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    jje81 is offline Junior Member
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    Default Recovery from Naked Warrior

    Hello,
    Iím currently still an RKC, but plan to let that cert lapse (and was planning to do so before the recent revelations here at DD). The problem was twofold: I donít really teach anyone kettlebells, despite being a strength coach at a high school, and I wasnít good at lifting them. I lost site of the tension techniques and wondered why I couldnít get stronger. I became convinced that the best way for me to get reacquainted with my body and itís abilities was through bodyweight exercises. The Naked Warrior cert definitely piqued my interest. Also, I just got married and I need to maximize usage of my time, which may also have drawn me towards bodyweight exercises.
    Several years ago I tried the Naked Warrior. I was able to complete one one-arm push-up on each side and could rep (around 10+ reps on each leg) on pistols. I got incredibly tight so I stopped after I achieved the push-ups. My back was hurting and my hips were painfully tight. I didnít know any of the Fast and Loose quad shakes, or the shoulder shrugs, or vibrating movements for the arms. I didnít have any KBs then and didnít know what an arm-bar was. Nor did I know, or do, anything about mobility for the joints.
    So here I am, weak as can be and humbled by performing my one-arm push-ups on an elevated surface. I made a set of boxes using 3/8Ē plywood and some 2 x 2s. The boxes are stackable, in that the legs extend past the bottom of the box. Each box has holes cut in the top for the four 2 x 2 legs to fit into. I looked at the apple boxes online and refused to pay the price and the shipping. I also looked at aerobics steps, but those were not worth the price either. I am currently using two stacked boxes at a height of about 24Ē. I use a high-friction surface of carpet or a wrestling mat at work. Placing the boxes off of the mat and my feet on the mat also allows me to manipulate the height with which Iím working to a greater extent as well.
    Iím making progress, in that Iím getting stronger at the OAPU, which is my goal. However, Iím struggling to manage the tension which is accumulating. At times, I feel like I canít live without my foam roller. I do my Fast and Loose quad shakes, shoulder shrug exhalations, and arm vibrations, all from the RKC manual (I don't actually own Fast and Loose though). I have recently purchased Becoming Bulletproof and am incorporating Rolling, Rocking, and Cross-Crawls on a daily basis. I have Relax into Stretch, however, the only stretch that seems to really work for me is the Brettzel. I feel like I am most tight in my legs, hips, T-spine, neck, and shoulders. I tried some RIS stretches, with little success. What do any of you do or recommend to manage the tension that develops from performing these exercises using the proper technique?

    Joe

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    Reinhardt is offline Senior Member
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    WTF?

    I am not a RKC, but surprised i am.

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    Steve Freides is offline Senior Member
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    Joe, I'd find yourself someone to work with in person. There are a number of us in the RKC universe who are pretty good with flexibility work. You've also got a new book just out by Jon Engum - I haven't seen it but I'm sure it's excellent.
    -S-

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    jje81 is offline Junior Member
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    Comrades dorkfish and steve,

    Thank you for responding. I'm convinced i need to re-read relax into stretch. I did purchase the flexible steel e-book and find it useful for the additional joint mobility drills. I have only been practicing the becoming bulletproof resets for a week or so but feel that they are an excellent morning recharge to combat all the sitting i do. It seems that geoff neupert feels that traditional mobility drills may not be needed when doing the resets from bb, but i'm going to approach recovery from three areas: traditional joint mobility, becoming bulletproof, and more stretching via ris. I'm going to have to do a better job of implementing the ris stretches into my regime though.

    Comrade reinhardt,

    Why so surprised? I'm not above seeking out the help of those on the general forum.

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    Reinhardt is offline Senior Member
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    Com. jje81,

    i'm indeed surprised that a rkc seeks help from us normalos, but when i think about it, that's really a good thing.

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