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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It's gonna be hard but hard does not mean IMPOSSIBLE.......

                    Performing suspended plank by hanging from 2 rubber tubes of a cycle.



Very often I have had my training methods questioned by new comers to class or even by those who have heard of my insane training practices.  I often feel that people just give up too easily. Yes I agree my training is tough and many even say that my training is like am actually training soldiers for war but it is not IMPOSSIBLE.

Over the years I have fine tuned exercises and training routines to the extent where one gets maximum benefits and no stress injuries. The real issue here is not that my training is tough but that most of us are just bone lazy, we want to get results without much effort, it is easier to be awed than to sweat it out and push yourself to excel. 

I do not expect new comers to be able to do a 100 push ups but yes over the weeks I shall push them till they achieve what they believed to be impossible. Along the way the body that has never trained like this is bound to get some aches and pains but with the help of some Capsidol Gel most are back to train harder the next class. I teach martial arts and that means you will be hit and hit others but there is a procedure that is followed only once I feel one is ready to start with mild conditioning are they made to begin. It is very safe and there is no need to worry about breaking bones or any catches. A person can sprain their leg or pull a muscle just by walking in their own house. So sighting this as a reason to avoid pushing your self physically makes no sense. However sometimes a person may have a muscle catch or inflamed joint for that we have a few treatments and remedies in place like - our ginger treatment, magic oil and even a very well trained and knowledgeable Dr. of Physiotherapy who has helped many of our students recover soon and they all have been back to training like nothing ever happened. 

I have personally always aimed at pushing my physical limits not only in martial arts but in any form of workout that is out there. This is the factor that pushes my training routines high up and makes some wonder - If all this is required. I have been training for almost 3 decades and am teaching for over a decade now, the transformation and improvement that I have seen in the students of all age groups may it be 4 year old kids to 40 + men and women is just remarkable. 

Today those who have invested a few years ( some have invested over 8 years) of training with me regularly have almost become like walls of stone that feel no pain and can run for hours, climb, crawl, trek, cycle, jump etc. You name it they can do it. Now that is a feat I try to guide all to achieve.  


          To excel way past what seemed like the Horizon is what Jukaado is all about.

Recently we trained non stop for 24 hours and as news of that spread it seems to have scared quite a few. 
I have not lost my mental balance I only train crazy so obviously if I have made some of the students train non stop for 24 hours I was well assured of their ability to do so without any physical harm coming their way. I was monitoring their physical training levels for some time and once I felt that they were all ready for such a workout we went ahead and did it. That is called pushing yourself to excel. Yes the workout was tough and very challenging too but it was not impossible. Words will not be able to explain the confidence that such training brings with it. Increased will power, discipline, high levels of concentration, super human like fitness, leadership skills that no business management program or other course can ever instill, humility, kindness and respect  are  only some of the numerous personality traits that develop with such insane training.
Some say we just wish to train to get fit we do not wish to push ourselves like this. Well I ask you - How do you define being Fit? Yes you may start getting healthy, well toned but does this mean you are fit and can relax now? Well according to me being fit is to push your body to the extremes and achieve the maximum your body can physically achieve. In my opinion there is no limit to how much you can push your body. All  you need to do is push yourself gradually and there are no bounds to what you can achieve.

What really matters is - 
                                      Will you say -
                                                      
                                                        I can not 
                                  
                                                          OR

                                                                          I JUST DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!  

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

So you think you are Fit. Are you really FIT???????



Fitness has a different definition for most people. Lets see how some people view fitness -

For the extremely lazy fitness may mean not falling ill even if they are overweight or not physically fit.

For a body builder or gym addict fitness may mean the ability to lift heavier weights.

For a runner / cyclist fitness may mean having well toned legs and the ability to run / cycle long distances with a good timing.

For an adventure addict fitness may mean the ability to do numerous adventure activities.
  
    and so on..................................


HOWEVER THE IMPORTANT QUESTION IS - WHAT IS FITNESS? ARE WE REALLY FIT?

Well this is a subject which is very important to me and is at the epicenter of any of my training routines or my approach to training. 

Fitness is not about being able to be very good at a particular activity, If we are good or even excel in a certain activity we are just approaching fitness from one side and this over a period of time will ruin the balance of our body. Fitness is multi - dimensional it has to be approached from all sides.

So if you can run 100kms or you can swim 3kms or you can lift 100kgs etc that does not make you fit. Yes you will be healthier than those who do no physical activity but you are NOT FIT.

To be fit is to have all the muscles of the body in pretty good condition. This is something which is only possible if you train WILD. What I mean by WILD is that you should train in everything. Don't just run do weights, cycling, martial arts, adventure sports, swim, play a sport and any other physical activity you come by. 

This is a concept I understood from my instructors of martial arts. Martial arts is the training for war. Most of the martial arts are formed to train soldiers or by people fighting back to reclaim their freedom or protect their freedom. So keeping that in mind if you train in any traditional martial art under a good instructor you will experience training in everything. I may sound very biased being a martial artist myself but it is the truth. I have had the privilege of doing all sorts of activities during my martial art training. 

Starting today let us aim at approaching fitness multi - dimensionally the way it actually should.

I have lots of respect and appreciation for people who are good at certain physical activities. That said done I constantly try to change the mindset of such people. Some times it is just the fear of trying something different, some times it is just excuses like - I anyway train a lot and am fit so why try something else or many times we try to hide behind our age, when in reality age has nothing to do with what you train in, yes you may need to start of slowly and gradually improve but you surely can train crazy at any age. Well then all you are doing is just following a single path when you have the world to discover and trek through.

My training sounds scary and insane to most and many run far away after just a few sessions. Those who have stuck around for a few years or more are today like super humans. They can easily run for 2 hours or more then train for another 10 hours or more. 

How many of you can train nonstop for 24 hours??????

Yes that is exactly what my students have achieved just a few days back. The best part is they trained for the first 10 hours without any food or water. The 24 hour training involved everything from sitting in torturous freezing cold ice water for 1.5 hours to 4.5 hour trek carrying logs, running, weight training, sparring, body conditioning and lots more. All this without much of rest time in between. They had already trained about 15 -18 hours before starting the 24 hour nonstop workout and did train for about 8 - 10 hours a day for the next 2 days after the 24 hour nonstop workout too. THIS IS CALLED BEING FIT.


Only if you approach fitness multi - dimensionally will you ever be able to do something as insane as this. Am not saying that my students or myself are super fit or the ambassadors of fitness. We have a long way to go with our targets ever rising higher than the last one. We have a lot to learn and improve on but we are approaching fitness in the way that it should and that is where lies the difference. 

Our next target is to train nonstop for 36 hours and then it will be 48 hours and 60 hours and 72 hours and so on..............

Never look at the horizon and say it is not reachable for you can only find out once you start moving towards it. 

          GET UP!!!!                GET MOVING!!!!!!!!                           TRAIN CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!

                                      
                               TRAIN TILL YOU DROP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Squash Ball keeps the feet and legs healthy and helps to heal faster.

Our feet are filled with numerous nerve endings, no wonder the feet are also used for reflexology which is a part of acupressure. Whenever we walk, cycle, run, train or play any sport we are constantly straining our legs. Even if we have the perfect stride or leg movement we are adding strain to the muscles and joints. This strain could easily be over looked as the effect of working out. Over a period of time the strain will keep building up finally breaking out as any muscle or joint related issues. Then we have to run to Doctors and worst of all take rest while recouping. Being very fond of exercising and not being able to train feels like someone has sucked all the air out of you.

I have been using a simple technique to help my legs heal and recover without letting the strain build up. I say so with my training background of many decades and yet not having any severe leg related ailments that may have stopped me from training for even a day.

Every day I keep a squash ball on the ground and then roll the soles of my feet over it with a bit of pressure. It is something which I thought of when I was learning acupressure. When you apply pressure on the ball and roll it along the soles of the feet it will relax and ease any strained nerve endings giving you an instant sense of relaxation. These nerve endings in turn will relax and ease the complete leg in general. Sometimes due to a wrong footing or foot stride certain nerves may move out of place or get suppressed which could result in the muscle in that area getting strained. Rolling the sole of the foot on the squash ball will also help in realigning them and ease the muscle aches.

After long runs or heavy leg workouts it is common to feel a bit of strain on the knee. Surprisingly rolling the squash ball on the soles helps relieve the strain of the knee too. A very simple method yet super effective. I also use the squash ball to strengthen my forearm and my fingers by squeezing it in the palm or between fingers.

So it is surely a boon to have one for yourself. However if you are already suffering from severe pain in any muscle or joint do consult a doctor immediately for proper medical guidance. The squash ball technique is only for prevention and I do not recommend them as the only means to heal an already injured or paining muscle, tissue, ligament or joint.