Weekly Training Update – May 5-11

(CC BY-SA 2.0) by Orse

(CC BY-SA 2.0) by Orse

It’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been training consistently, just haven’t kept up with my training journal. If you check out the latest weight loss update, you’ll see that I’ve put a bit of weight back on. I’ve read many times that journaling is a real help in achieving and maintaining weight loss. Obviously eating wrong is the root cause of the weight gain, but I do think I make better choices when I know I’ll be recording my progress at week’s end.


I made it to ABD Norwich for three classes and one sparring session this week. It was arms week and I felt like I had jello at the end of each class. As usual we also worked on core strength, this week low/high planks and a single leg raise/crunch type movement. The crunch’s left me with horrible back spasm for a couple of days. I know from experience that my hip flexors are a weak spot and I hit them pretty good this week. Good news was that once the spasms went away after the first class of the week, I had no more spasm during the rest of the week. The muscles are a little sore, but that’s OK.

Krav Maga

This quarter is focused on knife defense. This week was knife to the throat from the front. Still feels very clumsy and awkward. Need to keep practicing. Next week is a different knife to throat defense defense, different based on which side of the throat the attacker is holding the knife on.

Muay Thai

This quarter is a Muay Thai quarter, so lots of time spent on Muay Thai basics. This week was throwing knees, especially focussing on the hip extension to punch the knee forward. My mind know’s what the body should be doing, but the body doesn’t always go along for the ride… I think I’m starring to overcome the cave man syndrome when somebody holds up a set of pads for me. This past week I focussed on good technique over power, and actually got feedback that I was kicking and throwing knees pretty hard.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

After tweaking my shoulder during the Neiman Gracie seminar, I think I’ll finally be back to BJJ next week. Regular class, plus being diligent about my physical therapy exercises and stretches seem to finally be having the desired effect.