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    War Wizard's Avatar
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    Well here's a couple (the first being my personal fave for n00bs):

    BUD/S Warning Order

    Train for Strength Workout 1
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    New Zealand
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    being a skinny nerd who does ninjitsu is pretty much guaranteeing you that you WILL get your ass kicked. find a new dream art.

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    I'd like to leave this world like I came into it: Screaming, naked & covered in someone else's blood supporting member
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    Alex has a good point. No matter how much fitness and conditioning you do if you study Bujinkan it's highly unlikely you'll be doing anything more than "throwing" a compliant partner, throwing flour in his eyes and then jumping in the bushes.
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    Where do you actually live? Like, state and area, you don't have to tell us your address. There might be people you don't know about.

    It's really, really hard to live more in the middle of nowhere then me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex
    being a skinny nerd who does ninjitsu is pretty much guaranteeing you that you WILL get your ass kicked. find a new dream art.
    lol. seen that one comming!

  6. #16

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    You have to be in shape to study Bujinkan? Who would have guessed...

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    As a skinny nerd ("ectomorph"), you should evaluate your diet. I gained 6 kg in december by eating 6 meals a day and doing a whole lot of push-ups. A month more like that, and i'm no longer extremely underweight...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogg
    I live in the middle of nowhere. No martial arts dojos, no gyms. I used to live somewhere and studied Soo Bahk Do for a few years (the no experience I'm referring to is on general fitness) but I'm out of practice and out of shape. I'm going to be moving to the city in a year or so, two years from now at most, where I'll hopefully be able to learn some Bujinkan (a long time dream.) I'm looking for advice on how to get fit so I can do well when I start studying martial arts again. I don't have any equipment except 2 10 lb. dumbells. Can somebody advise me on what I can do to get back into shape where I'll be strong enough to kick butt in 1-2 years. I know this is kind of vague- my body type is tall and lean. I have little muscle mass. Nerdy level strength. Can someone list out some exercises I could do, give me a basic routine? I'll elaborate on my fitness level more if needed.
    Dude, push ups, one-leg squats (pistols), and reverse duck walks (.ie. duck walks walking backards) are your friend when you have nothing else to train with. I find it difficult to believe there is nothing anywhere near you - try to buy 2 pair of dumbells at least (a 20lbs pair and a 45lbs pair). For most men, those are good weights to start, not ideal, but what the hell.

    I stronly suggest you get some dumbells, at least a pair of 20lbs and another pair of 40 to 45lbs. How tall are you, what's your age and your weight? These questions are important.

    Anyways, with a pair of 45lbs dumbells you can do squats and lunges. If it's too heavy for lunges, then just use the 20-pounders for the time being. Anyways, even in the unlikely case you cannot get a pair of dumbells (****, do you live in Antartica????), then just do the following:

    warmup -- start doing push ups to failure, keep count how many you can do, and divide by 2. The resulting number, namely X will be the number of push ups you'll do for each subsequent set. That is, if you can do 60 push ups, then you'll do 30 in the remaining sets.

    1 -- 10 one-leg squats (10 per leg)
    2 -- X push ups
    3 -- reverse dulk walks to failure (if you are out of shape, don't be surprised if you can only do 10 steps or less.)
    4 -- one minute break
    5 -- 10 one-leg squats (10 per leg)
    6 -- X push ups
    7 -- ab crunches to failure (if you are out of shape, don't be surprised if you can only do 20 crunches or so)
    8 -- one minute break and repeat starting from #1

    NOTE: if you can't do X push ups, just take a 5-second rest and resume. Repeat until you can do X push ups. That's one set of push ups for ya.

    Do that routine non-stop for 20-30 minutes. If you can do more, the better. Do it once or twice a day. And once or twice a week try to run. If you have never run before, start running 1 mile at a time, with short strides and a slow pace, increasing the pace and strides as you get better at it.

    That'll keep your butt in line. If you are serious and motivated, you'll do it. Otherwise, you will abandon it.

    If you stick to it, you can modify that routine as needed later on. At some point you may want to experiment with weights or other variations of bodyweight exercises, but if you are totally new to working out, that routine above should be a good start for you.
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    Or you could just go on and work up the exercise ladder until you get to a couple you can't do, then write down what you can do with max repititions. Then half that and put it on a sheet of posterboard. Then give yourself 10 minutes to warm up, and 10 minutes to wrack up as many points as possible. Do half your max reps on any of these exercises and you get one point. Now fitness is a game, and instead of knowing that you can do more reps in a given exercise, you know your in overall better shape.

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    Muay Thai, Boxing
    This is what we do at our gym. You don't need any equipment except a pair of skipping ropes. Avoid the thick muay thai ropes if you're just starting out, those are very heavy, but will help build your shoulder muscles (and ruin your toes if you miss).

    Since you say you're out of shape, you may want to tone it down a lot.

    We do 5 sets of what I'm describing below, maybe you can start off with 2 sets, then 3 and work yourself up from there.

    We start off with skipping, 5 mins. Skipping is for warmup, cardio and building your calf muscles, as you need calf muscles for everything from punching to teeping to footwork.

    Do it with running shoes, or on a matted surface, don't skip on a bare floor without shoes, no good for knees.

    50 pushups (I do knuckle, and these are partial, not full pushups. Use only the first 2 knuckles. Builds wrist strength.)
    70 crunches (allows you to take stomach shots)
    30 dips (builds triceps for punching endurance)
    50 squats (allows you to take low kicks)
    30 jumping lunges or 50 normal lunges (allows you to take low kicks)
    70 side crunches on each side (lie on your side and work on the muscles on the side of your stomach, it enables you to take punches like shovelhooks better)
    30 mountain climbers (counting one leg only, mainly for cardio endurance)
    20 commando or clapping pushups (builds punching power)

    Immediately get your ropes and go back to skipping again, no rest. Repeat. Try to work up to 5 rounds.

    Take it slow, and take it easy. It's easier if you have training partners working with you, or you'll give up easily.

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