Enjoying a cocktail with fellow members of Phoenix Downtown Neighborhood Alliance (@phx_dna) at one of the coolest bars in #dtphx — @barbiancophx. If you live south of Fillmore, north of Lincoln and between the Sevens, connecting with @phx_dna is a great way to get to know your neighbors and get involved downtown. 🙌
I first started practicing photography by capturing landscapes. It made sense since we camp and travel quite a bit, and a landscape doesn’t blankly stare back at you because you have no idea what you’re doing, unlike people. Since I’ve started doing portrait/lifestyle work for clients and companies (or any human-focused genre), I’ve allowed my landscape skills to fall to the wayside.
While I’m happy with some of the landscape shots I took this weekend, none of them give me the vapors. I haven’t been posting here as consistently as before because I haven’t been “wowed” by much of my recent personal work. I’ve sort of hit a wall that I know I’m bound to get over soon enough. I’m going to try being less hard on myself and give up the notion of “perfection” by simply posting something.
This shot will do for today.
Kettlebell class getting you down? Bruises or wrist pain keeping you from lifting as much as you’d like? ⠀
We’re here for you. ⠀
The most common mistake lifters new to kettlebells make is holding them like you would a dumbbell. Unlike traditional dumbbells, where you grab the weight by the center of mass, kettlebells have an offset handle. This kettlebell shape is designed to be more challenging to stabilize, so they need a different approach.
Instead of gripping the handle of the kettlebell in your palm, which puts pressure on the wrist joint and leads to wrist extension, it is safer to allow the handle to “fall” down into the deepest spot between the thumb and pointer finger. At this point the kettlebell handle will be diagonal across the palm, and you will be able to maintain a neutral wrist. A neutral wrist is much more stable and efficient for racking or pressing.⠀
Another tip is to let your hand open up. The only thing keeping the kettlebell in your hand should be the existence of your thumb. Hard gripping of the handle is unnecessary and will cause additional strain on you forearm which can also lead to elbow pain. Instead of wasting energy on gripping the bell save that energy for moving the weight and building that muscle. ⠀
Follow these tips and you will be on your way to breaking some PR’s💪⠀
For a decade before #CorneliaParker created Mass (Colder Darker Matter), the artist had been exploring themes of destruction and transformation, as well as the properties of matter, in her installation art. Conceived and created during Parker's residency at ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas, in 1997, 'Mass' is the culmination of those investigations. Shortly after arriving in San Antonio, Parker read about a Baptist Church in nearby Lytle that was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. She obtained permission from the church to gather the charred remains, which she suspended from thread and wire. Cornelia Parker, Mass (Colder Darker Matter), 1997. Museum purchase with funds provided by Jan and Howard Hendler. #PhxArt#PhxArtCollection#PhoenixArtMuseum