I absolutely love this saying: ‘’Eat clean, train filthy’’. This goes hand in hand with my last post: “It’s not about being cute, it’s about training hard.’’ Eating and physical activity go hand in hand. You cannot compromise on either one of them.
The best part of training is just letting go. Be as disgusting and filthy as possible. At the gym, there is no beauty contest, and no one is there to judge you. It’s just you, you vs. yourself. Let go of that everyday stress and let yourself sweat. When you’re done, go home and replenish your energy with some clean yummy food (ideas to come).
Don’t forget to stretch
I have heard so many times after training someone says: ‘‘that was really easy, I didn’t even break a sweat’’. There are some aspect of Martial Arts that are very technical and you should and can take it slow and easy. In most part, Martial Art is as physically demanding as you want it to be, especially during fitness challenges and classes. It is impossible not to break a sweat or to be physically exhausted after a class like CageFitness. If you are not huffing and puffing, guess what……..you didn’t train hard enough. It doesn’t matter if you are the best in the class or just starting, your personal physical outcome should be the same. Remember, it is always a competition against yourself and not others.
Fitness classes should not become easier; you should only become better. If it is easy, you owe it to yourself to turn up the intensity and/or the difficulty. It is all about the right attitude and motivation, train as hard as you can and you will see how incredible you will feel about yourself.
It’s been a week since I came back from competing in California for the Pan Jiu Jitsu Championships. It was a great tournament and it was surprising to see how big my blue light feather division was. Even better then that, the competition was absolutely fierce. I was one of four girls who didn’t get a bye and I was hoping to get my first match done and over with quickly. It was not the case, my first match was tough and I won by points.
My first match showed me how good and talented the women’s division has become and set a precedent for the rest of the tournament. I won my 2nd match by submission and the quarterfinals by advantages.
Unfortunately, I loss in the semis by ref decisions, both my opponent and I had 0 points, 0 advantages.
This is the 2nd time I lose a match at a big tournament this way; I lost in the finals at worlds last year this way. I was disappointed by the lost but very satisfied of my 3rd place finish in the tournament. I came in strong with all my matches and kept a solid game plan throughout the whole tournament.
I love competing in California; there are always a lot of women for me to compete against.
Now it is back to the drawing board, it is time to come up with new strategies to keep my opponents on their toes. Training is not over; let’s get ready for worlds