I am not really sure where to put this, so I will attach it here and hope that it goes over well. I am looking forward to the 12 days of motivation, and I am super excited to be a part of it.
New Year’s Resolution Goal:My first MMA fight
Start Date: 12/20/11
Desired Achievement Date:anytime in 2013
Past workout History:I have been a powerlifter, trained for a half century, lifted more than 1200lbs on leg press, lots or prior experience in MMA style competitions, yogic training, pretty much anything that involves being active. Not much of a runner though
Biggest Obstacles: I am really heavy right from a medical issue over the summer, I was unable to do any physical activity for months which lead to a funk that I have gotten out of, my muscle structure is that of a heavy lifter, it was the last type of training that I did, I need to restructure to a combo power/endurance mix.
Favorite Foods: Vega/sun warrior and OJ, Cashews, kale/spinach, Fruit of all kinds
Favorite Exercises: Anything but running, though specifically Juijitsu, kickboxing, cycling, power exercises like squat, incline press, etc.
Current training frequency: LIfting in the mornings, classes Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
Any injuries or info your mentor should have: You do not play as hard as I do and not have a couple injuries. I just got over a pinched nerve in my knee. Nothing major, just needed a couple weeks of not training. I have the ankles of a 70+ year old according to one doc, though they roll rarely, they have served me well. My right hip was dislocated and never set right, I have a stress fracture of the right collar bone, thought it does not bother me too much. Actually, when you are in the sport of hurting others, you tend to know very well how much pain you can take and where your last rep or action will be. Also, you know how long you need before you can go back to doing what you love.
My biggest issue is that I do not know how much I need to eat for my exercise level, nor what I should be eating. I will have 2-3 scoops of Sun warrior a day + 1 of vega sport, as that is the most expensive compared to Sun Warrior. I tend to eat a lot of fruit. I do Door to Door organics medium box of fruit a week, and that is typically enough fruit for me to eat, I like the grab and go nature of it. I falter at eating though. Some days all I will eat is fruit and a couple protein shakes. I do love raw cooking, and have several raw books and tools to make raw foods. I just don't think I eat enough on a regular basis
My biggest hang up is knowing too much. My training gets scattered as I tend to train for a whim not a goal. One of the Reasons that I want to do MMA again, is that I can use all my knowledge, but I tend to still be scattered when it comes to training. In essence my training is like a disorganized desk, I know where everything is, but it is hard for me to be consistent. I have trained to be a power lifter, I have trained for super endurance exercises, I have trained for just about everything and love training, I can never settle on the right path.
Why a year? I know that you probably looked at that and said, that is a bit far off. When you consider that I need to reshape my muscles for endurance and power, as well as drop down in weight, it is about the appropriate amount of time. I know that I am going to have injuries, and that nothing happens over night. I will be happy with steady gains. I know that about 6 months is enough to drop down to where I will train at, and 6 more months to be in consistent enough shape to fight. If I can do it sooner, all the better, though realistically speaking, this seems like the best path to walk down.
That is my training in a nutshell. I try to keep journals, though I am terrible at filling them out. I will carry one and do a page or two and go wow that is awesome, and never finish.