I got an email from a subscriber who is experiencing hand and wrist pain as a result of heavy bag training. Since this is a common question, I thought I’d share it on the blog: I have recently begun using a heavy bag, and after each session I experience […]
If you haven’t already, I recommend that you incorporate “interval training” into your combative workouts.
Interval training involves short, intense bursts of high-intensity exertion followed by lower intensity periods of recovery.
It’s a perfect training protocol for your heavy bag training, focus mitt sessions or kettlebell circuits.
Interval training is an effective way to build your stamina, burn body fat and simulate the type of “blitz and recover” performance required in a combative or self-defense situation.
If you are into your training for the long haul (who isn’t?), you’ve got to make joint health (back, shoulders, knees etc) a top priority.
Those of us getting “long in the tooth,” have undoubtedly accumulated aches, pains and restrictions in our joints… Years of accumulated strain, stress and impact takes a toll on the body.
Joint mobility drills improve joint range, stability and function. If your joints aren’t aligned properly, you’re just “grinding yourself up,” with your training efforts.
Unless you’ve got your body parts moving naturally and efficiently, activities like pounding on a heavy bag or throwing a kettlebell around can do more harm than good.
“We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.”~ John Dryden
habit-signWhether your interest in self-defense training is for fitness, personal safety or both, your success or failure lies in your habits.
Do you ever have trouble staying on track with your training? Are you inconsistent with your workout efforts? Do you get on a steady streak only to “fall off the wagon,” when other priorities pop up or you just get lazy?” (Or am I the only one?)
The difference between someone who’s interested in self-defense training and someone who is oblivious about their health and personal safety is that the self-defense enthusiast wants to adopt consistent, automatic behaviors to ensure a healthier and safer lifestyle.
I got some great feedback after my post, “Complacency – The Silent Killer.” If you were one of those people, thanks for your questions and comments. I’m glad that it got you thinking.
This post addresses a question that arose from that feedback:
Is there a difference between the complacency demonstrated by a person who lacks self-defense training and a “trained person” who knows what he or she SHOULD be doing, but either forgets or doesn’t feel the need to do in a particular situation?
My simple answer is NO, complacency is complacency. But there’s a bit more to it than that…
“Use The Body You Have To Build The Body You Want”
If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know that I’m a strong believer in bodyweight exercise as part of a well-rounded combative fitness program.
Bodyweight exercise is natural, functional and versatile. Its been used for centuries by martial artists and combative athletes.
To this day, bodyweight exercises form an integral part of conditioning for the military and special forces; people who train to fight and survive in the harshest of conditions.
We all struggle with making workouts a consistent habit. Motivation and willpower aside, sometimes life gets in the way and we don’t always have the optimal circumstances to workout.
If you want to be successful in achieving your goals, you need to be consistent and committed to your efforts.
You don’t only train when it’s convenient, when you’re in the mood or when you have nothing better to do. In order to reap the benefits of training, it has to become a part of your lifestyle.
The first of the Seven Components Of Self-Defense that I teach and write about is “Self-Defense Psychology.”
Within that component is the study of motivation and willpower.
Willpower, self-discipline and the quest for mastery are an important element in fitness, self-defense and martial arts training. Unfortunately, like other things in life, being disciplined and consistent with the “right things in life” is easier said than done.
Martial texts are full of references about the importance of self-control, self-discipline and “walking the path” through ongoing training and self-improvement.
Naked Training Defined
Before you take me for a pervert or a weirdo (I’ve been called worse)… allow me set context for the provocative title of this post.
By “training naked” I’m not talking about working out with your clothes off (although what you do in the privacy of your own home is your business).
I’m talking about a workout that’s not dependant on where you are or what you have with you. It’s about doing what you can with what you have. It’s about equipment-free exercise. No benches, boxes, balls, bands or bars… Just you, your body and a piece of the ground.
“Use the body you have to build the body you want.” ~ Mark Lauren
What benefit could there possibly be to hanging a big, stuffed bag from the ceiling and repeatedly pounding parts of your body into it? Put that way, one might question the benefits of heavy bag training. But if you look a bit deeper, apply a little “health and safety context,” […]