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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-14-2010, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I have a few questions as far as motivation goes.
I'm about 230(lost 10 pounds through the week)and I'm 5 feet 10 inches. So I'm a fluffy dude and this makes cardio work harder than it already is. Last year during football practice it was almost straight cardio and conditioning for 2.5-3 hours a day.

Now this was year ago, and by the end of the season I went from 220 to 170 pounds( so I KNOW that I can do it again). I remember cardio being so much easier, even during hell week.

So my deal is this. Do you think my issues are stemming from my motivation, or maybe I'm pushing myself too hard and burning out? If it's motivational what do you guys do to keep the fire burning?
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Well, I have a few questions as far as motivation goes.
I'm about 230(lost 10 pounds through the week)and I'm 5 feet 10 inches. So I'm a fluffy dude and this makes cardio work harder than it already is. Last year during football practice it was almost straight cardio and conditioning for 2.5-3 hours a day.

Now this was year ago, and by the end of the season I went from 220 to 170 pounds. I remember cardio being so much easier, even during hell week.

So my deal is this. Do you think my issues are stemming from my motivation, or maybe I'm pushing myself too hard and burning out? If it's motivational what do you guys do to keep the fire burning?
It seems like it was easier because it was. You were smaller and in better shape.

To keep your self motivated set short term goals and accomplish them. For example if you can only run 1k make your goal to run 1.2k by the end of the week. It should be pretty easily accomplished and then you can set the bar higher and higher.

Also keep daily logs about your diet and workout. Here at MMAF we have many members that keep logs here on the forum and update it daily, it keeps them motivated and having the support of many people of the forum helps.

Also take pictures of yourself everyday or once a week and then at the end of a month you can look at the pictures and hopefully visually see a difference. If you don't however DO NOT get discouraged because remember that muscle weights more then fat and you could be gaining muscle.

If you are looking to burn fat quickly look up H.I.I.T training (High Intensity Interval Training.) H.I.I.T training is a method of training that uses intervals of your choice that you go all out during, followed by a short break. For example:

30 seconds sprint
45 seconds walk
30 seconds sprint
45 seconds walk

Repeat this for 15-20 minutes or 6-8 reps. Start off with a 5 minute warm up.

This workout is proven to be the best fat burner because it brings your heart rate to a peak and then back down really low, working your body the hardest. However, PLEASE be careful when doing H.I.I.T because it can be very hard. Start off by doing less reps or less total time. Unless you feel you can do more.

Music is also great motivation, listen to music that gets you pumped up to work out.

My two favorite motivational/pump-up songs are:

Till I Collapse - Eminem

and

Can't Be Touched - Roy Jones Jr.



I hope this post has helped you out. If you have any more questions please post here or even PM me.


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Actually when I was talking to a friend the other day he recommended I get started with H.I.I.T training. But yea, here at home i have a journal that i use to keep track of nutrition and exercise. On top of that I'm going to be going to a gym to work on MT and Gracie Jui Jitsu a couple times a week here shortly.

So let's hope this works out huh? I'm just worried because cardio was never my strong suit, yet MT seems to be pretty intensive on it, you know?

And thanks for the help man, I appreciate it.
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Actually when I was talking to a friend the other day he recommended I get started with H.I.I.T training. But yea, here at home i have a journal that i use to keep track of nutrition and exercise. On top of that I'm going to be going to a gym to work on MT and Gracie Jui Jitsu a couple times a week here shortly.

So let's hope this works out huh? I'm just worried because cardio was never my strong suit, yet MT seems to be pretty intensive on it, you know?

And thanks for the help man, I appreciate it.
Yep with out a doubt, MT will greatly improve your cardio and honestly everyone underestimated BJJ but trust me it is really hard on cardio, a lot harder then it looks lol.

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Oh yea, BJJ took everyone by surprise. Keeping ground dominance and what looks like constant maneuvering probably wont be too easy.

Now both styles of fighting to my are more or less out of my comfort zone. If I was to get into a fight I'd never through any kicks, or be mobile enough for all moving BJJ does.

So as far as breaking old habits, do you think this transition will be easy? I've always kicked a** on the streets, but I think it will be a completely different fighting experience right?
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Oh yea, BJJ took everyone by surprise. Keeping ground dominance and what looks like constant maneuvering probably wont be too easy.

Now both styles of fighting to my are more or less out of my comfort zone. If I was to get into a fight I'd never through any kicks, or be mobile enough for all moving BJJ does.

So as far as breaking old habits, do you think this transition will be easy? I've always kicked a** on the streets, but I think it will be a completely different fighting experience right?
Completely different fighting experience? Yes.

It shouldn't be too hard though. Just make sure you absorb EVERYTHING your coaches and trainers tell you.

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Yea, I will. I have one last question. (I really doubt this is the last) Do you have any recommendations for a diet? I'm just trying to cut weight at this point. I've used the "Fat Smash Diet" before and it worked really well for cutting weight. Should I be using something else to start with?
(http://diet-trends.suite101.com/arti...fat_smash_diet)
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Honestly man, if you are trying to lose weight, the main idea is to burn more calories then you consume.

If you consume 1000 calories then burning 1200 calories will make you lose weight.

Eat a lot of protien food like tuna. Eat salad and I tend to eat oatmeal every day for breakfast.

If that fat smash diet is working for you then keep using it. As long as you burn more calories then you consume.

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