a stable position.
Two entire pages of an A4 sized book to learn how to stand .. this shit is harder than it looks!
And I now have to apologise to Mr P.T because when I’m working out he’s continually prodding me. During one session I asked him if he prods all his clients as much as me and he *apparently* does. He then went on to say that no one has ever complained ..
I told him “Right well I can tell you right now that none of your girl clients like you prodding their guts” but apparently its an “actual test” 😉
So if you see me – I suggest you brace!
Till next time