It was kind of a super soldier project lol. We wanted to see how far we could push certain stuff. I ended up being able to do a sick amount of pullups in a row…and my work capacity skyrocketed. Adam had a sick overhead press and deadlift. Nick went from chubby kid to fucking endurance phenom.
We all had a fight and a grappling competition subsequently at the end to mark progress. we all won by a large margin but came to the conclusion that what improved progress the most:
Mobility/Flexibility work for recovery, injury prevention, and work capacity.
train your legs. whether it was squatting like 4x50, sprinting a shitload, or just doing singles. the stronger our legs got in whatever manner the better we performed.
improve your work capacity progressively. Start with just an extra session of mobility work, move to bands, move to sled work, move to light jogging, then maybe bodyweight stuff, and keep progressing till you can either do full out combat sport training or lifting.
Even if you never add another session fully…or you only do so for maybe 2 week bursts… you’ll recover SO much faster just because you’re used to doing a lot more.
the more we trained or technique the better we fought, trained, and conditioning improved. Lol it seems so “duh” but if we spent more time in the weightroom, or focused more on getting stronger, better conditioned, etc… The effects on actually fighting are severely overstated…
The most important thing was to get more reps in on the mat/pads. Unless you have flawless technique, 80+% of your time should be dedicated to improving technique before you’re REALLY going to see results from all the strength training that make a difference in your fight.
Of course imo you should train both simultaneously for multiple reasons
so you’re not at a severe strength deficit
But the majority of your time should be spent combat training unless you’re REALLY good at fighting already…