Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
- Run 3 Miles in sand, with 7 sprints
- 3 x 3 Minute Rounds Sparring or Mitt Hitting (if partner available)
- Tennis Ball Catching- 100 Balls
- Run 3 Miles in sand, with 7 sprints
- 3 x 3 Minute Rounds Sparring or Mitt Hitting (if partner available)
- 5 Sets of 5 x 3 Minute Rounds (Yes, that's 25 Rounds)
- When running in the sand, make sure to really push off with your toes. Otherwise, you won't be able to run as fast and you'll miss out on an important part of the training: making your big toes stronger. You can jog a little slower than normal if you like, because you'll have seven sets of sprints throughout the run. Really push it on the sprints! Remember: Toes, toes, toes!
- When catching the tennis balls, stay on your toes. Have your training partner throw the tennis balls to either side of you (doesn't have to alternate) and you must catch them. Try to keep an even pace at first, but then you can speed up after some time.
- There is a LOT of shadowboxing in this workout. Your rest periods should be from 30 seconds to 1 minute in between rounds and 2 to 3 minutes in between sets. It will look like this. 5 x 3 Min Rounds with 1 Min rest in between rounds. After the fifth round, take a 2 to 3 minute rest and then start the next set of 5 rounds. Although there are rest periods, this is almost 2 hours long.
- You can tone this workout down if you need to. If you take a vacation to the beach, and you are in shape enough, give this workout a try for 5 days in a row or as long as you are there.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
- The name of the anime
- The name of the workout
- Your first name
- Your city and state (or country, if you don't live in the US)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
- 3 Mile Run (5 Sprints Throughout)
- 20 Push-ups
- 20 Sit-ups
- 20 Hindu Squats
- 3 Minutes Neck Bridging
- 3 Minutes Headstand Work
- 3 x 1 Minute Heavy Bag "Sprint"
- 3 x 3 Minutes Jump Rope
- 5 Minutes Speed Bag Practice (if available)
- 4 x 3 Minutes Shadowboxing or Heavy Bag work
- 1 Mile Run
- 3 Sets of 20 Medicine Ball Ab Strikes
- The workout begins with four rounds of push-ups, sit-ups, and hindu squats. There is no rest in between rounds.
- For Heavy Bag "Sprints," lay into a heavy bag as hard and as fast as you can for the time limit. There is a 1 minute rest period between "sprints."
- The speed bag is useful for developing one's timing. It will take some getting used to, but you'll get it with practice.
- Medicine Ball Ab Strikes can be done by dropping a medicine ball on your midsection while you are laying down, or having someone hit your abs while standing, with your arms behind your head. There is a 1 minute rest in between sets.
- Added neck bridging, so we don't lose all that great neck strength we've built up to this point. If you can do the full three minutes, you can press a weight or hold it on your chest. Also, some headstand work.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
- 3 Mile Run
- 500 Yard Bear Crawl
- 50 Pull-ups
- 100 Push-ups
- 200 Sit-ups
- 300 Squats
- 10 Minutes "Toe Training"
- 30 Minutes Jujitsu Practice
- When your time for the three mile run gets down to 21 minutes, begin to pull a tire on the run. Add 10lbs to the tire every time you get the time down to 21 minutes again.
- You can bear crawl on flat ground or up a hill. When you get to the point where you are pulling a tire on your run, also pull a tire during the bear crawl. The weight on the tire will also correspond to the weight on it during the run.
- For the pull-ups, you can do wide grip, close grip, supinated grip (chin-ups), behind the neck pull-ups, towel pull-ups, or basic pull-ups. I'd recommend switching every time you do this workout. When you can do 50 reps without stopping on a few of the variations, hold a 10lb weight in between your knees or feet, hang it from your weight belt, or wear it in a weighted vest. You can add 10 more pounds each time you get to 50.
- For the push-ups, you can do the basic push-up, wide push-ups, diamond push-ups, push-ups with fingers facing each other or away from each other, push-ups on the backs of your hands or whatever. Switch like with the pull-ups. When you can get to 100 reps without stopping on a few of the types of push-ups, wear a weighted vest with 10lbs. Add weight when you get to 100 again. You'll probably need to do the push-ups with your hands and feet on blocks after you wear the vest in order to get the range of motion back.
- For the sit-ups, after you do 200 reps without stopping, I recommend doing them on an decline bench. After you get to 200 again, you can either devise a way to do hanging sit-ups or you can start to add weight to your decline sit-ups. Hold a 10lb weight just behind your head to add weight to the sit-ups. Be sure not to tug on your own head to assist in the movement. Also, as always, when your do sit-ups make sure to really focus on "curling" up with your abdominal muscles instead of keeping your body straight.
- For the squats, you can do conventional squats, sumo squats, hindu squats, or lunge squats (it's 300 per leg if you're doing lunge squats). When you get to 300 reps on the squats, add 10lbs to the exercise by holding dumbbells in your hands, a barbell on your back, in the crux of your elbows, in the front on your shoulders, holding a small sandbag (which will obviously get bigger as you add weight), or by wearing a weighted vest.
- "Toe Training" is anything that will workout your toes. You can pull a dumbbell or barbell across the floor by hooking it with your toes, or pull down on a cable machine by hooking the handle with your toes. You can just hold onto the edge of something with your toes like a table or a metal bar and flex your toes up and down on it or pull down with your whole leg. You can also kick your toes into a sandbag (be careful) or flex your toes through sand, pebbles, or steel shot. Train your feet like you train your hands. It may seem strange, but strong feet and toes are better than weak feet and toes.
- For all exercises, you may do them fast or slow or with pauses. Change it up every now and again.
- Jujitsu practice can be practicing breakfalls or throws or submissions. I would go so far as to say any grappling technique, just so you have something to do.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
- 5 Minute Light Jog
- 2 Minute Split Stretching
- 20 Minutes- Hill or Stair Sprints, Bear Crawl Down (as many sets as possible)
- 2 Mile Run
- Tiger Push-ups- 5 Minutes
- Deep Horse Stance- 10 Minutes
- Iron Palm Bag- 100 Strikes each side (25 each palm slap, back hand slap, knife hand, punch)
- 100 Lunge Steps
- Heavy Bag Work- 10 Minutes
- 5 Minutes Three Star Training (with partner or pole)
- Fingertip Push-ups- 5 Minutes
- Practice Headstand for 10 Minutes
- Practice Jumping (as high as you can) for 10 Minutes
- 50 Horse Stance Punches
- 50 Kicks (your choice)
- After your normal warm-up, the morning will start with a light jog, stretching, and HILL SPRINTS. Not just that, but you have to bear crawl down the hill. To bear crawl, you are moving on all fours, with your butt in the air. Have fun! :D
- On your 2 mile run, go as fast as you can. When you can do 2 miles in 12 minutes, add a 1lb ankle weight to each leg. Add 1 lb every time you get your time down to 12 minutes.
- For Tiger Push-ups, spread your feet about one and a half times your shoulder width (it can be a little wider if you want), bend at the waist, put your hands on the ground, and push back on your hands with your back as straight as possible. Now, go up on your fingertips. This is your starting position. As you go down, sweep your chest right above the ground, press up, and you should be looking at the ceiling at the top of the movement, with your hips just above the ground. To go back to start, push back on your hands. Don't go back through the same motion for the start.
- Your horse stance should be deep, so that means your stance is going to be wider than the other horse stance I talked about once before AND you'll need to turn your toes out slightly in order to spare your knees from damage. How deep? Ideally, the tops of your thighs should be parallel with the ground. When you are in the horse stance, hold your arms out at shoulder height, palms facing out, pointer-finger up, with the other fingers folded at the middle knuckle and your thumb should be out at about 45 degrees from your hand and the hands should be held tightly in this position. When you can hold this stance for 10 minutes straight, you may place a 10lb barbell on your thighs as you do it. After you can hold it from there, you may add 1lb/arm each time you get to 10 minutes. You may also use this deep form horse stance in all of your other training if you like.
- We've spoken of the Iron Palm Bag, the Lunge Steps, and Bag Work before. However, when you can do 100 Lunge Steps without stopping, add another 100.
- For Three Star Training, get into a horse stance (doesn't have to be low) and with one arm chambered at your waist, swing the other arm from outside to inside, striking the pole or your partner's forearm with the inside of your own forearm. Then, with the same arm, swing your forearm up, palm facing in, and strike the pole or your partner's forearm with the inside of your own forearm in a Middle Block. From there, swing the arm down into a Low Block, striking the pole or your partner's forearm with the outside of your own forearm. Execute with other side. Rest if pain becomes to much. Apply dit da jow if available.
- We've covered fingertip push-ups.
- For the headstand, use a wall or a partner as a spotter. Practice getting to the time limit with your hands as support at first. Use a piece of foam or a towel, so your head has something to rest against. Pause as is necessary for this exercise and stop if there is real pain.
- When you practice jumping, make sure you lift your legs as high as you can at the top of the jump.
- We've covered horse stance punches before.
- You may throw any kicks you like at the end. Front, side, back, roundhouse, spin kicks, flying kicks-- I don't care, just kick!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
- Run 6 Miles
- 500 Horse Stance Punches total
- 4 Hill Sprints or 2 Partner Drags/person (if partner available)
- MAX Handstand Push-ups
- 10 Each of Front Kick, Round Kick, Side Kick, Back Kick
- MAX Fingertip Push-ups
- 10 Each of Front Kick, Round Kick, Side Kick, Back Kick
- MAX Knuckle Push-ups
- 10 Each of Front Kick, Round Kick, Side Kick, Back Kick
- 10 Stance Changes w/Gripping Jars
- 10 Each of Front Kick, Round Kick, Side Kick, Back Kick
- 50 Dumbbell/KB Toss (Total Reps)
- 20 "Stone Club" Front and Rear Lifts each side
- Tree Punches (as is comfortable)
- Stone Strikes (Flat Slap, Palm Heel, Backfist, Punch, Knifehand, as is comfortable)
- 5 Minutes Handwalking or Wheelbarrow Stair Climbs (if partner available)
- 500 Strikes on Heavy Bag (Any)
- You may not be able to complete this workout the first time through.
- For your run, try to pick a hilly area.
- On your hill sprints, go all out until you can't and then walk back down. Take a second, and start again. For partner drags, it is best if you have a strong athletic band to wrap around your midsection which your partner can hold onto as you make your way up the hill on two feet or all fours, either is acceptable.
- For handstand push-ups, use a wall as support. When you are able to do 25 or so without stopping, you can use some stools, chairs, or concrete blocks to increase your range of motion.
- Look up some tutorials for proper kick form and do them on each side.
- For the fingertip push-ups, use 5 fingers at first. When you are able to do 30 or so reps without stopping, use 4 fingers and work your way down as such.
- To perform stance changes, you will hold the following stances for a count of three before moving to the next stance. You will be holding the gripping jars low at your sides. 1) Horse Stance, then step forward to 2) Left side Forward Stance, then step forward to 3)Right side Forward Stance, then step forward to 4) Horse Stance. 5) Lift Jars along your front twice each side, then 6) Reverse steps 1-4. Repeat steps 1-6 a total of 5 times for this exercise to be completed. Start with 25lbs per hand in the gripping jars. For this, it would be best to use steel shot, which can be expensive. You may be able to use wet sand, too. When this gets easier, move to 50lbs per hand.
- The Dumbbell or Kettlebell Tosses are simple. Stand in a Horse Stance and lift the weight in front of you with your arm straight. Toss it slightly at the top, release, and catch with the other hand. Repeat with other arm. Start out with 10lbs, and work your way up from there. Let your arms swing to your sides at the bottom of the movement so you don't whack yourself on the way down.
- "Stone Club" Front Lifts and Rear Lifts are performed on one arm for the rep count before switching arms. The "Stone Club" can be a Dumbbell or small Barbell loaded only on one side, using the unloaded side as a handle. Make sure you collar the loaded side very, very well. For the Front Lift, hold the weight in front, the loaded side facing up. You'll start with your arm low, in front of you, and raise the weight at your front while keeping your arm straight. The load should always be pointing straight up. When you reach the top, with your arm pointing straight up, bend at the elbow and lower the weight behind you, like a triceps press. This is the Rear Lift. The load will obviously point down at this point, so collaring is a must! Follow the motion all the way to the starting position to complete 1 rep. This exercise must be done slow and deliberately. It should be about an 8 second count up and down for the Front Lift and a 4 second count down and up for the Rear Life. That means each rep will take a total of a 12 second count. Start with 5lbs and work your way up.
- Tree punches should be delivered to a tree with a smooth bark (or not too rough bark) and should be as hard as is comfortable. If it starts to hurt too much, back off or quit for the day.
- Stone Strikes should be delivered to a smooth stone (or not to0 rough stone) and should be as hard as is comfortable. If it starts to hurt too much, back off or quit for the day.
- Keep the clock running as you practice handwalking. When you can do it relatively easily, try to do it on your fists or fingertips, but that will probably be a while. If you have a partner, have him hold your ankles as you use your fists to walk up and down stairs. Bleachers or stone stairs, it's up to you. Try no to go too fast, because you'll probably fall. If you are holding your partner's ankles, really keep a grip on him. If you have to let go, tell him, so you don't just drop him.
- For the Heavy Bag, you can lay into it with any strikes you want for up to 500 total strikes. Punches, kicks, knees, elbows, whatever. It's a nice way to finish off the day.
Monday, October 12, 2009
-Run 3 Miles (Periodically switch to side shuffle, running backwards, and skipping.)
-3 x 5 Minute Rounds Shadow Kickboxing
4-6 hours later:
-50 Thai Squats*
-50 Forward Jumping Squats*
-50 Side Jumping Squats*
-3 Sets of MAX Push-ups
-3 x 3 Minute Rounds Jump Rope
-3 x 3 Minute Rounds Double Thai Kicks on Heavy Bag or Thai Pads (Alt. Legs After Double Kicks)
-3 x 3 Minute Rounds Punches with Dumbbells
-3 x 5 Minute Rounds Bag Work
-3 Sets MAX Sit-ups
-3 Sets of 25 Side Bends w/weight (each side)
-2 Sets of Gymnastic Bridge to Failure
-3 Sets of 15 Neck Raises w/weight on a rope hanging from mouth
-2 Minutes Tennis Ball Foot Juggling (each leg)
- When running, there is no set time frame that you must switch in between running, side shuffling, running backwards, or skipping. It's up to you.
- All rounds in this workout have a 1 minute rest period between them. If this workout is getting easy, decrease the rest period by 15 seconds. You may do so again, so that the rest period is down to 30 seconds, but don't go any lower than that.
- To perform Thai Squats, spread your feet about twice shoulder width, with your feet facing 45 degrees out. Look toward one leg. This becomes your front. Begin in a deep squatted position and explode out of the bottom. In mid-air twist your legs and body, so that your rear leg lands in the same place your front leg was a moment ago. When you land you will be in the squat position. Repeat without pausing in between reps. *When you are able to do 50 reps on Thai Squats, Front Jump Squats, and Side Jump Squats without failing, increase the reps for each exercise to 100. After you can do 100 of each exercise without failing, use a weighted vest or barbell to add 10lbs to the exercise. Add 10lbs each time you are able to complete the three sets of squats without failure. Take a two minute rest in between the the different squats.
- To perform Front Jump Squats, squat like normal, but when you come up, explode off the ground and go forward. You may go as far as you can or just pick a distance that you "hop" every to on every rep. Picking a distance will help you get a rhythm down.
- To perform Side Jump Squats, squat like normal, but when you come up, explode off the ground and jump to one side for 5 reps, then jump back for 5 reps. This is 10 total reps. You don't have to to 50 to the left and 50 to the right (Thank God).
- You can look up a tutorial on YouTube for a proper Thai Kick. If you don't have a heavy bag or Thai pads, make do with practicing the Thai Kick in the air. It will be hard to do doubles, since you won't have a target to bounce off.
- For the dumbbell punches, adopt whatever stance you would normally take to fight and throw both the left and right, one after another. You can throw straights, hooks, or uppers, it doesn't matter. Just make sure you are going at a good pace, and that you pull your punches just before full extension in order to save your elbows. Start with 2lbs dumbbells then, 3lb, 5lb, 7.5lb, 10lb, 12.5lb, 15lb, 17.5lb, and 20lb. Once you're at 20, that should be about all you can handle and I'm sure that it will take you a while to get there. If you can get past 20, good job!
- At your leisure, you may add weight to your sit-ups.
- For the side-bends, start with no weight. When you are able to complete the reps listed, add 10lbs. To perform the side bend, place on hand behind your head and one hand at your side (holding a weight, if you are using one). Starting position has your body bent to the side with the hand hanging down and ending with the body bent to the opposite side.
- To perform the Gymnastic Bridge, lay flat on your back. Then bend your legs so that your feet are flat on the ground, while reaching your hands behind you to also be flat on the ground. Finally, use your legs and arms to arch your body, with your arms almost locked out. Hold it until you can't. If you are holding both sets longer than 3 minutes, you need to be wearing a weighted vest or something to increase the difficulty.
- To perform weighted neck raises, tie a dumbbell or a weight to a piece of rope. Make sure there is a large loop in the top of the rope. Next, bite down on the rope while seated and lift your head back as far as you can. You'll be bent over as you are sitting, as well. Start with 10lbs and add 10lbs as is necessary.
- Tennis Ball Juggling with Foot is taken straight out of the anime. You'll take a tennis ball and with each foot (separately), you'll bounce the ball on the foot as many times as you can without dropping the ball or your foot. Also, try for a good height on the ball when your bounce it. This will be very hard, especially at first and I doubt you'll be able to get more that 3 or 4 bounces without a drop. Work hard, though, because it will help improve your leg control and accuracy.
This is a pretty rough workout, but it's not impossible. I'm sure there are plenty of Pros who could do it with ease. Fortunately, since there is plenty of opportunity to add weight to exercises to increase their difficulty, you should get plenty strong. That's all for today. Good luck, and train hard!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
3. Iron Claw Catch Bag- 200 Reps, both sides
--------------If you drop the bag, do 25 Hindu Squats
4. Iron Palm Bag- 120 Strikes each hand
- For the fingertip push-ups, you'll start with all your fingers for your first set, then minus the pinky on your second set, then minus ring finger... you get the point. However, when you can't complete a set, you go back to using five fingers and start all over again. You do this until you are unable to complete a single rep of the exercise using all your fingers. Towards the end, you'll be doing a lot of 3 or 4 reps sets with your all your fingers, waiting for them to give out.
- For Two-Finger Pull-ups, use only the index and middle fingers to hold onto the bar when you are performing the exercise. There is no set rep count, just as many as you can do in the alloted time. If you can't do any, try to just hang on for as long as you can.
- The Iron Claw Catch Bag is a small canvas bag filled with steel shot that is tossed in front of you and snatched out of the air by digging your fingers into it. This is painful at first, but you'll get used to it after a while. On top of that, it generally weighs from 5-8lbs and so a bunch of reps will kill your shoulders. You may do them in sets of 50 or 100 if you prefer, instead of doing all 200 at once. On the flip side, if you feel like doing some extra squats, maybe you should try to do all 200 at once on each side.
- The Iron Palm Bag is a larger canvas bag that can be filled with a variety of things. I recommend getting an unfilled bag, so you can fill it for yourself. Plus, it's cheaper that way. At first, you're going to use sand in the bag. You'll be on this for a while, to make sure that your hands are properly conditioned. The material in the Iron Palm Bag is supposed to give, much like the majority of the human body gives when you exert force on it. Some people say you should stay on sand for one month, some three, and some a year. However, that's for people who are going to be hitting it all the time. If you would like, you may do so and I recommend 1-3 months, depending on how your hands are feeling. After that, you can move on to very small gravel for 1-3 months. Then, larger gravel for 1-3 months. Finally, you may use steel shot. For those of you just doing this exercise for the workout when you happen to do it, just stick with sand. You can also just go get a bag of sand from a home improvement store and rap it in duct tape.
- Diamond Finger is a kung fu skill I found in a book. Point and tighten your index finger and poke it against something that will not give, like a piece of wood, concrete, or metal. While the Iron Palm Bag will train your for material that gives, Diamond Finger will train you to deal with harder things. You'll have to hit lightly at first, but you'll be able to hit harder with time.
- With the Shuto Isometric Hold, form a knife hand with each hand, as if you were going to do a knife-hand strike and tense all the muscles of the hands and forearm. This will strengthen the hand in that position. Hold it as long as you can and release. Wait a few moments, and do it again. Continue for the number of sets listed.
- We've covered the gripping jars previously.
- Pick a spot on the wall, and just crank out 50 Front Kicks on each side, without stopping. It's harder than you think.
I'm not going to recommend any particular Iron Palm Bag, but if you go to Google and type in "Iron Palm Bag," there will be a lot of good results. Try to look for a canvas bag that is refillable. Also, look into purchasing some Dit Da Jow. It's an herbal concoction that's supposed to help with healing during training on the Iron Palm Bag. The sites you find will probably have some for sale. I've had good experiences with the ones I've bought and made for myself.
If you have any difficulty finding an Iron Claw Bag, you can attempt to make one for yourself by filling a double-layered ziplock baggie with iron shot and then covering it with a loose layer of duct tape. You don't want to turn it into an unmoveable iron ball. Think more like a hackey sack with bb's in it.
Here are some pics of my bags:
Sunday, October 4, 2009
His begins his sparring with Yuri and dodges all the punches of the experienced boxer quite masterfully. However, Yuri throws a low kick that catches Baki off guard and right into an uppercut, but Baki turns his head faster than the punch in order to lessen the damage. I've heard of this a few times, but I've never actually met a boxer who could do it (although, I've not met a whole lot of Pro Boxers)-- even so, I'm convinced it is possible to be able to turn your head fast enough to at least soften the blow of a punch, if not negate the damage entirely. Soon after this, Baki grabs Yuri from behind and tosses him with a wrestling throw.
At this point, Hanayama steps in, but Baki takes the powerhouse's punches to his stomach straight on, without so much as a flinch. After a while of sparring, the two fighters decide they need to join forces to fight him. This continues on into the night and, much to everyone's surprise, Baki removes 20 kilograms (about 45lbs) of diving weights from his midsection. They cannot fathom that he has been going so hard for so many hours while wearing the weights. Sparring two experienced fighters while wearing the weights as a handicap shows just how much Baki has risen above his old self. It's a humbling experience to spar against two fighters that are about as skilled as yourself, but it's an experience I think everyone should have every now and again.
Even so, the time arrives for Baki and his father to fight, and it is revealed that Yujiro has beaten Gaia and made him fly the helicopter to the fight location. An earthquake threatens to put the fight on hold, but Yujiro uses all his power and stops the quake in its tracks (yeah, right!) with a single punch. Baki doesn't really care and comes at his father full force with an undefended punch, several knees to the face, and grabbing a rear naked choke. The episode ends, and we are left to wonder if Baki's strategy of going all out from the beginning will work for him.
I know from personal experience that fitter athletes require more time to warm up before they can get into their "groove" or kick it into high gear, although I doubt anyone in the world needs a full 12 hours to reach that gear. Most warm-ups for even seasoned professional athletes last only at most 30 minutes or so. If you need an hour, I'd say you are operating at a superhuman level.
Try this for a workout, though.
The 12-Hour Warm-up
Every hour, for 12 hours, do the following exercises:
- 25 Push-ups
- 25 Sit-ups
- 25 Squats
- 5 Minutes of Shadowboxing
This will take about 6-7 Minutes out of every hour for the 12 hour period and, at the end, you'll have done 300 Push-ups, 300 Sit-ups, 300 Squats, and a full hour of shadowboxing (or shadow kickboxing). You'll start to understand about half-way through just how rough it could be to warm-up for that long. The shadowboxing doesn't have to be all-out. Try to go at a medium pace, but you can go full bore if you want to.
You'll want to do this workout on a day where you can spare the time, like on a Saturday or Sunday. Obviously, you can't do it on a workday or anything. After you've done this workout a few times, you can try to increase your intensity during the shadowboxing or you can wear a weighted vest during the exercises, starting with just 10lbs and then adding weight as the workout becomes easier to complete. I'd recommend that you not wear the weights all day; however, if you would like to do so, you need to work up to it. For instance, you could wear the weighted vest for 5 minutes after you finish shadowboxing each time and then add five minutes every time.
As in everything, progress slowly and don't rush it. Strength comes in baby steps, but if you keep taking those steps, you'll go a long way before you know it.
That's all for today. Until next time, good luck and train hard!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
- Alternatively, you can do the Jab-Cross combination from the beginning, so you don't get in the habit of just throwing a single punch. It's still only 1,000 punches per level, so count appropriately.
- Essentially, on each level, you do a 1,000 punches per level. That may seem like a lot, and it is, but remember that you have all day and the you are starting at level 1. You can do them in sets of 20, 50, 100, or whatever. As long as you get them done, it doesn't matter. You won't be doing this workout every day, it should be interspersed throughout your schedule in between the other workouts.
- You may be able to complete Levels 1 and 2 in this first three attempts, but after that, you may have some difficulty with the higher number of reps. Also, you shouldn't start your punches until after you've completed your push-ups for the day. This workout may seem a little boring, but once you get into a rhythm, you'll find it's very meditative.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Hanayama's Workout A
1. Squats 5 x 5 Reps
2. Bench Press 5 x 5 Reps
3. Pull-ups 5 x 5 Reps
4. Biceps Curls 5 x 5 Reps
5. Sit-ups 5 x 5 Reps
6. Grip Work
-Wrist Curls 2 x 15 Reps
-Reverse Wrist Curls 2 x 15 Reps
-Hand Grippers (if available) to failure
-2 Sets of Grip Hang to Failure
Hanayama's Workout B
1. Deadlift 5 x 5 Reps
2. Overhead Press 5 x 5 Reps
3. Farmer's Walk 5 Sets of 50 Yards
4. Front Carry 5 Sets of 50 Yards
5. Sled Pull 5 Sets of 25 Yards
6. Grip Work
-Wrist Curls 3 x 8 Reps
-Reverse Wrist Curls 3 x 8 Reps
-Hand Grippers (if available) to failure
-2 Sets of Grip Hang to Failure
This workout is about power and grip strength. We've covered the squat, deadlift, and bench earlier in the Dragonball Training Manual, as well as the Front Carry and Farmer's Walk. Some notes:
- Make sure you get full depth on your squats-- that means the top your thighs should be parallel with the ground at the bottom of the squat.
- Use a controlled motion on all the lifts, especially the bench press. I've seen too many people bounce the weight off their chests to get the rep out at high speed. Not only is that not doing any good for your strength, it definitely isn't any good for your sternum.
- Your pull-ups should have a full range of motion, from a split-second hang at the bottom to your chin coming over the bar (or touching your chest to the bar). Any grip is acceptable. Add weight to this exercise with a weightlifting belt, or (if you want it be more difficult) hold a plate in between your knees as you do the pull-up.
- For the curls, you can use straightbar curls, alternating biceps curls, or (my personal favorite) bands. There are lots of places to get bands, but here's the kind I have. LifelineUSA has a lot of really awesome stuff, so check them out if you get the chance.
- Hold a plate on your chest or behind your head for the sit-ups. If possible, do them on a decline bench.
- Make sure that on the deadlift, you have a complete relaxation at the bottom. It's a "dead" lift for a reason.
- On the overhead press, you can use a barbell or dumbbell, it's up to you.
- You can use dumbbells or 5 gallon buckets for the Farmer's Walk.
- For the front carry, I would recommend using some type of sandbag (going to have a post on making your own sandbag soon) or, if you have a bunch of smaller weights (like the old concrete-type weights) you can use a bunch of duct tape to make a makeshift atlas stone.
- The sled pull is obviously done with a weight sled, but if you don't have one, pulling a tree stump or a tire with weights on it is acceptable also. You won't be going fast on this one, you should really, really have to dig in a pull hard for this exercise, so adjust the weight accordingly. If you're zipping along with the sled on you (good luck with that), you don't have enough weight on it.
- The grip work is a given for Hanayama's workout. Not only will all these heavy lifts and strongman exercises tax your grip, we've added a little extra at the end of each workout. A quick note on the rest of the exercises: you should not be using any sort of hand wraps (chalk is fine) for these lifts. If you cannot pick up a weight without hand wraps, you shouldn't be lifting with it. You don't have hand wraps in the real world (or weight belts for that matter), so why should you use them in the gym? I understand using a weight belt every now and again for single rep maxes, but anyone you see wearing hand wraps, knee wraps, a belt, and weight lifting gloves all the time isn't going to see much in the way of improvement.
- On to the grip work (For real, this time)!! The wrist curls should be done with a barbell or a dumbbell, with the rest of your forearm resting on a bench for support. You're really trying to isolate the forearm muscles to strengthen the grip.
- The grip hang is obvious. Grab onto a pull-up bar and hang there until you can't anymore.
- Grippers are a must for hand training. I've heard that the best grippers on the market are the Captains of Crush.
- Control all your lifts.
- Lift with a partner! You NEED a spotter for this heavy stuff. You wanna die?! Huh?! (Ok, I'm calm now...)
- The last reps of the last set of 5 should be one that you really have to dig for. If 250lbs is your 5 rep max on squat, put that as your last set and adjust your first sets accordingly. For instance, it could look like. 5 x 135lbs; 5 x 165lbs; 5 x 195; 5 x 225; and 5 x 250. Lift smart. Ask questions in the gym if you can't remember what to do, and research like hell if you're a newbie (or pay for a couple of sessions with a trainer, if you don't have a knowledgeable person to show you proper lifting form).
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
- For this workout, you shouldn't move on until the workout becomes "Do-able." That doesn't mean it's easy, but that means you get through the run being tired, but not dead.
- The first level has 3 sets of max push-ups and squats. You shouldn't move forward until the combined sets for each exercise equals over 100 reps.
- For the second level, you should do the push-ups and squats until you reach 100 reps, but you should not move on to the next level until you can do the 100 push-ups and 100 squats without stopping. You'll probably be on this level for a while. The last two sets are there to give you a little extra work.
- In the third level, here's how you run with sand in your pants. First, tie a shoestring or a rope tightly to the bottom of each pant leg (but not enough to cut circulation), and then pour the proper amount of sand down each leg. If you can, wear either a tight-fitting pair of long-leg briefs or compression shorts (probably the better choice). For the push-ups on stools, place both feet close together on on box or stool and each one of your hands on the edge of a stool. The position of your hands should be your normal push-up width and the boxes should be space far enough to allow your body to pass between them. Make sure your shoulders go below the level of the boxes on each rep. On the one-legged squats, use a 24 inch stool or box, and put the leg that is not pushing out on the floor in front of you. You shouldn't be using your other leg to jump up, but only using the leg on the stool or box to push.
- The other levels are just repeats of the third level. It will be very, very, very, etc. hard to get to the final level of this workout. As with everything, think about the long term.
Friday, September 18, 2009
The young outboxer is pushed hard in the match; so hard, in fact, that he has to resort to clinching in the second round to recover his strength from Ippo's monstrous punch in the first. Clinching is useful for a boxer looking to stall for time or seeking to seal an opponent's punching power. However, the ref usually breaks the clinch shortly after it is made. Clinching takes different roles in other martial arts. Resting in the Muay Thai boxing clinch is just asking to take a knee or an elbow and using it as a means of rest against a grappler will get you tossed or taken down.
This match is a textbook fight between an infighter and an outboxer. The outboxer's main concern is to use his footwork to move in and out and around his opponent, landing as many punches as he can, while evading the power of the infighter. In Miyata's case, he also looking to provoke the infighter into committing to a full power strike, so he can use his counterpunching abilities. The infighter, in contrast, is attempting to get inside the outboxer's range and deliver close blows, hoping to coax the outboxer into a brawl or just to push him into a corner to eliminate the ability to use his footwork. In the end, Ippo pulls an motionless short uppercut out, which barely grazes Miyata's chin, leaving him unable to get up during the 10-count.
A motionless short upper, is essentially a close-range uppercut that is initially thrown as a straight, but turns into an uppercut mid-punch. It is important to throw the punch directly from the guard, so the opponent sees a straight punch coming, but is not-so-pleasantly surprised to recieve a shot from below.
That's all for Ippo, today!
I'm thinking that from now on, the summary-type posts will be less of a synopsis of each episode and more of a breakdown of the main ideas of the episode and the explanations of exercises and techniques. I figure you guys don't need me to spoonfeed you the plot when you can just watch the shows yourself.
Till next time, good luck and train hard!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
- 5 Sprints throughout the run. Keep it up during each sprint, sprint until you physically can't sprint any longer and then return to the run, but before that--
- Shadowbox hard for 15 seconds before you start back on your run. You can bob, weave, punch, and even kick (if you want to add it in there). Just make sure it's a hard pace.
- 3 x 3 Minute Rounds of Heavy Bag work. (Sub. shadowboxing if you don't have a heavy bag.)
- 3 x 3 Minute Rounds of Speed Bag work. (Sub. practicing your one-two combo)
- 50 Hindu Squats
- 3x3 Minute Rounds of Shadowboxing
- 50 Hindu Squats
- 3x3 Minute Rounds of Jumping Rope (Sub. shadowboxing if you don't have a jump rope)
- 3 Minutes of light shadowboxing (use it to loosen up)
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday
- Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
- Every other day
- 2 days on, 1 day off
- 3 days on, 1 day off
- A little something every day
Friday, September 11, 2009
- You can try to put a lot of power into your wood chopping swings or go for speed, it's up to you.
- If you can't find a 100 yard hill, find the biggest hill you can and run it. You should still be doing the distance, though. If you only have a 50 yard hill, 2 sets of 50 will be the first level instead of 1 set of 100 yards.
- Use less fingers for the push-ups as necessary.
- "Fight" the heavy bag for the rounds. Use every weapon in your arsenal and try to go hard the whole time.
- The punches to the tree are obviously not going to be very hard. Do it as hard as is comfortable for you. Eventually (and I'm talking way down the road), you'll be able to hit the tree with a moderate amount of power and then, finally, almost as hard as you can. However, it's going to take a long, long time. If you hit it full-on right of the bat, you'll have a fun few hours in the emergency room waiting for you and several weeks of wearing a cast as well.
- Counting the weight of the bar, the "bodyweight" bench press, is just that. You'll load weight onto the bar to however much you weigh and do as many reps as you can. If you can't do any, lower the weight until you can get a single rep.
- When it says, "Climb 100 or 200 Feet" that does not mean straight up without any gear. What that mean is if you have a 10 foot rope, climb it 10 or 20 times. Or if there is a tree nearby that you can climb 20 feet up into, climb it 5 or 10 times. Be safe, use gear if you have it, and have someone with you, if at all possible.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
- When your running time reaches 17 and 1/2 minutes, begin running while pulling tire.
- When your running time again reaches 17 and 1/2 minutes while pulling the tire, add 10 lbs to the tire and do so every time you complete the distance in 17 and 1/2 minutes until you reach 200 lbs. (I realize it is going to be a physical impossiblity for you to do this, but I'm putting it up here just in case one of you is a Saiya-jin or Clark Kent or something.)
- Start with empty jars for both the Horse Stance and Suri Ashi. When you can complete the 5 Minutes without lowering the jars, add some water to them (can be just a cup of water or a 1/4 of the jar, whatever you feel comfortable with). It should be a while before you fill the jars. If your style of martial arts does not use a Horse Stance, a good measure for your body to be in the stance is to start with your feet together. Next, turn your toes out at 45 degrees, then slide your heels out to face away from each other at 45 degrees, then slide your toes out to face away from each other at 45 degrees one more time and, finally, bring your heels out so that the outsides of your feet are at a parallel line with one another. Toes, heels, toes, straight feet.
- For the Lunge Steps, when you can complete 100 steps (50 left, 50 right) without stopping, add 100 total steps to your training. Even if you cannot do 100 steps without a rest, complete 100 steps if you are at that level. If you are at the 200 level, but can only do 150 without a rest, complete the whole 200 regardless. I'm not really imposing a limit on this exercise, but I doubt anyone will be doing as many as Ma told Kenichi to do.
- Use the same amount of water for the Suri Ashi that you do for the Horse Stance. When moving with Suri Ashi, don't move your head up and down, but try to stay at the same head height during the movement.
- Horse Stance with Gripping Jars (Nigiri Game)- Gripping jars are used for developing the strength of the fingers, wrists, forearms, and well... pretty much the whole damn arm. The jars are either held out it front of the person or to the sides (as we see in the anime). They may be kept at shoulder height or be lifted in a type of lateral raise. A good low cost option for a gripping jar is an empty gallon pickle jar (you will need two of them) and the bonus is you get to eat all the pickles!
- Running with a Tire- Akisame, the brilliant and sadistic man that he is, makes Kenichi pull a tire to the park while the Jujitsu master sits on it, whipping and yelling at Kenichi to run faster. I recommend just starting with running, but we'll cover that a little later. A rope may be a little rough on your waist, so if you can fashion a harness out of an old weightlifting belt, or if you just have a sled harness, you'll be in good shape. But, when all else fails, tie the rope around your waist.
- Gripping Jars with Suri Ashi (Sliding/Gliding Step)- This is the same as the first exercise, except you are moving with the gripping jars. Suri Ashi is a type of movement in several martial arts. The jist of the footwork is that the heels are kept slightly raised and the foot is slid across the ground as if there were a piece of paper in between your feet and the ground. Keep the feet facing straight ahead as you move, whether forward or backward. When moving backward, remember to stay on your toes and not to let the heel hit the ground.
- Partner Assisted Stretching- Later in the second episode of the anime, Apachai (the Muay Thai master) helps Kenichi stretch by placing his feet on the inside of Kenichi's legs and pulling him forward. If you don't have a partner, simply spreading your legs as far as possible and reaching forward will do. If you are going to stretch for an extended period of time on one particular stretch, break it up into sets of 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
- Veritas- It's like an old martial arts movie with super powers. (Really recommend.)
- The Breaker- Haven't gotten very far, but it shows some promise. (I'll let you know later.)
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
2 Sets of 90 Degree Sprints
100 Yard Sprint
25 Overhead Strikes with Sledgehammer
3 Sets of 90 Degree Sprints
2 x 100 Yard Sprint
25 Overhead Strikes with Sledgehammer
4 Sets of 90 Degree Sprints
3 x 100 Yard Sprint
25 Overhead Strikes with Sledgehammer
- 300 Yard Zig-zag Run
- 5 Sets of 90 Degree Sprints
- 4 x 100 Yard Sprint
- 25 Yard Sprint with Sledgehammer
- 25 Overhead Strikes with Sledgehammer
- A Zig-zag Run means you look straight ahead, start running at a 45 degree angle to the left or right and, after 5 steps, turn 90 degrees in the opposite direction. Then, you run 5 steps, turn 90 degrees, run 5 steps, turn 90 degrees... you get the picture. Essentially, you are cutting a zig-zag line in between your starting and finishing points. It turns a 100 yard run into something a little longer, and it forces you to make turns abruptly. This is a "run," so it's not an all-out sprint, but it's not a light jog either.
- If you have a partner for "Catch Bubbles" then that can help with pushing your pace.
- We covered 90 Degree Sprints in Rock Lee's Conditioning.
- When sprinting with the sledgehammer, keep a tight hold on it with BOTH hands, so you don't drop it. You'll want to hit something like a log or a tire. Be careful about bounce in the sledgehammer, especially if you fail to keep a good grip on it.
- Also, to increase the difficulty you can use heavier sledgehammers. I've seen sledgehammers nearing 200 pounds, so there's always room for progression here. Not to mention, it's possible that you could be wearing weighted clothing at some point as well.
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