Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Training Log: Entry 183

Begin bulk.

Current stats:

Have cycled off creatine for 1 week.  Currently in loading phase. 
Height: 5'9
Weight: 187

Dunno anything else.  My arms are small enough that I can finally roll my sleeves up on my BDUs and not feel like I'm cutting off circulation.  Currently on the West Side for Skinny Bastards program, in the second week.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Training Log: Entry 182

Taught my girlfriend some more grappling today.  I'm amazed with her progress.  It's been about 2 months since her last lesson, but after a quick refresher course and a couple of rolls, she was grappling like I had never seen before.  She normally needed me to point out when there was an opportunity for a sub, but not only did she see them when they were there, she went looking for them.  She stuck me with a gullitine a couple of times, and did a great job with getting in a good position for the armbar.  I just need to refine her armbar so that not only can she get there, but finish it strong.

She pulled off some good grappling tricks that I had never taught her, like using her knees to pin down my arms, working for posisition, etc.  At the end, she even pulled my hair to put me in a guilltine.  I was proud of her for knowing how to play dirty. 

Fun as hell, really proud of her.  Wish I knew more and could teach more.

Having issue with right middle knuckle.  Was bugging me during my boxing training last month.  Can only throw about 3 right crosses without gloves before I get a sharp pain in it.  Feels like nerve damage, or maybe stress fracture.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Training Log: Entry 181

2 days knocked out on new program.  Glad I made the switch.  It's a little awkward, but effective.  Leg day only has 3 leg exercises to it, but my legs were thrashed by the end.  Love walking lunges.  I did deadlifts today, but might switch out to squats as my primary lift and romanian deadlifts later on for hammies.  Still hooked on deadies, what can I say?

Repitition day on Sat or Sun.  Really looking forward to it.

Love the versitility of this program.  Love the 3 day nature.  Wish I had remembered it from before.

Bulk after PFT (next wed).  Gonna do this one clean.  You could butter bread with my arteries.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Training Log: Entry 180

First real meeting of my MMA club tonight.  Grand total of two members showed up, plus myself.  Small, but better than nothing.

Member A: Experience in an art similar to Wing Chun.
Member B: Experience in Kyokushin and BJJ.

Went over the striking a little (I'm the unofficial striking coach at the moment) and helped them find some flaws in their game and things to work on while we drilled the focus pads.

Sparred member A:
Weird crap.  Lots of trapping and hitting with backfists.  He did a good job of pulling away my hands with a downward flurry in order to hit me with a backfist.  I dunno how different things would have been if we were going harder (He was a lightweight, and with my PFT coming up, I didn't want to go too hard and risk potential injury).  I fired a few combos towards his body.  Nothing major.  Just got to get exposed to his stuff.

Sparred member B:
She stuck to boxing, and I used the opportunity to work on my slipping, ducking, bobbing and weaving.  She had fast strikes, but way too many telegraphs and predictable patterns.  I avoided almost everything she shot at me, and most I took was some shots to the shoulder.  Again, went light.   She was a lighterweight, and also has the PFT coming up.  Was still fun to drill my dodging so actively.

Rolled with member B:
Got choked out with RNC in a matter of 30 seconds.  Embarassing.

Rolled with member B:
Gained my focus, stayed alert, pretty much just outmuscled her.  She has good technique, but the weight and strength advantage was ridicolous.  Tried for a few achilles locks and heel hooks while breaking out of her guard, but eventually ended up with a kimura from side mount for the win.  Did an alright job of defending her armbar and triangle choke attempts.  Still, she easy is a better technician than me.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Training Log: Entry 179

Blarg.  I'm having an identity crisis on training routines.  The one I designed was fun, but I gotta stop getting into these ruts.  One last go at a new routine. 



Why this?  It's a westside barbell routine I can do on a 3 day split.  It's what I needed to avoid overtraining yet still get a good power workout.

One day I'll look back on this and laugh.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Training Log: Entry 178

Screw this ECO crap.  Too much bodybuilding.  I'm going back to movement focused lifting three days a week instead of bodypart focused lifting 4 times a week.  Back to bench, squat, and deadlift.  I'm thinking 5X5 on primary core lifts, 4-6 reps for 3 sets on strengthening secondary muscles, and a 3X12-15 per bodypart just for hypertrophy just to aid in the mass building department.  I'm gonna shoot for an hour per lifting session.  Time between sets on strength building will be 2-3 minutes.  Time for hypertrophy 1-2 minutes.

Rough outline will be:

Bench Day:
Flat Bench: 5X5
Incline Bench: 3X4-6
Cable flies: 3X12-15
Military press: 3X4-6
Front lateral raise: 3X12-15
Weighed dips: 3X4-6
Pulldown: 3X12-15

Deadlift Day:
Deadlift 5X5
Weighted Pull-ups: 3X4-6
Reverse Smith Machine shrugs: 3X12-15
Dumbbell rows: 3X4-6
Bent over rows: 3X4-6
Close grip weighted chin-ups: 3X4-6
Hammer curls: 3X12-15

Squat Day:
Squat: 5X5
Lunges: 3X4-6
Leg curl: 3X4-6
Leg Press: 3X4-6
Leg extensions: 3X12-15 superset with Leg Curl: 3X12-15
Seated calf raises: 3X4-6
Seated calf raises: 3X12-15

Just to clarify my leg day: Why leg curl twice?  As much as I would like to throw in some stiff legged deadlifts for hammies, deadlifts aren't allowed in my weight room, so I'm already risking my weight room privalges on DL day.

I'm thinking the lack of focus on dumbbell movements on my bench day will help my mega platued bench.  My theory is that exclusive focus on barbell movements will aid in that.  If nothing else, I haven't touched barbells in a while.

I'm gonna like this.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Training Log: Entry 177

Started the "ECO" training this week.  ECO is an acronym for "Explosive, Closed Chain, Open Chain".  It trains plyometrics, strength training, and hypertrophy.  I seem to be gaining back some of the size I lost from boxing.  Currently lifting 4 days a week, working the same muscle groups twice a week.  Should be fun.

Diet has cleaned up.  Need more water.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Training Log: Entry 176

Throwdown results. 

Dissapointed.  Only got to do 1 session of striking against a guy who way outmatched me (7th Dan American Kenpo).  I managed to land a few shots, but not much of it was with my hands, which kinda defeats the whole purpose of all this boxing training.  I had arrived late, and no one else really wanted/was able to strike.  Not really many people my size either.  Either way small, or huge.

Did some grappling, and actually managed to get a tap 3 times in 3 rolls.  One was from a kimura in half guard, and two chokes/head cranks. 

The plus side was that my cardio held up really well today.  I wasn't breathing hard at all.  I was also able to take shots that would have put me out of comission a few months ago, so there's some of the perks of all this training.

I miss my gym already.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Training Log: Entry 175

Last boxing class of this training period
Grab weights
Put on gloves
A ton of different combos.
1-2-1-2-step right-2-3
1-2, fast 1-2 or hard 3 on command
1 round improvise
Ab work

Note: Cardio is definitely peaked.  Will kick ass at the throwdown at least.  Was doing some bow and arrow with my jab when I was tired.  Must keep aware of that.

After 30 days of hard training, I regret not spending much time on Muay Thai or grappling, but I needed focus on my hands and footwork.  Hopefully my striking will be better as a result.

Will write an evaluation of club later maybe.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Training Log: Entry 174

Another boxing class

Grab weights (note, I grabbed heavier weights today)
Upward punching
Straight punches
Put on gloves
1-2s, 6 power hooks on call
All left hand
All right hand
Partner up
Mobile targets on shield
Sprints to bag
Ab work

Notes: Was partnered up with a super heavy weight.  It was awesome.  I could finally punch my hardest.  I was able to move him while he held the shield.  Cardio is going strong.  Not dizzy anymore.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Training Log: Entry 173

Overhydrated myself.  Sodium deficiency.  Was dizzy all day.  Skipped sparring class.  Sucks, it was my last one with that one guy who kicks my ass.  Throwdown on the 14th.  New folks.  Hope this training works well there.

Monday, January 9, 2006

Training Log: Entry 172

Another boxing class
Grab weights, shadowbox
Sprints with weights in hand
Put on gloves
1-2 burnout
1-2s, 4 power hooks on command
Parnter up
40 fast punches, sprint to bag and freestyle at 100%.  3 sets.
1 round at 100%
ab work

Notes: Was dizzy for a while.  Cardio is incredible.  Not getting much of a workout anymore.  Kinda sad how that works.  Hands are staying up better.

Saturday, January 7, 2006

Training Log: Entry 171

Another boxing class.  Gym was packed.  I hate new years.

Grab weights, go for small run, shuffle step, high knees
Partner up with gloves
Get on bag with partner
One partner throws 1-2-3-2, one throws 1-2-4-2, switch
Off bags w/partner
Grab medicine ball, hold in one hand, partner calls 1-2-3 and number of reps.  Perform for one minutes.  Switch hands, same drill.
Ab work

Notes: Partner was awful.  Liked to punch himself out in the first 10 seconds of the drill.  Drooled all over the medicine ball during his turn.  No feedback on punching drills.  Awful cardio.  Must avoid him in future.

Friday, January 6, 2006

Training Log: Entry 170

New pics.  More definition.  Little smaller, but oh well.

Thursday, January 5, 2006

Training Log: Entry 169

Attended two boxing classes today.  Way too much to write
down.  The first one was more focused on bagwork, while the second
one more on movement and conditioning.

My conditioning is peaking.  I come away from boxing class
rested.  This is good from a fighting standpoint and bad from a
fat burning standpoint.  Should kick ass at the throwdown when it
comes to standup.

Was able to outcondition my entire class.  My coach assigned me
extra work to help me in the ring.  He seems to like me. 
Can't remember my name though.

Must remember to keep chin down when slipping. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Training Log: Entry 168

Did both sparring and boxing class tonight.

Sparring.  4 rounds, two opponents.  1 round with first opponent, 3 rounds with second.

1st: Opponent was shorter than me.  He had a predictable head
pattern.  I learned and followed it.  He liked to duck down
and bend over a lot, so I hit him with a lot of uppercuts.  Stuck
him with the jab and followed up with the cross.  Hit some basic 3
hit combos.  He didn't get too much on me.  He was tired
though.  Basically just bullied him around the ring.

Next 3 rounds:
Same opponent as last time.  It was more of the same, except I
managed to get in a few shots.  Not much.  Still nerfed by
his reach.  Need to work my circular movement.  Managed to
stay on my toes a lot, and even slipped a few punches.  That's a
first for me.  Defense slowly improving, now need offense against

Boxing class:
Grab weights
25 straight punches, slip, repeat 3 times
40 uppercuts
25 head punches
25 punches straight up

On the bag
Step and jab
Freestyle 1 minute
Some PT
Freestyle 1 minute
Some PT
Freestyle for 2 minutes
Jump Squats
Grab an elastic band
100 jabs, 100 crosses
Straight punch burnout
Some stepping work on elastic balls mixed with sprint to bags and 40 burnout punches
Intense abwork

Helluva workout.  Need food.

Monday, January 2, 2006

Training Log: Entry 167

Went to a MT class.  Instructor didn't show up.  Did boxing.  Pretty much like entry 160

Warm up
Shadowboxing with weights (Straights first, then hooks, then uppercuts)
Some PT
Put on the gloves
Two low hooks, two med hooks, two high hooks

10 jumping jacks, sprint to heavy bag, 40 straights, 20 hooks, 20 uppercuts (repeat 3 times)
50 straights on kickpad, sprint to bag 40 uppercuts (repeat 3 times)
Partner-up, 1-2 slip a 1-2
Ab/weight work"

With some sprints thrown in.  I was the fastest sprinter in my class.  I lapped everyone.

After class, my coach came up to me and said "You're an animal!  I
see you here all the time!"  He asked me about what classes I was
attending, and how I liked them.  Seems I'm making an impression.

My body is changing.  Much more definition.  Haven't lost too much size.