Training for everything and anything

Going to go into this topic in some detail as it has become my main area of interest of late. Training as if preparing for the ‘zombie armageddon’ so to speak…and if you saw what I see daily then you’d realise that we’re not too far from that reality.

So what does being in shape for the apocalypse entail (yes, I know that I was just talking about the zombie armageddon and now I am talking about the apocalypse….but like I said…I am training now to be prepared for everything)?

Well first of all you have to be able to get around…so for me my training month involves…some running (sprints, distance and hills), some riding (my road bike and my mountain bike), some swimming (mainly just distance work), some paddling (rowing or kayaking…depending on my location).

Then there is the gym work….for me again I’ve a generalist approach to this now but I tend to focus on one thing a day…to focus on a ‘quality’ each day and I am going to discuss that in and amongst the generalist approach. Because for me now the main reason for hitting the gym…the main thing I am looking to get out of it is just keeping my body ‘fit to train’. So the gym is where I am doing my ‘prehab’, occasional rehab and most of my mobility and stability work.

The last component is my martial arts training…to this end I currently study/train Muay Thai (zombie’s like everyone else are susceptible to leg kicks), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (having had a lot more ‘combat’ experience this past year I’ve come to realise that when fighting zombies you are very likely to end up on the ground should the fist last longer than 20 seconds…so best be prepared), Wrestling (greco and freestyle…just because I’ve never had much experience with it and because it’s there) and finally Mixed Martial Arts because I think the real ‘art’ of fighting is being able to blend styles and find appropriate solutions for the difficulties presented to you….and this is what good MMA is all about i.e being able to fight the fight on your own terms.

I’ve found over this past year that all these elements of training come together very well if the loading and frequency of training is correct and your rest and nutrition is adequate. As I’ve always said…coaching is a mixture of science and art…in that you need to have the scientific understanding of training to know what and how to do it BUT to do it well you need to have the artistic flair to be able to combine them.

So anyway…that’s the intro…I am going to break down each of the areas in more detail as well as trying to explain how to fit them all in….in the grand scheme of things.

Another fresh start…or is it?

Apparently some people still look at this blog? Well the blogs stats say they do anyway. I’ve not taken the opportunity to do what I set out to do with this blog for a long time now…that being to crap on about training and coaching and or to moan about coaching and training.

So…I am going to spend a bit of time playing around with the blog and trying to organise it a bit better. I am going to take a look at the ‘stats’ and find out how in fact people end up here and what they are looking for and or at when they get here.

I am also going to talk a bit about my own training…I currently am in a position where my work and lifestyle allow me to train pretty much ‘professionally’ as in I get time during my work to train and one of the focusses of my training for my work is to be ready for anything. Currently I ride, run and swim…I also train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Greco Roman and Freestyle Wrestling as well as training in Mixed Martial Arts…on top of all this I am also in the gym weight training 3 to 4 times a week.

Along with coaching and training myself I am still actively training others and I will talk about that as well.

ALSO…if you are reading this and you are interested in my opinions or thoughts on any of these areas i.e. strength, conditioning or training in martial arts or training for martial arts then feel free to fire away with your questions and or comments. I think the best posts on the blog have always been a result of questions people have either asked at training or here on the blog.

So I will get on with tidying up the blog in the meantime and then get on with writing about my own training as a place to start.