You often hear that bodybuilding and martial arts can’t go together. If you heed the following simple tips they can be happily married ever after and your martial arts performance may actually benefit!
Bodybuilding And Martial Arts?
That bodybuilding and martial arts can’t be successfully done by the same person is more of a myth than anything else. A myth that is largely built on the public image of the slow, inflexible and hulking bodybuilder.
A slow bodybuilder is not slow because of bodybuilding, he is slow because he doesn’t train speed. Likewise, bodybuilders often lack another essential martial arts skill, flexibility, because they never worry about flexibility. Do bodybuilding and train those, and nothing can keep you from being good at martial arts as well:
Speed And Flexibility
As said in the video, here are some resources that can give you an idea how to train speed and flexibility, so you can use the strength you built up during bodybuilding to maximum effect. This is especially important for those of you who started bodybuilding first and then went into martial arts, because you have some catching up to do:
- About flexibility, read Wolf’s epic article on warming up and cooling down, as the stretching he refers to generally also improves your flexibility.
- For speed and agility, have a look at ExRx’ list of plyometrics exercises. If that is too much to choose from, check this sample program that shows how exactly plyometrics can work for martial arts. This article on speed training is worth a look as well.
Don’t believe I’m correct? Then have a look at Michael O’Hearn. He is a good example of what is possible, as he was four times Mr. Natural Universe and champion in judo and tae kwon do.
Picture courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.