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Should I take a couple of days off from training?
I'd appreciate some advice from those of you who have been training for longer than a week.
I started training boxing/KB/JJ a little over a week ago. I haven't taken a day off yet and even did 2 or 3 workouts on some of those days.
Last night in JJ and today in No gi JJ/Vale Tudo I noticed that my power is suffering and I'm getting tired quickly. My entire ribcage and sides are sore from being punched and taken down. Also, my elbows hurt pretty bad by the end of the class. Ice and ibuprofen take the pain away and it doesn't return until I go to class again.
It feels like I should take the weekend off but I think I need some validation there. I've always trained non-stop for everything I do athletically and I usually need someone to tell me to rest. What do you think? I can take the pain but I wonder if I should give myself a couple days off to fully recover and come back hardcore again on Monday.
I'm 30 btw and had never lifted weights until about 7 months ago. I've always been a runner and cyclist.
Thanks for your help!
So you just started, and you have gone a week straight with out any break, and have been getting more then one workout in on those days? Bro, unless you really know your body and have great cardio and a solid diet, I'd take the weekend off. You sound like you are training pretty hard man. The best thing to do is to take it a little easy, and make the best of your workouts and learning stuff, instead of over training and not learning anything. Nonetheless, don't just sit on your coach on the weekend either. Stretch your muscles, maybe go run or bike seeing as how you like those things. Hope I helped!
My cardio and strength are good, but it seems like boxing and JJ are working my body in a new way. I've known I wanted to fight MMA for about a year now and planned it out in advance. I started with weight training and conditioning since I had never lifted weights before. I was running at least 75-100 miles a week for a while, so my upper body was pretty damn weak. So I've lifted weights hardcore for 7 months, more than doubled the weight I was lifting at the beginning (I could barely bench press 75#!!!!). I've been doing plyometric exercises, etc. Once I got to a decent strength/endurance level I joined a mma gym and here I am!!! It is F*&*ing exciting!!!! I think my plan was a good one. I would have been screwed had I started rolling without doing strength training first.
Yes, Boxing and BJJ will work new muscles that you may not have known you even had before. And seeing as how you have just started boxing, your technique is probably not as good as you'd like, so your arm is probably sore after workouts correct? Don't worry, once you get better technique that will stop.
Wow, seems like you are a pretty smart person, and you have a good plan. Sounds like you must have excellent cardio and I wish you luck with your MMA training. Have fun and learn as much as you can!
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