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The Club Cat

Yeah, I only realised how fuzzy this whole topic is, and how hard it is to explain to someone else, especially through text, after I started, but by then I was committed…

The relationship between balance and tension is really hard to describe, as you often aren’t really paying attention to what you’re doing halfway through a move. What you’re essentially doing with body tension is ‘redirecting’ your body weight, so that you’re more balanced. I know that sounds silly/physically impossible, but it seems like the best way to describe it…

Yes, that is a better way of putting overall balance, but I was more thinking in terms of the inherent balance the positioning of the holds give you. Basically, assuming you were a solid object, rather than a person capable of adjusting, for that definition, which was probably a bad way of going about it, but once you start considering people, then tension is an inevitable part of the definition of balance.

Kind of. I’d’ve said momentum was more closely related to tension than dynamic balance. Dynamic balance is (to me at least) being able to stay balanced during movement. Take a large deadpoint, for instance; you would use body tension to control your momentum, and then cancel it out at the appropriate time, but if your dynamic balance was off, your weight would shift, either from over your feet, or away from the wall (or both). You might still stick the move, but you would need to put more tension (especially through your core) to make up for the lost balance. So if you have good dynamic balance, you are able to move between points of static balance easily. I guess?

The ideal amount of tension is ‘as little as possible’. If you think of it as the amount of effort needed to hold a position/movement, using any more than necessary will be tiring, and can even over-balance you. However, some positions/moves require too much tension, and trying to do them is when you’re likely to injure yourself. About the only way to injure yourself with too little tension is by falling and hitting yourself on something. Holding tension in your body requires you to be tense, so knowing when you stop is what’s key to preventing injury.

Yes, sit ups are a fairly useless way of training, but since I have no medical background and do no training myself, I didn’t really want to get into recommending ways to train, only for someone to injure themselves and complain/sue/stab me for it.

Atm, I have another article planned, but it will have to wait until after my last exam. If you have any request, I can try not to bugger them up in an article.