I felt compelled to join up after reading all the other great logs and journals, and the great posts people are writing-its very encouraging!
So, me… um
I train in TaekwonDo, a lot.
I am a 2nd Black belt in TaekwonDo, (ITF-traditional style, not the olympic style). I have been training for 5 years, and on and off in the gym for about the same time. But in the past few months, I have been getting more serious with my training. For two reasons;
- Last year, at the National Championships, another competitor asked me why I have never gone for the Australian Team. I had never considered it. But then I thought “Why not?” I had just sparred the current Australian representative, and I had beaten her pretty convincingly. I have an ok reputation as a good fighter (as far as I know), known to be fairly aggressive in the ring, can take a few hits and dish it out, that sort of thing.
I kind of feel like I am boasting, and it sounds a bit mean, but I am the only person in my club, and that I know of in general, that has knocked out 2 people in the same tournament. Also I have made a couple of girls that I have sparred cry. (Now I sound like a bully, oh dear) Well actually one started crying before the beginning of the match, so I don’t know if she was a sook, having a bad day, or just really didn’t want to fight me-it was a rather uncomfortable situation.
Though it didn’t stop me from punching her in the face when she dropped her hands. (In my defence, if she felt that bad, she could have pulled out, but she didn’t, so she must have wanted to compete, and it would have been disrespectful to her to go easy on her.)
2nd Reason; I am the first and only female instructor at my TKD club, and most of my students are teenage boys and young men. There are also a few girls, and for them in particular I want to be a good role model, and show them that being a woman isn’t about being fragile and weak (and needing a man to protect you!) I have had a few students, say very annoying things like; “Why does a girl want to TaekwonDo? Thats what your boyfriend is for!”
So, I started fitness training, and attempting to train properly. I realised that if I want to have a real chance at the Australian team, I am going to have to go down a weight catagory, and also though the attitude is almost there, my fitness was not.
I have been doing TaekwonDo, for over 5 years, and have been on and off at the gym, but for the first 4 years, I was one of the poor confused girls listening to the trainers and on the treadmill and then the little weights.
So far I have lost 5kgs, but ideally I would like to lose another 5-7kgs, and get a lot leaner. I was on 1300cal per day diet, but after about 6 weeks I was finding myself a bit lethargic and the eating plan harder and harder to stick to, which is partly why I sort out T-Nation.
So I guess my main goals are;
- Lose the rest of the fat.
- Increase explosive strength and speed.
- Increase stamina/work capacity.
- Be able to punch or kick through a wall. (Ok thats doesn’t really have anything to do with being in the Australian team, but it would be damn cool!)
I was so excited to see the Physique clinic, but then so disappointed that they can’t do it for those outside of the US.
So perhaps I shall put what I am doing here, and see if I can get some feedback, and gives me an opportunity to document what I am doing.
My Training Program.
I got this program off a rugby league trainer, and it seems to be working quite well, I just tweaked it a little to suit my TaekwonDo schedule. Its a two day split broken down further into push/pull exercises.
Though as always I worry that I have everything covered. I do enjoy it at the moment and it feels fairly challenging. But I like to change things up a bit too every now and then.
Bench Press 4x6
Single Leg squat
Shoulder Press 4x8
TaekwonDo training in the evening
Plyometric Training ie clap pushups, jumping
Deadlift 4x 8rep
Wide Grip Chin Up 4x8
Upright row 4x6
Bent over row4x8
Sit ups with medicine ball,2x25
Hanging knee raise 3x6
Spin Class if I can or some hill sprinting.
TaekwonDo training, usually includes about an hour of sparring which is pretty strenuous!
Turkish Get Ups 1x10
Pull Ups 4x6
Bicep curls 4x10
This is the only time I really get to do HIIT but generally a lot of what we do in TKD training could be classed as HIIT.
I will put up video of me fighting on youtube if anybody is interested, and when I get home I will post photos of my current physique. Also when I get home I will take some photos, so I have a “before” photo, and post them.
I am looking forward to charting my process for your reading pleasure!