One of the great advantages of Krav Maga is that it teaches us hand-to-hand combat that anyone can use, regardless of size or speed. Krav techniques are effective even if your attacker is bigger and stronger than you. However, I’m sure you agree that it is to your benefit to be as strong as your individual body type and genetic structure will allow.
Muscle moves you and protects you
To that end, we should all want more useful muscle. Muscle moves your body through space, lifts you, pulls you and pushes you. Muscle is armor that protects your bones, joints and organs from impacts and injuries. Visible muscle is also a cue to potential adversaries that you will not be an easy target. What is the best way to gain muscle that is useful?
Compound and isolation movements
Compound movements are great for teaching your body how to move effectively under heavy loads across multiple joints, correlated to the way you need to move in real life. Isolated movements are great for strengthening weak points, and working on smaller areas with greater concentration.
Compound = functional
For self defense and overall strength and stability, compound movements are best. They are the foundation of functional fitness, since they teach your body to safely move as a unit with good posture. Examples of compound movements are squats, kettlebell swings, cleans, Turkish get ups and most TRX movements. Due to the wider ranges of motion and potential weight, compound movements carry greater risk. Always make sure you have good posture and that all the component parts of your body are ready to handle this type of stress. For example make sure your lower back is prepared to handle the challenge of deadlifts, or your shoulders can handle the challenge of Turkish getups.
Isolation = specific
Examples of isolated movements are bicep curls, tricep extensions, calf raises, and crunches. These all work across one joint or single area of the body. Use isolation to focus on body parts that need extra attention and will help you handle compound movements better. For example, if you are having trouble with Turkish getups, you can isolate and strengthen the shoulders with overhead presses and the core with crunches. Isolation movements can also help you keep training while part of you is recovering from injury. For example if you’re nursing a sprained ankle, you can still do crunches or seated bicep curls.
Be strategic, be thorough
This subject is vast and diverse, and we couldn’t possibly cover it all in one article. We want to prompt you to think about it and employ a strategic approach to your fitness training for self defense. Many of you make use of advanced ideas and tactics already. Communicate with your KMSF instructors at the school or on our Facebook page, and share what you have learned. Being as strong as you can be will help you resist an attacker and supply more force to all of your movements. With KMSF circuit training, conditioning, TRX and yoga classes, you can support your self defense training with a well rounded exercise regimen. In our next several newsletters, we’ll cover the remaining fitness categories.
If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.
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