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  • Do you have the balance of a cat?
  • tpbiker
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    I thought I did but just tried a test called the ‘sharpened romburg’. Basically one foot in front of other, arms folded across chest and eyes closed.

    You are meant to be able to stay upright for 30 seconds without falling over. I can just about manage it every second time I try with a lot of swaying.

    Is this why I’m so useless on a mountain bike?

    a11y
    Full Member

    Just tried. I think I have the balance of a dead cat. Wobbletastic for about 20secs before failing.

    Edit: yeah poor analogy – a dead cat won’t fall over. A wobby cat then.

    dyna-ti
    Full Member

    You can improve your balance with one of these.

    bensales
    Free Member

    I struggle to do it with my eyes open! But I have great balance cycling, running and doing other things. So I think I’d like to know who has decided 30 seconds is the goal and why.

    tjagain
    Full Member

    I couldn’t do it either and I have generally good balance I think.

    redthunder
    Free Member

    Easy.

    but I’m still useless on a bike 🙁

    convert
    Full Member

    How can that be so hard!!!!

    Easy.

    We are trying to take steps forwards aren’t we – not just standing there? Maybe I’m just useless!

    binners
    Full Member

    I have the balance of a cat. A three-legged cat on a skateboard

    tjagain
    Full Member

    I was standing still

    andrewh
    Free Member

    I am very like a cat.
    Nothing to do with poise, balance or elegance, more that I will tolerate people if I think they might be about to give me some food

    thestabiliser
    Free Member

    First go about three seconds

    Then loosened hips, more weight on front foot and a piece of piss.

    You’re basically turning off all your natural balance mechanisms and then seeing if you can balance. Daft but if you use other ways of transferiing weight possible to adapt to.

    tpbiker
    Free Member

    How can that be so hard!!!!

    That’s what i thought until I toppled into my wardrobe….

    trickydisco
    Free Member

    the other one is the sit-rise test : being able to sit crossed legged and get up without using your arms. I was amazed at the people in the family that couldn’t do it

    johnx2
    Free Member

    I thought you’re meant to do it on one leg? I can and frankly I defy our cat to do similar. It’s meant to get more difficult with age.

    tazzymtb
    Full Member

    that is easy to be fair, just need to relax into it.

    On the other hand my night riding is terrible as I have the depth perception of our one eyed cat “mike meowski”

    mike

    jedi
    Full Member

    Standing on one leg with eyes closed is a great ankle strengthening exercise I do lots

    tpbiker
    Free Member

    The one legged eyes closed I find easier than the 2 feet on ground in parallel.

    Apparently the former indicates how long you’ll live, although I think I read that in the daily mail so probably not true..

    chewkw
    Free Member

    Nope, I can’t do it even for 10 seconds.

    My brain is probably already half dead.

    easily
    Free Member

    I could do it with my right foot forward, but not the left.

    After a bit of thought I realised I wasn’t putting enough weight on the rear foot. Once I did that it was easy.

    simondbarnes
    Full Member

    You are meant to be able to stay upright for 30 seconds without falling over

    I can do that indefinitely*

    *well I got cramp in my right foot after a minute or so but it didn’t make me lose balance, it just hurt!

    simondbarnes
    Full Member

    the other one is the sit-rise test : being able to sit crossed legged and get up without using your arms. I was amazed at the people in the family that couldn’t do it

    I can’t even cross my legs!

    kerley
    Free Member

    Did it for two minutes and then got bored – balance good, attention span poor

    CountZero
    Full Member

    I have all the balance and poise of an upturned pyramid. Cats point at me and snigger.

    CountZero
    Full Member

    I have the poise and balance of an upturned pyramid. Cats point at me and snigger.

    the other one is the sit-rise test : being able to sit crossed legged and get up without using your arms. I was amazed at the people in the family that couldn’t do it

    Once upon a time I could do that, I could sit in a full lotus, but not be able to get up without using my arms from that.

    I can’t even sit cross-legged these days, my knees won’t let me, which makes it very difficult to put decals on certain cars, like the Focus, because the bottom of the front doors cuts inward very sharply and it’s difficult to both see what’s going on, and apply heat and pressure to get the stuff to stick properly. Bloody nuisance. 🤬

    spooky_b329
    Full Member

    Has anyone tried taping their cats tail under it’s belly and see how long it can balance on a fence?!

    tjagain
    Full Member

    both feet on the ground one in front of the other is really tricky for me.  One foot on the ground and the other held off the ground in front easy peasy

    I was doing it barefoot tho and with both feet on the ground inline you are confusing the brain with unusual signals

    sirromj
    Full Member

    47s before losing balance. Then tried it with weak foot forward. Just a few seconds.

    Was regularly practising standing on one leg with eyes closed at one point over the summer, forgot to do it recently!

    fasthaggis
    Full Member

    I can balance like an old cat,an old cat that doesn’t care too much about falling over,this only offers yet another place to have a sleep. 😴 🐈 😻

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