Olympic style lifting combined with MMA training (newbie to MMA)
Hello, I am an 18 year old uni student who has been training weights in the gym for two years now. Nearly all the training i have done has been focused on big compound exercises such as back squats, deadlifts, pendlay rows, bench press, barbell press and recently power cleans. I also have the intention of learning some olympic lifts in the holidays when i have more time.
Currently, my workout schedule is based on the 5x5 Program by Bill Star, where my focus is to increase the weight on all my lifts on a weekly basis. To me, this is a somewhat intense workout routine although i have more than enough time to recover for it as it is based on a monday/wednesday/friday weekly cycle.
My concerns arise now that i wish to learn a form of martial art. I have no previous experience of any fighting or any martial arts, and my "fitness" is no where near optimal as my training has solely focused on weightlifting.
I have found a few nice schools around my area, and they both hold muay thai and jiu jitsu classes on a daily basis. Due to the timetabling of these classes and the fact that i go to uni 5 days a week, i can only regularly attend two classes of muay thai on tuesday and thursday, and 1 class of jiu jitsu on saturday.
So if i do decide to commit to this, i will be gyming on mondays/wednesdays/fridays, and attending classes on tuesdays/thursdays/saturdays. I would like to know if this is actually a maintainable training schedule as i do not really know how intense these muay thai sessions will be. I know it depends on the actual school and the way they teach, but i would like to know if two sessions a week of muay thai is actually enough for me to learn sufficiently? Or am i expected to make the full 5 classes each week?
Am i trying to do too much? Do i really need to cut back on gyming to be able to take up muay thai or is this actually a viable option to do both?
Thanks for the help.
Last edited by Maldini; 08-01-2010 at 11:13 AM.