Monthly Archives: March 2010

Energy efficiency of quadrupedal locomotion

Found an abstract for some interesting research that suggests that quadrupedal locomotion can be just as energy efficient as bipedal locomotion. http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/179/4069/186 This is interesting because it conflicts with other research on the subject which has suggested that bipedalism is … Continue reading

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Warm-ups

A few posts ago I mentioned I had been experimenting with different types of squat and had come up with a new type that showed potential.  Well I have continued with it and have broadened out the principle into a … Continue reading

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Sluggish

Its monday, back into some training after the weekend and I felt sooo sluggish this morning.  I think I know why too.  For the last couple of months I have been experimenting with eating only once a day.  I figure … Continue reading

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Research from 1938 into dynamics of quadrupedal walking

  http://jeb.biologists.org/cgi/reprint/15/4/522.pdf

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Quadrupedalism comes naturally for some…

Heres a link to an article about families with members who naturally walk on all fours. http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/the_way_we_live/article2671044.ece

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Research supporting residual quadrupedal limb control in humans

The following link goes to the abstract of some research into quadrupedalism in bipeds, done with an interest in potential application to rehabilitation.  You can also buy the whole article here. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6T0V-46DFRR1-3&_user=10&_coverDate=09%2F01%2F2002&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1258399156&_rerunOrigin=google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=c50f94ac8f49c4578d0d5fea103b7a43

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Squats in all there glorious variations

I have been working on high repetition breathing squats as a way of loosening my postural muscles and habituating my upper torso muscles (back, ribs, chest etc) to fluid repetitive motion. I have found them quite usefull and effective, but … Continue reading

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300

Yesterday I completed 300 pull ups onto tree branches. It took me about 2 hours, that is moving between several different trees so that I work at different angles with different handholds which is the point of using trees rather … Continue reading

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Upper body strength

Check out this video as an example of what is possible in terms of upper body strength. I think often we get lulled into a set of expectations and LIMITATIONS based on what we see around us, when in reality … Continue reading

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Some interesting variations on quadrupedal motion

This guy has some interesting variations on the quadrupedal motion.  Some of his mechanics vary from what I think is best, I think enough repetition would expose these inefficiencies and probably correct them, but definitely some great ideas that I … Continue reading

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