I’m wondering if someone can give me a little info on how well martial arts and lifting would go together in a workout plan. I currently lift weights regularly. My long term goals are to add LBM and strength. My short term goals also include fat loss. I am interested in supplementing my lifting with martial arts for a couple of reasons:
- I find the idea of martial arts interesting
- I feel that martial arts could improve my flexibility and overall conditioning
- Martial arts could serve as a decent source of cardio
At first glance, I was thinking martial arts would be an ideal analogue to my lifting - but as I read up on things, it seems the opinion of many people is that the two do not go together. Indeed, most guys I know who train in martial arts never touch a weight (they do only MA), and most guys I know who lift have no interest in MA. For example, when talking to someone I know who is heavily into MA, it was suggested that I give up “gym type workouts” in favor of MA.
Needless to say, this isn’t an option for me. Weight lifting is, and always will be, my primary focus. MA, if I take it up, would be clearly secondary. Given this, is it worth taking up MA at all? What advantages or disadvantage would there be? Would I be better served with a more traditional form of cardio such as biking?
Thanks for the help!