This morning we had a good talk about the idea of fitness. Eric had asked wether a runner running or the stuff we do was a better judge of fitness.
It all comes down to the goal of the athlete and if the athlete is being prepared for his/her sport properly. For general conditioning and true overall fitness, I can arguably say that the things we do build overall conditioning better and faster, but it is not sport specific per se. We started this thing to get ready for submission fighting, and that is what the basis of everything we do. It is not to say that doing this will hurt or help the runner, but if you break down your training periods accordingly, it can fit into any schedule.
Marc is a bodybuilder, this training will help his overall conditioning, but it is not something he will do right before a show. This constitutes his off season training.
Jordan and I train for combat, so we will continue to do things like this up until fight day.
These types of workouts are for anyone, but you need to break down specific goals if you want specificity. If I had 2 clients come to me for different goals, ie fat loss vs muscle building, I would not give them the same workout.
If you want to get in overall shape and fitness, first you have to define shape and fitness for you. For some it will be building muscle, for some it might be losing 10lbs of fat. The Cave can assist in both up until a point. Then you need to take your training to a place where you get narrower on your goal.
A basic schedule will start very wide at the base and get more pointy as you get to the top. Think of a triangle. That is how you need to think of training.
Then you start all over, but at a much higher level of general fitness.
You can’t be “on” all the time. The body will just break itself down if you try.
I do not bring anything new to the table. I only take information that has been in place for years and apply it to my goals. I learn from Al, Jason, Mike B, Zach and many others. Fitness has evolved so much that we lost our roots of fitness.
I hate to say that sitting on a Curl machine doing 3 sets of 10 will only help you do 3 sets of 10 on a Curl machine.
Get back to the basics, do big movements and keep moving. You don’t need to train everyday if you train hard and properly.
I wish everyone a great 2008 and I hope everyone reaches all of their goals.