Let’s say you’re already a fit person. You do great workouts. You have motivation. You want to get better. However, the workouts you do aren’t fun anymore. Sometimes, you need something else more entertaining while learning something new.
Have you tried martial arts to stay fit? Sounds crazy, right? You’re not going to be a bouncer tomorrow, so why do this? It’ll tire you out! These routines are some of the best workouts I’ve done. Also, it’ll benefit you in the long-run by learning something you didn’t know before!
Look at doing this from a workout perspective. You can to learn how to channel your strength and balance into coordinated movements to specific targets. Martial arts is all about discipline. There’s a great amount of strength and endurance involved in martial arts as well.
I’m going to look at a few things: Brazilian Jiu Jitzu, boxing and kick boxing, karate, and Krav Maga.
If you want another way on how to keep fit at home, then this is it!
Brazilian Jiu Jitzu (BJJ)
Get ready to roll with this one! You’re learning how to redirect attacks and submit opponents with Brazilian Jiu Jitzu. It really is as cool as it sounds for sure! I used to do this with a friend of mine in his basement in college. He and I would “roll” for an hour or so a few times a week.
The thing I like about BJJ is that you can learn something and then apply it when you’re rolling. Rolling is freestyle sparring where you’re trying to submit your partner. Here’s what it looks like.
I would do this in the Army too. We would go for two minute rounds, and I would be smoked at the end! It’s really tough to maintain enough stamina for two minutes when you’re not used to it.
Trying to submit your opponent takes a lot of stamina! If you’re like the pros, then they can do it effortlessly. When I went up against someone I knew was better than me, I would still try my best.
The hard downside to this is that you really need a partner. Learning the moves and rolling isn’t as effective alone compared with having a partner.
Boxing and Kick Boxing
Here’s where you bust out that Rocky music! Boxing is an amazing workout on your own or with a partner. You’re going for short bursts of energy followed by short rounds of rest.
I’ll be honest and say I’ve never boxed before. However, looking at what people go through with boxing is incredible! It’s not too far off to say that you can also smoke yourself from a boxing workout.
One downside with boxing is that it does require some equipment. You may need a bag and gloves if you’re willing to put down some money. The benefits may be worth it though!
I did a quick search and found several boxing workouts. Give one a try, and see how it goes!
Now, on to kickboxing. The only difference here is that you can use kicks as well as punches. This will also get you a really good workout if you’re doing it with a partner.
I’ve heard TONS of people getting into kickboxing as a way to get into or stay in great shape. Again, I haven’t ever done it before, but I have a few friends that swear by kickboxing.
Isn’t this for little kids? I don’t think so! I did karate as an adult and found some white belt moves difficult to master. On top of that, I felt like I was getting a workout done during each class. There are tons of videos, DVDs, or instruction manuals that you can use as well.
Karate material is easily-accessible. You can go to a karate dojo or get a home-use DVD in order to learn. I feel like this is one of the easiest to do without a partner because you can learn the routines on your own. However, when it comes to learning moves, then having a partner is required.
Another great thing about learning karate at home is that you can do it without equipment. Most of the moves won’t require anything except for learning to follow through on your targets. Having a punching bag will help, but it’s not absolutely required.
The Israeli Defense Force uses Krav Maga, and you can learn it too! It focuses on getting the most out of each simple movement. What does that mean? Lots of punches and kicks that’ll tire you out!
I went to a Krav Maga gym for a while and I learned a lot about how simple body mechanics can make you effective. We would do tons of punches and kicks that wore me out every session. It’s this type of training that’ll take you to another level with your fitness.
Doing Krav maga also taught me that you need stamina and strength to last in a combative situation. That’s why learning something like this can be beneficial for your fitness as well!
There are several videos and DVDs that’ll teach you Krav Maga. See what will work for you.
Your Inner Warrior
Here it is! If you’re looking for something else to do with your workouts, then this is something where you can workout and learn a skill at the same time. It’s not every day that you encounter something like this!
One problem you might encounter is finding a good program. I give a recommendation linked in each of the sections for videos that are highly rated, so you can at least have one option to consider.
Also, it may be difficult to keep up a routine after starting. I’m in that boat for sure! Just remember, keep your end goal in mind!
I know when I went through some of these programs, I learned a great deal about myself and I felt great in the process. Having a purpose to working out gave me meaning for why I want to stay fit. Doing martial arts gave me that sense of purpose, and I hope that it’ll do the same for you too!
If you have an experience with learning a martial art at home to stay fit, leave a comment below! What were some of the things you encountered? Was it easy or difficult to maintain a routine? Alright, Garage Gym Goers, I’ll see you next time!