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Daily Workout - MMA and Total Gym Chest


I didn't make it to my morning Strength & Conditioning at my MMA Gym, but I did get to the one hour of technical training and then a second hour of sparring. Today we worked on BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and then "rolled" it in to some more BJJ sparring which is actually referred to as "Rolling". Not really a lot of punching, it's more like wrestling but with chokes and submission moves like Arm Bars and Kimura's.

Since I didn't make the Strength & Conditioning class and I still had a bit of energy left in me, I quickly went home and did a 35 minute Chest workout on my Total Gym. I really noticed the lack of strength after doing two hours of MMA.

  • Muay Thai & MMA Technical Class: 1 hour.
  • Muay Thai & MMA Sparing Class: 1 hour.
  • Total Gym - Chest: 35 minutes.
  • Abs: Tortal Gym Side Twists.
  • Misc. Stretching

Daily Workout - Late Night Legs

It's kind of late and I really don't want to do a workout, especially a leg workout as legs are your largest muscle group and therefore take the most energy to workout!

Maybe after my warmup I'll feel more into it? It's days like today that getting started is the hardest part, a mind over matter thing. I'm nearing the end of my Elliptical warmup and I'm more into this workout now... It will all be over in less than an hour and I'll be glad I did it.

  • Elliptical Warmup - 10 Minutes.
  • Squats with Smith machine.
  • Calf Raises: with Smith machine.
  • Leg Extensions: Bench with leg attachment.
  • Leg Curls: Bench with leg attachment.
  • Misc. lower body stretching.

Total workout time: About 1 hour done in my home gym.



YouTube Video - Fitness Training Over 40

When you hit 40 and beyond you can't expect your body to react like it did when you where in your 20s or earlier.

That's not to say you can't get a great workout or even get in the best shape of your life after 40! You just need to make sure not to over-do-it, listen to what your body is telling you, give it plenty of rest and don't make an injury worse by aggravating it by doing the wrong exercises.

Try changing up your program and finding alternatives that are more comfortable for your body and its quirks. Always start out light, even if you have to add a few sets in before you move up to heavier weights. And make sure you don't go too heavy and cause an injury that could put you out of action for a few weeks or even months, it's just not worth it in the end. Pushing mid level weight can build muscle just as well.

Make sure to stretch and not before you workout, do it during. The best time is right after you have done a light warmup set. After you finish up an exercise, stretch that muscle a bit more.

You do need to push yourself but there will be times when you just need to take some time off, you'll know, just don't take to much time off or it can get really hard to get back in the routine. I like to take two to three days off when I'm felling burned out, any more and for me it gets hard to jump back in.

There are some other points in the video so make sure to listen to it all and keep coming back for more Vids and Blog Posts...

Daily Workout - Arms again at Fitness World

My bank is right beside my Fitness World Gym so it makes for an opertune time to drop by when banking needs to be done.

It brakes up the "in Home" workouts somewhat! As usual I like to start things off with a nice 10 minute warmup, my standard is the tried and true Elliptical but here at Fitness World they have a plethora of cardio gear... Still I like my trusted warmup routine, for me the warmup is just that, a warmup, the faster I get this done the quicker I can get to my main goal - the Strength Workout! I like mixing things up but more so on the weight training side of things. For cardio I'll do the occasional jog but I have to limit jogs or I find I get some joint pain in my legs.

  • 10 Minutes Elliptical.
  • Biceps: Dumbbell Curls.
  • Biceps: Machine Curls.
  • Triceps: Macine Extensions.
  • Triceps: Pull Downs with Triangle Bar.
  • Abs: Side Leg Raises.

Total workout time: About 1 hour.


Daily Workout - Shoulders in Home Gym

Another evening workout. I often find myself working out later in the evening as my days can fill up really fast and it seems like the only time I have is after the kids go to bed and I finish up a few loose ends around the house.

What ever works for you is what's important! I've tried to do early morning workouts but I'm just not a morning person.

  • Warmup: Elliptical for 10 Minutes.
  • Smith Machine Shoulder Press with Straight Bar.
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Flies in Three Positions: Forward, Side, Behind.
  • Upright Row Raises with Pulley.
  • Shoulder Shrugs with Smith Machine Straight Bar.
  • Misc. Stretching.
  • Abs: Forward Stretch Rolls.

Total workout time: About 1 hour.