Thursday, December 23, 2004

Holy Straddle Planche Batman!!!

Three cheers for digital cameras!! No sooner did I post about my difficulties with the straddle planche, then I decided to give it another go and use the digital camera to see my exact body position.

Lo and behold, on one of the first shots, I see this!


What a site to see! Although. . . where's my head???

I took several more pictures with different camera positions. Most were a better shot of my ceiling or my bed, than anything I was doing. With a bit more trial and error and some dumb luck, I was finally able to get some decent shots.


a little high for my taste, not quite as level as the first.


Better, legs still look a bit high.


Eh, a bit too low now.


Alright, now I'm just too tired.


After this fiasco, and the crooked one legged planche shots previously taken (the camera rested on a pile of pillows), I'll just ask for my girlfriend's help in picture taking.

But I digress.

This time around, I just leaned forward and pressed into the straddle planche instead of lowering down. I think it was easier because I was not wasting energy balancing in a handstand from the start. Each was held for a solid 2-3 seconds on average.

Most importantly, I pinpointed the root problem I have with my straddle planche - I don't know where my legs and hips are!!! Of course I'm trying to level my body out, but since I'm exerting maximum effort (and things get worse when I get tired), I just don't have adequate awareness of where I am in space.

Interestingly enough, I always thought my efforts looked like the last picture in the line. I was flexing my lower back so much, that I was sure my hips were far too low. But apparently, this was not the case.

It was all pretty exciting, and I know now that I can use the straddle planche in training. I'll still focus on the advanced tuck and one legged planche, as I can hold those longer. In addition, I'll start focusing on the advanced tuck pushups with more gusto now. When I improve my time on those skills, I'll improve my hold on the straddle planche and be able to control my hip level.

And once the straddle is mastered, it's just a hop, skip, and jump to a full planche, right? hello? hmmm.


EDIT: I'm hoping to catch a video of this in the very near future. I may not be holding it for any considerable time, but even a short video removes the doubt of photo trickery.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's great. That will spur me on to get mine nailed. I think mine is a bodyweight issue. Having done weight training for years and carrying some excess weight I've been trying to shift it since taking up gymnastics. At 5ft 8" I've dropped from 200lbs down to 175 lbs in 5 months but ideally I'd like to lose another 14 lbs to get the weight strength ratio more in my favour.

Paul
paul@paulcorfield.com

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well - as ever awesome stuff! I take my hat off to you as you are making amazing progress. Keep it up!

Cheers

Ambrose

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