onsdag 23 maj 2012

Foam roller

My foam roller arrived yesterday. I've tried it out a few times already, and I must say it's really effective! I could feel that my side muscles and tendons on my legs becoming a bit more loose after the first session. Today I tried out some more massaging positions, specially one for my groin muscles. The muscles felt a bit tender when I rolled over them, so I didn't massage them for too long. After a while I will probably be able to extend the massaging of each muscle group, but I'll start up easy and work from there.

Even though I've only used it a few times, I would recommend it to anyone who has stale muscles. Just use it to roll over your problem areas whenever you feel like it! There are plenty of guides out on the internet to find good techniques to really get to the muscle you want to massage.

On a side note, I've started a new project. During the summer I will train to be able to do chinups! I put up my chinup bar and have started slowly by doing "walk-the-plank" 6 reps 3 times. This week I increased it to 6 reps 4 times. This is to get used to a new type of exercise. Since I take so long in building up muscle mass, I don't want to overwork my body.

Two weeks ago I started working full time, which means I haven't been able to train as much as I want to yet. It will probably take me a few weeks more to get to where I feel I have the energy to train a bit more than I have done the past few weeks. The positive thing about work is that since I walk so much I have started to build up some more leg muscles! I'll probably improve some of my leg stamina too.

Next Thursday the club is closing for the summer, and I can start focusing more on building muscle mass and taking care of my muscles a bit more than I recently have. Hopefully this summer will be a welcomed break, and I will return to the dojo in August stronger and more ready to train for the black belt exam next summer!

Picture by: Jørund Vedumsdalen
Edited by: Sofia Danielsson

lördag 19 maj 2012

Things are starting to happen

A lot has happened these past few weeks. Had a few important visits with the chiropractor, got a full time job, went to the doctor to take some tests, training with Watanabe sensei, Norway's National Day, and today was the belt exam for some of the clubs karatekas.

Things are changing, some for the better, some for the worse. As I have started working full time I do not yet have the energy to also train late at night. But I'm counting on building up some stamina to be able to do so. Though there are only a few trainings left before the dojo closes. But for now, I have to be in bed at 22:00 at the latest to be able to function as normal at work.

I'm starting to learn my hips' limit, I almost crossed it this week at training with Watanabe sensei on Monday, regular training on Tuesday and celebrating Norway's National Day on Thursday. But tomorrow I will try to do my full program of strength exercises.

As for the test I took. They were just to see that all my blood values are normal etc, due to me feeling a bit tired a few weeks ago. I'm still waiting to hear the results. Though am hoping to hear nothing, as that means my values are normal, and that my tiredness was just bad timing of different things.

Today's exam went well for our karatekas, not all of them got new belts but that just means we have something to work for and improve on until next time! And I hope everyone will pass at Christmas.

söndag 6 maj 2012

On the right path!

Last week I had yet another visit to the chiropractor to loosen up both my hip and my back. After the treatment we had a talk about what the outlook of my karate future looks like. She told me I have to slow down on all the rotating kicks. For example, instead of kicking 100 times I should stop at 50. And it seems like my body takes extra long time to build up and learn than most other bodies, so I have to take that in to consideration. Plus she was a bit disappointed in my glute- strength, so I got yet another exercise to start them up again.

Of course this is not something you would like to hear. But it also gives me motivation to keep on training and improving my strength and technique so that I can hopefully train normally some day.

On Wednesday this week I had a revisit, due to my back still being stale. We had a bit more ingoing talk about everything and she answered my questions I had written to her in an e-mail the week before. It was still the same, do less of the rotating kicks, but stick with strength exercise, stretching and massaging the muscles I have trouble with. And it seemed like she also was positive about my training plan. So it felt like I got some kind of closure on this whole ordeal, and a lot more motivation to continue training and improving for the black belt test next summer!

Though, if the hip troubles are coming back during the summer they might get an x-ray on my hips, because then it'll point on this being something chronic. I'm hoping these last visits has been because of me not being consequent with the stretching and strength exercising, and I expect to feel a big difference after the summer when I have had more time to focus on strength rather than karate. Hopefully it will help to stabilise my hips.

I'm also planning on ordering a foam roller to help with massaging the stale muscles. Up to now I have used a 1,5 litre soda bottle filled with water to massage. But I don't feel its effective enough. Plus I'm a bit scared of putting to much weight on it. I don't want it to explode all over the flat!

So even if all of this is sounding a bit depressing, I'm keeping a positive mind. I do believe this is a hurdle I will be able to get over. Maybe I won't be able to kick to the head, but I do believe that one day I will be able to do all of the rotating kicks with perfect technique! I just have to keep at it, and just let things take the time it needs.

Picture by: Jørund Vedumsdalen
Foam roller picture: Foam roller