Fight Camp: Week 1, Day 2 Muesli with raisins, blueberries and skim milk, 2 slices wholemeal toast with peanut butter and a banana for breakfast. Had a rough night's sleep waking up every few hours with hunger pains. It was carbageddon when I got up, devouring every delicious morsel of glycogen goodness in sight. Nom nom nom. Workout A (8.30 - 9.30am) • Mobilisation exercises (10 min) • Power clean x 5 (50 kg) • Barbell jump squat x 5 (40 kg) • Clap pull-up x 6 (no weight) • Clap push-up x 10 (no weight) • Sit-up with med ball throw (2 min) • Performed as full circuit • No rest between exercises • 2 min rest between circuits • Repeat circuit 4 times • Total body stretches (10 min) Smoothie (strawberry whey protein, low-fat yoghurt, mango, melon and banana) for post-workout. Did this workout early in my home gym so I could catch a lunchtime showing of 47 Ronin. Amazing film. I'll post a review in the movie thread in a bit. Ate grilled chicken, sweet potato and broccoli for lunch before heading to the team gym. Workout B (3 - 4.30pm) • Mobilisation exercises (10 min) • Jump rope at 120rpm (5 x 3 min) • (Moved on to padwork with Coach) • Side kicks on belly pad (3 min) • Rest (1 min) • Roundhouse kicks on Thai pads (3 min) • Rest (1 min) • Axe kicks on Thai pads (3 min) • Rest (1 min) • Jumping back kicks on Thai pads (3 min) • Rest (1 min) • Spinning hook kicks on Thai pads (3 min) • Rest (1 min) • Straight knees on belly pad (3 min) • Rest (1 min) • Jump spinning hook kicks on Thai pads (3 min) • Rest (1 min) • Kicks of choice on belly/Thai pads (3 min) • Rest (1 min) • Kicks of choice on belly/Thai pads (3 min) • Rest (1 min) • Kicks of choice on belly/Thai pads (3 min) • Rest (1 min) • "Surprise circuit" (thanks, Coach): - Clinch & knee heavy bag (1 min) - Fast roundhouse kicks on Thai pads (1 min) - Jump rope double-unders (1 min) - No rest between exercises - 30 sec rest between circuits - Repeat circuit 3 times • Relaxed side and front splits (5 min) Salmon, mashed potatoes and sprouts for post-workout. Thank god the team gym has a decent kitchen. Slept on the mats from 6 - 7pm. Definitely need more power naps through the day. Home-made protein bar (vanilla whey protein powder, flaked coconut, skim milk and melted dark chocolate) for pre-workout. Workout C (7.30 - 9pm) • Mobilisation exercises (10 min) • Jump rope at 120rpm (5 min) • Hands-only sparring (15 min) • Legs-only sparring (15 min) • Clinch-only sparring (15 min) • Full sparring (15 min) • New sparring partner every 2 min • Total body stretches (10 min) 2 hard-boiled eggs for post-workout. Nice big portion of lasagne when I got home. Need to maintain a karate mentality to stop me getting tagged with leg kicks in sparring. My side-on stance leaves me susceptible to them and I can't afford to take too many in my fight due to my reliance on mobility and the fact I only kick with my forward (right) leg. For some reason, thinking about the phrase "K1 rules" makes me be more rooted in my stance like a Thai kickboxer. This makes me slow. I'm also rubbish at the clinch and found myself getting tangled up and eating knees. Coach gave me good verbal cues that saw me staying up on the balls of my feet, using lots of lateral footwork and head movement, fending off the clinch and keeping my opponent on the back foot by peppering him with two or three head kicks at a time (my natural fighting style). I'm training to defend the clinch, not fight there.