Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Gauntlet of Links

Vacation week in Maine has been hectic to say the least. When you work at a ski mountain, the action is non-stop all week. Every morning I was fitting rental skis to guest. In the after noon I would take the guest on the ziplines. Finally at night, I sold tickets. 12 hour days all week.

Today is my day of rest so I caught up on all my favorite blogs and I am going to share the best with you.

Kuwait Karate Journal wants you to know how fit you really are. Take the US Army fitness test twice a year to gauge your fitness.

Over at ExploringKarate, Steve will take you through his planned workout with a free standing bag. He says, "You can feel and see when a technique connects well and work to improve it."

At the Knockdown Fighter board, join the discussion of you most favorite and least favorite techniques. My most favorite (today) is inside leg kick, my most hated, spinning hook kick. I just can't seem to get it.

Want a new workout gadget but don't want to spend the cash? How about a new TRX suspension trainer? the guys at Homemade Gym Stuff will show you how.

My favorite topic, food. So how does a fighter gain weight and build muscle? Mark Sisson will tell you how without all the white carbs that does your body no good.

Friday, February 3, 2012

What Tabata is Not

There are many names for it. Surge, Burst, HiiT, The Tabata Protocol, and my favorite, Four Minutes of Hell. No matter what you call it, the Tabata method of interval training is the most effective way to train both the aerobic and anaerobic metabolic pathways. It only takes four minutes, but those 8 sets of 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest, are the longest in your life if you do the protocol correctly. 

Tabata Myths

More is better : Tabata intervals are a an exercise where you work for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds for a total of 8 sets. Easy peasy, right?