Training After Long Break – How My Body Adapted

Training After Long Break – How My Body Adapted

Wednesday started with Kung Fu Basics. Usually, this class makes me sweat, but its intensity is nothing in comparison with Power Training. For me though at that very day Kung Fu Basics seemed very exhausting. My body remembered the speed and power of the kicks, but it was not any more prepared for that much of physical activity. Three times during the class I had to go on the side, breath deeply with my head down, sweeping away the dizziness and carousel in my head.

My Training During 5 Months Break

I was surprised. 5 months and the body forgot how to adapt to the training :/ and during that break – from middle of October 2017 to the middle of March 2018 – it was not like I didn’t train at all.

  • November 2017 – I was learning Kalaripayattu for 1 month in India.
  • In Poland … hehe, I was definitely more lazy. It was Christmas and New Year time. But I bet, I made some small workout at least 3 times a week as if not more.
  • February 2018 – I was in Berlin, where I had chance to participate in few contemporary classes. That was awesome btw.

How The Body Adapt To Training After A Break

In conclusion, I thought that returning into everyday kung fu training, won’t be that much of a big deal. But believe it or not, the beginning was hard. I had more muscle sore than, when I started to train Kung Fu for the first time in 2016! I couldn’t walk without pain for at least 2 – 3 weeks.

Isn’t that weird? I trained kung fu already for a year. My body should be more adaptable… That was a point – I’ve already been in the school for a year. When I came for the first time to the Qufu Shaolin Kung Fu School, I didn’t know anything about kung fu. I had to learn the movements step by step, gradually gaining more speed, more power and more fluency. My endurance was improving slowly.

This time I already knew the movements. I wanted to do it with the same power, speed and strength as when I left the school. What a surprise :0. I couldn’t. It was not even about strength or speed. It was just that my body after few repetitions was getting dizzy and tired. I understood:

Even when you have trained for a long time, the moment you stop, the body loses some percentage of endurance, strength and agility. Starting the training again will require time for the body to adapt to this intensive lifestyle.

So the solution is: BE AWARE OF THAT. Start slowly. Do not use the same “weights”. Start from the middle of what you have achieved before. The body is like that. I noticed later that even one week break was influencing my muscle condition, contributing to more soreness after the training. The body was adjusting maybe 2-3 days.

Not only breaks were the reason for being sore, but also variety of training. I confirmed again:

The part of the intensive training, that you cannot skip, is that you are most of the time sore.

However, I need to admit that this year wasn’t that bad as the last year.

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Basia

Hello :) I am happy that you are here. Let me introduce myself. I am Basia. I am a cofounder of DragonsWarriors.com. I was born in Poland in a small city close to a Baltic Sea. In 2013 I graduated MSc in Physiotherapy in Scotland. I am passionate about Movement, Traveling and Healthy Life. In 2016 I started an intensive training in Shaolin Kung Fu School in China. From that moment I decided to dedicate my life to explore and learn different movements from around the world. I love writing and sharing my experience and knowledge through articles. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts! Feel free to comment and ask questions.

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