We’re 12 days in to the new year and I am amazed at the times I’m seeing advertisements for the latest fitness trends. This year, and for a while previous, the trend seems to be for the hardest workout going. There is a series of DVD’s called Insanity being advertised, all the usual hype attached – get ripped in 60 days etc. Thing is every person I know who has tried this has ended up injured, some quite seriously. The body just cannot take the pounding that programmes like this give out. I have no doubt the guy selling these DVD’s is genuine, and used sensibly I can see the value in the training system, but I think for the average joe it’s way too much
Another trend is caveman training, and I’ve heard a few horror stories from that, one of the worst being an out of shape office worker doing box jumps and breaking their wrist. You can’t go from driving a desk and not exercising for years to doing box jumps or Plyometrics. There has to be some preparation work done first.
Here’s a link to an article in the daily mail where a woman had to be admitted to hospital after being pushed too hard
In the interests of fairness – I know some people need protecting from themselves, but I do wonder when I see the tabata protocol hitting mainstream DVD. I haven’t seen this particular DVD apart from on an advert, but Tabata’s are not something you just jump in to.
Perhaps with me being 52 this year, but I like everyone else only have so much time, energy and recovery ability. My main focus now is my 3 hours of Krav Maga a week, so any additional training has to be planned around that, I use Kettlebells and bodyweight training as an adjunct to my Krav Maga- which is a defensive tactics system, so I don’t need to train like a pro MMA fighter. I need a certain amount of strength & endurance but I’m not a pro, so I don’t emulate their training. In the words of Dan John -” keep the goal the goal”. I find a four day rotation on non Krav days serves me well. Two days based around strength, using kettlebell complexes and grinds along with convict conditioning style brief bodyweight workouts , then two days based more on conditioning, using kettlebell ballistics like swings seems to be optimum for me. The maximum time for these additional training sessions is around 30 minutes, but usually more like 20 minutes. Notice I say training sessions, as I am training for a specific goal in each session, strength in the strength days and endurance on the conditioning. 20 minutes doesn’t sound much – but try swinging a 32kg kettlebell for that time then get back to me!!
Fridays are usually a day off from training – as I do 2 hours of Krav on a Thursday night, the last hour normally involving sparring so its quite intense. Weekends tend to have a longer training session, then another two in the week. I live by the maxim “A workout should give you more than it takes out of you” now – wasn’t always the case but with age along comes wisdom – alledgedly
Maybe this has been a bit of a rant, but it’s my blog and I wanted to get it off my chest. It’s always better to leave something in the tank with training, get the foundations right. Of course if you are a young buck, and have the freakish recovery ability of Wolverine from the X-men – go for it, if you are getting on a bit, or just getting into exercise- “lets be careful out there!”