LOL Thanks, Hal. Yeah the foot thing has been an ongoing issue for about 4 years. Loosing feeling while running, most days it's like walking around with a pebble in your shoe. I finally got a doctor who understands the activity level I require. I had a physical therapist tell me to stop lifting, running, etc. I said, "Bye!" So my plan is to pretty much kick my own ass for the next 41 days. I think I will still be able to work core and upper body after the surgery but legs will be off limits for most of December. Which I'm not too pleased about as my legs are the hardest to tone but in the long run (no pun intended) this should have a positive effect.vegan hal wrote:This is terrific. nice goals. Good diet. A solid plan. And you can't go wrong with a kickass log title!
sorry to hear about needing the operation on your foot. I guess you'll ramp things up now so the downtime won't be so bad.
mmmmmm scones.... :drool: How did you know about my shopping habits??? creeper.Konstantin wrote:For cardio, you could skip and jump, but I would recommend that you cut down on the Wednesday activity of going shopping followed by buttered scones.
Sorry, couldn't resist that.
jmiller wrote: - dance cardio DVDs (hehehe guilty pleasure )
ESPN does a bit to show off the men's talents. And it's exciting that Stihl is really pushing to grow the sport to a more international level as well as a collegiate series here in the states. Now, to get the women some air time!! LOL some day...Frostfire wrote:I'm excited to hear more about your timbersports, I love watching those! The exhibition part of course being what is aired the most but the other stuff is amazing, toojmiller wrote: - dance cardio DVDs (hehehe guilty pleasure )
I hear that! I get to a zumba class whenever I can for the fun more than for the cardio
Well, quite a bit of my workout routine is based on my home life. The hubs is gone from Sunday afternoon till Friday afternoon, I have a kid, a dog, a cat, 3 horses, 22 acres, I volunteer for a mastiff rescue group and all the other "joys" that come with life. I do cardio very early in the AM before boy wonder gets up because I prefer doing it 1. on an empty-ish stomach and 2. would like a little bit of time to relax before I crash at night. As for the lifting, I can only manage to get to the gym 3x a week. (There is talk of a home gym this winter though.) With the help of a body builder friend (he's been at it for 12-ish years), we decided early 2011 that if I can break things up more and do 3x a week, I could make some good strength gains. I was doing 2x a week from april 2011 till early January 2011. By breaking the body up into three workouts I could get more exercises in, build more mass and obviously get stronger. For me, it's worked well. I came into my summer season the strongest I have ever been. I did a bit of reading and research on exercises, ect, to come up with what I needed/felt would benefit my schedule and goals. I'm lucky to be a mesomorph and have relatively good genes on my side.JP wrote:how have you built your current routine?
Strength and explosiveness is HUGE. Men excel at the chopping events because of this. From my point of view, the physique of men is simply better than that of women's for this sport. I have watched women chop (sawing is a little different) and fear for their safety because they eventually peter out if they are up against a piece of wood they don't have the stamina and strength to get through. Female bodies don't seem to get the idea that we need to move our hips and legs in standing block, too, till we teach them and hone them to do so. My saving grace this past summer has been my increased strength overall. I would love a stronger lower body/legs. The underhand chop (standing on top of the log), women do alright but you see a lot of chopping with the back and not using the legs. You watch men and it's almost a different movement all together. My doubles partner for jack and jill sawing worked with me a great deal on this and I'm getting there and it's paid off. In the standing block (chopping like felling a tree), the women lack a lot of the upper body strength to keep the axe up for down hits and leg strength to bend the knees and twist the hips (I can feel it in my quads if I've chopped correctly) for the up hits. I've come a long way with this event this year, having finally figured out how it should all work together. Many women will chop only with their upper body and disregard the hip movement, often leading to ruined axes and close calls w/ injury. The springboard chop (chop small pockets, put boards in, chop a standing block on top of board 2) is probably regarded as insane for women to do. Most have barely mastered chopping on the ground so putting them 8 feet in the air is crazy but I'm here to ruin the bell curve. lol I wanted to wait a couple more years, but my jack partner brought it up and I went for it. Timbersports is a full body sport. I can't think of a single event that doesn't work the whole body. LOL I guess I'm pretty wordy today. My apologies... In short YES! all of the above (power, strength, explosiveness & control) are key ingredients to being a success in this sport.JP wrote:i presume with your awesome sport you would aim to focus on strength and conditioning basics building power, strength, explosiveness and overall control?
a lot of folks seem to ask about this. For timbersports it's a little different. When swinging the axe, the bottom hand that stays in one spot on the bottom of the handle, that stays in one spot, while the top hand slides up and down the axe. The biggest thing with chopping is locking your wrists to hit with the heel of the axe. However, I have seen axes fly out of people's hands which is rather scary. With sawing it varies somewhat. With the long, cross cut saws, you actually want the grip on the handles loose so you move with the saw more. But the smaller bowsaw you keep a rather firm grip. LOL clear as mud right?JP wrote:oh and grip strength, does that ever become an issue in your sport?
jmiller wrote:Well, quite a bit of my workout routine is based on my home life. The hubs is gone from Sunday afternoon till Friday afternoon, I have a kid, a dog, a cat, 3 horses, 22 acres, I volunteer for a mastiff rescue group and all the other "joys" that come with life.
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