July 2, 2011
I do some running, biking, swimming, and the occasional sprint triathlon. I am studying recreational tree climbing (with ropes) with a coach, and am slowly learning rock-climbing. 15 years ago I competed (poorly) in Olympic-style weightlifting (wherein the barbell is raised above the head.) At that time I was pretty strong. I'm 46 now and not so strong, but relatively fit, thought not particularly coordinated.
I would like to learn from others. I would like to experiment with a "Natural Method", perhaps now renamed MoveNat, workout, ideally with others. I would to improve my low-level, non-roped tree and rock climbing. I would also like to improve my balance, or at least become better at quadripedal motion. I have enjoyed using various activities in my daily workout, and hope to improve and enrich that with this group.
I don't know what has already been done, but here are some suggestions: 1) Run along the greenbelt, where one can do a small amount of tree-climbing (not very high), rock-lifting, perhaps practice carrying other human beings (quite challenging), and run. Then at the end swim a length or two at Barton Springs, perhaps in the morning before the recreationalists fill it up. 2) Create a "MoveNat" work team, where we work with the people removing invasive species or repairing trails to combine a workout with a useful activity. 3) String up some ropes among trees to practice horizontal rope traversals (I've done this in my backyard, not very well.) You can keep the rope close to the ground this way. This could of course be combined with running and other workouts. 4) Try to do a human-carry drill: have a group of 5 go as far as possible, always carrying one member (though the carried member can change.)
I am very interested in Hebertism and parkour. I am actually considering translating Georges Hebert's major work into English. I particularly like the motto "Be Strong to Be Useful." I am not a traceur, but I do "Natural Method" workouts.
My first meeting with this group was awesome. Tracy did a great job leading us in both a fun and strenuous workout that was more skill-enhancing than most gym workouts. It was a great group of people. If you read this review, consider joining us!