Hi, I was just wondering if I could ask for some advice as to how to form a training plan for my six weeks of holidays.
I intend to train everyday and what I'd really like to gain from these six weeks is strength, flexibility and speed in my lower body to improve my kicks.
As a gym is inaccessible to me, I have no oppurtunity to do weight training :(
So, do try to help out please!
Thanks a million!!!
No gym? No weights?
No chin up bar? No Dip bar ?
it's sad, I know :(
Yeah, have none of the above....
You can work on muscular endurance, but with no way of increaseing the resistence in your exerciese, your strength training will be sub-par.
ok...what would you suggest to get me to be able to kick like damn fast and to get really flexible in six weeks?
I mean, I don't expect miracles...but I'm trying to at least get a major headstart by six weeks.
and thanks btw ronin.
Oh wait...I discovered I have some really old ankle weights lying around....think I can put them to even marginally good use?
Ankle weights can be used to train kicks, when done in a slow and deliberate way.
Brace your self and execute a kick in slo-mo, hold it at the fully extended position for a bit and return, all slowly.
DO NOT kick full speed with ankle weights.
The best way to work on speed for your kicks is with a partner and pad work, now if you don't have a partner, the heavy bad must do.
Try to exahaust your legs first, maybe doing 100 body weight squats, or more, till your legs get to the point where you can't do any more squats, then do some body weight lunges ( careful to not let the front knee go past your foot), now with your legs tired, kick the bag ( after doing a couple of rounds to warm up), as fast as you can, relax and let the weight of the leg and your body add to the power, start with low kicks and worj your way up to high kicks, do all your kicks like that for a few rounds ( try 3 at least), then try to do combination kicking, same leg and both legs, again, don't think about adding "power", just through them as fast as you can and with your hip and body into them.
Stretch at the END of the workout.
erm...about the stretching...u said at THE END of the workout.....
but what about before the workout? Should I stretch before beginning?
Thanks so much
From what I've read/learned on bullshido, your supposed to do 'light' stretches, and those... uh...whatsitcalled...'moving stretches' where you pretend your arm is a helicopter blade and you rotate it and what not.
Bah, just ask ronin, he's the all knowing canadian troll
In the beggining you wanna do some light stretchs and soem cardio to get a good sweat going, then work on your muscular endurance ( squats, push ups, sit ups, etc..)
Keep the deep stretching to the end when your muscles are warmed up and it helps not only with the flexability, but it is an execellent cool down and helps you recovery for the next workout.
You can use a large leather bound of Shakespear (2'x1'x6") or equivalent (small anchor?) and do situps/crunches with those. Or upside down push-ups against the wall.
You still get some small gains in muscles or at least muscle memory from training your techniques. Hard and fast. How about Sanchin? Ops, wrong school.
oh wow...thanks guys!!!
eh, not too sure about how one does an upside down pushup against the wall....can u clarify pls?
Getting into a handstand position and pressing your body up and down.
How much muscle would be lost in 6 weeks of holiday with no access to weights? How long would it take after the 6 weeks to return the muscles to their previous state? Longer than 6 weeks to rebuild it? Less than 6 weeks? Thanks.
I called up my old taiji instructor for his advice and he told me to forget about the kicks first and to build up my arms and punches as he said there were super wimpy.
So, he's asking me to do the following, everyday for six weeks:
1000 punch drills
reverse push ups
clapping pushups (the ones where u push up and clap)
pushups with hands together
and to repeat the set in that order until I feel like I'm going to drop dead.
Then I can start doing my Taiji....
Advice from him to me:
No point training unless you train as if you're going to have to fight for your life the very next day. Only then you will be averagely good. The older masters had it worse.
I wouldn't be so quick to say ya can't gain strength from what ronin is calling endurance exercises; in fact, in general, there isn't a clear-cut threshold between endurance and strength. In many respects they ARE the same. I just spent 3 months getting smoked with pushups (against my will, mind you) and my max bench press did increase. I was very surprised, frankly.
Is that to say it was the best way to go about it? Oh hell no. Could I/Would I have achieved at least that degree of improvement working out on my own in a fraction of the time investment with standard weights? Probably.
The other thing is that I ATE a helluva lot more during this time, so pound-for-pound I actually got weaker. Prior to attending I didn't have a good, long unbroken stretch of standard work-outs either.
And btw, working out every single day is retarded. Improvements take place when you rest.
I said the strength increase would be "sub-par", in comparison with weight training.
The fact that your BP increased when you were indulging in push-ups can be because of various reasons, one of them the fact that you took a break from regular BP, another that you varied the intensity from High ( BP) to more moderate (push ups), another could be that your "pushing" motor skills improved with the greater quantity of repetitions, maybe a combination of all the above.
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