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Training where?

When I’m home, I could still do small trips for a stretching meeting. I found a nice service which used google maps to calculate how far you can drive in a certain time.

map with poligon of 2 hours drive
How far can I get by car in about 2 hours

So here is my range map which I created with a speed setting of 140km/h and a 2 hours travel time. If you live in that region, or if you can get yourself inside, you are lucky. Just ask for a meeting. I have not taken into account public transport which puts Paris and London and many other European cities also on the map.

Cost? Well basically the training is free. Maybe you can pay my fuel costs or if there is need for an hotel. Also flight and train tickets would be your entering fee to the bend mine.

There is no problem to reverse the travel. I have enough room for training and, if need is, the couch or air mattress is quite comfy.


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howto cheststand

The cheststand, the most envied position. Always wanted, rarely obtained.

Benji in cheststand reading a book

cheststand done by Benji

I’m currently studying the breathing issue in cheststand with my students.
I don’t do cheststands myself, I just collect experience from other people who do them.

A well known trainer once said “in yoga you breathe in this position, in contortion you don’t”. Well some people really do that, but in the end, you will need to breathe.

As long as you can raise your chin off the floor while in cheststand, it should be ok. A training idea is to prop up your chin on a pile of books.

MrSpooky being assisted by George

One issue is that before you can actually try a cheststand you have already done quite a lot of warm up and stretching and then you are too exhausted to do a proper cheststand. That’s where assisted training comes into play. The helper takes off some of the load so you’re no so exhausted when you want to do the extreme bends.

Do not try to go too far, you need to get used to being in that position.

Key for a good stretch is relaxing. To be in a cheststand relaxed, put your feet on a support a little higher up instead of on the floor, so that you are comfortable. Then relax into that pose

Everyone is different, you need to find your easiest way

  • There is the “scorpion way”, laying on your front, flipping up your legs above head.
  • There’s the “bridge way” where you make a bridge, go into elbow stand, then lower yourself on the chest. Only easy if you have good lower back, as this is not using shoulder flexibility to get down
  • There’s the “rolling way” which consists to grab your feet and pull them to the head, then roll forward.
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    Stretching meeting in cologne / stretchingtreffen in Köln

    On 22nd July we will meet in Cologne for a stretching meeting.
    Stretchingtreffen am 22. Juli in Köln

    For more infos, ask in the comments below, on CU or email me

    Für mehr infos bitte im Kommentarfeld fragen oder mich via CU oder email kontaktieren.

    Next meeting:
    * in the UK (midlands) between 28 and 31 July

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    Training 2011 in Luxembourg

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    Spooky came for a visit to my hometown. We had several days of training. Here are some impressions. Share

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    Training 2010 in UK

    Training in UK 23 august - 3 september 2010 see some pictures with Tommaso and with Lucie   Share
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