View Full Version : I thought you had to push in order to get endurance and be better.

05-31-2001, 06:46 AM
She says that It doesn't feel like she's doing that much, but she thought you had to push in order to get endurance and be better. She's really discouraged with her progress as it is. She doesn't seem to be improving, especially in the endurance area. This is from a forty-six year old severly asthmatic person. She has not been physical most of her life until the past five years. She's been taking Kung-Fu classes for two years. She goes twice a month recently, twice a week before that.

How do you know when you are pushing. How do you tell if you are overtraining or being lazy--there is a difference between wanting to stop because you are tired and dropping because your body can't hold you. Between wanting to quit and not being able to physically able to hold you. She'd like to know how to tell the difference.

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05-31-2001, 09:18 AM
That's something that only she can decide. I can't tell her when she is working herself so hard that she has to stop. I may however be able to detect when she is just being lazy. Every person should know their own limits, and therefore how hard they can push. However, she is not going to see any improvement by only training twice a month. It only takes about 2-3 days for cardivascular endurance to decline. training twice a week is not sufficient if she is trying to gain endurance. twice a month is definitely insufficient. Why does she train so infrequently? perhaps you can encourage her to increase her training time.

"A wise man speaks because he has something to say; A fool speaks because he has to say something."

05-31-2001, 07:17 PM
Over training is such a common problem...especially when your training time is limited to a couple of classes per month.

There is no shame in knowing your limit. Many instructors push and push their students in the name of self improvement. This is fine if you want to be a serious competitor and are watching your diet, sleeping habits, sexual activity, and so on. But if you are a regular person with bills to pay and a family you want to spend time with, you can't be expected to train like a martial zealot.

Train becuase you love it in a range you feel comfortable. Improvement will come on its own. No one sets your pace but you. Not your sifu, not your fellow students.