Do you want to know more about my training? Usually in the mornings I lift weights, and in the evenings I practice the drills—planche, front lever, and hand stand. Since the weather is extremely hot my routine in the evenings has taken a back seat, for I am unable to push my body. The dehydration doesn’t help me in my practice, and I can’t perform the routine movements not for more than an hour.
I very well know it’s just a matter of time before I get back to the usual routine, for though I am present mentally the physical body doesn’t assist me. However, I always visualize that Steve Atlas—my coach is right behind me and prodding each time to give my best. I have been practicing these drills for more than year, and due to my medical condition I know that I continue to fail especially in the planche and hand stand. The front lever is the one drill which I am getting better, as this movement doesn’t require much of balance. However, I have to say that I am not the one to get bogged down.
I remind myself of what Thomas Edison says. He says, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” I know that persistence pays, and it pays big time. Shiva Prasad, my colleague, in the gym assists me every time when I practice the hand stand. He has seen me fail always. However, I can say that my planche was at its very best yesterday—the 28th ofApril. Unfortunately, I didn’t video it. I will record it in the coming days. I want my coach–Steve to be proud of me.
Below are pictures of my planche and front lever practice. You can see that I am relatively better performing the front lever. The planche isn’t perfect, as my arm is slightly bent.