Personal Training with Oliver (Part 1)

This is the first of a two part series I’d like to share with you about Oliver, a personal training client.

Now, I should point out that Oliver had no Martial Arts experience whatsoever before he came to me and so it was important to start with the basics. Those of you who know me will know that I am a technical coach and forever stressing the importance of a “good technique” – it is everything – it can make or break a training programme.

The video I’m sharing with you today is after two sessions. We focussed initially on improving Oliver’s overall stance and generally learning to relax. You’ll see from the video that there is room for technical improvement – Oliver could also keep his guard up more and rotate the hips, but you can’t teach or learn technique overnight – these things take time.

I know that many people just see sweating lots as the key to getting fit quick but to get the most out of your training and see the longer term benefits, your technique needs to be right. Moving in the wrong way will not keep you injury-free – it’s important to make sure you are doing everything right.

The rest of the video will be uploaded soon.

This video was recorded on 24/09/2010

The combination of kicking and knee movements increases your heart rate close to your anaerobic level, conditioning your heart and improving your lung capacity. 

The knee combination will challenge your heart rate even further as it involves both your lower and upper limbs working at the same time. Your core muscles need to work hard to synchronize the force being produced by your knees to keep you upright. Working against the trainer’s body weight whilst pulling downwards with the arms is not easy.

If you’d like to see more, you can find me teaching front kicks, jab/cross/hooks and various combination exercises in the videos above.