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Monday, March 17, 2014

Case of the Mondays - Condition, Nutrition, and Rest



Yah, today I got a case of the Mondays. After yesterdays activities, High Heart Rate Training, and then spending time at the beach, I felt really tired today. And as the day went by, more and more parts of my body got sore. I'm even starting to feel a little under the weather, which is normal for me when I train hard. I usually don't get sick. My body is just telling me to rest and get some nutritious food in me.

Condition, Nutrition, and Rest.

Which brings me to today's subject, Condition, Nutrition, and Rest. I believe that all of these things should go hand in hand with your training. Ed said it best, what's the use of all this training if you can't last in a fight? What if your opponent  is in great shape, better shape than you? If your opponent is smart then all they have to do is wait for you to get tired and then go in for the kill. This sort of thing happens in nature, as well as in the ring, and out in the streets.


Conditioning is very important to training. Building strength, stamina, speed, and endurance. All of these things will help you become a better fighter, or martial artists. How many fighter's do you know go into a match without prior conditioning? Your conditioning doesn't even have to be the traditional, lets lift weights, and run some laps type deal. Some do their conditioning by doing stress training. Say a Jiu-Jitsu specialist sparing with a partner for 30 minutes straight. Doing conditioning will also help sharpen the mind because you will be able to react to things faster and be able to go the distance. Fatigue is where all fighters have an issue because that is when your natural survival instincts kick in, training goes out the door, and you are just doing what ever it takes to live.


Nutrition is just as important as Conditioning. Feeding the body with foods that will fuel the body, and give it what it needs for muscle development and retention. If you look at almost any fighter when they are training for a fight, or getting ready for a weigh in, a lot of the foods they eat are clean foods. Some almost go all vegetarian or even vegan while prepping for weigh-in. I myself am vegan and when I start to seriously train I get rapid results. Even with the Daddy weight that I gained I'm still able to last pretty long and I firmly believe that my clean eating has a lot to do with it.

For those who are saying, "Well I just don't have time." You are wrong. I can guarantee that you have time. If you break down every single day of your week you will always find time. The real key is to MAKE TIME. For instance I usually choose one day out of the week to do meal prep. For this week it just happened to be today. This eliminates the opportunity to use the excuse that "I do not have time" because all I have to do is grab and go. Some will even prep for two weeks or more.

Your body deserves it so take the time to give it what it needs. Great physiques are started in the kitchen and finished in the gym........ or field, dojo, etc. What ever it is that you do. Listen to your body and give it what it needs.


Finally rest. Without the proper amount of rest, your body may not recoup in time for your next workout or training. The body will break down. This is something that is normal when trying to develop your body. So you need rest for your body to build back up. Rest is also a part of building a strong immune system (along with good nutrition) and your immune system is also a huge part of your body development. How can you hit the gym or train if you're sick? Now some don't need as much as others so you just need to find the right amount of time that you need. Again, listen to your body and give it what it needs. Today was also a day of rest for me.

Now don't mistaken this for everyone needing a rest day or two. I don't fully believe in this. Its just nice to be able to take a rest day here and there. The trick is to simply get enough rest for the following day. So schedule right and go to sleep early enough to get the rest you need.

Wrapping it up.

Never go in with out a rain coat....... wait I mean always wear a con...... wait..... JK To wrap it up, I feel that I already have the Nutrition part down so I will start doing extra conditioning here and there to add on to my Sunday club training, as well as making sure I get a little bit more rest so that my body can recoup. Well that's it for tonight...... fuck it I'm gonna do some stick work. GO HARD OR GO HOME PEOPLE!!!
ItsYoBoyFlex and I'm out.

*** Side note: I really want to make this clear. Everything that I have said in this post is from my own experience, research, and from my own opinion. I am not a nutritionist, personal trainer, dietitian, or doctor. Always do your own research and see your doctor before trying anything new in your regiment. Happy training people!

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