Posts Tagged ‘ muscles ’

– Healthy Body Healthy Mind –

I’m trying to get back into shape. It’s a shame that my “best shape” was around 6 years ago and has been a steady decline into fattyness.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not obese, but I’m also far from fit!

A few days ago I bought some home gym equipment. I’m looking to develop my triceps, deltoids, pectorals and abs (core) – what I see to be vital muscle groups for popping.

I remember Slick Dogg once discussing the preparation needed before entering a battle. He said you need to limber up; you need to warm up your muscles and stretch those fibres. So when it comes time to dance, your body is well prepared and ready to perform at its best. In essence, you need to treat your body like an athlete would, because dancers are athletes in their own respect.

And I agree. In order to get the most out of your body, you need to know what exactly your body can do. I think sport and exercise is an excellent way of understanding your body’s capabilities. I also agree with what the ancient Romans and Greeks believed: a healthy body is a healthy mind – and I hope that by keeping fit, it will help improve my determination, creativity and co-ordination.

– zOMG “new” revolutionary training ideas!! –

So, you can tell from my last post I’ve been looking into ways on how to improve the physical aspect of my dancing. Recently I’ve been researching isometric exercise. It’s really nothing new – but for those not in the know it’s a set of exercises that do not change joint angle and muscle length. Basically isometrics are done statically, instead of dynamically or through a range of motion.

Bruce was famous for pioneering different training disciplines and also a well-known practitioner of isometrics.

What’s interesting is that it has been round for millennia – you can see it in yoga and kung fu exercises, and in the early 20th century a book was written by a Dr A.K. Anokhin describing a set of exercises that instructed one to deliberately tense the muscles in the body as if overcoming resistance; to increase strength and “the ability to tense and relax separate muscle groups.” Perfect for training hits!

To be honest, though, the principle is quite similar to what I’m doing at the moment with my training regime. However, I’m going to look into it some more and see if I can maximise my training and get the best out of the two systems. How exciting! 😀 Here’s one of the websites I’ve been reading this from: http://www.isometric-exercises.com/history.html

Also I’m going to be finishing all my exams soon, which means I’ll have more time for training and hopefully I’ll be doing some more recording! I’ll be sure to upload some onto here for reference, and for anyone reading =)