April 24, 2009

Parkour Group?

I have been considering starting a parkour group. So my question at this point is there anyone out there who would actually show up to practice once a week? This may seem simple but most folks don't really have much drive to make this happen-
Anyone out there?
Plus I'm supposed to have a name for this group... Any ideas?

April 23, 2009

Parkour Attemps

So after many long days of only running by myself- I finally got a day to do some parkour drills. Although I would not say we went for a "Parkour Run." We certainly had fun. My good friend Timothy and I took a good stab at Rolling and Speed Vaults, with a little Tic-Tac to Cat Leap impromptu throw in at the end. Which was entirely thanks to Tim's creative eye.
The rolls went slowly at first. Due mostly to an initial fear, attached to anything new. As the practice wore on and my courage to commit to the move improved, the next real issue was flipping myself and landing flat on my back. I could still complete the roll, but it hurt. So more round and less pressing forward. Just let them momentum take me through... Eventually I got one really good set of about 6 in a row. Timothy got 2-3 great ones; when I was not looking of course:( It is worthy of note that I injured my left ankle; pushing off from the wrong foot out of a roll... Doing OK- still walking.
On to to speed vaults. Talk about failing to commit to the moves. The big problem was evenly spacing & timing my steps on the approach to the vault. Being strong enough and clearing the obstacle was no issue. Just really going with good speed and evenly launching; then landing on the same launch leg smoothly to keep up the run. Wow the is tough stuff- Not physically, just getting my head really committed. Grrr... I get a way smoother vault on my left arm. Being right handed...? Eventually we got some smooth vaults over our chosen obstacle; which may have been too tall for our first attempt.
I chose to purchase A.P.K.'s instructional video on Parkour. Enlightening and Clear. But they chose to show many of the moves in big situations. Not in small controlled ways. So looking for smaller ground to practice on is a lens one will have to cultivate to make safe use of the instruction. Let it be said that APK is doing stellar stuff, and I regularly use their site.
Lastly on our walk back Tim spotted a cool spot and we decided to give some Wall-Runs a chance. After a few good shots we decided to add a tic-tac into this and now we were really feeling like we were doing this shit! A guy came out and joined us for a few runs. Good times. Having this guy show up and have a bit of fun with us showed me how cool all this can be. The first words out of his mouth "That looks fun." Yes my man it is! We had a great time and I'll be giving it another shot on Friday. Hopefully next time we can get some pics of all this. Showing me look not so cool:)

April 14, 2009

Minerals Everyday

The established medical field has erroneously believed, and endorsed, that mineral supplements are not required for optimal health. Extensive research over the last 30 years has shown such idea's to be false and worse- detrimental.
The soil has long since been vastly depleted of minerals and we cannot possibly hope to get all the nutrients we need from the foods grown there. Anyone has the option to re-mineralize their soil, but this article will assume they have not yet. Depleted soil and the "four food groups" will not allow us to live long healthy lives. Sorry- Santa Clause is not real. When your body is assaulted by drugs, disease, pollutants and even exercise; you risk decreased vitality, increase of illness and an early unnecessary demise. Because of excessive pollutants in our air, water and food/soils we require additional minerals to safely process the toxins from our bodies. Excessive cravings for "junk food" or alcohol or drugs indicate the body is not getting all of the essential nutrients. So you'll consume extraordinary amounts of your poison of choice; drugs, alcohol, fats, sugar, caffeine... It's your bodies way of trying to get the missing nutrients.
What about those 30 years of research? No need. The U.S. government knew in 1936. Yes really- look it up.-Senate Document No. 264,74th session,1936-google it
"No man today can eat enough fruits and vegetables to require his stomach with the mineral salts he requires for perfect health... Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet defeiencies which cannot be remedied until depleated soils from which our food comes our brought back into proper mineral balence?"
"The alarming fact is that foods now being raised on millions of acres of land that that no longer contain enough minerals(and trace min.) are starving us- no matter how much of them we eat."
You should be alarmed. That is normal, if you're not then you really need some better food. I bring all this up to simply share and hopefully show us that we need better food and soil. Not drugs, not surgery, maybe therapy. Mostly good soil, clean water and healthy plants and animals- these simple realities will carry us and our grandchildren into the next century.
Be good to yourself and each other. Buy some rock dust...

Consideratios on Joint Health part 1

So few of us truly appreciate the health of our bodies. Let alone specific sections. The long term function and durability of the joints is arguably paramount. Long term function becomes vastly more important if you enjoy engaging in any physical activity. All the efforts one puts forth, let alone the long hours endured; if only to lose the function of our joints when reach a mastery of our chosen skill. Time and energy need not be wasted by age and wear. You can, and hopefully will, maintain healthy joint function through the course of your life.

First and foremost is the hardest to accomplish. Minimizing the impact… This is done through caution, preparation, controlled movement, and skilled effort. Do not drop your feet when you walk. Learn how to move, i.e. Alexander Technique, Moshe Feldenkras. Look where you are going, look before you leap, and generally avoiding the stupid things we all do. One must remain eternally vigilant to remain mentally alert.

Secondly is muscle development and maintenance. Work out with good form, within your appropriate weight limits. Push yourself but do not go beyond current limits. Do different types of exercise. If you weight lift; try yoga, Tracuers; try dance. Tango or ballet will be surprisingly challenging for most of us. Stretch. Every day. Do not let go of this type of work out, keeping the muscles and tendons long and alive will pay great dividends in the course of your life. A variety of exercise styles and routines will keep your nervous systems challenged and your muscles growing. Many of you may be familiar with the bodybuilding principle of “muscle shock”. The same principles affect your nerve and sinew tissues as well.

Thirdly, and the primary point of this article, is Supplementation. Intelligent use of supplements of good quality will pay high yields as you age. One of the first questions to address regarding any supplement is bio-availability. Quite simply, most products are just such low quality that they pass without being absorbed in any viable quantity. First and foremost is beef-sterates in tablets. The way that almost all supplement tablets are bound is with ground up beef tissue. Sounds good enough, may even have calcium, magnesium, and glucosamine. The big catch that manufactures ignore, or choose not to reveal, is that all this happens at 150 degrees F. It never gets that hot in you, no matter what your lover thinks. The body can barely break that into smaller pieces, let alone make good use of such materials. This is done due to cost choices, and yes you pay more for well designed and manufactured products. Your body deserves a Ferrari, cough up the cash. It will respond how you treat it… Secondly on bio-availability is source. Plant derived is best. No question, put rock dust in your garden and grow your own. A very few companies do this exclusively. Standard Process being the best. Youngevity is another great source for plant derived minerals/vitamins. After plant derived, is animal processed. Good stuff can come from shells, and bones. You take a risk in the form of chemicals, hormones and antibiotics being given to the animal in question. Little solid evidence concludes either way

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