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Old 01-30-2010, 08:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It depends how easily you bruise and how fast you heal. In the ordinary course of your training I think you should be mixing it up to the degree that you're not trying to condition your shins every single day.

Arnica gel will help heal the bruises, take down swelling and decrease pain.
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Old 02-01-2010, 09:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice. I took a day off and the next day my shins (and kicks) felt great! The first couple days I think I was seeing stars on some of my kicks, but after just a week of training the kicks felt good against the same heavy bag.

I guess when it comes to conditioning, preserverance really pays off! There is so much more power kicking with the tibia that I'd even say I'm really enjoying the conditioning now.
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Old 02-01-2010, 10:32 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am past the point where the bags do any damage to my shins but we have kick poles that I have been working for about a month now and I tend to work them until my shins are bruised and real sore, then i will take a few days off, sometimes like 4,5, even 6 days off until I feel like i can get back on it. Listen to your body would be my advice. I wish i already had hard shins and didnt have to go through the process at all lol
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I am past the point where the bags do any damage to my shins but we have kick poles that I have been working for about a month now and I tend to work them until my shins are bruised and real sore, then i will take a few days off, sometimes like 4,5, even 6 days off until I feel like i can get back on it. Listen to your body would be my advice. I wish i already had hard shins and didnt have to go through the process at all lol
agreed. i usually kick bags 3 times a week. You know ur body best if u need some time off take it no reason busting up to bad. but it sounds like you did pretty good
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