New technique

August 6, 2009

I invented a new technique whilst working out yesterday. It requires a large rubber band, the kind used for yoga stretching. Wrap the band around a smith machine bar set at just below waist height, then step inside the loop of the band you created.

Now walk backwards, resisting the tension of the band. Keep moving away from the smith machine until the band is under extreme tension. I have heard that ‘Hooke’s law’ can help you to calculate the extent to which you can safely stretch the band, and I heard that Cole’s Law is also quite good, but I haven’t had a chance to try either of these yet.

Then, launch yourself forwards with maximum force. As the bar of the smith machine approaches you, leap over it. Repeat 3 times.

This technique trains your muscles in resisting the band, your reflexes in avoiding the bar, and your tendon/ligament strength when you have to decelerate.

I have noted that some gym-goers who are less enlightened dont understand the purpose of this technique and can be amused or confrontational about it, especially when you first start, and missing the bar is quite difficult. For that reason you might want to try this in a quiet place first.

You can also reverse this technique to train the opposite muscles – run away from the bar as hard as you can until the tension cannot be overcome and snaps you back towards it. This technique also conditions your body to withstands impact so would be suitable for kung fu training programs.

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