Whether you’ve just embarked on your martial arts journey, or if you’ve been training for awhile, we’re pretty sure you want to get the most out of it. Well, if that’s the case, then you’ve made it to the right place! All of us at Evolve Daily believe that you can make every training session count by following The 10 Commandments Of Training Martial Arts, so read on to find out how!
1) Thou shalt commit to thy training
Once you make the decision to start training, it’s important to stay focused and committed – even in the face of challenges. It’s not always going to be easy, and there will definitely be days when you feel unmotivated. That’s why it’s so important for you to press on and stay dedicated, so as to grow and progress.
2) Thou shalt always give 100%
While it is important to be committed, you should also make it a point to train wholeheartedly. After all, it’s the only way you’d fully absorb all the important things your instructor is trying to teach you. Also, you reap what you sow. So why not give it your all and watch yourself improve by leaps and bounds!
3) Thou shalt have fun in the gym
If you don’t have fun, training would end up feeling like a chore and before you know it, you’d stop altogether. That’s why you shouldn’t be afraid to try everything out, and then find something you genuinely love! Whether it’s Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or yoga, we’re pretty sure there’s an activity out there that you’d enjoy.
4) Thou shalt warm up and cool down properly
In order to maximize your performance in the gym, it’s crucial for you to warm up, cool down, and stretch, before and after every training session. This is because doing so would prevent you from getting potential injuries while enabling your body to get ready for an intense workout or to effectively recover after one. Psst! Just to ensure that you’re on the right track, avoid making these pre-workout or post-workout mistakes!
5) Thou shalt plan workouts in advance
It’s no secret that those who fail to plan, plan to fail. That’s why it’s important to plan your workouts in advance, and fit them into your weekly schedule. By doing so, you’d be more likely to follow through and stick to your plans. After all, you should make time to train rather than train only when you have time. If you struggle with this, then you could rope in some workout buddies for extra fun and motivation!
6) Thou shalt fuel up with nutritious food
In order for your body to perform at its best, build muscle and shed fat, it’s important for you to munch on nutritious food. So make sure you maintain a balanced diet (with enough carbs, healthy fats and protein) and opt for the healthier choice as much as you can – even during those rest days when you aren’t hitting the gym!
7) Thou shalt stay hydrated throughout the day
Apart from fuelling up on nutritious food, make sure you keep yourself hydrated with at least 8 glasses of water a day! Besides enabling your body to flush out toxins more effectively, having sufficient water in your system can also help your body to carry out its day-to-day functions efficiently – and yes, boost your endurance in the gym!
8) Thou shalt get enough rest
Rest is an extremely important part of your training. In fact, it is just as important as your workouts! Apart from helping your body to recover more effectively, getting sufficient rest also enables you to catch a break from those back-to-back workouts, so that you’d be more than ready to go back to training the next time you’re supposed to.
9) Thou shalt set short-term and long-term goals
We cannot emphasize enough just how important it is to set goals – be it mastering that challenging technique or training 4 times a week. By doing so, you’d stay motivated and also be less likely to lose your focus along the way. Of course, the key here is to be realistic and honest with yourself, so make sure you set attainable short-term goals that would ultimately lead you to your long-term ones.
10) Thou shalt celebrate every victory along the way
Whether it’s the fact that you’re finally getting 8 hours of sleep every night or that you earned your next BJJ stripe, we believe you should be proud of yourself! After all, small victories ultimately add up, and lead to bigger things. So don’t ever write off any of your accomplishments, no matter how tiny they might seem. By celebrating all your victories along the way, you’d have a more rewarding journey and of course, be more determined to crush those goals!
So tell us, are you ready to make every training session count? Now go forth and be awesome!