Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Daily Training- 2/29/2012

Ippo's Basic Training
-Pressed into the wall with my big toes during sit-ups.
-During push-ups, supported myself just the tips of my big toes.
-The run went pretty well, considering I ran the day before yesterday and did horse stance training and footwork practice yesterday.

I'm currently going through a modified Ippo's Training Schedule, but I'll be doing other Real Anime Training on two of my off days, because I get bored easy. :P

I'll keep you guys updated on my progress.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Daily Training 2/28/2012

  1. 1/2 Starting the Journey Level 1
  2. Pull-ups- 5, 7, 8, 7, 8
  3. 3 x3 Minutes Footwork Practice
  4. 1/2 Starting the Journey Level 1
  5. Balance Kicking- 20 Reps of Round, Front, and Side Kicks

  1. 90 Second Deep Horse Stance
  2. 30 Seconds Rest
  3. 45 Second Deep Horse Stance
  4. 30 Seconds Rest
  5. Slow Boxing Combination Work- 10 Combinations, each side
  6. 60 Second Deep Horse Stance
  7. 100 Ab Twists each side
  8. 30 Second Deep Horse Stance
  9. 30 Seconds Rest
  10. 45 Second Deep Horse Stance
  11. 30 Seconds Rest
  12. 30 Second Deep Horse Stance
  13. 30 Seconds Rest
  14. 15 Second Deep Horse Stance
  15. 30 Seconds Rest
  16. MAX Horse Stance-- 67 Seconds (After everything else, 67 seconds sucked)
  17. 10 Side Bends each side
All the horse stance training at the end of the day is more Avatar: The Last Airbender stuff.  I don't do stance training a lot, but it has its interesting moments. If you'll notice, today is revolving around staying on my feet and is pretty balance-oriented. The morning workout was about being mobile and maintaining balance, while the evening workout was about being "rooted." 

For the record, when I say "deep horse stance," I mean that the tops of my thighs are parallel with the ground. 

Real Anime Training Reviews: Calisthenics Kingz- HIT's Solution to Getting Killer Abs

This is the second DVD I've decided to review from Calisthenics Kingz since I purchased the DVD set a few months back (man, I need more time...). In general, I was impressed with the overall feel of the DVD and for a few good reasons:

  1. HIT doesn't sensationalize his stuff. He tells you up front that you're going to have to work for it. It means putting the time in for the workouts. He says this routine on this DVD should be completed 4 times a week in order to build your abdominal area and I gotta love him for that, because to get amazing results, you can't get by just being ordinary. 
  2. The exercises are simple and anyone can do them. Mind you, if you are enormously out of shape, you'll have to work up to a couple of the exercises, but none of the moves on this DVD are impossible by any stretch of the imagination. 
  3. If your cardio is not in the right place, the routine will kick your ass, because there is very little rest and he mixes up his ab exercises with intervals of jumping rope. 
  4. He tells you that you're going to need to watch your diet. And this makes sense, because you can have the toughest abs in the world and if they are covered with two inches of fat, they'll never see the light of day. 
All in all, I love HIT's no-nonsense attitude toward fitness and I also love the simplicity that he brings to the table with his bodyweight work. If you don't know who I'm talking about in this review, allow me the refresh your memory with this.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Super Saiyans are Real (ORIGINAL)

Dude's got some serious balls to post this video. I would urge our friend to start training with our workouts, just so he can get a handle on how much work it would take to become a Super Saiyan if he actually was a Saiyan. (Disclosure: Humans cannot actually go Super Saiyan. :D)

Daily Training 2/25/2012

1. Pull-ups: 5, 6, 8, 6, 8
2. 10 Punches to Wooden Post
3. Sit-ups: 30, 28, 32, 30, 28, 28 (Used big toes to hold self against the wall)
4. Play wrestling with Isaiah
5. Chambered Balance Kicking (each side)
-15 Round Kicks
-15 Front Kicks
-25 Round Kicks
-15 Front Kicks
6. Stair Climbing with Toes Only- 14 Steps
7. Footwork Practice- C-Stepping, V-Stepping, Outboxer Footwork
8. 30 Jabs (each side)
9. 10 Knuckle Push-ups
10. 30 Chuudan Seiken Zuki (each side)
11. Toe curls against fingers

Getting really bored with this randomness. I was using this style of training as an experiment and it's not really working out the way I would like it. I'll do some writing on it another time.

In other news, the consistent training I've been doing for my feet is actually coming along pretty nicely and I'm hoping to see some results of that training in the next few months with better weight-shifting and agility.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

10,000 Hours to Mastery

Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book (that I have yet to read... -_-) called "Outliers: The Story of Success" that shares a very interesting idea: with 10,000 hours of practice, it is possible to become an expert at something. He goes on to expound examples of prominent figures in different areas who achieved greatness and explained just how much time they put into their work. Obviously, some of this depends of genetic predisposition and social upbringing, but those merely serve as potential head starts for people's abilities. It's quite an interesting idea. Just so you have an idea of how much time that is, that is 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year, for 5 years. That's a lot of time.

When applied to the concept of martial arts, we find some truth to ideas of the weak beating the strong or, as Rock Lee puts it, that "with hard work, even a dropout can defeat a genius." That doesn't necessarily mean that 10,000 hours of mindless practice will get you anywhere. You need mindful practice. You need to make adjustments to form and correct yourself when you make mistakes (e.g.- getting hit while sparring). But, just because you put the time in, doesn't mean you'll be unbeatable. You can be limited by your strength or speed or even your style. If you haven't trained to deal with a particular scenario, it might well be impossible for you to handle it, should you be confronted with it. However, training all aspects of your art and focusing on quick-thinking will definitely be helpful to your adaptation to new situations.

Anyway-- The point is this! If you're upset because you aren't good at something, go practice!  Work individual techniques, shadowbox, spar, grapple, hit various bags and mitts, and improve your conditioning. If you put the time in and allow yourself the necessary time to recover, you will get better and that's all there is to it!

But it wouldn't be Real Anime Training if we didn't try to take it a step further. We can see various anime characters each logging the necessary time for mastery. Even fictional characters (well, most of them) know that you can't just automatically become an expert at something. If they are going to accomplish something quickly, they tend to "cheat" the system a little. For example:

  • The Room of Spirit and Time (The Hyperbolic Time Chamber) in Dragonball Z shrinks a year into a day, allowing the people inside to walk in normal one day and walk out badass the next, as long as they put in the time. 
  • Naruto used kagebunshin to divide the amount of time it took him to master certain skills and develop new techniques. (Side note: This was brilliant, but so cheap and broken.)
  • Ichigo stayed in the little world between Soul Society and the Real World before fighting Aizen so his dad could teach him the final Getsuga Tenshou.
It's not really fair. At some point, your body is not going to be able to train. You can only put in so many hours in a day without overtraining or injuring yourself. There has to be a way to cheat the system. Especially if you're going to school or working or anything else. How can you put more time into it?  I think a good answer for this question actually comes from Grappler Baki. 

Hanma Baki utilizes immense, immense powers of imagination to practice fighting against all manner of martial artists and creatures. In a sense, this is just really detail shadowboxing, but what we're after is the concept, not necessarily the exact method (although I urge you to really use good imagery while shadowboxing).  Actually, studies have shown that imagining an activity with as much detail as possible (that means, as much sensory data as you can manage: the feel of your muscles, skin and what not; the smell of the air; the color of the sky; etc) actually trains the brain to do those activities. Your brain doesn't realize that what you're imagining isn't real and the same parts of the brain that light up when you actually do those motions light up when you imagine doing them.  So, when our body is too damn tired to train anymore, or when we are recovering for a day or so, you can still log the time in your mind. 4 hours of week of this, 50 weeks out of the year, shaves 25 weeks off the 5 years it would take to get to 10,000 hours at 40 hours a week. This is a way, you can do a little bit more. You can practice to your heart's content or until you pass out into a coma of sleep and probably continue to dream about training!

10,000 hours to become an expert. How many hours have you put in? 

That's all for today, guys! Until next time, good luck and train hard!

Daily Training 2/21 and 2/22/2012

I forgot to post these, so I'll go ahead and make it up now.

-3 Mile Run, 7 Sprints Throughout
-265 Push-ups in Various Sets

-150 Jump Rope (very fast)
-1 Minute Handstand Practice
-15 Back Extensions
-1 Minute Handstand Practice
-50 Burpees
-"Art of the Stone Lock" Practice w/10# KB
-1 Minute Handstand Practice
-10 Side Bend w/35# Plate (each side)
-10 Single Arm Stiff Leg Deadlift w/35# Plate (each side)
-10 Side-to-Side Ab Twists w/35# Plate
-10 Diagonal Ab Twists w/35# Plate (each side)
-10 Behind the Head Plate Circles w/35# Plate (both directions)
-10 Back Extensions

I've been experimenting and playing around a lot recently with my workouts. Just trying to see where my body leads me during the workout. There are good days and bad. Will probably go back to using schedules here, shortly. I just threw this stuff in here to change it up a little.

Daily Training- 2/23/2012

Pull-ups- 4, 5, 8, 5, 6
25 Squats
1 Minute Shadowboxing
18 Hanging Leg Raises
1 Minute Shadowboxing
15 Burpees
1 Minute Shadowboxing
30 Diamond Push-ups
1 Minute Shadowboxing
3 Pull-ups
1 Minute Shadowboxing
40 Jumping Jacks
100 Meter Sprint
1 Minute Shadowboxing
 10 Squats
1 Minute Shadowboxing
200 Meter Sprint
1 Minute Shadowboxing
10 Burpees
2 Pull-ups to Chest
3 Minute Walk
400 Meter Run
3 Minute Walk

Today, as I was training, six little kids joined in. Apparently kids like doing sprints, push-ups, and burpees. :P


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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Prince of Tennis- Kaidoh's Training

In Prince of Tennis, Kaidoh is a bit of an ill-tempered member of Seigaku's Tennis Club, but he's got serious skills and determination to match. His training schedule is shown to some first year students to show them the level of stamina necessary to compete in tennis, especially at an all-day tournament. Especially since the longest match in the history of tennis took 11 hours and 5 minutes over the course of three days. Talk about endurance! Kaidoh is aware of the need for endurance in tennis and his training reflects that.

Kaidoh's Training

-Run 10k (approx 6.2 miles)

Afternoon (4-6 hours later)
-Tennis Practice
-Run 10k
-3 x 50 Reps Back and Forth Shifts
-1500 Racket Swings

Evening (3-4 hours later)
-Run 10k


  • This is obviously a lot of running, so you'll need to work your way up to it. The manga said jog 10k, but I guess that just means a steady pace, honestly. This is a workout you'd be committing pretty much the whole of your day to accomplish, so be prepared. Maybe use the morning run as a way to loosen up, the afternoon run as a way to push yourself, and perhaps take it easy on the evening run, kind of using it as a recovery run. 
  • For "Tennis Practice" you can just play tennis if you like, but you could also practice hitting the tennis ball against a wall, practice serving the ball, or just play around with bouncing the tennis ball on the racket. In general, you just want to get comfortable handling the ball, if you are not already a tennis player. If you already play tennis, just go ahead and practice like normal. 
  • Back and Forth Shifts are simply standing with your feet a little wider than shoulder-width, knees slightly bent, maybe even a racket in your hands, and being poised to move either left or right. One rep is pushing off with one foot and shifting slightly in the opposite direction and then doing the same thing on the other side to get back in the original position. 
  • 1500 Racket Swings is obviously a lot, so I understand if you have to work up to it. You can practice your fore swing or back swing or over head swing or whichever swing you'd like. You can do it on both sides if you want, but do no more than 1500 total swings, whichever ones you choose. You don't need to only do one type of swing per your training session, so have fun practicing any of the swings you know. 
  • If you are thinking of using this workout to supplement your tennis training, please don't do this every day, because if you aren't use to it, you're likely to overtrain or injure yourself, which is not a road you want to go down. 

Hope you guys enjoyed this Prince of Tennis workout! I like to throw these workouts from sports anime in from time to time just for fun. :D

That's all for today! Until next time, good luck and train hard!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Future Boy Conan (Submission)

Future boy Conan Workout (Original Submission)

Future boy conan is set in the year 2021...13 years after a nuclear war destroys the world. A spacecraft trying to escape the earth crash-lands on an island with a small boy.

Swimming skills:
Conan is a very good swimmer and fisher he can even out swim a shark.and hold his breath underwater for 10 minutes so every chance you get practice your swimming and holding your breath underwater.And if you don`t have a pool,lake,pond,etc used your bathtub and if your afraid that you will drown in a bathtub then just practicing holding your breath for as long as you can

if you need help use this as a reference:

Handstands Practice: Conan is also good at walking on his hands and even running on them for 30 minutes a day practice your handstands this will give you a strong upperbody and improve your circulatory system

Exceptional Toe strength: One thing that separates conan from many other anime characters is his stronger than average toes He can even hang off a ledge with them and hang on to a flying plain Of course know one is expecting you to get that strong but it does make since to train them as much as possible.(Sorry steve don`t really know how to train toes but if you can please add some

Running: Conan loves to run and race and has actually gotten pretty good at it i know alot of workouts have running but its always good to have a cardio workout in your routine so run everyday until you can`t run anymore as long is its cardio

Above-average strength:Again!!know one is telling you to be superman but conan is strong enough to the point where he can carry a full grown shark and survive a 100 ft fall So whenever you can whether its a baby back ride or pulling train with your balls get out there and get strong If you lift weights that would be perfect

Future Boy Conan (Real Anime Training Edit)

Swimming Skills (Two Days a Week)
-2 x 50 Meter (Any Style)
-2 x 100 Meter (Any Style)
-2 x 200 Meter (Any Style)
-400 Meter 
-Breath Holding: 3 Sets to Failure
Experienced swimmers may use this as a reference for workouts:

Handstand Practice (Two Days a Week)
-30 Minutes of practice, including, but not limited to, kicking up into a handstand, holding stationary handstand, walking on hands, and becoming very comfortable on your hands in general.

Toe Strength (Three Days a Week)
-30 Minutes of training. Examples: 1) Picking up objects and small weights with your toes (marbles, string, fishing weights), 2) Scooping sand/dirt/pebbles/iron shot with just your toes, 3) Walking up steps with just your toes on the edge of the step, 4) Kicking a punching bag or Iron Body Conditioning Bag with your toes, 5) Attempting to stand just on your toes for as long as possible.

Running (Three Days a Week)
-Run barefoot, but take it easy at first if you aren't used to it.
-Run sprints or intervals or distance.
-Run on flat surfaces, hills, grass, or the beach. Wherever.
-Good place to start: Couch to 5k
-Experienced runners: You've got this one.

Above Average Strength (Two Days a Week)
-Strongman Exercises (Stone Lifts, Sled Drags, etc.)
-Powerlifting Exercises (Bench, Deadlift, Squat)
-Olympic Lifts (Clean and Press, Clean and Jerk, Snatch, etc.)
-Plyometrics (Clapping Push-ups, Jump Squats, Skipping, etc.)

I tried not to get too specific, since the original submission was more a guide. I've been meaning to get to this submission for a while. In general, if you followed a guideline of fitness like this, you would be in a pretty decent all-around shape. This was submitted by blackeroni on YouTube. 

Thanks for the submission! If you have a submission, be sure to email us at or send us a message on YouTube. 

Hajime no Ippo Training Program (Part 3)

Continuing from Part 2. Remember to read the notes under each section.

Transition(a): Rest One Week
Transition(b): 3 Mile Run and 5 x 3 Minute Rounds Shadowboxing and 4 Sets of MAX Push-ups on MWF (Two Weeks)

Phase 9: The All-Japan Rookie King Workout  (Two Months)
-This workout is 3 times a week.
-On two of your off days, run 3 miles at an easy pace and shadowbox 10 x 3 minute rounds.
-Continuing with this workout, because there weren't really any updates in the manga for a couple months after Ippo beat Keigo.

Transition: 3 Mile Run, 5 x 3 Minute Rounds Shadowboxing and 3 Sets of MAX Push-ups and Sit-ups on MWF (Two Weeks)

Phase 10: Class A Tournament- First Round Workout (One Month)
-This workout is 3 times a week.
-On two of your off days, run 3 miles at an easy pace and shadowbox 10 x 3 minute rounds.
-This workout may seem a little slack after the previous Rookie King workout, but we'll build up to more and more shortly. Ippo was coming off his easier schedule when his mother was sick, so he didn't have much time to prepare for this fight.

Transition: Rest One Week

Phase 11: Class A Tournament- The Finals (Three Months)
-This workout is 3 times a week.
-On two of your off days, run 3 miles at an easy pace, shadowbox 10 x 3 minute rounds and practice your One Arm Push-up. Really take it easy on the run, because the other days will be hell on your legs.

Transition: Rest Two Weeks

Phase 12: Facing the Champ Workout  (Two Months)
-This workout is 3 times a week.
-On two of your off days, run 3 miles at an easy pace, shadowbox 10 x 3 minute rounds and practice your One Arm Push-up. Once again, take it easy on the run during your off days.

Transition: Rest One Week

Phase 13: Ippo's Recovery Time (One Month)
-This workout is 3 times a week for the first two weeks and 5 times a week for the second two weeks.
-Because you are probably not taking the beating that Ippo took in all his fights, I'm not going to recommend that you take three whole months off. However, because the training up until now has been consistent and increasingly difficult, I'm going to recommend this time period as a time to rest and recuperate your body from the hell you've put it through.

Transition: Rest One Week 

Phase 14: Ippo's Comeback Workout (Two Months) 
-This workout is 3 times a week.
-On two of your off days, run 3 miles at an easy pace, shadowbox 10 x 3 minute rounds and practice your One Arm Push-up.

Transition(a): Rest One Week
Transition(b): Ippo's Mountain Training Camp (One Week)
-This workout is every day for 6 days.
Transition(c): Rest One Week 

Phase 15: Ippo Versus Sendo (Redux)-- (Four Months)
-This workout is 3 times a week.
-On two of your off days, run 3 miles at an easy pace and shadowbox 10 x 3 minute rounds.
-This is going to take some getting used to, especially, since you're just coming off a three month period of easier activity, but they good thing is that your body is probably nicely recovered and will easily adapt to the work load after the first week or two. That's the benefit of having built the base with all the previous months of training.

Transition: Rest Two Weeks
-Ippo rested a little longer than this, because of the sheer amount of damage he received in the Sendo fight, but two weeks should be good for 16 weeks of training without a fight at the end of it.


And this finishes out the first part of the anime. Next, we start Ippo's reign as the Japanese Champion!!  Here's where the training really starts to get tough, but after over three years of training under your belt, I'm sure you'll be able to handle it!

Daily Training

Pull-ups: 3, 4, 6, 3, 5
Shadowboxing: 5 x 5 Minute Rounds
400 Meter Run
Push-ups: 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 21, 19, 19, 18, 18, 17, 17
Sit-ups: 26, 24, 30, 26, 26, 24

Shadowboxing today was an emphasis on footwork, lead-limb striking, and takedown defense. Experimenting with lots of different kinds of footwork from various sources. I've been playing with a couple of exercise apps from the Android Market. When I complete the programs from them, I'll let you know how they are.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Daily Training 02/16/12

Going to try to start doing these again for you guys!

I've done a bunch of push-ups, squats, and sit-ups this week. Pushed a sled yesterday, so that was fun! Also, did a nice little CrossFit variant with a kettlebell, some push-ups, and a one-two-front kick combo. Here's what I did today, though. Didn't have too much time, but I tired to make the best of it with higher intensity. This is the lightest day I've had this week. 

Morning: Did 16 Push-ups, because February is Push-ups Month on Bullshido. :P

  1. 2 Minutes Speed Bag Work
  2. 1 Minute Handstand Practice
  3. 1 Minute Light Shadowboxing
  4. 20 Knuckle Push-ups
  5. 20 Sit-ups
  1. 1 Minute Shadowboxing
  2. 30 Knuckle Push-ups
  3. 1 Minute Shadowboxing
  4. 30 Hindu Squats
  5. 1 Minute Shadowboxing
  6. 30 Sit-ups
  7. 1 Minute Shadowboxing
  8. 20 Back Extensions 
  9. 1 Minute Shadowboxing
  10. 10 Burpees
  11. 15 Jumping Jacks
  1. Climbed 14 Floors of Stairs
  2. 1 Minute Handstand Practice

Evening: 16 Knuckle Push-ups (because I'm a fan of Push-ups)

All in all, not too rough a day, but I'm a little sore from the rest of this week's training. Gonna try to stay a little more regular with these. On a side note, a friend of mine from college has a powerlifting blog. Check it out!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hajime no Ippo Training Program (Part 2)

Continuing with the training from Part 1. Remember to read the notes under each phase, because it will include the training on your "off" days to supplement yourself.

Transition(a): Rest One Week
Transition(b): Ippo on the Beach (One Week)
-This week is five days of running and punching. You'll be hating yourself by the end of it, but it will be a good push to take your from the foundation of your previous training to begin the climb to higher intensity.
-Preferably you would actually be able to do the running in the sand for this training.
Transition(c): Rest One Week 

Phase 5: The East Rookie Champ Workout (Two Months)
-This workout is 3 times a week.
-On two of your off days, run 3 miles at an easy pace, do light shadowboxing for 3 minutes to loosen up, and do one set of MAX Push-ups and Sit-ups.
-This is a lead up to Ippo's Match with Hayami, so select the portion of the workout for Hayami during this time.
-Really focus on your head movement, dodging, and parrying in your shadowboxing in this phase. You're building a defense against the high-speed barrage of Hayami's Shotgun!
--Twice a week, do a set of MAX Push-ups and MAX Sit-ups

Transition: 3 Mile Run on Day One, then Rest Six Days (One Week Total)

Phase 6: The East Rookie Champ Workout  (Two Months)
-This workout is 3 times a week.
-On two of your off days, run 3 miles at an easy pace, do light shadowboxing for 3 minutes to loosen up, and do one set of MAX Push-ups and Sit-ups.
-In these next two months, you really want to focus on the Mashiba portion of the workout, in order to build the incredible dashing speed that Ippo needed to close the distance on the long-limb Hitman-style fighter.
--Twice a week, do a set of MAX Push-ups and MAX Sit-ups

Transition(a): Rest One Week
Transition(b): 3 Mile Run and 4 x 3 Minute Rounds Shadowboxing on MWF (One Week)
Transition(c): Transition(b) Schedule + 4 Sets of MAX Push-ups on same days (One Week)

Phase 7: The All-Japan Rookie Champ Workout (Six Weeks)
-This workout is 3 times a week.
-On two of your off days, run 3 miles at an easy pace and shadowbox for 3 x 3 minute rounds. (You won't need to supplement your push-ups with this one.)

Transition: Rest Two Weeks

Phase 8: The All-Japan Rookie Champ Workout (Five Months)
-Continue with the previous workout, because during this time Ippo's hand was still really messed up.
-This workout is 3 times a week.
-On two of your off days, run 3 miles at an easy pace and shadowbox for 4 x 3 minute rounds. Do headstand practice to build up your neck for up to 3 minutes as well.
-On the last month, up the shadowboxing on your days off to 10 x 3 minute rounds. This will mimic the lead up to Okita Keigo.


This brings us through the 2 year mark in Ippo's training. He's done quite a lot in these last two years, but he's done it one step at a time, building on his successes and developing a body through constant training. Until next time, good luck and train hard!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Nonito Donaire trains like in Dragon Ball Z

Hell. Yes.


In case you were wondering what exactly I'm doing for Avatar: The Last Airbender, I'm doing Earthbending. :P

Regular Earthbending is based on Hung Gar, but Toph's is Southern Praying Mantis, so I'll be looking into both of them for training purposes. And Toph is quite the badass, for the record.

Real Anime Training Reviews: Calisthenics Kingz- Power From Pushups, Strength of a Man

I purchased a bundle set of DVDs from Calisthenics Kingz during the Holiday Season and "Power From Push-ups, Strength of a Man" was my first endeavor into HITs super-powered training. I've been eager to explore it, since I first saw him online a couple of years ago. I've been amazed at his raw power, body control, and explosive movements.

The DVD is all about push-ups and the different ways to do them. It seems simple, but that's the beauty of it. It's a fantastic DVD and is full of demonstrations on how to to different types of push-ups. You'll be amazed at the results HIT touts from such a simple exercise that you can do anywhere. For people looking for something a little tougher, rest assured that HIT cranks up the difficulty with hand positioning, plyometrics, feet elevation, and his complete mastery of the handstand. I would recommend this DVD to beginners or anyone who is stuck in a rut with their training and looking for a way to change it up or challenge themselves. The strength and balance that HIT commands is testament to his training and is all the proof he needs that his methods work.

Here's just a sample of what you'll see in the DVD.

Enjoy guys!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Stephen "The Wonderboy" Thompson's UFC Debut

Props go out tonight to Stephen "The Wonderboy" Thompson of Upstate Karate in Simpsonville, South Carolina for his first UFC victory, via head kick.

I really had no doubt he would win, because he's got kickboxing skills from forever. Congratulations to him and everyone at Pitch Black MMA. All you guys' hard work for all this time is coming to fruition and I really look forward to Thompson's rise to the top of the Welterweight Division in the UFC.

It's nice to see your hometown get a little more put on the map. XD

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Hajime no Ippo Training Program (Part 1)

The Goal: 
-To follow Ippo's training program as closely as possible, even down to the amount of time spent in each phase of training.  (Support us on Patreon to help in our efforts to bring you Anime Training!)

Preparatory Phase: Basic Conditioning and the "Fishing Boat Makunouchi" Workout (Three Months)
-Do this workout 3 times a week for a month. After that, do this workout 4 times a week for another month. Finally, do this workout 5 times a week for another month. This and doing the other workouts in the prep phase 2 or 3 times a week will get you ready for the first phase.
-Be fit enough to start this program. That doesn't mean you have to be an athlete or at your goal weight or that you can lift a whole bunch of weight, but you should at least be in some semblance of shape. If you've been reading and doing our workouts for any length of time, you should generally be in good enough shape to undertake this program. If you are out of shape, please look to the workouts to get yourself prepared: The Real Anime Training Warm-upStarting the Journey, Goku's Gravity Room Workout, and Ippo's Recovery Time. They start off low enough and will allow you to build a base level of fitness before you jump into the program ahead. Be able to walk at least 5 miles in Starting the Journey, complete the first Level of Goku's Gravity Room Workout (which means "honest" push-ups and all), and finish Ippo's Recovery Time with relative ease.

For those of you continuing your training with us, you're probably not in the aforementioned category, but I at least wanted to address our new readers or, perhaps, those of us coming off injuries or periods of inactivity. Let's begin.


Phase 1: Ippo's Basic Training (One Month)
-Do this workout 3 times a week for one month.
-Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are the best options for training, because it gives you two days of rest at the end of the week for extra recovery.

Phase 2: Ippo Prepares for Miyata (Three Months)
-For one month, do this workout 3 times a week. (Example: MWF, TThSa)
-For the second and third month, run 3 miles at an easy pace on two of your other days off. (Example: Main Workout MWF with easy run on TTh or Main Workout TThSa with easy run on WF). These additional days of running will help active recovery and also prepare your body for later training.
-I realize that Ippo only trained for Miyata for three months, but he also trained for two month after Miyata left, before the next section.
-Twice a week, do a set of MAX Push-ups and MAX Sit-ups

Transition: Rest One Week

Phase 3:  Ippo Prepares for Miyata  (Two Months)
-Ippo continued training under this previous training menu for two more months before any significant change in his training occurred.

Transition (a): Takamura's Pre-Fight Blitz (One Week)
-Do this workout every day for a whole week. I realize it might seem a little much considering there are no reset periods, but hold on strong, because there is a full week of rest coming after this. This will be a good test of how much you've put into your training thus far. The individual workout itself is not far beyond what you've done up to this point, so the main difference will be the continuous week of training.
Transition (b): Rest One Week

Phase 4: Ippo's First Three Fights (6 months)
-This workout is 3 times a week.
-On two of your off days, run 3 miles at an easy pace and shadowbox lightly for 3 minutes to loosen up.
-By the middle or end of this time period, you should start feeling very comfortable with the level of training at which you are operating. This is going to be the base for the insanity that's going to come later on down the road.
--Twice a week, do a set of MAX Push-ups and MAX Sit-ups


Hope you guys enjoy this routine. It's unique in the fact that we've been able to watch Ippo grow the entire time and now you can follow along with not only how he trained, but how long.
That's all for today. Until next time, good luck and train hard!

If you've come this far, you probably need some boxing shoes, too.


Just updated Takamura's Pre-Fight Blitz. Just realized I missed his speed bag training in the mix of everything.

I'll try not to overlook things like that in the future!!

Also, added sprints to Ippo's First Three Fights!

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