Archive | January 2015

Bringing Sisu Back…

In the military people are berated for putting their hands on their hips. Possibly because this posture makes an individual appear bigger and the act of putting your hands on your hips could be seen as provoking a confrontation or assuming a position of authority that is inconsistent with rank. But is there more to it than that?
Mikko Salo said when he was asked why he didn’t lie down after a tough workout, “I once read an article about it: when animals surrender they go lying on their back. From then on I decided I would never go lying on my back. It’s a sign of weakness and surrendering. I’m never lying on my back.” I know a few if us were inspired to not lay down after watching that documentary but is there more to standing tall post WOD than just psychology?

I propose that a 200m walk at the end of a really hard workout is a great “core stability(CS)” accessory exercises you can do if CS is something you are working on. The act of lying down removes the need to stabilise your spine and if you put your hands on your hips you are making standing easier by reducing the unstable load at the shoulders ( by connecting it to the hips). So those of us that struggle to brace at any point while working out should resist the urge to lie or lean or sit and instead stand tall or walk it off in an effort to improve the endurance of the core.

Somebody at one of the courses I was at said the hardest thing they have ever done is a long duration standing meditation, I know in parade practice soldiers are considered “better” if they can stand unwavering in place for hours on end. I could never do it and all the fidgeting could be put down to finding rests for the core musculature as it fatigues.

Planks might be the answer, Pilates might be the answer but in all things awareness is the first step. If you find yourself eager to collapse on the ground, rest your head in your hands or your hands on your hips don’t. Posture up and walk it off. See if you can walk 200 before you rest.