It is true that there are more / less tiring exercises but the same martial workout, depending on how we handle it, may turn in a normal, heavy or light one.
The discriminant is the way we deal with the exercises we propose ourselves to perform; in particular, the intensity of a training session depends on:
- The variety of exercises; performing every day (or worse on the same day) always and only the same exercises is more than wrong, in fact our body automatically forms a resistance and an attitude / habit that allows it to optimize the use of our energies in favor of a lesser waste than resources, the problem is that if we want to increase our capabilities this practice will only limit our growth
- The performance we want to give; if we decide to strive to give everything that our body is reasonably able to give (speed, power, etc.), we will train it in a very profitable way but if we look at the practice as a countdown we want to end, the weight of our training will severely increase (damaging our athletic education)
- Our concentration; if our thought is completely focused on the idea of getting an improvement (giving the most and of comprehending the sense of the practice), we do not experience much of the physical fatigue of our actions and we can perform the exercises 10 times more times than having a bored / frayed / dispersed state of mind (a classic example is the running, in the most cases we get tired much earlier mentally rather than physically)
- The type of repetition count; while exercises with fixed repetitions (eg. 100 times, 10 turns, etc.) can be run in a wider elastic range (thus distributing effort), exercises that provide the maximum number of repetitions in a given time instead force us to always reach our limit (the effort is therefore much higher)
- The recovery times; if we lose a lot of time (eg. 2-3 minutes every 10) between the exercises (moving, organizing the material, following distractions, studying, etc.) it is inevitable that the consequent effort and therefore the training activity will be lower, if we first organize times, modes and spaces, we will make everything more efficient (even pauses have to be planned and not to be random)
- The type of goal to be achieved; without a concrete goal to achieve our workout will be focused (at best) on a slight improvement but if we have a real result we will get there by constantly giving the maximum (this is the difference between jumping for jumping and jumping to dodge an obstacle)
Same times, same exercises, different results.
It is natural that we can not always give 100% of what we can do but if we tackle the ways and attitudes with which we deal with martial (and / or sport) practice is certain that our yield will be drastically and exponentially increased.
In the next article of this series we will see how to set the intensity of our workout in relation to our level of preparation, psychophysical conditions and our medium and long term goals.
Author: Master Kongling
Founder of 6 Dragons Kung Fu.