Friday, October 22, 2010

n=1, An Offer and a Plea for Help

My goal in this blog is to provide a resource for martial artists (specifically strikers in external styles) to get cutting edge information about strength and conditioning training and nutrition specific to their art, and to a lesser extent provide a resource on fitness and diet for the general population.  Right now, I do this by culling information from a number of sources - books, DVD's, the internet.  I test the ideas using some basic logic (lots of the stuff people put out there just doesn't make sense) and by testing it out on myself.

There is an inherent risk in this approach - things that work for me may not work for other people.  For example, suppose that women respond to interval training in some unique way (which I'm pretty sure isn't the case, but bear with me).  I'd never discover that by training myself - I'm not a woman.  That's where you, the readers, come in.

If you enjoy this blog at all there are several things you might consider doing to help me with it.  The first is reading it - I track my page views somewhat compulsively, and I'm much more likely to stick to it if my reader base is larger than 0.  Comments are also good. 

If you're interested in doing more, I could use some help marketing the blog.  If you're active on some martial arts or fitness forum, put in a good word for this site.  Tell people in your dojo to check it out.  I'll be honest - I'm horrible at that sort of thing.  There's no excuse for that, but if anyone out there can drum up extra  page views that would be great. 

Beyond that, I could really use some guinea pigs test subjects clients for my training.  So here's my offer:

I will help anyone out there with their training.  I'll do program design, nutritional coaching, you  name it.  I don't mean teach you karate - that's not a good idea for a variety of reasons - I mean design your supplementary training.  You answer some questions - age, fitness level, goals, equipment access, etc., and I'll tell you what to do.  If you have any injuries or joint pain when doing regular training then I can't help you - you need to see a physical therapist before I can get you into shape.  The cost?  I won't charge any money, but I will want feedback - tell me what worked, what didn't, what problems you incurred. 

I'll use the information generated to drive the content of the blog.  I won't put anyone's name or personal specifics on the blog, but if, for example, a number of clients require more elbow mobilization than I usually use, I'll start recommending elbow mobilization in blog posts.  That's the kind of thing I'm looking for.

There is obviously a limit to how many people I could work with, but based on the readership numbers I'd be shocked if we got anywhere close to that.  So if you have questions or need some help, shoot me an e-mail (use my profile) and we'll get to work. 

1 comment:

  1. Hey, Joe, you pretty much already do this for me! (sara) and, as i am sick, with the flu, i have plenty of time to read your blog and keep myself from wanting to eat crap (not that i am really interested in eating much, but people's sick bed solutions usually require wheat). So, it is like talking to you when you are not around!

    For the record, since i have been taking your advice (or commiserating with you) i have lost 3 pants sizes- I am one size away from where i was in high school. I would say that i got serious around last Nov- cut out wheat then with the 80/20 principle and it pretty much got rid of my moderate adult acne as well as a good bit of weight. Your tips on training have alway proved true- and i think that is the key.