OK, now, you have completely blown my mind. You even rendered me speechless for a minute which is not common.Cyr wheeling at home since I no longer perform publicly, is my freedom. I had lost the ability for years after the plane accident, but have spent many years regaining the ability. To me, it represents overcoming the impossible and my inner clown goes wild.
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It was kind of you to give the cats a home! Scratching posts are great but there's always a rebel that goes for other things. For the rebel in my house, I got blinds and solved the problem, but I did have to put the pull-string up at the top. They may let you trim their nails...start by a gentle foot massage and after a few times, introduce nail clippers. You can feel good that (nails or not) you probably saved their lives! Good luck with them and best wishes to you!
I have so many questions. For one, are you just basically like a giant fish, all lean muscle? And last time I knew anything about it, you were eating chips and drinking a soda, but somehow manage to keep your balance on this thing -- how is that even possible??? Are you just burning off the calories by staying active? Aren't you 55? How can you pull off the calorie-burning when I cannot??
Alright, some of that is none of my business and you don't have enough info to answer at least one of those questions, so feel free to ignore, but I do have some mad respect and a lot of interest here. The thing is that I have inner ear problems. I have my cleft palate and hypermobility and both of these conditions tend to go along with inner ear issues. When I watch people on these things, I start feeling like I have vertigo. And, because I have spent my life dealing with these ear problems, I have also spent a lot of time avoiding things that make me feel like I will be dizzy or won't be coordinated enough to hang. It has only been in the last few years that I have tried my hand at dancing, done any serious bike-riding or felt like my aim was decent.
All of that said, having hypermobility means that muscle-building and maintenance matters a whole lot, all the time. I have a fair amount of muscle on my body, at this point, but a lot of what I do to keep that up is boring. I work on my muscle strength by doing a lot of different exercises with weights and resistance. The repetition gets old.
Having never conversed with anyone who ever got near a cyr wheel that I was aware of, these things were basically off my radar, entirely, but after you talked about it, I watched some YouTube videos - some were of people impressing the shit out of me with their ability to stay on that thing and one guy was amazing me with his patience while he built a cyr wheel from PVC pipe. He may have saved hundreds but wow, that looked like a pain in the ass.
Now, I have no place to even begin to imagine using a cyr wheel at present but I have become fascinated. In large part because I know that when people avoid things they tend to get worse. My balance is getting worse as I get older because I do very little to improve it. I know that it can be improved. But also, it seems like using a cyr wheel could be a fun and zero impact (after some practice, of course ) activity that could really help with keeping up muscle strength.
As the little ass-kicker who actually gets on this thing and makes it work, do you have any thoughts on whether this seems like a good or bad idea for someone with the sorts of problems I have described?
Also, kudos to you for getting back up on that pony and riding. That's awesome. No doubt it is also good for the brain to have that sort of control over your muscles.