The venerable Ehdee See left a comment earlier urging me to take care while at the camp and not to go too mental. In fact similar advice has been coming in from several corners, suggesting that my friends are either concerned and caring or just a bunch of big jessies. Anyway, I thought I may as well actually write down what I’m doing on a daily basis to see if it makes me look at it any differently – it’s just impossible to stop or even slow down when the blood is pumping…
The pre-training warm-up is actually pretty gentle, I’ll do maybe 10 of 15 minutes of weights followed by 20-25 mins of running. It’s usually a case of 10-15 mins at 10/11kph then 10 mins of intervals going from 6kph to 15kph, 1 minute each.
That’s followed up by a LOT of stretching. I noticed after the first couple of sessions that if you don’t get proper stretches in you’re going to seriously hurt. I know there were some recent studies carried out in Canada which cast serious doubt on the efficacy of stretching in preventing injury but it certainly reduces muscle tightness after a session.
Training itself is pretty hardcore. First off there’ll be a couple of rounds of shadow boxing (all rounds are 4 mins with a 1 min break in between) as a gentle way to ease you into it and to practice stance and balance. Then we kick into 6 or 7 rounds on the pads with your trainer, either doing combos or working on particular techniques – exhausting stuff in this heat, I’m always drenched with sweat after the first round. My arms are always dying by the end of it due to constantly holding my guard up and I’ve knacked my knuckles to the point where I’m having to give my right hand a break for a couple of days*.
Once that’s out of the way I’ll move onto the bags to practice techniques – 100 kicks, 100 foot jabs, 100 knees, various combinations of punches/elbows and a couple of rounds bouncing on a tyre to help with stance and balance. Your own trainer helps here to a certain extent but typically various trainers will rock up to you and offer hints and tips, it’s a great time for learning from other people.
Finally it’s time for freestyle workout. I’m trying to do a minimum of 150 sit-ups, 100 push-ups and 50 chin-ups at each session, adding in various other exercises depending on how I feel, how hot it is and how long I have till food is served! Current vogue in the camp is to have someone either punch you or hit you with a pad in your stomach as yhou lie back on your sit-ups – painful but effective and oh so very manly 🙂
After this comes the reward – a 20 minute dip in the pool (even if it’s pissing down rain), quick shower and then food.
All of the above happens twice a day, from 06:30 and 14:30 so that’s the minimum level. Of course I sometimes add in an extra weights session in the afternoon or evening to keep me ticking over.
Is that overdoing it?
* – If any fighters back home have tips for sore knuckles I’d love to hear ’em…