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leyline
-5th May 2014, 21:24
I'm an épée fencer with ambitious goals but am frustrated by how life gets in the way of fencing. Specifically, from June to late August I will be in NE Brazil away from fencing, taking intensive classes, and will probably not have access to a gym.

Can you give me your recommendations for a make-the-best-of-it training program (that does not include gym)?

I'm horrified at the idea of falling from my current peak state into atrophy.

Thanks.

Cyranna's Father
-5th May 2014, 21:48
muahahaha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLK28BHJDd8

leyline
-5th May 2014, 22:32
Thanks!

Other opinions, especially fencing-specific?

Sabeares
-5th May 2014, 22:53
Thanks!

Other opinions, especially fencing-specific?

Plyometric exercises are easy enough to find on the internet and great for Fencing. http://www.brianmac.co.uk/plymo.htm

leyline
-6th May 2014, 03:30
Yes, I already have a plyometric routine. This is what I'm beginning to crosstrain with for my normal week:

A Squat 5x5
Pullups
Plyometric pushups
Power skips

B Alternate power snatch / clean and jerk 5x5
Dips
Bench press 5x5
Box jumps

C Deadlift 1x5
Military press 5x5
Body row
Jumping Lunge

So I have basic ideas about fitness down. I was hoping more to hear about what other people really do when they must travel but are still committed.

JohnL
-6th May 2014, 16:50
When I was fencing in my youth, I trained in karate (shotokan) during the close season. It helped maintain strength, flexibility, and general fitness levels.

You're going to be in Brazil. Take advantage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD18ilKj5R0

Over the years the Capoeira guys I've trained with have been some of the fitest and most flexible. They were also a fun bunch of guys.

Hey, when in Rome do as the Roman's do!

leyline
-6th May 2014, 16:53
Excellent advice, John!

gethylogic
-6th May 2014, 20:10
I don't want to sound like an old school fencing coach but practice footwork. :D

NMH
-6th May 2014, 21:16
Wow! Love the Capoeira YouTube link. I have seen it before but never knew what it was called although at my age I fear 5 minutes of Capoeira would result in 5 weeks at the chiropractor. On a serious note, I agree with 'gethylogic' that footwork is something that can be done anywhere in endless combinations although I would not necessarily recommend step, step, lunge, recover and flèche up to the hotel reception until you have been checked in for a few days.......

harry26
-10th February 2015, 06:31
On a serious note, I agree with 'gethylogic' that footwork is something that can be done anywhere in endless combinations.