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Offline Matthew Menze

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101 ways to Train Anytime...
« on: December 14, 2007, 08:21:58 AM »
Everyone of use has thought of something you can do in your spar time to train, walking along curbs, tensing the muscles in your hands for isometircs, opening doors with your fingertips...ect. So, I figure, why not make a big list for people looking for things they can do when their not training to improve themselves, even in a small way. So, post any little things you have found you can do in your day to day activities that helps you imrpove your skills in parkour.

1. Walking along curbs (Huge help for balance)
2. Iron Claw Hand Isometrics (ask for a picture if you don't know what I am talking about.
3. Taking steps two or three at a time (find it makes climbing stairs faster, and a bit of a leg exersize).
4. Opening doors with one or two fingertips (strengthens fingers)
5. Using your left hand instead of your right hand  , or vice versa(developes dexterity in your non dominate hand.)
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 between the sounds and open wide to suck it in, I feel it move across my skin. I'm reaching up and reaching out, I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me. And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been. "

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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2007, 09:21:18 AM »
Close your eyes while walking and try to keep in a straight line. Sidewalks are good cos there's usually grass on either side like bumpers :)
Take inventory of yourself, constantly. What you find yourself lacking in, work on it. There is no quicker way to progression.
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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2007, 09:55:34 AM »
7. Hold your breath while walking/running and estimate how far you can get, exceed that distance
8. kong up the top of stairs
9. spin going up and down stairs
10. walk as silently as reasonable
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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2007, 10:22:56 AM »
The silent walking is a big one, can't believe I forgot that. It helps make everything you do smoother, and it's always nice realising how much quieter you are then other people after a few weeks of working at it.

11. Walk on the balls of your feet with your heels varying distences from the ground.
12. Walk with each foot being placed directly infront of the last (helps with balance because it gets you used to walking like that on railings)
13. Wrist stretches, you can do them anywhere, and strong flexible wrists are important for almost everything you do.
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 between the sounds and open wide to suck it in, I feel it move across my skin. I'm reaching up and reaching out, I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me. And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been. "

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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2007, 10:34:01 AM »
14. when I'm on a train I use my backpack as a finger exerciser, "curl" it up with each finger on each hand as many times as you can bear.
15. hang around ... grab a bar, bottom of stairs, anything and hang as long as you can from either hand or both
16 -stretch :) many stretches can be done without being socially akward - arms, hands / wrists / ankles calves
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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2007, 12:15:40 PM »
17) when walking towards couch or bed...jump over it or do a flip onto it.
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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2007, 01:32:59 PM »
18) Identify two points in front of you. Estimate how many steps it will take to go from A to B. Vary the distances from 3-4 steps, to 50-60 steps.

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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2007, 01:44:22 PM »
19. skip the elevator for the stairs, even if you have a hotel room on the 8th floor.
20. skip the grocery cart for the basket.
21. when going to a store that has carts, park near the farthest, most empty cast corrall.  vault over the bars.  then walk to the store.  during this walk you may incorporate any of the other relevant ideas here.
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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2007, 01:46:15 PM »
wow. i butchered "cart corral."
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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2007, 01:57:05 PM »
22. practice standing on one foot (while doing dishes, while waiting for the bus, etc)
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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2007, 01:59:28 PM »
23. Handstands against wall while watching TV

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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2007, 02:22:23 PM »
24. Wall sits instead of chairs
25. Run dont walk

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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2007, 02:25:26 PM »
24. Try balancing on the tips of your toes, not the balls of your feet. People in ballet know what I'm talking about.

25. walk/jog/run to school, friends house, work, etc.. instead of using a car.

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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2007, 02:29:06 PM »
26. Keep a gripper in your car.. Great stress relief when you're stuck in traffic
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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2007, 03:42:27 PM »
27) strengthen your shins/ankles by flexing your toes up and down during class, work etc...

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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2007, 03:47:51 PM »
Work your lats using your kitchen sink, or bathroom sink, or any other counter top with a decent grip.  Starting from a catgrab position, pull yourself up while keeping your arms straight.  Here's a 1, 2, 3 visual of how this might look:

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Position your feet to partially support your weight (i.e., don't put them flat up against the counter, but leave your heels on the ground), but try not to use your legs as leverage as much as possible.  Here's how I place my feet:



Having this little extra support A) saves your cabinets, and B) means your not having to pull up your full body weight.  This allows for:  more reps [and/or] focus on technique [and/or] very slow reps (for control and strength) [and/or] isometric holds at any point, etc., etc.  If you find they are too easy, try with one arm.  The possibilities are endless!

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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2007, 04:54:53 PM »
29.  Do a pull up on anything, anytime, everytime you can.

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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2007, 05:06:07 PM »
29.  Do a pull up on anything, anytime, everytime you can.

Especially in doorways (assuming it can hold your weight... Always check first!).  That's a great way to work on grip and forearm strength!
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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2007, 05:30:10 PM »
30. Visualization, anytime you think of it, imagine doing whatever skill you are currently working on. Imagine every aspect of the motion in perfect form, imagine how it feels to do it, what muscles you need to contract...ect. Every detail you can think of, imagine it. This is a huge part of learning skills, and the more you apply it, the more it helps. I also find it helps to think about it right before bed...You tend to dream of it then, which has the same effect.

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Re: 101 ways to Train Anytime...
« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2007, 06:33:43 PM »

 I was about to talk about visualization also, most people dont think of it as a form of exercise but it helps you get moves faster. Obviously visualize the goods not the bads.

 - Precision on to anything, regardless of distance (sidewalks are you approach, little wall those with plants on it, big rocks randomly on the street, curves etc)

 - when going somewhere like the store, ATM whatever. Walk with a semi fast stead yet relaxed pace, and vault little obstacles, rails, little walls, without running to it, just keeping the same walking pace. Try not to stutter your feet, and keep the momentum as you go. Like walking PK, keeping your body relaxed and trying not to use much energy, you should not breath heaily. Take it as a meditation PK. It will help you really find what muscles to use to conserve energy and keep you fresh.

 - walk on grass/sand not concrete. Good for calfs.

 - Always train your mind with what you see around you if you are not trainning. I think we all do that anyway.

 
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