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Cardio and All That

August 9, 2010

Cardio has always been my weakness.

OK, cardio and flexibility. As I mentioned before, when I was in primary school I couldn’t even touch my toes. And I was never interested in training cardio and so I never got down to it. And over the past 2 years I did almost zero cardio, unless you include sprinting frantically to catch a bus or MRT… XD

But last month a good friend of mine got me a gym membership at a gym near my home. I am not the gym sort of person (why go use gym machines if I can’t even manage 50 push-ups and 15 chin-ups yet?) but what drew me to that gym was the heavy punching bag they had there. Yeah!

But because it was a small gym, the area in front of the heavy bag was often used by the gym owner to for personal coaching or by wannabes who go to the gym to do exercises that they didn’t have enough motivation to do at home (like push-ups, those wimps!). So while waiting for the bag to be free I’d cycle for around 9-11 mins.

End result? I can now jog for around 10 minutes without puking out my last 3 meals. At the end of June I jogged for 3 1/2 mins and nearly fainted. You can see how far I have come ever since, and how much difference cycling at the gym can make!

But I still have a long way to go. I have now set for myself the goal of being fit enough to last through a Muay Thai match (5 rounds of 3 mins each) and that means that at the very least I need to be able to skip rope for 15-20 mins at one shot. I remember something Philip said the first time I met him, he said:

1) “In the first round, you’re thinking, “I’m going to knock him out, man! I’m going to KO him!””

2) “In the second round, you’re thinking, “Sh*t, man, this guy is tough…””

3) “In the third round, you’re thinking, “I just want to get this over with… Win or lose, I don’t care… I just want to finish this…

OK, so if I ever go for a sparring match under Muay Thai rules, I don’t want to throw in the towel within 3 rounds, or win the match by puking all over the opponent (as ninja-like as that may be). That means gradually working myself up to that level of fitness over the next few months, while maintaining all the rest of my training.

How’s that going to go? I’ll keep you in the loop! 🙂


From → bujinkan

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