So what exactly is HIIT? Your Guide to Interval Training

HIIT — the abbreviation alone gives you a good idea of what to expect going into such a rigorous training session. It hits you, hard, and the effects roll in quite rapidly the more consistently you train. Originally a form of supercharged training for Olympic speedskaters by a much more rigorous training standard called the Tabata method, HIIT is leaned on the lessons learned from […]

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September 8th Update: No Gi today! But not on purpose.

So today I had an unintended no gi class when I showed up to class with, well, no gi. I started BJJ towards the end of the summer, and now it’s the rainy season — which means my precious karate clothes have not dried yet. I didn’t worry about this for a pretty simple reason: today was the day my new training stuff was supposed […]

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September 7th Update: A little slower today.

It’s been a long day — a tad too long! I was off to a bad start with some foot pain and a feeling that I really, really didn’t want to be up yet — not necessarily tired, but rather, sore. Still, this is the first week and I haven’t been drinking enough (more signs of that appeared today), so it’s obvious to me that […]

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September 6th Update: A Leg Cramp! Time to find a fix.

I don’t cramp. It doesn’t happen. At least, it hasn’t happened in a long, long time. Typically, I cramp when I go really really hard. It’s when I turn my program from 100 to 180 — like I have been doing. Now, I’m not necessarily surprised; as I said, I’m doing a new program, and that comes with little waves and storms forcing me to correct […]

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September 5th Update: No Case of the Monday Blues!

Let’s just preface this by saying that I absolutely love coffee. I’m not the first to say this, and we’ll probably still be drinking coffee a thousand years from now, generated in the same little paper cups through our very own matter fabricator — but coffee is fucking amazing, especially on a Monday. My favorite thing is when I’m sitting at my computer on a […]

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September 2nd Update: A Proper Program!

It’s Friday today, and despite that fact, I implemented my new training program today instead of waiting for Monday. It’s a Jam tradition — if I’ve got a plan to do something I actually care about, I do it as soon as possible rather than waiting for a convenient moment. It allows me to cut down on excuses. My “new training program” is really the […]

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September 1st Update: More Submissions!

It’s the first of the month — and this month ceremoniously began with a jiu-jitsu session in the afternoon. After the typical short warm up, today’s focus was to be submission work — so I got to learning submissions. Additionally, I showed my training partner what I’d picked up from Keenan’s guard the other day — I wasn’t able to utilize all of it in […]

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August 31st Update: Last Update of the Month

It’s Wednesday; but more importantly, it’s the end of the month! While this isn’t technically the end of my first month since getting started with the blog, the transition into September is one I welcome as a sort of comfort stage, where I get used to my new schedule and let it become the norm — the routine. That being said, I had to skip […]

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August 30th Update: Learning a Submission or Two

Today was the first BJJ session for the week, and it was submission day. Last time around we learned takedowns (well, one takedown) and today I learned how to apply a lapel guillotine in four different situations, apply a triangle choke, and how to spot and exploit both the Americana and Kimura arm locks. I still suck massively — flailing rather uselessly against people who’ve […]

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August 29th Update: Too much to write; no training today.

Hey guys! So, today’s a Monday, and it’s the last Monday of the month — and in lieu of the past two months, that means we’re in the red line week. The red line week, which is a term I just came up with, is the last work week in the month wherein I typically keep my engines revved up to the point of red […]

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