The Long Road Back

Returning to Training After Time Off

Steps to Take for Returning to Training

In a perfect world, a person’s martial arts training would never be interrupted for an extended period of time. Yet for even the best athletes who are completely dedicated to their training, sometimes things get in the way. From injuries, to pregnancy, to other commitments, most everyone is bound to experience something that interrupts their training at some point or another if they stick with it long enough.The good news is that returning to training in martial arts is completely doable. If you haven’t been able to train for a while and are near ready to return, check out these steps to returning to training in martial arts.

Step #1: Do Some Cardio

Being good at martial arts requires a person to have some pretty great stamina. If you haven’t done anything as physically demanding as martial arts in a long time, though, you’re likely to find that your cardio isn’t quite the same as it was when you first paused your training.
While you shouldn’t delay your return to martial arts until you get your stamina back – after all, martial arts is a form of cardio exercise itself and a great one at that – you should hit the treadmill or track as soon as you are able to. Even once you’ve started training again, supplement your training with other forms of cardio exercise in order to regain your stamina as soon as possible.

Step #2 Manage YourExpectations

Martial arts isn’t quite like riding a bike. While there will be plenty of aspects of your training that you will still be able to recall and execute perfectly, there will also be plenty of things that you are rusty on. All the while, other members of your gym will have been training and progressing in their abilities.What this means is that people you were able to beat in sparring or outperform in training may be better than you when you return. Perhaps after you shake off the rust this will change, and perhaps it won’t. Either way, it doesn’t matter.Martial arts is an individual pursuit. There’s no real need to compare yourself against others unless you are going up against them in an actual competition, because the truth is no matter how good you are there will always be someone who is better at it than you.When returning to the gym after an extended period of time, manage your expectations, and don’t get frustrated at your performance. Being a little rusty is a normal part of returning to training and is to be expected.

Step #3: Listen to Your Body

Ikombatarts #mississauga #martialarts # muaythai #kombat you have been recovering from an injury and are returning to martial arts for the first time, it’s important to listen to the signals your body is sending you. The last thing you want to do is reaggravate your injury and spend another few months on the sideline.
This means that any signs of pain or discomfort should be taken seriously. You may also want to inform your sparring partners about your injury. For example, if you’re recovering from a broken elbow, asking them to go easy with the arm bars is perfectly acceptable.
Even if your reason for taking time off from training is not injury related, it’s still important to take it easy and ease back into it. At the height of your training, your body was much more used to the awkward contortions, rapid movements, and painful blows than it will be when you first return, and even if you aren’t recovering from an injury, you may end up injured anyway if you don’t take it easy at first.
Be sure to stretch and warm up as much as you can before you train, and don’t push yourself to do something that is causing you discomfort even if it is something that you were capable of before you paused your training. Given time, your body will heal and readjust to the demands of the sport. Trying to force it to do so in a single afternoon, though, probably isn’t going to have the desired results.

Step #4: Stick with it

Now that you’ve made it back to the gym and have resumed you training, stick with it! The only way you are ever going to reach your goals as a martial arts practitioner is with continuous, consistent training. Each time you take an extended period of time off it’s like hitting a reset button on your abilities, at least to some degree.
After a person has taken a lot of time off from martial arts, though, it can be tempting to fall back into the routine they established during their off period. Avoid this temptation, and stick with your training until it becomes a part of your routine again. Get Started Today
If your injury has healed or whatever circumstance that caused you to pause your training has passed, there’s no better time to resume your training in martial arts than today. By following the steps outlined above, you should be able to ensure a smooth transition back into martial arts training no matter how long you have been away.