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Old 11-18-2010, 03:21 PM   #41 (permalink)
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So since I'm solo this month I've been looking into lifting, and just my lifting needs. And I've found that while I'd like to be able to lift huge numbers, it really doesn't translate if I can't lift explosively. Example being, I might at some point be able to deadlift 400lbs, but if it takes thirty seconds to get it off the ground to lockout, its almost useless. However if I could power through and explode ala power clean with 200-250, that translates to takedown/sprawling ability. I also worked on frog jumps. These techniques have been working for me a lot. For example, my sparring partner has a huge strength advantage in the legs on me. Logic suggests he should be able to take me down with ease, but he can't take me down easily. I'm able to sprawl maybe 7/10 takedowns with about about an 80lbs strength disadvantage. This comes from what I consider a decent sprawl(which I try to emulate from watching a GSP demo on Youtube) and my seeming predisposition to get out of the way rather than try and counter. This tells me that while strength is meaningful. As I already knew, good technique means a whole helluva lot more.

The concept of explosiveness also translates to my arms/torso as applied to punching ability. This being said I was fiddling around with some explosiveness drills:

Started with a 45lbs free weight in both hands exploding upward, didn't count reps, did quite a few 15+, moved on to 90lb barbell, 15+ reps, went back down to the the 45lb plate, then moved on to resistance bands and about a bajillion reverse punches!

I've been working defensive dirty boxing against the wall, also solo, so a little weird... I've been just working on trying to dig an underhook on one side and controlling the head and chest with with the other arm and only going for the under-over, or double under, for a leg sweep or throw. I've been doing this with my previously useles (now only partially useless) water bag. It changes shape slightly when grappled which makes actually using it for positions even marginally possible. I'm hoping to get an actual grappling bag for christmas, but we'll see...

I've been thinking about my performance in my last actual partner training session, I was able to utilize a decent hold on my opponnet while defending, this being an underhook on one side, and half a Thai clinch on the other. I used my hand in the clinch simply to plant, and flared out my elbow and used it on control his ability to move his body on that side. It was also helpful when I slid out the underhook and pushed his torso out to throw knees, I'd already secured half a Thai clinch, I just changed the weight distribution.

I've been doing tons of shadowboxing, maybe 40-60 minutes a night. I know there's this adage that you should only do 20 minutes of shadowboxing during a workout, but frankly, that's f*cking retarded. In a five round fight you're doing something more like shadowbixing than bagwork for 25 minutes, and you warm up for another 30-60 minutes before the fight, and probably were warming up in the hotel before coming to the venue, so thats like 2 hours of what can only be described as padwork, shadowboxing and partner work. Besides, good shadowboxing gets me more lathered and sweating than an equal amount of time on the bag. The bagwork is important, I'm just all meh about it right now.

Other than some random explosive stuff, my lifting has been really forced. I can't seem to enjoy this slow repitious movement over and over, it all the muthaf*ckin same! I really seem to just hate lifting now. I'm not sure when I started having such negative feelings, but I should probably work on that...

Diet has been terrible. I kind of went into an "I don't flippin give a f*ck!" phase for a while there and ate a buncha shit. I've pretty much gotten over that and am trying to get things back on track as best I can.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:16 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Okay so, there's been a bit going on. My training partner has decided that he, at this time, no longer wants to compete. Without that motivation, I now am wholey lacking a sparring partner of any kind. So now I have to get my procrastinating ass out there and find a gym that I like. I have one in mind (there are 3 principly in the area). One seems the most legit, so I obviously choose that one.

My solo training has gone so tremendously meh, its Bob Saget. I've been doing some shadowboxing and some bag work, but nothing that I've really enjoyed. Face-fist seems to be a drug that you really can't replace with any substitute.

My training partner, now is devoting the majority of his time to lifting for his purposes. Since much of these seem to coinside with my purposes, we continue to lift together. These last two lifting sessions were more fun than my solo sessions, since I have someone other than the wall to talk to!

The first was an explosive workout and it was spur of the moment so I had nothing planned in advance, it broke down like this:
1. Powercleans 3/4
2. Bench Press 3/4
3. S. A. Rows 3/4
4. Medicine Ball throws 3/25
5. Military Press 3/4

It wasn't bad. It was a little too eclectic to have been really useful at effectively working any single muscle group. But the goal was developing explosivenes in the muscle fibers, which I think its successful at doing so.

The second workout was my training partner's regular "pull" workout. As memory serves, it was like this:
1. Deadlifts to max, followed by 1/8, 1/6 at manageable weight
2. Shoulder Shrugs 3/8
3. Bent Over rows 3/8
4. Weighted Bridge Press 3/6
5. I attempted 1 handed hammergrip deadlifts, but this was rediculous, I am fairly certain I injured my groin (possibly pulled a muscle), as well as felt the skin on the inside of my hand tearing apart. Moral: I found this aspect of the workout sketchy.

Overall it was a good workout, and I was engrossed in great tiredness and my back aches unlike it ever has. Its so stiff I can't slouch without feeling tremendous discomfort, and slight pain.

Diet: I've started taking protein supplements again. I hadn't for a while, since I wasn't lifting vigorously enough to need it while in my epic slump. But now I can say with certainty, that if I continue lifting with this level of intensity (which I want to!) I'll be needing it!

I ate kind of badly today. Ate fast food (ugh, I know, terrible level 1500) for lunch, protein shake for breakfast, and still haven't eaten dinner, aiming to visit the grocery store next to work and find something marginally healthy soon.

Edit: Went to the grocery store. Nothing of any value in the bakery, meat, or fruit dept. Bought crackers to snack on. Hopefully something healthy at home.

I know how to eat well, I just have to get the motivation to not only eat it, but also prep to fight the fam tooth and nail to have it done.

Looking forward to this week, but also not looking forward to this week from a wannabe fighter's stand point. Turkey+potatoes+watever the hell else I can shove in my face=a really f-ed up diet!
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Thanks man! I'm trying and keep motivated!


Suppose I should log too, its been a week!

Lets start off with the positives shall we?

Lifted twice this past week. Would have prefered 3-4 days of lifting a week, with the rest reserved wholey for technique/wind/etc. But I can't complain about getting this good lifting in, its more than I'd be doing if I had to be lonesome lazy f*ck. The first workout was my training parter, now dubbed "liftig partner," has worked out for himself. Again, everything, or at least almost everything, he does is helpful for me in one way or another.

I'd like to describe the first one in detail, but sadly, I have seemingly no memory retention when it comes to lifting. I remember bench press (which I maxed 20lbs higher than it was several months ago), kickbacks, dips, but I remember being really exhausted and a bunch of physical motions I can't easily articulate...verdict: epic fail on my memory's part.

However, today, I worked with my lifting partner again. Again it was pull day. However this time was slightly different than last time:

The deadlifts were just, to max. Not, to max, followed by 2 sets at managable weight.

Hammergrip deadlifts were gone. Instead were dumbell deadlifts with 110lbs + the presense of resistance bands providing an addition amount of weight I'm unsure of... 3/6 (3 per arm)

The bent over rows were replaced with SA rows 5/5

Additionally, stiff legged deadlifts were also added to the show. I am always in agreement with these. They weight was far lower than I would have hoped, since my lifting partner was doing good mornings with the same bar, and anything putting the weight in the squat position reallllly freaks me out (every fiber of my being was fighting the good mornings while I was attempting to force myself to do them) so instead of dragging things out for the weight change, going from around 70lbs to 135lbs minimun, I just went with it and found myself blasting through them in boredom more than physicality.


Now the badness. These make me sad panda.

Afterwards, I tried to get some padwork in. I'm annoyed that I haven't been able to do padwork for some time, about 2-3 weeks, and I have been so antsy and rusty and just overall wimpy feeling. I perhaps shouldn't have done padwork immediately after the aforementioned workout. Since I was kinda tired and couldn't keep my wind (gotta work on that again). Suffice to say, I ragequit pretty early into the pads.

I only manged a couple predetermined combos, originally to warm up before being a p*ssy:

1. 1-level change-3(to the body)-2-1
2. 1-2-level change-3
3. 2-3-(whatever number a rear uppercut is!)
4. 1-2-rear leg kick

Dietiary self-verbal abuse section. Eating like a food whore for days. Thanks to some stupid bastard 2 centuries ago who decided to f-ing share, I have to (yes have to!) eat turkey and potatoes, and various other noms! Since there were left overs, they have been feasted on for a couple days. I finished them off yesterday during the Browns game (most pitiful performance in weeks).

Psyche. I think I'm starting to get back into the swing of things. I've been lazy for some time, but I've been getting that tickling feeling in my brain again. I have been looking into getting a Thai bag to replace the damaged heavy bag from Ever-crappy-last I'm currently using. I need to design some rube goldberg machination of evil to suspend it from, since my ceiling to floor is just about 7-8 feet, I'm hoping that if I wrap the chain and hook it at the top, it should work just fine, with a few inches between the bottom of the bag and the floor. I hope!

Also: my buddy's girlfriend is hawt. And she likes to spoon.
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:38 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Not really too much going down in the past week outside the ordinary.

I have been working and doing christmas shopping, and all that stupid jazz. That being said, thanks to Amazon, its all done and I have a Thai bag on the way. I was looking into getting the Title model, since I knew it was a quality product (my lifting partner has one). However I wanted the black one, since he had the red one, and I'm unique mutha ****as! But, the black one was out of stock, so I got the red one. Oh well, uniqueness (spelling fail?) is dead.

Moving on to training. I hate squats with a passion, always have. Ever since I was a fat high school kid trying to get in shape and tried them. I epic failed, lets leave it at that. And when I went online for direction, I found a video of a guy blowing his knees apart with squats, and I already had knee issues (being a raging fat f*ck and all!). Since then I'd never done squats, like 6 years. So finally I ballsed up and started doing squats again. I have to say, I was a pansy, there's nothing dangerous about a squat, unless of course you're lifting like 600lbs, then you're an idiot.

I did a basic leg workout, not anything special:
3/5 Squats
3/3 Powercleans
3/10 Lunges
3/15 Squat Thrusts
3/10 Medicine Ball Jumps

Other than that I've been working stand up technique every day or two, trying to get my head on straight, and get fully motivated again.

I did a 3/5 on the heavy bag. I was just trying to test the waters and see how much my laziness had effected my cardio. It was pretty bad. By the end of round 2 I was breathing like a tranqualized grizzly bear. But I got pissed at myself for that and exploded against the bag beginnning the third round, for about 90 seconds. Then proceeeded to become an exhausted mechanical boredom machine for the next three and a half minutes. Matter of fact, I shot forward with a knee followed by and elbow, grapped the bag like I was going for a clinch, and yup, just kind of hung out there for a few seconds like an italian leaning tower of fail.

I need to get back into doing 5/5 on the bag regularly. This was helping my cardio big time. And as I get used to that, I'd like to turn it up to 6, 7, 8, 9, 10/5 over the next couple months.

I have been thinking more and more about the MMA gym in town that looks legit. From what I can see at the beginning of '11 there's a sweet deal for new members. 12.95 a month. I'm hoping this is all inclusive, however I doubt that, and expect the all inclusive to be more like 40. But I'm pessimistic about howmuch I have to spend on things, so it may be less (hopefully)!

Diet. I've been looking into eating multiple small meals to try and keep my metabolism up. And I'm eating the proper number of meals. The family has been commenting on my being on "three hour feedings." I'll have to evaluate my weight and body mass in the next month or two to see how effectively I'm applying this dietary shift and look at where I need to make more cuts, probably caloric and the non-processedness (spelling 2?) of what I'm eating.

Psyche. I've been watching a lot of local fighters. And I've been watching videos of myself working out and sparring. And I've been addressing flaws in my technique. I see myself keeping my hands up, moving in and out at angles, throwing with decently good technique, and I'm beginning to wonder. Am I actually good at this stuff? Its a rare thing for me to be good at something, I have been notorious for my King of Fail stats from high school on into the early growwed up years. It's kind of a crazy thought to think I'm good at something, but I think maybe, I might be getting good at this stuff...
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Breaking with tradition, and posting more often than once a week this time.

So first off, since its around Christmas time I decided who better to buy me a bangin' Christmas present than me?! So I took about $150 that were supposed to be spent on my family, and bought myself a Thai bag.



I've been low kicking it like some deranged kangaroo. So much so that my entire shin/instep on both legs were brown and purple (the less bad version of black and blue) after my first day with the thing. I. F-ing. Love it.

Ouside of just low kicking it, its been real nice to have the full range of motion to strike at the bag (since its now hanging in the middle of the room, not off to the side). AND! its so freakin heavy compared to the busted up broken Everlast bag I was trying to keep using. And there's really nothing quite as comforting as slamming home a 360 degree spinning back kick, al a Cung Le, on a 100lb Thai bag. Its so much better than on an Everlast POS.

I've tried to keep some use from the Everlast bag. Its still weighs about 50-60lbs after all the filling its lost. So I figured, why not? and have started using it just for throws and suplexes and the like. Which its decent for. I am looking forward to hopefully getting actual grappling bag around christmas or when I get my tax return next year (after I deal with the vehicle situation!).

Diet. I've kind of gotten freaked out by the fact that there's a pretty serious history of instestinal tract disorders in my mom's side of the family, though there's zero history on my dad's. So I've started looking into an organic diet to help curb the likelihood, low though it may in fact be, that I'll ever have to contend with the illnes. And I think "organic" is something I can sell to my family. Especially after showing them a picture of McNuggets before being cut into chickeny shaped bits a couple days ago!

Psyche. I love having a beard. But when I let it get too thick and long I look like some half mentally-handicapped terrorist. The ladies love the softness (even if they don't know it!) but damn! a brutha can't get no play when the ladies think that's a stick of TNT in his pants!
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Okay, so I'm gonna go ahead and shake the d-bag out first before I start describing my training over the past week or two. Why the f-ck to so many local guys forget they're NOT supposed to get punched in the face! I was watching all of the videos from the last two events for the local promotion I want to become a part of. And I have to wonder. Where do a couple of these guys train, if at all? It really pisses me off to see some guy wade in with his hands at his hips and throw punches like some wild orangutan. What. The. F-ck! Its insulting that I work so damn hard on my stand up and these goof balls lob shots like noobs!

Okay. Now that my pissy rant is over I can actually look at it logically. Perhaps many of those guys have a background in grappling and are still learning their stand up. Or maybe they don't have the quality trainers or training they need to have stand up skills. Either way, it causes me much discontent to think that they can get pro and ammy fights with such poor technique. My sadface is on when I think of it...

On to actual training and whatnots:

I just got my new Title handwraps and fight shorts. Which blow my old Sprawl shorts, and Everlast handwraps out of the water. The shorts are kinda awesome in that they fit comfortably even with the cup in, something that was always a problem with the Sprawls which were cut too tight around the pelvis, and have that nice long slit along the outside fo the leg, which gives a better free range of motion. Moral: Looovvveee iiiitt!

I've been hitting the bag and shadowboxing daily now. Getting more excited to train again. Still don't lift as much as any intelligent man would, but since I got that Thai bag I've been like a crackhead in need of a fix! Something about slamming home those low kicks is like magic in a synthetic leather box! There has however been complaints from the family that its too loud and it vibrates the house, etc, etc. I've replied with the usual, "See this guy. This is a guy who doesn't care." But its still an annoyance I need to think about avoiding eventually.

As for individual technique work. I've been working on using my jab to move in and out. And using a few combinations of straights to set up leg kicks/head kicks. I've also ben working angles on leg kicks. I tend to strike with my instep with lead leg kicks, I like that extra four inches of security between my face and my opponent's fist. So I've been stepping at angles to put more power into the kick to compensate for not striking with the shin bone. Where as with my rear legged kick I always strike aim to strike with the shin bone. My thought is, I'm turning a full body length closer to my opponent, so I might as well aim to hit with the hardest part possible. I've also wanted to improve my ability to move back out after a leg kick. I seem to me, to lazily slide back out after throwing, or nonchalantly throw a punch. This is stupid and iz disappoint. I need to either, slip left or right, THEN throw another punch, or burst back out (preferably at an angle other than straight back) so as to avoid a counter.

My training partner has told me he wants to get back on the bandwagon in February, which would coinside nicely with me getting that gym membership. So hopefully I will be able to rachet things up to uber speed pretty soon!

Diet speaking. Things have been better. I've finally gotten through to the family regarding heavily oiled and fried foods. Now I just have to get through to them regarding overly processed foods. I also need to get myself dedicated to the second part. I started working on getting only non processed or minimally processed foods, but then I realized, most processed sh*t is noms! So it'll take a bit more willingness and motivation on my part before I'll be able to talk anyone into anything.

Psyche and sh*t: I feel like a baby, or a dog or something. I see something cool. I get to play with it, but then I get bored with it in an hour. That seems to be a big problem for me that I need to work out...

Edit: I found these in my "stupid pictures" folder and decided they were a good comparison and description of what I want out of my training!

I want to be this guy


I don't want to be this guy!
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So...uh....my elbow hurts like a bitch. Lemme go ahead and explain what I did and anyone who happens to read this can revel is how noobish the error was!

So I'm working teh bag for the first time since the beginning of my Christmas holiday (24th). I'm feeling f-ing great. "I'm the mutha f*ckin Batman!" great. And I get into this really nice combination that ends with a spinning backfist. So I'm lovin this shit, like lovin it like I'd love to get into a dark closet alone with Marissa Miller. And I slipped just before throwing the spinning backfist (who the f*ck slips on grip matting!), so I was too close to the bag. I hit the bag right behind my elbow and my forearm bent around the apex of the bag. I do not have words for how much it hurt. It was far beyond any armbar I'd ever been in. It. Was. Agony.

So now I'm checking it out and it appears to be an injury to the musculature rather than the joint. When I fully extend my forearm with my fist in the punching position, there's no pain, only very slight discomfort. When I fully extend my forearm in the backfist position, it's painful. This tells me that it is in some way related to the musculature, i.e. tendon or ligament, I'm leaning toward ligament. However there's almost zero discomfort from regular daily motions of my elbow, which tells me its not a torn ligament, likely just a hyperextended one. Remedy: Light work for a few days/weeks, no more backfists for a while. Lots of joint and muscle supplements.

Now on to training. As stated above, I really hadn't done too much special over the course of the past week or so. With that in mind, I've been playing around in my head with several ideas for training. Most of which are either, not feasible, won't work, or just plain dumb. However I think there might be a few nuggets of awesome in there somewhere!

I know I'm a serious technique buff. Rah, rah, technique-ey stuff! But I need to adjust my focus a bit. My technique will never be perfect. But I think after 3-4 years of just trying to develop technique, its getting close to as good as its gonna get at this level. I need to adjut and focus on some of the other components where I haven't been working. Firstly is wind. While my technique is good. My cardio wouldn't get me through a single three round affair IMO with any kind of resiliency. By the end of the second round, I'd probably get getting lit up. Secondly is endurance, muscular. These two areas cardio and muscular endurance, are fundamentally linked, so it should be pretty easy to develop them together (so I hope!).

Diet. It being Christmas I've been pouring vast amounts of carbohydrates and fats into my body. Far more than I would any normal day, and definitely far more than I should have while not working out. I feel fat, lethargic, and slow. I feel like shit internally. I am dissapoint. Very disappoint!!!!!!1!!!1111! I'm eating white rice, chicken and broccolli tonight. Anything in the world besides fried food, or ham, or potatoes for the love of Jebus!


Psyche. F*cking Sumarians man. They've got their weirdo customs and language that should NOT be in some lady's bedroom at 3 in the morning. And owls, f*cking owls, creepy voyeuristic owls. Its like: What. The. ****. (Watch The Fourth Kind, it'll make sense)

Edit: So I was doing a bit of math and didn't think it was worth writing an entire post to put it in, and didn't feel like waiting a week to post, so:

Under the 10,000 hour theory, training 7 days a week, 4 hours a day, it will take 6.8 (about 7) years to achieve athletic excellence. Training 7 days a week, 2 hours a day, it willtake 13 years to achieve athletic excellence.

Algorithm: 10,000/(y(x)) = z
x = # of hours per day training
y = # of days per year training
z = # of years to athletic excellence
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Its been eight days, and I have had an epic loser moment.

There are a few things going on that're worth mentioning. There's been a bit of an internal struggle at home regarding the huge volume made by my thai bag, which hangs from the ceiling of the basement, directly beneath the living room. I was nearly to the point where I wanted to scream from listening to all the bitchass complaining about noice. So I managed some negotiating and got another section of the basement requisitioned for training purposes. Effectively almost doubling the amount of open floor in my basement. Love it! I plan to move my bag to the new area and leave the move open area for free moving space and sparring space.

I also worked a very cool circuit the other day. I actually found it on Youtube. Its some old video of Randy Couture doing a circuit from the early 2000's. I figured it would be a helluva workout, and it was. However it wasn't all I did. It went like this:

Punch Press 2/8
Medicine Ball Bounces 2/8
Couture Circuit* 2/8
Grappling Bag Throws 2/8 (4 per side/shoulder) (Hip Throw/Suplex)
Inverted Rows 2/8

* No stopping between sets all done at 95lbs:
Bent over rows
Upright Rows
Military Press
Good Mornings
Stationary Lunges
Squats
Stiff legged deadlifts
Deadlifts

I think I got them all, but the circuit was several days ago and I can't remember things in detail very well when it comes to lifting. It was a sweaty, sweaty affair, especially on an empty stomach, while sick and dehydrated! But it was fun.

I'm sorry to say this was the extent of my training this week (This is what I meant by epic loser status). I haven't thrown one punch or performed one rep in about 4-5 days. And I don't know why. I feels like I've been on autopilot all week. I can't even remember any specific events from this week. I can blame it on work, or on fiddling with my new XBox, but in the end it comes down to one thing: It's my own God damn fault.
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