Does martial arts training get you in shape?
Everyone knows that martial arts give you a full body workout. Almost any martial arts technique requires using every muscle group from your legs, core, shoulder, and arms. This kind of fitness cannot be gained at the gym!
Martial Arts Workout
Can you imagine what it would be like to eliminate the pain you have been feeling in your body as you get older?
I know how you feel. You work hard every day. You are sick and tired of your daily routine of just coming home every day and watching television, cooking dinner and slowly letting your body age and deteriorate.
That's just the tip of the iceberg.
Work has its own stresses. People around you are demanding and the boss needs to get the project done NOW. Or maybe just the job itself just robs you of your energy and takes a lot out of you.
You KNOW that you need an outlet, that will restore you and your mental energy. In particular, you have always wondered about martial arts classes and you absolutely hate going to the gym.
Specifically, there is no goal, no reward for you to achieve when lifting weights or jogging.
If you were enrolled in an actual class, you would finally be able to stick with it and enjoy the process of getting fit.
Would you like to feel young again, full of energy, like you did when you were a teenager?
Do you remember when your joints didn't hurt and you were flexible and agile enough to jump over a small wall with ease?
Here's some great news for you.... You can feel that way again!
Martial arts fitness training at our school will teach you one of the most efficient ways to get in and stay in shape.
Martial Arts Fitness Training is a fun, fulfilling, motivating, workout, where everyone walks away with something new each day.
I know of no other type of exercise that can do all of these things.
You don't have to spend hours on the treadmill.
Nor do you have to workout by yourself.
You work your entire body in a short amount of time.
The secret method to getting in the best shape of your life
So what is the secret?
Training in the ancient art of Kung Fu of course.
Here's the story:
Before I started martial arts training at the age of 19, I was just like many other teenagers that I knew. I wanted to be big and jacked like the bodybuilders in muscle and fitness magazines.
In fact, my friends and I would pour over the magazines and then lift weights right afterward. I made some modest gains but back then I had a really hard time putting on any kind of mass.
When I turned 19 years old a friend of mine invited me to attend a martial arts class with him. Needless to say, I was hooked after my first class, I remember walking out of class on that first night. We had literally worked on leg strength for 80% of the class. As a consequence, my legs were now jello.
There was a small step that led out of the building, and as I took the step out into the parking lot my left leg collapsed and I almost fell to the floor!
The step out into the parking lot wasn't even a full-size step. For one thing, it must have been only about 6 inches tall. However, my legs had been fatigued to the point of failure and now they were having trouble supporting my own weight.
That first night of kung fu class here was not a weight in sight. Yet I still got the hardest Martial Arts Fitness workout I have had up until that point.
So what was it that made my legs give out?
Body weight exercises are the key
I know that today's bodyweight workouts are all the rage in the fitness world. However, during the '80s and '90s bodyweight training was looked down upon in the bodybuilding world.
Think about this.
Kung fu is an ancient art that goes back hundreds of years. In those times there were no weights or machines to work out so in order to get in shape...combat shape....fighting shape...bodyweight exercises were the default thing to do.
As you may have noticed, when you compare the body of a martial artist and the body of someone who works out at the gym there is a huge difference
Indeed, the martial artist has a body like no other
A martial artist does not want to be bulky. You don't want to be stiff. Additionally, you need both flexibility and speed.
So if these are the things that a good fighter needs to have then the martial arts fitness workout must mimic and follow what fighting would be like
So, in our class, we combine 3 things: Strength, Flexibility, and Cardio into ONE workout.
Let me be a bit more specific.
Warm-up exercises for our Kung Fu class strives to build up your speed. Just as an example, a workout could start with pushups as the strength-building exercise. Then the workout would move immediately to stretching the muscles of the upper body such as the shoulders and the back of the arms. Following that, your workout would then instantly move to kung fu punching.
Following this pattern of exercises is a super-efficient way of working out.
Think about the value of this, it typically only takes 45 min to get in a FULL workout. Specifically, there are no machines that you to have wait for. There is no downtime when changing from one exercise to another. The exercises you learn are specific to the martial arts. Notably, these exercises are all short and brief, while simultaneously intense.
The intensity at the volume at which you perform them is ultimately going to yield the results that you are looking for.
Ok, I know what you are thinking.
You feel a bit of anxiety about the word intensity.
Initially, Kung Fu exercises can be as challenging or as easy as you make it. Our school is not the military. I know you are imagining a drill Sargent yelling at you to "drop and give me twenty"
Don't worry. You will never be yelled at in class. It is my philosophy that everyone is running their own race.
When you are in our class you will get the same set of instructions that we give to students who have been training for a while. The older students know the standard way of doing the exercise already.
Advanced students know the routine
They also know that they can add to the exercise in a number of different ways to make it more challenging for them.
No matter what your level of fitness is, you will get a great workout without overdoing it.
Here are some of the ways you can make each exercise more challenging for your self.
You can perform them with explosiveness, add extra repetitions or even shortening the breaks between exercise will all add up to a super-challenging workout for any skill level.
The exercises of kung fu don't just use body weight to add resistance. You can also make each exercise more about balance than strength or perhaps make each exercise more about speed.
The bottom line is that you take things at your own pace here. Even slow progress IS progress.
Just imagine having the balance and coordination of a kung fu master
You can, through practicing the basic body-weight exercise found only in a martial arts workout.
These martial arts warm ups give you results fast because they are not isolating muscles like in bodybuilding. For example the basic dumbbell curl, this exercise works just one muscle the bicep.
Kung fu warmups, on the other hand, utilize many muscle groups at the same time.
This is called compound movements. These are extremely effective for gaining strength and flexibility.
Proper warm-ups not only induce blood flow to all of the muscles in your body but also consists of a cardio element as well. A quick burst of cardio exercises like high knees in between pushups and stretching will keep your heart rate up during the whole workout.
More important than that, warm-ups will increase your strength, stamina and the amount of oxygen your body can take in.
So what does this all mean to you?
Well, after a workout like that your body will feel light and limber and the entire body is woken up Your body can stay in this state for hours after your workout. Your metabolism greatly increases and help you to keep burning calories even when at rest.
Martial arts fitness training is a fun, fulfilling, motivating workout, where everyone walks away with something new each day.
I know of no other type of exercise that can do all of these things.
Belief in yourself comes from accomplishment.
The best part is that the more you achieve in the martial arts the more confidence you gain.
Now of course, it takes hard work and dedication to achieve a high level in the martial arts but if it were easy, you wouldn't get anything out of it.
You would not feel the same sense of self confidence your self esteem would remain the same.
I am not against gym workouts
Any kind of workout is better than nothing, but if you have the choice, martial arts gives you far more than the gym ever will.
But make no mistake about it.
Our classes give you the total package combining strength, endurance, and flexibility.
The ultimate result of all of this is that you will gain functional strength and fitness from doing martial arts.
Now you are probably wondering what exactly do I mean by functional strength? Functional strength is the type of strength used in everyday activities. Functional strength is natural and fluid.
The best part about it is that It helps you to perform at a much greater level in ANY sport.
When I was 19 years old and lifting weights on a regular schedule, I noticed one thing that I still remember to this day.
I was stiff.
I could not stretch, I always felt tight and if you were to test my speed back then It would be at snail level. Every other day, I would train my chest and arms lifting weights, but I couldn't do very many pushups.
I didn't feel natural
Once I started the martial arts fitness workout everything changed for me.
My nagging shoulder injury started to heal up I could move easily and freely, I had flexibility.
Most people will feel a big difference in general agility, strength, and flexibility within just two weeks of starting to do these basic exercises.
Let me ask you this question.
Can you imagine what you could achieve if you can apply these strengths to other aspects of your life?
The bottom line is, that no matter how many times you change your free weight routine or switch to new machine, working out at the gym is going to start feeling stale.
How many times have you started a diet or an exercise program, only to just give up one day and justify it with an excuse?
I am too busy, I don't have the will power or I'm just too lazy
When you start up exercising you have the motivation but as time goes on we feel less and less motivated. You are too tired to get off the couch and start. Then comes the guilt of not having enough discipline to do it.
But what if I told you that everyone is just like you?
Everyone has there ups and downs and everyone will one day hit the wall.
So why am I telling you this?
Is it not my job to call you up and yell at you to get to class?
Who holds you accountable then? It's the friends that you make in class.
The truth is, the key to sticking with something is that it is not a chore but rather is so fun that you wouldn't think of skipping.
At our academy, all of the Martial Arts Fitness workouts have a social component to them.
That's right you will be working and interacting with other human beings.
There are so many exercises and drills that 2 students can do together, and in addition, all of the self-defense techniques are practiced and learned with a partner.
The fact is, In today's society it is easy to feel isolated.
That is what's great about martial arts you develop friendships. You see the same people in class every week. You get to know them pretty well.
Then you start to think to yourself If I don't go to class today my friends will know"
In any exercise program, if you are only accountable to yourself then you will fail.
However, when you feel like you might be letting down your friends if you don't show up you will make the time and put in the effort to get here and train.
Here's what I mean.
Our school is a tribe. It is a community. The students here are just like you.
They want the benefits of martial arts fitness training as much as you do. They are here to encourage you and everyone wants to see you succeed.
You see, if you succeed that means that there is one more high level training partner for them to work with in class. That benefits their training because the only way to get better is to work with better and better people.
As I said before, everyone is running your own race and we are all a work in progress.