Training martial arts demands the development of many skill ranges. Reaction speed, technical prowess, flexibility, strength all need to be developed over time. Training in classes can cover some of these requirements, but in most cases will only develop the skills to an intermediate level.
“One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life.” – Unknown
Taking your first steps into strength training can seem intimidating. So many exercises, machines, fitness ads and fads bombard us constantly. However, there are several tried and true exercises that are in the mainstay of strength athletes globally; the squat, bench, deadlift. These exercises are useful for nearly any sport application that requires power and explosiveness. Lets do a quick overview of the squat!
"On the Internet, everyone squats. In real life, the squat rack is always empty. You figure out what this means." - Steve Shaw
If you don't squat, you're missing out on an integral part of whole-body strength and conditioning. Form must be considered in order to keep safety and drive force through the proper muscle groups (avoiding undue tension on joints and connective tissue). The type of squat is less important than the application of force and overload potential; as such, my highest recommendations for strength athletes go in this order:
1. High Bar Squat
2. Low Bar Squat
3. Front Squat
Instead of explaining the squat, allow me to direct you to a series of videos that take care of nearly every aspect of the squat I believe to be important. This series by Juggernaut Training Systems is the best I've seen, give it your full attention.
Practice a couple of times a week, start light and slowly develop the squat into a go-to strength movement. You'll reap the long-term benefits of (in my opinion) the best exercise for building strength and power.
Everyone gets aches and pains. Some from training, some from lack of training. You can agree though, the human body needs a lot of care.
Recently we've been using MobilityWoD's Voodoo Bands to help our recovery at the gym. They're astonishingly effective. The technical aspects of the band involve wrapping them semi-tightly around a joint and then "Flossing" the muscles by working them through a range of motion.
We've found with regular use, it helps alleviate swelling and muscle tightness in the areas it is applied to. With long term joint pain, the bands also neatly eliminate the ache and discomfort for several hours.
I can't recommend the Voodoo Flossing bands enough, we use them daily, and you should too!
People are always searching for the next big thing. The next big weight loss program, the next big muscle building program, or the next way to "boost confidence and self esteem".
The truth is, there's no secret method. No fad diet will drop 10 lbs in a week and leave you ripped and shredded. No muscle building program will slap on 15 lbs of muscle in 2 weeks. That doesn't mean you can't achieve amazing things though. Progress is made every single day you step over the threshold of your own comfort zone. Every day that you buckle yourself up, hungry to see where you can take yourself next, is a day where you've made another series of incremental steps towards your goal.
The real trick, the real talent, is never giving up. Never letting the momentum grind to a halt. No matter how uncomfortable or scary; holding the line and pushing it ever forward is the key to unlocking every ounce of potential you will have.
If becoming a champion meant staying in our comfort zone, we'd all be wearing medals.
The grand opening was an amazing bunch of fun! We had friends and family and more out to train, celebrate and eat delicious food!
After some relaxing time, we set out and did a basic seminar covering standing Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing. All of the attendees were amazing! They learned some great skills and really showcased them over our hour of training.
From all of us at Surrey MMA, a giant thank you to everyone who came to the event and supported us!
Cathrine Levan, dropped by the gym to lend a helping hand before we open the doors to Surrey MMA. In her 20's she was one of the worlds fiercest competitors, taking the world title for Women's Kickboxing.
A great thanks goes out to you Cathrine!
It took hours of sanding, days of scraping and enough hole filler to finish off the grand canyon, but we not only finished the walls; we managed to paint them too!
Played around, painted, and got some taping done! The place is starting to look better and better each day! Wait till you see how this place is going to look once the purple stripe is up.
Foster helps sand down the walls, the bathroom gets a fresh coat of paint, the ceiling tiles are done, and the office gets a beautiful second layer of blue!
The last two days have been a blur, renovations have been going amazing and fast thanks to the hard and dedicated work of our friends and family. Here's some highlights!
Taking down the ceiling tiles for washing and painting! Thank you so much to Zora, Sukhi, and Cam for coming down and helping us make this happen.
Keep posted for more pictures and updates as we get this rolling.