30 + Fearless Part 2: Nothing Replaces Hard Work
In part 2 of the 30 + Fearless series documenting Tiffany Ranae's fitness journey, she recaps her second week of ass-kicking and intensive training towards increasing her stamina.
Uppercut, jab, kick, block. Those are just a few words that come to mind when you think of MMA. It's a tough sport. You have to be serious about your training and dedication. The thing some people don't understand? It's not just about being in the cage and training to take down your opponent; there's much more that goes into it.
We all know that technique is very important to conquer. But you also need to be strong, agile, and able to get through the rounds without fatiguing. How do you build up this satmina? You bust your booty in the gym. You don't just hit the weights to change your appearance. However, that is a nice perk that comes along with it.
As I start this journey, I decided to begin by actually working on my stamina and strength. I have been so out of the fitness life that I needed to start slowly. I knew if I just jumped in and went at it like I use to be able to do, I would burn out and be discouraged. This time I decided to do it smart.
The weekend prior to beginning all of this, I made sure I was active with group hikes up in the mountains. Side note: if able to, working out in a higher elevation really helps lung capacity. When you go to a lower elevation, you are able to hold up better than before. Hence why some athletes use an elevation mask when unable to get to a higher climate.
As the first week started, I began with a few sessions. They consisted of high intensity, full body, and SAQ work. It was very clear that I wasn't in the shape I was before. I also started cleaning up my nutrition for the fact that I know I need to fuel my body with the things that will help me perform my best.
It is week three and I'm slowly getting stronger. I have noticed a change since I started. I haven't begun technique work. I'm learning about blocking and coordination. These are two things that are my weak spots. I'm lucky enough to have a group of ladies that have become a support system. We cheer each other on and tackle this brutality we call fun.
We have finally begun working out more days during the week and adding more intensive moves to the routines. One of the things we are all obsessed with is the tractor tire. There are so many ways to use it. You can flip it, drag it, pull it, and so many other options. Last night we tied a rope to the tire, went down the driveway, and pulled it until it reached us. Let's just say that's a very humbling move when you think you've gotten stronger. All of this craziness is something you see the professionals do. Their coaches push these athletes to do intense workouts to make sure they are in tip-top shape. Using different "toys" helps hit your body in different ways.
Now, I must go torture myself some more. I'll keep you updated as this progress continues.
Your fighter getting her booty beat,