The team practices shoulder stands and various pull-up / one arm chin-up progressions, in what was a predominately a bent-arm strength Small Group training class. Small group training allows us to explore in more detail movement complexity and individualised programming that is not possible in the Large Group classes.
Yesterday's class was a good reminder that one should expose themselves to the challenge of adaption - in this case adapting to one's environment and the situation. We are used to the challenge of adapting to the environment in the context of moving through it, overcoming obstacles, adapting to the different demands that we might not find in a controlled indoor environment - for example the different demands on your grip when holding onto a wall. And there are many different walls! We adapt to the tools we have available from a suitable rail, to balance and vault on, finding targets for precision jumps suitable for the individuals ability, to a good wall to practice handstands, hanging, traversing and climb ups on.
What we had forgotten was that we also have to adapt to people! From being told we are too old to play in an empty playground, to various security guards telling us we couldn't do this, couldn't move there - mumbling some nonsense they didn't believe about health and safety. To dodgy characters stalking us looking for trouble, to young bolshy skaters, hyped up off of pizza and Mountain Dew practically marking their territory and complaining that we couldn't move where they were skating... You'd think we would have empathy from a culture often persecuted and moved on for their love of practice in public... not today. Did this stop us moving? Hell no.
And this is all said light-heartedly as we all saw the funny side of the social challenges presented to our usual movement based ones. We adapted, moved on when we had to and managed to carry out our practice in a variety of locations. It was wet and slippery, great for staying mindful and we did have the element of looking over our shoulder for an added practice of dealing with our sympathetic nervous response whilst staying focused! We kept moving and we moved well and overall we spread the love of moving (many looks of admiration, questions and a very nice lady who played photographer for us).
Here's Theresa (aka Big-T) performing an L-sit. She was already pretty strong when she first started training with us, but with hard work she has made remarkable gains in strength in a short amount of time.
A small selection of some of the crawling / locomotion and games in yesterdays class. We were going to use the "gym equipment"... but we got sidetracked. Featuring Benjamin Buus Pedersen Julia Testa Julien Brightwell Kristi Knapp Luccas Ruzzon Mellisa Damodaram Theresa Scheel.
Yesterday's small group class had this trio performing a variety of movement, from many different influences. Some of the things we got up to were: Sprinting, Handstands, hanging progressions, straight arm pulling strength and one arm chin-up progressions, locomotion inspired by Joseph Bartz / Ido Portal and various mobility drills. As always, the team is a pleasure to teach and move with.
Here's Benjamin low walking, whilst balancing at height at one of the group classes. For some - balancing on a narrow surface above head height may seem out of reach... but you would be surprised what you are capable of (speaking from experience, the fear can be conquered for example). Proper progressions are needed of course and certainly a few questions need to be answered... How is you squat? Do you have the required mobility and stability? Can you low / duck walk efficiently at ground level? Can you hold the static low positions required? Do you have the right mindset? Do you want to be able to do it? The questions go on... Hopefully we'll see you soon to explore some answers.