What does that mean?
200lb barbell curl?
1000 hindu squats and push ups?
4 minute mile?
22 inch biceps?
Doing a split?
Putting your leg behind your neck?
I ask this because so many people imagine approaching these goals or exceeding these physical feats will be a shortcut to athletic excellence. Since this is a MMA forum, lets look at some of the champs and former champs.
Hmm? How many of these guys come close to any of the above?
Great muscle men in that group, say?
So I ask, Physically what do we really need to improve our performance or potential performance?
Why do we want bigger biceps, a higher bench, a washboard set of abs, the ability to do a split?
Vanity? Ego? Insecurity? Performance?
The given is that cardio-conditioning is a must. Not just the ability to run a 4 minute mile, but the ability to endure in comfortable manner, sustain positive execution in your given field for a lengthy period of time. So, our cardio training must look a lot like or actual performance in our field of athletics.
Functional strength is a must to execute our tactics, counter tactics and recover from an attack. How much strength does that take...if you are well skilled? And if you are not well skilled, wouldn't it be smarter to increase your skill? (Is it a fact there will always be someone stronger?)
Flexibility? Why? To show off at a party? Well, it should be to increase your dynamic range of motion. So, you must move as you explore your range of motion, for your actions in your performance are not static...they are in motion. Flexibility in motion also increases your speed and power potential. Flexibility in motion also increases your endurance, for your do not have to fight your own muscular tension as you take your joints through there natural motion. It will take less energy to move you. We all also know that having less negative tension in our bodies will reduce injuries.
Speed? Well, speed in our given sport usually results to "timing". Knowing when to execute is more important than increasing speed of the physical action. It's the ability to go from a state of ultimate relaxation to a state of ultimate tension. How do we train that?
I just felt like writing these things to get a few people to think more about why and how they train, and if they parallel on another.
This forum, I believe, is already ahead of the masses.
Gone are the floods of "How do I do more... or get bigger..." threads.
I wish I had this forum fifteen years ago.
I just started going back to the gym regulary, after a lengthy absence, for I've been focusing more on my yoga/pilates/ Body-Flow classes, Judo and just doing my regular "light" C-bell training at home.
I looked around the gym and see the same people there and I just wonder..."Why are they training". That question should mold their workout.
I see that you can go about it one of three different ways:
1-train as if your body is a trophy. It will look nice and attract attention, but it has very one dimensional usage.
2-train for "intrinsic" or "spiritual" reasons and you look at yourself as if you are a cup with the quailty being what is on "what is inside". Great, but if the cup isn't durable and breaks, it will not be able to hold anything.
3-train as if your body is a tool, that looks good and has multiple uses, which allows it to adapt to any type of workload or challenge.
I choose number 3!