Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Cross Country...

In my post just a few moments ago, I failed to mention that the effects of a previous class on Monday is also having lingering effects on my body. Prior to Log training, some of us that participated in Log Training also participated in Cross Country exercises.

Cross Country in Nabard Combat entails the use of controlled kicks with weights on each leg (at the ankle) and in this case on our waists as well. Each set of kicks are marched from one end of the academy to the other at which point we turn around and repeat the exercise back to the starting end. These combination kicks are controlled and continuous all the while focusing on the muscles of the entire body to provide the balance necessary to perform the kicks with the added weight at the ankles.

Well, with Monday's Cross Country exercise Master was a little creative. We were to hold each kick with precision and purpose (not unusual in itself), then step into a deep lung/squat before continuing the kick combination. Either of these things is in itself not unsual. However Master used this approach for the entirety of the class resulting in extra "special" benefits. The additional focus on the deep lunges and squats while continuing the kick combination contributes to the Nabard student's conditioning and strength. It also helps having 10 lbs on each leg and a waist weight belt...

Some New and Some New "Again" Exercises

With as many available exercises as we have with Nabard Log Training, it is no wonder that we sometimes develop new exercises as well as rediscover those older exercises which are really fantastic. Well, this past Monday night was one of those classes where we explored new exercises. Let it be known that they were fun and more than efficient at creating a powerful workout. I am feeling the workout still the day after and believe that I will continue to realize the effects of the class again tomorrow.

Couple the new exercises with the constant revisiting of older tried and true exercises and there is never a reason for boredom. Current count has our exercises in the hundreds when variations are considered, so each class brings its own feel and unique experience.

I can only imagine what is yet to come!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Unique Class Today

Well, it has been a long time since my last post. I have been busy once again and working a lot of hours. Time was a commodity that I did not have... I will try to post more as we move forward again.

Now to my topic.

Class today was interesting to say the least. We were well into the class when a group of military men walked in. We quickly set them up and explained a few basic moves and the proper way to hold the logs. Seeing how fit they were, I was a little nervous about my ability to give them a full workout like we do our other practitioners.

They progressed well through the class, but it didn't take long for them to see the benefits of Log Training. There were constant comments on how well the exercises were working and how much they could feel what we were doing. There were also grunts and hard breathing, as well as the ubiquitous dropping of feet when doing our horizontal and vertical extensions.

In the end, they were commenting on the effects and their liking of Log Training, and I was pleased that we were able to give them a complete and worthwhile exercise. I think the quality and intensity of the class surprised them and speaks to the quality of what we have begun with Log Training.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Comparisons Between Nabard Log Training and Kettle Bell Exercises - Part I

There is are a lot of sources out there for Kettle Bells and Kettle Bell training routines. While there may be some validity to the Kettle Bell and its approach, I believe that Nabard Log Training and the Nabard Logs have much more to offer when compared to the Kettle Bell as well as other exercise devices and routines. Over the next few posts I will illustrate some of the key differences with the devices themselves and the exercises in which they are used. Follow along and let me know you thoughts.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

It comes to an end...slowly

Well our trip into DC is coming to an end, however slowly. Our subway ride was delayed and the warrior had to talk sense into the station manager. After a little one-on-one, the manager agreed that it was in everyone's best interest to get the subway running again right away. We are now approaching the final stop. The warrior tips hit head to DC upon his departure.

Sharing Words of Wisdom with Abe

The Log Warrior was really having a good time with Abraham Lincoln. They were sharing words of wisdom with one another for quite awhile until Abe realized that he was no longer paying attention to the public. After a brief head nod, Abe went back to the public audience.

King of the World!

It got kind of hectic there for a while. The Log Warrior was jumping up and down screaming "I'm King of the world!" over and over. It all ended quickly when the White House guards tackled the warrior and zip-tied his hands. He promised to act more calmly and the guards let him go. He is a celebrity after all.

Not quite a Rocky Balboa moment, but...

Ever wonder where the metal logs originated?

This tree started it all...

Hanging out with some old friends

Who knew that the warrior would find some old friends at the Smithsonian?

On the Mall

The Log Warrior made it. He is now taking in the sites of DC.

Deep under Washington DC

Well the warrior is a little bit excited. He is close to the sites of Washington DC.

Getting on the Metro to DC

The Log Warrior is a little upset with me. He wanted to take his logs into downtown and workout on the steps of the White House. I wouldn't let him and I tried to explain the security issues. He was still sad and as you can see he was pouting in this photo.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Log Angel

It was hard to concentrate on the last blog post with all of the noise coming from behind me. The Log Warrior was making a "log angel" in the snow and was creating quite a stir with all of his excitement. I warned him about the yellow snow. I hope he remembers.

Look at the snowman!

Well, we are staying with my uncle while in Virginia and the whole house woke up this morning to loud giggles and laughter from outside. As you will see in the picture, the Log Warrior made his first snowman and was very excited. He just can't stop talking about the snow.

Friday, February 12, 2010

That Sure is a Nas-Car!

The Log Warrior was really impressed with Dale Earnhardt's race car. He said "That sure is a nas-car".

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Not Quite Done Afterall...

Well we walked out of the restaurant and the warrior went missing. I found him in this snow pile on the side of the parking lot. He was having a blast in the snow. He kept saying "Look at me! Look at me! I'm climbing a snow mountain!"

Put a Fork in the Log Warrior

After a long day of driving and a visit with one of my family members in North Carolina, the warrior is done. He devoured his evening "breakfast", put his fork on the plate and said "NABARD".

Log Warrior Taking a Trip Up North

The Log Warrior is having his first lunch break on the trip up north. There will be stops and photos with monster trucks, race cars, and many more. Depending on the weather, there may even be photos from Washington DC. Maybe the warrior will toughen-up some of those folks on capital hill.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Cool New Logs Available

Check out the newest set of Logs available for Log Training. I have a set and they are much improved over the previous versions. They keep getting better and better!!