Anybody here train in martial arts?

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Jstrong, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. Jstrong

    Jstrong New Member

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    Recently I've been loosing motivation to be in the gym and lift heavy,the whole process of stuffing chicken breast and deli sliced turkey down your throat while washing it down with protein shakes to insure you get the maximum benefit of your workout has grown tiring. If anybody has any pointers on how to stay motivated to be in the gym then please feel free to share.

    But in the midst of the constant battle of deciding the ultimate question of "to gym,or not to gym?" on a day to day basis,I've kind of been kicking around the idea of joining up one of the local martial arts gyms. It seems fun,and both of my best friends who train tell me I'll love it. Boxing in particular draws my interests,and the lone boxing gym in town really only focuses on cardio and training,with some sparring here and there and the occasional amateur fight,which is really as far as I would take it anyways. So anybody who does martial arts feel free to chime in,I'm a big guy... 6 foot and 240 lbs,much of which is muscle,and I want to cut down a few pounds now that I've put on the muscle mass I want. Would boxing,kickboxing,or other mixed martial arts be a good idea to keep me in shape if I have wavering motivation to lift weights? Or do I not know what I would be getting myself into?
     
  2. jjfuller1

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    Try p90x . It's doing great things for my friend
     

  3. Jstrong

    Jstrong New Member

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    P90x definantly works,but I cut 88 pounds of fat the hard way before and jumping up and down for an hour doesn't appeal to me. I want something fun,something that I can look forward to going to every time,and weightlifting just isn't cutting it anymore. Nothing against p90x,but the only thing fun about it is seeing the results as quick as they come from what I have heard.
     
  4. mountainman13

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    I trained in a variety of martial arts for 15 years. Yes it will keep you in shape and give you confidence etc. but you aren't going to get ripped doing it. If you're looking to stay in shape and do something interesting and always be learning then go for it. You won't regret martial arts.
     
  5. Jstrong

    Jstrong New Member

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    I'm not looking to get ripped,as the amount of loose skin around my midsection due to the large amount of weight I lost in a short time period would prohibit any kind of definition where it counts. Some people say it will tighten up,but it still hasn't after a year. That sounds like what I'm looking for,Something challenging and exciting at the same time,plus according to a buddy of mine he says it would be a healthy place to take out my frustrations,he says he feels like a different persons after he leaves training.
     
  6. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Absolutely a good place to relieve frustration. Pounding on bags and sparring is great. Weapons training is fun too.
     
  7. fmj

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    From a certified personal trainer (in training;) take my certification test next month, ;) (Wish me luck, its a tough course, i had to unlearn a LOT of what i "thought" i knew about fitness) it sounds like you flat out burnt yourself out.

    Having seen a couple pictures of your muscle bound self ;) May i suggest Yoga. DO NOT laugh. Once you get into it, i will bet you will LOVE it! I know i laughed but now LOVE IT! Also, i would suggest cutting back on the weight training to 2 or 3 days a week, basically just to give yourself a break from that routine. Doing more reps at a lighter weight. But not quiting it altogether. Adding in martial arts training...Ju-jitsu or other discipline, take your pick, there are too many to list, would be the way to go. But adding any type of cardio to your routine will be helpful.

    I dunno, most of my suggestions are really just guesses from what limited info i have of your overall fitness goals, fitness level at this point, overall health, etc etc.
     
  8. Jstrong

    Jstrong New Member

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    First off,good luck on the test. And secondly,thanks for the advice. I don't think I want to quit serious lifting altogether,but I may just tone it down and start back running again. When I was in the process of loosing the weight I was running 3 miles and walking one every night,it seemed like I could run forever at one point if I paced myself. After I found out I would not be able to serve our country (the reason I lost the weight) I completely switched directions,dropped the cardio,and started packing on the muscle. It's been a while since I've ran but you do get a unique high from a good run,I doubt my cardio is still on point like it was though. As for yoga,I've actually thought about getting some pointers on stretching,as all the lifting has caused some discomfort in my shoulders and I've started swimming after shoulder days to loosen them up and keep them from getting to tight and hurting in the mornings.

    I think boxing may help with the shoulder pain as well as putting some pep in my step when it comes to working out,or it could also make it worse. I'm not sure which way it will go,but it seems like a fun endeavor. Plus,with friends that train it would be nice to have some techinique in something when we get real bored and put on the sock'em boppers and hulk hands lol. And I've always wanted some self defense training as well,and since we don't have any combat arts gyms like systema or krav maga or aikido,boxing or mma would be the next best thing. I know I sound like I'm just trying to convince myself but I'm just looking for someone to validate my reasoning,or to say "yea man,I got burnt out to and started training and it's rightous bro" lol
     
  9. mountainman13

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    I would recommend kenpo.
     
  10. mcb

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    I started judo at age 7 got bored with grappling in my early teens and moved on to shotokan karate. It really helped me build confidence and discipline.

    For me now it's a way to stay in shape, stay sharp, and I've made many good friends over the years.

    I'd recommend it for anyone at any age.
     
  11. fmj

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    Thanks man!

    If i could, i would counsel away from running, its hard on the joints and other systems of the body. It also (altho i DO NOT KNOW for sure) sounds like your over training. I am not counselling you away from resistance training, just a different way of going about it.

    The high you speak of is endorphin release.

    Its funny, i spent my late teens and early twenties wasting time and energy searching for the bigger better buzz....always scoffed at "tofu eating freaks" and their Yoga. Until i, on a whim (needed the credits) took a Yoga class. Its an AWESOME buzz from pure oxygen!!

    Also, for your soreness, may i suggest a certified massage therapist. After a good hard training session, it will be great for removing the built up lactic acid. The REASON for your soreness. (my major is therapeutic massage);)
     
  12. jon1992d

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    I train in Roman Legion comatatives. Its a hell of a work out. Its like krav magra but a bit more agressive. Pretty much the style of fighting that they teach military.
     
  13. vincent

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    Like FMJ said, running is high impact and tough on the joints. Lifting, as well as running can do more harm than good in the long run. Both are not activities the human body evolved to accommodate...fat storage however is a different story, we're fat storage machines, it's the reason we're here today.

    +1 on the yoga suggestion, I thought the same thing about it myself...that it was for a bunch of foo foo soccer Moms and metrosexuals...'til I tried it...:eek: Mad kudos to those that keep THAT routine.

    For your joint pain, may I suggest glucosamine/chondroitin...It helps rebuild/maintain cartilage and connective tissue. I had terrible elbow problems after heavy lifting sessions, so much that I could barely make a fist without mucho pain. You can get it at most any supermarket, GNC (of course). It's not as expensive as it used to be for whatever reason. It does take 30 days or so to start working but once it does, you'll feel great.

    Also you might want to supplement your diet with good 'ole vitamin C. IMHO the best antioxidant there is, which will limit, but not prevent, muscle soreness. Plus all the other benefits it offers.

    Put very simply, if you have to force yourself to do something, you won't be doing it for long.

    Hope that helps...
     
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  14. trip286

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    On the matter of glucosamine/chondroiten, try to find just the regular supplements. Osteo biflex is ridiculously over priced and it's those two ingredients that are the important part. You can sometimes find them in the supplement section at Walmart for less than half the price of osteo biflex.
     
  15. Sand_Squid

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    Ive been in martial arts 25 years give or take as for what is the best in cardio is up to the form you like to learn.

    As for the cardio it's self ever tried high intensity interval cardio training?
     
  16. hiwall

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    When I noticed my belly getting bigger I started in martial arts. An excellent choice. I did it for many years( and my sons).
     
  17. PanBaccha

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    I don't have the stamina for Martial Arts at the age of 65. So I just remember, quite instinctively, the middle path down the human anatomy,
    where all sensitive pressure points are located (eyes, nose, throat, solar plexus, and groin), which can drop a man of any size or weight.
    (However, and ironically, I am still active in boxing and basketball). :)
     
  18. utf59

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    I've been training/teaching martial arts for over 30 years. It can be a great workout.

    It appears that you have a pretty clear idea of what you want. Every instructor is a bit different, so you can't pick one style and then go look for a school that teaches it. Visit some schools in your area and see for yourself whether the class is something you would like.
     
  19. Jstrong

    Jstrong New Member

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    I have not, I'm thinking it's something along the lines of p90x or insanity? Closest thing I've came to a HIIT workout is one of my arm routines I do,it's a seven excercise circuit done with higher reps in rapid succession,kind of like a Huuuuge superset with 120 second rests between each set.


    I've looked into kenpo and it looks great,but.... No kenpo gyms anywhere around here,we do have aikido dojo but I'm kind of sceptical about the real world application of it and how long it would take to get adequate in it,it does look super cool being done. Also have looked into chines boxing which is interesting,my buddy who trains and fights MMA seems to think I would take to mui tai well due to the way I'm built and my large upper body,I want to do something that will build confidence and have real world applications in self defense,something a little more than just plain jane strikes... I would like to maybe learn some counters or throws. I've looked into krav maga as. Well,but when I see videos of it being done it looks sloppy like something someone would do instinctually,maybe I'm wrong though.
     
  20. trip286

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    Jstrong, you should look into taking shotakhan under Jimmy Blan. He's near your area, a great teacher, and an all around great guy. Also, that form of martial arts would be a great fit for your body type.