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OwlMatt
05-01-2010, 08:30 AM
I don't have the luxury of a getting full-length martial arts class every single day, but I'm trying to keep in a routine of getting exercise every day. So on days that I don't attend a martial arts class, I like to work out.

Is there a way that you work out (other than practicing aikido or another martial art) that you find compliments your aikido?

Gorgeous George
05-01-2010, 09:47 AM
I don't have the luxury of a getting full-length martial arts class every single day, but I'm trying to keep in a routine of getting exercise every day. So on days that I don't attend a martial arts class, I like to work out.

Is there a way that you work out (other than practicing aikido or another martial art) that you find compliments your aikido?

Playing football (not American football); i find that being the goalkeeper, having to dive around, having a ball coming at me at high speed, allows me to practice reading another person's intentions, trying to dictate their 'attack' by offering openings, plus moving, reflexes, and ukemi.

SeiserL
05-01-2010, 09:51 AM
Skip rope, heavy bag, speed bag, run, bike, swim, lift, and ChiGung.

Kwizxi
05-01-2010, 10:02 AM
I'm a Tribal Bellydancer, so I do that. I haven't learned enough about Aikido yet to know whether it really benefits it, but I imagine that the grounded and strong posture of Tribal Bellydance may come in useful. The only problem with it is, that I have a bit of an obsession with where my feet ought to be...

RED
05-01-2010, 02:52 PM
I, our Sensei and about 2 other students have been meeting at the dojo to do interval training. It's like military cardio and strength training drills. We add in interval barrel rolls, and round robin randori for the first 30 minutes to kick up the heart rate for the rest of the drills. It sucks, and is hard.... my butt better look like J-Lo's in that wedding dress after this torture or else!!!!

Brian Gillaspie
05-01-2010, 04:20 PM
I do the P90X workout. Not sure if you would consider it complimentary to Aikido but it has gotten me in a lot better shape....which helps with my Aikido.

Tinyboy344
05-02-2010, 10:52 AM
I just eat a lot.

mathewjgano
05-02-2010, 03:32 PM
For me it's soccer...ehem...football! And skiing. I always feel more grounded after a day of controlled falling down a mountain and soccer...er....football, keeps me in shape all around. I was surprised how many non-leg muscles were tired after returning to the pitch.

John Lesko
05-02-2010, 03:54 PM
I try to get in at least two strength training workouts each week (read: intense lifting, body-weight exercises, or related lifting and hauling work out of doors). I try to get in at least two cardio-sessions per week (read: jog, bike riding, or a good brisk walk). And I try to get in at least two visits to the dojo each week too.

OwlMatt
05-02-2010, 06:44 PM
I never answered my own question. Usually on off days I do a full set of stretches (as if I were starting a class) and then work out on an elliptical machine. I have tried more serious strength training, but I'm not sure it's strictly necessary.

Rob Watson
05-02-2010, 07:30 PM
I just eat a lot. of beginners.

Seriously, whos got time? Between family ,work and recoup there is barely enough time to sit down and collect my thoughts!

Wearing a weighted vest (40 lbs) while gardening/chasing critters does keep the leg strength up. Gotta have good posture or that vest will take you down. When I'm feeling frisky I'll add a weighted belt (50 lbs) along with the vest and move real deliberate like. Schlepping an extra 90 lbs for a few hours is no joke.

grondahl
05-03-2010, 03:25 AM
Strengt training at least 2 times per week, compound movements and free weights; basically the starting strength-program by Rippetoe with some added kettlebell exercises for conditioning.

Running; usually 2 times per week, a little less during the summer since I try to work my mtb out on the local trails as much as possible.

An occasional Ashtanga Yoga-class.

Eva Antonia
05-03-2010, 03:48 AM
Well...

having four kids and a house with a lots of stairs provides already exercise enough.
+ going to work by bike
+ going to the weekly market and shop for six by bike

That's enough!
(the result is good condition and leg muscles but no strength whatsoever on the arms...).

Best,

Eva

Shadowfax
05-03-2010, 08:40 AM
Horseback riding 3-4 days a week.

bkedelen
05-03-2010, 03:06 PM
I think several days a week of CrossFit Football workouts (scaled to your capacity, of course) is an ideal complement to Aikido. CFFB typically employs movements that maximize explosive hip power to accomplish tasks associated with human-on-human conflict in time domains that are typical of such conflict. Such a workout should round out any weaknesses you may be compensating for, and the program will place you far ahead of the average Aikidoka in terms of strength and conditioning.

SeaGrass
05-03-2010, 03:40 PM
Aikido is my non-surfing workout.

I try to surf everyday before work if swells and weather permit. It helps with keeping my balance and center, awareness, timing, not fight the ocean but go with it, working on my ukemi when i eat it...:cool:

Surfing and aikido are very similar i think.

lbb
05-04-2010, 07:22 AM
If by "workout" you mean a regimen with specific conditioning goals in mind, I don't have one at present. I go back and forth on whether I should. I don't see a lot of point to any conditioning regimen unless you know what it is you want to accomplish: "get in better shape" isn't good enough. Without a specific goal at present, I don't see the need for a "workout" (and I'm definitely short of time in which I could do one).

chillzATL
05-04-2010, 08:13 AM
p90x cardio workouts a few times per week

I also try to spend 30-60 minutes per day standing, breathing and pushing/pulling on things, in addition to a few other "things".

Lulu
05-04-2010, 02:01 PM
Yoga and walking. :)

Adam Huss
05-10-2010, 11:01 PM
To get in shape for nidan shinsa I did bootcamp classes 3x a week at a local YMCA, Spinning class 1x a week at the YMCA, ran about 3 times a week, did P90X workouts about 2x a week, and attended martial arts classes (mostly aikido) about 5-6 times a week.

Andrew Macdonald
05-11-2010, 11:25 PM
qi gong, bagua, circuit training, and going back to karate style workout soon

Mikemac
05-11-2010, 11:39 PM
Yoga, weightlifting, and running 2 miles a couple times a week. http://www.clicksmilies.com/s1106/huepfen/jumping-smiley-017.gif

Adam Huss
05-12-2010, 12:10 AM
Hey, for the runners....

Running distance pervasively is really great for the heart and lungs...and health overall (as long as you don't run so much you jack up your joints).

For people looking for more direct benefit to high aerobic aikido practices...try doing hills and sprints, or at least interval and fartlek runs. Going out to leisurely job 2-3 miles at a time is a great workout but it won't increase your gas tank too much for randori or some similar highly enthusiastic aikido-related activity. If one is training for something specific, often a great way to prepare for it is to imitate the actions ocurring during that event. So for an aikido test, vigorous sessions where you breakfall and get back up off the mat are really great.
best to all!

Phil Van Treese
05-17-2010, 01:50 PM
Non-aikido workout for me is judo, Gun range and ballroom dancing.

cguzik
05-17-2010, 02:27 PM
Ashtanga yoga primary and second series.

Nafis Zahir
05-18-2010, 03:09 AM
Walking, push-ups, sit-ups, and light weight lifting.

phitruong
05-18-2010, 09:13 AM
eating, drinking and carousing. "aikido is all about love" doesn't seem to work as a pickup line at local pub. :D

Mikemac
05-18-2010, 06:44 PM
eating, drinking and carousing. "aikido is all about love" doesn't seem to work as a pickup line at local pub. :D

Yeah....doesn't really work..

Maybe you should try "Baby, I'm an aikidoist, so I can MAKE you fall for me." :cool:

Aikiscott
05-18-2010, 07:26 PM
When not working, playing husband, father and helping run the dojo, I do Yoga & Walk everyday except Sundays.
Sunday is my day to practice sitting and reading or my Xbox waza

RED
05-18-2010, 08:05 PM
When not working, playing husband, father and helping run the dojo, I do Yoga & Walk everyday except Sundays.
Sunday is my day to practice sitting and reading or my Xbox waza

I have a fiance that practices religious Xbox waza :p

Adam Huss
05-18-2010, 10:40 PM
I practice seiza and kiza while playing Xbox...particularly the months preceding my last dan test as hamni handachi hantai futari jiyuwaza was a requirement.

Diane Stevenson
05-20-2010, 01:28 PM
I like to switch things up -- less repetitive stress injuries. so...
weight training 3x per week
week 1 -- spin class + 2 10 mi rides
week 2 -- swim workouts about 40 min/2 km x3
week 3 -- running about 40 min (working from 2.5 mi to 5 mi) x3

It ends up being about an hour commitment each day. And not every week is perfect. But basically, I workout so that on the mat a can focus on AIKIDO, not "can I make it thru class? :0"

Marie Noelle Fequiere
05-20-2010, 02:56 PM
My life has become rather hectic lately, and I have much less time for Aikido and physical training in general :( . Since my family and I have relocated our store, I now have to climb nineteen stairs to reach my desk, and I do have to climb up and down several times during the day. So in the afternoon, when activities are slowing down, I do some knuckle pushups and then climb the stairs up and down a few times. The stairs are metallic, so they vibrate under one's weight and my knees do not suffer too much from the impact. Then I do a few standing leg raises - these days I only wear pants. Also, those stairs are rather noisy, so I know when someone is coming early enough to rush back to my desk and adopt some dignified posture in front of my computer ;) .
At home, I'll do sit ups, some exercises for my back, and some stretching, and since I have small and weak arms and hands, some shomen and yokomen with my old wallhanger. I do my yokomen with one arm only, and, for the sake of symmetrical muscle development, I do them both right-handed and left-handed. One day, in class, an instructor gave me a puzzled look and asked me where I'd learned to hold my sword with my left hand behind the stuba. Oops!

ShanRCarter
06-13-2010, 05:00 PM
Mostly walking and bellydancing, when I have the time.

Robb
07-03-2010, 09:43 AM
Shotokan karate.

Tatsukage
07-08-2010, 12:12 PM
I like the P90X and Insanity when I have a chance, but I find that small exercises throughout the day really help. Jog instead of walking places, 10 pushups, here, 20 pushups there, flexing abs while waiting in line, little things like that. Also, instead of regular stretching, I like power yoga.

Russell Davis
07-30-2010, 05:25 AM
Im 52/3, I do thai pad work, X 2 pw evenings
3km speed walk with 20kg backpack X2pw EARLY mornings just before dawn. ave 0500.