Friday, March 12, 2010

October's video, revised

I should have waited a day, and posted this one.

The first half is, again, gait training in October. The second half is on a "Hip-Glute" machine, first in October, and the second last week. The recognizable difference is the different amount of weight.

I'm using my abdominal muscles (apparently I still have them), my lower back, my glutes, and a couple others. The weight on the machine sets a load that, when I'm pulling my legs up, assists me, and when I'm pulling the legs down, resists me.




This picture, also from last week, shows me trying to punch Jerry. He actually told me to, so no comments about beating up the help. The exercise was actually "alternating punches." Jerry was helping to keep me balanced.

Trust me, for someone who has been as sedentary as I have been, this is nowhere as easy as it sounds.



Today he stood behind me, while I punched at something that acts a little like a heavy bag. No pictures from today, though.

4 Comments:

Elizabeth McClung said...

Great video, I imagine it totally wipes you out though for a while, you are really putting the whole effort in. So, do you feel the hurting from your abdominals, does that mean there is some connection (at least for pain). I can't wait to see you on a modified heavy bag, though the pain to your biceps, forearms and pectorals will be severe (I am still recovering from Monday!).

Great video, I can see a lot of improvement. You seem to have better control on the left side of your legs, is that true?

Thanks for the videos.

Elizabeth McClung said...

Great video, I imagine it totally wipes you out though for a while, you are really putting the whole effort in. So, do you feel the hurting from your abdominals, does that mean there is some connection (at least for pain). I can't wait to see you on a modified heavy bag, though the pain to your biceps, forearms and pectorals will be severe (I am still recovering from Monday!).

Great video, I can see a lot of improvement. You seem to have better control on the left side of your legs, is that true?

Thanks for the videos.

Joyce said...

This video is great! It looks like you are getting stronger! Thank for the posting.
I see they still have not posted anything about you in their client listing yet.
Keep the postings coming. I look forward to each one of them.
Mom

Raccoon said...

Elizabeth, it doesn't wipe me out as bad as you might think. Yeah, it leaves an ache in my abdomen, but not too bad. Using the hip-glute machine I'm actually spending the whole time trying to feel the connection in the lower back, glutes and abdomen; that's the hard part. The machine itself is easy. Well, relatively easy.

I have to take a lot of breaks on the bag. Jerry has me hitting the bag for 60 seconds, then doing "Snow Angels" for 60 seconds and finishing with something called "Arm Shrugs" for 60 seconds, then repeating the whole thing two or three times. He allows me to take a thirty second break between the segments. By the second time through, I'm fighting to be able to finish the set. By the third time through, I'm taking a break in the middle of the segments as well.

I don't notice any real difference between the legs, myself. I know that they both seem to spasm about the same.

Joyce/Mom, they've got three pictures of me on their website. /Program/clients.html has most of their current clients listed.

I don't know about necessarily getting stronger, but I have been improving in my stamina and my balance. And the trainers say that they can feel initiation in my triceps and in my legs. I still have my quad belly, unfortunately, though. That's going to take a while to get rid of.

Bonnie, seeing the improvement is why I posted the updated video, as it had both the hip-glute from both October and from March, so the difference could be obvious. Some of it is hard work, some of it is hard "imagination," like trying to feel the connections.

Cassidy, yes, that's me!

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