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Old 07-04-2010, 01:51 PM   #11 (permalink)
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"We'll call this the BK-Crusher or something"

Okay training, training woo, woo!

So training has been going like this:
Lots of freestyle heavy bag work. Trying to get 2 hours of constant bag work in each day if I can.

Every day or two I have been working out with my sparring partner. We bounce back and forth between Sanshou(his comp) and American Kickboxing(my comp) each time we train so we can both get something important and as useful as possible out of each session. We usually spent 2-3 hours per day in said workouts, and when we don't finish too late for me to hit the bag and not keep the whole fam up, I include the 2 hour heavy bag session. Though some days a double workout is just wishful thinking!

Most recently, it was my partner's day to set up the workout it included takedowns, sparring, padwork, and a fun little HORSE competition between us on the heavy bag. One of us does a whole combination of kicks and/or punches and the other tries to do the same thing. Just like in a game of HORSE. After it was done he asked, "Do you think we did enough to get some Burger King?" I laughed and said, "No, but I want some!" Suffice to say, we gots da BK!

The next day I was sitting at work and decided that getting BK just wasn't going to cut it and we needed to burn off all the excess fat. So along with the usual set up of my day, i.e. HORSE, padwork, attack and defense drills, sparring, I wanted to include a rediculous circuit.
The circuit was thus:
1. Squat thrusts
2. Freestyle heavy bag work (vigorous)
3. Treadmill run (uncomfortable speed)
4. Medicine Ball throws (12lbs)
This was repeated for 3 sets, each area being for 2 minutes.

The squat thrusts were the killer of the day. Everything else was vigorous, but were all areas we trained rather regularly, so weren't too taxing on muscles used to the work. The squat thrusts were something we didn't usually do, ever, and they were horrific! I hit my face on the ground at least three times during the 3rd set. But it worked, sweat drenched and breathing hard we sat on the ground and decided that sparring wasn't gonna happen.

On the one side, I'm happy that the workout was very vigorous and effective, but I'm rediculously pissed we blew ourselves out and couldn't continue the session. We still peaked at around 2 hours, which I was happy with, but I would have prefered to have the gas tank for more!

So the battle continues to increase the reserves!
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:03 PM   #12 (permalink)
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"I've already almost passed out twice today"

Training yesterday. It was a melancholy day. I was happy with a portion of my progress and felt all shit-biscuit about another portion.

We started off with partner stretches. I didn't know I could stretch to the point where my knee was at head level while standing. That was F-ing awesome!

Rolled on into some padwork. It felt okay but it was four-hundred-million degrees outside and I could feel my wind slipping away with each combination as I became more and more dehydrated.

Next came sparring. Since it was my partner's day to set up our training session, we were sparring by my(American Kickboxing)rules. I had planned to try and implement the strategy I have always wanted to and have recently been working extremely hard to develop. This strategy being the use of thrust kicks to control range, as well as roundhouse kicks to damage the opponent's body.

To a certain extent this worked. I started out keeping my opponent at distance just using footwork and threw several roundhouse kicks, a couple landed, most were blocked. I have to work on bettering my speed with lead leg roundhouses, and better set-ups for rear leg roundhouses.

As we went on, I started getting tired, very tired. I was out of gas. I attribute this to an unhealthy breakfast(cheese, lots of cheese)as well as dehydration, since we can usually spar for a significant time with little tiredness. My roundhouses came even slower, and my footwork became a helluva lot of work! My opponent took advantage and backed me into the corner. Normally he could have let me out, but I waved him on (we both know my guard is in need of work) so we started working the close game.

He sat in the pocket(or just outside of the pocket) and picked his shots. I deflected the first few. Then I started heaving, this is attributed to gassing as well as an adrenaline dump from being in the corner getting shots rained on me. He started landing a rear hand hook to the body rather regularly. I noticed his guard dropped slightly as he did this and started countering the body shot with a stiff jab to the face(I wish I would have utilized a solid cross as well, but the body hook was coming to my cross side and I was busy blocking and couldn't shift gears as fast as I would have liked!). I caught him on the nose once, eye once, both cheeks once or twice (if I remember correctly). I also started trying to use thrust kicks out of the corner to keep him out of his range (a few inches longer than mine). This worked at first but since I was rediculously gassed, the kicks had no snap and were little more than shoves with my foot.

After a few more minutes we ended the sparring session. I felt exhausted, but was happy I'd been able to implement most of my strategy and even though I would have lost on points I was landing rather solidly over and over. So I call it a success!

Next came body conditioning. We started with core conditioning. Chain punching to the abdomenals as laterals. It was at the end of this phase of training that I almost passed out the first time. I got dizzy, the edges of the world turned white and I couldn't feel my body. I stumbled back a step, sucked air, and was okay.

Next, my pops came over to help me change the oil on my truck. This isn't training but still, I almost passed out and I did say twice! When we were finished I climbed out from underneath and as I stood I got a wicked head rush. The whole world went white and I had to lean on the truck for a minute. My pops told me I was retarded for training outside in 90+ degree weather, but what does a former paramedic know right?


Dietwise, other than yesterday morning eating cheesy eggs for breakfast, I've been eating pretty good. Less and healthy(ish). I feel lighter, but this may all be in my head. Its generating a sense of progress though which is nice.

Overall, I'm happy with my progress, but I'm no fool. I'm far, very far, from being able to compete at any level. I've still got a fair amount of weight to lose to get to approx. 190-195(within my chosen weight division) and my skills aren't up to par with what I expect from a competitor. I've still got over 200 days, and I'm excited to keep bettering myself and witnessing improvement.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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This is the best thing to train in mate,

I have spent a fair deal of time up to 4 hours out in 85-90 degree weather in my shed/gym.

The key is you need to have someone who'll keep giving you sips of water every 5 minutes.

I have found ya it is great to train longer than five minutes but if you want to be safe you need to limit to that period of time if that is what the round length is going to be.

It sorta sucks for me when I put on my gloves, I can't open a bottle of water...maybe get one of those pull-tab mouth deals.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:40 PM   #14 (permalink)
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This is the best thing to train in mate,

I have spent a fair deal of time up to 4 hours out in 85-90 degree weather in my shed/gym.

The key is you need to have someone who'll keep giving you sips of water every 5 minutes.

I have found ya it is great to train longer than five minutes but if you want to be safe you need to limit to that period of time if that is what the round length is going to be.

It sorta sucks for me when I put on my gloves, I can't open a bottle of water...maybe get one of those pull-tab mouth deals.
Yeah, the potenital, both for calorie burning, as well as for cardiovascular health, of training at high temperatures is huge! I like the potential, I just failed to properly hydrate.

I have the same problem with my gloves, I train in 16oz'ers and it really limits my hydrating ability. Also I get into it when I'm doing really anything to the point where most of my mind zones out. Its a good thing because I train for longer without realizing it, but I lose a lot of situational awareness.

Ideally I could find a corner man, or actually train in rounds, for a short period of recovery. As of now for sort of a crash cardio course I've been sparring without rounds, trying to push my cardio harder. Adding at least some level of organization would likely be helpful.
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Ideally I could find a corner man, or actually train in rounds, for a short period of recovery. As of now for sort of a crash cardio course I've been sparring without rounds, trying to push my cardio harder. Adding at least some level of organization would likely be helpful.
If anything you should utilize your mate that helps you with sparring.

There are numerous things he can help you with.... for example:

1. He can carry round' a bottle for hydration.
2. He'll give you commands.
3. He can record your sessions if you have a camera of some sort.

All three I utilize myself and I am growing in a fairly rapid time-frame into a better striker with my hands and shins!
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Powerlifting, the ungodly awesome strength builder; Is that supposed to happen? The zipper tearing like that?


As the title implies I've been getting back into powerlifting. I had been doing hypertrophic since before finishing high school, but I never really grasped the importance of various forms of lifting, so only in the past year or so did I start powerlifting. The marked improvement I saw was hindered by my own pitiful inability to stick to a regimine--lo, and my terrible spelling was witnessed!

These past few weeks I have been powerlifting every other day, filling the void in between with technique building, as well as a steady jog on the tread before and after each workout as a warm up/cool down. The gains are almost unbelievable. There was a time when I was visibly muscular in the arms, before my geyness--with an E, and laziness, ruined what I'd managed to achieve. But now I'm rebuilding the muscles in my chest, shoulders, arms, neck, core and back, as well as adding to my already buff--if I do say so myself(since no one else will!)--leg muscles.

There has arisen a problem however, I have gained back just about every ounce of fat I lost over these last couple weeks because of the damn Whey, complex carbs, amino acids, etc, etc! Its necessary to recover from the Hell I'm putting myself through, but I--sadly--am no longer in that magic zone where you can lose fat and build muscle at once, meaning I'll have to start that stupid wave thing! I hate the wave thing!

Diet is about the same. However, my family purchases some kind of box of Oreo's from Sam's Club that contains sleeves of Oreo's reminiscent of Girl Scout Thin Mints..except with Oreo's. Suffice to say, I have reawakened my Oreo's addiction! God damn my family's unhelpfulness--lo and blah, blah, blah, you get the point.

Also, a horrible, horrible thing happened tonight. I was downstairs hitting the heavy bag. I have it mounted on this shitbiscuit Everlast ceiling mount that I've been meaning to replace, just hadn't. Well, the nut holding the bag mount, to the ceiling mount spun off its bolt and the bag fell on the ground. Well, I was into it, so I jumped into the full mount and started hammering away with elbows, punches, and whatnots. Well, the top of the bag, held closed by a zipper, popped and that random fiberous material inside bags and boxing gloves spewed across my floor.

My brain made a joke about me making my opponent's head explode, but when I realized I couldn't zip it back up...I was sad, uber sad. So now I have to look into a much higher quality heavy bag, and a high quality ceiling mount. More of my money down the drain! F*CK!

Overall, success(ish). Going to a friend's birthday party tomorrow and am seeing people I haven't seen in over a year. I'm hoping they notice a change for the positive, both physiologically and psychologically. I wonder if its selfish or concieted to hope for such a thing...well, I'll find out tomorrow!
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God damn you, you spewy bastard!; luger0 is a genius!

So as I stated in the previous post, I blew to top off my heavy bag because I'm, you know, such a mad powerful striker! No, I jumped into the mount and slammed home a few elbows and the zipper tore apart. Well luger0, as stated above suggested a homemade mount design that not only cost half as much as the useless Everlast mount, but works perfectly without fail! Thanks a bunch man!

I hung up the bag on this new mount(which is pretty much just a simple eye-screw that can hold over 300lbs of shock force) and started wailing away at it. Almost immediately vast amount of tattered fabric(the internal contents of the bag) began spewing in all directions. I still have to do mega clean up to get rid of 5-10lbs of random bits of fabric. My sparring partner has suggested using a garbage bag to cover the top and put it inside as a liner.

Workoutwise, there has been some cardio, long distance cardio as well as a bit of HIIT cardio. As well as a bit of technique and power development.

Training with my sparring partner I was disgruntled to learn when I have the space to move, I don't get aggressive. I revert to this stupid countering strategy that doesn't work for me, that's Machida-esque, minus everything good about the Machida style. This has always been a big issue of mine, too timid for my own good. But when I injured my toe while training in an enclosed environment, I had no choice but to get in close and work my hands and guard. However, I hung to the outside, and counter to how it used to be, was the one getting eaten up by leg kicks (both round kicks, as well as frog kicks). I also seemed unable to get my brain to work in orthodox to allow my leg to recover. All in all the session was weak, and I felt like a prick for having done so terribly.

Dietwise, not bad, not the best, I'm workin on eating healthy, and not all the time failing! Ideally, I want to keep the calories down, and only ingest the necessary carbohydrates to energize me through my workouts, and activate a protein mixture if I happen to need one, daily. I'll have to do some research as well as experiment to find the proper balance.
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Love reading your log. Look forward to the next installment
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Thanks man, I really appreciate that!
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I prefer the more Narative logs to those just listing the excercises they did and the number of reps.

makes for a more interesting read i think
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