Posted On:11/21/2006 6:25pm
Style: euro renaissance
So after a few sessions of just sort of making stuff up as I went along in the weight room, I decided to follow a plan for a workout for the first time today. I haven't had a chance to pick up Starting Strength which I have seen reference to in another thread, but I do have The Complete Idiot's Guide to Weight Training by Deidre Johnson-Cane, Jonathan Cane, and Joe Glickman. I used a suggested list of exercises for martial artists from the sport specificity chapter.
Here's what I did:
seated bicep curl
then some neck stuff (flexion, extension, and lateral flexion)
It took me an hour and a half to get through it which was a bit longer than I had planned. The only real problem that I had physically was doing dips and military presses after going to muscle failure on the bench press. I did three sets of 10-12 reps on most exercises except the crunches that I went to 15-20 on. My upper body strength is quite wanting, so I went to muscle failure the easiest on those. I adapted the weight to whatever would get me at least 8 reps before crying. Time between sets was 60 seconds until I saw that I was going to be there longer than I'd planned, so I sped up a bit.
I'd like to not split the workout up so I don't have to go to the gym more than three days a week, so I'll just suck it up on the time. As long as my wife knows she has to watch the boy that long it'll be ok.
Any suggestions on this or additions/subtractions?
Posted On:11/21/2006 7:00pm
Posted On:11/21/2006 7:43pm
I haven't tried to max out. I usually do my sets at 135...so not much.
Posted On:11/21/2006 8:36pm
Style: Muay Thai
Looks good to me! I would know becuase im th3 man.
Posted On:11/21/2006 10:57pm
Style: default std
Per Hannibal's reply. If you're doing this for strength, do some compound exercises to establish your base - less reps, less time, more weight. Do that consistently for 3 months then try a rotation of isolation or isolation/compound mixed.
You add the isolation stuff after the fact, when you figure out what your weak spots/focus areas are, e.g. for me, I can get away with training legs once a week, but hitting arms twice a week makes a big difference.
Plus if you're hitting isolation exercises straight out of the gate you might build point strength but create imbalances and weak points.
my two cents,
and good morning to you too
Posted On:11/22/2006 6:41am
Originally Posted by shovelbum
I haven't had a chance to pick up Starting Strength
You should really try to get that.
You can't make people smarter. You can expose them to information, but your responsibility stops there.
Posted On:11/22/2006 10:47am
Style: WTF TKD, BJJ/MMA
I'm starting new as well and this is the program I have which seems to be working. I'm working all muscles and can get through all the exersizes twice in about 45 mins. Works me up a good sweat too. I started with larger breaks, but I find limiting them to 15-30 seconds really gets me breathing hard.
I do one set, 8-10 reps to failure. If I reach ten reps, I increase weight for my next training day about 5-10 percent and try to work to that 10 again. Then I repeat from the top. I also keep all my weights loged and mark down improvements so I can get in and get out quick since I have a limited time
Hamstring extensions (like seated leg exts but backwards?) (hams)
Leg Extensions (quads) added
Calf Raises (calves)
Seated Row (back)
Seated Chest Press (chest)
Lat Pull Down (Lats)
Tri Extensions (Tri's)
Rotary Chest (chest) added
Alternate Heel Touchers (abs)
I've been going for 3 weeks now and will likely take a break in a week or two and rearrange my exersizes so my body dosen't get used to doing the same thing.
It looks lke our work outs are similar but you just have more exersizes. If you want a shorter time... I would cut out exersizes that work the same muscles.
Posted On:11/22/2006 11:33am
Style: Judo - Boxing
You say all you've got access to are machines, so my next question is, what part of Southwest VA are you in? I'm from that area originally and I know where all the decent gyms are at.
Edit: If you've got a little cash (it doesn't take much) you can set up a garage gym and trust me, you'll save quite a bit in the long run.
Last edited by War Wizard; 11/22/2006 11:35am at .
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Posted On:11/22/2006 12:26pm
Style: Muay Thai, BJJ
Originally Posted by shovelbum
Here's what I did:
As you're probably aware, the progression of those exercises follows a pattern, from the lower body up, from compound movements to isolation movements, from larger muscle groups to smaller muscles, working antagonistic muscle groups together.
All sound principles and it looks like a fairly comprehensive list.
As others have pointed out, it's a lot of work. Especially for a novice.
Some of our pro fighters do a similar workout with bodyweight exercises and it seems to be effective. However, I've never seen (or conducted) a study to evaluate it's specific efficacy for fighters vs a more traditional strength training program. It is possible that a sort of whole body neuro-muscular overload offers some sport specific conditioning... Quien Sabe?
It's very likely that (at this stage) you could still see good gains with a simple 3 way split that would keep you at the gym the same 3 days a week, and for a much shorter period.
Working from that list, maybe something like:
Leg Press (Prefer Squats or Hack Squats)
Calves could go here
Adduction/Abduction SEEM like MA specific exercises, but that's probably not where you should be developing the power in your kick. Thai kick the bag for an hour at home on leg day instead (perhaps before you go, so as not to screw up your technique with muscular fatigue).
Lat Pulldows (prefer wide grip pullups)
Back Raise could go here or with crunches, whenever you do them
Deadlift could go on this day probably first
Biceps, Tripecs, and Quadriceps should always be pluralised, even when referring to one arm or leg. As with most names for anatomical structures, they are Latin terms referring to the number of 'heads' or origins for the muscles in question. A 'single' biceps has TWO heads (bi=two, ceps=head), the long head originates from the supraglenoid tubercle, and the short head originates from the coracoid process. The triceps has THREE heads, etc...
Lying Triceps Press might be more effective in this case than Triceps Kickbacks
Triceps Pressdowns might be a nice addition here
There was a lot of shoulder work on the list. While you DO need to keep your hands up in MA, that's a lot of time to spend on a small group that gets hit during a lot of other exercises.
Much of the ab stuff you can work in at home. If there's a Roman Chair at the gym, then that might be a good time for the back raises.
If there are neck machines at the gym, you might stick them in on Leg day, as it's a bit shorter. If not, bridges can be useful. Start slowly, a neck owie will put you out for awhile.
Keep a log and let us know how it goes!
Last edited by sdave; 11/22/2006 12:33pm at .
Originally Posted by jnp
That is exactly what I meant sdave. You are dead on, as usual.
Posted On:11/23/2006 9:50am
Thanks for all the advice everyone. The first thing I'm going to do is cut down the chest exercises to just bench presses for now.
Although I agree with sdave's anaylsis of adduction/abduction exercises, I'm going to keep them in because I think they help with keeping the wide, low stance that we use in longsword fighting. I don't do a kicking art anymore, so I don't kick the bag.
As far as my weight access; I am going to the gym at the college where my wife teaches. They have plenty of machines and freeweights. I'd like to stick with the freeweights, but since I don't have a spotter there with me I shouldn't do something like the bench press for safety reasons. I'm doing mostly machines now, but I'll start switching to more barbell work.
Hitman, I'm in Abingdon. I've contacted a gym nearby, but I don't have to pay at my wife's school, so it just works out for me. I'd still like to hear your recommendations.
Thanks again guys, this has been very useful.
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