I don’t spend that much time online, so I can’t promise to visit the forum very often, but I had an important question and I’m convinced people here will have some answers, so here I am!
First of all a bit more about myself.
I grew up in Roeselare (Belgium), but I moved to Gent (also Belgium) in 1990 and have lived here since.
I never ate that healthy during my childhood. I never did any sports as well. Merely because I had severe asthma, and doctors discouraged me from taking up exercise. So I was a very weak kid…
I started doing a bit of powertraining and a bit of jogging/swimming in my late teen-years. I got some more self-confidence, but because of the asthma I didn’t really enjoy working out that much yet.
When I moved out of my parents house to attend university however, things changed for the better. I ate vegetarian for 99% of the time (although it remained junk-food half of the time), took up a martial art, and started to enjoy working out, running and swimming. I also read a lot about positive thinking and self-confidence. As a result I could throw away all of my asthma-medication!
However, after a few marvelous years of glory I got lazy again. And now, more than a decade later (I’m 34 now), I’ve gained about 25 extra kilo’s. And they’re not muscles. The medication’s back, along with some other health and life-style problems.
I’m convinced I should go as raw and as vegan as possible, but haven’t succeeded yet. “Yet”, because rest assured, I will make it!
Anyway – I started out by saying I had a question…
I’ve re-entered the gym, and they gave me a “wellness”-program to begin with. Some stretching, some ab-exercises, some cardio, and a bit of weight-training (machines only, no free weights). The training program is: 12 reps (70% of my maximum weight), 1 set, 1 exercise per muscle (or muscle-group). That’s it.
While this is ideal for people who’re totally out of shape, after some time, I of course wanted more! No problems, I’ve got several bodybuilding books laying around, so I could design my own program. Training became harder, I felt the pump/burn again, so everything went more than okay.
Well – not exactly everything. You see, I also picked up a martial art again. Combining the martial art with the beginners-program of the gym went fine. But combining it with my own more bodybuilding-oriented program – now there was a problem.
For example, we do a lot of low stances and repeat them a lot– I couldn’t go as low anymore because my body hurt so much from my workouts in the gym! While it felt great to feel the burn again, really making you aware that you’ve really had thé best workout, it also resulted in me barely being able to move during the martial art sessions.
So I need a new program.
I don’t necessarily have/want to look like a bodybuilder. I don’t have to bulk up or gain weight – on the contrary, I need to lose a lot of it. I need a program that’ll provide me with lots of explosive power, one which’ll help me in my martial art instead of hinder me beacuse of too much soreness. A program which also helps me become as flexible as possible. But of course still a program that permits me to spend lots of time in the gym, allows me to build a fine strong cut body.
Any help – tips – recommendations – book titles
are greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks for reading & responding,
p.s. For anyone wondering about the martial art: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jinenkan