Movement, Strength

The Power of Breath

How you breathe – it changes everything. This was one of the most profound lessons we learned from our coaches at today‘s MartialArts4Children charity workshops. How you move, what (and how much!) you feel, your speed and accuracy of reaction, your mood, your flexibility, your (inner and outer) strength, all is connected to your breath. We… Read More The Power of Breath

Movement, Strength

Layers of Strength

Working towards specific goals (like surviving our Taekwondo black belt test!) is teaching me that everything builds in layers. Growth – Gaining strength, refining motor skills, deepening understanding, increasing ranges of motion, learning a new language, gaining maturity.. it all works iteratively. We learn in layers. Bit by bit. Rock upon rock. There can be leaps,… Read More Layers of Strength

Movement, Strength

Strength for February

A short recap of the last workout/strength practise session of the month – in this case also our Taekwondo belt test preparation workout. This February has been action-packed, with lots of dance events (and thus plenty loaded carries!), but not as much time taken on Sundays for focused strength work. Nevertheless, we managed to squeeze in 2… Read More Strength for February

Movement, Strength

Mending for Strength

Strength training (or any training) is, in a way, like mending clothes. Or mending Taekwondo Doboks, in today’s instance. Things become stronger where they are repaired. Our bodies (and thus also minds!) work the same. If there is a pressure/demand put upon it, we adapt. When we lift a weight, we become stronger. When we… Read More Mending for Strength

Movement, Strength

The Power of Love

Incredible how much (inner and outer) strength can be generated automagically when it comes to caring for and protecting the ones we love. We dare to speak up, we dare to take action, we dare to take a stand. A great creative power is unleashed when we are able to do or share/create for something… Read More The Power of Love

Movement, Strength

The Loaded Carry

No Kettlebell training for me this weekend, but instead I practised different variations of the Loaded Carry while on my teaching trip to Denmark. What is it? A simple, yet powerful strengthening (and posture/alignment) exercise: You carry a Thing. Or several things. Preferably on the heavy side. Like, for instance, a set of dance bags filled… Read More The Loaded Carry

Movement, Strength

Use what you have

This, of course, goes for everything in life. One of the exercises shown in the Nerdfitness Article I linked to in last week’s Post features a rubber band. It is used to strengthen the extensors – so an anti-grip exercise, of sorts. This is great to do in the ‘rest’ time between your training sets of… Read More Use what you have

Movement, Strength

Getting a Grip

Grip strength. What’s it for? Well, everything, apparently – as it translates into full body strength and overall health. It also relates to gentleness. Check out this great article by Nerd Fitness on improving grip strength, wrist mobility and hand flexibility. Interestingly, and partially relatedly, check out this Post by Bulletproof Musician on a simple grip-related trick… Read More Getting a Grip

Movement, Strength

A Gentle Approach

It’s the strong hand, not the weak one, that must learn to be gentle. Today was a day for gentleness. In all things practise, instead of an ‘all or nothing’ approach, sometimes the best way forward is to take a small (or considerable!) step back. To go deeper instead. In strength training for instance, ‘off… Read More A Gentle Approach