This will be my first attempt to specifically target an ability that has been compromised by PD with the intent of truly winning my capability back. My main symptom is a lack of fine motor control on my right side. The right hand and arm are clumsy and can be very stiff and my right foot drags when I walk like a Walker on The Walking Dead. Fine motor control plays a big part in balance as it coordinates all of those tiny muscular contractions that keep the body upright and stable. My interesting situation is that it’s only my right side that lacks this ability. This shows up very dramatically on isolateral leg movements like Lunges, Step-Ups and Split Squats on which my left leg will crank out reps while using my right requires me to spend 90% of my effort just standing upright and not falling down. The following video is a bit long for one set of Split Squats but that is only because it is a perfect illustration of the difference in balance from one leg to the other. On both of my last two sets I required help just to get started and even fell forward into the squat stand. Stay through to the end of the video and you will see how much easier things are for my left leg. This illustrates very well the impact that PD has had in roughly 2 1/2 years.
I know that practicing these isolateral movements will be effective because it has been recently. When Walking Lunges first appeared in our program months ago, I struggled with 155 lbs despite having a 457lb Squat. When I say struggled, I mean 9 out of 10 steps off the right leg were near-falls. After a few weeks of sticking with it I was able to handle 255lbs and only one step had a stumble.
So going forward, my strength gains will take a hit while I focus on the much lighter isolateral work. It’s too bad, I was really looking forward to Standing Broad Jumps (I may leave them in, The Big Man Launch might make good video). I will post progress videos to prove my point: nothing is written in stone and we can reclaim some things that we thought were lost to us. Stay tuned.