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philipi56
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Does anybody have a certain way of practicing juggling? I usually just work on it whenever I don't have homework. Any suggestions for a more productive practice? Philip
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Are you asking if we have a progession, or routine we go through when we practice? I have several suggestions. . .

1) If you're working on something completely new, don't work on it for an hour straight. Work on it for a few minutes, then go to something else and come back to it later. This helps minimize getting into bad muscle habits from continually doing the wrong thing.

2) When I practice, I warm up first. My warm up routine begins with three clubs. I do some singles, then doubles, then triples to get my arms thinking. Then I do some double back-crosses for a couple counts of twenty.

After that feels good, I move to four clubs. With four I do a regular pattern, to Triple-Singles for a twenty count, then switch hands for another twenty count, then do columns for a twenty count, and finish clean.

For me, that progression gets my arms, body, and head all working together. It's a long warm up (I have to do the four club routine several times to get it right. Once I get it, I move on.) but it helps me move onto five clubs much more smoothly than just jumping straight into it, and I'm assuming it helps my body too, sort of like stretching.

I then proceed to drop five clubs for the next several minutes, then work on six and seven balls (after juggling five for a while.) Drop those a bunch. Pick up my shaker cups, work on those. Then go back to the clubs, and so on.

A routine is very beneficial to me. It takes some discipline, but you've gotten this far. You must already have some discipline, right? Smile

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philipi56
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I usually just start juggling whenever I have some free time and my homework is done, but at juggling club I usually stretch and warm up. Philip
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Practicing is something that is personal - you can see what others do, but be aware that they may not work for you.

To illustrate, here's a wee quote from the complete juggler by Dave Finnegan:
"Practice every day for 20 minutes (Stack), one hour (Gatto), two hours (May) or as much as you can (Brunn, Brunn & Rastelli)".

Experiment and find out what works for you. As you progress, the way you practice will change too. When learning a 3 ball cascade I practiced for hours on end. Now, I do small bursts when I can.

Kit Summers' book has some good ideas for practicing in it too.

Cheers

ML
philipi56
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Thanks for the ideas. I will soon put them to use. Does anybody know of anywhere that is a good place to practice? I pretty much only have my house and juggling club once a week. Philip
TroyRoark
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A raquetball court is really nice. It's white, well lit, high ceilings, no wind.

Most fitness clubs have them, and during off hours, most don't care what you use the space for.

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I practice at our local YMCA. The only problem is that there are always other activities going on in the b-ball gym, but I just asked the personnel if I could use the band room. Our YMCA is attached to our school. It works fine for me. Also, see if you can find a friend that wouldn't mind meeting once in a while to juggle.
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