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Well after being enamored by the idea of everyday gymnastics wherever I may go I've decided to start doing some serious training towards Parkour and other various exercises. Preliminary goals include:

1)- Greatly Increase Upper Body Strength - All through high school I was in cross country non-stop and still I balked when the coach asked us to do upper body strength weight lifting. As such a month ago I could only do 2-3 pull-ups. It was only recently I was able to complete the APK warm up to completion.

A)- The muscle up. I have yet to build enough strength to transfer my hands, or to hold my body up with the false grip.

B)- Full Planche Progress

I've heard that using Planche Exercises will greatly increase strength. I'm hoping to gain it all through bodyweight exercises only as I have no weights or gym available to me. I do however have a couple of really good playgrounds within 1.5 miles from me.

Push: Push-ups Planche Progression with this for help in form,
        Planche and eventually tuck and adv tuck for greater endurance / strength
        Handstand Pushups for increased agility and balance

Pull:   While limited and dismayed at the lack of decent width bars to perform a full spectrum of pull up exercises on (I use the fire escape ladder but that doesn't have the room to allow progression to a muscle up) I will make do with front and back bar levers at a local playground.

Core: I'm actually having a hard time figuring out how to properly build strength here. I'm currently doing crunches, leg lifts and yoga sessions but I wish I could better isolate this area, any suggestions would be helpful. Remember: I do not have access to exercise equipment, although I would consider getting those little bar things on the ground that I see in videos, if anyone can tell me the name.

For legs a series of squats and intense sprinting will help me out there as I already have the endurance to jog 20-25 miles at a slow pace, but for the first time in my life someone beat me in a sprinting race. I didn't like that ;)

So Here is where it stands: it's really hard to quantify these things into a proper routine, but I was hoping someone could walk me through the process knowing my goals and plans. Keep in mind that on Mondays and Wednesdays I do Aikido for 2 1/2 hours.

Injuries - Discussion / Yet another shoulder thread
« on: June 17, 2009, 10:50:42 AM »
I've gone to 3 fitness trainers and a doctor and they can't seem to come up with anything.

A while back when i first started to train for Parkour I noticed that my shoulder clicks when I move it in such a manner:

Elbow bent at ninety degrees, arm horizontal with ground to position 2 perpendicular to ground.

It doesn't hurt but it definitely clicks and I'm not sure what to do to correct this problem.

Secondly a new symptom, perhaps related, perhaps not, is that I have been experiencing a sort of numbness and tingling sensation toward the base of my right shoulder blade, toward the center of my back. What is this and once again what are the conventional methods of correcting it?

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