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by , 04-05-2011 at 10:22 PM (639 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.

Updated 04-06-2011 at 11:49 AM by dharmaqueen

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  1. lindajdunn's Avatar
    Have you considered pilates?
  2. McConvilleB's Avatar
    you don't need a gym or a trainer or weights to improve strength. Look around online for simple exercises that build strength and stamina. Running, flat jumps (up onto a bench and back down) and other things you can do around your neighborhood. It saves money and, since you do all of this around your house, it saves time as well.
  3. jfarmer's Avatar
    If you're not doing some sort of flexibility & core strengthening program such as pilates and/or yoga, that would be a starting point. And once you learn the sequences, it makes a good way to start or end the day.

    A lot of benefit of weight training can be achieved through use of "self weight" (using your body's weight against the movement) and resistance bands. That removes the need to reserve time to go to the gym, fees, etc.

    Having said that, you really should get the help of a professional trainer to develop the program with you. Not all of them require you to join a gym, and it would well worth the fee at the start and for periodic checkups.

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