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Offline Greg K

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The Journal Of An Animal
« on: August 01, 2012, 07:24:18 AM »
Here is my old journal, in case anyone wants to check it out.

My name is Greg. I have been training since April 6, 2009. I started out as one of the weakest kids in my school, and can now impress people with feats of strength. Parkour has totally reshaped my life. It has given me confidence. It has given me a purpose.

Current Short-Term Goals:
-Make a new video
-Succeed at a certain wallclimb-180-cat
-Maintain a 30 second handstand
-Get comfortable enough with kongs to apply them in any situation thrown at me
-ffs... learn proper underbars and dive-rolls.
Long-Term Goals:
-Standing jump to the sixth stair at the museum
-Get strong enough to do 1000 push-ups in one day. Planning on that one for next National Parkour Day
-Do a planche

Terms you might see me use:
-"Museum"/"Museum stairs"/"The stairs": There is a set of stairs at a local museum that I love to train on. Each step is 17 inches long, 4.5 inches high. That was the first place I practiced my jumping, and it quickly became my favorite.
-Armkiller Drills: There's a nice place nearby that has a ledge at ~9ft, and another ledge at 10ft right next to each other. An armkiller consists of a wall-climb to the low wall, throwing myself up to the high wall, throwing myself back down to the low wall, going straight into a muscle-up, then dropping into a laché before finally dropping down.

Hopefully I can actually remember the logins for this account and not have to make a fourth journal next year...
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Re: The Journal Of An Animal
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2012, 07:33:35 AM »
This summer I was in the musical Guys & Dolls. As in previous years, I didn't really have the strength to be in that and train at the same time. The final show was last Saturday, and I've already gone training twice.

Last year I put a lot of effort into muscle ups. I was mainly focused on doing negatives, because I wasn't strong enough to do them for real. This year, I suddenly have the strength to train them for real, and I LOVE IT.

One of my favorite drills right now involves muscle ups. There are two ledges, the high one at about 10' and the low one just to the right at about 9'6" and back a few inches. I like to wallclimb to the high one, throw myself down to the low one, throw myself back up to the high one, then back down to the low ledge one more time, and finish it off with a muscle up. It hurts so good. I like to call these Armkiller Drills.

The stairs at a local museum are 17 inches long and 4.5 inches high. When I started training in '09, I could barely jump to the fourth stair. Now, I can jump to the fifth stair every time, with my toes sometimes touching the sixth. I'm very motivated to try to jump onto that sixth stair. That is my biggest goal of the Summer.
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Re: The Journal Of An Animal
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012, 08:19:21 AM »
hey man..GOOD job on getting stronger and better at parkour..if you keep practicing you cn do anything!!

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Re: The Journal Of An Animal
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2012, 07:45:06 AM »
My armkiller drills are really paying off. I trained with a friend two days ago, and I did a cat jump to a ledge, then threw myself up to a handrail a good two feet up. It looked a lot like the ~1:37 mark of this video except less clean. I was still pretty psyched.

Some old ladies that were parking their car nearby saw, and they were really impressed too  ;D

I feel awesome looking at my level of strength, and thinking back to before my training when I couldn't even do 2 chinups in a row. Oh how I've grown.
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Re: The Journal Of An Animal
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2012, 04:23:11 AM »
He's alive! You dropped off the globe there for a bit bro.

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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2013, 06:51:56 PM »
I'M ALIVE. For real this time. I just watched a video Kie Willis posted, and my mind was rocked. I can't even believe the fluidity, the smoothness, the confidence, the strength. It just... It has blown me away, probably more than it should have.

Anyway, I really... REALLY need to make parkour a core part of my life again. I'm plenty strong enough for it, I just need to technique training. It's hard to get, but I am super determined. I'll be sure to keep you updated (if anyone happens to care ;)). I want this.
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2013, 07:58:27 PM »
Good. Now knock out 10 for every day you slacked off  ;D

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« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2013, 05:31:42 AM »
Good. Now knock out 10 for every day you slacked off  ;D
Thankfully, I didn't just do NOTHING. I hit the gym at my college a lot, working the muscles more muscle-ups, and doing a lot of pull ups. Still, I think I have a few hundred coming my way...


That being said, I did the APK WOD 5/16. Did five sets of 400m dash, followed by tuck jumps, then 3 long jumps for maximum length. It's funny. I improved my distance in every set except the 4th, and that was the set that I pushed myself the least during the run. Most recovery, worst performance. Hm.

I then sort of did the WOD from 5/15 to make up for missing it. I did a total of 200m of kong-style QM, and then did about 100m of regular QM. I felt bad walking away from that workout. I didn't feel like I pushed myself nearly hard enough. Especially since the theme of the workout was being comfortable with being uncomfortable. I should've done a lot more regular QM. I could've kept going, but I lost motivation. I need to stop that.

Not sure if I should feel bad about not working out 5/17 or if I should just call it a rest day. I still need to ice my legs, methinks, so I don't feel too bad about it. I REALLY don't want my shinsplints to come back, so I'm being careful about workouts based around running.
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« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2013, 07:53:29 PM »
My goodness today was an awesome day. I grabbed a friend of mine and we went to my old training grounds.

We started out with some wall-climbs into muscle-ups. We managed to power through 6 before we were asked to leave. That was a bummer, but we didn't let it dampen our spirits.

We walked over to the museum stairs. After practicing tic-tacs a bit, we started drilling jumps and such. I did 25 jumps to the fifth stair, then did three sets of 10 one-legged jumps on each leg to the third stair (4th when I could manage it). To finish the drills off, we did what we aptly named "suicides with extra death." Basically, repeated sideways jumps up and down stairs. A few sets of that.

Went over to another spot. We practiced our rolls for a little while. He is a beginner, and my technique isn't great, so I expect that to happen a lot more often. I also tried a little bit of QM. It ended up being more like just diving and trying to land at a certain point without hurting myself. I want to build up my confidence in that so I can get into kongs more reliably. After that, we did a couple of cat-leaps, to be followed up by muscle-ups.

After a brief set of high-jumps, we finished off with a half hour or so of slacklining. I bought a 15m slackline, and I can't wait to use it, and incorporate it into some workouts.

That's all for now. I probably wont be able to get out training again until Thursday, but I'll try to get some time.
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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2013, 05:31:13 PM »
I don't even know anything anymore. I push myself too hard, but also don't push myself enough. I can never fully recover, but I can't get into the shape I want. I hate the way I look, so I work out more, but it is never enough. My legs can't handle regular running because I am so prone to shinsplints, so I can't do a lot of long cardio workouts. If I wasn't so dedicated to staying strong and keeping myself healthy, I would probably be anorexic to some degree. Oy.

Anyway, today I did a solo late-night workout in the rain. I did the APK WOD from 5/21/13, including the full length of the warmup. I am not doing NEARLY as many pull ups as I should be. My three sets ended up being like 8, 6, 5, when they should be a solid 10, 10, 10.

I only managed to push myself through one set of the workout because I was lonely, cold, and my legs felt like they were being damaged. Still, I did it in 15 minutes 8 seconds. I meandered a little bit when looking for a place to do box jumps. I didn't have a box, so I used stairs instead. I AM proud to say, however, that all three (and the one extra) 400m dashes I ran were under 2 minutes. I think my fastest was ~1:30. I paced myself. Apparently my pacing worked because I was able to maintain it.

That's all for today. I get a 4 day weekend, so that means 5 days of working out. I'll report back when I can.
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2013, 08:18:40 PM »
Rain, rain, go away... Come again when I have my motivation back.
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« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2013, 04:20:21 PM »
I've been doing a lot of cardio the last week. I need to drop my winter insulation. Some skating, some biking, slacklining, running.

I did yesterday's WOD to test my maxes. 8 pullups, 25 pushups. Lame. I wasn't impressed with myself...

Anyway, tomorrow is National Parkour Day. I plan on working about as hard as I possibly can without injuring myself. My biggest plan for the day is to do 1000 pushups. 10 every 6 minutes for 10 hours. It's super easy. I'll be sure to update.
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2013, 12:04:42 PM »
I need a community. Bad.

I need people to keep me accountable. I need friends to train with. I need better training grounds. I feel like I'm just spinning my wheels here. I'm not improving at all, and I don't feel like I ever will. All my motivation is quickly disappearing.

I managed to do 361 pushups before I called off the challenge. My age squared, so it seemed nice and round. I should work my way up to 1000 next year so I can actually be ready for it.
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« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2013, 12:33:42 PM »
Keep your head up man! I know how hard it is to stay motivated sometimes but if you keep working at it you'll always improve. That's one of the great things about keeping a training journal. You might feel like you aren't getting anywhere but if you look back you can see everything you've accomplished and that will prove that you're getting better. Just don't give up.

Do you have any kind of structured workout or do you just go with whatever you feel like doing? That can make a big difference in progress, too.

Also, have you tried getting friends to train with you? Sometimes you can make your own community.

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« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2013, 04:36:34 PM »
Hopped on the bike today and covered 17.5 miles in 46 minutes. I put on some new pedals and a bike-computer (Like an odometer, but better. It's sweeet) so I was anxious to take it out. I've ordered a new derailleur so I can actually shift gears for long distance flatland biking. Hopefully I'll have that by next weekend.

My arms, surprisingly, don't hurt much from yesterday. In fact, nothing on me particularly hurts, except for an old shoulder agitation that decided to get angry at me. That means I didn't push myself hard enough this weekend, or that my recovery rates are super good. I think it's a fair mix of both. My diet has been super healthy lately. Calories have been low and healthy, and I've been chugging water.

I'm going to have to find a way to get a workout in during the week despite being at the house of my boss, and working 10 hour days. 3 rest days isn't enough for me.

Keep your head up man! I know how hard it is to stay motivated sometimes but if you keep working at it you'll always improve. That's one of the great things about keeping a training journal. You might feel like you aren't getting anywhere but if you look back you can see everything you've accomplished and that will prove that you're getting better. Just don't give up.
In all seriousness, I'm probably fine, I just hold myself to unrealistic standards far too often. This may or may not be one of those times. I work myself harder than most people I know, but still feel bad for not pushing myself even harder.
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Do you have any kind of structured workout or do you just go with whatever you feel like doing? That can make a big difference in progress, too.
I get the APK WOD newsletter, so I like to keep a few of the good ones on my mind. If I can't think of a good workout, I just find the most recent good one, and do that. If not, my workouts are semi-structured. There are a few places at the local college that are good for training on. Each place, I can practice a few separate movements/muscle groups. I don't like leaving until I've trained at each place, but what I do there tends to vary with my mood/energy level.
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Also, have you tried getting friends to train with you? Sometimes you can make your own community.
Over the years (I started training in 09) I've managed to get a few people interested, and get a few people to even be training buddies for a while. No one really commits for more than a year, though. I wish I could take bigger steps for making my own community, but I'm not really good technique-wise, only strength-wise, so I can't really be a big leader.
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« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2013, 11:08:08 AM »
I've found another person who is interested and willing to learn. I think she might stick around for a while, too. Hopefully she starts tagging along soon, because I am in need of some serious motivation, or another set of eyes to find places to train, and styles of training. I'm not nearly as technically proficient as I should be after 4 years of calling myself a traceur. Now, videos that were once motivational are now depressing. Instead of thinking "Oh man, I can't wait until I can do that", I think "I can't even come close to that. I have nowhere where I practice that. With my training, I'll never reach that. I'm doing something wrong."

Right now, it's Sunny and warmish outside, and for the first day in a week, I have time to train, but here I sit, inside.

I need a community </3
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« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2013, 01:15:00 PM »
Happy Fathers' Day to all the fathers out there. My dad passed in April '09, so he wasn't around to celebrate. Instead, a workout. A nice and hard one, too.

Started out with some Armkiller Drills. I think I did 10 or 11. I lost count, but I always undershoot when I'm not sure, so I might've done more. I missed these. A lot. My fingers got nice and torn up

Two sets of the following:
-30 jumps to the 5th museum stair, making sure to get my heels all the way on the step. If my heel didn't entirely make it, I didn't count it.
-10 one legged jumps per leg to the 4th stair.
I'm getting so much stronger than when I started. On at least one of my jumps, my toes actually touched the 6th stair. That was exciting, considering when I started, I had to REALLY reach to get onto the 4th. These were super encouraging today.

10 pistol squats each leg
10 absolute maximum range of motion pull-ups. (I felt like I should do more sets, but I figured the muscle-ups were countable)
5 one arm push-ups each arm, straight into 4 push-ups on fingertips, then 6 on knuckles. I was going for a set of 10 fingertips, but my hands started to hurt, so I took the difficulty down.

I finished it off by spending 20 or so minutes on my slackline. My shoulders were getting too tired to hold my arms over my head to balance myself, so I figured I should pack it in. I love that line, though. Really good for your core. Also, it's always nice to impress strangers walking by.

Had a few awesome experiences this weekend. I managed to climb an awesome species of tree that had really thick branches all the way up, so I actually got to pop my head out the top of the canopy of the tree. THAT was cool. So serene.
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« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2013, 09:13:22 PM »
Well, last weekend was absolutely miserable. I spend 3.5 hours driving to Connecticut for a jam, and hurt myself after only being there two hours. The 4 hour drive home was super demoralizing. In those two hours, I managed to learn how bad I am at parkour, and realize that I spend all my time conditioning and never actually doing technique stuff... That will soon change. At least, I'd like it to, if the weather stops being awful, but that doesn't look likely at the moment.
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« Reply #18 on: July 05, 2013, 03:59:14 PM »
Just got back from a workout. Feeling great. I've been taking it easy on myself due to my CT injury, and the fact I spend 3 nights a week living in someone else's house...

Started out with armkiller drills. I did 11, I think. I felt great afterward, so I tried to do 3 sets of 5 muscle-ups. I did 6/5/3. I was super encouraged by the fact I could even do them. I mean, I struggled, but I did them.

After that, I went over to the museum for stair jumps. I did 4 sets of 25, making sure I got my heels all the way onto the 5th step. I don't know how many I failed, but I think I did ~110 jumps in tota. I'm getting much closer to the 6th step, and if I really work at it, I think I might be able to get it this summer. I took a rest between sets by doing push-ups knuckle first. I did a total of 40 knucklers and 10 on just my fingertips.

I went into the grass and did a core workout, followed by some handstand push-ups against a tree.

I realize that I spend too much time practicing FOR parkour and not enough time actually practicing parkour. I need a training buddy to really force me into practicing vaults or I'll just turn everything into a strength workout forever. Not that I'm really complaining, since I'm in the best physical condition I've ever been in... I would just like to be able to do basic vaults fearlessly.
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