I just put down the hardest training day of my life with the rest of the Movement Camp attendees. 8 Hours training, covering mobility, free flowing movements, handstands, jumping and landing, balance work sprinting, I currently feel like I was hit by an artic lorry, and will be fronting up again at 8am tomorrow for the next session, which is with Ido. This is going to be short!

 

The day started with the best possible session with Shai. We performed quite a lot of segmented mobility (neck, chest, hips, and knees). This was an intellectual challenge as much as a physical one, and the creative element of the session really opened up the possibilities. We practiced moves and mobility exercises that move parts of the body in ways that you may not ever have imagined were possible, practiced different types of walking gaits. and put it all together to create a really energy building flow of movements. We finished up with 6 minutes of light bouncing, which felt absolutely great, especially after the first few minutes had passed. The intellectual challenge presented by certain activities was one of the key messages from today.

 

Next up, Odelia. Ido’s right hand. For me, this was the session that I found most technically challenging. Travelling around the floor on hand and knees, changing direction, and working on shoulder mobility, handstand technique, and kicking up to a handstand from various positions. Getting the handstand down is a big goal of mine that I am working towards, and I have dedicated quite a lot of time to getting the shoulders and wrists to the place where I can get up there soon! Odelia was a great teacher, and moved her fluency and prowess in movement absolutely blew me away. Getting t know where my body is in space, and developing the confidence in a upside down position (with hands on floor), as well as combining various types of movements together was where the real challenge came for me.

 

The last training session of the day was an absolute beast. John and Joseph held the session at the 500m track (yes, 500m), and we went from a load of balance work, to jumping and landing, strength work on the rings and in the handstand, and finished with about 40 minutes of running technique drills and sprinting drills. From a balance perspective , we spent around 30 minutes on games with our partners that out us into hard to hold positions, and then made it heard by having to reach out with arms legs, and head to various positions. Ido’s Zen archer game was then the order, and gave a really great opportunity for us all to test out our balance, and get to know people n the group a bit better. It was dark by the end of the session, and to say that I was bushed by the end of it was an understatement. However, this is why I am here. To learn from the best, train hard, and give this week all that I can.

 

The day finished (about 20 minutes ago) with one of the highlights of the camp so far. A lecture/ demonstration  from Stephen Jepson (check out his website by googling Never Leave the Playground). This man is 74 years old, and doing things that most able bodied 20 year olds could not manage n a month of Sundays. He works on expanding the brain and creating challenging and safe activities that allow just about anyone to stay active and stimulated by ever-changing challenges. This was a very thought provoking event, with Stephen demonstrating great skills, but more importantly, delivering his call to arms for us all to be more active, to perform daily activities that stimulate the body and mind, and expanding the brain constantly throughout old age. This talk deserves a whole post or series of posts for itsefl, so I might come back to it sometime soon.

Check this video out to see whats just outside my room in Phuket!