Kick through the bruises?
I recently got back into martial arts and switched from a Kenpo Karate style to an MMA style. Previously I would kick with the instep or ball of the foot, and defended against much fewer leg kicks. Now I'm trying to toughen my shins.
I just started shin conditioning by by kicking a heavy bag (hard). Last week I kicked the bag 50x with each leg every day. Today I visited a different gym and kicked a slightly harder heavy bag, the kicking hurt like hell.
My shins are bruised to hell but not bleeding. Should I keep kicking through the bruises? I've read a lot of posts about how to properly train for shin conditioning, but none of them mention how frequently you should do it. Is every day too frequent or should I let the bruises heal before going at it again?
I realize that its going to take months to get my shins prepared for a real MMA fight, but I want to make sure I'm training with the proper frequency to make steady progress.
Thanks in advance for any advice or personal experience.