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North 04-01-2010 12:22 AM

North's Log
 
So! I've always really just felt and relied on the notion that skill can overcome strength/athleticism. While I still cling to this to a point, my want to break into the fighting scene grows, and I feel that my current physical state is not at all acceptable. It also couldn't hurt to look a lil' more studly for the women-folk, am I right?

I -think- I'm still at that early point as discussed in SteSteez' guide in the Training & Nutrition section, where I can build muscle while dropping weight. I hope this to be true, sincerely.

Monday, March 29th, 2010
Ridiculously miniscule amount of bagwork. Also, d'ucked up my right hand in the process - which is pretty disheartening. Hopped on the elliptical for some cardio, I didn't keep my time, but the little on board computer claims I burned off 800 calories - I'm not sure I trust that little sum of a fish computer though. Stretched. Went all weaksauce on the diet this day.

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Did Shoulder Press - 3 sets of 10 reps @ 65lbs, 1 set of 5 reps @ 85 lbs, 1 set of 4 reps @ 85 lbs. I didn't have a spotter, and was getting wobbly by that point. Did Good Mornings (right?) - 3 sets of 10 reps @ 65lbs, 2 sets of 10 reps @ 85lbs, 1 set of 10 reps @ 105lbs. Sit ups - 3 sets of 25 reps, unweighted. No bagwork. D'ucked up my hand worse trying to do a break like a dope. No cardio. Diet included small bowl of rice in early morning, another small bowl at mid morning, heaping pile of chicken for lunch, heaping pile of roast beef for dinner, lots of water, two helpings of whey protein with milk (2%, I think). No alcohol. A lil' soda. Note: In desperate need of greens.

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010
Bench Press - 1 set of 10 reps @ 65lbs, 3 sets of 10 reps @ 85lbs, 1 set of 5 @ 105lbs, 1 set of 5 reps @ 125lbs. No spotter again, and overdid it on reps. I think I need to jack up the weight quicker, so's to not tucker out as quick. No sit ups. Right hand is still healing thanks to idiocy, so no bagwork. Jogged 1.5 mile for some vestige of cardio. Diet included: Lots of water, small bowl of rice at mid morning, heaping pile of chicken for lunch, some kind of steak-like business with peas and potato for dinner, two beers, lil' soda, two helpings of whey protein with milk (still 2%, I think). Note: Should've probably had a salad. Smoked two cigars.

I haven't done forms in forever. Seeing as how I've got to be up semi balls-early tomorrow, maybe I'll try to be up to go through a few with sunrise. And I'll give some bicep/tricep stuff a shot after that. We'll see where else the day takes me.

Anyway, guidance is appreciated. I'm fairly new to the lifting scene. Fairly new to the nutrition scene for that matter. I think I know what I'm doing on most counts though, but then again, thinking that you know what you're doing, and knowing what you're doing are two different entities entirely, eh?

North 04-01-2010 11:04 PM

Thursday, April 1st, 2010
Deadlifts - 3 sets of 5 reps @ 140lbs. I tried to do Clean and Presses afterwards, but after only a few, I realized I was just utterly spent. Tried my hand at squats, full squats first, front squats second, could not do either. Maybe bad form, maybe just too tired to manage it, maybe both. I'm kind of just chalking this week up to a learning experience as far as strength training goes. I'm still doing more reading on it, still trying to sort out a routine, and so on. So hopefully I'll have that sorted for next week. About half an hour of bag work was done, which is always fun - but still not as much as I would've liked to have done. Seriously, those deadlifts just broke me today.

Diet was weird for today. Had some cereal, the usual two helpings of whey protein in milk, and had a burger and some potato wedges (homecooked, so not too, too bad?) at a friend's. I really didn't eat that much at all today, and I'm not sure what to make of that. Had a few beers, very little soda. Smoked two cigars and my pipe for a bit as well. I love smoking in good weather, and with it just starting to get nice out, I can't help but sit out and puff away all day. Hopefully as summer plays out more, I'll slow way the Hell down.

So, lifting today was exciting, as was the bagwork. Diet and forms and cardio and conditioning, all a really lame wash.

North 08-23-2010 07:10 PM

My last post in my own training log was almost five months ago. That's terribly discouraging, and disappointing. Here's to a fresh start though.

I've made amazing breakthroughs in lifting/strength training in these past few months (mainly the last two). I've gone from a 'when I can' or 'when I feel like it' lifting schedule, with no rhyme or reason, to a very organized and focused lifting schedule. I do legs on Monday, chest and triceps on Wednesday, and back and biceps on Friday. My Wednesday is all "press" lifts, while my Friday is all "pulls". Only my Monday (legs) is really a major muscle group focus. Beyond scheduling, the weights I'm moving are weights I didn't think I could be moving this soon into starting serious strength training. I found my max deadlift to be 300lbs, which only topped out there because that's all of the weight I own. Not to mention, my max bench is up 25lbs. I'm doing rep/weight combos of other lifts that I didn't think I could do, such as lateral rows and overhead extensions of 60lbs with three sets of 10. If you can't tell, I'm really pleased and very excited about my gains in strength so far, and my future gains. In addition to my three days of lifting, I'm looking to add a hard, core workout on Saturdays, and I'm thinking of doing strongman style workouts on Tuesday and/or Thursday (directed towards benefitting less the striking, more the takedowns). I'll be trying to implement those additions this week, so we'll see.

So, today was Monday, legs. I did squats, reverse lunges, leg extensions, leg curls, and calf raises.

I've read that leg extensions and leg curls are bad because the way they distribute weight is bad for you. I believe this. However! I've always had shakey knees and weak legs, so I'm using these two lifts to help kind of rehabilitate my legs to a regular standard.

I've also read that bodyweight calf raises are bad. I do bodyweight calf raises to warm up up before bagwork or such some time, but on Mondays, for lifting, I do weighted calf raises. 90lbs, 3 sets of 20 reps.

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I really haven't been doing the cardio that I need to be doing, only once or twice a week (being generous there). So what I'm looking to do in the future is 1.5miles a day, and 3miles on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. I didn't run today. Tomorrow should be a new day though. I'm also considering adding jump roping on Saturdays, and possibly eventually doing it every (or every other) day.

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I've started doing bag work (almost) every day, and have only missed doing so a couple times so far. I used my neighbor's heavy bag for a while, which inspired me to properly set up mine. So I've got a 100lb banana bag hanging in my backyard to play with. I'm also buying my neighbor's rig, which has a 50lb (80lb, maybe. I don't know, I'm use to way heavier bags than whatever he has). His rig also has a speed bag, which is what I'm really interested in adding to my training tools. So hopefully by the end of this week or next, I can be reporting on my terrible rhythm with a speed bag.

Like I said, I do bag work every day now, including today. I threw some general, basic combinations as I usually do. Some of the things I really focused on hammering out was a lead left hook, both to body and to head, and sometimes throwing them consecutively. I have seriously have more power with my lead left jab than my lead left hook, it's sad. But! Something to work on, right?!

Other than that I worked on short uppercuts to the body as might be seen in the clinch (general clinch; boxing, etc, not Thai). I feel like I'm solid at this range. I'm good at covering up and rolling, which I work on by, well, covering up and rolling while right up on the bag. And I feel like I can really happily and freely punish the body in this way. I can deliver some meaty body uppercuts from that position to their (ideally) exposed midsection, while minimizing a lot of the damage I take. Maybe even getting them to bust up their hand a bit on my crown or an elbow in the process. I feel ok there, but it's definitely not where I really want to be - not with these lanky ass arms of mine.

I also worked on angles and movement. Jabs while stepping forward, jabs while stepping back. Crosses or hooks while stepping to one side or the other. Worked on a nice little diddy I like, where I purposely (and purposefully!) wing my jab to their outside, and step in with a tight uppercut to the lower body. Of course there was the ever present effort to make head movement second nature.

I didn't work on knees or elbows. This is because the Sanshou tournament I'll be entering in March does not allow elbows, and has wishy washy rules on knees.

I didn't practice any kicks. It rained today, yesterday, and the day before, so I opted to wear shoes instead of going barefoot as usual - since my bag is outside. I didn't want to be driving the fabric of my shoe or my shoe laces into my foot repeatedly. So for today, I went without practicing my kicks. I should've (or could've, anyway) practiced them in a shadow boxy manner in the house, but, I just didn't. What can I say.

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Padwork! I hit the pads at a friend's place the other day. Felt good man. When I asked him about how my head movement looked while I was hittin' the mitts, he gave me a small compliment, saying it was solid, basically. And he's not much the type to just say something to be nice.

I also felt like my right hook on the mitts was really, really pleasant. Something about the feel of it or something just felt so, so right to me. Loved it!

Right now I'm getting pad work only maybe twice a week. However! I'm looking at getting a pair of focus mitts of my own. My lifting buddy (my oldest brother, actually) is trying to get fit, and he wants to see me succeed, so he's agreed to work the mitts with me for a while after we lift. So once I get a pair of mitts, that'll give me three more pad sessions a week.

I could also feasibly get in another two mitt sessions a week with my other brother, if I so wished, but there's some personal issues there keeping me from doing so, so we'll see.

Um. Yup! That's all for now, I think.

-North

luger0 08-23-2010 08:39 PM

Not a bad start
 
I have several questions for ya North.

What are your stats? Size weight...etc


How long have you been working on your regimen?

North 08-23-2010 09:19 PM

6'2"/6'3", depending who I'm standing next to.

Weight is 210 lbs about. I'm trying to break down to a daily weight of Light Heavy so I can cut to Middle. Or just live at Middle, would be optimal. Obviously, I don't have the muscle mass at the moment to stay Heavyweight, so I'm trying to get my weight to match my strength.

Reach is 74"/75", abouts.

As far as how long I've been working on my strength training/cardio routines, it's just been a work in progress since I ever started boxing in my backyard with a bud. I just got serious and started lifting intelligently for probably two months now, and it's been in these past two months when I've seen any real, strong gains, and it's very very exciting.

Thanks for the interest and reply, by the way.

-North

North 09-07-2010 09:25 PM

Been a lil' bit.

I'm up in weight. Probably 215-220, haven't weighed myself today or in the past day or two. The more and more I think about it, the more and more ok I think I'd be with fighting at heavyweight. I'm still going to try to get Light Heavy/Middleweight, but if I fight at Heavy, I fight at Heavy. I just need to keep working my cardio drills and such to burn off some excess weight, and keep tryin' to stack on muscle. If I fight at Heavy, I'd like to be a lean 220 or so. At this point, I'm kind of just prescribing to the words of my sifu, which were basically "Forget your weight and train. The weight problem will take care of itself."

I've been kind of ill lately. I'm not sure if I'm actually ill, or it's my allergies. Either way, whatever's got me down, has me ridiculously dehydrated at basically all times. I'm busting my ass trying to take in as much water and tea as I can, but it's not really cutting it. Hopefully once the weather finishes changing, this will be less of an issue. But for now, I've been having a nightmare of a time mustering the energy to train, and when I do, I'm having trouble mustering the energy to commit to the act. THEREFORE. My lifting schedule was off at the end of last week/beginning of this week.

Sunday I did my back/bicep (pull) workout, which was supposed to be on Friday. I was being especially lazy about the bicep stuff. Here's how it looked:

Seated Dumbbell Curls: 3 sets @ 10 reps @ 20lbs
Barbell Curls: 3 sets @ 8 reps @ 65lbs
Preacher Curls: 3 sets @ 10 reps @ 60lbs
Shrugs:
10 reps @ 135lbs
8 reps @ 155lbs
6 reps @ 175lbs
4 reps @ 195lbs
2 reps @ 215lbs
1 rep @ 235lbs
Deadlifts(part 1) :
10 reps @ 185lbs
8 reps @ 205lbs
6 reps @ 225lbs
4 reps @ 245lbs
2 reps @ 265lbs
1 rep @ 285lbs
Deadlifts(part 2) :
3 reps @ 300lbs
3 reps @ 300lbs
1 rep @ 300lbs

I miscalculated; My first set of deadlifts was suppposed to hit 300lbs for its 1 rep, but I screwed that up, and realized it too late. But I really wanted to hit that big money weight, so I decided to do a 3x3. Obviously, was just way too beat down by the end of it to finish it.

Also, earlier on back day I hit the bag for about 25 minutes. It was a fairly weak session with not too much real improvement - not any worth noting anyway.

Only gear I used on back day was lifting gloves. Looking at switching to and buying chalk and straps next week maybe.

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Monday was supposed to be legs. I did nothing on Monday, however. So, I did legs today instead.

Squat:
10 reps @ 135lbs
8 reps @ 185lbs
6 reps @ 205lbs
4 reps @ 225lbs
2 reps @ 245lbs

(I didn't get proper form on my second squat @ 245, so I didn't even waste my time or energy [or endanger myself] trying a single rep @ 265lbs.)

Standing Calf Raise: 3 sets @ 20 reps @ bw+90lbs
(two 45lb plates in hand)

Leg Curls:
10 reps @ 70lbs
8 reps @ 90lbs
3 reps @ 95lbs +3 attempts that came close but failed to achieve lockout

Leg Extension:
10 reps @ 70lbs
8 reps @ 100lbs
6 reps @ 130lbs

Dumbbell Reverse Lunges:
3 sets @10 reps (per leg) @ 20lbs(x2)
(I wrapped the handles of the dumbbells with towels to work my grip a little more.)

For my muscle isolation exercises I'm trying to stick to 10/8/6, but I just screwed up on Sunday when I did biceps. My heavy compound lifts I'm trying to do a short pyramid by two's with a single rep to top it off (10/8/6/4/2/1).

Also today I jumped rope. I did five, two minute rounds with 30 second breaks between. This is the first time since probably grade school that I've very seriously tried to jump rope, so it was a little awkward here and there. I also think my rope's too short, but ah well. This was really hard on my cardio, in a good way, so there was probably a total of about a minute (over the course of those ten minutes) of me just trying to catch my breath.

As well as the jump roping, I also did seven, three minute rounds on the heavy bag, with 30 second breaks. I was aiming for ten rounds, but I got into my eighth round and just crapped out. I didn't count the minute or whatever I got into my eighth.

This morning, I got to work with a buddy of mine. Mainly he practiced throws on me, and I got to do about 20 minutes or so of padwork. Nothing special, but a nice little sweat.

I know I've mentioned dropping leg extensions/curls out of my leg routine, but I saw BJ Penn doing them. So for now, I'm going to leave them in while I investigate some more.

I haven't been running.

Diet's been ok so far this week. Lots of water. Haven't been taking whey in a long while, but just been stacking on the meats hardcore. Looking to get some whey next week, at which point I'll be doing strength training probably five days a week.

I think there's some more I'd like to mention, but that's more than enough for one post.

North 09-08-2010 11:05 PM

Today, for strength training, was chest and triceps (press). I really can't say anything precise, as I was lifting with both of my brothers and the whole thing was pretty chaotic. I can say that I did higher numbers on my flat bench press, which is very positive. I failed a little bit on my skullcrushers, but I've just always been terrible at skullcrushers. It's not even bad triceps I don't think, I can do double the weight on overhead exstensions than I can on skullcrushers, it's just something about skullcrushers, I fail at.

I jump roped (jumped rope?) again today. I feel like this is wicked cardio, and I'll continue to do this everyday. Someday, I'll actually bring myself to go for a run. Same thing as yesterday; five, two minute rounds with 30 second breaks between.

I worked the bag as well today (as I will try to do everyday until the day I die or quit the lifestyle). For today, I tried to focus on a different combination or attack pattern for each round. Some things I focused on each round:

1. Lead left jab with right to body, alternating between right crosses and right hooks. Also alternating the style of hook between a very deep hooking, horizontal fist hook. And a vertical fist, more shovel hook-like hook. I spent another round doing the same thing, except with the right going to the head. Same alternatives with the right as above.

2. Spinning side kick. I focused on my right (my back) leg, but I also threw a few from my left leg. I think the left, lead leg spinning side kick is weaker than with the right, of course, but it's good to have variety, so I'll keep training it. I was surprised with how hard my spinning side kicks were landing with the right leg. I wasn't getting full extension in the least bit, and it still felt nice an' gooey.

3. Low side kicks to the legs. I worked on doing stationary, lead leg side kicks. I also did turning side kicks with my right leg. And to a lesser extent, I did some shuffle in side kicks. I enjoy these quite a bit. I'm a little bit in danger of getting clipped by punches when using them, but I can keep my guard up while doing them almost entirely. The downward angle lets me generate a lot of speed and power with them, and put a ton of my weight on it. I've got to think that if I tag someone with a couple of these early on, they'll be fairly more nervous about trying to throw fists with me, since my fists won't be the only threat at that range.

4. Side kicks; I did turning side kicks to the body only, as I wasn't quite able to achieve head kicks with them while keeping the kind of balance I want/need. Threw stationary as well as shuffle-in side kicks to both body and head. I keep stepping back and to my right after throwing a very solid side kick - which inspired me to work out a combo that would in essence be, throwing the side kick, but immediately after my step back, throw a low spinning back kick. The mere threat of that low spinning back kick catching my opponent could keep him off me for that split second or two where I might be at a disadvantage/on the retreat.

5. Side kicks; Stationary and shuffle-in. I threw these only to the head. I was trying to throw them at as close of range as I possibly could without jamming. What I was trying to do was angle them up and in so that they could possibly go straight down the pipe, so to speak, slipping right through the guard and landing perfectly under the chin. (Side kick uppercut, anyone?) Enjoyable to throw, and nice to have the variety even if they are only so so right now. They definitely need work, because throwing them at that range definitely leaves me susceptable to punches.

6. Inside crescent kicks, with right leg only. I use to train these with both legs, from lead leg and back. Lately though I've just been trying to perfect myself from an orthodox stance. So today, I threw a couple left lead leg inside crescents, but mainly stuck to right back leg inside crescents. These felt ok. Fast, but weak power. Maybe enough power to daze someone, but def' not a knockout, and probably not much more than a dazing blow. But, a good point earner and good for mixing into hand combos in the future.

7. Roundhouse kicks; One round was all low roundhouse kicks to the legs. My rear leg feels pretty solid and decently quick. My lead leg has a little less bite, but it's quicker and cuts more of an odd angle, making it harder to pick up on, I think. Another round was spent on roundhouses; except this second round I threw them only to the body. I feel like my left lead roundhouse needs serious work. It cuts that weird angle and has some speed, but really, not enough power to be worth throwing to the body, basically a head or leg only kick right now. My right rear leg roundhouse to the body felt good though. Was leaving nice shin shaped dents in the bag and getting the old boy rocking what good.

8. Then I spent a round or two just freestyling with my hands. Nothing especially notable about this, I was just trying to finish strong and keep sweating. Really kind of pushed my endurance though.

I can't remember if I explained it, but in March is a Sanda tournament I hope and plan to fight in. I know it's the biggest sanda tournament in my state, and I think it's in the top 5 in the US for major sanda tourneys. So, this shit is kind of serious business. Slowly but surely, I'll be increasing the intensity, length, and difficulty of my workouts. I plan to do that on and for all fronts; technique, cardio, strength, and everything in between.

North 09-10-2010 10:33 PM

I don't think I did anything yesterday. It was a really unproductive day. My calfs were just really killing me (still pretty much are) from adding the jump rope to the daily routine and from going up in weight on all my leg lifts. So bleh. Just didn't feel it yesterday.

Today I spent about 40 minutes working technique, with about a 10 minute warm up. I didn't spend all of that time on the bag, though some of it was. I mainly just worked on footwork, head movement, guard, and the like. I also spent some of that time throwing kicks and just working my kinks out, which felt really good. Was landing side kicks (lead leg stationary and turning) and lead leg roundhouses at about 6', and rear leg roundhouses at probably 5'4" (jaw or so on a 6' person, I reckon). Really pleased to see that kind of height on my kicks, and that kind of flexibility. Worked on transitions into takedowns - using a jab to step in and duck under, to throw a couple rapid fire hooks to the body, followed by a feint elevation change of coming back up but instead then dropping low and snatching the legs up. Practiced this on my tire, working my way in with the punches then getting low to snatch it up, then rolling it over my shoulder in a half suplex.

I also lifted today. It was back and biceps (pull). Did deadlifts, seated dumbell curls, shrugs, one arm dumbbell rows, barbell curl, preacher curl. Weights and reps went up on everything about, with the exception of a couple. One arm dumbbell row's weight stayed the same, seeing as I can't fit any more weight on the bar, but it went up easier so I think I could feasibly stack on more in the future. Deadlifted weight I've done before, but did it in better form I'd say. Weight went up on all curls. Reps went up on shrugs. Seated dumbbell curls used towels on the handles to hit the grip harder again. Should've used the towels on the dumbbells for the rows too, but just didn't. My hands were getting chewed up by the handle and I didn't want to look/feel like a bitch and wrap on the towel.

For lifting today and Wednesday I didn't use gloves, only chalk. No belt, no straps, no gloves, no nothin', nothin' special. Just chalk and muscle.

Spent about ten minutes working on grip and to some degree, explosiveness. Did this after my shadow boxing but a few hours before lifting. Tossed bricks in the air and caught 'em. Pretty simple, but pretty effective. Now, at the end of the day, my hands are gnawed up and tired, but I feel like I could choke slam a moose.

I think, at some point, I very minorly pulled something on my left upper side. Possibly the high end of the lat, or something in the shoulder area connecting arm to body, or possibly just part of the tricep. All I know is that something isn't right over there, and it's not very pleasant. I don't think it'll take long to heal at all. I'm babysitting my nephew tomorrow, but I think if I get the chance, I might do some light shadowboxing or maybe even try the bag.

Has anyone seen "Any Given Sunday", or just heard or read Al Pacino's speech in it? Amazing.
Link:
http://6doi.net/movies/inspirational...en-sunday.html

I'm not a football fan, so the video means little to me. But Pacino delivers the speech so well, and the words impact me so. I can't help but be moved, as a fighter and as a person, by it.

-North

North 09-14-2010 12:28 AM

Saturday I did back again. Deadlifts, One arm dumbell rows, bent over rows, and trap pulls. Weights were good, reps were decent. I tried using just chalk again, but two pull days in a row? I just couldn't, my hands were getting too shredded, so I had to toss on gloves. Did weight/rep combinations that I wasn't use to, so it was new and interesting, and good for the muscle confusion.

Sunday was the Sabbath.

Monday (9/13), in terms of strength training, it was legs day. Squats, reverse lunges, leg curls, leg extensions, standing calf raises. We also added decline sit ups on the basis that both my lifting partner and I were being lazy and not doing our ab routines on our own, like we said we would. Weight and rep combinations were new and interesting today as well. Switched to 3 sets @ 10 reps, with fairly solid weights that to be honest, I wasn't sure I could handle at those reps at this point. Weight went up 30lbs on the reverse lunges. The calf raises stayed the same as usual. I think the only way for me to jack on extra weight while doing the standing calf raises is if I start using the barbell.

Also on Monday I did a short little, intense, almost circuit like routine. I spent 8 minutes jumping rope, 8 minutes shadowboxing with resistance bands, and then probably about 15 minutes on the heavy bag. It's not much, I know. I feel really lame about how little time I spent on the bag, but I'm kind of happy to have spent that time jumping rope and shadowboxing (w/ resistance) straight and so intensely. Shoulders actually felt mildly fatigued at the end of the whole lot of it, which is, new. To be totally honest, it's been quite some time since my shoulders were actually really fatigued from cardio type martial arts stuff.

I've decided that for March, I'm fighting Heavyweight. I decided that I don't want to leave it in fate's hands and end up getting stuck at Heavyweight and unprepared (weight and strength wise). And although it's lame, I know I don't have the work ethic when it comes to cardio, not enough to be able to drop the weight while still tacking on this muscle. Even if I started a weight loss/muscle gain cycle, I just don't think I could pull through it.

And, you know, I'm not going to lie. Everybody wants to be a heavyweight. That's where the big boys play. There's just respect that comes with being a heavyweight, be it respect in the gym, in the dojo, in the bar, or in the ring. Cause even if a smaller guy is somewhat more technically inclined than you, you've still got the weight and strength to best him. Martial arts aren't about muscling through your opponents, but any sensei or sifu who says that weight and strength is irrelevant is a damned foolish liar.

Point being, is that I'm 6'3" about with a big, thick frame. I'm big enough to be at least a medium to small heavyweight. I just need to do the hard bulking and jack up my strength to heavyweight standards. I've got five months to do it.

Dietarily I've been doing good, keeping it kind of lean. Henceforth, I'm going to be even better. I'm going to really start to eat as healthily as I can, with lots of lean meats and tons of veggies and such.

I'm looking at taking one protein shake after my strength training sessions. Looking at 2% milk, water, two scoops of whey protein, and one scoop creatine. I'm not sure yet of exact measurements, it'll take some playing with. I'm also not sure what flavors to get, that would go well together. I'd like to add live banana to the shake, so maybe some kind of fruity medley or something. As I go I may consider doing a shake before as well, or perhaps at night before bed or something. But as it stands now, it's just the one shake after the weights, and the rest of my protein will need to come from food.

I've also started taking a joint maintenance supplement. It, is freaking foul. Shit you not, "Ingredients: Soy, Shrimp, Chocolate Flavoring". Blaaaaah, nasty. I'm also taking my trusty Flintstones Chewable vitamin daily.

I talked earlier (a couple posts up, I think) about taking my strength training to the next level, and doing five sessions a week. I still want to add on more strength training sessions using things like sandbags, tires, atlas stones, logs, bricks, etc etc whatever, real strongman type shit, since all I do right now is free weights (<3 btw). But I come back to the concern of overtraining. But then, I've heard and read from bodybuilders that lifting five days a week is almost mandatory. And don't high profile professional fighters strength train like fiends? Doing more research on this dilema as we speak, but input is very appreciated.

I'll try to get in a run tomorrow morning or evening. Needs more stamina. Should also be doing the usual bagwork, and also getting in padwork and possibly sparring. I'd like to also get in the jump roping and the resistance band stuff again, but we'll see.

-North

North 09-16-2010 10:34 PM

Tuesday; Did a head movement drill with a friend. Head movement drill was just him throwing jab after jab after jab, and just me bobbing and slipping them. As I/we continue to do this drill, I'll have him start throwing combinations, and eventually kicks. For Tuesday though, for the first time really doing this drill, I asked for only jabs. I did well, I think. I avoided most, and the ones I did take I mainly on took on the forehead. Of course, when I have more concerns than just evasion (such as, you know, hitting back) I'll probably take more shots. At which point it's just a case of damage management I think - deciding which shots to avoid out of necessity and which to trade blow for blow for. Like I said, I felt good doing it on Tuesday. There was a couple times where it wasn't even close, where I was long gone by the time his fist got there. Once he even paused and kind of chuckled and said, "Oh, that was a good one." Other than that drill I just practiced my kicks, pretty much.

On Tuesday I also went and bought my supplements. I wanted to get Creatine and Whey Protein both by Six Star. I ended up getting Whey Protein by GNC Pro Performance, and a mass builder called 'Up Your Mass', rather fitting a name.

Started my supplements yesterday. The mass builder is somewhat fatty, so I took it in the morning as a meal replacement for first breakfast. Took the Whey Protein directly after lifting. And about an hour after the protein shake I had a small bowl of tuna, meeting my protein reqs for the day. Really wasn't sore at all today. Still trying to decide the best way to take the supplements, but I'm reading some conflicting opinions and reviews, so eh. I'll just have to see how things progress with it.

Lifted last night. Chest and triceps, push. Flat bench, incline dumbbell bench, dumbbell bench flys, military press, overhead extensions, skull crushers. Did somewhat high weight (for me) on my flat bench, but failed to get through the last rep on each set. Incline dumbbell bench was awesome, I should've jacked up the weight a lot higher but was nervous since I hadn't done them before - did 40lbs per dumbbell, sets of 10/8/6. I should've went up in weight on the military press, so I'll def' jack up the weight next time. Overhead extensions, I literally can't go any higher on the weight until I get a couple more 10 pounders off my bro. Did 3 sets of 10 reps at 40lbs/50lbs/60lbs. Did skullcrushers, 3 sets, reps were 10/8/8, weights were 20lbs/30lbs/40lbs - should've gone up on weights. My lifting partners did decline bench, but I just didn't feel comfortable doing it because of our setup. I really felt a difference in strength/energy last night - not sure if it was just a good day for lifting or if it really was the mass builder helping me out. Time will tell.

Today's diet was considerably worse, but I really didn't have the food in the house to make today good. Had some hot dogs (blah), chicken wings, and a couple pb&j sammiches. Had a smallish amount of ice cream. Also drank soda today instead of tea, but it is what it is. All in all, probably got about 50-75% of my protein intake for the day, not all of which was lean protein at that, and got way too many unhealthy sugars and fats. It'll be better tomorrow and for at least the next few week or so, as I was able to stock my fridge with some chicken breast not too long ago. Got two boxes of rice and a big ol' bucket of spinach. I drank an ok amount of water today, but I'll be sure to keep myself better hydrated tomorrow. All the protein shakes in the world will be worthless unless I keep myself healthy and hydrated.

Didn't do jack squat today either. Tried to hit the bag a little bit, spent maybe 20 minutes at it. But my bag's outside, and it rained most the morning and through late last night, so I was sliding around in the mud. If I was still really concerned with self defense and "be prepared for all conditions" like I used to be, I would've loved the difficulty. But I was just getting frustrated today, seeing as I couldn't practice my big ol', sport headkick KO shots without almost having my feet go out from under me. Practiced some multi-punch combinations and some single uppercuts to the body, felt good man, even without being really able to root.

Looking at going up to lifting six days a week, hitting each major group twice a week, leaving my Sundays for rest. I'll start this routine with next week, and I'll see how I feel at the end of that week. If I'm really sore all over and dead tired, then I'll do a every other week split. One week I'll have my regular three lift days, the next week I'll do six lift days, the next week I'll go back to three, etc etc. I'll see how it all goes. I need to jack on as much muscle as I can before March, so I'm willing to try any (legal) routine to do that.

I think my six day weeks will look like this:
Monday: Legs
Tuesday: Back/Biceps (Pull)
Wednesday: Chest/Triceps (Push)
Thursday: Legs
Friday: Back/Biceps (Pull)
Saturday: Chest/Triceps (Push)
Sunday: Rest

That should give about 72 hours of rest between each muscle group's workout. Now that I think about it, that's a pretty solid amount of rest time. Especially with the supplements I'm on. A six day a week lifting schedule is seeming more and more plausible. Seems like all the big dudes lift at least five or six to seven days a week, anyway.

Lifting six days a week, and taking supplements each of those days, is going to be rough. At that rate, my supp's will only last about two weeks, rather than a month or so. Birthday's in Octubre, so that will help my tiny budget fund the continuation of supplementation, so to speak. Other than that, I'll just have to try to pick up more work where I can, I s'pose.

Considering picking back up with my two classes a week of traditional gung fu. It was a good workout muscularly and in terms of cardio. Had good information and let me get fresh perspectives and ideas. I'm constantly seeing and realizing the differences in skill between myself (as someone who has taken formal classes) and someone who is entirely (or almost entirely) self taught, especially with seeing all of the dewdz on youtube being all, "BACKYARD MMA", and then the comments section is them talking about their professional MMA record garnered through their friend's backyard MMA circuit filled with high schoolers with no training at all. It just makes me glad I've learned all I learned in class, and it makes me want to go back and try to learn even more.

You know you guys are allowed to comment and criticize, yeah? I'm curious if anybody has any advice or tips on combinations or techniques I listed in previous posts, or advice about lifting/strength training, or, well, anything at all.

-North


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