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  • Location
    pumpkin hook
  • Home Mountain/Resort?
    ice mountain
  • Occupation?
    play in mud
  • Current Boards in your Quiver
    burton alp 5.7, Heelside 168pgs, M8trix 158 missile of doom, m8trix 163 freeride
  • Current Boots Used?

    Raichle 423, and ski boots
  • Hardbooting since
  1. Personal journey through StrongLifts 5x5

    Great progress! I was awaiting your update. And hey, no arguments from my end. If I am honest with you, there is no mirror in front of the rack at my gym. At that time in my lifting, I was even more wonky. My head was pitched downwards towards the floor, effectively pulling my spine out of alignment. Now, ten years later, yes, my maximum loads have a downcast look. My neck is likely closer to neutral. I also tend to converse with peoples knees so it comes naturally to me. I agree that body proportion has the greatest influence on squat form and muscle dominance along with bar position. Always learning, always refining. The most important thing gleaned from focusing on simply, "feeling it in my rear" at the start of the lift is that it keeps me from pulling to one side. Mark Rippetoe raises some interesting points. There are of course a million people calling it all dangerous bs,, but I have come to accept that that is how the lifting world is. I figure that either my body can, or it won't. A max lift is not where I am go into change my form or technique. And fortunately I can add those tiny 2.5lb weights to the barbell each day that I lift. I hear a lot of shit being said in the gym. Frankly I don't understand doing 18 different exercises for legs on leg day but never doing a barbell squat.
  2. Personal journey through StrongLifts 5x5

    The lack of glute/hamstring engagement was realized out of self observation. This is a scary thing to rely on, but I have mastered the "stay away from me" glare in the gym. The best comment I have ever received was to keep my head up and look at my own face while squatting. Simple and effective. I have been able to muscle my way up to some respectable weights, however my one legged lifts were lacking and if I was honest with myself, my lifts were becoming asymmetric (squats and deadlifts especially). I have been compensating for some inflexibility as well as a lack of stability. My understanding of protecting my joints while lifting heavy things is that it all has to magically work together. I want my body to be better balanced such that even if my glutes don't actively move the weight at the start of the lift, I still want them engaged in order to help stabilize and protect my spine and knees. It's a different focus. The lift feels more controlled. I still love how much a barbell squat works all the stabilizing muscles.
  3. Personal journey through StrongLifts 5x5

    Strong lifts 5x5 is interesting. I've grown bored with my lifting regiment and am giving it a go out of curiosity. Dropping to 45 on a squat is weird, but I became aware this year that I wasn't actively engaging my glutes and hamstrings to start the concentric portion of the lift. What an oddly humbling experience. Thank you for sharing the start of your journey. It has gotten me to finally step back and rebuild with better form and technique. I still have the same shoulder crap going on, but we'll see what happens.
  4. The Greatest Snowboarding Photo Ever

    Thank you jack! I remember that shot and seeing it today made me smile.
  5. 2017-2018 season prep thread.

    I will once again plug utilizing eccentric lifting with any program. Research has shown that even just dedicating one training session a month to focusing on this component of movements yields tremendous benefits. And if lifting painfully slowly doesn't float your boat, many plyo programs tap into this aspect of movement as well. Come on winter!
  6. Is this a good beginner setup?

    Great binding choice! Great boots, however read up as much as you can about boots (if you haven't already. There are some different fits) and pester the bomber crew. Angie and Jim are more than able to get you set up on the most appropriate gear for you. Comfort and fit always comes first. A great fitting boot performs well and is comfortable. Perhaps not a tennis shoe, but definitely comfortable. More important for those things is to find a great boot fitter. Boards may take some sorting. Great suggestions already. I definitely agree with starting off with a freecarving shape. It is ok to snag something used. This forum has a lot of brutally honest people who love the sport and would rather see someone find the joy in it than burn them over pennies. Then come to a carving event with your current deck, boots that fit and bomb proof bindings and try out any deck under the sun. We're here to ensure that you become addicted.
  7. Newbie seeking input.

    Mouse, as far as angles go, bring a tool! Nothing is written in stone. However, there is a tendency to feel better able to pressure a boards edge when our toes and heels are on the appropriate edge. 15/10 may give you massive overhang. I ride softies ducked out and hardboots however they happen to fit on the board. 15-21front, -6 to -12 rear softies, and 55-63 front, 35-55 rear in hardboots. I used to ride with higher angles in softies. Whenever I have tried this for giggles it has been an unpleasant experience since that time. That is just me personally. So play away and screw around. Read Jack's article on binding set up and get started.
  8. New Burton clip-in bindings

    I love the hardbooter who just happens to skate by in the background. Thank you for sharing that review. Pretty informative. Not as amazing as Doctor Doggie, but what could possibly be even on par.
  9. Off Season Training Regimen

    I did a lot of research leading into last season and arrived at incorporating eccentric training. I am not stating to do just eccentric lifting, but to simply include it. I have done a lot of different things over the years (have a physically demanding job, have lifted for about a decade with various approaches, done plyo, ran a lot, biked a lot......) and after years of being frustrated that nothing that I did seemed to prepare me for the season, I had my best season yet. Hit at full speed. Endured less fatigue. Rode harder longer. Fully worth the pain in the rear workouts.
  10. http://www.zardoznotwax.com/what-is-notwax/waxing-techniques.php Or you can try one of these approaches.
  11. Home remodeling - where to move this register?

    Go for it! Option 2 all the way. In the long run, heating efficiency is worth the sheetrock hassle.
  12. Setup help. Need more "highback"

    My point was to drive through the feet as opposed to relying on driving laterally against the boot cuff. That was simply it. Everything said about cant adjustments is true. I too have blown apart raichle cuff cants where they did nothing. Sensory input from your feet is important. Cory made the point of feeling pressure on the outside of the front foot in your heelside turn. We have very sensitive feet for balance so take advantage of that.
  13. Setup help. Need more "highback"

    Drive through your feet as opposed to relying on pressuring against the boot cuff. Just slap a Nike emblem on your boots and do it! What Beckmann suggested would definitely offer you a different input, however I would also explore my own body mechanics. Play around. Grab your toe edge with your back hand. Bend the knees while keeping your pelvis centered over the board and between your feet and inclinate for a challenge. Find that sensory feedback in your feet. It's the same feedback that you can get while doing "the norm."
  14. What questions to ask a physical therapist

    Sadly cortisone will not address muscular imbalances.... I am not stating that it is horrible. I do get some relief after the "joint is released." My range of motion is improving. I just fear wasting a lot of stolen time and disposable income (not really disposable, but I'd rather spend it on stupid hobbies). ROM is a huge focus for me in general. So thanks Ernie00. In perusing what he openly shares I have found a lot that I like (like=makes sense to me). In general I have just had to be on point when I go in. At least the therapist is engaged and has started to readily answer things. In my crassness it may be abrupt, but I didn't end up in pt due to being inactive. "What muscles am I supposed to be activating??" Still open to suggested questions.
  15. Hi. Having had gone through pt 4 times (not visits, but points in my life where it was part of injury recovery for a knee) in my life I am pretty cynical about it. I am honestly pretty adamant about retraining the body to work best, however in all those prior occasions, nobody ever actually saw the issue. Now I am finally addressing my wonky shoulder. I work overhead for a living, which is horrible as far as impingement goes, and need to remain gainfully employed. There are also novel things that I like being able to do, like holding a child or sleeping that are difficult. This is all the culmination of doing a lot of stupid things over the course of my life. I started pt last week and found myself doing the same things that I did for my other shoulder 20 years ago. In considering all this I have barely formed questions for my therapist. Since my last shoulder injury (last, ha) a lot of studies have been published showing that traditional treatment (ice, heat and nsaids) has no long term benefit due to the tissue being poorly vascularized. Blah blah blah.... I have to ask about things such as alignment frequently and I am frustrated. What questions should I be asking?