With the thai boxing class I'm doing 2x week, I still feel like I'm dying in there. Not so much from the bag work in and of itself, but from the crazy high volume of bodyweight work with push ups and all kinds of ab work.
For 1.5 minutes, 2 people take turns on a bag. One holding the bag and the other working on the combo. After both go, it's straight to just for example 20 pushups + 20 reps of some bodyweight ab exercise. Then it's back to the bag and this goes on for about 30 minutes. The 1st 15 minutes of class are usually taken up with a warm up and shadow boxing combos or partner drills for timing.
Once someone has the endurance and the skill with the bag and drills, they move them to 'tier 2' which is mostly drills and working on combinations against each other, but rarely actual sparring with again the bodyweight work thrown in like above.
Does this sound effective and ideal?
Over the years of weightlifting, I've learned when my body is telling me it's had enough. But because my body is geared more like a corvette than a tow truck, 1-2 reps short of failure look a lot like fresh reps so my instructor sees the rep and thinks I have a lot more in me when I don't and I'm finding it isn't good to push myself to failure on these exercises which is annoying because it gives the impression I'm not trying or giving up. The reality is that I find it all too easy to push myself into oblivion far beyond my capability to recover.
I made endurance gains really fast the first month, but the last 1.5 months my endurance gains have stalled greatly. Is there anything I can do to progress faster?
I also do 3 one hour sessions of BJJ and 2-3 short regular gym training sessions. The BJJ is mostly just skill work and rolling, but the rolling really doesn't fatigue me too bad.