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Old 02-22-2008, 06:27 AM   #1
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Default OCD training at idle times

This may be a little OCD to talk about training when you are waiting or killing time... but I spend quite a bit of time lately waiting for subway/streetcars and have been thinking about maybe working on like ankle mobility or something like that.

I remember Eric Cressey mentioning that a simple thing he does is stand on one foot whenever he brushes his teeth... small but if you do that 2x a day then it might pay off in the long run.

So sometimes when I'm just standing around waiting for something I do that- stand on one foot.. also I have some ankle mobility issues (that I think come from playing a heck of a lot of hockey with my ankles tied tight) so I've been trying to use those mobility drills that were posted on this forum:
http://wellness.ndsu.nodak.edu/fitne...footDrills.pdf
Not sure if its a good idea to do the barefoot ones with shoes on?

I'm so busy these days it feels good to use all the time I can get.. anyone else have stuff they try to squeeze in at the unusual times?
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:48 AM   #2
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Things I do/done:

-try just standing on one foot
-Standing on a pillow on one foot (like when I'm cleaning my son's room
-wrist/shoulder stretches
-wrist/shoulder mobility
-ankle/foot stretches
-calf stretches

If I have more room I often do:
-hip flexor stretches
-hamstring stretches dynamic and static
-foot mobility drills without shoes ( I get into work early enough that no one else is there yet when I'm doing these
-soft tissue work with a lacrosse ball (once again I'm lucky in that no one else is around that early at work)
-massging my quads or traps while sitting at my desk.
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Old 02-22-2008, 06:57 AM   #3
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I'm wondering if its just better to do ankle mobility drills without shoes, or if it its actually not advisable to bother doing them with shoes.
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Old 02-22-2008, 07:09 AM   #4
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OCD what are you talking about I call that practical use of your time.

I spend about 45 minutes to an hour in the car and I do my grip training at that time. I have my CoC grippers in the car and do different set / rep schemes on different days.

I also do those thoracic stretches Greg shows throughout the day trying to build my absolute extension.

I do ankle circles all the time sitting at my desk, sometimes with shoes on sometimes with shoes off.
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Old 02-22-2008, 07:54 AM   #5
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I would think barefoot is always ideal but wouldnt recommend walking around on subways like that. Maybe get a pair of Nike Frees until you get to the office to switch to shoes....or wherever you go. Then again....look out for people trampling all over your feet.

Nothing OCD as Derek said. I do stuff like that as well (my ankles are pittyfully weak from wearing a stiff hockey boot for 30+ years as my main sport activity)....standing in line somewhere on one foot....it's the time you lose balance and take down 3 other people in line that could be embarassing.
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Old 02-22-2008, 08:05 AM   #6
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I spend about 45 minutes to an hour in the car and I do my grip training at that time. I have my CoC grippers in the car and do different set / rep schemes on different days.

I also do those thoracic stretches Greg shows throughout the day trying to build my absolute extension.
Good stuff for your car.
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I don't have the Egg, but i have the Expand-Your-Hand bands. Sure, they're kinda just overpriced rubberbands...but i think they're great. super convenient progression options, and they're durable. i've noticed a difference in my overall handstrength from using these.
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I don't have the Egg, but i have the Expand-Your-Hand bands. Sure, they're kinda just overpriced rubberbands...but i think they're great. super convenient progression options, and they're durable. i've noticed a difference in my overall handstrength from using these.
That is what I thought as well but now that I have them I think they are great. Much better than rubber bands. However I find I'm still unable to get past green with my let hand, just working the green with my left is enough to leave my extensors sore for days.
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Old 02-23-2008, 07:58 AM   #9
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Greg,
You can definitely do the turned in/out and ball-of-foot/heel walks in shoes. The inversion/eversion you might want to skip until you can do them barefoot, but I really don't see any reason that they would cause a problem (except for speeding wear-and-tear in your shoes!). Foot circles, ball-of-foot circles, and Boyle's ankle dorsiflexion mobility exercises can easily be done with or without shoes.
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