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A caution from my wife
Oct 18th, 2012 at 9:43am
 
I injured my back/neck moving firewood the other day- very painful but on the mend now. It reminded me of something that happened a few years ago. I was attending college and had access to the wilderness that was adjacent to school, so I started practicing with a sling daily. I got really good, but eventually developed my muscles in a lopsided way, resulting in chronic back pain which only stopped when I began a balanced full-body workout my wife developed for me (she's been an athlete, coach and trainer for many years). I could actually feel the unevenness of the pull of several muscles high in my back. I hate to play the role of safety pup, but it really sucks to put your hobby on hold because it is doing damage to you. A regular, balanced workout will develop balanced muscles that are strong enough to do whatever you ask, without injury or disfigurement. This public service message is brought to you by dave's wife.
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Reply #1 - Oct 18th, 2012 at 11:32am
 
I agree.  I have neck problems, I have to watch what I do, or all I will work is my dominate side.  Rowing a boat, paddling a canoe or kayak, a brisk walk with a heavy stick that you keep changing hands with, raking leaves, hoeing in the garden, these are all some activities that use both arms and the upper body and don't require weights or a trip to a gym.  If you do get unbalanced, a careful workout on a regular schedule doesn't take long to get your upper body back in balance but it is better to not get that way in the first place.  Ask me how I know that last one.
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Reply #2 - Oct 18th, 2012 at 3:09pm
 
Agreed! I haven't noticed a problem with slinging, but I have a bit of a Popeye-arm going on since I started with the arming sword. (I find single-handed swords to be oddly more taxing than longswords, due to the stress emphasizing one limb.) Thank God it's still only a subtle difference.

To counter this I'm emphasizing exercises involving my off-hand more. I'm trying to get to the point where I can do single-handed bodyweight exercises: that way I can be sure that one limb isn't cheating the other and such Tongue

I also have bad posture and a neglected posterior chain, so I'm weaning myself into bridges/back-bends (Like the first step of a back hand spring), which are the only relatively safe back exercise I know of. (All the others are just beggin' for a good cripplin', like "Good Mornings")
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Reply #3 - Oct 18th, 2012 at 3:14pm
 
funny.... i think a two-handed approach to sparring should help with that...
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Reply #4 - Oct 18th, 2012 at 3:17pm
 
squirrelslinger wrote on Oct 18th, 2012 at 3:14pm:
funny.... i think a two-handed approach to sparring should help with that...

For fencing (as in general swordplay), or unarmed martial arts?
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Reply #5 - Oct 18th, 2012 at 3:18pm
 
staff and broadsword /shield/ spear/ polearm/battleaxe
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“Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results.”
"You don't think the electricity is off. You check it 3 times to make SURE its off"
"Remember, this is not a scalpel. It is a steel wedge that you will be slamming into knotty wood. Hone accordingly."
 
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Reply #6 - Oct 18th, 2012 at 3:30pm
 
squirrelslinger wrote on Oct 18th, 2012 at 3:18pm:
staff and broadsword /shield/ spear/ polearm/battleaxe

With two-handed weapons like staves, pollarms, and longswords there's still imbalances involved due to using one hand as a fulcrum, and the other to pull/push and such. When it comes to muscle groups exercised, They're better than a 2 1/2 lb arming sword and 1 lb buckler, but sparring shouldn't replace a proper exercise routine that emphasizes problem areas. Sparring is for fighting better, not building muscle Wink

(I can't say enough about pull-ups to address uneven upper-back development from sports like archery; they work WONDERS)
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Reply #7 - Oct 18th, 2012 at 9:43pm
 
you can use nunchucks is a good work out or double sticks it helps me
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Reply #8 - Oct 19th, 2012 at 8:28am
 
OR - try and sling with your 'awkward' hand.

I've recently managed to do fig 8 with my left hand.
I am mostly ambidextrous. Some things I do left handed, some right, some - like woodturning- with whichever hand is best at the time.

But slinging I find extremely difficult left handed. However because of the sling free training method I use for fig 8 I've founf it's - for me - the easiest style to start with left handed.
So far the stones haven't gone far - but they've all gone forward Smiley

Plus I do whole body workouts about 5 times a week.
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Reply #9 - Oct 19th, 2012 at 8:59am
 
   I never really thought about it, but that's a great point, Dave.  I'll have to start doing some things with my left hand/arm to keep that from happening to me.  Thanks for a good tip.
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