August 18th Update: More Jiu-jitsu, and some soreness.

So, today was my third jiu-jitsu session and my first actual takedown lesson! Takedowns are an integral part of the grappling game — while pure point-based jiu-jitsu is a sport that focuses on newaza, or your ground game, original jiu-jitsu was a martial art born of necessity on the battlefield, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu was born from the old school techniques of Japanese prize fighters in […]

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The Importance of Proper Recovery

When approaching the topic of training, it’s really very easy to be caught up in the enthusiasm and hunger of starting a new program and grinding out the days doing reps and sets, heading out for practice every other day and getting better at your sport or martial art by spending hours and hours on the field or mat. But that’s not good for you. […]

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August 17th Update: Getting Back Into Lifting, and Striking a Balance

It’s Wednesday! And Wednesday is day 3 in the week, making it a lifting day. But today’s update won’t necessarily be about how my day at the gym went — instead, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk a little bit about the kind of shift I’ll be making in training now that I’ve got an actual focus for all my conditioning. While I […]

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August 16th Update: Second Class, and Shrimping

Today was the second day of Brazilian jiujitsu class for me, and it was amazing. That right there pretty much sums up today’s update, so if you’re only in it for the short version you can stop reading now. In all seriousness, however, I love BJJ. I mean, sure, I love martial arts in general, but BJJ is so hands-on and focused — it feels […]

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August 15th Update: First BJJ Class, and Training Post Flu

Good evening, everyone! I’m sitting here at home after a long and hard Monday, and surprisingly, it hasn’t been hard because of my recovery or today’s first workout. Today’s little physical aches are a direct result of an impromptu Brazilian Jiu-Jutsu class I took yesterday. It was my first class in the martial art, and my first martial art class in about five years. It’s […]

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Week 2 Update: A crappy hiatus!

Hey guys! So, it’s Wednesday today, and typically this would be the third training day of the week. However, last Sunday I had the unfortunate experience of what happens when you’re underrecovered and find yourself face-to-face with some kind of bug — you get really, really sick. I was out and about on Saturday and must’ve caught something — which is why I’m taking the […]

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August 5th Update: First Interview, and New Weightlifting Program

This’ll be the last update for the first week, and after this, I’m gonna take a nice long two days break. I’m just starting out so taking the weekend off is basically going to be essential for my recovery. I’ve even ordered myself a massage for Sunday, something I haven’t done in what feels like a million years. A new potential topic. Recovery is extremely […]

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August 4th Update: Second Run, and First Goal!

It’s day four today, and the second run of the week. Surprisingly, my first goal — 5 kilometers in 30 minutes — was, well, achieved. I based it off my ability to do about 3 kilometers in 16 minutes a few months ago — somehow I must’ve picked up a little speed and endurance during my 1 kilometer runs to the gym here and there. […]

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August 3rd Update: Benching Again

So today was day three, and after starting a little late — I either completely blacked out and forgot that I turned off my alarm, or simply didn’t hear it — I had to push my training around a little to accommodate work and food (wouldn’t want to puke all those expensive nutrients right back out!) I ended up doing a calisthenics program at around […]

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Macros and Calories: So, How Much Protein Do You Need?

So, most of us have had a basic biology class on how body composition and nutrition works. Basically, we need to eat a certain amount of food on a daily basis in order for our body to have enough fuel to get us through the day. Cells typically convert carbohydrates into energy — and if you’ve run out of carbohydrates and need to burn more, […]

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