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Hey Ace,
How are you doing? To start, truly appreciate your advice on a more healthy lifestyle, so thanks. I’m an aspiring rock climber, I’ve recently started to do more workouts at the gym, I’ve quit smoking and drinking, YEAH, since you can’t do half half, you’ve got to go the full yard.
So my question is, I do have a weight problem, but I’m not fat. I’ve got the “skinny” genes. I do eat like about 6 times a day, a diet that my nutritionist has proposed to me. I’m also doing power training to gain more body mass.
Do you have like tips on weight gaining? Like, what type of meat should I use, or certain veggies…
Thanks for the help :) Xinh
Xinh,
Putting on mass is more difficult than losing weight. It takes good nutrition consistently for years, and is a slow process. Egg protein has always been the benchmark quality protein for the body. Many people you talk to will tell you to eat red meat for bulking. I am not sure there is any scientific basis to that, but I definitely cut out red meat when I am fighting at 185 as it seems to have that affect. More importantly, make sure you are getting adequate amounts of protein for your desired body weight and finish your workouts with some BCAA’s.
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I’m behind on being in shape. I am a smoker and have never been in a fight. I am 27 now and MMA is my passion. I love analyzing fights and watching all the big events. More recently I have desired taking a step into the cage. I have no formal training besides an ex-boxer showing me how to throw punches and have never been in a real fight. I shadowbox often and wonder if I could ever have what it takes. My question is; is it too late for me to fight? I’m 27 now and most fighters seem to hit their prime around this age. Would it be too late for me to make a go at this?
Matt
Matt,
There is no such thing as too late to ever try anything in life. First, you need to change some lifestyle habits with things like smoking. Secondly, everything you think you know about fighting completely goes out the door when you begin fighting. If you have the will to make change, find yourself a reputable MMA school in your area and begin training. After some time, try a jiu-jitsu tournament or an amateur boxing match. A week or two in the gym will let you know if you have the mental fortitude or desire to pursue an MMA fight. I’m 37…do you know what you may be able to accomplish in 10 years???
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So beginning of the year I decided to loose as much weight as I could for Hoopfest (the biggest 3-on-3 street basketball tournament ever) because last years hoopfest was horrible, I felt the biggest I have ever felt especially when my family members couldn’t believe how big I’ve gotten since I was a teenager. After months of procrastination I later found out I had high blood pressure and weighed over 190 pounds.After that day I had never been so focused on myself to loose weight and to also be healthy. I lost 21 pounds in 3 months and it felt great. I didn’t reach my goal of 50 but I had be realistic. Even with all the unhealthy eating that was around me I still made it happen but now that Hoopfest has passed I can’t find the motivation to loose the weight again. I don’t feel the need to work out like I used to and haven’t gained weight since June but how can I find that motivation again?
crystal
Crystal,
This happens to almost everyone. I am in much better shape for a fight than I am in the “off season.” Granted, this is my job, but more importantly I don’t let myself just completely go. You need to find yourself another “Hoopfest” when you are not playing in that one. What I mean by that is focus in on another competition…maybe a 5k, a mini-triathalon or even a tough mudder. Perhaps you could join a basketball league for tuesday nights or just take up a new hobby like rock climbing or playing tennis. It is difficult to get on the treadmill every morning with no payoff, so you find things you like to do and surround yourself with people of common interest.
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Dear Ace,
Nice to meet you and very cool website. Congrats on your last fight. I read your Specificity of Training article as of July 12, 2012 and the work out regimen helped me out a lot. I would like to know if you have anything like that for kickboxing.
Sincerely,
Chris
Chris,
I didn’t mean for the article to be a workout necessarily, rather a structure intended to illustrate what you may need to do to improve technique. I see many martial artist come into the gym hungry for learning new techniques, forgetting the foundation they learned and continue to require to learn more advanced technique. To improve the foundation, you must work on the foundation. Similarly with kickboxing, I may come in and work my leg kick and cut kick on my power side, then my switch kick at both angles, work short knee then long knee, work combo of knee kick both power and switch side, and continue building basic combinations with the foundation techniques.
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Hi Rich, I was reading your profile and saw the you were interested in health at the cellular level. I’m wondering if you have ever heard of a health supplement Protandim. It’s an amazing product and I have done a lot of research in this product and I am taking it for my health as well as my mother who has type 2 diabetes. I’m definitely interested in learning more about holistic nutrition and wanting to get my body more toned and healthy. I hope to hear from you soon and God Bless.
Lisa
Lisa,
I had not heard of Protandim until I read your post. I decided to check out their website, and clicked the science link. They state they have studies published in a few circulations, but did not list the studies on their website…very unfortunate for the person doing diligent research on any supplement they try. I am very resistant to adding any supplement to my regiment that I can get through whole food. I primarily depend on alkaline foods like my green drink to bind to free radicals to resist oxidation (health on a cellular level is still the concern). The question I always ask myself is, “What can this pill give me that my whole food is not?” Often the answer is nothing. You should ask yourself that question. If your answer is nothing, then you will find your body will react better to whole food over a supplement 100% of the time. Otherwise, if it has added benefits, then your money is not wasted.
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