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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

KipQuest 2012! Where I'm at.

You may recall, I've set a goal to relearn a kip. Phase one is simply to work out more in order to get strong enough to complete the skill. Two weeks in, I look really similar to this chick

because we both have longer-than-shoulder-length hair. 

So here were my workout resolutions:
  • Go to gym 3-4 times per week. Check! (previously I had been going 2-3).
  • Add more leg lifts (and similar) as drills for kipping action. Check!
  • Stay longer than 15 minutes even if there's not a class holding me for 45 minutes to an hour. Check!
The last one is the hardest because I tend to bumble around the gym, skipping over intimidating equipment, if I don't have a particular assignment. I'm pretty proud that I run a mile each time I go, but that's all you're getting from me, runners. One miserable mile is torture aplenty. My plan is to continue this routine for a while before I actually try another kip. 

Meanwhile, ManArms up there says she goes  to the gym 1 1/2 hours, 6 days a week, tops. That's not crazy excessive. What the heck is she doing?? (Probably not killing time untangling her headphones or flipping through her iPod.) 


  1. I'm not sure where in the U.S you are located but there is a gymnastics organization called Sokol that has gyms set up all over the united states. They have been around since the 1860s. They have classes for all ages and competitions too! They have people In their 80's still competing!! My family is a gymnastics family and we have been apart of Sokol for over 100 years. I just thought I would share that info with you if you were ever interested and if you are located near one.

  2. Unfortunately I have never lived anywhere (Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi) near any Sokol gyms. This is primarily a mid-west thing, right? Another thing I always wished we had here--high school gymnastics. It's one reason why we lose so many talented kids to cheerleading. At the last gym I worked at, I don't think there were any recreational gymnasts over the age of 11. That's unfortunate, and retention of older gymnasts needs to become a bigger priority for USA Gymnastics, in my opinion.