It’s been a while but I’m back on track after nursing two frustrating injuries back to ‘working’ order. I’m not 100% yet, but at least I can do some things.
The lemonade I made from this big bag of sour lemons was spending time thinking about how to train in a way that will:
1. Allow my body to heal while I’m attempting to avoid getting fat, dumb, and lazy.
2. Maintain some level of performance/skill during recovery/healing.
3. Aid healing/recovery with a little activity.
Believe me when I say my usual tendency is to dive in and tough out the recover, but at 43… my body isn’t as springy as my mind thinks it is so I have to adhere to my own “Train Smart” motto to avoid taking two steps back in the recovery area.
SO… How do I get the most bang out of shortened workouts?
INTEGRATION! Blending fitness conditioning with performance conditioning so I can do maintenance in both areas with shorter workouts. Shorter workouts mean less risk of breaking myself again and integrating fitness and performance training means changing motions more frequently and reducing breaking myself through repetitive motions.
I haven’t reinvented the wheel by doing this by any stretch, but it was a good lesson to take out of this injury. Thinking ‘tactically’ about my workout routines in order to accomplish a clearly defined goal (stay fit, heal, avoid re-injury) was more important than just following a routine or ‘system.’
I had to rethink what it meant to ‘train smart’ in this case.
Here is the full routine that is highlighted in the video:
- WARM UP
- 100 rope swings (single and double)
- 10 front steps/rope swings
- 10 back step/rope swings
- 10 forward ‘triangle’ steps/rope swings
- 10 backward ‘triangle’ steps/rope swings
- 10 sidestep/cat stance/rope swings
- 100 double foot skips
- 100 running skips
- 100 ‘Ali shuffle’ skips
- REST SWINGS
- Repeat the footwork/swings again
- *repeat the WORK/REST cycle for 3 rounds*
Here’s another application of an INTEGRATED training model for Quarterback training.