Is Your Workout Working?
Running two miles a day, but still get winded when sparring?
On a regular weight-training program, but pull a muscle and had to stop?
Jumping rope for stamina but your martial arts haven't improved?
Hate your workout, but do it anyway because it's good for you?
Regular training can improve martial arts skills.
Few martial artists scrutinize their conditioning program to see if it's really working.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Have your martial arts improved?
- Do you feel stronger and more energetic?
- Are your injuries chronic? Have they become more serious ?
- Do you enjoy your training?
- Has your workout increased?
Find the Cause
- Have you investigated other aspects of your health?
- Are you performing the exercises correctly?
- Have you given the workout time to prove itself?
- Are you neglecting any areas ?
- Have you thrown in the necessary extras?
You need to warm up and cool down sufficiently.
Ease in and out of your workout to avoid injury, strain, and fatigue.
Devise a Custom-Made Workout
Add a new twist.
- Spice up your training .
- Do your exercises in a different order.
- Try a new location.
- Try a different time of day.
- Incorporate stirring music.
Take it to the max.
- Balance the ebb and flow of activity.
- Find your optimum training level through extremes.
- Take your workout as far as it can go.
- Double your sit-ups and push-ups
- Increase your speed drills.
- Train as though it were for the fight of your life.
- Stretch your limitations.
Get back to basics.
- Limit your workout to only the martial arts.
- Replace your cross-training and drills with martial arts basics.
- Cross-training may be working against your art.
- Gradually increase your workout until the old problems start to reappear.
- Determine what you lack: endurance, coordination, timing, flexibility.
- Add elements to your overall workout,
- Find the right ratio of traditional training and cross-training that's best for you.
Isolate your workout.
- Take your workout apart.
- Don't trash a routine when one part of it may be what's giving you trouble.
- Isolate the exercises that are causing a problem.
- Find alternative exercises that will accomplish your goal.
- Listen to your body. Note when the stresses and strains start to make themselves known.
Make the break.
- Training should be a time to forget your troubles.
- Exercise both your body and mind.
- Meditate just before practice.
- Calm the spirit.
Use a buddy system.
A friend can...
- Provide insight and encouragement.
- Identify when you become distracted or slack off.
- Observe you and take notes on when you feel fatigued or feel any excess strain,
- Identify which exercises are really doing the job.
- Watch for when you slow down, when boredom sets in, and when you're overdoing it.
- Exercise and drill with you.
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