I’ve never been the biggest or strongest out of the water. However as I seek to improve my swimming I need to do more dry land training, even just body weight exercises make the difference between having the power to really grip the water or just simply swimming at the same pace.
One of the most appropriate ones for swimmers especially is the pull up, or chin up. It’s great because the axis of motion is the same as when your swimming. So most of the effort in this exercise is pulling your body towards your hands, which is what you want to achieve in the pool, remember your hand shouldn’t be slipping much when your swimming!
Heres a video of Susan Svanevik demonstrating how to do chin ups and pull ups and some other stuff, amazing what a bit of practise can do isn’t it?
For a detailed explanation of how to perform the exercises safely I advise that you do some research first!
I just use the old milk line pipes that run along the sheds at our farm, quite handy, and easily strong enough to hold my weight! Plenty space to move about and sheltered from the rain. What exercise can I make up next for my farmyard fitness series?
“The Swimmer is a short film about a mans passion for swimming in the open sea and having complete freedom from everything else.
Shortlisted in the MishMash competition run by Getty Images in 2012.
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Written, Edited, Narrated and Scored by Simon Banthorpe
Treated my jeep to a proper wash with some mer high shine shampoo, it does what it says on the bottle.
With all these storm surges and very high spring tides, I think it’s quite appropriate that this tune is one of my favourites just now!
It is of course, DVBBS & Borgeous – TSUNAMI
I wish you all a very merry Christmas time, it’ll be soon time to look ahead to 2014 and plan what the year can bring.
All this windy weather has got the pilots earning their money in the cross wind landings! Nothing dangerous here, if it was he would have gone around and tried again, although I bet a few of the pax were have a squeaky bum moment!
So it’s 8am, after an 8hr sleep, I wake up well rested, get up, turn the laptop on , go and get the porridge and the coffee made, then enjoy it while listening to the radio. I check my Adsense app on my HTC One phone and since midnight I’ve earned £25.
This is my dream, my challenge. To take charge of my own destiny. To be my own boss.
Why £75 a day? Why not £100? Well not so long ago my online earnings were averaging £34 per day. My new target is roughly double that. Achievable.
Of course in reality I’m not going to using just Adsense to earn money online. In addition I will be using affiliate programs, old ones and new ones. Also starting to push sales of my photos, making use of my equipment, and most importantly, using my interests.
My current earnings dipped when I got lazy, and after some Google updates it was not as easy to keep the cash rolling in on auto pilot.
So, since I can’t be a cadet pilot anymore, and with a more focused and thoughtful effort it’s time to put my money where my mouth is!
Well that was the 3rd and final time I could apply for the BA Future Pilot Scheme, and a straight rejection. This was the first time I’ve never been invited to selection for a cadet pilot position, previous airlines I have tried for were Cathay Pacific, Etihad and of course British Airways. THE BA Future Pilot Program is a fantastic opportunity for those who are successful. The selection process isn’t easy so the key is to be prepared. I wish everyone good luck in their progress!
The interview was my weakness last year, I focused on perfecting my strengths, the aptitude and reasoning tests, that when it came to the interview I was not able to answer some of the questions, most of them were due to the fact that I had never ended up in the situations they asked about, and I’m not about to start making up stuff to generate an answer! They are skilled interviewers and they’d spot lies a mile off.
So it’s back to the drawing board for me, I guess you will see a lot more activity back on my sites now that I have no option but to generate a good living from them. I’ll try and come up with some concrete plans, and timelines to reach my new found goals.
As for Flight Training, unless I win the Lottery, or someone kindly donates me £100,000 towards my ATPL training, that is the end of the road for now…
A change of direction, a new start.. who knows where it will lead? With every choice comes the chance of a new opportunity!
It’s that time of the year, the frost has arrived, the snow has arrived, the gale force winds have arrived. When you get home at night you want to be nice an snug and cosy on the winter nights, slippers or socks aren’t going to cut it. I’ve long been a fan of slipper socks, but this year I went for the thermal slipper socks, rated 2.3 tog, and I’m so chuffed, no more cold toes or ankles!
Yes I know…. easily pleased, but it really is the simple things. And for those of you with central heating… thick thermal winter slipper socks are cheaper than turning your heating up! Mens Heat Holders Extra Warm Thermal Slipper Socks (2.3 Tog) (UK 6-11 EURO 39-45) (Blue)