Today I went for a run, and it took me 20:06 to do 1.5 miles. That amounts to a loss of yet ANOTHER minute. My stamina should be going UP, not DOWN!!! UGH!
Then I thought about it: yesterday I did 300 kicks, and my hips and quads were pretty sore at the end of it. Maybe that contributed to my legs burning out so quickly today. It makes sense because the reason I dropped down to a walk was because of my legs and not because I was out of breath.
I have been thinking about how I wanted to include shadow boxing into my routine more, as well as practicing 500 kicks per day. (If I were in a fight, I wouldn’t use kicks nearly as much as I would use punches, but it is still good to sharpen all your tools.) There is a hard fact that I have to face though: I just don’t have the time for all of it.
So it’s time to do what my buddy Bruce Lee said: accept what is useful, reject what is useless. With that in mind, I wrote a list of all the items that are either already on my training routine, or that I would like to do:
1000 punches daily
Front kicks 50 times
Side kicks 50 times
Bong/Jut Gerk 50 times
Five 3-minute rounds of shadow boxing (15 minutes total sounded like a good amount to me)
Sil Lum Tao (form)
Chum Kiu (form)
Biu Jee (form)
Wooden dummy form
2-handed techniques with a pivot
Double lan sao turns 100 times
Starting from the bottom up, let’s eliminate some things.
The double lan sao turn is something I added in because I was having trouble maintaining balance while pivoting. As time has gone on, I have found that all my form practice has helped me fix this problem anyway. Therefore, the double lan sao turn can go bye bye.
Doing the 2-hand techniques with a pivot was meant to help me get better at doing simultaneous attack and defend. I have a slight delay where I will be doing my defense before my attack instead of completing both at the same time. While I do need help with this, I might have to cut it out of the schedule simply due to time restraint. Here’s my thing: at the moment, I do this particular routine only once per week. Well, where is the sense in that? I can’t advance too quickly unless I do it more regularly. Maybe once a week IS better than nothing at all though, so I am on the fence with this one.
Burpees got put into the mix because I had asked Sifu Larry London to give me some ideas for solo training. He recommended these to strengthen my legs, which in turn would strengthen my stance. They also serve to give my cardio a boost. However, the running and kicking practice are addressing both of those issues, so it is time to strike burpees from the list.
Regarding kicks, there are actually FOUR different kinds I could do. We have three listed above. The fourth is known to some as a “half moon kick.” which is aimed at an opponent’s shin or knee. If you divide 500 kicks by 4 different kinds of kicks, then that would be 125 of each type. However, as I said above, I think the kicking practice is what screwed up my run. Since right now my main goal is to reduce my running time, I might want to leave kicks off the schedule until I have achieved that. Either that, or my other option would be to keep the kicks in my routine and just know that it might take a while before my body gets strong enough to handle doing those kicks AND running at the speed this test requires.
With these reductions in mind, that leaves me with the following schedule:
1000 punches daily
All forms daily (with Chum Kiu performed more than once, since that is what I am working on)
2-hand techniques with pivot, 500 reps total
15 minutes of shadow boxing
I do 100 punches at the end of each form, so that takes care of 400 out of the 1000. That leaves working 600 into the other activities. Also, I should note that I don’t plan on doing push-ups, sit-ups, running, or shadow boxing EVERY day. These will be done every OTHER day by alternating them over the course of a six-day schedule. Example: days 1-3-5 would be running/push-ups/sit-ups, days 2-4-6- would be the shadow boxing and 2-hand techniques.
Now it’s just a matter of deciding what day of the week would be “day 1,” and then revamping the schedule.
DO YOU PRACTICE A MARTIAL ART OR SOME KIND OF SPORT? DO YOU HAVE A TRAINING ROUTINE? IF SO, PLEASE COMMENT BELOW AND SHARE IT WITH US. HEY…EVEN IF YOU DON’T DO ANY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY OF THIS LEVEL, YOU SHOULD STILL FEEL FREE TO COMMENT!!!