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The Role of Fitness in Self Defense and Martial Arts

The Role of Fitness in Self Defense and Martial Arts
The Role of Fitness in Self Defense and Martial Arts If you do not have a physical foundation, you’re dead.   Imagine a military comprised of only extremely unfit men: Men who could not do a pushup or climb a flight of stairs without running out of breath.  What if not one of them could run 50 yards or lift anything heavy?  What if they only ate food from McDonald’s.  It would be absurd.    These are men who need to be strong both physically and mentally.  They need to be able to endure hardship and overcome an enemy that is trained, deadly and determined.  A military force like that would not survive it's first encounter.  The same is true for us.   If we are studying self defense for anything other than a fun pastime, then we need to be p...
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Get stronger, faster? Getting stronger is simple.

Get stronger, faster?  Getting stronger is simple.
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There is a simple way to get stronger, but that doesn't mean it's easy.  Here's how... Most of us want to get stronger; even if we are not really concerned about gaining lots of muscle mass or a huge deadlift. Regardless, we all can use a little more strength. If you are willing to put in the work and maintain the focus, getting strong can be done with relatively few mental somersaults: just lift heavy weight, supplement the weight lifting with basic body-weight exercises, and eat the right food for muscle growth.   Step 1 - Lift Heavy          Weight lifting. Big, basic lifts. One to three times a week do each one of the big lifts like deadlift, back squat, bench press, and shoulder press.Once your form is good do these lifts with heavy weight. Lifting w...
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The Art of Double Unders

The Art of Double Unders
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  How to Do Double Unders for your CrossFit WOD A challenging CrossFit skill that probably takes more patience than any other is the double under.  The double under is a jumperope technique wherein the rope passes twice under the feet during one jump.  This is one of the few skills that you practice wherein you get whipped when you do it wrong.  It’s great negative reinforcement, but it can make the most soft-spoken, gentle person curse like street thug.   It can be frustrating.  I hope this guide below will minimize your frustration when learning to do double unders.   Sizing the Rope for You You need to have your own rope measured to fit you.  To measure your rope, stand in the middle of the cable with both feet together.  The tip of the ...
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How to get your First Pullup

How to get your First Pullup
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So you want to be able to do a pull-up. Great! We have a plan for you. The goal is to get 1 full range of motion pull-up with good form. Once you can do that we can set a new goal to do more.     Getting Started  Getting started, one of the best things you can do is make sure you are eating quality foods and, if appropriate, lose some body fat.  The lighter you are, the easier it will be to do a pull-up.  If you are currently too heavy to even attempt hanging from the pull-up bar, you can focus on strengthening your back.   Strengthen Your Back To strengthen your back, do 3 sets of 8 repetitions of bent over rows with a barbell or dumbbells.  Use a weight that is challenging but does not cause you to lose form.  Work your way up to usi...
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Mobility - Gentle Hip Distraction

Mobility - Gentle Hip Distraction
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Gentle Hip Distraction This exercise can reduce reduce knee and hip pain by gently pulling on the joints to give them room to move. IMPROVES: Knee and Hip pain caused by inflamation or arthritis.  EXERCISE: 1. Put a band around your foot, then hook it under your heel.     2. Prop your ankle on a foam roller and pull away from the band support to create some tension in the band.  3. Bend your free leg and pull your heel towards your body to promote a neutral postion in the pelvis and the spine. Lay back.  Relax and let the band pull your leg to distract the knee and hip joints. Credit: Becoming a Supple Leopard , Kelly Starrett MobilityWOD.com  
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