After being away from the mats for over 7 months due to surgery, getting back into the swing of things comes with several challenges.
Physically, I believe I got myself into good shape. I have been walking, running, stretching, lifting, dieting, and doing everything I can to be healthy. However, my knee is probably around 85%, and is my limiting factor. I would need a few more months before all the healing is done I believe.
As such, I still don’t feel comfortable wrestling yet, and certain positions on the ground make me uneasy. I’m about a centimeter away from a full bend (heel to butt), so any rapid bends or having my knee bent is not comfortable yet.
I am comfortable teaching, and doing light rolls, but not quite ready yet for full live. I’m also turning 38 in a few days, so longevity is my main goal. I do not want to be in this position again in a few months, years, or decades. So a big part of my reintegration is learning from my mistakes and training smart.
So I want to be more careful about how I train. Picking the proper partners (similar size with good control), listening to my body (if I start feeling off or not all there to stop), not putting myself in bad positions (avoiding doing techniques that could put me in jeopardy), and staying focused and alert (not just sparring with no aim).
I do enjoy training hard, but, there is that thin line between tough and stupid. I have crossed that line many times unfortunately, lol, so I’m still learning where it is and stopping in time. I feel I have gotten better at this, especially since I started lifting again.
Before when I would lift, it was always about pushing my limits, which had caused me a few injuries. I will be the first to admit that I’m not a weight lifting expert. So I started reading up, and following expert advice.
That was a wise move. I have been able to train hard and smart, pushing myself without breaking myself. Over the past few months, I feel that it has helped strengthen me and lean me out, so I want to keep that routine going while adding the MMA training into it. That is going to be a bit of a shuffle, because doing both in the same day has proven challenging.
My lifting routine takes between 2-3 hours and is between 5-6 days a week. So my current thinking is to switch to 4 days a week lifting, and 3 days a week MMA. As my body gets more comfortable with the routine, I can add in more MMA, and see if I can swing both in a day.
It’s going to be a bit of trial and error, as I haven’t had the right balance before. So it’s not a comeback, rather a rebirth. I don’t want to be the same man I was before, because that man got hurt. I want to be a new and improved version, that is smarter, healthier, and hopefully wiser. 🙂
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?
Comment with your take on this. And if you like this article, please do me a solid and share it with your friends. Thanks!