Friday, June 24, 2016

Old Style Training


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Often in warm up for class, Sensei would have us do leg  lifts

 

  Repetition 1

          1. Lying on the floor, raise your legs 6 inches off the floor.

          2. Then open up your legs to their fullest extent, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

          3. Then close your legs, bring them together, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

          4. Then as one, slowly place the legs on the floor.

  Repetition 2

          1. Lying on the floor, raise your legs 6 inches off the floor.

          2. Then open up your legs to their fullest extent, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

          3. Then close your legs, bring them together, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

          4. Then as one, slowly place the legs on the floor.

  Repetition 3

          1. Lying on the floor, raise your legs 6 inches off the floor.

          2. Then open up your legs to their fullest extent, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

          3. Then close your legs, bring them together, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

4. Then open up your legs to their fullest extent, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

          5. Then close your legs, bring them together, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

          6. Then as one, slowly place the legs on the floor.

  Repetition 4

          1. Lying on the floor, raise your legs 6 inches off the floor.

          2. Then open up your legs to their fullest extent, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

          3. Then close your legs, bring them together, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

4. Then open up your legs to their fullest extent, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

          5. Then close your legs, bring them together, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

5. Then open up your legs to their fullest extent, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

          6. Then close your legs, bring them together, maintaining the 6

 inches off the floor.

          7. Then as one, slowly place the legs on the floor.

 

The opening and closing of the legs could be repeated as the instructor wished. This exercise is of course to strengthen the abdominal muscles.

 

But a special twist was Sensei walking across everyone, stepping on their stomach as the feet were being opened and shut.

 

For a long time we did this with the kids too. But used the kids to walk across each other.

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