I like to know things. Everyone who has interacted with me for any length of time know that I ask questions. A lot of questions. This is why, in no particular order, I can install a security camera, introduce myself to a Ute Native American in their native language, and bend a nail with my bare hands.
Another by-product of this need to know is that I've tried countless fitness regiments. Home workout programs, marathons, Strongman training…if it involves increased heart rate, resistance, and spending a lot of time in environments where the phrases "You got this!!!!!!" bounce off the walls, I've probably tried it at least once.
The ultimate goal of this was to find routines that I could use to help develop my martial arts ability. Over the years of training and experimentation, here are some of my top recommendations for fitness tool which have helped me become a better martial artist.
First, the kettlebell. It great for hip flexibility, shoulder mobility, makes your grip stronger, and gets you used to using your entire body to generate force, and is just a fantastic total body workout.
Next, the steel mace. The average person carries a lot of stress and tightness in their shoulders. The mace is a great tool for loosening up your shoulders, it tests your grip, and works your shoulders across their entire range of motion. And since the system I teach greatly relies on shoulder mobility, using it on a consistent basis is a no-brainer.
Finally, body weight exercises. If you don't have access to weights or a gym, you can still get a great workout in. Body weight exercises an be as simple or complex as you want, and they help you understand how your body moves and where you're tight or loose. To quote my teacher "First learn to move your own body, then worry about moving someone else's."
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