Lights On

A challenge of having cerebral palsy seems to be physical multi-tasking. We have found this to be a challenge through our workout sessions. When Bernard provides one movement, I have the ability to pick it up with little trouble. If he adds in another movement, causing me to coordinate two movements at one time, things … More Lights On

Twister Progress

We brought the game of Twister into our workout. The game was introduced by Bernard to work on balance. Like the Twister game of my youth, it asks for a person to move their limbs to different locations on a mat. The players might be asked to place their left hand at in one position, … More Twister Progress

The Bird-Dog

The bird-dog was one of the first exercises Bernard challenged me with. It was where our journey toward better balance began. The exercise has us begin with four balance points in a dog like position. Resting our balance on both hands and both knees. Then, the objective becomes raising and straightening one hand, along with … More The Bird-Dog

Lava Monster

Lava Monster is a game from my youth. Unlike Twister or Hopscotch, Lava Monster isn’t one of the games in my memory. It might be due to the game being more challenging. Lava Monster calls for a person to remained balanced on objects set on the floor. If your feet where to touch the floor … More Lava Monster

Twister

Twister was another popular game during my youth. It asked for a person to place their hands and feet in different places on a mat. Each mat or twister board had colored circles in different positions. The game had a small board in which to spin an arrow, when the arrow stopped it would dictate … More Twister

Hopscotch

Hopscotch was a game I remember from school. During those days, it involved balance I didn’t have. The game requires balancing and jumping on one foot, then jumping onto two feet, and back to one foot again. It was a game in school that could only be watched. There were certain moments growing up, the … More Hopscotch

More Ball Tossing

Over the last month working on my throwing motion has become a priority. It has helped with the coordinated movement cerebral palsy has hampered. Bernard continues to give me pointers on improving the motion. We have a bucket of twenty medium size balls that we are working with. I attempt to throw each ball into … More More Ball Tossing

Kinesthetic Awareness

An interest of mine has become learning about body movement. Since cerebral palsy impacts physical movement it has seemed important to understand. My interest in the information hasn’t always been part of my life. The curiosity has increased with my years of working out with a trainer. Another factor raising questions about kinesthetic has been … More Kinesthetic Awareness

Photographic Evidence

It seems we can work toward goals without understanding results. We can put in work each day with improvement taking place slowly. Working out in the gym has often felt this way from my perspective. One way to track progress has been taking body composition measurements. When measurements have been taken in my past they … More Photographic Evidence

Cross-Body Rebound

The rebound exercise has been helping improve CP. We have been working with it for about six months to this point. The exercise involves working with a trampoline and a ten-pound exercise ball. It involves playing catch with myself by throwing the exercise ball against the trampoline and catching its rebound. The movement requires a … More Cross-Body Rebound