Bitparity, that makes alot of sense. As someone who needs better cardio, I will remember my 'mental game'. Thanks.
I'll find the thread. If you are going to swim there is a good book that can help you. Many people don't swim correctly so, they don't get the proper cardio work out.
All good advice. I would also ask the question of, "What's your goal?" I mean, if your goal is to throw a shotput farther than anyone else you know, not much aerobics needed. If you're just trying to lose weight and get in a little better shape, moderate aerobics needed. If you're getting back into fighting, you need to concentrate on the glycolytic/aerobic side of exercising.
First up, do you have any knee or back injuries? If you do, you might not want to jog and switch to ellipticycle. Not as manly, but still a good workout. Additionally, if you're trying to lose weight, I find that the ellipticycle allows you to go on a lot longer than jogging even at a slow rate of speed. I dropped forty pounds I gained coming off a back injury mostly through the use of the ellipticycle. Downside, it's not great at cardio gains, even using it for up to an hour, it didn't help my running when I took the APFT. (:icon_evil)
I also used Bas Rutten's MMA workout as a supplement to running with some good effects. I switched the exercises, but just used his timing and general categories. E.g. instead of hitting the pads for a minute, I would jump-rope for a minute sometimes. Others, I would hit a speed bag for a minute. Switch the jumping squat with burpees, etc.
If you're training for fighting, then it's a lot of bag work, coupled with sparring, jump roping, sprinting, pad work, etc. that will get you ready.
I don't really have a specific goal, but I guess aiming to be better than I am now (and used to be) would be enough. Like I stated, I was never someone with a good cardiovascular system, so it would be really nice to be able to not get winded so easily like I have most of my life.
Originally Posted by NoMan
As for knee or back injuries, I have none.
Unfortunately, I don't have the money to buy any exercise equipment, so I'm stuck with what I have. What I have is a self-spotting weight bench, a Olympic bar, a swimming pool in my backyard, jump rope, curl bar, two 10 lbs dumb bells and a bike trail near my neighborhood's park that is pretty long. I used to have a standing kicking bag, but I could no longer use it because the plastic that made up the base was broken in numerous places. I was looking at getting a heavy bag but I have no where to hang it from. Then I tried looking at heavy bag stands, but I wouldn't have anywhere to put it.
I would really appreciate it. I've been looking at books on swimming for some time now, but I haven't been able to find anything.
Originally Posted by It is Fake
No offense taken. I could barely do a minute of shadow boxing without getting exhausted.
Originally Posted by Lily
I used to walk for an hour in the morning and in the afternoon during the weekdays when I was still in school. It never tired me out, but whenever I would go jogging on the weekend, I barely jogged three blocks.
Originally Posted by M1K3
Good thing I train at home in my garage. I don't have to worry about looking good among my peers. My mental game isn't too bad if I had to say so myself, though I try not to push myself too hard since I tend to overdo it and come really close to passing out.
Originally Posted by bitparity
Thanks for the replies so far, I really appreciate it. I never got this kind of advice over at the FightingArts forums, so once again, I really appreciate it.