The exercises of Attila and Sandow – forgotten for a reason?

A few days ago I came across a video of someone demonstrating a few classical dumbbell exercises (of Attila and Sandow) and he concluded that these exercises may be forgotten for a reason, because they put too much stress on the joints (in this particular case the elbow joints). I…

Nei Gong and health: stability

This is an older article of mine,  which seems worth reposting. My aim of deconstructing and freeing the Nei Gong methods of deceptive vocabulary and abstract concepts, is to unveil the knowledge specific for health oriented movement training to ordinary people. I do not claim to be a master, just…

The effects of “NO LOAD” training

Lately I came across a new interesting study* which compared weight training to resistance training where participants contracted as hard as they could through the full range of motion without using any load. This is one of the training principles of Focused Muscular Tension based exercises, see http://dhyana-fitness.at/wordpress/focused-muscular-tension-exercises/. One of the…

Focused muscular tension exercises

 My favourite way of exercising is using your own muscular tension. It goes under a few different names, but I prefer the term “focused muscular tension exercises”, because it encompasses all different modes of training. How you use the tension is different between systems. There are exercise systems where one…

Reflections on optimism

What does it mean to be an optimist? I do not mean this in a mere lexical sense, i.e. how a dictionary would define an optimist, instead I want to look at it from my own experience and understanding. Prima facie I can make out two possibilities: Either you try…

Why I practice Internal Martial Arts

So I have been investing quite a lot of years into my Yi Quan practice. From a self-reflective perspective regarding my character I do not consider myself the same “person” as I was when I started this practice. Back then I wanted a martial art that seemed similar to Bruce…