What’s up everybody, it’s Phallon again. Welcome back to another article in which we will be discussing the million dollar question; is there an alternative to running?
Well, I’m going to give you a straightforward answer. No. There are reasons that fighters have been running for thousands of years, and it’s because running effectively simulates the cardiovascular expenditure in a fight. If you were to spend as much time running as you were spending looking for ways to get out of running, you would probably have cardio like Nurmagomedov and sprints like Usain Bolt.
There is nothing I could say to you that would replace running. What I can do however, is give you a couple ways to make it easier and more pleasant. I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to give you some tips that will destroy the limits you thought you had. However, take this information with a grain of salt because everybody’s body is different, and there are a ton of other factors such as body type, nutrition, and previous exercise habits.
My first tip for running is the tunes. Hardly anybody can motor through a long run without those fly tunes. Play whatever your into, or even make a playlist on your music app of choice. For running, I personally like the old school rap. N.W.A, Ice Cube, Eminem, Dre, all the OGs. It helps to find a beat that you can’t get out of your head. Sometimes I even do a little dance while I run. The people driving by me probably think I’m insane, but whatever works, right?
Next up, invest in yourself. This could mean purchasing better running shoes, orthotics, and various other running apparel. If I buy new boxing gloves, I’m pumped to get to the gym to try them out, and it’s the same way with running. Plus, if you invested your hard earned money into it, you’re less likely to abandon the habit because it would be a tragedy to waste money. You also have to be clever, and find ways to save money wherever you can while still improving the overall experience of running. For example, instead of purchasing compression pants designed specifically for running, I wear my grappling spats. I think they offer a bit more compression, plus they just look really badass.
Lastly, set realistic goals. If you’ve never ran on a regular basis before, don’t tell yourself you’re going to run a 10k daily. Maybe two miles every other day. If you set small, achievable goals, you will become more comfortable and confident with the act of running. From there, you can increase the distance. Instead of setting goals for time in the beginning, set distance goals. This does not mean do not time yourself. Keep a running journal where you record your distance, time, and how you felt during the run. That way, you have small, measurable improvement over time. Just don’t become too focused on the numbers.
I look forward to seeing you all come back to the next article. You won’t regret it. We provide quality, fact based information in a comprehensive format as well as various drills and exercises to keep you coming back for more and overall improve your skill as a fighter. In the words of Muhammed Ali, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” This is Phallon from Fighting Champions, The Future of MMA.