This feature is designed to give you functional training tools for your off days when you are not training capoeira. We will be looking at various excercises, tools, and resources that we will have as resources for you to devise a strategy for your overall physical development as a capoeirista.
The goals will be:
Overall Physical Health
Improved Performance in your capoeira training and game
Some wisdom form my cycling days about your joints and colder weather... from http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/toolbox/knees.html
When it's cool out, for goodness sake cover your knees! Sure it feels good on a warm, sunny day to glide along on one's personal freedom machine with the air flowing over bare skin. When warm, your parts are most elastic. The muscles around the knee relax more between contractions, contributing to a limber feel. Warm synovial fluid, your knee's lubricant, is also less viscous. Lubricants work best when warm (and chocolate flavoured, but that's another story).
Why on cool, sometimes foggy, sometimes rainy mornings is it common to see riders pedaling stoically along with helmet cover, Gortex jacket and shorts!? When you cycle in adverse weather your knees are right out in the worst of it. Western theory recognizes that working connective tissues cold can cause micro-tears. Cartilage in particular has very little blood flow and heals slowly. Once roughened, cartilage tends to get worse rather than better and surgery to cut away the roughened portion may only provide temporary relief. Traditional Chinese medicine describes the effect of cold, damp and wind as "pernicious chi", a description that to my experience feels right. The insidious harm that may result can lead to chronic conditions of the sort we generalize as tendonitis and arthritis.
How cold is too cold? The only person brash enough to put a figure on it has been Noel O'hagan who told me years ago never to cycle with bare knees below 20 celcius. This is pretty warm, but keep in mind that on even a small descent your knees may be subject to a 50 kmh wind. I think it better to err on the side of caution and wear at least light tights when it's below 20 out. If I'm going to out ride the Four Horsemen I'll need my knees.