Month: April 2014

Happy Q2, 2014

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I don’t know where January, February and March went.

I’ve been busy travelling, getting engaged, fixing my damaged shoulder and getting our new apartment straight, so haven’t had a chance to write much.  Instead of getting into a long post here, I’ll make this first post of 2014 a round up of the things I think are pretty cool right now:

Becoming a Supple Leopard

Becoming a Supple Leopard

Sitting at a desk all day sucks.  I mean it.  It really sucks.  What’s more, it’s killing us.  I like my job, but I don’t like sitting down all day.  I never realised how much damage sitting was doing until I started strength training with some conviction.  I have tight hamstrings and   hip flexors – the implications of this are when I try to perform a loaded movement, for example an 70kg back squat, the potential for injury is significant because my movement patterns are not as they should be.

I managed to tweak my knee a few weeks ago just by squatting.  I bought Becoming a Supple Leopard by Doctor of Physical Therapy, Kelly Starrett a while ago and have spent a lot of time reading through it recently.  I bought myself a foam roller from My Protein and a couple of lacrosse balls from Again Faster and I’m using them to work on loosening off muscles and fix my areas of tightness.

I’m also a lot more conscious of how I’m sitting at work and at home and am making a real effort to “get organised” – you’ll need to grab yourself a copy of the book or check out some of Starrett’s videos to see how.

The Rational Optimist

The Rational Optimist

I’ve been reading this book on the way to and from work.  I look forward to my commutes just so I can read a bit more.  It’s full of fascinating insights into how and why we as a race will overcome challenges of the future.

Ridley takes an in depth look at how we’ve arrived at where we are today and presents his ideas with clarity and meaning.

A very good read.


Gymnastic Bodies

Gymnastic Bodies Starter Pack

As part of my ongoing conquest for increased mobility and my interest in gymnastic movements, I recently bought the GB Starter Pack from Gymnastic Bodies.  I’ve only worked through the first few progressions, but I’m very pleased with the purchase so far.  The course is delivered entirely online and includes both videos and photographs of what “mastery” looks like.  Well worth a look.

Until next time.