Do you really burn 1000 calories on average each krav maga class?
Something I have been really enjoying since starting up the ladies class is how they have all embraced pushing themselves outside their comfort zone. As it is a new class and we are all getting to know each other we are all at some level working outside our comfort zone anyway, however each week I am able to push them a little bit further and a little bit harder.
Fitness and self-defence all-in-one
When I first started my own krav maga journey I would leave classes sweaty and exhausted and although active this demonstrated to me I wasn't particularly fit. I started classes as a way to combine fitness and self-defence and I came to love the heavy-limbed tiredness that I experienced after training. It certainly helped me to sleep! There's a quote that I read somewhere a long time ago that most people burn 1000 calories on average at a krav maga class. I recently did an experiment when I was at my friends club training and despite not really pushing myself during the lesson my fitbit logged 900 calories burned. Granted they aren't always very accurate but I thought that was quite interesting.
Run as fast as you can!
I cannot lie I haven't been beasting anyone at the ladies only classes in Poole, because I believe right now it is much more important to learn the fundamentals of krav maga. This is especially important as the class has only just started, however, this does present a bit of a dichotomy. On the one hand, I want everyone to learn and grow and experience challenge, and I believe a beasting for the sake of a beasting doesn't necessarily achieve this. On the other hand, I know that greater fitness can mean that any potential confrontations are dealt with more easily. The reason I say this is because obviously if you can run faster for longer you stand a better chance to get away. One of the principles of krav maga is to avoid confrontation and only ever engage as a last resort, so running is self-defence 101.
There are also points to be made about fitness. What does fitness mean to you? Is it cardio endurance, psychological resilience, or physical strength such as how many push ups you can do before fatiguing? For me, it has to be a combination of all 3 but that is my personal bias. (More on that in a later blog!)
Setting the bar
This week the lovely ladies of FKMDorset demonstrated their mettle when presented with a challenge to strike continually from a position of disadvantage, namely from the floor. We worked on this to understand the difference between the power we can generate when upright, versus the power we have once the hips are taken out of the equation. Just because you are at a disadvantage it doesn't mean you don't continue the fight, you still fight, you never give up. I just wanted them to feel the difference. To add to the psychological pressure I told them it was timed but not for how long. They had to keep going until I told them to stop. If you think that doesn't have an impact on your workout, try it for yourself!
I don't know if they burned 1000 calories, and to be honest that wasn't the point. Olga made it look easy and they were all pushing hard to the very last second. None of them gave up and I was really proud of their effort.
I was listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast last week that had a guest who quoted George Leonard who wrote in his book "Mastery" and I'm paraphrasing here so forgive me if you know this quote well, that "conditioning is what happens when you are working on your sport and refining your skill" - that was a bit of a lightbulb moment for me. I know that the FKMDorset ladies will be getting fitter and stronger and more resilient as they continue to train. It's inevitable. All they need to do is show up to class and work on their krav maga skills.
For those people who think they aren't fit enough to come along to a krav maga class, you're wrong. The hardest part is walking through the door, if you can do that you're on your way to a fitter, stonger, tougher you.
So tell me, what's stopping you?