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Quick story... When I was a kid, all I had to do to get to brushing my teeth on a regular basis was learn about how cavities come about and eventually I would understand that if I didn't preventatively brush and floss my teeth on a regular basis, they'd more than likely rot and fall out over time.
It also helped that my dentist at the time had a large frame on his wall of various pictures of rotting teeth, deep cavities and horrible looking gum disease from the wrong treatments or lack thereof of learning the basic human hygiene.
Every room had the same horrible images (no wonder kids were scared as sh*t of the dentist). I was never exactly sure if those pictures were from his actual patients but I sure didn't want to find out.
SO, since then (I'm talking single-digit age here), regular proper brushing and (I sometimes forget) flossing were part of the daily routine. I Didn't even have a second thought about it. Just did it. It all just clicked. I didn't want to be in that picture frame. You can find a picture of me below, I must have been no more than 2 years old.
Practicing Kettlebells and our Movement Program are very much like brushing your teeth. The Practice itself is just like brushing your teeth, toothpaste included of course. The kettlebells are the floss.
There is NO NEED for more information. We need now the implementation. We all MUST do the work for our health. Sometimes I hate it, sometimes I love it, Sometimes I forget. But it's always something I feel I need to do to KEEP ME GOING without the thought of 'aging pains' the next day or me losing my teeth (or my sanity).
Both are HUGE Preventative tools that can literally wipe out a lot of currently unseen physical pathologies or health limitations. You just have to believe that what you practice as your "exercise routine" (proper teeth brushing+flossing) IN FACT DOES have a huge impact on your overall health and wellbeing.
Did you really need all the fancy machines and colorful things to make all the simple things happen?
YOU make things happen, You always have (note to self).
Today's #TechniqueTuesday -The 'Tea Cup' Exercise for Maximum Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Mobility
The following 'Tea Cup' practice should be placed just before your systems check and after a quick warmup. It's a great drill, and a little more advanced for those looking to gain the extra range and fine-tuned control through the shoulders, elbow, wrist and spine as you attempt to keep the 'Teacup' from falling off the saucer so-to-speak. Once you have one side down, work on the other, then together over time placing more stress on finding more isolated upper body mechanics. Practice only a few at a time at first. Go slow, steering your strength and finding near-perfect control.
Here's how you do it. Place a 'make pretend' cup on a saucer in your hand, I used my wife's iPad and a cup of Joe in the video ( don't tell her). Now, pass it through, under your armpit. Now, start to straighten out your elbow with your shoulder in full internal rotation keeping your palms up, don't spill it. From here, you can perform a 'pseudo-windmill' pattern through the hips to get through the rest. As you stand up, pretend like you are swiping the back of your hand on your brow, Steady.
It is essential that you learn to safely move through your hips and spine as well as your shoulder in performing this drill. Address your injuries and limitations first, then progress to this drill. Remember, Palms up. Practice!
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Junior Nartea, MA, ATC, CMP
"I strongly believe that Freedom of Physical Movement without limitation and or pain is the New Life Currency.