The best way to condition yourself for a martial art is to practice the actual sport itself. That’s the short answer and the easy answer. But if you want something to go along with your specific martial arts practice then go ahead and keep reading this post because I am about to unveil to you an incredible secret that only me and a lot other people know. Ready?
So the first thing you want to do is strength train about one to three times per week. This should not be before your martial arts practice or even on the same day. Separate it out if you can. For any athlete you never want your training to take away from your sport.
Honestly, friend, I would follow an Easy Strength approach. Five lifts, ten reps, going heavy somedays, light on others.
Turkish Get Up
5 x 2 on Day 1
1 x 10 on Day 2
3 x 3 on Day 3
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So that’s strength which is important because you won’t get a lot of that from just kicking and punching people. You’ll get a lot of conditioning but not a lot of strength. So what about conditioning? Do we need any extra of that? Sometimes, actually, we do.
Now what I would say for conditioning is run some kind of hellish complex maybe 1-2x/week. This can be done after your strength sessions but again should not be done on the same day as your martial art, unless you are doing it after your martial art. YOU DON’T WANT TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR PRACTICE, sorry for yelling.
Wow that is a really old video, I kind of look like a baby, don’t I? Anyway, here’s another example for you.
That’s better, because at least I look like a man again.
So really the only other thing I would do is if you’re not going to do a complex is go and do sprints, like suicides or interval running, etc.
Alright, well that’s the end of this post.
PS – You may also enjoying being part of my Inner Circle, because I can finally do a flying sidekick.