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April 30th, 2007
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Boring gym post
So, I upped pretty much all of my weights by 2lb yesterday, and I decided to ignore the weight suggested by the guy at Greens who set up my program and push myself up from a 20kg squat to 30kg (~66lb, for the imperials) and I'm now finding my final set of each exercise much more challenging, some of them even going to failure (not the squats, fortunately) :V

On my way home from the gym today, I got back on my bike after stopping at the supermarket, and felt my back muscles push my ribs and spine into place - as if my muscles are starting to support my skeleton, instead of the other way around. This pleases me immensely.

I've also been making an effort to keep my shoulders back and engaged, my feet aligned forward under my shoulders, and my head up instead of forward. It's tough training yourself out of lifelong habits, but I think it will be worth it.

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From:missyfern
Date:May 1st, 2007 12:01 pm (UTC)
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On the back/shoulders/head alignment, there're various techniques i've been shown with drama to help, such as standing straight and then imagining you're dangling from a piece of string attatched to the crown of your head - that straightens everything and helps you know how it feels when your head is up (i have the same problem). Alternatively, lie on your back on the floor, feet flat, knees bent, head raised by a couple of inches (no more) and then rest your hands by your side or in your stomach and just lie like that for 10min a day - again lets the spine fall into place.
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From:wererogue
Date:May 2nd, 2007 06:51 am (UTC)
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I've heard the head/string thing a lot, but really my muscles are trained to hold my head forward far too well, and I'm going to have to train myself out of it gradually.

The floor exercise sounds pretty useful - it sounds like it trains your muscles to support your head in a different position.
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From:arthmawr
Date:May 3rd, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
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STOP!!! You are going to put poor body workers like me out of business if you learn to correct your own posture. Come and see me for lots of dosh and I will help you :-) Or I might do mates rates. :-)

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From:wererogue
Date:May 4th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
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Well, that's very tempting regardless - I'm sure a push in the right direction would help me out a lot ;)

I need to come visit you lot when I find some free time anyway!
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