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Old 09-22-2006, 08:22 PM   #1
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I started martial arts - How do I fit in my regular workout?

So I've always wanted to try it and I started about a month ago. I do Jiu Jitsu and Muya Thai. A lot of the guys do one and then the other class right after, but I discovered rather fast that my conditioning is not up for that yet So.... I do Jiu Jitsu Monday nights and Muya Thai on Thursdays.

So what I'm wondering is - For the past 3 or 4 yrs I have done basically a 5 day routine. A chest/shoulders/arms/back/abs kinda routine.

Now I'm kinda lost here, how do I fit my regular routine in with this? I love going to the gym and lifting weights and I don't want to give up either.

Advice?
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:44 PM   #2
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not sure how hardcore the muay thai is but the real stuff takes years to become conditioned...their condition has nothing to do with lifting weights...its alot about tolerance and breathing...

I have a friend from thailand whose been doing this since he was 5 years old and his whole family (9 brothers) are all martial arts experts. He never lifts weights but his body is conditioned to take a beating.

For instance, part of his daily exercises include hitting his shins against metal bars then when they bruise and bleed he rubs them down with his fingers and after a period of months they become rock hard. He now breaks beer bottles over them without a flinch. He does the same thing with his forearms. His master was getting impatient with him and his stretching b/c he could do complete full splits so his teacher jumped on his legs and got them srtetched out (not recommended for people over 18 as you are no longer that limber)..

I can kick him full force in the side, solar plexus, and legs and he just breaths it out using special techniques.

never lifts weights or run just old fashioned muay thai training. If he were to fight (good thing he is peaceful) the first thing he would do in combat would be meet his shins with yours and split yours in half with his. Dangerous stuff..

to be honest i cant guage how serious you are about training in muay thai but it takes a whole of unorthodox weastern/orthodox eastern conditioning....sorry for the rant just trying to help
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:34 AM   #3
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depends on your goals.

If you are dedicated to improving in martial arts, I don't think a 5 day split would work. Think about doing a whole-body circuit routine twice a week, utilizing lots of compound movemnts. Dead lifts, squats and bench press will hit every part of your body already.

I was like you a year ago..the traditional 4-5 day split. However, since I heavily got into volleyball and shifted my focus on flexibiity, speed, quickness and vertical leap, I have since modified my lifting regimen. I do upper-body circuit routines twice a week. The rest of the week, I do legs, plyometrics, HIIT and cardio. I've actually lost weight AND increased my lifting numbers doing this. I've focused more on exercises (cleans, squats, etC) that would benefit my athleticsm and cut out the smaller exercise that serve no purpose but just to look good (i.e. bicep curls, shrugs, etc)
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Old 09-26-2006, 06:10 PM   #4
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I wouldn't mind switching up my "regular gym" routine at all, I'd just like to stay "active" 6 days a week.

Monday is grappling, so my legs are pretty much shot for the next day or two. Thursday is (kick)boxing so my arms are pretty beat for the next two days.

Overall, I guess I am just looking to supplement it with 3 or additional days in the regular gym to complete it.

any suggestions?

EDIT: I'm not looking to become the next Wanderlei Silva, I just love watching MMA, and I've always wanted to try it so that is what I am doing now.
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