How I train.

 

After reading a few emails I often get asked about my training regime. Although I’m eager to answer this question I find it difficult to. I don’t exactly have a specific, “set in stone” regime for my training. However after monitoring my training habits lately I do in fact have certain tendencies that I can share with you. Maybe after reading about my training you’ll be able to model something similar if you wish. Again though, it’s my body and yours may possibly operate better by doing something different. Don’t feel like you need to do exactly what I do to achieve my results, the first rule in training should always be: “Listen to your body.” and no one is a better indicator of what you can do but yourself.

1. Conditioning

Let’s start with how I condition my body considering I take this very seriously. I mean, I plan to be jumping around well into my 60s or even longer if granted. Basically it goes for every muscle group I work, I rest two days before working those same groups again. Example: I exercise my legs on Monday. I would then take Tuesday and Wednesday off before I work that muscle group again. BTW, by groups I mean complimentary muscles such as quads, glutes, calfs, etc for my lower body. So in short that would mean the next day to work my lower body would be Thursday. After I have completed my workout for that day I will then wait another two days before doing it again. However during those rest days I work my arms as well, but again I’ll wait two days before working that group of muscles. So as you can probably imagine all my body is constantly cycling through different workouts in my week.

2. Training

Now here’s where it gets tricky. I try to train basically everyday my body permits me too. By that I mean, if I’m not in pain and my energy levels feel up to it then I train that day. In other words, all seven days of the week I’m feeling great and want to move, I do. That rarely happens though.  If I ever feel too tired to move or I’m injured I try to either refrain from training or I only do what my body allows me to. This requires a lot of honesty in your movement. I say that because there are always days where our bodies don’t feel like jumping even though we really want to. We have to respect the greatest instrument given to us, ourselves and not put extra strain on ourselves. During these times I try to find other hobbies I enjoy to pass the time such as playing guitar, or blogging. I don’t see me needing to rest as a set back, because I know my body is just repairing itself stronger than before.

3. How do I train.

Whenever I go out and freerun there’s only one rule to my training session. I not only do I do this every time I’m running, but when given the chance I try to spread the word out to other people. Why? Well because this rule is a for sure way to always know you’re progressing. If you implement this every time you train you will progress. Always. Period. That rules is to ALWAYS do something that scares you. That’s it. No matter how big or small you want to constantly find something that gets you out of that comfort of similar movements. Our bodies try to constantly adapt and develop patterns . It’s only natural to get caught in the plateaus of movements you always try. Even though that would give you stunning form in those techniques through repetition, it will not keep you climbing. Through uncomfortably we know instantly our problem areas and we need to tackle those obstacles immediately. Remember, I’m not saying to go out and find the biggest jump and go for it. I’m saying no matter how much we practice there’s always an area we lack in. It’s important to find those weaknesses and make them stronger. That’s what being a freerunner is all about.

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