I'm currrently in good shape, but I need to get in incredible shape by mid-October. I am currently a Black Belt in TKD, and will be testing for my next degree. I train 3x/week in TKD, and have resumed weight training last January. I am fairly strong - I can FULL squat 315 for reps, bench 265 for reps, etc.
But - now it is time to shift gears. I can endure our TKD classes pretty well, but Black Belt and higher tests in our school are grueling. My Black Belt test was 8 1/4 hours. It is as much a test of will as anything else. The hardest part for most of us is the combinations. They last for about 120 minutes straight. Non-stop, up and down the floor, 110% effort, constant kicking, punching, blocking, etc. ( Also, the slightest infractions, such as not answering correctly, are corrected with push-ups. The combination portion of my test was sprinkled with sets of 25-30 push-ups about 5 or six times because the same guy kept failing to respond to the commands properly!! )
That being said, I need to build up the type of endurance I'll need to carry me through this "hell day". I have about 6-8 weeks. So, I have a few questions:
1. Which of your workouts (book OR video) would you suggest? I don't want to start at a level that is too low, or one that is too high just yet.
2. If you recommend clubbells, given my size (6'2", 212 pounds, 44 years old) and strength, I am guessing that 15 pound bells would be good. Remember, I need to focus on endurance, so my thought is to not go too heavy, since even 10 pounders will feel like a hundred pounds in a minute or two. Waddya think?
3. If you recommend a video, is it available on DVD as well?
4. I have come to believe that true mobility and range of motion is accomplished with multi-joint exercise rather than the isolated stretching that is soooo prevalent. Whatever you suggest should include this as well.
5. I'll gladly accept any other advice you can offer.
Thanks very much, and thanks for a great site,