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Old 02-26-2004, 04:39 AM   #23
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 768
sensitivity - by that I mean the ability to feel your uke, and they way you let ukes intention be the guide for your application of technique.
That's an attribute aquired by training aikido and getting experience on the mat. It is not related to weight lifting. (That is to say that a beginner is going to have poor sensitivity regardless if they have been a "heavy" weight lifter or not).
Heavy - in regards to training to the level of pump.
Bodybuilders..... Defining "heavy" as it relates to "pump" is silly. 506 pounds (230 kg)is heavy for a 165 pound (75 kg) person to deadlift. Period. (Few trained people are capable of such a lift) If you can or cannot lift it once, you will not have a "pump" --- which is a function of volume over time. This is why Olympic Weightlifters are smaller and less muscular than bodybuilders, but significantly stronger and far more athletic.
Weight training raises your level of testosterone and that can affect how much physical power is in your application,no matter how żou feel you are doing technique
The increase in t-levels is not that great and varies on an individual basis, hence the difficulty in gaining large amounts of muscle in a short period of time without the use of anabolic steroids. Also, t-levels naturally fluctuate over time, peaking in fall/winter for men regardless of weight training or not. (Are you suggesting men should train aikido in the fall/winter when their t-levels are naturally higher?) Finally, only time I've ever seen t-levels to be a problem is with the use of anabolic steroids (the so-called "roid-rage"), which frankly, doesn't happen that often.


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