During winter I decided to train kickboxing. I did some morning cycling on the resistance trainer and also strength workouts, but I wanted to upgrade my sport endeavours with new sport and I was always keen on martial arts.
The kickboxing gym was near by so it was really a no brainer. It is a gym owned by Alen Štritof (currently European champion in K1 72kg – MTA version). Very nice change from working out alone and Alen is really knowledgable and keen to learn new stuff.
Anyway – I stopped after two months due to too much work and I just could not dedicate fixed time to training. It is different if I train triathlon since I can do cycling or running anytime during the day (let’s forget swimming for now :)).
Although I stopped training quite soon I still did some shadow boxing and boxing bag workouts so I continued doing Kickboxing (although no sparring which is crucial). And I also follow Kickboxing and Muay Thai literature and I cane across excellent article on building muscles for strength and not looks (as in Body building).
The main points are:
- building strength requires 1 to 5 reps of muscle workout with 3 to 5 minutes of rest in between workouts to “best ‘spark’ from your neuromuscular system and the best strength gains”.
- to also make the bulkier muscles and also work on the strength you need to do 6 to 8 repeats with pauses of less than 2 minutes in between.
This is not exact science of course, so test it for yourself to see if it works for you.