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Considering fitness, and how I don't have any.

I wonder if I could walk into my gym and say ..

By May, I want to be able to do the following:
- splits (forward and side)
- walk 10m on my hands
- do a handstand from a seated start

... whether that would be achievable. Hm.

Date: 2009-01-09 02:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maiden945.livejournal.com
I think it would be achievable, I've never been able to achieve the splits all the way down but i guess that just depends on how flexible people are... and the others would depend on upper body strength i guess, but i think you could do it after 3 months if its consistent....

Date: 2009-01-09 10:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sheep-head.livejournal.com
Yeah, those goals seem to have more to do with flexibility than fitness. I would be aiming for more cardio- related goals, but meh.

Date: 2009-01-09 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aiofe.livejournal.com
Well, they're strength/flexibility/balance. I spose I could throw in being able to run 5k in there, just to leaven things a bit.

Date: 2009-01-09 11:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] aquaeri.livejournal.com
If you've never had much upper-body strength, I'd allow longer to build up to handstands and walking on your hands. If you'd like a specific by-May goal, maybe look at how many pushups (full-length and from your knees) you can do now and pick a goal based on that.

I've also never been to a gym that was much good at actually helping people improve flexibility. Most of what I know I've learnt from my own experience, and reading Kit Laughlin's books

Date: 2009-01-10 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aiofe.livejournal.com
Thanks for the link :)

I recall when I was a lot younger having significantly more upper-body strength than I do now. For eg - I could do chinups, handstands, and cartwheels for a fair distance no worries.

I've done the pushups thing - thing is, pushups are not my actual goal, and training to do pushups in the past has resulted in me being able to do pushups, not what I'd like to do (which, in this case, is handstands and variations thereof). I'd rather push my goal-time out than change what I'm aiming for at this point, if that makes sense?

Date: 2009-01-10 11:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] aquaeri.livejournal.com
When did you have the upper body strength? Pre-puberty? Thing is, when our (women's) hips come in, our shoulders and elbows have to adjust so our arms aren't trying to hang inside our hips. And our centre of gravity moves down - useful for staying upright, not so handy for being upside down. You might be lucky, but I know I'm not :-).

And yeah, better to move the goal time if there's a specific goal you have in mind, but I wasn't sure if it was the time or the goal that was important to you.

Date: 2009-01-10 03:10 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] gwen.livejournal.com
It does seem a bit over ambitious :P But if you're driven and willing to pay a personal trainer then they will definitely be able to help with your goals.

Date: 2009-01-10 02:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aiofe.livejournal.com
Yeah, there was a subtext of "and here's my credit card" to the above :P

Date: 2009-01-10 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] binarysunset.livejournal.com
lol well, u should walk in and see what they respond to that!

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