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#1 Mike Marriage

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 10:49 AM

I've only been operating for around a year, but I've found that it can cause my left hip to ache (hip opposite socket block). It is an internal pain, not just the vest rubbing.

Has anyone else had similar aches or pains? When operating, I tend to roll on the outside of my feet more than usual so maybe that is something to do with it? I guess with the added weight of the rig, that puts an abnormal lateral force on the hip.

It isn't a lasting pain, or that bad compared to other fatigue factors, but I want to nip it in the bud if possible.

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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#2 Kris Torch Wilson

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 01:44 PM

Hi Mike,

I experienced the same pain. I starting making small adjustments to the vest length until I found the sweet spot. Also, if I don't stand up straight it puts pressure on spots that don't like to be pressured. I've ask my Utility to poke me in the neck when he notices me stooping. He gets too much perverse pleasure out of doing so but it helps me.

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#3 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 16 March 2007 - 02:11 PM

"I've ask my Utility to poke me in the neck when he notices me stooping. He gets too much perverse pleasure out of doing so but it helps me. "

Now that's just funny. Hope you don't get Freddy Kruger as a utility.
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#4 Dave Bittner

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 08:58 PM

Charles and I both experienced this from time to time. I traced mine to kicking out one of my hips while is "rest mode," shifting my weight to one side, loading up that side in a static way in between shots. Once I was aware of it I tried not to do it so much and the hip pain became much less frequent. I don't recall if Charles has the same conclusion, but it's archived in a thread somewhere here...
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#5 Charles Papert

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 11:05 AM

Actually Dave I just had my hips removed which seemed to solve the problem. Plus I can fit into those old jeans so much better now.

Knock on wood, it's been a while since I have experienced the hip issue, I feel like I've finally dialed my Klassen harness into the "sweet spot" or something. Plus I've learned some fantastic stretches from a physical therapist for opening up the trouble area. I'd post here but it's a bit visual.
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#6 Mike Marriage

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 12:45 PM

Thanks guys! Very much appreciated.

I'll experiment with my vest.
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#7 Chris Poynton

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:52 PM

Plus I've learned some fantastic stretches from a physical therapist for opening up the trouble area. I'd post here but it's a bit visual.


Even though this is from a while ago Charles, can you provide some description?
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Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:22 AM

Plus I've learned some fantastic stretches from a physical therapist for opening up the trouble area. I'd post here but it's a bit visual.


Even though this is from a while ago Charles, can you provide some description?

Hip Flexor Stretch... this is the main one that would trouble most if your feeling something deep into your socket.

This vid wasn't the best quality but he tells you how to do it properly... although I dont do mine as deep as his


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#9 Chris Poynton

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 09:57 AM

Just putting it out there ... it would be great to see some more videos of recommended exercises (perhaps even ops actually doing them :o and explaining their particular benefits). Could be broken down into different sets (e.g. morning general wake-up ... on-set initial limbering ... particular release exercises during day ... warm down sequence).

This forum is overflowing with info on gear, but not so much on our most important piece of gear ... what St Francis referred to jokingly as "Brother Donkey". I have been very interested in yoga for many years and would love to follow up this line of enquiry.
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Posted 29 January 2013 - 04:23 PM

(e.g. morning general wake-up ... on-set initial limbering ... particular release exercises during day ... warm down sequence).

Morning wake-up: run to the bathroom and upperbody curls with coffee mug
On-Set: run to the bathroom, expel coffee and frequent jogs to crafty
Warm down: situps to grab beer from couch
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#11 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:09 PM

Just putting it out there ... it would be great to see some more videos of recommended exercises (perhaps even ops actually doing them :o and explaining their particular benefits). Could be broken down into different sets (e.g. morning general wake-up ... on-set initial limbering ... particular release exercises during day ... warm down sequence).


Ummmm I just put the rig on and do the job......
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#12 chris fawcett

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:48 AM

Ummmm I just put the rig on and do the job......

Agreed. Keep fit by all means, but special exercises for Steadicam? I'm dubious.
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#13 James Davis

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:29 AM

A compound exercise based weight training regime.

Squats, deadlifts, bench press maybe switch to 5 x 5 if you've already spent some time in the gym.

Mix in some hyper extensions preferably on a GHD and reverse hypers if you want to help keep your spinal erector muscles healthy.

Alternatively if you don't like the gym, start rock climbing and buy a Trx or similar to do circuit training on...personally I find the gym more convenient.

Cardio: jogging, basketball, cycling...whatever floats your boat.

Regular stretching and mayo fascial release using a foam roller and massage ball, or just buy everything in the range from www.tptherapy.com and your body will thank you endlessly, I did...it's good quality stuff.

All this will have the benefit of keeping you in shape for steadicam and anything else you might want to do.

P.S. Don't forget to throw in some plyometrics for fun....makes stair shots easier :)


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#14 James Davis

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:31 AM

That should have read Myo-Fascial release, sorry...was probably thinking of food when I wrote that, I hate mayo though.
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#15 Ken Nguyen

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:47 PM

I do Alfeo's and Eric's techniques!
Beware of over exercise (lifting weight, hard core....) unless you've been doing it for years.
You need your muscle strength and energy for the job.

Cheers,

Ken Nguyen.
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