Sunday, July 17, 2011
Getting into shape with MMA
I’ll admit it. I have absolutely no discipline when it comes to working out. I’m the guy who walks around the gym for 5 minutes, does 10 reps then walks around for another 5 minutes. Then I get on the treadmill and walk at a pace that’s barely fast enough to get me to break a sweat for 20 minutes while I watch Fox News. When I have a partner things are a lot better. It’s easy to stay motivated when you’re competing with someone. Unfortunately, I’ve never had much luck with finding a workout partner that lasted more than a week or two. Then I had my kid. At that point my workout sessions went from half assed to non existent. Waking up, going to work, coming home then taking off again to go to the gym wasn’t sitting well with the wifey.
So for the last couple of years I’ve been doing basically nothing. I guess that walking my dog burns a few calories. I keep the beer in the basement so that when I want to go grab one I have to take the stairs. I still eat better than most people. That’s probably the only thing that saved me from getting ridiculously obese. A couple of weeks ago I tipped the scale at 220. That was sort of the benchmark in my head that I had set when I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do much to stay in shape.
Luckily, a friend of mine had just started coaching at a new MMA gym not far from my house. He invited me down to check things out. I went in for my free class and was instantly hooked. From 6-9:30 we get our asses kicked every night Mon – Fri. The schedule works out pretty well for me. So far I’ve managed to get in about 3-4 nights of training per week. That’s plenty. It’s brutal, it’s humbling and it’s great training. What better way to stay in shape than to learn how to fight?
What I like about these classes is that they’re done as a group. You’re not really competing with anyone but you don’t want to fall behind, either. The last thing that you want is to be the loser who can’t hang. It really makes me push myself a lot harder than I would if I were working out alone. After just a couple of weeks I can already feel a huge difference. I think that this is something that I’ll be sticking with for a while.