Today was regular bag drill. 3 rounds. I am still recovering energy level, especially after I think the bacon I ate yesterday had me running to the toilet to piss out my ass. I made sure I drank lot's of protein powder afterwards, and the meal I had after the bacon shit out decently this morning. I am at a reasonable energy level, still I condensed today's proceedings.
To warm up, I just did about 13 minutes of footwork around my bag area (didn't hurt, but not that bag anyway). I tried to feel loose and let my shoulders bounce with the movement. When I got a light sweat, I stood in front of a mirror and did punching and slipping motions. I didn't set the rope on the stands to do the full shuffle around and under like I often do, maybe tomorrow.
when it got to the bag, I made the first round more of tapping away at the bag while ensuring my footwork was good. The next 2 I basically did various combinations including stepping under and over, working around the bag. I had terrible bringing my hands back to protect my face. I still lean too much when bobbing. I was slightly better with foot placement when throwing uppercuts, I just didn't throw that many. I didn't change levels, I will do this wednesday. Also, if my energy level is better, I will try to really put it all together and mix it up around the bag as if I actually had an opponent, then hopefully it will be worthwhile posting more videos.
Tomorrow like I said I will do more drills, including on the double end ball. My coach says my coordination with it is improving. this after rope work, I really want to work the faults out of this finally.
Tonight I sparred for 3 2 minute rounds. More in a bit.
Wednesday I did bag drill, made a video, and was disappointed with my being too square with the bag. I was attempting to make it realistic in that I would work randomly around the bag, random combinations. I sort of did, but only sort of. I won't post those videos because my shorts finally ripped to ratshit and I was down to underwear and I don't want irish or someone thinking it is too...well...weird, over the top, whatever.
After drill, it was time to do my complementary weightlifting. As I have stagnated with dips, I switched up the routine as such:
DB chest press 4 sets of 4
Bb bent rows 4 sets of 4
twist situps 4 sets of 5 each side (10 in total in a set)
Bb bicep curls 3 sets of 6 -8
The problem is I haven't used dumbbells in a while and I have the challenge of getting them off the floor and into the starting position. I used to dynamically clean them and slam backwards ending in the beginning of the set. I since learned a gentler, more controlled way of doing it that I clean forgot for this occasion. I went the dynamic route with a pair of 80lbs dumbbells, still slick with sweat from bag work and slid right off the bench and onto the floor. My left elbow was slightly bloody and bruised and I feared its condition, but today with some ibuprofen it didn't inhibit me at all.
So, today I went to my lesson itching for a sparring session and immediately told my coach I want to review double end ball work. We did, and then translated work onto the heavy bag. We then went into a clear space and shadowboxed while shuffling, changing angles and TRYING TO STAY LOOSE. he reiterated that being too tight wastes energy and works into an opponents favour. He even said not to make a fist. When hitting the bag he said only make the fist just before contact. We also worked on proper bobbing and setting that up into a counter like hook, straight or uppercut. I am glad we did because I had my doubts at home about it.
thus we sparred. WAR KONG!
Sure he got the better of me, he is an experienced coach, and I must have looked like a girl in the third round when I seemed to lose composure anticipating a hit, but he was pleased and said I improved over last week, when we only went 1 round.
yesterday I forgot creatine, so I will take 15g today to make up.
Bulgarian split squats
2 X 45lb X right8, left8 X R8,L8 X R6,L6
I would have tried more but the lactic acid burn in my quadriceps was deja vu from a long time ago, I thought this was more of a glute move. still fairly pleased, I had issues at times with balance. I hope that the unilateral nature of this will help with uppercuts and general coordination.
I am tired today because I fell asleep last night before the end of my nutritional day, and I have been riding the roller coaster of my sparring on friday and the disappointing reaction of it. Punnyguy, Damutt, any thoughts?
shuffling in stance, although I didn't feel as loosened up as I should. I am still feeling dejected not having heard Bravo! Encore! the other day, but so it goes.
I then practiced shadowboxing in front of a mirror, making sure bobbing motions were the left elbow to either knee, depending which way I was trying to go and whether I was trying to set up hooks or upper cuts.
Then bag work. I resolved to do 4 rounds, the first just moving around and tapping at it a bit. the next 3 I recorded, but i doubt there is anything about them worth video posting. Basically I tried to put it all together with what I hoped was better form, but I think I am stagnant.
What I will say first off next lesson is DEFENSIVE skills, as Robert A. Stated in my other thread. i will ask the coach just to stand in front of my as we are geared up for sparring, and hit me and I either slip, block or clock. Some hard English might just be the thing for me.
Join date: Mar 2009
Location: California, USA
Bravo to you for getting into a ring and actually doing a little sparring, most people are happy with just "boxercising", especially as "mature" as you are, so great job.
Learning the sweet science is like playing a long symphony piece, you have to break it down and learn it piece by piece. You can't just expect to hop in there after a few lessons and eureka! I agree with Robert A. -defense first. My suggestion is to get one of those head gear things where there is more padding, and the extra padding comes in more from all four sides towards the nose area (hope that made sense). With that head gear, your coach will actually be able to hit you lightly in the face but the glove will be big enough that the padding won't let the glove hit you flush on the face hard unless your coach tees off (which he won't obviously).
Also, my one suggestion wrt defense is to watch your video, and watch only your head vs. your coach's head. Practice emulating that type of movement.
Also note when he brings the right hand up in front of his face while his left does whatever. I personally would practice that defensive position while constantly throwing my jab -single, doubles, etc. That's how I would practice sparring for a good while if I were in your shoes. Before I attempted to add any more pieces to the "symphony". My .02.
So, earlier this week I was off exercise, except walking places I was going to instead of taking the bus. I got kicking with rope work yesterday, but cut the last round to 3 minutes just because it has been a while since I was at it. I may have accidentally made the second round 6 minutes, so only so bad.
then I did a bit of footwork, then shadowboxing. First I would do jab/straight right for a while. then bobbing with left elbow to each knee, making sure it is more of a knee bend than leaning forward like I have done in the past. Then transitioning that into hooks and uppercuts.
then double end ball work. i tried to keep stance perfect, I hope so.
Today I warmed up by footwork for about 10 minutes. Then shadowboxing in front of the mirror and including bobbing like yesterday. I then hit into 4 rounds on the heavy bag. the first was just simple 1-2. the next 3 rounds were more involved stuff, like jab/bob/hook/jab/straight and various combinations like that.
I reviewed already one video and I am still obscenely square when uppercutting. Occasionally too much lean. I did work up a sweat, but I realized the whole day's session was only 45 minutes long, and I question if this is adequate.
I am tempted to post over in 'boxing and working out' in combat how much I should be doing in a week. I will see. I will when I have my final lesson a chat about what I should do before I have can afford more lessons, in depth stuff about weekly routine. And more defensive stuff. I actually might suggest we spar again, see what happens, although I realize over in combat noone wants to see a video until October.
today, the last of my 10 lesson block. I mentioned that the scattershot interruptions likely impeded progress, he seemed non chalant.
I said that I wanted to do defensive work. so we geared up for sparring, and he had my block, slip, bob shots. blocking by both twisting my torso to hand deflect, and also to get my elbow down with a twist to block the body. various counters coming out of these blocks like hooks and uppercuts.
More work getting better form with hooks (more right angle elbow) and uppercuts (more twist and not letting the hand go too far away from my face). work with the rope to bob under, teaching me to step over/bob while hitting pads and shuffling forward.
then more focus pad work including bobbing and counter coming up. He mentioned that I still have issues being too tight.
At the end as he was writing up homework, I can't afford my next block of lessons just yet, I asked him where I stand sort of and he thinks I have improved, but I didn't get anything clear other than that. this leaves me with Robert A. saying NO that I am not a new man.
He still affirms I have power, I don't know. I mentioned criticism from over in combat, and he shrugged it off, and offered anyone to take a go at him. He claimed his team won 2 golds and 3 silvers at the Golden Gloves thing last week.
Today I did some walking, and knew I shouldn't just suck out and say "naw, too tired". So I wrapped my hands, shuffled around in stance and did punching combinations to warm up. then 3 rounds on the bag. My coach gave me some homework, I am not sure if it is advisable to really follow it, I just wanted to make him do something towards the tail end of my last lesson. I made up my own.
I did do a lot more and better bobbing, and found my workrate harder to keep up, but so it goes. Nothing really about it.
I must admit I spend far too little time with my training sessions, although even when i spent more time with pure weights, it wasn't hard to come up with the intensity level for that as compared to this.
Tomorrow I will do my Bulgarian split squats after rope work, and then see how much skills training I have left in me.
Lately I have been off of it because I 1. have a badly bruised toe and 2. i have a huge callous on my said foot. I had been training through it but I suspect it has been part of why I gave up with rope skipping at minute 11 on Tuesday, go figure. I am living lame today, but I think it is time to spend more time absorbing Robert A.'s tree pose video and I need to bloody well get really reading the Jack Dempsey prescribed.
Creatine finished today, 3 weeks off of it before I start a new 8 week cycle.
Do you get much in the way of results with creatine?
Interesting question. I can't distinguish a thing. I am not doing pure lifting though, so maybe there is no point exactly quantifying such result, if it exists. I have at times been spotty with the administration, sometimes forgetting for 2 days then taking 15g per day for the next 2 to sort of makeup. I am willing to go through a new 8 week cycle to test it out some more.
Skipping rope. the same routine as usual, 3 5 minute rounds alternating foot patterns and intensity. I still can't do double under worth anything, but I am working on it. I was tired anyway. Shadow boxing, making more use of bobbing left elbow, left knee, left elbow right knee, trying not to bend over like in the past.
Double end ball work, I felt like I had never done it before. I also damaged my ball trying to top off the air pressure, fuck, I am now having to duct tape it to continue making any use of it.
Shuffling around in stance until sweaty (it is a warm day today) Shadow boxing several rounds including more bobbing.
Bag work, 3 rounds. The fist round was jabs, then jab/straight, then jab/straight/bob/jab/straight. The second and third rounds also included hooks and uppercuts. I am trying hard not to square up when uppercutting, and trying to overall adhere to form. I didn't video record, I will for my own purposes on Friday.
Edit: I forgot, I also did some weights today.
I figure that the bag drill was mainly push with upper body, so comolementary on Wednesdays will by BB bent rows, 3 sets of 6-8, bb Bicep curls 3 sets of 6-8. The shadow boxing and bag drill should do my abdomen enough, or I could fit in twist situps at some point. I am also thinking of DB bench press, 3 sets of 6-8, but not the first week back. Maybe I am already doing enough there, just thinking.
Damn! I haven't finished that Jack Dempsey book. It is amazing how time flies.
Today. damn I feel tired right now. but go figure, yesterday morning I bought a 500g bag of cookies on sale and at this writing I have 3 left. I still generally eat properly, i just binge on cheat foods sometimes, but those sometimes have become too frequent. Also, I was up late last night at a night club (I sat around for 2 hours and concluded the place was dead, so much for that, I came home) and don't know exactly how much sleep I got.
So, to training work. I rope skipped my usual routine, and am annoyed with myself for the number of times the rope caught on my toes. I need to get this worked out before I can drive up intensity, and eventually add more rounds, so this is something to work on.
I set up a rope at a little below shoulder height and practiced shuffling forward and throwing combinations while bobbing under the bar, several rounds. I felt like a kindergarten kid, but slow. I will tomorrow start back at making recordings just for my own purposes to trouble shoot, because I sense I am too rusty.
then double end ball work. I mentioned I wrecked my ball, but used super glue to fix some spots and at the moment it will hold pressure long enough for about the 4 rounds I went on it. Again, I felt off my game. I didn't twist enough with straights and I likely leaned forward too much. I did I think a better job of bobbing than in the past, I just don't think I got my foot patterns done smoothly.
I will review Robert A's tree pose video before next session tomorrow, and apply what I learned in chapters 8 & 9 of the Dempsey book.
Tuesday I had an all day work schedule that wore me out and I did no exercise. Wednesday I was supposed to be off, but I got called in last moment and this played havoc with my diet. I slept late and only got so much of it, I am usually not too late to bed.
today I had to do some stuff, and decided today is Wednesday, Friday is today, and Saturday is Friday. Sunday my usual kick at Bulgarian split squats. I also today became aware of a live show I might see tonight in which doors open 21:00, I get home whenever. I knew I had made a commitment to reduced caffeine levels, but I suddenly saw on my desk a 2 capsule sampler pack of ripped Phreak. I read the instructions carefully and thought I would give it a kick just to have an intense session today and still be alive for the show.
I warmed up by shuffling around in stance, although I wasn't as loose as I should have been. Shadow boxing, and I am beginning to think my form with punching motions is more consistently better. then 4 rounds on the bag. The first was more simple combinations just to warm up.
The next 3 I video recorded. I promised not to continue posting whoring with this, so I was down to my underwear anyway, I presume it is not web worthy. My self criticisms are I did terribly keeping my hands up, and I was less square with the bag, just mot as less than before than I thought. My bobbing is getting consistently better, more knee bending than hip, and my straight is getting better twist. Still, my upper cut is too tentative. I also noticed myself fatiguing sooner than expected and I don't know what to call the cause.
Creatine. The Ultimate Nutrition product i was using for the longest time has as instructions 10 g per day. or an 8 week cycle. The cycle works as first week 20g per day, weeks 2-5 10g per day, weeks 6-8 off, and over the course of 8 weeks I save 2 weeks worth of product this way. The Precision product has dosing as pretty much half that, I just think both bottles claim the same content.
Guidance would be appreciated. A lot of what got me to post this is I saw a hype video for the upcoming Junior Dos Santos/Mark Hunt fight, and JDS said that when he fought Velasquez he was suffering from overtraining. His Creatine was over 1,000 and I wonder if that is the same case with me. Or is it more just recent diet as I mentioned and irregularities in sleep? I will research over in nutrition, but if anyone wants to comment here it is welcome.