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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:56 am 
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Doc - when I first started doing those split squats I had the most horrific balance problems ever. You'll be surprised at how quickly you get used to it.

One thing that really helped me was to "pack the neck". You've probably heard that advice regarding deadlifting and a few other exercises, but it made a huge difference to me when I tried it. I found it was easiest to do if I just picked a spot a couple of feet ahead of my lead foot and stared at that throughout.

I also found it got a little easier when the dumbells you use get a bit heavier, easier to use them as counterbalances


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:59 pm 
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Thanks, Bob. I've struggled with these before. I'll try your cue. I read an article somewhere, maybe Cressey, about doing unilateral legs with a single DB, partly to work the core more, I think. I'll try that, too.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:01 pm 
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na man single dumbell's for people who are less of a man than you. You have the power, believe in yourself


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:12 am 
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that was me trying to be motivational by the way


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Thanks. I appreciate it. I now feel very motivated. I'm still going to try the split squats and step-ups with a DB in one hand!

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 8:21 am 
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heh, I'll know not to waste my Richard Simmons-esque motivational powers on you ever again.


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Well, I'm going to try it with very heavy dumbbells, if that is any consolation to you.

Do you make videos? "Sweating to Old Scottish Ballads?" Or, "Sweating to the Pipes"! Ooo, I like the idea.

My wife once convinced me to do aerobics to one of Simmons' videos. In fact, it was indeed the classic "Sweating to the Oldies". I think I did it twice, and quit in disgust in the middle of the third time. Kind of a good idea, and I know that he has helped a lot of people, but ugh! Not me.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:52 pm 
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is that more anti-Scot racism again? I warned you about that last time...

we didn't really have Richard Simmons in the UK, I only know about him because of reference to him in American pop culture. We had this guy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5G5b-CSTUsk&feature=fvst

Mr Motivator! He was great. My mates call me Mr Motivator to make fun of me for all of the time I spend in the gym, then I make fun of them for being so out of shape and so on. You know how it is.


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Racism? Of course not! I make a great suggestion as to how you could become rich and famous, and instead of offering me a small royalty, you accuse me of racism! And against the Scots, no less, some of my favorite people. Scotland was my ancestors'* favorite place to visit. I'm sorry about all the raping and pillaging they did whenever they dropped by, by the way.

Watched the clip, BTW. Wonderful. He has Richard Simmons beat all to pieces. And his young assistant in the yellow top and socks is cute, too. Not as pretty as Richard Simmons, but cute. I noticed the restrained journalistic style of this program. I'm sure those closeups of her top were accidental. Mr. Motivator can't last forever, so you will have to be ready and poised to step into his role when he fades from the scene.

You'll need a good name to go by. Maybe we can have a contest to name you.

*I'm Norwegian, by the way.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:24 am 
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I forgive your ancestors for all the raping and pillaging, it's ok. Who knows, maybe if I trace my ancestry back far enough you and I are related?

Haha, I'm glad you liked the clip! I didn't actually watch it but I remember him from early morning TV from when I was a kid. There's a thread going on just now about exercise for elderly people, well Mr Motivator must be well into his 50s by now! And he can still rock that spandex like a guy half his age. That could be you Doc if you keep training hard.


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Bob's ancestors did their share of raping and pillaging. I have an ancestor names Scott that came from Dumfries. The Scotts were a prominent thieving family that use to run across the border into England, do their nasty deeds and run home again. You know I'm very proud of that part of my background. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_Reivers

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:23 pm 
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haha, yeah us Scotts are a force to be reckoned with.

As I understand it, having dark hair and eyes means I'm likely to have Celtish ancestry

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celts


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Jungledoc wrote:
'm Norwegian, by the way...........


With Bennett as a surname?

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Proper Knob wrote:
Jungledoc wrote:
'm Norwegian, by the way...........


With Bennett as a surname?

Ah. My Dad has ancestors from every population that immigrated to N America before 1800--English, Scottish, Irish, French. Plus Native American for good measure. So I don't really identify with any one country of origin. My mom's maiden name was Gudmundsen, and her parents both born in Norway. I knew them well, and a great-grandfather, great uncle and even a great-great uncle. So that's what I relate to when I think of ancestry.

Americans are funny that way. We are fiercely loyal to the US, but we all have to brag about where our forebears came from.

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Jungledoc wrote:
Americans are funny that way. We are fiercely loyal to the US, but we all have to brag about where our forebears came from.


A distant(ish) relative of mine traced my dad's mothers (make sense?) side of the family tree. I have some long distant relatives who moved out to the US sometime at the beginning of the 20th Century. Virginia i think?! Their descendants still live and work on the farm today.

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