Sweat, Pain & Calluses


Kezza – Muscle Up.


Today was going to be an evening of pain, featuring myself, Andy, Kezza and Steve. Not that at that time we knew that it would be just that… On a different subject matter, it wouldn’t be long now until I have my ankle operation (a little over a weeks time) and I would be lying if I said it wasn’t playing on my mind now. I didn’t want to be stuck in a hospital, I didn’t want a operation when I have been having so much fun and even been able to train at times like the old days and enjoying my freewill. It will happen and all will be fine, but I won’t be happy about missing possible great days out due to it though! I woke up fairly late in the afternoon and it only added to my grumpy mood ( I hate waking up late when I have planned to go out early) not only this, but the fact my stomach seemed to be upset. It was a lovely, dry, sunny day and I wanted to be out training, not have a stomach pain and having to sit on the toilet numerous times. It had been a week since the last time I had been out training due to what appeared to be a monsoon season of rain.

I asked if Kezza wanted to be out today as I hadn’t posted anything up in the Nottingham Parkour Page like I usually did for people to respond to. It didn’t look like anyone was out today either, as the page has no posts. He was up for being out later in the day as he was busy tomorrow and so it would be better for him to be out today, though with us both being so lazy we decided to meet later on in the evening for training. Steve was also cool with that, not like he is ever on time or anything though… Elliot was a maybe, but I didn’t hold my breath on that. I expected it to be just the two of us out with Steve arriving late in the evening when we were about ready to leave. So I was surprised when Andy popped up on Facebook chat and asked if I was still going to be out as he decided to sack in revision for some Parkour park action for a few hours as a break.

I was running slightly late and as I was crossing the field expecting to see everyone already there jumping around, I noticed there wasn’t a single person on the park until I was half way across the field then saw Kieran riding into the park, shortly followed by Andy. It seems we had all timed that perfectly right. Training was as usual, mainly working out with some Parkour thrown into the mix. At one stage Andy did a diving kong to the railing of the small stump but his hand had slipped off the railing and he did some awkward diving roll onto the floor. This wasn’t his only bail from the day though, later on he was doing a big standing precision and on landing, both his feet slipped forwards taking it near enough up his ass and rode the stump all the way down his back and then finally rolled off it, by far the most horrible looking bail of the day and very funny to see too. Luckily a third bail didn’t happen and I think it was sensible to call it a day when he did.


Kezza – Muscle Up.


For once the park was really quiet, it was refreshing to be there when no one was around. It was still very strange for a Sunday evening to be so empty. Kezza was busy trying to perfect his kip up / up start muscle ups, which were getting nicer by the day, while Steve was practising to do the lache on the bars. He got it a few times, but then started to get a fear of doing the lache, not committing to the throw or getting the right momentum to transfer him across and on one of the goes his hands slipped and he landed flat on his back. It wasn’t long before the topless action began, even with a mild looking day it was very humid while jumping around the park. Chasing Kieran around trying to nipple cripple him was a highlight of the day as he screamed and tried to evade capture. Near the end of the day there was an opening in the clouds in the distance with the sunlight beaming down through a gap which looked really awesome and then all of us were taking photos of it.

The end of the day resulted in some 5x5x5 workouts, which was a killer in itself and similar to what I did each week while out at the park. We did it for pull ups, press ups and other exercises too until we were feeling well worked. We decided to create a new challenge while feeling drained and ready to call it a day. We usually did a dead hang shimmy around the whole of the bar section and back but that has become too easy and so the new challenge was to do a muscle up in each bar section while still doing the shimmying around too. This was total murder and soon became competitive, trying to beat each other and get further than one another too. I remember trying so much so that I couldn’t hold on to the bar any more and had just slipped off. My grip strength was shot, my forearms and shoulders burnt so much and in the end I gave up trying to beat Kezza who was one section in front of th rest of us. It had been a good evening out at the park, and if I hadn’t gone out I would have only regretted it and been bored at home.


Kezza – Cat 180 Precision.


Kezza – Cat 180 Precision.



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