That’s how long I have to get ready to roll again at my BJJ school. And my cardio is sucking ass right now, but it’s getting there. If my work schedule permits it (and all things get taken care of after my sister’s death), I’ll be back on the second week of February.
In the last four weeks, I’ve been helping my girlfriend get acquainted with the fine details of weight lifting and nutrition. Finally she lost her natural, feminine fear of the weight rooms, where dumbells lay around for all to see. I’ve enjoyed it a lot, but I haven’t done the workouts I usually do.
However, working out with somebody has forced me to stick to the areas I usually avoid – not for fear, but out of boredom. That is, with her, I’ve concentrated in getting strenght in my hamstrings as well as in abdominal work. So, in a way, she has helped me break out of my eternal routine of bench presses and squats… for the time being. In addition, the gym we are going to has a novel squat machine that allows heavy reps in high numbers in a much safer manner than with a barbel alone.
Another good thing of training with someone is that you can do a lot of negative reps and isometric work. At the end of a leg curl, for example, I do one more rep and hold the position. Then I ask my girlfriend to push over the plates, which increases the resistance while in a static contraction hold.
I do the same for her, and believe me, you see an increase in strenght and endurance when you do so.
Nevertheless, I need to make time for cardio. I need more cardio. The best approach would be to make time in the mornings to run for 20 minutes at a minimum (assuming my shins don’t bitch about it.) If I want to do it everyday, however, it will have to be done in a threadmill. My shins can’t take a daily run on pavement… it sucks.
Probably, I will keep Tuesdays for sprinting with Thursdays off from running. This will certainly make me drop weight, which I hate. However, I hate gasp for air like a beached whale during training even more. We’ll see…