rhomboids

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Arnold press:
40: 10
50: 10

Shoulder press:
60: 10
70: 5

Lat PD:
150: 10
170: 10
190: 10
210: 10

Lateral DB raise superset with Front raises:
20/20: 10x3

Facepulls:
110: 10
125: 10

DB upright rows:
40: 10x3

35 minute workout

@twotontwentyone @pleasetrysomethingelse @ibilateral @jackedjill @squatever @spideybrock @m0tiv8me and everyone else. Let’s see those Flex Friday pics! And get pumped for the weekend!

anonymous asked:

Talk to me about Misha's profile cuz you good at profiling it plisplisplis (i see your tags mmhmm) <3

holy SHIT i could talk about that profile for days, man. I have a little bit of an obsession with it. I even put a line about it in here because it’s just… so striking? You can’t NOT appreciate that shit.

There’s so much going on here (ignore the booger). 

My personal favorite aspect about Misha’s profile has always been his nose - look at that god damn angle. It’s pretty much flawless. Straight and it comes to a delicate little point, the rhomboid nostril, the thin ala off to the side. It’s just a BEAUTIFUL nose, it really is. Even when there’s snot in it.

Sidenote: look at his pretty indented chin ^

Moving our way up: cheekbones and eyebags. Misha has gorgeous bone structure that’s really obvious from the profile. The above picture shows off his cheekbone really well - look at that point!!! THE RAISED PLANE. I’m obsessed??? And in both of these pictures you can see the heaviness under his eyes, that little crease line perpetually in shadow, I fucking love that. Severely underrated aspect to his anatomy.

JAW MOUTH SCRUFF EAR NECK HAIR UHHHHHHHHH

Those lips, fam. Soft and big and pink compared to the dark stubbled around ‘em. Ugh, I am weak.

From this side you can also see Misha’s old ear piercing, which I am extremely fond of. In addition to the ear piercing, he also has a tiny freckle in his inner ear:

Ugh, wait, I’m getting distracted, shit, look at those eyes. They really are that blue, you know. Also, eyelashes? Thick and beautiful and dark? And of course the nose and cheeks are really good here.

Anyway, what was I saying? Oh, right. Jaw line.

Hnnnnng cut me with it.

he’s so hot he’s so hot he’s so hot he’s so hot he’s so hot he’s so hot

You know what, why am I talking so much? You’re all smart people, you’ll get it. See for yourselves:

And look! gifs!

thank you for your time

White Diamond: Not a fusion, not poofed, not shattered, and definitely real - An Analysis

Let’s begin at the beginning: The Era-2 Diamond Authority Symbol: 

It shows the symbols of Blue, Yellow, and White, all three of them triangles of equal size and distance. Turn the triangle on any three sides and it looks the same, but with a different Diamond on top.

Now let’s see the Era 1 logo: 

Pretty much the same deal as before. Four Diamonds, equal size, distance, etc. What this tell us is that whoever White Diamond is, she definitely existed both before AND after the war, which puts a big fat strike in the boxes of “fusion,” “poofed,” and “shattered,” since why keep someone who isn’t around anymore in the logo if they did the same with Pink?

Now let’s take a look at our next glimpse of White, the murals: 

First off, if we count the planets around each Diamond (presumably their colonies as of Era 1), we get:

- 14 White, plus the orb in her hands

- 7 Yellow (across TWO star systems)

- 8 Blue

- 1 Pink

Even considering the orb to be Homeworld, White comes up either short by one, or, if we consider some of the out-of-place moons to be dwarf planets, overshooting the mark. And speaking of moons, the most generous estimates tell us that:

- 3 of White’s have three moons, 4 have two moons, 3 have one, and the rest have none.

- 1 of Yellow’s has three, 1 has two, only two have 1, and the rest have none.

- NONE of Blue’s have moons.

- And Pink’s 1 planet, the Earth, has only one.

So, add that to the “not a fusion” category.

Next, let’s take a good, LONG look at White’s mural in particular: 

SHE HAS A BLOODY GEM ON HER FOREHEAD.

Now, just to add the final blow to the fusion theory, let’s remember that literally (and I AM using that word correctly) every fusion on the show has maintained the same gem placement as their components, and none of the gems in said fusions have been hidden in any way. And let’s also remember that Blue and Yellow have a very visible gem on their chests, and Pink has hers on her navel. SO… If White’s a fusion, then where are those gems that are quite clearly NOT visible where they should be?

Conclusion: WHITE DIAMOND IS NOT A FUSION.

To address the poofing theory, let’s look at the prime candidate for where her gem has been alleged to have been seen, namely, the Pyramid Gem: 

From afar, it looks perfect. Same shape and color for one thing, which is more than can be said for the old Lighthouse Gem = Blue Diamond theory. HOWEVER, here’s the size in comparison to Steven: 

Compare that with the size of Blue’s in comparison to Greg: 

Compensating for distance, IT’S ABOUT THE SAME SIZE AS HE IS. And it’s definitely not an outlier, since Yellow’s is about the same size: 

Unless White is TINY, there’s no way that the Gem from the Pyramid Temple is the same as the one we see on White’s forehead in her mural.

Conclusion: WHITE DIAMOND IS NOT THE PYRAMID GEM.

(And while we’re here, let’s also put to rest that THIS (the one circled):

is NOT Pink Diamond, since the shape is hexagonal, not rhomboid as it is in her mural and like the other Diamonds.)

Which brings us to our last piece of evidence, the giant white thing on Homeworld that resembles White’s silhouette: 

All we know so far is that, according to the Make a Wish kid who met Rebecca Sugar, it’s “not a statue,” which gives us the three major possibilities:

- It’s a ship (contributing to the Diamond Ship = Megazord theory)

- It’s a building, like Diamond HQ or something

- It’s White Diamond herself (which makes her HUGE, which would be odd considering how her mural and symbols are all the same size as the other Diamonds)

I can’t prove or disprove any of these as this point, but what I was able to prove is that she DOES, in fact, exist, and IS separate from the other Diamonds. That leaves only one more question:

Where the heck was she during The Trial?

Well, this ties into the previous theories rather well. Many people cite Blue and Yellow’s love for Pink and closeness between each other as reasons for why, if she did exist, White would have most certainly shown up, arguing that the Diamonds feel some sort of sisterly bond between each other. Also, people have found it odd that neither Diamond at the trial mentions her absence, not even so much as a disappointed look at the White section of the courtroom. And that is a valid question: Why wasn’t White at the trial of Rose Quartz, shatterer of her fellow Diamond?

“She doesn’t exist” shouldn’t be the first answer to come to your mind.

So far, we know that Blue and Pink were “close,” and that Yellow and Blue both “loved her,” AND that Yellow and Blue appear to have some semblance of a close relationship. We also know that Blue and Yellow both have a significant interest in the Earth and what happens to it and Rose Quartz.

What we do not know is whether or not White was as close to Pink Diamond as Blue and Yellow were. Maybe she wasn’t able to see her often, maybe she could never develop a close relationship with her, maybe she was just so busy running her 14 planets (the most out of all the Diamonds) that when Pink died, she never really knew her that well, and wasn’t hit as hard by her shattering and therefore doesn’t hold as much disdain for the Earth as the others do. Or maybe White shattered her and (correctly) assumed that going to the trial would lead to her being implicated like what happened to Yellow.

Why didn’t Blue and Yellow remark upon her absence? Well they arrived together from who-knows-where, so if they met up before entering the courtroom, and if they knew White wouldn’t be coming, they would have talked about it there.

In the end, White Diamond is most certainly NOT a fusion, she is most likely not shattered, and she is probably not poofed. She is definitely not the Pyramid Gem, and had every reason not to show up to the trial or even get involved in the story thus far.

She exists, is in power, and is a separate entity from the other Diamonds.

That’s it.

Ibizans vs. Pharaohs

They may look similar, but Ibizan Hounds and Pharaoh Hounds are not the same breed. They share a similar possible origin story - brought to their respective islands from Egypt by Phoenician traders thousands of years ago - but each breed has developed separately.

Ibizan Hounds are from an island off the coast of Spain called Ibiza:

Pharaoh Hounds are from an island off the coast of Italy called Malta:

Pharaohs and Ibizans both hunt rabbits, but on different terrain and using different methods. Hunters who use Pharaohs have historically also used ferrets, but Ibizan hunters do not. Pharaohs do not have the extraordinary leaping abilities that Ibizans possess, simply because they don’t need it for their terrain. Their conformation reflects their differences in hunting style.

No one described the breed differences better than Nan Kilgore Little, one of the founding Ibizan breeders in the United States.  She is also an acclaimed illustrator for the sighthound world, and illustrated a book on Pharaoh Hounds.

There is an overlapping of type, but generally the Ibizan is leggier, more angular. The muscle on the Ibizan is flatter and more sinewy. The Pharaoh has a rounder muscle, but should not appear loaded.

Both breeds have erect ears. The Pharaoh ear set is slightly more open and triangular. The Ibizan’s can be larger and tend to the rhomboid. They are also high set.

The unique coloring is shared to some extent, the eyes are amber, nose rosy. The Pharaoh has very specific white markings allowed, tips of toes, star on chest, and tail tip. Ibizans can be from pure red to almost pure white,. At a glance color is a big clue as to the breed.

The necks are similar with the Ibizan a little more flat muscled.

When you examine the forequarter assembly there are marked differences. The Pharaoh has a more angled upper arm. The elbow is set closer to the deeper part of the chest. Also it is a little shorter than the long upper arm of the Ibizan. The Ibizan front has a straighter upper arm set well in front of the deepest part of the brisket. This does not mean it should drop straight from the point of the shoulder, a problem sometimes found in the breed. The Ibizan appears shallower because of the length of the upper arm and the slightly forward placement. The Ibizan’s front assembly is unique to the breed.

The Pharaoh’s topline is almost straight, slightly longer than height. The barrel of the chest is well sprung. The slope to the tail is gentle. Tail is whip-like with no feathering. The Ibizan is only slightly longer, if at all than it is tall. The back is level until it comes to the loin which has a rise, then it slopes off from the point of the hip bones which are in evidence. The ribcage is flattened. The body is narrow without being weak looking. The tail is long and has some feathering, low set and can be carried in various ways, just not curled tightly or lying on the back.

The Pharaoh has feet in between the cat and the hare. The Ibizan has a longer hare foot. The gait of the Pharaoh is described as free and flowing. It is more of a pendulum trot. The Ibizan has a floating trot with joint flexion. The suspended trot has the Ibizan suspended all feet off the ground at a certain point in the stride.

Pharaohs have a glossy fine short coat, no feathering. The short haired Ibizan also has a glossy hard coat, but with more or less feathering on back of thighs and tail. The wire haired Ibizan that has a harsh, broken coat ranging from quiet short to several inches long with face furnishing.

- Nan Kilgore Little, from her article “Comparative Anatomy, Ibizan and Pharaoh“

The Ibizan is a breed of angles; the Pharaoh is a breed of curves.

my Good Boy Mr Drifter got his ass warped into existance in a Fucked world where theres Muliple Big Bads and One Super Bad and this fuckin DOG that can be pet Ever and for Some Reason is takinga Fuck Tone of these ~~~Energy Rhomboids~~~ to Unlock a Thing for Some Reason and hes jus coughin up blood every two seconds my Boy does Not deserve this Treatment he deserves Hugs and i am Gonna Hug Him

Shoulder Stabilization

These two muscles assist in supporting your shoulder girdle – allowing the release of over worked neck muscles & trapezius :

1. Serratus Anterior : wraps from the top 9 ribs to its insertion on the scapulae from the inside

 

p 162, The Key Muscles of Yoga, Ray Long (Bandha Yoga Publications, 2005)

2. Rhomboids : connects the scapulae with the midline of the back 

p 157, The Key Muscles of Yoga, Ray Long (Bandha Yoga Publications, 2005)

PRACTICE : notice the sliding down capacity of the Serratus Anterior and the gliding outwards feeling of the Rhomboids –> which draw your scapulae down, elongating your neck 

try in the below position :

p 165, The Key Muscles of Yoga, Ray Long (Bandha Yoga Publications, 2005)

I wanted to try to do some back exercises today so I tried some new stuff out! I wanna strengthen my lower traps and rhomboids to hopefully help even out my back💪🏼

2/15 Workout:

Chin-ups: 3x6
T-bar rows: 4x8 55#
Close bent over barbell rows: 4x8 30#
Close lat pulldowns: 4x8 50#
Seated rope lat pulls: 4x8 60#
Plank back squeeze: 30

anonymous asked:

Is Giles more muscular than Alyn or does my bias towards Giles just make me check him out more/see something that isn't actually there? Or is it a difference in the amount of fat they or something? This bothers me because it looks like he is to me, but that wouldn't make much sense considering both their positions and that I don't think there's any mention of Giles ever working out.

Even though Giles’ arms are in the way, we can get an idea of his body shape: rhomboid

Giles’ shoulders slope slightly, but they are wide, and the dip in his waist is also slight, but we can see that his hips are square.

In contrast, Alyn appears to have an inverted triangle shape, with broad, straight shoulders and narrow, slightly curved hips:

Giles has broader shoulders, Alyn has a narrower waist.

While it isn’t mentioned that Giles hits the training hall regularly, he still has an athletic frame.

It wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that he is a mesomorph– one of the three genetically predetermined body types. 

This particular type signifies that an individual, male or female, has a naturally athletic physique, gains and loses weight with equal ease, and has good muscle definition with little effort.

A mesomorph wouldn’t necessarily have to exercise regularly to maintain a decent show of muscle.

Alyn is likely an ectomorph– a male (or female) with a naturally lean frame, for whom it is difficult to maintain both weight and muscle mass gained, without effort, due to fast metabolism and muscle catabolism.

Alyn would have to train regularly to maintain his physique, while Giles could do very little and have the same results.

I may be forgetting, but are we ever told which of the approximately seven types of twins Alyn and Leo are?

Assuming we’re not told, Alyn says this to you:

We don’t know, from this, if he means:

  • We’re fraternal twins
  • Our hair is two different colors. 
  • Our personalities/clothes are very different.
  • We’re not often seen together, so no one thinks we’re even related. 
  • Everyone but you can tell, at a distance, that we’re two different people.
  • We’re half-identical twins (same genes from the same mother, different genes from the same father).
  • We’re identical twins, but through style choices such as one (or both) of us dying our hair, different piercings, different clothing styles, and different personalities and experiences, no one would confuse us.

Whichever type they are, this is what their uncovered buns look like:

Leo, like Giles, does not train regularly, whereas Alyn does.

If Alyn were to stop training, he would likely look like Leo: slender, with very little muscle definition.

Giles’ arms being in the way doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have defined abdominal muscles, though, as like body type (shape) and body structure (endo, ecto, and meso), the shape of one’s abdominal muscles is also predetermined.

Speaking only about how it appears on the surface, even though Leo’s muscles are not particularly defined, we can see that he would have the same showing of horizontal abs, like his twin, if you look above his bellybutton and in his epigastric region.

Due to the way the Crawford’s muscles are shaped, they would each have abs that develop into what is known as a “pack.”

Giles’ torso, on the other hand, appears to have abdominal muscles that show more definition vertically, rather than horizontally. 

Giles is one inch taller than Alyn and Leo (and Byron), so his height doesn’t really make much of a difference, but they are of different body types and have different body structures so, looking at them, I would say that Alyn has a more athletic physique (currently), but Giles has more natural muscle retention, even though he has less definition (currently).

You can see the definition in Giles’ muscular shoulders and triceps, and in the defined extensor muscles of his forearms. We can also see the definition in his chest, and what we can see of his torso, all while not exercising much, or at all, and constantly being sick.

Where Alyn’s body looks the way it does because it’s an important part of his job, Giles’ illness often renders him incapacitated, such that any benefit from exercising as hard as he used to when he was a soldier, would be offset by feeling even worse, leaving him unable to work at full capacity.

I don’t know if the artists had any of this in mind when the characters were conceptualized, but I think it’s a nice little detail that we see former soldiers Giles and Leo looking the way they do, when they’re no longer in service.

It’s also a nice reminder that looks can be deceiving, as we have Nico, a slim active duty knight, who looks like a strong wind could knock him over, yet has both strength and stamina. 

And we also have Leo, a slim knight, of dubious discharge, who is stronger than his twin brother that trains several times a day.

Crystals, our beautiful friends and part 1 of Identification

Crystals have been recognized for centuries across the globe as posessing the abilities to heal, divine, rejuvenate, protect, manifest, transmute and adorn energies. Each crystal a myriad of unique energies and stunning forms. Stimulating personal connections to both new and expirienced collector’s and practitioners.

Having been revered for thousands of years we find crystals in every culture and religion. From Tutankhamuns funeral mask adornec with lapis lazuli, To the Breast Plate of The High Priest as described in Exodus. Crystal traditions moving from Egypt to Greece, India, and to the germanic nations and fae beyond. Spreading deep magical influences for both man and nature, examples include the use of agate as a neutralizer for poison and toxins, amethyst to banish and drove out drunkenness or even cobaltocalcite to open the heart with love. What ever purpose you use your crystals for you keep the mystical traditions alive. Making a new lore for our young modern movement of craft.

Identification:
To identify a crystal you must look past the metaphysical form and look at its solid physical state. Crystals are identified by their mineral content and structures. The basic building block of any crystal comes down its very shape and alignment of its inner axis. Lengths and angles between axes and the number of symmetry centers.(additionally amorphous noncrystaline form) There also being several crystal systems
• TRIANGLE
• TRAPEZOID
• HEXAGON
• SQUARE
• PARALLELOGRAM
• RECTANGLE
• RHOMBOID

Other than its outward form the internal lattice determining the crystal type and what it is called. Formed from different amounts of minerals that bond to create the numerous varieties that we know.

Basic crystal forms and geometric shapes

Built from one of seven,( plus amorphous) possible forms form into a number of potential crystalline shapes. The outer form does not necessarily reflect the internal make up of minerals. But will affect how energy does pass through. These shapes are

▪HEXAGONAL
created from hexagons forming a three- dimensional shape. Highly energetic. Useful for exploring specific issues and balance

•TRICLINIC
Created from trapeziums/asymmetrical triclinic crystals integrate and assist opposite energies in the exploration of the metaphysical

• AMORPHOUS
lacking inner structure in the crystal allows for the free and rapid passage of energy.

• ORTHORHOMBIC
from rhomboids these crystals have enequal axes that encompass and store energy. Good for clearing and cleansing

•CUBIC
Squares with axes equal to eachother, forming right angles. Cubic crystals embody stsbility, grounding, reorganization and is the only crystal that will not bend the rays of light as they pass through.

•MONOCLINIC
Parallelograms that form these crystals are used for purification and the inner eye for perception

•TRIGONAL
radiating invigorating, protective energies. Good for rebalancing the biomagnetic sheath and creating peaceful auras.

•TETRAGONAL
with both long and short axes these rectangular crystals absorbs and can transform energy to bslance and bring resolve.

This sums up my first post for understanding Crystals! I am not a professional and this is a hobby of mine. Suggestions and questions welcome. If you have a crystal you would like to know more about just send me a message! 💕🌒🌕🌘

ulysses | pt.1

min yoongi. reader-insert. 6,4k words. bad boy!au. angst. m.

—he loved his best friend so much that he’d give his heart, but then you entered his life and stole it

‘Tell me about the resourceful man who wandered so much.’ — Homer, The Odyssey

warnings: mature content, use of drugs, strong language

‘I don’t want Jimin to know it’s from me. If he finds out about this, he’d refuse to accept it in anyway given. By all means, you want to save him, don’t you?’ Yoongi clarified, leaning forward and staring the doctor right into his eyes, 'This is a win-win situation for you, now isn’t it? I get my friend to live, and you’d get to be the leading doctor and surgeon in a heart transplant surgery. And you’d just need to be quiet about this all to Jimin. Do we have a deal?’

‘We have a deal, yes.’


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Crystal Shapes and Geometric Forms

I was very interested in the different types of crystals and the meaning uses not only behind them but behind their shapes as well. I have gone across a lot of resources, and compared them to find some good info that I thought I should share.


Hexagonal Crystals are created from hexagons forming a three-dimensional shape. They are useful for energy balancing and analyzing a targeted issue.

Cubic Crystals are created from squares with their axes at right angles to each other, cubic crystals are extremely stabilizing and grounding. They are also useful for structure and reorganization
Fun Fact: This is the only crystal that does not bend light rays as they pass through it. 

Trigonal Crystals are created from triangles. Crystals radiate energy and are invigorating and protective. They are good for re-balancing. 

Tetragonal Crystals are created from rectangles with long and short axes at right angles to each other, Tetragonal crystals absorb and transform energy and are good for balancing. 

Orthorhombic Crystals are formed from rhomboids, Orthorhombic crystals have unequal axes that encompass energy and are good for clearing and cleansing. 

Triclinic Crystals are formed from trapeziums. They integrate energy and opposites and assist in exploring other dimensions. 

Monoclinic Crystals are formed from parallelograms, monoclinic crystals are useful for purification and perception. 

Amorphous Crystals are lacking inner structure, amorphous crystals allow energy to pass through freely and are good crystals for growth. 

Physical training for longsword fencers

There are three areas of training that you want to include in a most optimal format.

  • Skill Training
  • Strength Training
  • Fitness Training (Cardiorespiratory mainly)

Skill training consists of performing the specific activities that you wish to excel at in your area of study. On a surface level this could be doing a large number of cuts and transitioning through guards but ideally it would be going through specific plays or doing specific free play exercises that encourage you to develop your body to excel at specific tasks.

Sparring has a specific role in testing the level of physical and cognitive development you have achieved, it lets you know what you are doing well and what you need to improve upon, but you need to do activities other than sparring to further hone the skills that sparring has shown you need to work on.

Strength training consist of some resistance training program, it could be body weight, machine driven, or free weights. Even holding your sword in a high guard for like 10 minutes while watching something could be considered strength training. Now for Strength training you have several goals that you could be looking for, those goals include, Strength, Power, Hypertrophy, and Muscular Endurance.

If you are new to or not consistently involved in a strength training program you want to start developing your body for hypertrophy, that is to say that you want to increase the cross-sectional area and mass of your skeletal muscles. To accomplish this, you want to design a weight training program in a very specific way, you want to find your 1 Rep Max (when applicable) and you want to work with a weight that is between 67 and 85 percent of that, your goal should be 3 - 6 sets with repetitions from 6 - 12 per set, and you should rest for 30 seconds to a minute and a half between sets of the same exercise.

If you are experienced with strength training and do it consistently you might want to start developing your body for power as that is where most of HEMA longsword benefits from. For power oriented strength training (different from Power Lifting) you want to ideally be doing 75 - 90 percent of your 1 Rep Max (which might have changed if you last measured it a month ago when you were training for hyper trophy) and you want to be doing 3 - 5 sets sets of only 3 - 5 repetitions per set, and you want to allow a greater rest period between sets (2 - 5 minutes)

Now what exercises would be the most beneficial to HEMA longsword? Well major muscle groups to target would include;

  • Your arms and chest; Brachioradialis (very important for almost all armed HEMA) Triceps brachii, Biceps brachii, Deltoids (Posterior, anterior, and lateral), and Pectoralis Major.
  • Your back and core; Trapezius, Latissimus Dorsi, Rhomboids, Your Rotator Cuff (Supraspinatus, Subscapularis, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor), Internal and External Obliques , Rectus abdominis and Transverse adominis.
  • Your legs and butt: Quadriceps (Rectus femoris, Vastus medialis, vastus lateralis), your Hamstrings (Bicep, Femoris, Semitendinosus, Semimembranosus), your Triceps surae (Gastrocnemius and Soleus), and your Gluteus Maximus (it is difficult to target the Gluetues Medius and Minimus)

Wow that is almost your whole body, so in order to hit all of those you have several options available to you, the first is breaking up your strength training workouts (which should be 3 - 4 times a week) into different days for different muscle groups, (IE; Leg day, chest and arms day, back and core day, etc) another option is to set up various circuit rotations for your workout, so while your legs are resting from your squats you go to do your bench press and work your chest and triceps, then you go to work your back and biceps with rows and then back to the squats.

You also want to work on your cardiorespiratory fitness level, there are many ways to accomplish this, from activities such as running, cycling, and swimming to machines such as the treadmill, elliptical, stairmaster, etc. However, there are several caveats here to make note of. The first is that training your body for strength affects a particular muscle fiber type, Type II (Fast-twitch) muscles fibers (particularly Type IIB) Doing long distance/stamina based activities such as prolonged running/cycling work a different type of muscle fibers Type I (Slow twitch). At first this might seem like a good thing but developing one of these actually impedes the development/growth of the other. Knowing this you might want to consider how you develop your cardiorespiratory fitness level and it might lead you to focus on shorter period but higher intensity activities (which incidentally are time saving as well) In particular an effective route are exercises referred to as HIIT, High-Intensity Interval Training (also known as High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise). This will still allow you to grow your VO2max and train your heart and lungs but will still support and develop those Type II fibers from strength training.

Lastly we want to talk about stretching, you could argue that it might have advantages into your lunge or something else but the main reason why you should stretch often is Injury prevention. Stretching prevents injuries, stretch before and after your skill training, your strength training, and your cardiorespiratory fitness training.

This is based on our current understanding of the various sciences relating to sport and exercise, if this understanding changes then you will have to incorporate those changes and reevaluate how you train.

- Training overview posted by HercSpeed on reddit.

I doubt there are many successful, or at least aspiring to be, longsword fencers out there that do not follow a training regime along these lines.

The Plates of Soumaya Museo (Meet me on Tumblr & Instagram)


The 150-foot tall structure rises at the heart of the cultural district Plaza Carso. The buildings shape resembles a rotated rhomboid. It is clad in a skin of 16,000 hexagonal mirrored-steel plates. The plates gives the museum a diverse appearance depending on the weather and perspective from which the building is viewed.