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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-05-2011, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all,

I am extremely happy to be a part of the forum. I have read some posts for quite a while and finally decided to step up to the plate. I hope that sharing my journey will encourage me, help me to learn from all the great minds and bodies on this forum, and maybe help some guys here and there.

A little background about me:
Recently graduated business school with an MBA (focus on finance). I am in construction materials, also volunteer full time as a Chairman for a pediatric cancer charity. Needless to say it is a struggle to train but I hope that this forum and logging my efforts and results will help!

My training background:
Very little wrestling in HS. Boxing club in college. After college I began training MMA, was very sporadic because of work but background in Muay Thai (very traditional school, my teacher was a student of a former Muay Thai World Champion) and started BJJ under a Renzo Gracie Brown Belt. I had been training off and on for 4 years and last year finally became "serious" and was training 4-5 times a week, usually standup 4 days and BJJ 2-3. My training now is less traditional muay thai and more "striking for mma" I'd say, more of an americanized muay thai striking structure. BJJ is also non-traditional - no gi, no belt system, grappling for MMA I'd say. The school has some good amateur guys, a few pros that come in here and there, and has a great work ethic and "family" energy that I feel can really help me grow. My schedule there will ideally be:

Monday - Standup 1 hr, Grappling 1.5 hours
Tuesday - Standup 1 hr
Wednesday - Conditioning 1 hr, grappling 1.5 hours
Thursday - Standup 1 hr
Friday - Rest or Standup 1 hr or Strength/Conditioning
Saturday - Grappling 1.5 hours
Sunday - Strength/Conditioning

Depending on how worn out I am I may try to also do some strength/conditioning on saturday later in the day.

While I'd say my standup is a bit better than my ground game, I am not great in either, but really struggle with BJJ. One of my goals is to improve in that aspect, especially to establish better "basic" habits and eventually become more attack minded.

My true strength is probably my conditioning. I feel I am fairly well conditioned, but another one of my goals is to become more "BJJ strong," so I'd like to try to concentrate my weekend strength/conditioning on exercises that will help me with my ground game. It would be amazing to me, and extremely humbling, to be able to compete one day.

So I guess here begins my day 1 of my training log. It's not by any means day 1 of training but it will be a great introspective experience to track my day to day training regimine. I would be honored to hear some criticisms, pointers and tips from all of you.

Thank you for allowing me to post and I look forward to learning and growing with everyone.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-05-2011, 11:05 AM
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Can you describe your body, height,weight?

What sort of strength training do you employ?

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Welcome to the forum Nice intro post. I'm sure alot of our members that post in the training logs section will be able to share information with you.

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Welcome to the forum, atleast your not starting a fight with your first post like most.

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-05-2011, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by luger0 View Post
Can you describe your body, height,weight?

What sort of strength training do you employ?

Hi Luger,

I am 5'10 and after training weighed about 178 pounds. I am muscular, not very long arms/legs.

I was using "Westside for Skinny Bastards" by Joe Defranco as my strength training for a while. I have been thinking about trying to incorporate CrossFit. My conditioning is usually something like this -

1 mile run (8 minute pace)
3 sets of 3 minute rounds of running / elliptical / bike at a 80-90% max pace

Then I usually lift. Right now I really only get to do strength/conditioning twice a week at most. I usually will do core movements, maybe 70% of max but at a fast pace. I like to think that I am continuing my cardio training while I weight lift as I try to keep it low rest. I may do something like this:

Dumbell Incline Bench Press - 80 lb dumbells - 3 sets of 10
Upright Rows - 3 Sets 100 lbs
Pull Ups - 3 sets of 10
Weighted Dips - 45 lb plate 3 sets of 10
Standing Curls - 3 sets, 85 lbs

I have been staying away from squatting/deadlifting lately because of the punishment on my knees, though I have also tried to do incorporate light weight power cleans when I am not too beat up from my fighting regiment.

Like I said, I'd like to try a 1-2 day split that would be quick but would help me with my functional strength for BJJ. Don't get me wrong, my real problem is form and getting used to being more offensive, also stupid habits and mistakes that I need to get rid of...but anything at this point will help!

Conditioning at my school will be a lot of body weight or light weight rounds, typical of what you would see employed by many mma fighters today. Usually that last about 1 hour with 6-7 minutes of total rest dispersed throughout the session.

Any other questions let me know.

PS - Workout today was 45 minutes BJJ drilling, mostly sweeps from side control. Also rolled for 4 5 minute rounds.
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-05-2011, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Relavate View Post
Welcome to the forum, atleast your not starting a fight with your first post like most.
No fights for me! Once I am actually able to sit down and post I have 0 energy for online arguments, trust me! Just here to learn and share what little I can offer.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-29-2011, 01:26 AM
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I was looking at what you said about your strength and conditioning program you are on. Free weights are good, but you need to do lower weights with really high reps. You want your workout to feel as close to sprinting as possible. This is the best way to get your body ready for the strain of being in the cage. Instead of running before you lift, start running after. So your body is already sore, and you have to push yourself when you are tired to maintain that pace all the way through. The best workout for mma is circuit training. It is easy to do in a gym with weights. Set up some stations, and instead of doing all your sets on one lift, do one set at one station. Then immediately move to the next station and make a full circuit of it. Go through it as many times as you would do sets at each station. Hope this helps. I see your last post was in march. How is the training going?
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