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Back in December I had visions of March 2013 Lisa walking around long and lean, able to drop comfortably into a back bridge at a moment’s notice. Holding it for 3 minutes, even. Check out the initial phases of my Agatsu skills challenge here and here.

So it’s March – how is Lisa doing? Can she hold a perfect Bridge for 3 minutes straight…?

Bridge March 13 2013

This was me today. I held this position for like 10 seconds before collapsing in a heap on the floor.

um, NO!

But why not?

Let’s talk about it 🙂


Everything was going really well for the first two months –

I was feeling more flexible and comfortable and every time I practiced, I could hold the bridge for longer.

Then 1 month ago, Josh and I decided to make a big change and move across the planet – this Saturday.

My emotions have shifted between excitement and panic so many times that I’ve lost track. With a lot to learn, a lot to wrap up, and a lot of things to get rid of, for the past month I’ve spent toooo much time on the interwebs, on email, and on kijiji looking like this:

(just insert a computer screen where that rock wall is)


While all of this was happening I managed to keep up with kettlebell training, but I dropped my bridge practice from the docket. So it’s really no wonder I did not accomplish what I set out to accomplish 3 months ago!

Here are my top 4 epiphanies from this experience:

1) Keeping a log of my training really helped me see my weak spots more clearly.

I can see in my videos and photos of my practice where I am really tight (shoulders!! hips!!) and this helps me target these spots during my mobility warm-ups, and to be more mindful of posture and positioning during the rest of the day. Super helpful. Highly recommend.

2) Smart programming is, well, SMART.

Hill sprints make bridge practice the next day much more challenging. Tight quads = bad bridges, or at the very least, double the time needed to warm up, roll out, and un-do the tightness from the day before. Look at everything you are doing in the day and the week and see how you can balance yourself out best. And if in doubt, get an expert to help you out! It is a great idea to go get input from the best of the best. And it is more accessible now than ever. No excuses.

3) Focusing on your weak spots is really hard.

I have always had a bit of natural fitness ability but until taking Agatsu’s Joint Mobility and Movement certification last year, I really did not think much about specifically training my weak spots. Yes, I have challenged myself to do things that are difficult – pull-ups, heavy squats, and more. But I did not think enough about the REALLY difficult stuff. I had no ability (or desire) to bend over backwards, if you will.

Shawn Mozen says that if you consistently train what you are good at, you are really not improving overall. I tend to agree.

During a stressful time, I went back to the comfortable: training the things I was good at. Lots of kettlebell snatch, no bridge. Imperfect practice, keeping me the same, but not improving me overall. I am not disappointed in myself, but I have learned a lesson, and am getting back to my weak spots, and know I will be better for it.

4) I’m not special.

Ok, I love myself and know I am a unique snowflake. But over the last month I have found myself acting like I am the only one who is busy. Everyone is busy!! No one wants to hear about how busy I am! It is a gift that I get to move with my awesome husband across the planet. I know it is no excuse to eat poorly and slack-off from training.

I plan to do better, now that I know better, and spend less time trying to get people to feel sorry for me and all the packing I have to get done before I leave.

Seriously, I have a bunch of friends with new babies – now THEY are busy!

That’s about it for now! I will be posting much more about my moving experiences in the days to come. Now though, I need to get back to packing! Don’t pity me! It’s just something I need to do. Thanks for reading and please share your thoughts below 🙂

– Lisa