Since my surgery I have been recuperating physically with a combination of hypertrophy weight training and yoga. This is mainly to replace the muscle mass I lost during the first operation and also to create a muscular symmetry. So I don’t look weird. I have seen some great physical improvements with this, but now I have achieved this I have decided that I am going to move more towards bodyweight and kettlebell training for a while. I am hoping this will give me the level of body control I need for BJJ, without wearing me out.
I am not really that bothered about getting big and muscly, I’m more interested in staying healthy, injury free and in good shape as I age. I am not giving up lifting weights, hence the continued use of kettlebells. But changing up your training is a good idea as part of a periodised programme or just generally to generate “shock” as part of the GAS principle (more on that here). Plus I want to limit the potential impact on my joints, especially the knees. With the BJJ technique, rolling, judo and working full time, I have to pick my battles. Ultimately I want to progress my jits and the other stuff supports this and supports my overall health. Also as an Old Munki I have to ensure adequate recovery, to benefit from my fun activities.
I have also noticed that I am in no shape at 6am to hit the gym and start lifting heavy weights. Some yoga has been good to stretch my muscles or I have managed 30 minutes kettle bells and bodyweight stuff a few mornings a week. I think this in addition to my main training is more than enough to keep me physically in shape, without burning myself out.
I would not consider this strength and conditioning training in the conventional way, but it is what works for me and the point I’m at in my physiological age. It support my targets and keeps my body active. Speaking of which I am also trying to keep myself moving more at work.
I was conscious that despite all the effort I was putting in before and after work, I was spending hours at a time sat in front of a computer. so I have been setting my self a target to get up and move around more. I have now started to offer to go to others offices for meetings, walking to my managers office to speak to her instead of emailing her and getting the coffees in for the team. This keeps me moving a lot more than I used to, it also has the side bonus of making me more popular in the office.
After thinking through all of this and putting it in place, I subsequently read this article by Mark Sisson on his website which basically supports my own findings. I thought that was pretty cool overall.