söndag 2 september 2012
Learning the needs of my muscles
During the summer I have, as you know, not trained any karate but have stuck to strength training and stretching three times a week. During this time I have built up some of the strength I need, and have also learned to feel more what's happening with my body, what muscle is or isn't working as it should etc.
I'm not having daily problems any more, except for one last muscle (gluteaus medius, one of the smaller butt muscles) on the right side that still is a bit too active. So sometimes it likes to remind me that it's there and starts to either itch or sort of throb a bit (though without hindering my daily activities, or training). This, I was told, will go away when I've gained more strength and have learned more precise technique, specially when kicking yoko geri I have felt.
Otherwise I just need to keep on doing strength exercises, and stretching out particularly the right leg muscles. Both front, inside and back is a lot more tighter than the left. It's hindering me from doing correct techniques, so for now I just have to kick a bit lower on the right side to be able to do correct technique to work the right muscles.
It might sound like a lot to think of, but I just have to work it into my routines and be sure that I do some extra stretching after training in the dojo to help loosen the right side up a bit more.
Other than that, I feel great! And am able to participate more and more, taking fewer breaks. This month I will also try to train karate 3 times a week, and see what my body says about that!
Picture by: Sofia Danielsson