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mark1991
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Hi there,

I am advancing nicely with my juggling recently, and I have found that I am using my left arm more and more. However, it seems that during practice my left arm gets tired much quicker than my right arm. I'm sure this is normal, as I am right handed, but I would like to try and strengthen my left arm as much as possible.

Does anyone have any good advice that works for strengthening your arms? Even if it is as obvious as weight training, I would like to know details as I really haven't a clue!

Any help you could give would be most useful!

God bless!

Magical Mark Watson
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Juggle 2 heavy balls (like DX Pow3r Balls) in your left hand. After a while your left arm will catch up naturally anyway.

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Instead of going to the gym, why not try lifting a gallon of water or a heavy can of tomatoes? Maybe try for 3 sets of 10 reps each and work up from there? Just a thought!
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You are not looking for strength, you are looking for stamina. I suggest you practice two balls with your left hand in as many different patterns as you can think of for a few minutes extra every day, and the problem will disapear. Heavy weights will not make you a better juggler. There are at least two female former IJA champions. The real ability to juggle well comes from your wrist controle. My God when you see a 10 year old boy that can juggle 5 clubs, you are not looking at a strong man, you are looking at a focused young man.
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Just keep juggling. It will go away. Trust me.
mark1991
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Hi there,

Thanks for all the useful advice guys! I will start to put it all into practice once it stops raining here in England! Thanks again!

God bless!

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mark1991
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Hi there,

Just want to say that I have tried juggling with really heavy balls and it has helped me tremendously! I hope others come across this post in the future and find the help they need!

Just to let you know, I bought a cheap set of boule balls - the balls used in the French game of boule. Look it up on google if you don't know about them!

Hope this helps!

God bless!

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Mark
Can you do the "Mills mess"? The reason why I asked is because it is a very two handed trick.
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mark1991
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Hi there,

I can't do The Mills Mess yet, but I am currently working on my windmill. The Mills Mess is just a windmill that constantly changes hands, so I'm working up to it in stages.

However, wouldn't you say the simple cascade is just as two handed?

BTW, while I remember, is there any advice you can give for juggling behind the back? Sometimes I can do it really well, other days it goes completely wrong! Is this normal? Any advice?

God bless

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Al Angello
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The Mills mess is a stretch for both arms, and it asks you to exhibit a lot of skills with the left arm, and hand.
As far as bekind the back is concerned, all I can say is practice. Steve Mills does a knock out routine with the behind the back cascade.
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3 balls behind the back.

To practice of course you start with 1 ball, only go onto two when you can easily throw 1 ball backwards and forwards 50 times ( counting from your right hand)

The trick to learning 3 balls behind the back is to actually (at first) let the ball hit the centre of your back, so then you can guess where it lands. Its kind of like bounce juggling on your back.

After this you go to two and do the same as a 2 ball cascade, just this time behind your back. Letting the balls hit the top of your spine.

when you can do this 50 times counting from your right hand with no drop, go onto 3.

Its the easiest way.

Whatever you do, DO NOT SKIP STEPS. You will train your body the wrong way completely. Its like warming up for juggling. If you are going to learn 5 club juggling, you learn the warm ups with 3 clubs (doubles) and 4 clubs (doubles crossing over)

Most important juggling rule is patience! I have to repeat this again, DO NOT SKIP STEPS.

OK, hope this helps.

when you can do 3 balls behind your back for 25 throws (right hand) try to net let the balls touch your back.

Hope this helps

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mark1991
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Hi there,

Thanks everyon for your advice, but I think you got the wrong idea. I meant juggling one ball behind the back and back into a front three ball pattern. But your advice has still been helpful!

God bless!

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I think you mean throwing behind your back so that it comes over your shoulder and back into the pattern.

I just praciced throwing it in from behind me. But I can only do it with my right hand. I have yet to try with the left. But I guess once you have this down with both hands you could juggle every ball this way. I just use it occastionally as a a "trick" whilst juggling or have done it with 2 balls at the start kind o flike a throw in.

I cant reallty explain how to do it though. let me work on it a bit and I will get back to you.

Dave
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As Dave Finnigan once explained to me, if you learn a trick with the right hand you will have to learn it all over again when you try it with the left hand, but if you first learn the trick with the left hand the right will follow effortlessly.
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mark1991
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Hi there,

Thanks for the advice guys and I will try learning my next trick with the left hand first and see what happens!

Thanks again!

God bless!

Magical Mark Watson
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Al......

Is that suposed to be true of all people? Or just right handers? I am ambidextrous (SP?) in some tings and have always found it quite easy to adapt from right to left (except things that are in-grained eg writing - although if I write with my left it is as neat just slower).

I wonder if lefties find the opposite true?
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