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Hi all, 

Long-time reader, first time writer. 

I've been working now in the camera department for the last eight, maybe nine years and looking to progress into Steadicam. I'm currently waiting for courses to come on stream as it seems to be an invaluable experience before even thinking of buying a rig. My main concern is strength and conditioning and making sure I'm physically ready for it when courses come back in Europe. I'm a slight enough man, 5'10" , 72KG ( 10 stone) ,28 inch waist. Going to the gym and running coming back to regular as well as Pilates as was recommended by a Steadicam operator. Previously I flew a very light zephyr rig. Recently an operator let me practise with his ultra 2 rig. Still not anywhere near what many of you fly but I'd guess around the 20-24 kilo mark and I think my ability would have been hampered by my strength if I was to fly it for a long period. If anyone had any advice on exercises or rough indicators of what weights I should be comfortable squatting, running, tread milling backwards, etc I would appreciate it greatly. I've also seen some recommendations for judo and any sports and exercise that makes you conscious of masses attached to yourself. Any and all advice gratefully received. 

Le Meas
Cathal Mac Réamoinn


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