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Old 05-01-2010, 07:30 AM   #1
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Question What is your non-aikido workout?

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?
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:47 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:51 AM   #3
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Re: What is your non-aikido workout?

Skip rope, heavy bag, speed bag, run, bike, swim, lift, and ChiGung.

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We do not rise to the level of our expectations, but fall to the level of our training. Train well. KWATZ!
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Old 05-01-2010, 09:02 AM   #4
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Re: What is your non-aikido workout?

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...
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Old 05-01-2010, 01:52 PM   #5
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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!!!!

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Old 05-01-2010, 03:20 PM   #6
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Re: What is your non-aikido workout?

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.
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:52 AM   #7
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I just eat a lot.
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Old 05-02-2010, 02:32 PM   #8
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Re: What is your non-aikido workout?

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.

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Old 05-02-2010, 02:54 PM   #9
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Re: What is your non-aikido workout?

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.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:44 PM   #10
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Re: What is your non-aikido workout?

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.
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Old 05-02-2010, 06:30 PM   #11
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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.

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Old 05-03-2010, 02:25 AM   #12
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Re: What is your non-aikido workout?

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.
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:48 AM   #13
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Re: What is your non-aikido workout?

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,

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Old 05-03-2010, 07:40 AM   #14
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Horseback riding 3-4 days a week.
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:06 PM   #15
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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.
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:40 PM   #16
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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...

Surfing and aikido are very similar i think.
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Old 05-04-2010, 06:22 AM   #17
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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).
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:13 AM   #18
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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".
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Old 05-04-2010, 01:01 PM   #19
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Yoga and walking.
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:01 PM   #20
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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.

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Old 05-11-2010, 10:25 PM   #21
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qi gong, bagua, circuit training, and going back to karate style workout soon
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:39 PM   #22
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Yoga, weightlifting, and running 2 miles a couple times a week.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:10 PM   #23
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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!

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Old 05-17-2010, 12:50 PM   #24
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Non-aikido workout for me is judo, Gun range and ballroom dancing.
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Old 05-17-2010, 01:27 PM   #25
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Ashtanga yoga primary and second series.
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