This past Thursday the class focused on strikes. Now, it may come as a surprise to some of you, but I am not in the habit of going around and hitting people. It was an interesting psychological block to work though, which I am now thinking is very important. If I need to hit someone, I have a lot less qualms now. Granted, I have made it 40 years without having to hit anyone, and here's hoping that continues. All the straight-wrist
Since I wanted to take my time with the reps, I chose a modest weight, the. The handle is thicker than the , so there's more to grasp, but the lighter weight allowed me to go super slow. I also wanted to get my heart rate up, so I added in some swings. Here's the simple workout I did, which could be easily scaled up or down, or done for a longer time as well.
Once again I'm working with a fairly tight schedule with hard deadlines, self-imposed deadlines, productivity goals, catching up from the move (seriously the glass doors on the cabinets need to go up TONIGHT aggh!), and I'm now taking a 1.5hr Systema class twice a week. Needless to say I am working on reconfiguring my training. On the plus side (BIG plus) not sharing a floor with someone's ceiling means training inside at home is now "guilt free". Woohoo!
It was Monday night and after taking Sunday off from training (other than some slacklining) I really felt the need to do SOMETHING. This is kind of a bare minimumworkout, and if you have the time and/or inclination you could absolutely run through it more than once, adding a different mobility exercise between the sets of swings. Note that I punctuated the sets of swings with a long time favorite mobility move the "pump " so popular with - its similar to an up-dog, down-dog, and I also like the "prying cobra" variation especially if it's been a day at the desk. Scroll down a little, I made a video for you too :)
So here's what I did:
Must admit, I'm really enjoying the lower humidity and slightly cooler weather here at my new place... and even though I was very active before, being able to just go outside and work out with very little fanfare (or audience) has inspired me to do even more. I felt like going pretty heavy with things last night, and ended up surprising myself a little.
Given that I kept seeing references to the get-up in Systema class on Tuesday--and then of course after reading Dan John's very cool article about the get-up, of course I had to feature get-ups as well. In fact I was feeling pretty energetic and decided to go a little heavy (remember, I'm only about 130lbs, so it's relative) with those too.
First off, I did my favorite basic joint mobility sequence (this is an unlisted video, and I need to make it more fancy, but you know how it goes) and a few get-ups on both sides without any weight.
Sometimes it's a very good thing to keep it simple, and often with IronBible.DragonDoor.com blog. And while I don't personally do a whole heck of a lot of barbell training, Marty's barebones simple approach is one to understand, acknowledge, and implement--regardless your prefered fitness tools.and you'll notice that there's a great power in keeping things simple. The same is overwhelmingly true as described by Marty Gallagher in his most recent post on barbell training over at the
That being said, on any given day if you just don't know what to do with yourself workout wise (and that shouldn't really happen because I hope you're following a coach or program, but the "real world" is in effect...), a good solution is to revisit our old favorites the swing and the get-up. The following variation on that theme uses the For the details of the 5 minute test, and the complete testing requirements of the new upgraded RKC, please click here... I'm tired of seeing people debate the requirements online when they can just GO TO THE SOURCE on DragonDoor.com and read the most current, updated facts. Sure, that's not a dramatic solution, but it sure saves time and frustration. I don't have time for needless arguments and neither do you! :)5 minute test (I like to do it from time to time and make sure I'm continuing to maintain/progress my conditionioning).
Here's what we did for a simple but interesting workout:
The Doorbuster: An MMA Timing Inspired Workout for Kettlebell, Bodyweight, and Optional Ultimate Sandbag
While I was working on Mike Medrano's interview for Dragon Door last week, the idea of creating a conditioning workout based on the timing of an fight was just too intriguing not to try.
So, on Black Friday in total rebellion of the usual activities most folks were doing, we headed out to the park with a workout I jokingly named "the Doorbuster." Get Ups feature prominently in this workout also because of Mike's interview -- he mentioned that they were especially useful for thefighter as he'd used them to from the ground during a fight. Thinking about what I know about the , it made sense -- even to someone who isn't directly involved with .