by, 04-05-2011 at 10:22 PM (620 Views)
I have been seriously thinking about adding additional strength training once a week. I need to justify the added expense as well as consider that I barely fence twice a week as is due to work, kids, etc, so is adding one session for weights worth it when I have so much still to learn fencing wise? So I am using this blog time to think it through.
I find that I need better endurance and that my lunges are not as powerful or explosive as they could be. I am also often off balance and know I have a weak core. I feel that if I add this to the mix it will make my time fencing more productive in that the fatigue from my weak muscles won't limit me in my practice bouts or when I am doing lessons.
I am not at an age where my muscle mass is preserved when I take time off due to illness or work/home issues. I come back weaker then before and have to climb back up the hill again. The hope is that with proper training both in nutrition and building muscle mass, I can preserve a sounder core that will allow for the occasional lapse. I have a recumbent bike and some free weights at home, but feel that I need to use the equipment they provide. I also think that I am getting lopsided with my muscle development with just fencing alone and this will propel me to be better with other sports as well.
Time and cost. I think I have the hour to spend...but can I afford the added expense? I want my fencing to improve but somehow, I feel without developing my overall strength and stamina, no amount of added lessons or bouting will achieve that on its own. I want to become a more competitive fencer and may just have to save the money and budget it in.
Good thing I like canned soup.