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Old 11-19-2005, 03:48 PM   #11
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If you want a rather good resource on stretching check out this one http://www.cmcrossroads.com/bradapp/...etching_3.html
I find they offer some rather good stretches in the section on training for the splits. The most important things to remember are
1) Stretch after workouts, making sure to stretch out muscles you have worked.
2) Hold your stretches for adequate time
3) Stretch regularly

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You just had to post some pictures that will drive me nuts until I can do them didn't you... out of curiosity, any training ideas for going from an lsit (on fingers), into a straddle planche? I have been working on transitions on the bars... but I am wondering if you have anything better.
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Old 11-19-2005, 07:00 PM   #12
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Ian,

Go to http://www.beastskills.com/. Click on Tutorials. You'll find your answer, plus plenty of other great info/pictures on training for gymnastic/bodyweight skills.

-Ralph
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Old 11-19-2005, 08:39 PM   #13
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Thanks Ralph I shall see what kind of damage I can do in the next couple weeks.
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Old 11-19-2005, 10:56 PM   #14
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Ian, the most difficult part on pressing through from an L to planche/handstand is the compression through the middle. You are going to need to be able to compress to a full pike against gravity. Sit on the floor, put your hands on the floor next to your knees then lift your feet as high as you can. (yes the cramping is normal). As you progress work so that you can do this motion with your fingertips right next to your heels. Work a lot of weighted leg lifts where your feet are under the bar at the top and hold it there a beat each rep.

Once all of that gets strong and your planche is strong you just put em together.
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Old 11-20-2005, 07:21 AM   #15
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Awesome. The rest day is over so I shall try that out today. Any suggestions on good weights to use?

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Old 11-20-2005, 03:40 PM   #16
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Gradually build it up. If you have those ankle weights with the drop in bars you can just put one bar in each. Ad a bar every week. In no time you'll have 10 lbs on each leg.
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Old 11-20-2005, 05:09 PM   #17
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I am not so lucky as to have such wonders as 'ankle weights'. I plan on tying something like a bag of rice/some books to my feet and trying it with that. Maybe put some stuff in a backpack and lift that. It won't be very accurate but it will let me add weight none the less...
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Old 11-20-2005, 05:37 PM   #18
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Just so you all know. Bricks are heavier than they look. One brick in a bag and all of a sudden leg lifts are a challenge once more. I figure by the time I can't fit any more bricks in the bag that regular l lifts will be a joke.
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