One of the topics Coach Cecil Burch of Immediate Action Combatives, and I have discussed in the past is micro training sessions. Coach Cecil has written about this topic quite a few times and I thought we should re-visit this as we move into the summer months. We all experience the time crunch yet it seems to intensify during the summer. The kids are out of school, there are vacations, we start to tackle the never-ending list of chores that need attention now that the weather is nice, and before we know it we’ve gone a few days or maybe even weeks without a training session. That’s no bueno my friend!
Micro training sessions are the way to fix this problem. Any time you find yourself with 5-10 minutes, get some reps in! We are tempted to say it’s not that simple yet it really is, note I said simple, not easy. If you actively search for opportunities to train, work on your S&C, or deepen your understanding of core concepts related to self protection you WILL find those opportunities. Your mind is a powerful and highly adaptive problem solver. Start putting conscious effort into considering ways to find a few moments each day to invest in micro training sessions and you might be surprised at how resourceful you can be.
“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” – Thomas Jefferson
Coach Cecil has talked about shadowboxing while waiting for coffee to brew or the shower water to warm up in the morning. Is that a lot of time? Nope. However, if you put enough of those micro sessions together, consistently over time you have hours and hours of reps. Would we rather have those hours of reps or hours of idle time wasted just standing there? I’ll take the reps. We can do the same when prepping food or any other task that involves waiting. During my competition prep periods I would do technical standups, sprawls and other solo drills during slow time at work. I remember the looks I would get from folks when I would sit on the edge of the trunk of the car and do leg raises while fueling up the squad car. Hey, a few more reps invested in armor plating the core can’t hurt right? Who cares what a passerby might think, will they be with you in the ring, cage, on the mat or, (worst case scenario), in a criminal attack? I’d rather have those reps than not have them. Never let a moment pass, DO WORK.