People that go to the military, especially those that have gone through special forces training, make “being tough and rugged” part of their identity. This applies to serious athletes as well. This also applies to the yoga enthusiast that went through their 200hour certification course. Committing oneself to a goal over a long period of time and then reaching that goal will change the way one perceives oneself.
The problem here is that even if you haven’t practiced your “craft” in years, you still think you got it.
Once a [fill in the gap], always a [fill in the gap]. That may be true but only with regards to the mindset you developed during training.
The physical attributes and skills are probably all gone.

I decided to start practicing my circus skills again. What a humbling experience. It’s not like I was great or anything, but I sure as hell was stronger, more flexible, more fit. Getting back in shape (with a particular discipline or activity) needs to be approached with caution.

Lesson 1: Scale everything down (alot)

Lesson 2: Warm UP the joints you’ll be using by doing mobilization movements that resemble the skills you’ll be working on.

Lesson 3: Don’t talk during the warm-up. This is the time to ground yourself in your practice.

Lesson 4: A practice session should look like this:
Mobility >> Stability >> Strength DrillsĀ  OR Mobility >> Stability >> Skillwork followed by light Strength Drills

Lesson 5: Each discipline is it’s own game and has it’s own Set X Rep scheme.
With bouldering I will try the same route 10 times in a row with no break sometimes. It doesn’t always look pretty. But I get stronger with every session and being stronger allows me to then work on the less important, aesthetic aspect of the climb.
With circus disciplines, elegance is important. But making something so difficult look graceful and effortless makes the exercise even harder.

Lesson 6: Low Sets x Reps. Keep it between 3 sets of 3 reps to 4 sets of 5 reps. This is to avoid injury and exhaustion.

Lesson 7: Breaking down a move into smaller components allows you to pay attention to details you otherwise wouldn’t notice. You can then work on each segment and transition individually with more precision.

Lesson 8: When you go to practice, ALWAYS GO WITH A PLAN! Without a plan, you dabble. You can always play at the end of the session, but not during the session.

The 3 skills I randomly chose to work on:

  1. Tuck Through >> Hocks Hang>> Straight Leg Pop On to Sit >> Shitty Pop Off to Straddle Hang >> Catchers Lock >> Straight Leg Pop On to Sit
  2. Inversion >> Pike >> 1/2 German Hang >> Roll Back with Bent Arms to Standing
  3. Half Angel on One Side

 

Till next time..

Eat, Move, Play