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Improve your fitness, how to find the time.

Updated: Jan 3, 2019

Martial Arts is a great way to get fit and feel healthier so it makes sense that you will improve your fitness when you join a martial arts club. The reality is, that a martial arts class should only be part of your fitness plan. In a class, your instructors will teach you about self-defence, patterns, sparring and so on. This will all improve your fitness but it shouldn’t be the only fitness work you do.

One of the other things you will get told a lot at a martial arts class is the need to practise at home. One thing I remember from my first instructor was being told;



“for every hour of training in class, you should do one hour at home”


Now, not everyone has that much free time, but how about I give you a super simple way to find that extra training and fitness time. Make sure you read all the way to the end to. Don’t just stop when you read the first line of the challenge.


The Challenge


Week 1

Before you go to bed tonight, put out some training clothes in a pile and set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier than usual. Are you still reading? Good.

When your alarm goes off, get out of bed, get dressed and go for a 10 minute run. If you have a few more minutes from getting dressed fast, use them any way you like.


Week 2

After the first week, set the alarm for another 5 minutes earlier. You now have 20 minutes.

Still do your 10 minute run but now use the extra five minutes to do a pattern twice and some post exercise stretches (see my previous entry about a stretching challenge if you need some guidance).


Week 3

I know I am asking a lot but set your alarm for another 5 minutes earlier. You now have