Friday, June 30, 2006

3:00 AM
Just woke up. My stomach is cramped so bad that it's hard to breathe. I came on here to wait for it to pass; I think I'll have to go to the doctor early today so I can train after. It's been bad the last few days, but never this severe.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Entry #298

Sparred in the park.

Started off with heavy-contact. Shoulders were sore from lifting on the previous day, but I did an extremely consistant job of keeping the hands up. Felt like I could throw jabs all day. Did excellent in working them into combinations.

Kicks were abysmal. The power is there, but a moving opponent throws me off, admittedly. More than once I connected with my toes to an undesired location. At least I have the mechanics of it improved, but I'm looking forward to more work on them with actual humans. I need to anticipate and aim, not just recollect bag drills. Oddly enough, this isn't as significant an issue in regards to handwork.

Also did an exceptional job of bobbing and weaving. No idea where I picked this up. I've always just parried, but the smaller glove size made that and covering~up more difficult. George noticed this as well; consequently, he wanted to focus on that. We did a drill of me going for his head and him defending. I didn't want stay with this for too long because it didn't allow him a chance to defend via any sort of counter.

Calves cramped out before long. I brushed it off as nothing, we reset the timer, I attempted initiation with a roundhouse, and instead fell down before even getting halfway, unable to move my left leg. I encouraged George to keep coming, but he wouldn't have it. I fucking hate being weak.

> Stay loose. Don't flex while fighting.
> Don't shift weight onto back leg so much.
> Don't telegraph kicks by changing stance. Just use whatever the situation calls for.
> Use more hooks. Got too comfortable with jab~jab~straight.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Entry #297

ME upper-body

Started floor-presses. The weight is basically what I bench. I need to get used to the coordination of it; had difficulty keeping shoulder blades pinched without having my legs extended to stretch my body out, as it would on bench press.

Have been using the speed-bag and the standing-bag for warm-up as of late. Knuckles are raw and cut from going bareknuckle so often, but the bag is soft compared to what I've got at home, so it's just skin breaking. .

Found a possible sparring partner. He's a competitive MMA'er with primarily BJJ in his arsenal, in stark contrast to my situation. We'd go hand in hand. I'm also lending him the AKA address, so if he's close I can maybe get a ride with him to the center, but I don't want to impose myself.

Jump-roping in the evening. Didn't aggravate my shin.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Entry #296

DE upper-body

Mixed in standing bag rounds with speed bench today. Momentum mechanics stayed consistant; endurance seems to be improving. It's getting easier and easier to go through fatigue and to keep my hands up throughout training. Shin is still in a bad state, but the soft wimpy gym bag allowed me to mix in kicks.

Also went to George's TKD black-belt testing, second degree. Regardless of my thoughts on the 4-on-1 sparring, the conditioning involved was impressive.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Entry #295

DE lower-body

Box squats killed my right shin. Walking with a limp now. Barbell shrugs were awesome, though. Hands felt like vice-grips. 365 lbs for ten reps felt like nothing, but was using a mixed grip. Hopefully, this transfers over to deadlifts.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Entry #294

ME upper-body

Left tricep was excruciatingly and unevenly sore for some reason. Consequently, was unable to bench straight. Had to nix the entire push portion of the session.

Also attempted some easy sets of floor press in the squat rack to drill the form down for next week. Got a headache from having my head press into the ground. Otherwise is a good situation for training, however, considering how desolate the rack room usually is.

The safety bars don't go down low enough in the rack to enable a full ROM (with elbows contacting the floor). Looks like I'm going without them.

Did a jump-rope circuit in the evening.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Entry #293

Finally back in the gym. DE upper-body day. Supplemented speed bench with speed bag mixed with standing bag rounds in-between five of the ten sets. Coordination and speed is good enough so that speed bag can be used as continuous cardio in and of itself. Used 50 lb dumbbells for skull-crushers, but the aforementioned bag work took a toll on endurance for tricep training.

Eating was big today. Lots of calories and fat.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Entry #292

Extensive static stretches in the AM. Opted to skip out on DE day for my leg's sake. Tomorrow should go as planned. No difficulties with jump roping in the late hours.

Diet has been extremely consistent.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Entry #291

Went on a run after a few days of rest. No problems from shins, and cardio held out the entire way. Shoulder is also better. Nevertheless, I intentionally skipped ME days for this week.

Thursday, June 8, 2006

Entry #290

Bad case of shin~splints. Have been taking the week off, save for Tuesday. Squat number was down by a lot, likely in due part to the aforementioned injury and burned out CNS. Will still keep up boxing drills, but no thai kicks. Shoulder has also been acting up, though it's the other side this time. Things should even out by next week.

Saturday, June 3, 2006

Entry #289

DE upper-body:
Decreased rest period in-between sets of speed bench. Would have liked to do speed-bag transitions, but the bag was flat. Could make a point of instead using the punching bag instead next time, but fatigue usually sets in if I bench immediately after working that. Still, this may actually be something to continue working on.

Cardio circuit:
Jump-rope run late at night. Technique in it isn't good enough so that it's as continuous a motion as running is, but the dynamics of it are more applicable to fighting. It's also easier on the joints.

Friday, June 2, 2006

Entry #288

DE lower-body
Continued training under two plates for box squats. Becoming more proficient with explosive concentric movement, but there is still a subsequent pause at the bottom. Awesome as to what extent flexibility is being incorporated into this movement, nevertheless.

Been using the Playstation 2 Eyetoy for some easy cardio on rest-days.