Rollabolla

Rollabolla is one of the simplest training devices for balance I’ve ever tried (except for fences and stones). It’s simply a board and a pipe.

Rollabolla

You simply place the board on the pipe, stand on top of it and try to balance while the pipe tries to roll under the board.

Start with your feet about a shoulder width apart, and make it increasingly difficult by putting your feet closer together on the board. If you’re the adventurous type you can try doing a handstand on it or putting two on top of each other.

Have you tried this or do you have other ideas on how to use it? Please let us know in the comment section below!

Stavanger Parkour & Freerunning

After moving to Stavanger a couple of years ago I was lucky enough to already know some people in the parkour-community in Stavanger. The community has a decent size with around 260 members in the facebook group, but I would say there’s less than 30 people training actively, at least in Stavanger city. We also have a website: http://www.stavangerparkour.net

It’s a nice group of people ranging from absolute beginners to quite proficient athletes in ages from 5 – 50 years old. Most training sessions are announced on the group and is free for all, and there’s also a session each and every Sunday at 2 p.m.

On Sundays we meet up at Stavanger Cathedral and move from there to another spot after about 15 minutes.

One of the key persons in this community is Kenneth, an energetic and compassionate person with a lot of drive and passion for parkour. He is one of the moderators on the facebook group and his contact details is listed on the website.

If you want to try out parkour or have some new trainingbuddies, don’t hesitate to join the group, show up on Sunday or contact me or one of the other persons listed on http://www.stavangerparkour.net

Runner’s knee

The summer is closing in, the weather is nice and I recently started running again! I decided I will attend the local half-marathon called 3 sjøersløpet in November. However, after a few short running sessions I got reminded of my injury from last years season.

I did a whole lot of running very fast without having the foundation for that amount of training, and I’m not surprised it acted out as it did. Anyways…

According to Runner’s world, a singular cause is not always easy to pinpoint. In my case, my doctor told me it probably was a bio-mechanical cause to the pain I was experiencing. My Iliotibial band might be a little tight and when you extend your foot the Iliotibial band has to slide past the outside of the knee. Since the band was a bit tight it got irritated after repetitive movements where it had to pass the knee (like it does while running).

iliotibial band

Source: moveforwardpt

DISCLAIMER: I’m not educated to give advice about medical stuff. I’m merely stating my understanding of what my doctor told me, and how I dealt with it.

My doctor recommended complete rest (as they normally do). In addition he gave me some stretching exercises to relieve some of the pain. My favourite one is probably well known to most of you:

seated pretzel

Source: fitness.com

Just look how happy he is now that his Iliotibial band is releasing some of its tension!

I also looked around a little and found two videos:

and self-massage:

I recovered relatively fast using plenty of rest and a combination of stretching and self-massage. I hope this can be of value to others suffering from runner’s knee, and remember to start easy when you begin running again!